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Legislative and Policy Corner

Get up to Date on Federal MCH Policy
The next even in the All-Member National MCH Policy Call series will take place on Nov 2 from 2-3:30 p.m. ET.

ACA Open Enrollment Season Begins Next Week
Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment season begins on Nov.1 and ends Dec. 15. [more]

Competing ACA Stabilization Plans
Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) introduced a bill to restore CSRs in exchange for greater flexibility in "state 1332" waivers.  [more]

CHIP and Extenders to be Voted on in House
The House of Representatives will vote this week on legislation on extending CHIP for five years and extending a number of health programs such as Community Health Centers, PREP, Family to Family Information Centers, and National Health Service Corps for two years. [more] 

Update on MIECHV
In addition to a bipartisan stand-alone, five-year MIECHV reauthorization bill introduced in the Senate (see this letter of support signed by AMCHP, ASTHO and Safe States Alliance), there is now a draft bill circulating in the Senate which would reauthorize several health programs, including MIECHV, for two years. [more]

AMCHP 2018 - Key Updates

Register for AMCHP 2018!
Registration is open for the 2018 AMCHP Annual Conference — the perfect opportunity to connect and network with more than 800 public health officials who share an interest in maternal and child health. [more]

Get Involved

Leadership Lab Deadline Extension!
The Leadership Lab is built upon peer-to-peer collaboration and is a 10-month program that occurs from January to October 2018. [more]
Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
Deadline: Nov. 1

Host a Student Team for the Title V MCH Internship Program
Is there an activity you would implement or resources you would create, if only you had extra staff to help? [more]
National MCH Workforce Development Center
Deadline: Nov. 10

Effective Communication in Public Health Emergencies — Developing Community-Centered Tools for People with Special Health Care Needs
Comments are invited on a study that will use a multi-tiered, mixed-methods approach to data collection to study the communication needs of two target populations during disasters: families with children and youth with special health care needs, and individuals with autism spectrum disorders, as well as families with children who have autism spectrum disorders.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Deadline: Nov. 20

Warren H. Pearse Women's Health Policy Award
Supports research  exploring an aspect of health care policy that assists, defines, or restricts the ability of physicians to deliver health care to women in the general population or a specific area.
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Deadline: Dec. 15

MCH Workforce Development Learning Opportunity
State/jurisdictional Title V agencies invited to submit applications for its upcoming cohort learning opportunity. Accepted teams will participate in an eight-month cohort with five other state/jurisdictional teams, during which time the National MCH Workforce Development Center will support their work on an existing (or planned) project to increase workforce skills and capacity.
The National MCH Workforce Development Center
Deadline: Jan. 12, 2018, 5 p.m. ET


Communicating With Your Kids: Sexuality And Developmental Disability
Aimed at helping parents of children with developmental disabilities discuss sexuality with their kids.  Presenter Katherine McLaughlin, M.Ed., has 25 years of experience in offering disability and sexuality courses to both parents and professionals. 
Family Voices of California
Nov. 1, 3-4 p.m. ET

Recent Trends in Children's Healthcare: Coverage and Oral Health Outcomes
Covers the most recent information regarding heath care coverage for children, as well as findings on access to health care, Medicaid coverage, and use among children.
South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
Nov. 9, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET

Serving CYSHCN in Medicaid Managed Care: Contract Language and the Contracting Process
Join AMCHP and the National Academy for State Health Policy as they discuss their new tool that can be used alongside the National Standards for Systems of Care for CYSHCN. [more]
Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
Nov. 16, 1-2 p.m. ET

Meeting the Challenges of Measuring and Preventing Maternal Mortality 
This session of Public Health Grand Rounds will focus on improve the measurement and prevention of maternal mortality in the United States, as well as address challenges and new opportunities that coincide with this important maternal health indicator.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Nov. 14, 1 p.m. ET

Intersections Between Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health and Autism: Identification and Intervention
Focuses on the intersection of infant and early childhood mental health and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in young children, with a focus on clinical practice.
Association of University Centers on Disabilities
Nov. 15, 1-2 p.m. ET

Publications and Resources

Workforce Development

ASTHO 2017 Community Health Worker Learning Community Toolkit
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, with support from HRSA, hosted a five-state learning community of states exploring certification, financing, and workforce development strategies for community health workers. [more]

General & Maternal Child Health

CDC Awards to Combat Congenital Syphilis
In line with the Syphilis Call to Action released in April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded nine project areas to strengthen local capacity to address and respond to congenital syphilis. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

State and Federal Support of Trauma-Informed Care: Sustaining the Momentum
The Center for Health Care Strategies published a blog about the impact of trauma and adverse childhood experiences on lifelong physical, emotional, and social health, as well as support efforts for incorporating trauma-informed care into the health and social service sectors.

AUCD Summary and Analysis: Young Adults and Transitioning Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder
In September, Department of Health and Human Services publicly released a report to Congress focusing on young adults and transition-age youth with autism spectrum disorder, as mandated by the Autism CARES Act of 2014. [more]

Women's and Infant Health

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Receives Funding to Reduce Infant Mortality
The Center for Maternal and Infant Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received funding to reduce infant mortality and improve birth outcomes by advancing the status of women's preconception health (health and wellness prior to pregnancy), particularly for low-income women and women of color in some of the country's most underserved communities.


Nurse Faculty Loan Program
Health Resources and Services Administration
Deadline: Nov. 28
One-year funding opportunity to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty by providing funding to accredited schools of nursing to offer loans to students in advanced education nursing degree programs who are committed to becoming nurse faculty.

Maternal and Child Health Data Resource Initiative
Health Resources and Services Administration
Deadline: Nov. 14
Supports Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant programs and partners in accessing and effectively utilizing national, state, and community-level data to inform MCH policy and practice by publishing MCH data and providing related technical assistance and training.

Advancing Systems of Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Health Resources and Services Administration
Deadline: Nov. 14
To increase access to patient and family-centered care, improve the process of transition youth into the adult health care system, and adopt health care financing models that achieve cost savings by supporting state Title V programs and stakeholders through training and technical assistance.

View more funding opportunities.