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 Oct. 24, 2011

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Many Ways of Moving Forward
Last week, I had the chance to listen to Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), share some of his thinking on public health issues and challenges at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials meeting in Portland, Oregon. If any of you have heard Dr. Frieden speak, you know that he uses a great deal of data in his presentations -- he is very focused on public health impact and health outcomes. That's why I was surprised that after a great presentation on a number of activities at CDC, full of charts and data, his last slide was a simple, clear quotation from Franklin Delano Roosevelt. [more]


AMCHP Partnering to Lead National Mobilization for Women, Children and Families on Oct. 26
AMCHP, the National WIC Association, and the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association invite you to join us in an unprecedented National Mobilization for Women, Children and Families on Oct. 26. The goal is to flood Capitol Hill with a unified message opposing MCH and women's health program cuts. [more]

Federal Budget Update
The federal government continues to operate on a Continuing Resolution (CR) though Nov. 18, while Congress reportedly continues to negotiate final health program funding levels for FY 2012. At the same time, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (Super Committee) continues to meet behind closed doors to come up with a proposal for cutting at least an additional $1.2 trillion from the federal budget over the next 10 years. [more]

FY 2012 Title V MCH Block Grant Appropriations

  • For FY 2012, the Senate Appropriations Committee has passed a bill proposing a $50 million cut to the Title V MCH Services Block Grant, citing the increase in funding from the new Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Visiting Program as the primary justification.


AMCHP Organizes Advocacy for Title V with Super Committee
Thirty four leading national organizations serving women, children and families have joined with AMCHP to send a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (the Super Committee) in support of the Title V MCH Block Grant program. The letter asks Congress "to carefully consider the current condition of our nation's public maternal and child health system before imposing any additional budget cuts to the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant and other critical programs that serve women, children and their families." [more]

Institute of Medicine Report on Essential Health Benefits
On Oct. 7, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report entitled "Essential Health Benefits: Balancing Coverage and Cost." It outlines a process to help the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) define the minimum benefits that certain health plans must cover as directed by the Affordable Care Act. [more]

Register Today for the 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference!
This year's conference opens with a weekend of in-depth trainings as part of the AMCHP Annual Conference Training Institute, one and a half days of skills-building sessions and special events. Among these sessions is a two-part, day-long Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Institute on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interested in learning more about how your program can better serve adolescents? [more]


Register Today for the 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference!
This year's conference opens with a weekend of in-depth trainings as part of the AMCHP Annual Conference Training Institute, one and a half days of skills-building sessions and special events. Among these sessions is a two-part, day-long Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Institute on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interested in learning more about how your program can better serve adolescents? [more]

Realityworks & Go Beyond MCH Graduate Student Scholarship
AMCHP has partnered with Realityworks and Go Beyond to offer a new graduate-student scholarship. The scholarship is designed to assist one graduate student in furthering their education and sponsor their attendance at the upcoming AMCHP Annual Conference to hone their leadership skills and connect them with existing leaders within MCH. [more]

"Elimination of Non-medically Indicated (Elective) Deliveries Before 39 Weeks Gestational Age Toolkit: A Year of Progress" Webinar
To raise awareness around World Prematurity Day and Prematurity Awareness Month, AMCHP and the March of Dimes (MOD) will host a national webinar, "Elimination of Non-medically Indicated (Elective) Deliveries Before 39 Weeks Gestational Age Toolkit: A Year of Progress" on Nov. 15 from 3-4:30 p.m. EST. [more]

AAIDD/AAHD Webinar on Promoting Health and Preventing Disease for People with Disabilities
Join the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) and the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD), for a free,4-part webinar series that will focus on the unique role of the CDC Division of Human Development and Disability. [more]

Using Large Data Set to Examine Current Practices and Policies Webinar
Making data-based decisions in practice and policy is essential and often mandated for effective service for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Agencies at the federal, state and local level collect large amounts for accountability and, in fact, provide public access to parts or all of the data. [more]

CMS Announces Application Submission Deadline for New Innovation Advisors Program
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the new Innovation Advisors program, which will be managed by their Innovation Center. Up to 200 Innovation Advisors, including clinicians, allied health professionals, health administrators and others, will test new models of care delivery in order to drive improvements to patient care and reduce costs. CMS is accepting applications now through Nov. 15. [more]

UIC MCH Program Accepting Applications for their Leadership Development and Coaching Program
This is a six-month, distance-based program, which begins January 2012, that includes six monthly, one-hour calls focused on Authentic Leadership Development: Strengths Based Leadership, Values-Based Leadership and Decision-Making, Self-Awareness, Emotional-Intelligence, Ideal-Self, Work-Life Balance, Self-Care, and Whole Life Leadership. Each participant meets with a personally assigned, certified, professional coach in two 45-minute phone sessions every month. [more]

Call for Proposals: MCHB Graduate Student Internship Program (GSIP)
The Graduate Student Internship Program (GSIP), sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), strives to enhance students' skills in data analysis, encourage training in MCH epidemiology, and providing assistance to state and local health agencies with data-related projects. MCHB is increasing its commitment to assisting agencies by supporting up to 20 interns in state-level MCH/CSHCN agencies and 10 in city and county MCH departments.[more]

Click here to see more ways to get involved.


Innovation Station

New MCH Emerging, Promising and Best Practices Added to the AMCHP Innovation Station
AMCHP is pleased to announce that new practices have been added to the Innovation Station database following a recent review held by the Best Practices Review Panel. Innovation Station houses reviewed MCH practices that range from new, emerging practices with solid design and evaluation plan to promising practices with strong evaluation data to demonstrate effectiveness to best practices that have been peer reviewed, extensively evaluated and replicated. [more]

General Maternal & Child Health

Pediatric Pulmonary Training Programs and the MCH Library Release Sleep-Related Resource Guides
The six national Pediatric Pulmonary Training Programs and the MCH Library at Georgetown University have released a new set of resource guides about sleep and sleep disorders in infants, children, adolescents and pregnant women. [more]

Adolescent Health

CDC Publishes New Video on Teen Pregnancy CDC announced the launch of a new video by the Division of Reproductive Health: A Message to Health Care Professionals: Teen Pregnancy. In this video, teens urge health care professionals to talk to their teen patients about pregnancy and contraception to help improve the lives of all young people. [more]

Children’s Health

MCHB Releases "Collaboration and Action to Improve Child Health Systems: A Toolkit for State Leaders"
The toolkit is based on questions and discussions from 18 State Leadership Workshops in 14 states and Puerto Rico convened from 2004-2009. Through these workshops, Title V and Medicaid leaders generated the questions and system maps in the toolkit to advance the challenging work  f improved coordination, integration, and management of services among provider, delivery mechanisms and financing streams. [more]


AMCHP Staff Working On Your Behalf

  • On Oct. 2-5, AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser and staff Karen VanLandeghem and Carolyn Mullen attended the National Academy of State Health Policy annual conference in Kansas City, MO. Attended by over 600 health policy experts, this meeting provided a forum to discuss the implementation challenges and opportunities afforded via health reform. A breadth of topics were covered during this conference including health exchanges, promoting public health, building health homes in Medicaid and state strategies to improve
    birth outcomes. If you are interested in learning more, click here to view the presentations.

  • On Oct. 12, AMCHP staff Karen VanLandeghem and Carolyn Mullen hosted a national webinar entitled "Optimizing Health Reform to Integrate Service Delivery Systems for Women, Children and Their Families," funded by The Commonwealth Fund. Over 550 participants registered for the webinar and nearly 400 people participated to learn more about the efforts of state Title V maternal and child health programs and their partners (e.g. Medicaid agencies, children's hospitals, provider groups, family advocates) in
    selected states (Colorado, Ohio and Vermont) to integrate health care service delivery systems focused on improving the health of women, children and their families. Click here to view the archived webinar or slides. [more]


Florida DOH Seeks PRAMS Coordinator
The Florida Department of Health is seeking a fulltime 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 participating 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. [more]

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!


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, homevisiting 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. [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. [more]

PCORI Announces $26 Million Pilot Projects Grant Program
Deadline: Letters of intent must be received by Nov. 1; applications must be received by Dec. 1
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) announced a $26 million Pilot Projects Grants Program that will support approximately 40 awards. The purpose of the Pilot Projects Grants Program is to: inform PCORI's ongoing development and enhancement of national priorities for patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR); support the collection of preliminary data that can provide a platform for an evolving research agenda; and support the identification of research methodology to advance PCOR. [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 Institute
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

For more calendar events, click here.