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 June 13, 2017

Legislative and Policy Corner

Block Grant Guidance Open for Public Comment
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing its plans to submit an Information Collection Request to the Office of Management and Budget for the revised Title V MCH Block Grant to States Program Application/Annual Report Guidance and Forms. [more]

​Get Involved

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. [more]

Strengthening and Supporting Families
Webinar introduces the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening and Support.
The National Family Support Network
June 14, 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET.

Raising Your Voice in Support of Public Health and Access to Care
Webinar highlights the status of the American Health Care Act and the president's budget, explores issues likely to arise in the Senate and outlines strategies for communications to key audiences.
The American Public Health Association, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute, and Trust for America's Health
June 14, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET.

Impact of Zika on Women and Children
Webinar examines current and emerging information about the Zika virus and its implications in MCH-related fields.
Boston University School of Public Health and Harvard University TH Chan School of Public Health
June 15, 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET.

Measuring Family Experiences of Care Integration
Webinar introduces the Pediatric Integrated Care Survey, an instrument that assesses family experience of care integration, and highlights how one hospital is using it to make improvements.
The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, the Catalyst Center, and Family Voices
June 15, 1:00-1:30 p.m. ET.

Preventing Risk Behavior by Building Resilience Among Youth
Webinar features how Prevention Research Centers are implementing programs that increase protective factors and prevent youth health risk behavior, highlighting collaborations with educational and tribal health agencies.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Association of State and Territorial Health
June 15, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET.

Strategies to Limit Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption in Young Children
Workshop provides an overview of current and emerging strategies to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages by young children, examines guidelines for their beverage intake, explores the role of industry in sugar-sweetened beverage intake and identifies opportunities for policies, programs, and strategies.
National Academy of Sciences
June 21-22,  Washington, D.C. Register to attend or to view via webcast.

Health Equity Series
Webinar focuses on monitoring social determinants of health and unequal treatment in MCH.
Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality
June 30, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET.

Dental Quality Improvement
Free online course teaches how to use quantitative and qualitative feedback to evaluate the quality of services in a practice, both clinical and operational, and use that feedback to drive change.
The Dental Quality Alliance, with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Publications and Resources

Zika Corner

CDC Updates Guidance on Interpretation of Zika Testing Results for Pregnant Women
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Health Alert Notice with updated guidance for health care professionals to interpret Zika test results for women who live in, or frequently travel (daily or weekly) to areas with a CDC Zika travel notice.

Pregnancy Outcomes Following Zika Virus Infection During Pregnancy in U.S. Territories
This report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides new information on 2,549 cases of pregnant women with possible Zika virus infection who completed their pregnancies in the U.S. territories. [more]

Measures Taken to Prevent Zika virus Infection during Pregnancy among Women with a Recent Live Birth
In this article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, scientists at the Puerto Rico Department of Health and the CDC describe behaviors and experiences related to Zika virus prevention during pregnancy among women in Puerto Rico who were pregnant during the Zika virus outbreak. [

General & Maternal Child Health

What is Health Equity and What Difference Does a Definition Make?
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation published a report to stimulate discussion and promote greater consensus about the meaning of "health equity." The report highlights elements to guide action and research on the topic.

New Database Highlights Community-Based Oral Health Programs
The Administration for Community Living and the Office on Women's Health debuted a website on oral health. [

Parenting Matters
The National Academy of Sciences published a report on the role of parents in the lives of young children. [

Child & Adolescent Health

Disparities in Diabetes Deaths Among Children and Adolescents
This Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention summarizes data from 2000 through 2014, finding that despite increases in diabetes prevalence and incidence among children and adolescents, there was no significant increase in diabetes mortality.

Increasing Children's Physical Activity in the United States
Health Affairs published an article on the importance of increasing physical activity among children. [

Transitioning to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities
This transition guide from the federal Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services addresses opportunities and programs for students and youth with disabilities; transition services and requirements; education and employment options after secondary school; and support for their decisions.

Genetic Evaluation of Children with Delays for Fragile X Syndrome
This supplement to the June issue of Pediatrics summarizes the state of children living with fragile X syndrome and calls for earlier identification of the syndrome using genetic testing. [

Legislation and Policy in MCH

Great Food, Great Kids Policy Research Report
The National Farm to School Network and the BUILD Initiative published a policy report to share information about experiences in building farm into early childcare and education policies. [

Paid Family Leave
The Urban Institute published a brief that illustrates the patchwork of public and private policies that do not meet the needs of working mothers. [

On Your Behalf

AMCHP Epidemiology and Evaluation staff members Cheryl Clark, Lynda Krisowaty, Charlotte Cleveland, and Chinelo Onyilofor traveled to Boise, Idaho, in early June for the 2017 Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists Annual Conference. Clark facilitated a roundtable discussion about data translation.


Expanding Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders
National Institutes of Health
Deadline: June 20
To test approaches for expanding medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD) in the general health care sector or linking individuals with OUDS who receive naloxone for the reversal of overdose to MAT in the context of states plans for use of the funds authorized under the 21st Century Cures Act.

State Vital Statistics Improvement Program
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Deadline: June 23
This five-year program will improve the performance of the National Vital Statistics System by convening state vital statistics to aid in establishing measurable standards for data quality and timelines, train and develop the vital statistics workforce, and plan and evaluate performance improvement initiatives, including accreditation of state vital statistics programs.  

See more funding opportunities.