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 April 12, 2010

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Next AMCHP National Call on Health Reform
Our next all-member call will be Tuesday, April 20 at 3 p.m. (EDT) to discuss implementation opportunities and strategies. Please save the date, and click here to register. A recording of our last call held on March 23 has been posted here. 

After Health Reform Passage – Now What?
Greetings again from our nation’s capital! Here at AMCHP we have barely taken a moment to catch our breath since President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) on March 23. We are now springing into action to support state MCH leaders’ roles in state level implementation.  

We just posted a summary of many of the potential funding opportunities for states contained in the PPACA, provided by our colleagues at the National Governors Association available here. We encourage you to check our Health Reform Resources hub often as we hope to centralize as many helpful resources as we can there. 

As we continue planning to support your roles in implementation, we are beginning to frame a five year work plan based on three phases: 1) immediate implementation opportunities for MCH leaders to play lead or supporting roles (i.e. implementing home visiting, the prevention fund, the personal responsibility education grants, and supporting community health center expansion); 2) intermediate needs (i.e. contributing to state development of insurance exchanges, planning for coverage expansions, development essential benefit package details, etc); and 3) long term planning (i.e. outreach and enrollment for coverage expansions, planning for expected increase in demand for enabling services and health system capacity, etc). 

We will be using this column, the Pulse newsletter, our website, and occasional special alerts as needed to keep providing you up to date information on reform implementation. As always we appreciate hearing from you on what will be most helpful from AMCHP to support your work – please direct those questions and suggestions to Michelle Alletto on our staff or call (202) 775-0436. 

Title V Appropriations Advocacy Continues
While health reform continues to get all the headlines we wanted to assure you that AMCHP is keeping up the drumbeat on the need for Congress to build upon the President’s proposed $11 million increase for Title V in FY 2011. We are asking Congress to fund the Title V MCH Services Block Grant at $730 million. For more information, please see our appropriations ask sheet here 

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AMCHP Member Assessment is Here!
As the national organization that supports state MCH programs and others working to improve the health of women, children, youth and families, including those with special health care needs, AMCHP is conducting a needs assessment of our own – of us! As your member organization, one of the primary reasons we exist is to serve you and we’d like to learn more about you and how you feel about the job we are doing. Keep on the lookout for the assessment – we’re launching it electronically on April 12. As an incentive to complete the assessment, AMCHP will hold a raffle offering members a discounted registration to attend our 2011 Annual Conference. Please make sure to fill it out – we want to hear from you!  

AAP Launches New Audio Series on Autism
The series, “Sound Advice on Autism,” produced by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), contains audio interviews with developmental and behavioral pediatricians, a pediatric neurologist, autism researchers and other parents of children with autism. To listen to “Sound Advice on Autism,” visit here 

CDC to Host Technical Assistance Call
The CDC Division of Blood Disorders will host a technical assistance call on April 15 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. (EDT) to answer any questions potential applicants may have about the funding opportunity for sickle cell disease and thalassemia surveillance in states. The dial in information: Dial-in Number: (877) 951-8091; participant code: 7388147. To learn more, visit here 

AAP Call for Abstracts
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is calling for abstracts for its 2010 National Conference and Exhibition to convene on October 1. AAP is interested in case presentations that address how practicing pediatricians have used health information technology to improve healthcare quality in their practices. The deadline to submit an abstract is April 16. To learn more, visit here 

NICHD Launches Online SIDS Curriculum for Nurses
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is now offering an online version of its Continuing Education (CE) Program on SIDS Risk Reduction. The curriculum is designed to inform pediatric, obstetric and neonatal nurses—as well as nurses who educate families and caregivers about caring for infants—of the latest risk-reduction strategies for SIDS. It also helps to increase nurses' knowledge of ways to communicate SIDS risk-reduction information to parents and caregivers. Nurses who successfully complete the curriculum will receive credit for 1.1 contact hours. The curriculum is accredited by the Maryland Nurses Association* and is available free of charge. The online module automatically grades responses to the post-test questions and provides nurses with real-time completion results. To learn more, visit here. 

APHA Call for Nominations
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is calling for nominations for its 2010 Awards Program for individuals who have accomplished outstanding work in the field of public health. Do you know a colleague who exemplifies outstanding professionalism, dedication and contributions in the field of public health? If so, submit a nomination for one or more of APHA's national awards. These awards will be presented at the 138th APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition on November 6-10 in Denver, Colorado. A description of each award, the nomination form and criteria are available online. The deadline for nomination materials is April 30. To learn more, contact Deborah Dillard or call (202) 777-2442.  

The APHA Maternal and Child Health Section is seeking nominations for the Section awards, which include the Maternal and Child Young Professional Award, Effective Practice, Outstanding Leadership/Advocacy, and Distinguished Service to the Section Awards. Nominations are due on April 30. Please email Barb Levin for additional information.  

RWJF Local Funding Call for Proposals
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Local Funding Partnerships program forges relationships between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and local grantmakers to fund promising, original projects that can significantly improve the health of vulnerable people in their communities. The deadline to submit an application is June 30. For more information on how to apply, visit here 

HCUP Hands-On Training Workshop and Tools Webinar
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) AHRQ will sponsor a full-day hands-on workshop for health services researchers interested in using Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) data resources on April 26. Participants will be exposed to HCUP databases and related tools (including HCUPnet) through hands-on manipulation of the data, including file construction, producing national estimates, creating State-level output, and applying critical methods to produce correct standard deviations. Access to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) and State Inpatient Databases (SID) will be provided during the workshop. The course will be held at AHRQ Headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. There is no registration fee to attend. Additional information and the registration form for this event are available here.

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Melita Jordan, Director of the Bureau of Family Health, Pennsylvania Department of Health, represented state maternal and child health programs on the “Perspectives Panel” of the recent AMCHP-sponsored Adolescent Reproductive & Sexual Health Disparities Summit that took place on March 6.  Melita has been a member of AMCHP’s Adolescent Reproductive & Sexual Health Disparities Advisory Workgroup for the past year. 


General Maternal & Child Health    

New 2010 Resource Guide on Families and Communities
The guide, “Strengthening Families and Communities: 2010 Resource Guide,” published by the Children's Bureau, Child Welfare Information Gateway, and the FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention, highlights strategies to strengthen families by promoting key protective factors that help reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. The guide offers suggestions for enhancing protective factors in families, tools to build awareness and develop community partnerships, information about child abuse and neglect, a directory of national organizations that work to strengthen families, and tip sheets in English and Spanish on specific parenting topics. To download the guide, visit here 

MCH Library Releases New Edition to its Knowledge Path
The new edition of the knowledge path, “Health Insurance and Access to Care for Children and Adolescents,” produced by the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Library at Georgetown University, is an electronic guide to recent resources that analyze data, describe effective programs, and report on policy and research aimed at advancing health coverage and improving health care access for children and adolescents. Resources available include websites, publications, news and commentary, and databases. Separate sections list resources for professionals (health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, and researchers) and for families. To learn more, visit here.

Adolescent Health

Healthy Teen Network Launches Resource Center
The Healthy Teen Network's Evidence-Based Resource Center is designed to help communities implement evidence-based or innovative approaches to reducing adolescent pregnancy. The Web site was developed to support organizations by providing information about training in evidence-based programs for trainers, program educators, and facilitators; technical assistance on program selection, implementation, teaching methods, evaluation, and sustainability; and resources such as research publications, fact sheets, and resource guides. A link to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy's portal on federal funding for adolescent pregnancy prevention programs is included. To learn more, visit here.   

National Adolescent Health Alliance Releases Two New Resources
The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health has published two new resources to support improvements in the health care delivery model for adolescents and the infrastructure changes needed to support it.  

·         Significant Multiple Risk Behaviors Among U.S. High School Students: A fact sheet that provides information on multiple health risk behaviors among high school students, based on an analysis of 12 types of significant health risk behaviors including unsafe sexual behaviors, unhealthy eating and exercise patterns, mental health and substance use problems, and behaviors that contribute to violence. The authors report on the prevalence of risk-taking behaviors in the high school population and also on the likelihood that students who engage in one risk behavior are engaging in others. Differences by gender, race and ethnicity, and grade level are examined. In addition, implications for prevention interventions are considered in light of the findings. 

·         Adolescents' Experiences and Views on Health Care: A report that presents findings from focus groups and supplemental questionnaires structured to learn about adolescents' own perceptions of the health problems facing adolescents, their experiences receiving care, and their ideas about how best to structure care for the adolescent population. The study documents the perspectives of 204 young people ages 14 to 20 from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, and Washington, DC.


Children’s Health

OHRC Releases Two New Resources on Oral Health for Children and Adolescents
The first resource, “Pain and Suffering Shouldn't Be an Option: School-Based and School-Linked Oral Health Services for Children and Adolescents,” published by the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC), provides information about the importance of good oral health during childhood and adolescence. Topics discussed include school readiness, disparities, oral trauma, nutrition, dental sealants, fluoride varnish, and school-based and school-linked services. The second resource, “Resource Highlights: School-Based and School-Linked Services,” provides a short list of high-quality journal articles, materials and websites. Topics include early childhood caries, fluoridated community water, Head Start, health literacy and pregnancy and periodontal health. To download the resources, visit here 

Resources from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s site: 

  • Newborn Screening: The most recent information on states that require newborn hearing screening and newborn cystic fibrosis screening are now available from the National Newborn Screening and Genetics Resource Center for 2010. 
  • Childhood Immunization: The latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the percent of children ages 19-35 months who are immunized has been added for all states and the nation for 2008. 
  • Child Oral Health: New state-by-state data from the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health (DRC) on the percent of children with oral health problems have been added for 2007. 
  • Child and Teen Death Rates: Updated data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation on the death rates of children ages 1-14 and teenagers ages 15-19 are available for 2006 for all states and the nation.

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Organizational Performance & Member Services Intern
As a member of AMCHP’s Organizational Performance and Member Services team, the intern will support our member services activities. The intern will assume responsibility for a wide range of projects and functions, requiring professionalism and task orientation. Responsibilities include working with the Member Services Manager on membership campaigns, including dues renewals and member retention programs; analyzing member assessment data and using those data to inform AMCHP’s membership services; assisting in managing the AMCHP member database, including updating AMCHP member information; providing reports to AMCHP staff, including the CEO and Executive Committee, on membership statistics; supporting member services; tracking new and retiring members; coordinating the production of member welcome packets, including membership cards. And perform related work as assigned. To learn more, visit here 

First Candle Executive Director
First Candle/Sudden Infant Death Alliance, Inc. is seeking an entrepreneurial executive director to build on its exceptional record of uniting parents, caregivers and researchers nationwide with government, business and community service groups to advance infant health and survival. Reporting to the Board of Directors and based in Baltimore, Md., the Executive Director is responsible for providing overall leadership, direction, and operational and financial management of First Candle. The management team includes the President, Executive Director, Program Director, Director of Public Affairs and Marketing, and Director of the Gates Foundation Initiative. The President's position is focused on advocacy, external relations and partnerships – expanding high-impact corporate and partnership engagements, fostering collaborations and major initiatives to reduce SIDS/SUID, stillbirth and their causes, and federal advocacy. The Executive Director and President collaborate on these external leadership activities as well as resource development. To apply, email resume, cover letter and salary requirements.

Primary Care Nurse Researcher
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking a dedicated nursing professional with expert knowledge of clinical systems for primary care delivery, skill in planning and leading research projects, great communication skills, and the ability to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with key stakeholders. This individual will assist with the Center's extramural and intramural primary care research portfolio which includes a focus on primary care transformation. A degree/diploma from a professional nursing program and an active, current registration as a professional nurse is required. For information on how to apply, duties and full description of qualifications, visit here 

Minority Health Policy Fellowship
Supported by The Commonwealth Fund, administered by the Minority Faculty Development Program at Harvard Medical School, this innovative fellowship is designed to prepare physicians, particularly minority physicians, for leadership roles in formulating and implementing public health policy and practice on a national, state, or community level. Five one-year, degree-granting fellowships will be awarded per year. Fellows will complete academic work leading to a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at the Harvard School of Public Health, and, through additional program activities, gain experience in and understanding of major health issues facing minority, disadvantaged, and underserved populations. For application materials, information, and other training opportunities, please contact the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy Program Coordinator at (617) 432-2922; by fax at (617) 432-3834; or by e-mail. 

The Career Center is the premiere online job board for individuals seeking employment in Maternal and Child Health programs. Whether you are looking for an entry-level position or are a more seasoned professional looking for new opportunities, AMCHP's Career Center has great openings for great people! Searching our database is free and open to all job-seekers. AMCHP members receive a discount on job-postings - so sign up today!

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Food and Nutrition Service Funding for WIC Special Projects 2010
Deadline: April 16
FY 2010 WIC Special Project Full Grants are open for consideration from all WIC- related program areas and may focus on either the general WIC population or specific segments of the WIC population. Grants should be used to help States develop, implement and evaluate new or innovative methods of service delivery to meet the changing needs of WIC participants. In previous years WIC Special Project Grants have focused on specific subject areas. Grant Projects should: demonstrate national or regional significance; produce results which have a demonstrable impact and are sustainable in the absence of special funding; transfer to other WIC programs in the region or country; be evaluated with measurable results and replicated by other WIC programs; and suggest innovative or creative approaches to improving the delivery of WIC services. To learn more, visit here 

HRSA Funding for State Rural Health Coordination and Development
Deadline: April 16
The purpose of the State Rural Health Coordination and Development Cooperative Agreement (SRHCD-CA) is to enhance the rural health infrastructure in each state by providing guidance and technical assistance to State Offices of Rural Health (SORHs) as well as their partners and to identify and promote best practices. The goals of the SRHCD-CA are 1) to assist in the coordination of health care delivery through the development of state level rural health leadership; and 2) to facilitate partnerships and collaboration at the national and state levels to improve the exchange of information and engage in collaborative activities for supporting rural health. By providing advancement and continuing development of leadership skills and technical abilities at the state level, the cooperative agreement assists essential state focal points in building and sustaining rural health infrastructures. SORHs provide assistance with retention and recruitment of rural health providers; technical assistance on rural health programs; guidance on rural health systems and best practices; information on rural health care issues; and leadership in coordinating rural health care within the state to reduce duplication of efforts/services and to maximize resources through the use of networks. To learn more, visit here 

Funding for Child Care Research Scholars
Deadline: May 3
Funds for Child Care Research Scholars grants are available to support dissertation research on child care policy issues in partnership with State Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) lead agencies. Funding is dependent on availability and government interest. For further information about previous Child Care Research Scholars, visit here.    

Funding for Rural Assistance Center for ORHP Cooperative Agreement
Deadline: May 6
The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) will fund a cooperative agreement to support a Rural Assistance Center (RAC). The RAC is a gateway to information on rural health and social services for residents in rural areas of the United States and for all others interested in these issues. Through daily interactions and responding to inquiries and concerns, the RAC will be able to ensure that ORHP and the Department of Health and Human Services are informed of developing and ongoing grass-roots issues in the rural U.S. The RAC is also tasked to support a Rural Health Information Network (RHIN). For the RHIN the applicant must identify ways to solicit and distribute information for key stakeholders concerned about rural health care. This will include planning and conducting at least two meetings in the Washington DC area to bring together individuals and organizations concerned with rural health and human services. The role of ORHP as the Department of Health and Human Services' focal point rural information allows its staff to identify key regulatory and statutory issues. The staff of ORHP will work collaboratively with the RAC to prioritize key issues and develop information resources to share with callers and web users. To learn more, visit here  

NIH Funding for Research on Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders (R01)
Deadline: May 7
This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) encourages research grant applications to support research designed to elucidate the etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, and optimal means of service delivery in relation to autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Basic, clinical, and applied studies are encouraged. This FOA is intended to support the broad research goals of the Strategic Plan for ASD Research. To learn more, visit here 

CDC Funding for Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassemia Surveillance in States
Deadline: May 14
The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Division of Blood Disorders in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NIH/NHLBI), seeks to develop and implement a collaborative pilot project with population-based surveillance of confirmed hemoglobinopathies of both pediatric and non-pediatric populations using the established newborn screening program and other data sources. This type of collaboration would utilize the strengths of population-based data collection infrastructure with data linkage and lay the foundation for future hemoglobinopathy registries. To learn more, visit here 

CDC Funding for the National Charcot-Marie-Tooth Resource Center
Deadline: May 14
The purpose of the program is to establish a National Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) Resource Center that will promote collaborative relationships between individuals who have CMT and their health care providers through education, training, and dissemination of information to promote accurate diagnosis, optimal treatment, and well-being for individuals who have CMT. The CMT Resource Center will provide resource materials online and in print to increase access to accurate and scientifically valid information on the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT), as well as links to useful resources for individuals and families affected by CMT and health care providers. To learn more, visit here.

Funding for Capacity Building Initiative for Substance Abuse (SA) and HIV Prevention Services for At-Risk Racial/Ethnic Minority Young Adults
Deadline: May 17
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2010 Capacity Building for Substance Abuse (SA) and HIV Prevention Services for At-Risk Racial/Ethnic Minority Young Adults (Short Title: Capacity Building Initiative) grants. The Capacity Building Initiative (CBI) is one of CSAP’s Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) programs. The purpose of the MAI is to provide substance abuse and HIV prevention services to at-risk minority populations in communities disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the CBI program is to support an array of activities to assist grantees in building a solid foundation for delivering and sustaining quality and accessible state of the science substance abuse and HIV prevention services. Specifically, the program aims to engage colleges, universities and community-level domestic public and private non-profit entities to prevent and reduce the onset of SA and transmission of HIV/AIDS among at-risk racial/ethnic minority young adults, ages 18 to 24.SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. To learn more, visit here 

NIH Funding for Advancing Palliative Care Research for Children Facing Life-Limiting Conditions
Deadline: May 17
The National Institute of Nursing Research has issued an R01 and an R21 solicitation for applications from institutions and organizations that propose to conduct biobehavioral research in palliative and end-of-life care for children, infants, and neonates. Designs and methods aimed at the reduction of suffering and the improvement of quality of life for children facing life-limiting conditions and their parents, including the aftereffects of accidents are encouraged. Applications to help children cope with the loss or potential loss of a parent or significant other are also welcomed. A total of $1.25M has been committed to the R01 and $750K to the R21 for FY 2010.   

CDC Funding for National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Oral Health
Deadline: May 24
This program addresses the “Healthy People 2010” focus areas of: 21-1 Reduce the proportion of children and adolescents who have dental caries experience in their primary or permanent teeth. 21-2 Reduce the proportion of children, adolescents, and adults with untreated dental decay. 21-10 Increase the proportion of children and adults who use the oral health care system each year. To learn more, visit here.

NIH Funding for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver NICHD Cooperative Multicenter Neonatal Research Network (U10)
Deadline: June 1
This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) issued by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) invites applications from investigators willing to participate with the NICHD under a cooperative agreement in an ongoing multi-center clinical program designed to investigate problems in neonatal medicine, particularly those related to low birth weight, prematurity, and common neonatal medical problems. Mechanism of Support. This FOA will utilize the U10 NIH Cooperative Clinical Research Agreement grant mechanism. Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards. NICHD intends to commit approximately $5.6 million total costs in FY 2011 to fund up to 18 new and/or competing continuation grants in response to this FOA. To learn more, visit here. 

NIFA Funding for Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grant Program
Deadline: June 1
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced a funding opportunity for FY 2010. The Rural Health and Safety Education Programs will focus on issues related to individual and family health education in one or more of the following areas: 1) healthy living behaviors, family interaction and environmental attributes in rural areas; 2) health literacy and its impact on health status in rural and farm families; and/or 3) related issues of health promotion and health care to rural individuals and families with: • Information as to the value of good health at any age; • Information to increase individual or family’s motivation to take more responsibility for their own health; • Information about and access to health promotion and educational activities; and •Training for volunteers and health services providers concerning promotion of nutrition, physical activity, and health for individuals and families in cooperation with local and community partners. To learn more, visit here 

FNS Funding for CACFP Child Care Wellness Grant FY2010
Deadline: June 18
The Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-80) authorized the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to award $8 million in grants to state agencies administering the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) for projects aimed at improving the health and nutrition of children in child care settings. The submission of an application does not guarantee funding. Funding approved for CACFP Child Care Wellness Grants will be provided through a Grant Award/Letter of Credit process, in the same manner as other federal funds, upon receipt of a properly executed Grant Agreement and subject to the availability of funding. All CACFP Child Care Wellness Grant funds must be obligated and all activities under the Grant must be completed within two to three years after distribution of grant funding. States may designate a two or three year grant period based on proposal complexity and award amount. To learn more, visit here.

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Symposium on Career Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions
April 16-17
Birmingham, AL 

AAP’s Pediatric Emergency Medicine Leadership Conference
April 16-18
San Antonio, TX 

Global Health & Innovation Conference
April 17-18
New Haven, CT 

National Oral Health Conference
April 26-28
St. Louis, MO

National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
May 5

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ 2010 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition
May 15-20
Washington, DC 

American Medical Association’s 2010 National Influenza Vaccine Summit Meeting
May 17 -19
Scottsdale, AZ 

The US Public Health Service Scientific and Training Symposium
May 24-27
San Diego, CA 

The American Academy of Physician Assistants 38th Annual PA Conference
May 29-June 3
Atlanta, GA 

New Perspectives in Global Health: Integrating Ecological, Social and Biological Sciences
June 20-July 2
Honolulu, HI 

CityMatCH Urban MCH Leadership Conference
September 11–14
Chicago, IL

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