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New from AMCHP

Partnering with Families, Communities, and Local Health Departments
This webinar explores how to develop strong partnerships to advance maternal and child health (MCH) priorities. [more]

Legislation and Policy

Time to Start Connecting with New Members of Congress
The 116th Congress, which formally begins on Jan. 3, will include over 80 new members. The time is ripe to begin familiarizing yourself with your new senators and representatives and prepare to let them know that you are a resource for all things maternal and child health! [more]

Public Charge Rule Comment Period Ends Dec. 10
AMCHP is deeply concerned about the potential effects of the proposed rule known as the "public charge rule." This proposed rule would expand the benefits that would be considered in determining if a person applying for his or her legal permanent residency (also known as a "green card") is likely to become a public charge. [more]

AMCHP 2019 — Key Updates

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. The Annual Conference will be held March 9-12, in San Antonio, Texas. Register by Feb. 8 to receive an early bird rate. For additional information, please contact Samantha Freeman. We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!

Get Involved

Become a CDC "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Ambassador
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, announce a funding opportunity for Act Early Ambassadors to work with CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." program to improve early identification of developmental delays and disabilities. [more] 

Implement the "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Model Project in Your State WIC Clinics.
The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) is recruiting states who want to learn more about the "Learn the Signs. Act Early." WIC Model Project. [more] 


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.

Strengthening Health Care Delivery Systems for Children with Special Health Care Needs and the Role of Quality Measurement
Nov. 28, 2-3 p.m. ET
National Academy for State Health Policy
Features presenters from Delaware, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts who recently participated in a NASHP learning collaborative focused on improving Medicaid managed care for children and youth with special health care needs. It includes an overview of NASHP resources to help states implement quality measurement and improvement efforts for those children.

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 approaches to providing such programs for CYSHCN through managed care.

Publications and Resources

Women and Infant Health

New Contraception Access Toolkit Builds on Zika Response
The CDC Foundation posted a new toolkit of resources developed in the context of the 2016-17 Zika virus outbreak in Puerto Rico. [more]

General & Maternal Child Health

Every Child By Two is now Vaccinate Your Family
Every Child By Two announced its new name: Vaccinate Your Family: The Next Generation of Every Child By Two (VYF). The change solidifies the organization's commitment to its expanded mission of protecting people of all ages against vaccine-preventable diseases.

CDC Releases Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant Evaluation Report 
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report about its evaluation of the Preventive Health and Health Services (PHHS) Block Grant. [more]

CMS Report on Telehealth in Medicare
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a report to Congress detailing the state of telehealth in the Medicare program. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

CDC Post Information about Acute Flaccid Myelitis
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted its latest information about Acute flaccid myelitis, a rare but potentially fatal condition that attacks the central nervous system and for which 90 of the victims have been children. The information includes data about symptoms and lab results, and how the CDC is addressing the problem.

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


Rural Communities Opioid Response Program
Department of Health and Human Services
Deadline: Jan. 15
To support treatment for and prevention of substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder, in rural counties at the highest risk for substance use disorder.

Autism Secondary Data Analysis Research Program
Department of Health and Human Services
Deadline: Jan. 22
Supports secondary data analysis of existing publicly available and accessible national databases and/or administrative records to advance best practices and determine the evidence-based practices for interventions that improve the physical and behavioral health of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities.

See more funding opportunities.