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 Aug. 8, 2017

Board Corner

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

AMCHP 2018-Key Updates

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]

New from AMCHP 

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, planned in partnership with AMCHP. Watch this space for more details! 

Legislative & Policy Corner 

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.

Bipartisan ACA Proposals Begin to Emerge
Since the Senate’s failure on July 28 to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, several bipartisan ACA reform efforts have emerged in both the House and Senate. In the House, the new Problem Solvers Caucus released a plan for five proposals that combine Democratic and Republican priorities. The Senate HELP Committee plans to hold bipartisan hearings in September on how to stabilize and strengthen the individual market. The panel will hear from insurance commissioners, insurance companies, governors, healthcare and health policy experts, and consumers. It hopes to craft a bipartisan, short-term proposal by mid-September. [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]

Strengthening Medicaid Managed Cared for Children with Chronic and Complex Health Care Needs 
The National Academy for State Health Policy is providing peer-to-peer technical assistance through a learning collaborative for states interested in improving Medicaid managed care programs and related services for children and youth with special health care needs, including those provided by state Title V CYSHCN programs. [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 for Public Comment
To make the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommendations clearer and its processes more transparent, the task force is inviting public comment on all draft research plans and draft evidence reviews. [more]

Opportunity Announcement for MCH Programs
MCH programs are encouraged to apply for the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Program Evaluation Practicum. [more]

Generate My Healthy Future
Healthy Teen Network is conducting a study with adolescents and young adults ages 14 to 24, their parents, and their non-parent caring adults. [more]

Certification Test Feasibility
Postpartum Support International is conducting a survey to identify areas of interest for a standardized test for the certification of perinatal mental health experts. [more]

Call for Applications: Innovative and Promising Practices in Pediatric Medical Home Implementation
Are you implementing pediatric medical homes? Showcase your work through the National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) by completing an application for innovative and promising practices in pediatric medical home implementation. [more]

Protecting Young Adults in Agriculture
Focuses on occupational safety considerations for young adult workers, ages 16 to 24. Participants will learn to define agricultural hazards that increase risk of injury and illness, describe regulatory standards that promote a safe work environment, and create steps to reduce agricultural injury. [more]

Mom's Mental Health Matters
Describes Mom's Mental Health Matters (MMHM), an initiative of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and reviews how to use its materials in community settings. [more]

Strengthening the Health Workforce Education Pipeline
Aims to increase awareness of health workforce education pipeline programs and share innovative best practices that address the need to recruit and retain students from disadvantaged backgrounds and underrepresented minorities to strengthen the health workforce. [more]

Moving Upstream to Prevent Substance Misuse and Addictions
In support of the 2017 President's Challenge, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials is convening state public health leaders and national experts in a webinar series to explore evidence-based strategies, policy challenges, and new opportunities to prevent substance misuse and addictions. [more]

Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program
Focuses on the Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program, which is a multi-component evidence-based approach by which school districts use all opportunities for students to be physically active and meet the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day, and teach students the importance physical activity. [more]

Ensuring Nationwide Access to Maternity Care Providers
Nearly half of U.S. counties lack a practicing OB-GYN, and the shortage is expected to grow. Maternity workforce shortages and maldistribution are of particular concern for the Medicaid program. Meanwhile, American women are dying from pregnancy-related complications at a higher rate than in any other developed country – a problem that's exacerbated by limited access to providers. Join AMCHP and the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation to discuss this timely issue. [more]

How to Apply for HRSA Grants
To help organizations learn more about the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) programs, priorities, and funding opportunities. Learn how to apply for a HRSA grant, assess organizational readiness, and how to write a strong application. [more]

Increasing Adolescent HPV Immunization through Provider Best Practices
This webinar will focus on the multi-state controlled trial that aims to address low HPV vaccination coverage among adolescents by enhancing a systems intervention. [more]

Publications & Resources  

Zika Corner
Update: Interim Guidance for Health Care Providers Caring for Pregnant Women with Possible Zika Virus Exposure
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report reflects changes to the guidance and aids health care providers and pregnant women with interpreting the new recommendations.

New and Updated Resources
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new Zika resources. [more]

General & Maternal Child Health

Enhancing Family Engagement through Quality Improvement
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) oversaw the launch and implementation of the Family Engagement Quality Improvement Project (FEQIP). [more]

National Strategy for the Opioid Epidemic
As part of the Opioids Action Plan, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) to convene a committee to update the state of the science on pain research, care and education, and to identify actions the FDA and others can take to respond to the opioid epidemic. [more]

August is National Immunization Awareness Month
National Immunization Awareness Month celebrates the benefits of vaccination and highlights its importance for people of all ages. [more]

Improving Quality of Care for Emergency Department Patients with Sickle Cell Disease
The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities developed two tip sheets focused on improving the quality of care for patients with sickle cell disease who visit the emergency department. [more]

Archived Webinars for MCH Training
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau's Division of MCH Workforce Development released new webinars for MCH training.  [more]

Health Systems Transformation in MCH
Principles of Child Health Financing
The American Academy of Pediatrics released an updated edition of the Principles of Child Health Financing. It outlines how the design, financing, and payment policies of a health care system can ensure children have access to universal coverage with quality, affordable health insurance that covers the full scope of essential pediatric benefits.  [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

Assessing Pediatric Emotional and Behavioral Problems
The Massachusetts General Hospital published the Pediatric Symptom Checklist. The checklist can be used by parents and pediatricians to assess how children and adolescents ages of 4 to 16 are functioning in different settings. [more]

Adolescent Health Partnership Newsletter: STD Prevention
The National Association of County & City Health Officials is participating in a national partnership to reduce HIV and other STDs among adolescents through school-based prevention programs. [more]

Legislation and Policy in MCH
Protecting Maternal, Child and Family Health
The American Public Health Association's MCH Section published a brief that examines Medicaid's 52 years of progress. [more]

Career Opportunities 

DMCHWD Seeking Interns
The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development in Rockville, Md., is recruiting graduate students and undergraduate seniors interested in becoming leaders in MCH for a winter/spring 2018 internship. [more]


Service Area Competition
Health Resources and Services Administration
Deadline: Aug. 21
The Health Center Program supports public and private nonprofit community-based and patient-directed organizations that provide primary health care services to the nation's medically underserved.

Rural Promise Neighborhoods
Department of Education
Deadline: Aug. 21 (Letter of intent)
Rural Promise Neighborhoods improve the educational and developmental outcomes of youth in distressed communities by strengthening schools and systems of family and community support.

For more funding opportunities, click here