2019 Board Nominations
AMCHP is seeking nominations from Region V to fill a vacancy on its board of directors. This is considered a special election of the board, and only current, active delegates from Region V are eligible. This is an interim regional director position with a term of one year effective immediately and concluding with the 2020 AMCHP Annual Conference. Because this is an interim appointment, successful candidates will be eligible to run for re-election for up to two additional terms.
This process will remain open through Friday, June 28. The AMCHP Governance Committee will subsequently conduct telephone interviews with candidates on a rolling basis upon receipt of the full nomination package through early July. The AMCHP Board of Directors will vote on the interim appointment by late July.
See the regional director position description. A candidate questionnaire must be submitted in order to be considered.
Legislation and Policy
Get Up-To-Date on Federal MCH Policy
The next event in the All-Member National MCH Policy Call series will take place on Thursday, July 11 from 2-3 p.m. ET.
House FY20 Labor-HHS Bill Passes with $34M Increase for Title V!
On June 19 the House of Representatives passed its first minibus appropriations bill (several appropriations bills combined into one), which included the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (Labor-HHS) Appropriations bill. Included in this bill was $712 million for the Title V MCH Block Grant for fiscal year 2020.
As you may recall, the original Labor-HHS bill included $705 million for Title V, which was an increase of $27 million from fiscal year 2019. During consideration of the bill on the House floor, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) offered an amendment to increase Title V by an additional $7 million. The amendment passed by a vote of 365-59, bringing the total amount included for Title V to $712 million. Based on our reading, the $34 million increase would be divided equally between formula grants to states and Special Projects of Regional and National Significance (SPRANS).
The Senate Appropriations Committee may begin consideration of its version of the Labor-HHS bill after the July 4 recess. We a hear that the Senate anticipates working from a lower overall funding level, which means that levels for individual programs are expected to be lower, as well.
House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Bills to Reauthorize MCH Programs
On June 25 the Health Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing titled, "Reauthorizing Vital Health Programs for American Families." The hearing considered four bills to renew health programs set to expire at the end of September, including the Autism CARES Act, the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act, Emergency Medical Services for Children, and the Lifespan Respite Care Program. All four bills have bipartisan support and are expected to move as part of a broader package of health care "extenders" before their authorizations expire. AMCHP has formally endorsed the House legislation to reauthorize the Autism CARES Act and the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act. For more information about each of the bills, see the hearing memo prepared by the staff of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
House Subcommittee Holds Oversight Hearing on Title X Family Planning Program
On June 19 the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing titled, "Protecting Title X and Safeguarding Quality Family Planning Care." The hearing focused on changes made to the Title X Family Planning Program by the Trump administration's final rule and how the final rule will affect the millions of people that Title X-funded programs serve. Major themes during the hearing included:
- Opposition to the rule from major public health and scientific organizations;
- Maintaining trust within patient/provider relationships;
- Clarification on how providers can interpret "nondirective pregnancy counseling;"
- Comingling of Title X funds to provide abortions; and
- Access to care, especially among low-income women and families.
Court Rules New Title X Regulations May Go Into Effect
On June 20, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit accepted a request from the Department of Health and Human Services to lift the nationwide injunctions against proposed changes to the Title X family planning program. The new Title X rule states that clinics that provide abortions will not receive Title X funding unless there is a physical separation of abortion services and health/family planning services. It also prohibits Title X providers from referring patients to abortion services. This ruling will allow the changes to go into effect immediately in every state except Maryland. AMCHP will continue monitoring implementation of the new rule and will host a guest speaker to discuss this topic on our upcoming monthly policy call to be held July 11.
Senate Committee Approves Legislation to Lower Health Care Costs, Improve Maternal Health, Raise Tobacco Age to 21
On June 26, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP Committee) approved the Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019 (S. 1895), sending the wide-ranging bill designed to lower health care costs and improve health outcomes to the full Senate for consideration. The Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019 included several important public health provisions, including five sections dedicated to improving maternal health, a provision to raise the national tobacco purchasing age to 21, the authorization of funding to expand and modernize public health data systems, and the authorization of funding to states and non-profit organizations to address vaccine misinformation and support activities to improve vaccination rates.
The sections focused on improving maternal health would: authorize funding for the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health program; support activities to reduce and prevent discrimination in prenatal care, labor care, birthing, and postpartum care through health care provider trainings related to implicit bias; authorize funding for state perinatal quality collaboratives; and authorize funding to support pregnancy medical home models.
The other two bills approved by the committee would reauthorize the Poison Control Center program (S. 1199) and the Emergency Medical Services for Children program (S. 1173).
Tell Us How Well Are We Doing in Serving Young Adults in Title V Programs
The Adolescent & Young Adult Health National Resource Center (AYAH-NRC) is looking for your ideas about how to partner with you to refine/create programs, initiatives and policies best designed to meet the needs of our young adults.
According to the 2015 report, Investing in the Health and Well-Being of Young Adults, "Young adults are at a surprisingly elevated risk of death and disease in a variety of ways compared with adolescents and older adults." In addition, most markers of adolescent health worsen in young adulthood.
This can be challenging for Title V maternal and child health (MCH) programs, because young adults (age 18 to 24) can be hard to understand and difficult to reach. Which raises the question: How well are we doing?
To learn more, the AYAH-NRC invites you to complete this five-minute survey about your opinions and experiences supporting young adults in your Title V MCH program. Your ideas will help the AYAH-NRC (funded by the U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau) identify ways to best partner with you to refine/create programs, initiatives and policies best designed to meet the needs of our young adults. For questions, contact Kristin Teipel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Determinants of Health: Financing Interventions and Strategies for States
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
July 15, 3-4 p.m. ET
Describes how both public and private insurers can finance interventions that incorporate social determinants of health and other social services.
Innovation Station Update: June is Men's Health Month
Addressing the health needs of men and boys is important to building strong families and communities. In particular, it is important to recognize the role that fathers play in supporting well-being for children, adolescents, and families. At AMCHP, we want to highlight the work that MCH professionals are doing to support fatherhood and men's health across the nation. For example, check out the Boy's Health Advocacy Program and Using Barbershops to Teach Period of PURPLE Crying/Infant Development in our Innovation Station by clicking here.
On Your Behalf
WPSI Dissemination and Implementation Steering Committee
As an appointed member, Cheryl Clark, AMCHP's associate director of epidemiology and evaluation, represented AMCHP at the Women's Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI) Dissemination and Implementation Steering Committee meeting on June 21. The WPSI, an initiative of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, is composed of national health organization representatives who conduct reviews of current scientific evidence and recommend updates to existing preventative service guidelines for women. The WPSI Dissemination and Implementation Steering Committee is charged with advising the dissemination and implementation of recommendations for the Guidelines for Women's Preventive Services sponsored by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.
Intent to Publish Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study Funding Opportunity
National Institutes of Health
Deadline: July 1
Notice of intent to publish a funding opportunity for a Data Analysis, Informatics, and Resource Center to oversee and manage procedures and activities for a nationwide, multisite longitudinal cohort study that examines brain and behavioral development from late childhood.
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
Deadline: July 15
Helping adults living with arthritis, joint pain, have limited mobility, or interested in becoming more physically active. Grantees asked to help increase participation in the Walk With Ease self-directed or group format
State Maternal Health Innovation Program
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Deadline: July 15
To support states and other stakeholders in reducing maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity through capacity building assistance to recipients and other HRSA-funded grantees as they implement innovative and evidence-informed strategies.
National Association of School Nurses 51st Annual Conference
June 28-July 1
NACCHO Annual Conference
Speak for Health Advocacy Bootcamp
10th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference
Focus on Eye Health National Summit: A Lifetime of Vision
Safe Kids Worldwide Childhood Injury Prevention Convention
9th Annual Integrative Medicine for the Underserved Conference
Santa Clara, Calif.
2019 National Prevention Network Conference
United States Conference on AIDS (USCA)
Safe States Alliance 2019 Injury and Violence Prevention Conference
Healthy Teen Network Annual Conference
New Orleans, La.
2019 American Public Health Association Meeting and Expo
AMCHP 2020 Annual Conference
Crystal City, Va