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 March 29, 2010

Although I am generally an early-to-bed kind of guy, once in a while I stay up way past my bedtime – usually to watch the Superbowl, the Olympics, or the Oscars. But C-SPAN? When’s the last time anyone stayed up until almost midnight to watch C-SPAN? Well, many of us were glued to the TV last Sunday night, March 21, anxiously anticipating the outcome of one of the most important Congressional debates of our lifetime. And, while not as riveting as a ball game nor as entertaining as the Oscars, there was a lot to watch as the House debated and passed historic health reform legislation. 

So now what? The Senate bill passed the House, the House reconciliation bill is headed to the Senate, and no matter what the Senate and House passed bill was signed by the President and is now the law of the land. When I walked into the office the morning after the House vote my in box was full of questions: what does this mean for Title V? When does this start? What happens now? People wanted to start doing – they wanted the specifics, they wanted to work on tactics, they were ready to plan, apply, and implement.  

What’s a MCH leader to do now that we are living in a time of real health reform? The definition of leadership I like the best views leadership as getting people to take responsibility for a shared vision of the future and work together to implement it. I think the hardest part of health reform is going to be resisting our natural tendency to jump straight into doing: setting up the programs, writing the grants, developing our procedures and operations. Instead, as MCH leaders, we should step back and think about what we want our shared vision of the reformed system to be. Let’s imagine, discuss and dialogue. Let’s look at the forest – not just the trees. With a change as big as this, we’ll need to take some time to gain perspective, explore possibilities, and then set priorities. And once we developed that vision, let’s work to bring others along with us in the work – because there is so much to do! 

AMCHP will continue to share the best information we have about health reform and MCH programs so you can create that shared vision for your state, and move quickly to implementation once you have it. We want to provide you with all you need to know about the legislation, how it will benefit your programs, and what the timelines, deadlines, and requirements will be for new programs and new resources. We look forward to working with you to both develop a vision, and plan its implementation, in the exciting times ahead. So, let us know what your shared vision turns out to be – we are excited to work with you in this historic time of change to our health care and public health systems. 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
The Board Treasurer Election results are now in and the winner is Jo Ann Walsh Dotson, MSN, RN, PhD of Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services! Thank you all who voted. Congratulations Jo Ann!

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LEGISLATIVE CORNER

On Tuesday, March 23, President Obama signed into law the Patent Protection and Affordable Care Act. On Thursday March 25, both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives completed legislative action on health reform by approving a set of changes contained in the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010. An official summary of the final budget reconciliation changes can be found here.

For up-to-date information, visit AMCHP’s Health Reform Resources hub where you will find links to the text of the law; our summary of MCH-related provisions; an excerpt of the new sections of Title V created by the law – including the $1.5 billion home visiting grant program and the $375 million Personal Responsibility Education grants; a timeline of implementation milestones; and other resources. In the coming days and weeks we will provide additional information on plans to help support your roles in implementing various components.   

Most immediately, we’d appreciate your suggestions on priority questions you would like to be considered as HHS begins the process of developing and issuing guidance for the new state home visiting grant program. Please direct those to Michelle Alletto, Senior Manager, Public Policy & Government Affairs.

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GET INVOLVED   

AMCHP Member Assessment is Coming!
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 gearing up to conduct 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 9. And please make sure to fill it out – we want to hear from you! 

Call for Feedback
The Disability and Health team at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is in the process of improving its website. This improvement project includes the development of an online interactive database application to store and display data about people with disabilities compared to those without disabilities across a variety of health topics. As part of this preliminary work on this project, they are conducting a survey to find out your information needs, what features would be useful to you, and how this tool can be most effective and user-friendly. The survey deadline is March 31. For more information, contact Marcia Miller.To complete the survey, visit here. 

HRSA/MCHB Webinar on Combating Autism Act
The webinar, “Autism Intervention Research at MCHB,” to be held on April 8 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. (EDT), will provide an overview and update on various autism-related research projects at the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). The Autism Intervention Research Network on Behavioral Health (AIR-B) and the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) will give updates on their studies as well as report on the status of their guideline development processes. Three newly funded R40 research grants will also give an overview of their research projects. To register, 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 

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.  

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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ASK AN EXPERT

Does your state use any incentives (i.e., cash, coupons, etc) to encourage women to seek prenatal care? Please share any information with Sharon Corle for a request from colleagues at the National Conference of State Legislatures.

ON YOUR BEHALF

On March 10, AMCHP, in partnership with the National Academy of State Health Policy, MCHB and the American Academy of Pediatrics held a one-day meeting, Making Connections: State Medicaid, CHIP, and Title V Collaborating to Build Medical Homes, to bring together states to understand how leading states’ Title V, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program agencies are collaborating to build medical homes and link all children and youth to them through policy and systems change, and understand lessons learned from these experiences to disseminate to other states seeking to better support collaborative efforts.  AMCHP  members Jane Borst (IA), Maggie Diebel (MN), Eileen Forlenza (CO), Melita Jordan (PA), Debra Waldron (IA), Lesa Walker (TX), and Kathy Watters (CO) participated in the meeting.  NASHP will be producing a paper summarizing the meeting.  AMCHP will continue to work with partners to highlight the role of Title V programs in medical home efforts and disseminate promising practices.

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PUBLICATIONS & RESOURCES   

General Maternal & Child Health  

 Audio Podcast of AMCHP’s Call on Needs Assessment Now Available
AMCHP hosted an all-member call on Needs Assessment on February 9 to provide an open forum for states to ask one another questions and share successes and tips on the Title V needs assessment. You can access an archived recording of the call here. Additional needs assessment resources can be found on the needs assessment page of the AMCHP website. 

SAMHSA's Evidence-Based Practice Implementation Resource Kits
The resource kits, published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), encourage the use of evidence-based practices in mental health. The kits discuss: illness management and recovery; assertive community treatment; family psychoeducation; supported employment; and co-occuring disorders treatments. To learn more, visit here.

Women’s Health 

AHRQ Bulletin on Why Women Are Admitted to the Hospital
Women accounted for nearly 60 percent of the 39.4 million admissions to U.S. hospitals in 2007, according to the latest “News and Numbers” bulletin from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). According to the analysis by the Federal agency, the leading reasons that women are admitted to the hospital are for pregnancy and childbirth. About 5 million of the 23.2 million hospital admissions for women were related to delivery. Nearly 2 million hospital stays for women involved cardiovascular disease—the number one killer of women. They included treatment of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, heart attacks, atrial fibrillation and other types of irregular heart beat, and chest pain with no determined cause. To learn more, visit here 

AIUSA Issues New Report for Action to Improve Maternal Care in the United States
The report, “Deadly Delivery: The Maternal Health Care Crisis in the USA,” published by Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), addresses maternal mortality and morbidity and the provision of health care within the context of human rights and offers recommendations to improve maternal health care in the United States. Topics of the report include maternal health and human rights, discrimination and maternal health, barriers to maternal health care services, systemic failures, and accountability. Specific steps to improve care and eliminate disparities are also provided, including measures to ensure that women participate in developing solutions at the federal, state, and local levels. To download the report, visit here 

Adolescent Health

New Fact Sheet on Risk Behaviors of High School Students
The fact sheet, “Significant Multiple Risk Behaviors Among U.S. High School Students,” published by the National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health, presents findings on multiple health risk behaviors among high school students. Data from the 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey was used to develop the fact sheet. To download the fact sheet, visit here 

NRCDV Releases Online Toolkit on Runaway &Homeless Youth
The online toolkit, “The Runaway & Homeless Youth and Relationship Violence Toolkit,” developed by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), helps programs better address relationship violence with runaway and homeless youth. To view the online toolkit, visit here 

SMHP Series on Youth Subcultures
The series of brief information resources, “Youth Subcultures: Understanding Subgroups to Better Address Barriers to Learning and Improve Schools,” published by the Center for School Mental Health Policies (SMHP), examines the multifaceted and complex phenomena of youth culture and youth subgroups with a view to better understanding implications for public health and education policy makers, practitioners and researchers. The series includes publications about youth gangs, Goths and Hip Hops. Currently in development are information resources on subgroups designated as Emo, Gay, Losers, Jocks/Macho, and Cheerleaders. To learn more, visit here.

Children’s Health

New Progress Report on School Beverage Guidelines
The report, “Alliance School Beverage Guidelines Final Progress Report,” published by the American Beverage Association, found that the number of high calorie drinks in schools has decreased three years after the adoption of beverage guidelines for schools negotiated by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and major producers of soft drinks. To download the report, visit here 

NICHD Launches Online SIDS Curriculum for Nurses
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has launched an online version of the Continuing Education Program on SIDS Risk Reduction. The continuing education (CE) module was produced by NICHD in partnership with several nursing organizations, the First Candle-SIDS Alliance, and the National Institute of Nursing Research to provide nurses with information about sudden infant death syndrome and tools to effectively communicate risk-reduction techniques to parents and caregivers. To view the CE module, visit here.

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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES   

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
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. 

AMCHP’s CAREER CENTER
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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FUNDING   

HRSA Funding for MCH Research Network on Pregnancy-Related Care
Deadline: April 5
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) will award a cooperative agreement that will support the establishment and maintenance of a MCH Research on Pregnancy Related Care research network that will develop new ideas for studies, conduct surveys on knowledge and practice of providers, and disseminate findings. A cooperative agreement provides Federal funding for a project in which the Federal Program works in partnership with the cooperative agreement recipient. Substantial MCHB scientific and/or programmatic involvement with the awardee is anticipated during the performance of the project and will be clearly outlined in the application guidance. To learn more, visit here 

HRSA Funding for Integrated Community Service Systems for CSHCN
Deadline: April 5
The purpose of this announcement is to fund a National Center for Community Based Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs. This National Center will work with the Division of Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (DSCSHN) to assure that services provided at the community level are integrated and easy to use for families of children and youth with special healthcare needs. Activities carried out by the national center include data collection and analysis, technical assistance, promotion of systems change, development of quality improvement strategies, and participation in and support for Division conferences, grantee meetings, and conference calls, among other activities. To learn more, visit here 

HRSA Funding for Grants to States to Support Oral Health Workforce Activities
Deadline: April 12
Part D of Title III of the Public Health Service Act as amended, Subpart X - Primary Dental Programs, Section 340G (42 USC 256g) authorized the Secretary to award grants to states to improve the accessibility of the oral health workforce for underserved geographic areas and populations. Section 340F defines a designated shortage area as "an area, population group, or facility that is designated by the Secretary as a dental health professional shortage area under section 332 or designated by the applicable state as having a dental health manpower shortage." This announcement solicits applications for the Grants to States to Support Oral Health Workforce Activities Program. This Program is designed to help states address demonstrated oral health workforce needs. To learn more, visit here 

CDC Funding for Surveillance, Natural History, Quality of Care and Outcomes of Diabetes Mellitus with Onset in Childhood and Adolescence
Deadline: April 12
Activities supported under this grant include: Estimating temporal trends in the incidence of diabetes among U.S. youth (disease occurring before age 20 years) by type and race/ethnicity using efficient and low-cost population-based surveillance strategies Among those with diabetes onset in childhood and adolescence, assessing the long-term impact of the disease, with special focus on health-related perceived quality of life, incidence of and risk factors for acute and chronic complications, by type and race/ethnicity Among young adults who developed diabetes in childhood or adolescence, assessing access to and quality of care during the transition from pediatric to adult healthcare services. To learn more, visit here 

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 

MCHB Funding for R40 MCH Autism Intervention Research Program
Deadline: May 2010
R40 MCH Autism Intervention Secondary Data Analysis Studies (SDAS) Program will support up to four (5) one-year projects ($100,000) that utilize exclusively the analysis of existing secondary data. Studies in the areas of autism prevalence, factors associated with prevalence, or autism and medical home will not be considered for funding under this competition. Innovative selection and use of secondary datasets from a variety of sources is encouraged when applying for the SDAS competition. 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 

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.  

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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CALENDAR  

The Student National Medical Association’s Annual Medical Education Conference
March 31- April 4
Chicago, Illinois 

2010 Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference: Emergency Preparedness Compliance
April 8-9
Washington, DC 

American Academy of Pediatrics’ Workshop on Perinatal Practice Strategies
April 9-11
Scottsdale, AZ 

National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association's 2010 National Conference
April 11-14
Arlington, VA 

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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