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 Oct. 12, 2011

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AMCHP Analysis of Recent Budget Developments & Threats to MCH Funding
On Oct. 4, AMCHP conducted an all-member teleconference to share the latest analysis on recent federal budget developments and what they mean for the Title V MCH Block Grant and other critical MCH programs. A recording of the call is posted here. Additional background on the House proposals for MCH funding is available in our most recent Legislative Alert [more]

AMCHP Webinar Reminder -- Oct. 12 at 12:30 p.m. EST
Register now for the AMCHP-hosted national webinar, with support from The Commonwealth Fund, entitled Optimizing Health Care Reform to Integrate Service Delivery Systems for Women, Children and Their Families. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provides states with new tools and opportunities to reform health care systems and integrate public and private service delivery systems. [more]

In Case You Missed It -- Home Visiting Funding Awarded
On Sept. 22, the Department of Housing and Human Services (HHS) awarded $224 million to 49 states as part of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program. Formula grant awards totaling $124 million were awarded to 55 eligible agencies including 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands and America Samoa. [more]

Childhood Obesity Demonstration Project Receives Funding
On Sept. 29, HHS announced funding made available through the Affordable Care Act to support a four-year Childhood Obesity Demonstration Project. Supported by $25 million in funding awards, the project will build on existing community efforts and will work to identify effective health care and community strategies to support children’s healthy eating and active living, and help combat childhood obesity. [more]

Community Transformation Grants Awarded 
On Sept. 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded $103 million to 61 states and communities with over 120 million residents to fight chronic disease. All grantees will work to address the following priority areas: 1) tobacco-free living; 2) active living and healthy eating; and 3) quality clinical and other preventive services, specifically prevention and control of high blood pressure and high cholesterol. [more]



Register Today for the 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference!

The 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference will be held Feb. 11-14, 2012, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. To register, visit here. Don’t miss our early-bird registration rates-- register now!

This year’s conference will feature four thought-provoking general sessions, starting with the John C. MacQueen Award and Memorial Lecture on Sunday afternoon. Learn and discuss proven strategies you can use to uproot entrenched habits and create change initiatives for your team and your entire organization in our next real-life, solution-focused session. [more]

There’s Still Time to Submit Applications for the Ryan Colburn Scholarship Fund
Time is running out! AMCHP will be awarding a scholarship for one youth leader to attend the 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference. The application deadline is Friday, Oct. 14 by 8 p.m. EST. For more information, please click here or contact Michelle Jarvis at (202) 775-1472. [more]

17th Annual MCH EPI Conference: AMCHP Pre-Conference Trainings Announced
AMCHP, in partnership with the CDC Division of Reproductive Health (DRH); and the Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau; will conduct data skills trainings Dec. 12-13, at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, LA. The target audience includes epidemiologists, statisticians, program directors, students, and fellows conducting MCH work in federal, state, local or tribal public health agencies. The AMCHP pre-conference trainings are focused around three aspects of moving data to action. We will offer three training options for those wishing to build their skills in the areas of data linkage, scientific writing and knowledge translation. [more]

Open for Public Comment: Maternity Care Measure Set
The Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) initiated a 30-day public comment period for the Maternity Care measure set. The Maternity Care measures, developed in conjunction with the PCPI focus on measures of overuse and appropriate use, is a joint effort with PCPI, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). [more]

PHI Webinar on Educating Elected Officials: Effective Strategies for Prevention and Public Health
Join the Public Health Institute (PHI) on Oct. 13 at 2:30 p.m. EST for a discussion on effectively educating elected officials about the value of prevention and public health-related programs with an emphasis on outcomes and results. [more]

Call for Presentation Abstracts: Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Annual Conference 
JBS International, Inc., the coordinating agent for the Office of Adolescent Health’s Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Annual Conference, is now accepting conference presentation abstracts for their annual conference. Submission deadline is Oct. 24 and authors may submit no more than two abstracts on which they are listed as the presenter. [more]

Grantwriters in Health (GIH) Fall Forum, Nov. 3-4
This year, the GIH Fall Forum features two Issue Dialogues: the evolving role of the safety net in the era of the Affordable Care Act, and highlighting food access, hunger and obesity, with a focus on children. The meeting, taking place in Washington, DC, will include a plenary session on how grantmakers can advocate for health in all policies. Registration closes Oct. 14. [more]

AAHD Accepting Applications for the 2011-2012 Scholarship Program
The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) Scholarship Program supports students with disabilities who are pursuing higher education. Preference will be given to students who plan to pursue undergraduate/graduate studies in the field of public health, health promotion or disability studies, to include disability policy and disability research. Royalties from the Disability and Health Journal partially fund the AAHD Scholarship Program. Applications must be postmarked and/or received by e-mail no later than Nov. 15. [more]

RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows Releases Call for Applications
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows program is a three-year advanced leadership program for nurses who aspire to lead and shape health care locally and nationally. Fellows strengthen and improve their leadership abilities related to improving health and health care. The application deadline is Jan. 18, 2012 at 3 p.m. EST. [more]



General Maternal & Child Health

New AMCHP Best Practices Resources
AMCHP recently released new resources to assist individuals in submitting their emerging, promising or best MCH practices to Innovation Station. Submitting practices to Innovation Station is a great way to share your successes with peers, enhance the MCH field and help contribute to program replication. The new resources include a checklist to help gauge if you are ready to submit your program and a PowerPoint presentation with tips on how to prepare a successful submission and a guide to the submission process. For more information about Innovation Station and the AMCHP Best Practices program, visit [more]

New Website for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Their Families
A new website, Autism After 16, has been launched to connect adults with autism spectrum disorders and their families to information and analysis of adult autism issues. The site provides information on transition, postsecondary education, employment, finances, community, arts, research and more! [more]

Women's Health

Research Advances in Pediatric, Adolescent and Maternal HIV/AIDS
Recent research findings, supported through the Pediatric, Adolescent, and Maternal AIDS Branch, illustrate the National Institute of Child Health & Development (NICHD)’s continued commitment to improving outcomes for vulnerable populations affected by HIV/AIDS. 

National Healthy Start Association Quarterly Newsletter
The National Healthy Start Association (NHSA) is committed to improving birth outcomes and health disparities that exist within communities of color throughout the United States. [more]

Children’s Health

New Brief on Opportunities for Collaboration between State Oral Health and MCH Programs to Improve Early Childhood Oral Health
AMCHP and the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) produced an issue brief describing strategies to improve oral health within MCH populations by better integrating oral health activities and information into state early childhood MCH programs. Successful state examples are included. [more]

HHS Secretary Adopts SACHDNC Recommendations
On Sept. 21, HHS Sec. Sebelius adopted the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children (SACHDNC) recommendation to add Critical Congenital Heart Disease screening to the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel. In addition, Sec. Sebelius encouraged additional discussion on the impact of this recommendation on state health departments. To read the recommendation, please visit here. AMCHP will continue to provide information and resources on this topic. [more]

To see more publications & resources, click here.



AMCHP Staff Working On Your Behalf

  • Second Infant Mortality and Racism Action Learning Collaborative Kick-Off Meeting a Success!
    In partnership with CityMatCH, and National Healthy Start Association (NHSA), AMCHP staff Jessica Hawkins organized a four-day, in-person kick-off meeting to convene the Second Infant Mortality and Racism ALC teams. Over the course of the meeting, participants learned new information, skills, tools and processes that will initiate system changes at their community and state levels to address racism and its impact on infant mortality. We look forward to providing more information in the future as the five states and communities move forward their strategies. For more detailed information about this ALC, check out the September issue of AMCHP Pulse!



Florida DOH Seeks PRAMS Coordinator
The Florida Department of Health is seeking a full-time Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) Coordinator. Responsibilities will include coordinating PRAMS survey, including designing the survey questionnaire, training PRAMS staff, managing data collection activities, monitoring the quality of survey process and data, and disseminating the data obtained from CDC; managing the PRAMS budget; communicating regularly with CDC PRAMS office and other DOH offices; developing grant renewal applications and annual progress reports for CDC; coordinating and participates in epidemiological studies on maternal and child health, chronic diseases, and risk factors using the PRAMS data and data from other sources; disseminating the results of these studies through publishing reports and presentations at DOH Grand Rounds and conferences at local, state and national levels among other duties.

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!



HRSA Funding for the Ryan White Part A HIV Emergency Relief Grant Program Modification 3
Deadline: Nov. 1
Part A of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act authorizes grants for primary medical care, access to antiretroviral therapies and other core serves and support services to Eligible Metropolitan Areas (EMAs) and Transitional Grant Areas (TGAs). Part A funds may be used to provide a continuum of care for people living with HIV disease who are primarily low income, underserved, uninsured and underinsured. [more]

AMCHP Funding Opportunity: Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities
Deadline: Nov. 2
AMCHP, through funding from the CDC National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), will provide 10-15 grants of up to $15,000 each to public health entities (e.g. Title V, WIC, Early Head Start, home-visiting programs) to integrate "Learn the Signs. Act Early.” (LTSAE) materials and messages into programs that serve parents of young children, support the collaboration of Act Early State Teams, and evaluate progress. AMCHP will provide ongoing technical assistance, disseminate resource materials, and link grantees to other states and experts in autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities (ASD/DD). The funding announcement can be accessed here and an informational call for interested applicants will be held Thursday, Oct. 13 from 1-2 p.m. EST (Call-in information: tel: 1-800-591-2259, passcode: 543177). For more information, please contact Treeby Brown or Melody Cherny. [more]

APA Accepting Proposals for Young Investigator Awards Program 
Deadline: Nov. 7 for initial proposals
The Academic Pediatric Association (APA) Bright Futures Young Investigator Program, supported by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, funds projects aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of and research base for health supervision in primary care. Awards are granted for research by fellows or junior faculty related to child health promotion, health services research, teaching, or patient care. Projects must be consistent with the goals of the APA; preference is given to projects that have the potential to lead to further studies. [more]

2012 Baby’s First Test Challenge Awards Request for Proposals Released
Deadline: Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. EST
Genetic Alliance is accepting proposals for the 2012 Baby’s First Test Challenge Awards. Several awards will be handed out with up to $20,000 each for organizations to integrate Baby’s First Test into new or existing outreach, engagement or educational efforts. Baby’s First Test was created as a newborn screening resource that directs users to current information, materials, resources, and data on newborn screening education, family support, and services. [more]

Click here to see more funding opportunities.



AMCHP Conference and Special Events

AMCHP 2012 Annual Conference 
Feb. 11-14, 2012 
Washington, DC

Adolescent and Young Adult Health Institutue 
Feb. 11, 2012 (during the AMCHP Annual Conference Training Institute) 
Washington, DC

A Life Course Dialogue: Exploring State-Level Implementation
Feb. 12, 2012 (during the AMCHP Annual Conference Training Institute) 
Washington, DC

AMCHP and March of Dimes Third Annual Mini-March for Babies
Feb. 14, 2012 at 10 a.m. 
Washington, DC

Partner Events

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Directors Meetings 
Feb. 12, 2012 
Washington, DC

Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Directors Meeting 
Feb. 12, 2012 
Washington, DC

National Summit on Quality In Home Visiting Programs 
Feb. 15-16, 2012 
Washington, DC

MCH Events

American Public Health Association Annual Meeting 
Oct. 29-Nov. 2 
Washington, DC

Interconception and Preconception Health Summit
Nov. 1
Los Angeles, CA

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine’s 16th Annual International Meeting
Nov. 3-6
Miami, FL 

2011 AUCD Conference
November 6-9
Crystal City, VA 

Joint Program in Survey Methodology Course: Designing Mixed-Mode Surveys
Nov. 10-11
Arlington, VA

17th Annual MCH Epidemiology Conference
Dec. 14-16
New Orleans, LA

2012 National Health Promotion Summit
April 10-11, 2012
Washington, DC