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 December 19, 2019

Annual Conference

Register for AMCHP 2020!

Registration is now open for AMCHP's 2020 Annual Conference — the perfect opportunity to connect and network with nearly 1,000 public health officials who share an interest in maternal and child health. The theme for the conference—to be held March 21-24 in Crystal City, Va.—is The Power of Connections: Building Equity for Healthy Generations. Register by Feb. 21 to receive an early bird rate. For additional information, please contact Samantha Freeman. We look forward to seeing you!

New From AMCHP

Leadership Lab to Offer Three Leadership Development Trainings

AMCHP is excited to share that the Leadership Lab will be offering three leadership development trainings for the 2019-2020 programming year. These trainings are offered in place of the typical cohort structure and will be open to anyone interested in the designated topic for each training.

AMCHP will offer these trainings in December 2019, February 2020, and April 2020. A save-the-date notice and registration link will be sent after topics, presenters, and specific dates are identified; please be alert for more information. If you have questions, contact Michelle Crawford at mcrawford@amchp.org

Legislation and Policy

Fiscal Year 2020 Omnibus Appropriations Bill Released; $10 Million Increase for Title V Program 

The House and Senate have reached an agreement to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2020. The text can be found here and report language for the Labor, Health and Human Services (Labor-HHS), and Education bill can be found here.

The House passed the fiscal year 2020 funding bill on Dec. 17. When this update was drafted (on Dec. 17), the Senate agreed  to vote on the fiscal year 2020 appropriations legislation on Dec. 19 before Congress breaks for the holidays. Note that the current short-term funding bill expires on Dec. 20.

Total Funding for Title V in the Fiscal Year 2020 Labor-HHS
Total funding for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant included in the fiscal year 2020 Labor-HHS bill is $687,700,000, which represents a $10 million increase over fiscal year 2019 levels. From our initial reading, the $10 million increase is allocated as follows:

  • $2 million – Alliance on Innovation for Maternal Health (AIM) for a total of $5 million 
  • $7 million – Infant Toddler Courts for a total of $10 million (note that funding for this program was transferred to Title V Special Projects of Regional and National Significance (SPRANS) last fiscal year)
  • $523,000 – Fetal-Alcohol Syndrome set-aside within SPRANS for a total of $1 million
  • $477,000 – Title V State Formula funding

A few noteworthy policy and funding provisions included in the fiscal year 2020 appropriations package include the following:

  • $50 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to modernize public health data systems.
  • $25 million split evenly between CDC and the National Institutes of Health to study firearm injury and mortality prevention. (Note that this represents the first time in more than  20 years that the federal government has funded gun violence prevention research.)
  • Raises the age to purchase tobacco to 21 years old across the nation, to take effect within roughly 9 months of enacting the bill.
  • Extends funding for five months (through May 22, 2020) for several health programs whose authorization is set to expire on Dec. 20. These programs include the personal responsibility education program (PREP), community health centers, national health service corps, teaching health centers, and federal diabetes programs.

The AMCHP policy team will update you via Legislative Alerts as Congress votes on this legislation and  provide details on  the contents of the bill. Please also feel free to reach out to Amy Haddad (ahaddad@amchp.org) or Alyson Northrup (anorthrup@amchp.org) if you have any questions!

Five-Month Extension of Health Programs Sets Up Potential Springtime Health Package

By including short-term funding (through May 22, 2020), rather than multi-year reauthorizations, for several key health programs in the end-of-year appropriations legislation, Congress gave itself a five-month deadline to fully fund these programs. At the same time, this new health funding cliff of must-pass health legislation will create a potential legislative vehicle in May 2020 to pass additional health policy proposals currently pending before Congress. Health policy proposals that are ripe for passage as part of this potential springtime legislative vehicle include several maternal health bills, legislation to end surprise medical bills, and legislation to reduce the cost of prescription drugs.

As referenced earlier, the health programs whose authorization is extended through May 22 as part of the fiscal year 2020 appropriations package include the personal responsibility education program (PREP), community health centers, national health service corps, teaching health centers, and federal diabetes programs.

Annual Defense Bill Includes 12 Weeks Paid Parental Leave for Federal Employees

The annual defense bill, known as the National Defense Authorization Act, includes a provision to provide 12 weeks of paid parental leave for federal workers beginning on Oct. 1, 2020. The new leave policy would apply to more than 2.1 million employees in the U.S. Employees would have access to paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child, but not for medical reasons, for example, to care for a sick loved one or to recover from an illness. Congress approved the bill on Dec. 17 and President Trump has said he would sign the bill into law.

Get Involved

Your Input is Requested: What has the Affordable Care Act Meant to You?

2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the ACA.  AMCHP's Health System Transformation Team is collecting testimonials from state Title V staff on how the law has affected them and the MCH populations they serve.  Please send your two to three sentence response by Jan. 10 to Stacy Collins at scollins@amchp.org.

AMCHP National MCH Policy Calls

Get up to date on federal MCH policy. The next event in the All-Member National MCH Policy Call series will take place Jan. 9, 2020, 2-3 p.m., ET. Register here.

Your Voice: Call for Volunteers for AMCHP Committees 

AMCHP is still seeking volunteers for the following committees: Family and Youth Leadership, Legislative and Healthcare Financing, and Workforce and Leadership Development. Check out our committees page to learn more.

Register to Attend the 2020 Preparedness Summit in Dallas

Registration is now open for the 2020 Preparedness Summit, to be held March 31-April 3, 2020, in Dallas. The theme, Fixing Our Fault Lines: Addressing Systemic Vulnerabilities, will focus on methods to identify systemic weaknesses and highlight tools and policies that can empower all communities, and particularly the ones that are most vulnerable, to address those weaknesses and become more resilient. 

Webinars

RECORDING AVAILABLE: "Charting the LifeCourse" Framework (presented by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities)

Held on Dec. 11, 2019

The "Charting the LifeCourse" framework and principles was developed by families to support and empower people with disabilities and their families to develop a vision for the future, identify how to find or develop supports, and discover what it takes to help people with disabilities live the lives they want to live. Presenters provided an overview of the framework and addressed how their states engaged in the national Supporting Families Community of Practice formed around the LifeCourse framework. Click here for a recording of this webinar.

RECORDING AND SLIDES AVAILABLE: Stories from the Field: Building a Transformative Partnership with Families and Clinicians (developed with the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health)

Held on Dec. 16, 2019 

Family-professional partnerships help ensure health care programs and policies are appropriate and well-utilized. Although including parents as equal members of their child's care team is an accepted standard for pediatric care, the core principles of family engagement have not been widely adopted as drivers of health care systems improvement. This webinar provides perspectives from two statewide projects – a parent leadership training program and a hospital learning collaborative – that are integrating families as equal partners in addressing system issues.  Click here for the slides and recording of this webinar.

RECORDING AND SLIDES AVAILABLE: AMCHP's Collaboration Lab—From Data to Action: Using and Translating Needs Assessment Data

Held on Dec. 17, 2019 

This webinar was designed to help participants increase their skills in initiating and sustaining partnerships and collaborations with stakeholders at multiple levels. The focus was on using these skills to build relationships with families, communities of color, and socially vulnerable populations. Attendees were taught how to identify effective strategies and best practices for partnering with culturally responsible organizations and diverse stakeholder groups. They also learned to use and translate data from the Title V needs assessment into action steps. Click here for the slides and recording  of this webinar.  

ASTHOConnects: Telehealth Approaches for Treating Substance Use Disorders in Maternal and Child Populations

Jan. 21, 2020, 1-2:00 p.m., ET

Telehealth involves the use of digital communication technologies to provide long-distance clinical health care and health education. Health care providers and public health agencies are utilizing telehealth to provide easier and more accessible care to patients.

Join the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials for a live virtual event on the use of telehealth to improve access to substance use disorder treatment, including medically-assisted treatment, in maternal and child populations. This three-part presentation will increase attendees' knowledge of telehealth continuity of care and will focus on the four modalities of telehealth and how they can be leveraged to improve care. Telehealth and behavioral health experts will present on how they have used telehealth in their organizations for provider workforce development and to improve health outcomes for maternal and child populations. Register here.

Developing the Roadmap to Improve Data on the Health of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Jan. 21, 2020, 4–5:00 p.m.., ET

Hosted by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) Research Interest Network, this webinar will update participants on the status of improved data on the health of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This webinar will solicit participant input to shape the next roadmap. For more information and to register, click here.

Publications & Resources

Women's and Infant Health

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's (NICHD's) new "Pregnancy for Every Body" initiative has launched! Check out the initiative microsite to see the full content for moms-to-be and health care providers on the topic of weight and pregnancy (https://www.nichd.nih.gov/Pregnancy4EveryBody).

Visit the shareable messages section on the Materials page of the website to get sample social media content intended for plus-size moms-to-be and health care providers across multiple social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. Download print and digital educational materials to find helpful graphics to adapt for your posts, blog content, and for other channels.

Opportunities

The Adolescent Health Initiative's (AHI) call for nominations for the 2020 Excellence in Adolescent Health Award is now open! AHI accepting nominations through Jan. 31, 2020 for individuals or teams doing excellent work in the field of adolescent health.

Innovation Station

Innovation Station Identifies New Promising, Emerging, and Cutting-Edge Practices! 

Click here to see the list of promising practices accepted during the Spring 2019 review. Accepted emerging and cutting-edge practices can be accessed here. Please stay tuned for practices accepted during the Fall 2019 review.

December is Access to Health Care Services Awareness Month

To achieve optimal health, mothers, children, and families need access to quality health care as well as the means to pay for it.  This month, AMCHP highlights two Innovation Station practices addressing access to health care. They are the Pathways Community Hub in Ohio, and the Health e-Access Telemedicine Program in New York. Click here to read more.

On Your Behalf

AMCHP State Public Health Autism Resource Center in Partnership with Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Kickoff Meeting was a Success  

In partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), AMCHP's State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) held a kickoff meeting in October in Arlington, Va., for the newly awarded Autism Community of Learners 2019-2022 state grantee cohort. Grantees include:  

This meeting laid the foundation for relationship-building and collaborative community for the subsequent grant years. The state grantees and SPHARC team learned about each state team's needs, technical assistance requests, and the desired learning community structure. Grant activities for the project period will focus on the implementation of three key evidence-based/informed strategies: (1) shared resources, (2) family navigation, and (3) provider integration and education. The community has access to the team SharePoint site to facilitate resource sharing and peer learning. They will also be participating in bimonthly technical assistance calls that cater to grantee needs by providing access to experts and national partners, as well as a forum to discuss successes and best practices with each other. 

To learn more about each grantee's work, check out their state profiles on the SPHARC webpage

AMCHP Associate Director of Health Systems Transformation Participated in the National Association of County and City Health Officials Podcast Discussion on the Affordable Care Act

Stacy Collins, AMCHP Associate Director of Health Systems Transformations, participated in this month's National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Podcast from Washington.

She spoke with Ian Goldstein, Government Affairs team member at NACCHO on the significance of the Affordable Care Act in improving health outcomes of youth and on maternal mortality rates.

AMCHP 2019-2020 Fiscal Year Membership Dues

AMCHP memberships are vital for individuals, organizations, state and territorial programs with an interest in maternal and child health. Membership due notices have been distributed for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. If you have not yet had the chance to submit payment for your dues, click here for payment options.

Funding

Funding Opportunity for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Surveillance

Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
Deadline: Jan. 21, 2020

This funding opportunity will provide a mechanism for state, local, tribal, and territorial public health organizations or agencies with public health authority to conduct population health surveillance using the CSTE NAS Standardized Case Definition (Tier 1) while leveraging existing surveillance infrastructure.  Click here for more information.  

Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Residency Training in Primary Care (PCTE-RTPC) Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration
Deadline: Jan. 24, 2020

To enhance accredited residency training programs in family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, or combined internal medicine and pediatrics in rural and/or underserved areas, and encourage program graduates to choose primary care careers in these areas.

Commemorations

January
Cervical Health Awareness Month 
National Birth Defects Prevention Weekend 
National Glaucoma Awareness Month  
Thyroid Awareness Month    

Calendar 

AMCHP 2020 Annual Conference
March 21-24
Crystal City, Va. 

2020 Preparedness Summit in Dallas
March 31-April 3
Dallas, Tx.