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Legislation and Policy

Midterm Election Results and What They Mean for Maternal and Child Health – Initial Analysis
Beyond the big headline of the midterm elections – that the Democrats took control of the House of Representatives and the Republicans retained control of the Senate – are several implications for maternal and child health. [more]

New from AMCHP

Selected AMCHP Awards Nominations Still Open – Last call!
Do you know any maternal and child health (MCH) professionals who deserve special recognition for their work? Although the annual AMCHP Awards nomination deadline has closed, a few select awards are still open for competition until Nov. 20. [more]

Moving Down the Pyramid: A Title V Perspective
Join AMCHP for this webinar that provides overview of the evolution of recommendations for the provision of direct services by public health agencies. Three Title V CYSHCN directors will share their experiences implementing population health strategies in their programs, and a representative of the National MCH Workforce Development Center will lead a skills development activity. [more]

AMCHP 2019 — Key Updates

NNSAHC Urges Adolescent Health Coordinators to Attend AMCHP 2019
The National Network of State Adolescent Health Coordinators (NNSAHC) crafted this 10-point explanation of why adolescent health coordinators should attend the AMCHP Annual Conference in March 2019. [more]

Register for AMCHP 2019 
Registration is open for the 2019 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

Weigh in on Update of Core Elements of Health Care
Got Transition is updating the Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition and seeks feedback from anyone interested, including health care providers, government officials, researchers, parents and caregivers, and youth and young adults. See the survey

Invitation to Join Cohort to Raise Workforce Skills The National MCH Workforce Development Center invites state/jurisdictional Title V agencies to submit applications for its upcoming cohort learning opportunity. [more]


Transforming the Delivery System
Children's Hospital Association
Nov. 14, 1:30-3 p.m. CT
Focuses on how improving care coordination for children with medical complexity can lead to improvement in delivery system design.

Reproductive and Sexual Health
Healthy People 2020
Nov. 15, 12-1 p.m. ET
Reviews progress made toward achieving the Healthy People 2020 Reproductive and Sexual Health Leading Indicators and explains how the Texas Department of State Health Services is working to increase people's knowledge of their HIV status by supporting HIV testing as a standard of care.

Partnering to Catalyze Comprehensive Community Wellness
Public Health Institute
Nov. 27, 2-3 p.m. ET
Creators discuss a new framework, Partnering to Catalyze Comprehensive Community Wellness: An Actionable Framework for Health Care and Public Health Collaboration, which outlines essential elements and key strategies for shaping effective, health-based collaborations among public health, health care, and community-based organizations.

Leveraging Medicaid Managed Care to Advance Value-Based Purchasing
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Nov. 27, 1-2 p.m. ET
Looks at how some states use Medicaid managed care to drive the shift from volume to value, as payers turn to value-based payment to boost delivery system performance.

Early Childhood and Medicaid 101: The Tip of the Iceberg 
National Institute for Children's Health Quality
Nov. 28, 2:30-4 p.m. ET
Explores how Medicaid can be used to improve early childhood health and address disparities, and provides ideas on how families and community advocates, specifically, can leverage Medicaid, along with a Q&A with policy experts.

What Happens if She Screens Positive for Postpartum Depression?
Harvard Chan's Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health, and the Center of Excellence at Boston University
Nov. 28, 12-1 p.m. ET
Discusses the programmatic, policy, and research requirements to move postpartum mental health care from depression screening to treatment and beyond using the Massachusetts model as a case study.

Life Course Health Development: Think Nutrition First 
UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families, and Communities
Nov 28, 1-2 p.m. PT
Presents evidence that nutrition might be the most important environmental factor in the determination of life course health outcomes.

Medicaid Managed Long-term Services and Supports Programs for CYSHCN
National Academy for State Health Policy
Dec. 4, 3-4 p.m. ET
Provides an overview of a recent analysis of how state long-term services and supports programs serve children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). Presentations from Texas and Iowa highlighting their approach to providing such programs for CYSHCN through managed care.

Publications and Resources

General & Maternal Child Health

Recommendations for Well-Woman Care – A Well-Woman Chart
The Women's Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI) Well-Woman Chart serves as a tool for providers to guide them through a well-woman visit. The chart includes clinical prevention service recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, Bright Futures, and WPSI.

Contraceptive Access: How Do the States Measure Up?
Sustainable Development Goals USA released a report that ranks the states on their progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Data on contraceptive deserts are included as a measure in goal five.

Health Systems Transformation in MCH

State Strategies for Using Shared Plans of Care to Improve Care Coordination
This report from the National Academy for State Health Policy identifies approaches and strategies states can use to promote the use of shared plans of care as part of care coordination, highlighting initiatives from four states.

Child & Adolescent Health

Data Released on National Survey of Children's Health
Data from the combined 2016-2017 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) are now available at the Data Resource Center (DRC). The DRC is a project of the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The NSCH is funded and directed by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

Firearm Homicide and Suicide Rates in Large Metro Areas and the Nation
A report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzes firearm homicides and firearm suicides for 2012–2013 and 2015–2016 in the 50 most populous U.S. metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs). [more]

A Sourcebook on Medicaid's Role in Early Childhood
The Child and Family Policy Center released this resource on using Medicaid financing to promote the health and development of low-income young children. [more]

Include American Indians and Alaska Natives in ACES Research 
A blog from Child Trends contends there is a lack of comprehensive data about American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) adverse childhood experiences (ACES) because AI/AN data are typically grouped in an "other" category, if at all, in studies, and discusses how to include those populations. 

Career Opportunities 

Virtual Job Fairs focus on Behavioral Health
U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration
Employers from all over the United States gather in a virtual space to discuss health care job opportunities in rural areas.
Nov. 28, 6:45-10:15 p.m. ET


Deadline: Jan. 2
Power to Decide, the campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy, announced the launch of the third round of its Innovation Next program, which aims at redefine adolescent sexual health for the 21st century through a focus on technology-enabled ideas. 

National Institutes of Health
Deadline: June 1
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development intent to publish funding opportunity announcements to re-issue requests for applications for the Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network Clinical Centers and the Data Coordinating Center. 

Department of Health and Human Services
Deadline: June 7
For regional partnerships that provide, activities and services designed to increase the well-being of, improve permanency outcomes for, and enhance the safety of children who are in out-of-home placements or are at risk of entering out-of-home placements as a result of a parent's or caretaker’s substance abuse.

See more funding opportunities.