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 Aug. 22, 2017

​AMCHP 2018 - Key Updates 

Registration Opens for AMCHP 2018!
Registration is now open for the 2018 AMCHP Annual Conference — the perfect opportunity to connect and network with more than 800 public health officials who share an interest in maternal and child health. The Annual Conference will be held Feb. 10-13 in Arlington, Va. [more]

AMCHP Releases Call for Proposals
AMCHP invites you to submit a proposal for the 2018 AMCHP Annual Conference, to be held Feb. 10-13 in Arlington, Va. The theme is Staying Focused: The Enduring Commitment of MCH to Families and Outcomes[more]

Board Corner 

2018 Board Nominations Now Open
AMCHP is accepting director-at-large nominations. [more]

New From AMCHP 

Replication Project RFA
Would you like the opportunity to replicate an effective practice in AMCHP's Innovation Station?  Consider applying for the Best Practices Technical Assistance Replication Project.  Every year, AMCHP grants up to two technical assistance awards of $10,000 each for states to replicate or adapt an existing emerging, promising, or best practice in Innovation Station as part of an overall goal to improve maternal and child health outcomes by sharing effective and promising practices with state and territorial MCH programs. [more]

Title V Technical Assistance Meeting 
Save the date! The Maternal and Child Health Bureau invites state Title V Directors to participate in the Maternal and Child Health Federal/State Partnership Technical Assistance meeting in Arlington, Va., on Oct. 17 through Oct. 19. [more]

Legislative & Policy Corner 

Congress Gearing Up for Busy September
Although Congress is still in recess, both the House and Senate are preparing to confront many deadlines in September. When they return after Labor Day, the House will take up an omnibus appropriations package that combines all 12 appropriations bills, including Labor-Health and Human Services (Labor-HHS), where Title V Block Grant funding is housed. 

TPP and Title X Funding
Many of our members are probably aware that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently sent notices to Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) and Title X grantees about changes to the programs. [more]

Get Up to Date on Federal MCH Policy
The next event in the All-Member National MCH Policy Call Series will take place on Sept. 7 from 2-3:30 p.m. ET.

Health Systems Transformation
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated the training curriculum for Navigators and certified application counselors in the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces, in preparation for the Open Enrollment Period beginning Nov. 1, 2017 for the 2018 plan year in the individual market. [more]

Get Involved 

Your Voice: Call for Volunteers for AMCHP Committees 
AMCHP is seeking volunteers for all of its committees, including governance, annual conference planning, best practices, emerging issues, family and youth leadership, legislative and healthcare financing, and workforce and leadership development. [more]

Hear the Latest on Zika
Our monthly Zika conference call will take place on the last Thursday of each month to discuss opportunities to build partnerships and address topics for technical assistance pertaining to Zika. [more]

Opportunity Announcement for MCH Programs
MCH programs are encouraged to apply for the Harvard School of Public Health Program Evaluation Practicum. The practicum is a two-week experience for HSPH students to team up with participating MCH public health programs, attend a week-long program evaluation training, and work for the MCH program. [more]

Lead Poisoning Prevention Catalytic Award Competition
The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative is looking to make catalytic investments in programs that demonstrate excellence and best practices while working to eradicate lead exposure by providing financial and programmatic support to organizations demonstrating excellence in the mission to end lead poisoning in their communities. [more]

Participate in the 2018 Trainee Ambassador Group
The Trainee Ambassador Group (TAG) is a virtual trainee work group designed to foster connections between trainees across MCH Training Programs and to strengthen the link between trainees and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The 2018 TAG cohort will be responsible for designing and implementing trainee connections needs assessment and will serve as the steering committee for a broader trainee-led initiative aimed at further engaging trainees from all MCH Training Programs. [more]

Care Coordination Approaches for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and Their Families
Outlines the steps for charting a pathway to family-centered care coordination, examples and family care scenarios to understand what matters most to children and families, as well as how to develop better care planning processes. [more]

School Based Health Centers and Asthma
Learn how school-based health (SBH) centers can effectively manage asthma by reducing environmental triggers. [more]

Infant Mortality Expert Webinar Series
This multi-part series is an opportunity for public health professionals to hear experts and influencers in the MCH field share examples and best practices for supporting efforts to reduce infant mortality and improve MCH. [more]

Services for Students with Disabilities
Examines the differences between the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act's Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs) and Section 504. [more]

Early Childhood Care and Education Levers
A free, public workshop will be held at New York University to explore the intersections of health, early childhood care and education. [more]

Publications & Resources 

General & Maternal Child Health

Hepatitis C Public Health Detailing Kit
The National Association of County & City Health Officials developed the Hepatitis C Public Health Detailing Kit. [more]

Disability in America
The Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities has studied disability patterns in America for 30 years. [more]

Enhancing Family Engagement through Quality Improvement
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation published a fact sheet for family engagement and family-centered care. [more]

How to Build an Effective and Scalable Population Health Program
Unite Us released a publication that explores how to design and build an effective and scalable population health program. [more]

Personalized Well-Visit Planner
The Well-Visit Planner was developed to improve well-child care for children 4 months to 6 years old. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

Understanding the Effectiveness of Programs for Expectant and Parenting Teens
The Office of Adolescent Health is funding the Positive Adolescent Futures study, which includes three evaluations of programs that serve expectant and parenting teens. [more]

Improving the Relationship Between Primary Care Pediatricians and Specialists
New commentary in The Journal of Pediatrics reflects on the need to improve interactions between primary care pediatricians and specialists, and offers potential solutions to improve care delivery. [more]

Child Licensing Database
Child Care Aware of America launched the Child Care Licensing Database as a response to the 2014 reauthorization of the Child Care Development Block Grant, which required all states to strengthen their licensing standards. [more]

Reducing HIV and Other STDS Among Adolescents
The School-Based Health Alliance, Advocates for Youth, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, and the National Coalition of STD Directors, released the first newsletter in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Expanding Partnerships and Disseminating HIV Prevention initiative. [more]

Legislation and Policy in MCH

State Approaches to Addressing Health Disparities
The National Conference of State Legislatures released this archived webinar, which explains why state policymakers might consider addressing health disparities. [more]

Improving Systems of Care for CYSHCN and Autism Spectrum Disorder
This archived webinar explores the barriers to systems of care for child and youth with special health care needs and with Autism Spectrum Disorder. [more]

Advancing State Policies for Infants and Toddlers
Zero to Three published an issue brief that describes the experiences of Indiana, Oregon, and Vermont in working to develop and act on cross-sector infant-toddler policy priorities. [more]

Women's and Infant Health
Sending a Loud and Clear Message on Safe Sleep to Communities
The National Institute for Children's Health Quality published a blog post that highlights the Virginia Department of Health's efforts to create safer sleep environments for infants. [more]

On Your Behalf

Dr. Jeanette Kowalik, AMCHP’s associate director of Women’s and Infant Health, was elected to the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee’s (USBC) Board of Directors at the 2017 Membership Meeting. [more]

Members of the National MCH Workforce Development Center, Meg Comeau and Kristen Hassmiller Lich, partnered with AMCHP’s Ki’Yonna Jones, Lynda Krisowaty, and Nisa Hussain to facilitate a site visit for the center’s cohort team of participants from Maryland to advance their team goal of improving care coordination statewide. [more]

Career Opportunities 

AMCHP Seeking Government Affairs Specialist
The government affairs specialist is responsible for developing and implementing AMCHP's advocacy activities related to appropriations and MCH programs, including policies related to the current health reform legislation. [more

Apply to be a NACCHO Health & Disability Fellow
The National Association of County & City Health Officials is recruiting applicants for the next cohort of its Health and Disability Fellowship Program. [more


Pilot Studies to Test the Initiation of a Mental Health Family Navigator Model
National Institutes of Health
Deadline: Sept. 5 or 16 (Letter of intent)
Encourages research project grant and planning grant applications to develop and pilot test the effectiveness and implementation of family navigator models designed to promote early access, engagement, and coordination of mental health treatment and services for children and adolescents who are experiencing early symptoms of mental health problems. To access the planning grant (R34), click here

State Systems Development Initiative Grant Program — Tier 1 (Jurisdictions)
Health Resources and Services Administration
Deadline: Sept. 5
Aims to develop, enhance, and expand state and jurisdictional Title V maternal and child health data capacity.

State Systems Initiative Grant Program — Tier 2 (States and D.C.)
Health Resources and Services Administration
Deadline: Sept. 5
Designed to develop, enhance, and expand state and jurisdictional Title V maternal and child health data capacity for its needs assessment and performance measure reporting in the Title V MCH Block Grant program.

 STD AAPPS Supplemental Funding for Enhanced Congenital Syphilis Response
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Deadline: Sept. 6
To fund a select set of project areas with high rates of congenital syphilis to go above and beyond the activities supported by the Sexually Transmitted Disease Programs through Assessment, Assurance, Policy, and Prevention Strategies and bolster congenital syphilis control and prevention. Primary goals are to strengthen the local response to congenital syphilis. For more information, click here.  

For more funding opportunities, click here