Save the Date – Next AMCHP All Member Health Reform Implementation Teleconference The call is set for Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. EST. To register, visit here. Agenda information coming soon but please mark your calendars now!
Current Status of FY 2011 Title V Maternal & Child Health Block Grant Funding
As Congress returns to Washington, fresh from midterm elections, the FY 2011 Labor Health & Human Services Appropriations Bill remains unfinished. Most government programs – including the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant – continue to be funded at last year’s level under a Continuing Resolution (CR) set to expire on December 3. There is still uncertainty if and how the Congress will proceed to complete FY 2011 appropriations bills.
There may be an attempt to wrap up all the unfinished appropriations bills into a single omnibus bill, possibly funded at significantly lower levels than the President’s request. Should the omnibus approach fail, there remains the possibility of extending the current CR either a short period of time until Congress returns from the holidays, or for the rest of the FY 2011 fiscal year.
While AMCHP continues to advocate for an increase to the Title V MCH Block Grant much remains up in the air. In a best-case scenario, Congress would pass an omnibus bill using the president’s and Senate’s proposed increase of $11 million. However, there remains the real possibility of all discretionary programs being rolled back to past funding levels or seeing targeted cuts in an effort to curb federal spending. We continue to advocate that any further reduction to Title V funding would hamper states abilities to serve the nations’ women and children. AMCHP is monitoring developments closely and will keep members informed through AMCHP Legislative Updates. For additional information, please contact Joshua Brown, Public Policy & Government Affairs at (202) 266-3042.
What to Expect for Health Funding from the Next Congress
Incoming Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and other members of the now GOP controlled House have released a proposal calling on Congress to reduce non-security federal funding to FY 2008 levels. The proposal would provide about 21.7 percent less for discretionary programs than what the White House proposed for FY 2011. Echoing this idea is the House Republicans “Pledge to America” governing agenda, as well as House Republican Whip Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) plan entitled “Delivering on Our Commitment” detailing how House Republicans plan to focus on running the House and reducing the federal deficit. Details of those plans can be found here and here.
National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Release Draft Recommendations
The bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, created by President Obama has been tasked with making recommendations to improve the country’s fiscal situation. That group has proposed rolling back spending to FY 2010 levels and requiring a 1 percent budget cut to federal programs every year from FY 2013-2015, estimating a savings of about $100 billion. Those plans are outlined here.
CMS Launches New Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on November 18 formally established the new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center). Created by the Affordable Care Act, the Innovation Center will “examine new ways of delivering health care and paying health care providers that can save money for Medicare and Medicaid while improving the quality of care.” CMS also announced the launch of new demonstration projects that will support efforts to better coordinate care and improve health outcomes for patients.
Of particular note, CMS announced the following initiatives that will “test ‘health home’ and ‘medical home’ concepts:"
- Eight states have been selected to participate in a demonstration project to evaluate the effectiveness of doctors and other health professionals across the care system working in a more integrated fashion and receiving more coordinated payment from Medicare, Medicaid and private health plans. Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Michigan and Minnesota will participate in the Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Practice Demonstration that will ultimately include over 1,200 medical homes serving almost one million Medicare beneficiaries.
- The Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Advanced Primary Care Practice Demonstration will test the effectiveness of doctors and other health professionals working in teams to treat low-income patients at community health centers. The demonstration will be conducted by the Innovation Center in up to 500 FQHCs and provide patient-centered, coordinated care to approximately 195,000 people with Medicare.
- A new state plan option under which patients enrolled in Medicaid with at least two chronic conditions can designate a provider as a "health home" that would help coordinate treatments for the patient. States that implement this option will receive enhanced financial resources from the federal government to support "health homes" in their Medicaid programs, and are eligible to use up to $500,000 of planning activities. A letter to state Medicaid Officials is available here. AMCHP urges state Title V leaders involved in promoting medical homes to consider contacting your Medicaid counterparts to see if your state will be pursuing this option and to explore how Title V programs might be supportive.
Additional information on the Innovation Center is available here.
HHS Issues Initial Guidance to States on Exchanges
On November 18, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the first in a series of documents that the Department intends to publish over the next three years to provide information to states and territories seeking to establish a Health Insurance Exchange (Exchange) of the Affordable Care Act. The HHS Secretary intends to issue regulations for public comment in 2011, but is “providing this guidance earlier to assist states and territories with their overall planning, including legislative plans for 2011.”
The first Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which will address many of the basic federal requirements outlined below, is scheduled for publication in the spring of 2011. Additional regulations are scheduled for publication later in 2011 and in 2012. These regulations will be subject to public comment. Following a brief overview, this guidance focuses on four main categories:
- Principles and priorities
- Outline of statutory requirements
- Clarifications and policy guidance
- Federal support for the establishment of State-based Exchanges
A copy of the guidance is here.
IOM Convenes Panel to Recommend Women’s Preventive Health Guidelines
On November 16 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) convened their first panel meeting to review what preventive services are necessary for women's health and well-being and should be considered in the development of comprehensive guidelines for preventive services for women. In conducting its work, the IOM will: conduct a series of meetings to examine existing prevention guidelines, obtain input from stakeholders, identify gaps that may exist in recommended preventive services for U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Grade A and B preventive services guidelines for women and in Bright Futures and USPSTF Grade A and B guidelines for adolescents, and highlight specific services and screenings that could supplement currently recommended preventive services for women. AMCHP staff attended the first meeting and will be seeking opportunities to provide input to the panel at upcoming meetings. More information is available here.
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Register Online for the 2011 AMCHP & Family Voices National Conferences!
Register today online to attend AMCHP and Family Voices National Conferences to convene on February 12-15, 2011, in Washington, DC. If you have any questions, please contact the Registration Department at (703) 964-1240, ext. 18 or e-mail email@example.com.
Save the Date – SUID/SIDS Webinar
The Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Professionals and the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs will present a webinar, “Addressing Racial Disparities in Infant Sleep Practice: New Perspectives and Recommendations,” on Dec. 9 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. EST. Eve R. Colson, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Yale University School of Medicine; Director of Well Newborn Nursery, Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital, will be the featured speaker. Registration information will be forthcoming. The series is provided as a service to the MCH, SIDS and SUID community and is free of charge. For more information, please contact Sandra Frank or Jessica Hawkins.
Women’s Health 2011: Call for Abstracts
Researchers are invited to submit abstracts for the Women's Health & Sex Differences Research Scientific Poster Session on current and emerging issues in women's health; including basic science, clinical, translational, behavioral, epidemiologic, disparities, and health services, for the Women’s Health 2011: 19th Annual Congress to be held on April 1-3, 2011, in Washington, DC. The deadline for abstract submissions is December 1. You will be notified about the outcome of your submission no later than January 10, 2011. For complete information about submitting your abstract and for the electronic submission tool, visit here. If you have questions about the abstract submission process, please contact the Abstract Review Committee.
RWJF Call for Applications
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research program supports highly qualified individuals who propose to undertake broad studies of America’s most challenging policy issues in health and health care. Grants of up to $335,000 each are awarded to educational and other nonprofit institutions to support investigators from a variety of disciplines for innovative research projects that have national policy relevance. The deadline for applications is January 19, 2011. To learn more, visit here.
RWJF Call for Applications for its Clinical Scholars Program
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs collaborate to foster the development of physicians who will lead the transformation of Americans’ health and health care through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program. These future leaders will conduct innovative research and work with communities, organizations, practitioners and policy-makers to address issues essential to the health and well-being of all Americans. The deadline for applications is February 28, 2011. To learn more, visit here.
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ON YOUR BEHALF
AMCHP on the Road
AMCHP staff has been busy representing Title V and delivering presentations at national conferences! At the National Perinatal Association Annual Meeting, AMCHP staff Brent Ewig and Josh Brown presented on implementing health reform for MCH populations, and Lauren Raskin Ramos presented AMCHP’s work with the CDC and MCHB on perinatal regionalization; Mike Fraser delivered a plenary session presentation, and Brent Ewig and Josh Brown presented implementing health reform for MCH populations at the Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs (ASIP) Annual Meeting; Mike Fraser also presented on a Health Reform and MCH workshop along with Title V Director Karen Trierweiler (CO) at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Meeting. At the APHA meeting, Lissa Pressfield also presented a poster on AMCHP’s collaborative work to prevent STDs, HIV and teen pregnancy among adolescents.
Secretary's Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality
This week the White House approved new members to the Secretary’s Advisory Committee Infant Mortality (SACIM), which includes the appointments of AMCHP members Melinda Sanders (MO) and Ruth Ann Shepherd (KY). This Committee is staffed by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and charged with providing advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on the following: Department of Health and Human Services' programs that focus on reducing infant mortality and improving the health status of pregnant women and infants; and factors affecting the continuum of care with respect to maternal and child health care. AMCHP will continue to provide updates on SACIM as commences work this year. Congratulations to Ruth Ann Shepherd and Melinda Sanders on their appointments!
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PUBLICATIONS & RESOURCES
General Maternal & Child Health
Pew Inventory of State Home Visiting Programs
In 2010, the Pew Center on the States surveyed state agency leaders in an effort to inventory state home visiting programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Policy makers now have—for the very first time—a much-needed account of state and national home visiting investments and program strategies. The resulting Pew Home Visiting Inventory provides state leaders, agency administrators and program directors with a state-by-state and national snapshot of home visiting programs, models and funding. This new resource will help state and federal policy makers evaluate current home visiting approaches, compare systems across states, prepare for the upcoming infusion of federal home visiting grant dollars and make informed decisions to ensure the best results for families and strongest returns to taxpayers. To learn more, visit here.
CDC Releases Report on State Disparities in Teen Birth Rates
The report, “State Disparities in Teenage Birth Rates in the United States,” published by the CDC, which found a wide variation between states, with the highest rates located in the Southeast. To download the report, visit here.
New Report on Physical Activity for Children and Youth
The report, “Fostering Physical Activity for Children and Youth: Opportunities for a Lifetime of Health,” published by the Convergence Partnership, highlights promising organizational practices and public policies that create environments that encourage youth to be physically active. To download the report, visit here.
NIH Identifies Better Treatment Regimen for HIV-Infected Infants
A recent clinical study comparing HIV treatment regimens in young children who acquired HIV during birth or breastfeeding found a lopinavir-based regimen to be more effective than a nevirapine-based regimen. To learn more, visit here.
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AMCHP Associate Director, Organizational Performance, Member Services and Talent Development
This key AMCHP leadership position is accountable for developing and managing AMCHP's most vital internal asset: its staff. Working with the Chief Executive Officer, Leadership Team, Board of Directors, and external partners, this position will oversee AMCHP's organizational performance and member services, publications management including staff development, performance planning and review, personnel benefits administration, compensation review and administration, recruitment and separation administration, policy and procedures development, and general oversight and management of AMCHP's headquarters office. NOTE: This is a part-time 80 percent position. To learn more, visit here.
AMCHP Program Manager of Child Health
This position contributes to the development, implementation and evaluation of program activities related to child health and early childhood development, and supports AMCHP’s Best Practices Innovation Station Initiative. The Program Manager will assist in the tracking, analysis and reporting on national and state programs impacting child health and will partner with relevant federal agencies such as the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other national organizations and groups concerned with child health. This position reports to the Director of Programs. To learn more, visit here.
AMCHP Program Associate, Women’s and Infant Health
This position supports AMCHP’s efforts to build capacity and provide resources for state Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programs related to women’s and infant health and data and assessment. This position supports and assists Program staff in the development, implementation and evaluation of program activities related to women’s and infant health and data and assessment, and contributes to the collection of state best practices, newsletter development, and implementation of communication strategies. Reports to the Senior Program Manager, Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology. To learn more, visit here.
AMCHP Associate Director for Women's and Infant Health and Senior Epidemiologist
The Associate Director for Women's and Infant Health and Senior Epidemiologist is accountable for the development, implementation and evaluation of program activities related to women's and infant health and maternal and child health data and assessment through cooperative agreements and other funding sources. The Associate Director and Senior Epidemiologist leads the Women's and Infant Health Team and contributes to the advancement of maternal and child health (MCH) programs, in particular to strengthening the capacity of MCH epidemiology at the state and national levels. This position leads the tracking, analysis, and reporting on federal and state programs impacting women's and perinatal health and plays a critical role in fund development for women's and infant programmatic efforts. The Associate Director and Senior Epidemiologist develops and maintains partnerships with relevant federal agencies, funders, and other national organizations, coalitions and groups concerned with women's and infant health and MCH epidemiology. The Associate Director and Senior Epidemiologist leads capacity building and technical assistance efforts for the organization related to women's and infant health. For more information about this open position, visit AMCHP’s Career Center.
AMCHP Program Manager of Family Involvement
This part-time position supports and assists the Associate Director for Workforce and Leadership Development, Family Involvement in the development, implementation and evaluation of program activities related to family involvement and leadership development. The Program Manager will also assist in implementing project activities related to children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), birth defects and disabilities and early childhood. To learn more about this open position, visit AMCHP’s Career Center.
MCHB Graduate Student Internship Program
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) sponsors the Graduate Student Internship Program (GSIP) with the goal of enhancing students' skills in data analysis, encouraging training in MCH epidemiology and providing assistance to state and local health agencies with data-related projects. This program is free to state and local health agencies. MCHB is committed to assisting agencies by supporting up to 20 interns in state-level MCH/CSHCN agencies and 10 in city and county MCH departments. AMCHP understands that your need for technical assistance is more acute than ever and we encourage you to take advantage of the GSIP. The deadline for proposals is Nov. 29. To learn more, visit here. If you have any questions about the proposal submission process, or are in need of any advice or guidance concerning the appropriateness of a potential project for this program, please feel free to contact Julia Fantacone at the Maternal and Child Health Information Resource Center at (202) 842-2000.
Director of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)
This senior executive position has broad operating authority and is responsible for overall planning, direction, and management of the NCBDDD. This position is accountable for executing program goals that are results-oriented; and ultimately is the responsible official charged with ensuring the scientific rigor of the National Center’s activities. NCBDDD is part of the Office of Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury and Environmental Health (ONDIEH) and is home to three divisions, the Division of Births Defects and Developmental Disabilities, the Division of Human Development and Disability, and the Division of Blood Disorders. The deadline to apply is November 24. To learn more, visit here.
March of Dimes Senior Vice President Public Policy and Government Affairs
The March of Dimes Foundation has initiated a search to identify candidates for the position of Senior Vice President Public Policy and Government Affairs. Reporting directly to the President, the individual occupying this position will be a critical member of the Foundation’s senior leadership team and will play a major role in leading the Foundation’s advocacy efforts. The individual will also lead the development of public policies related to or impacting the Foundation’s mission and operations, recommend the Foundation’s stance on public policy and public health matters in consultation with internal stakeholders and the President’s office, and ensure that external advocacy efforts are congruent with internal policies and programs. For more information on the responsibilities and qualifications for this position or to recommend a qualified candidate, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fellowships for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
The Doris Duke Fellowships for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect aim to identify and nurture promising leaders in child abuse prevention in doctoral and dissertation students. Each fellow will receive an annual stipend of $25,000. The deadline to apply is December 15. To learn more, visit here.
The Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy
This unique fellowship is designed to prepare physicians for leadership roles in formulating and promoting health policies and practices that improve the access to high-quality care at the national, state, and /or local levels for minority, disadvantaged and most vulnerable populations. Up to five one-year, degree-granting fellowships will be awarded per year. Fellows will: 1) complete academic work leading to a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at the Harvard School of Public Health; and 2) be provided with core fellowship components such as seminars on leadership and health policy, practicum, forums, conferences, site visits, mentoring, journal club, and shadowing. CFHUF also offers a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree at the Harvard Kennedy School to physicians already possessing an MPH. It is expected that CFHUF will support the development of a cadré of leaders in health policy and practice, well-trained academically and professionally in public health, health policy, health management, and clinical medicine, as well as actively committed to careers in public service. The application deadline is January 3, 2011. To learn more, visit here.
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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HHS Funding for Systems-Oriented Pediatric Obesity Research and Training (SPORT) Center of Excellence Childhood Obesity Research Grants
Deadline: November 30
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in cooperation with multiple organizations, is offering grants to institutions that propose to establish a center for childhood obesity research and training involving epidemiological research, research in the field, chronic disease prevention and control, and related topics. To learn more, visit here.
HUD Funding for Family Unification Program (FUP)
Deadline: December 1
FUP is a program under which vouchers are provided to families for whom the lack of adequate housing is a primary factor in the imminent placement of the family's child, or children, in out-of-home care; or the delay in the discharge of the child, or children, to the family from out-of-home care. Youths at least 18 years old and not more than 21 years old (have not reached their 22nd birthday) who left foster care at age 16 or older and who do not have adequate housing are also eligible to receive housing assistance under the FUP. As required by statute, a FUP voucher issued to such a youth may only be used to provide housing assistance for the youth for a maximum of 18 months. There is no statutory limitation on the time a family may receive housing assistance under the program. To learn more, visit here.
CDC Funding for Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Human Immunodeficiency Virus Prevention Training Centers
Deadline: December 1
The purpose of this program is to create a National Network of Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)/Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Prevention Training Centers (NNPTC). The Prevention Training Centers (PTCs) will provide high-quality curriculum development, training and training assistance for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) for health care professionals and prevention specialists across the United States and targeted countries. This program addresses the “Healthy People 2010” focus areas of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, HIV, and Public Health Infrastructure. To learn more, visit here.
CDC Funding for Cooperative Agreement Program for the National Academic Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention
Deadline: December 6
The goal of this program is to establish National Academic Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention. The specific objective of this program is to support Academic Centers of Excellence to reduce youth violence in one defined high-risk community by implementing and evaluating a multifaceted, evidence-based approach to prevent the perpetration of youth violence. To learn more, visit here.
CDC Funding for National Spina Bifida Patient Registry - Clinic Demonstration Project
Deadline: December 7
The purpose of this program is to solicit applications in the form of cooperative agreements to: 1) establish the National Spina Bifida Patient Registry (NSBPR) as an approach to improving quality of care; 2) expand the use of the standardized spina bifida registry tool; 3) advance the understanding of patient characteristics for persons seen in spina bifida clinics; and 4) utilize registry data to determine outcomes of specific clinical interventions. To learn more, visit here.
HRSA Funding for Affordable Care Act Family Professional Partnership/Family-to-Family Health Information and Education Centers
Deadline: December 15
This funding announcement is designed to address the president's Health Care Reform efforts to enhance community-based care for Americans with disabilities. Grants will fund state-wide, family-run centers providing information, education, technical assistance and peer support to families of CYSHCN. They will be responsible for developing partnerships with those organizations serving these children and their families and monitor the progress of programs with responsibility for payment and direct services of this population through a statewide data collection system. To learn more, visit here.
Cooperative Agreements to Support Innovative Exchange Information Technology Systems
Deadline: December 22
This Funding Opportunity Announcement will provide competitive incentives for states to design and implement the Information Technology (IT) infrastructure needed to operate Health Insurance Exchanges new competitive insurance market places that will help Americans and small businesses purchase affordable private health insurance starting in 2014. This competitive Early Innovators’ grant announcement will reward states that demonstrate leadership in developing cutting-edge and cost-effective consumer-based technologies and models for insurance eligibility and enrollment for Exchanges. These Early Innovator states will develop Exchange IT models, building universally essential components that can be adopted and tailored by other states. To learn more, visit here.
NIH Funding for Reducing Risk Behaviors by Promoting Positive Youth Development (R01)
Deadline: February 5, 2011
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is offering grants to effective, evidence-based, gender-inclusive programs that are adapted, translated, or disseminated for new populations of youth and adolescents for the purpose of reduction of youth risk behaviors. Award amounts vary. Eligible applicants are public/state controlled or private institutions of higher education, state and local governments, nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) IRS Status, for-profit organizations, and various other organizations, including non-U.S. entities. Deadline: February 5, 2011 To learn more, visit here.
RWJF Grant for Childhood Obesity Prevention
Deadline: July 1, 2011
The purpose of this funding opportunity, provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), is to support research to analyze and improve policy and environmental strategies to increase physical activity among children and adolescents. Proposals will support opportunistic, time-sensitive studies on emerging or anticipated changes in physical activity-related policies or environments. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis until the deadline. To learn more, visit here.
NIH Funding for Epidemiology and Prevention in Alcohol Research (R01)
Deadline: January 7, 2014
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), encourages the submission of investigator-initiated research grant applications to support research investigating the epidemiology of alcohol use, alcohol-related harms, and alcohol use disorders and the prevention of underage drinking, alcohol-related harms, and alcohol use disorders. To learn more, visit here.
NIH Funding for Alcohol Marketing and Youth Drinking
Deadline: May 7, 2014
This funding opportunity announcement issued by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), encourages grant applications from institutions and organizations that propose to investigate the factors that mediate and moderate the impact of alcohol advertising and other alcohol promotions on youth drinking. To learn more, visit here.
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WIC Food Package Evaluation Symposium
Fourth National Conference on Genomics and Public Health
25th Zero to Three National Training Institute
16th Annual MCH EPI Pre-Conference Data Skill Trainings
San Antonio, TX
16th Annual CDC MCH EPI Conference
San Antonio, TX
Working Together to Improve Maternal and Child Health: The 2011 AMCHP and Family Voices National Conferences
February 12-15, 2011
National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting Programs: Connecting Research to Policy and Practice
2011 National School-Based Health Care Convention
June 26-29, 2011
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