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 Feb. 21, 2017

Click here to access a PDF version of Member Briefs

AMCHP 2017--Key Updates

Invest in Your Professional Development at AMCHP 2017
The 2017 AMCHP Annual Conference is weeks away! Join over 800 public health officials who share an interest in maternal and child health to exchange experiences, research and ideas! See the complete list of skills-building and workshop sessions, or browse the sessions by the specific tracks as well as course name, date, title, speaker or keyword. Start creating your list of must-see sessions today. [more]

Share Your Heart and Talent
Got an artistic talent that's difficult to show on the job? Share it at AMCHP 2017! Attendees at this year's Annual Conference are invited to stage a two-minute skit during a plenary session that deals with some aspect of maternal and child health. The skit may take many forms, including song, poem, dialogue, comedy, game show, dramatic scene or dance. [more]

Participate in a Well Woman Care and Title V Discussion
The Woman's Preventative Services Initiative and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists will host Well Woman Care and Title V: Creating a Shared Vision for Capacity at AMCHP 2017 on March 5 from 8:00-9:30 a.m. CT. This special breakout discussion will focus on the resources and tools needed by state MCH programs and partners to improve access to preventative health services for adolescent and young adult women. [more]

Join Our MCH Epidemiology Discussions
AMCHP will host an MCH Epidemiology Roundtable discussion at the 2017 AMCHP Annual Conference for MCH staff to network with their epidemiologist peers and share their successes and challenges specific to epidemiology, data, analysis and assessments on March 6 from 5:45-6:45 p.m. CT. [more]

Breastfeeding and Health Equity Reception at Uzazi Village
AMCHP invites you to a special reception during AMCHP 2017 at Uzazi Village, a nonprofit organization established to address racially-biased perinatal health inequities in communities of color based in Kansas City, Mo. The event will consist of a reception with light refreshments, a tour of the center and a discussion of the "Sister Doula Program," a Medicaid MCO reimbursed community-based perinatal community health worker program that supports women from prenatal to postpartum. [more]

Legislative & Policy Corner

House Republicans Unveil Outline of Proposed ACA Replacement Plan
On Feb. 16, outlines of an initial proposal by House Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were distributed to members and leaked to the press. [more]

House Votes to Overturn Obama Administration Regulation on Title X
On Feb. 16, the House of Representatives passed HJRes 43, which reverses a regulation issued by the Obama administration that would have prohibited states from restricting the distribution of Title X family planning funds to certain entities based on anything other than the ability of that grantee to provide family planning services. [more]

AMCHP Joins Several Organizations in Supporting Continued Funding for Zika Resources
On Feb. 10, AMCHP joined several members of the Zika Coalition in a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging them to include ample funding to combat the Zika virus in fiscal 2018.  While the emergency funding that was passed in September 2016 has already started to be put to use, we know that there are still long-term needs that will have to be addressed in years to come. [more]

AMCHP to Continue National MCH Policy Calls
Thank you to those who participated on the February National MCH Policy Call. A recording of the call is available here. Please join the AMCHP policy and government relations team for our next call on March 2 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET. [more]

Health Systems Transformation 

Free Oral Health Video available for National Children's Dental Health Month
February is National Children's Dental Health Month! To promote better oral health for pregnant women and children, the AMCHP Health Systems Transformation team created a short, consumer-facing animated video about the importance of accessing oral health care during pregnancy. [more]

Get Involved

Participate in a New QI Learning Series
AMCHP, in partnership with Population Health Improvement Partners (Improvement Partners), is hosting a Quality Improvement eLearning Series for Title V staff to build capacity to apply QI tools and concepts to their work. The eLearning program is an interactive, virtual series of trainings that will allow participants to apply QI tools or concepts to issues they face working in MCH during virtual trainings with expert QI coaches from Improvement Partners. [more]

How Can We Better Serve You?
AMCHP is undertaking a member assessment to learn more about how are we support our members. As with previous member assessments, we will use survey results to provide our staff and leadership with information needed to improve our member programs and services; develop new programs and services; measure satisfaction with AMCHP as a member organization; and share emerging issues and organizational impact with funders and other relevant stakeholders. [more]

Race, Equity and Ethics: Questions on Child Welfare and Predictive Analytics
The Alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare will host a webinar on Feb. 22 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET. The presentation will discuss the proven structural factors that bring families to the attention of child welfare agencies and how these factors should be considered when implementing predictive modeling tools. [more]

Breastfeeding in the Community
The next installment in the National Association of City and County Health Officials Public Health Breastfeeding Series on Feb. 22 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET will address how local health departments and community based organizations can amplify the impact and longevity of community breastfeeding promotion and support programs through skillful leveraging of funds and partnerships. [more]

Teens Helping Teens
Love is Respect will host a webinar on Feb. 23 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. ET. [more]

The Ins and Outs of Communicating in a Disaster
Communication is often disrupted at a children's hospital during a disaster, outbreak, surge or any other unusual event. The American Academy of Pediatrics will host a webinar on Feb. 23 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. CT that will focus on establishing communication plans during emergency situations. [more]

Health Care 101:  Overview of Health Care System for Adolescents/Young Adults
The Adolescent & Young Adult Health National Resource Center is launching a series of new virtual opportunities to connect, explore and share ideas about what works to improve health care for adolescents and young adults (ages 10-25). The first is a webinar on Feb. 28, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will provide a broad overview of the health care system that serves adolescents/young adults. [more]

Leadership and Public Health
Diologue4Health, the American Public Health Association, Prevention Institute and Trust for America's Health will cohost a webinar on Feb. 28 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. ET. The panel discussion featuring national public health leaders will highlight policy priorities for advancing prevention and wellness with the new administration and Congress. [more]

Learn About the 2017 HPV Vaccination Updates
The American Academy of Pediatrics will host a webinar on March 6 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. Join a panel of experts in pediatric primary, infectious diseases, obstetrics and gynecology, ear, nose and throat for an HPV vaccination update. [more]

Enhance Your Understanding of School Healthcare
The Society of Public Health Educators (SOPHE) will host a pre-conference workshop prior to the start of the SOPHE 68th Annual Conference in Denver (March 30-April 1) on March 29. The workshop is designed for community health educators working in schools. [more]

Nominate a Colleague for a 2017 APHA Award
The American Public Health Association is seeking award nominations to recognize individuals who have exemplified outstanding contributions to public health. Membership is not required for award nominations. [more]

Provide Your Input
The Arc is conducting a survey of caregivers for people with disabilities regarding their needs, as well as their family members. [more]

Publications & Resources

General & Maternal Child Health
2016 National Profile of Local Health Departments
The National Association of County and City Health Officials released the 2016 National Profile of Local Health Departments report. It presents the newest data on local health department (LHD) funding, workforce, programs and partnerships. [more]

Health Systems Transformation in MCH
Cutting Medicaid: A Prescription to Hurt the Neediest Kids
The School Superintendents Association released a report. [more]

Leveraging CHIP to Protect Kids from Lead
A new report from the State and Health Value Strategies describes how the Children's Health Insurance Program can provide financial support to states. [more]

Child and Adolescent Health
New Resources on Child and Adolescent Immunizations
The American Academy of Pediatrics published three new reports on the importance of youth immunizations. [more]

Dating Matters: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is offering a free, online course available to educators, school personnel, youth mentors and others dedicated to improving teen health. [more]

Innovative Approaches in Care Coordination and Care Delivery for Children with Special Health Care Needs
The Association for Community Affiliated Health Plans examined 12 of its member plans nationwide to highlight innovative models of care coordination for children with special health care needs. [more]

School Breakfast Scorecard
Food Research and Action Center published a report that ranks states on the basis of participation of low-income children in the national School Breakfast Program. [more]

Career Opportunities

DMCHWD Seeking Future MCH Professionals
The U.S. Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development (DMCHWD), based in Rockville, Md., is seeking highly motivated graduate students and undergraduate seniors for a summer 2017 internship. [more]


Health Care Delivery System Innovations for Children with Medical Complexity
Deadline: Feb. 27
The Health Resources and Services Administration solicits applications for the 2017 Health Care Delivery System Innovations for Children with Medical Complexity (CMC) cooperative agreement. The purpose of this initiative is to develop and implement innovative care and payment models for children and youth with special health care needs using a Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) approach. A CoIIN – made up of teams of CMC, pediatric primary and specialty care clinicians, leaders of integrated health care delivery systems and/or freestanding children's hospitals, state Title V CYSHCN and Medicaid leaders, and other stakeholders from participating states – will work together to test strategies and build evidence for optimizing high-quality, cost-effective, family-centered care for CMC. For more information, click here.

Child Health Research Career Development Award Program
Deadline: Feb. 28 (Letter of Intent)
This funding opportunity from the National Institutes of Health invites applications for institutional research career development programs from organizations that propose to support mentored institutional career development programs for junior faculty investigators who have recently completed postgraduate clinical training in a subspecialty area of pediatrics and are committed to launching an independent research career. The program provides supervised research training to assist the transition into productive physician scientists. For more information, click here.

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Part C Capacity Development Program
Deadline: Feb. 28
The Health Resources and Services Administration is accepting applications for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Part C Capacity Development Program to strengthen organizational infrastructure to respond to the changing health care landscape and to increase capacity to develop, enhance or expand access to high- quality HIV primary health care services for low-income, uninsured and underserved people living with HIV/AIDS. The funding opportunity provides one-time funds to build local capacity to support an activity that addresses a gap in the local HIV care continuum. For more information, click here.

Optimizing Family Support for Families of Children with or At-Risk for Congenital Zika Virus Infection
Deadline: March 2
The Health Resources and Services Administration is accepting applications for the Optimizing Family Support for Families of Children with or at-risk for Congenital Zika Virus (ZIKV) Infection program. This program provides information, education, technical assistance and support to U.S. territories and jurisdictions outside the continental U.S. with or at-risk for ZIKV and to professionals who serve such families, so they can effectively navigate the services and resources available to them. For more information, click here.

National Maternal and Child Center Oral Health Systems Integration and Improvement
Deadline: March 6
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for the National Maternal and Child Center Oral Health Systems Integration and Improvement (COHSII) Cooperative Agreement. HRSA will award one prime-award recipient to lead a consortium of partners to work with local, state and national key stakeholders to improve existing systems of care in support of a quality improvement, patient-centered approach that addresses the comprehensive oral health needs of maternal and child health populations. The National Maternal and Child COHSII will serve as the central convener, coordinator and promoter of new knowledge and skills. For more information, click here.

Emergency Medical Services for Children Data Center
Deadline: March 10
The Health Resources and Services Administration is accepting applications for a cooperative agreement demonstration project with respect to an Emergency Medical Services Center Data Center to demonstrate the value of quality improvement strategies to support sustainability and integration of pediatric elements into state operations, as well as EMS- and hospital-based research along the continuum of acute emergency care. For more information, click here.

Maternal and Child Health Research Network Program Children with Special Health Care Needs Research Network (CSHCN-RN)
Deadline: March 16
This cooperative agreement opportunity from the Health Resources and Services Administration will establish and maintain an interdisciplinary, multi-state, collaborative Research Network. The network will lead, promote and coordinate national research activities to advance and strengthen the evidence base related to key components of a comprehensive, high-quality system of care for children with special health care needs. The network will extend and refine evidence utilized to establish the national Standards for Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs. For more information, click here.

For more funding opportunities, click here. ​