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 Feb. 8, 2017

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AMCHP 2017--Key Updates

Invest in Your Professional Development by at AMCHP 2017
The 2017 AMCHP Annual Conference is weeks away! Join 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. [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. [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]

Legislative & Policy Corner

National MCH Policy Call Series
Thank you to everyone who joined us on the Feb. 2 national MCH policy call!  A recording will soon be available and a link will be shared in the next Member Briefs. [more]

Continued Uncertainty in Timing for Key Action
Although Congress and the administration are keeping busy on many fronts, the timing for action on key items such as the budget and Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal/replace efforts seem even more uncertain.  While we were expecting to see an outline of the president's budget by the end of February, reports emerged this week that the White House may forego this process altogether, especially in light of the fact that the nominee to head the Office of Management and Budget, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, hasn't yet been confirmed, meaning that we may not see the president's budget priorities until late April or May. [more]

Get Involved

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]

Engage Medicaid Patients
The National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation will host a webinar on Feb. 10 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET. With the new presidential administration in place, there may be a new era of state-level flexibility in Medicaid. [more]

Leveraging Fund and Partnerships for Sustainability
The National Association of County and City Health Officials will host the fourth webinar in the Public Health Breastfeeding Series on Feb. 22 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET. The presentation 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]

Support the Public Health Workforce
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is accepting applications for the Disability Technical Assistance Program. The initiative is designed to support local health departments seeking to increase inclusivity and accessibility for people with disabilities in their programs, products and services. [more]

Apply for the Susan A. Hickman Research Award
Postpartum Support International (PSI) is accepting applications for the 2017 Susan A. Hickman Research Award until March 1. The award is given every year to an individual involved in a scholarly research project that contributes to the field of perinatal mental health. [more]

Ask A Colleague
CityMatCH is seeking responses from public health professionals on what local MCH programs are doing to address the Zika virus in urban communities. [more]

Publications & Resources

Health Systems Transformation in MCH
Interactive Title V and Medicaid/CHIP Worksheets
The Catalyst Center created two interactive worksheets for Title V program staff, family leaders and other stakeholders. The worksheets provide an overview of Title V, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). [more]

Child and Adolescent Health
Student Reports on Bullying
The National Center for Education Statistics published a report that utilizes results from the 2015 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey. [more]

Tobacco Product Use by Adults and Youth in the United States
The New England Journal of Medicine published a paper that includes initial data on adult and youth tobacco use from the Population Assessment on Tobacco and Health Study. [more]

Children's Hospitals Photo Exhibit
The Children's Hospital Association developed a photo exhibit, presented by Huggies, that celebrates children's hospitals' commitment to the health of all children. [more]

Care Planning for Children with Special Needs
In November 2016, the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, in partnership with Family Voices and the Catalyst Center, hosted a webinar on care planning for children with special health care needs. [more]

Dating Matters: Interactive Guide on Informing Policy
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the Dating Matters Guide to Informing Policy. One important component of a comprehensive approach to teen dating violence prevention is ensuring that the best available data, evidence and practice are included in policy development, implementation and evaluation. [more]

Legislation & Policy in MCH        
The Role of Title V in Developmental Screening
The National Academy for State Health Policy recently published a guidance. [more]

Red Light, Green Light: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2016
This annual report from the National Women's Law Center covers child care assistance policies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. [more]

Women's & Infant Health
Folic Acid for the Prevention of Neural Tube Defects: Preventive Medication
The United States Preventative Services Task Force published a public recommendation statement for women who are planning or capable of pregnancy. [more]

Reproductive Justice and Public Health
CityMatCH hosted a webinar focused on the important public health topic of reproductive justice. [more]


Autism Transition Research Project
Deadline: Feb 13. 2017
The Health Resources and Services Administration is accepting applications for the Autism Transition Research Project. ATRP supports the implementation and completion of programmatic research studies that examine factors associated with healthy life transitions among adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder to adulthood. For more information, click here.

23rd Annual Health Care Research Award
Deadline: Feb. 15
The National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation is accepting applications for the Health Care Research Award. This funding opportunity recognizes outstanding published work from researchers furthering innovation in health care financing, delivery and organization or the implementation of health care policy. For more information, click here.

State Public Health Coordinating Center for Autism
Deadline: Feb. 17
The Health Resources and Services Administration is soliciting applications for the State Public Health Coordinating Center for Autism. The Coordinating Center will work closely with the recipients of the current Innovation in Care Integration for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities Program. Activities of the Coordinating Center will advance the efforts of state autism awardees and state public health agencies, including the Title V MCH and CYSHCN programs, to develop and sustain a state system of care to assure that children and youth with ASD/DD receive early and timely identification diagnosis, referral and treatment. For more information, click here.

CSTE Funding Opportunity
Deadline: Feb. 20
The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists is issuing a funding opportunity for eligible jurisdictions currently funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention PRAMS cooperative agreement to implement the 12-question marijuana and prescription drug supplement with the PRAMS survey. For more information, click here.

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part D Coordinated HIV Services and Access to Research for Women, Infants, Children and Youth Existing Geographic Service Areas
Deadline: Feb. 21
The Health Resources and Services Administration funding opportunity is to provide family-centered care in the outpatient or ambulatory care setting to low-income, uninsured, underinsured or underserved women (25 years and older) living with HIV; infants (up to 2 years of age) exposed to or living with HIV; children (ages 2 to 12) living with HIV; and youth (ages 13 to 24) living with HIV. For more information, click here.

Coordinating Center for Research to Promote the Health of Children with Birth Defects and People with Disabilities
Deadline: Feb. 22
This funding announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is for a cooperative agreement award to develop a Coordinating Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. The Coordinating Center will establish innovative partnerships with academic and other researchers to expand the scientific knowledge to promote the health and well-being of babies, children and adults by studying and addressing the causes of birth defects; help children reach their potential by understanding developmental disabilities; reduce complications of blood disorders; and improve the health of people living with disabilities. Contact Natalie Darling at for more information, or click here.

For more funding opportunities, click here.