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 April 19, 2017

​Legislative & Policy Corner

AMCHP to Continue National MCH Policy Calls
Thank you to those who participated in the April National MCH Policy Call. A recording of the call is available. Please join AMCHP's policy and government relations team for our next call on May 4 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. [more]

Get Involved

SPHARC Autism Awareness Month Coffee Talks!
AMCHP's State Public Health Autism Resource Center is proud to host a series of virtual coffee talks on hot topics related to autism in honor of Autism Awareness Month. [more]

Public Health Approaches to Address the Opioid Epidemic
AMCHP and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) will co-host a webinar focusing on public health strategies to address the opioid epidemic among maternal and child health populations. The webinar will focus on prevention efforts and highlight cross-sector collaborations. [more]

AMCHP's QI eLearning Series Continues!
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]

Join AMCHP for the 2017 March for Babies Campaign
AMCHP is again supporting its partners at the March of Dimes by raising funds for and participating in the Maryland-National Capitol Area March for Babies on May 6 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. This year our fundraising goal is $1,000. [more]

Anxious Children
The National Institute for Mental Health will host a webinar on April 20 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will offer practical strategies to help caregivers and children break the cycle of anxiety. [more]

Field Support for Local Health Departments
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will continue to provide Zika Pregnancy and Birth Defects Field Support to local health departments. [more]

Submit an Abstract on Health Equity
Health Affairs is accepting abstracts for its March 2018 issue on health equity. The health equity theme will present research that contributes to the understanding of factors that lead to health disparities and interventions that aim to reduce them. [more]

Building School Wellness Policies
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and Alliance for a Healthier Generation will co-host a webinar on April 25 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will highlight the importance of building local school wellness policies that can lead to promising, sustainable changes in practice for school nutrition and physical activity. [more]

The Link Between Special Health Care Needs and Financial Hardship
The Catalyst Center will host a webinar on April 26 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET to introduce the updated edition of Breaking the Link Between Special Health Care Needs and Financial Hardship. [more]

Depression in Teenagers
The National Institute of Mental Health will host a webinar on April 27 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. [more]

Strategies for Students with Autism
The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development will host a webinar on May 2 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. [more]

Hot Topics in Medicine
Stanford University Medicine Center for Continuing Medical Education is launching a webinar series on hot topics in medicine, featuring experts who will provide guidance to physicians and other health professionals on controversial and challenging issues. [more]

Gain a Better Understanding of Bright Future
Bright Futures will host a webinar presented by its editors, who will discuss the revised Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents 4th Edition. [more]

Enhance Your Understanding of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Registration is open for the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The Graduate Summer Institute will offer onsite courses in Baltimore, as well as online from June 12 to 30. [more]

Ask a Colleague
CityMatCH would like to hear what local MCH programs are doing to address maternal mortality in urban communities. [more]

Publications & Resources

General & Maternal Child Health
TEDxUNC Videos
TEDxUNC is an annual student-led event at UNC Chapel Hill dedicated to helping spread innovation and entrepreneurial ideas through presentations based on chosen topics. "What if…Reimagining Maternal and Child Health in the U.S." was the theme of the 2017 program. [more]

National Child and Maternal Health Education Program
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development created the National Child and Maternal Health Education Program to provide a forum for reviewing, translating and disseminating new research in maternal and child health. [more]

Promoting Healthy Weight
The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Department of Nutrition, hosted the Promoting Healthy Weight Colloquium 2.0 webcast. The series focus on the assessment, treatment and prevention of maternal and pediatric obesity using the life course approach to explain the connection of maternal and pediatric obesity. [more]

Transition to Adult Health Care and State Title V Program Directions
Thirty-two state Title V programs have selected transition as one of their national performance measures. [more]

Funding Crisis for Public Health and Safety
A report by Trust for America's Health – A Funding Crisis for Public Health and Safety: State-by-State Public Health Funding and Key Health Facts, 2017 – finds that core funding for disease prevention and health promotion programs has declined. [more]

Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Health Care
The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health released the 2017 Coding and Reimbursement Tip Sheet. [more]

Importance of Medicaid for Children
The Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families published a brief about the importance of Medicaid for children. [more]

Child and Adolescent Health
The Public Debate on School Food Nutrition Guidelines
Dialogue4Health hosted a web forum on how the public dialogue on school food guidelines has unfolded at the state and local levels. [more]

Social and Emotional Learning in Elementary School
The Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at Pennsylvania State University published a new research brief that examines the benefits of social and emotional development in elementary schools. [more]

Supporting Continuous Quality Improvement in Family-Child-Care Peer-Learning Group
In partnership with the Build Initiative, the National Center for Early Childhood Quality Assurance convened the Supporting Continuous Quality Improvement in Family-Child-Care Peer-Learning Group. [more]

Parent Engagement Practices Improve Outcomes for Preschool Children
Pennsylvania State University and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation published a brief that summarizes key findings from current research on family engagement in preschools. [more]

Caring for Children with Special Needs
Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health published an issue brief that examines a study involving 39 key informants (pediatricians, parents, nurses or other experts) in the care of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). [more]

Women's & Infant Health
The Well-Woman Project
In March, CityMatCH hosted the Well-Woman Project Learning Network webinar. The audio recording is available. [more]

On Your Behalf

On April 4, AMCHP staff member Lynda Krisowaty, along with Brenda Bandy (Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition) and Tivkah Wadley (HealthConnect One), presented at the National WIC Association Conference in Philadelphia. [more]

On April 4 and 5, AMCHP staffers Jeanette Kowalik, Cheryl Clark, Michelle Eglovitch, Nadia Laniyan and Charlotte Cleveland provided staffing, facilitation and technical support for the National Learning Network for Perinatal and Infant Oral Health In-Person Learning Session held in Washington, D.C. [more]

In early April, staff members Michelle Eglovitch, Lynda Krisowaty, Emily Eckert and Sara Miller attended the 2017 National WIC Association Conference in Philadelphia. [more]

Career Opportunities

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


State-based Perinatal Quality Collaborative
Deadlines: April 24, 2017
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accepting applications for a funding opportunity. These networks of perinatal care providers and public health professionals are working to improve pregnancy outcomes for women and newborns by advancing evidence-based clinical practices and processes through continuous quality improvement. The purpose of this program is to enhance the capabilities of state perinatal quality collaboratives to collect timely data to provide feedback to members to improve the quality of perinatal care in their respective states. For more information, click here.

National Telehealth Resource Center Program
Deadline: May 2, 2017
The Health Resources and Services Administration is accepting applications for the National Telehealth Resource Center Program (NTRC). The purpose of NTRC is to support the delivery of telehealth technical assistance through regional telehealth resource centers. Two NTRCs may be funded. For more information, click here.

Changing Minds: Professional Developmental and Public Education to Address Children Exposed to Violence and Childhood Trauma
Deadline: May 2, 2017
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is accepting applications for a funding opportunity to provide training, technical assistance and resources to state, local and tribal professionals who work with at-risk children and justice-involved youth. For more information, click here.

Forward Promise: Empowerment Projects
Deadline: May 2, 2017
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is accepting applications for a funding opportunity to promote opportunities for boys and young men of color (BYMOC) to heal, grow and thrive in the face of chronic stress and trauma. Empowerment Projects seek to strengthen organizations that provide culturally relevant healing responses to trauma and can partner with the youth-serving systems that touch BYMOC to advance new practices to prevent further traumatization. For more information, click here.

Regional Telehealth Resource Center Program
Deadline: May 7, 2017
The Health Resources and Services Administration is accepting application for the Regional Telehealth Resource Center Program (RTRC). The RTRC assists health care organization, health care networks and providers in the implementation of cost-effective telehealth programs to serve rural and medically underserved areas and populations. This funding opportunity announcement will support 12 RTRCs that focus on state-wide and regional telehealth activities. For more information, click here.

Healthy Habits: Timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents (R21)
Deadline: May 8, 2017
The National Institutes of Health is accepting applications for a funding opportunity that seeks to encourage innovative research to identify mechanisms of influence and/or promote positive sustainable health behavior(s) in children and youth (birth to age 21). For more information, click here.

For more funding opportunities, click here.