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Register Today for a National Webinar: Children and the Medicaid Health Home State Plan Option (Section 2703) of the ACA
When: Wednesday, Dec. 7 from noon-1:30 p.m. EST
The Medicaid Health Home State Plan Option (Section 2703) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) gives states the option to allow Medicaid beneficiaries with “at least two chronic conditions, one chronic condition and the risk of developing a second, or one serious and persistent mental health condition” to select a specific provider as a “health home” to help coordinate their treatments. To date, several states have indicated that they are exploring or development of State Plan Amendments (SPAs) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Section 2703 of ACA provides states with an important opportunity to develop and enhance efforts to provide medical homes to Medicaid eligible children, including children with special health care needs (CSHCN). This national webinar, sponsored by AMCHP and The Catalyst Center, will address how state Title V maternal and child (MCH) programs, state Medicaid agencies and other key partners (e.g., provider groups, families) are approaching inclusion of pediatric populations in their SPAs for Section 2703 of the ACA. Click here to register for the webinar.

Don't Miss the 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference Training Institute Skills-Building Sessions
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. This year, the skills-building trainings will include (titles and schedule tentative):

Saturday, Feb. 11, 9:00 a.m. to noon

  • Enhancing MCH Leadership Skills Through Professional Development in Core Competencies
  • Ease of Using Health Care Services for Latino Families with Children with Special Health Care Needs
  • Applying Quality Improvement Techniques, Forming Multi-sector Partnerships and Leveraging Tools and Resources: the Collaborate for Healthy Weight Initiative
  • Identifying Evidence-Based Practices That Lead to Improvements in MCHB Performance Measures: A Toolkit for States
  • Commit to Prevention and Health With Building Blocks for a Healthy Future

Saturday, Feb. 11, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Maternal and Child Health Bureau Block Grant Training: Current Initiatives and Updates
  • Using Social Media to Strengthen MCH Outreach
  • Promoting Maternal and Infant Mental Health Through a Community-Based Perinatal Support Model for Mothers
  • Integrating Public and Private Service Delivery Systems for Women, Children and Their Families
  • Performance and Outcome Measurement: Strategies for Target Setting
  • Utilizing Resource Centers to Improve the Health and Safety of Children, Youth and Families Today and Tomorrow

Sunday, Feb. 12, 9:00 a.m. to noon

  • Putting Data into Action to Improve Health and Well-Being for Children
  • Developing a Program to Support the Adult Transition for Youth with Special Health Care Needs
  • Public Health in Partnership with Medical Homes: Building the Future for Quality Preventive Care
  • Innovation in Developing Family Leaders: From Service to Partnership

Take advantage of this exceptional opportunity for professional growth and understanding – it’s included with your full conference registration! Check out the AMCHP website to see full session descriptions and other Training Institute events.

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

Webinar on the CDC Life Course Model for Children and Young Adults with Chronic Conditions
This webinar, co-sponsored by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the American Association on Health and Disability, will focus on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Life Course Model and public health approach for rare and complex disabling conditions, such as fragile X syndrome, muscular dystrophy and spina bifida. Panelists will provide an overview of childhood-onset conditions, discuss current approaches to data collection and describe how CDC incorporates a life course approach into its work. Join them Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 4-5 p.m. EST. To learn more or to register, click here.

Family Advocacy and Involvement in Title V Programs Webcast 
Collaboration between Title V Maternal and Child Health Programs and family leaders provides a "win-win" opportunity to leverage programmatic expertise with families as an action arm for advocacy. Program faculty will discuss appropriate roles for family advocates and describe the nuts and bolts structure and organization for how Title V programs can meaningfully operationalize their involvement. The course will also include a discussion of the skills and training family advocates need to be successful, as well as examples of successful models for partnership between family advocates and Title V MCH Programs. Join the South Central Public Health Training Center and UAB's Maternal and Child Health Training Grant in partnership with the Alabama Department of Public Health on Friday, Dec. 2 from noon to 1:30 p.m. CST. For more information or to register, click here.

Longitudinal Data Analysis: An Overview of Mixed Models and Generalized Estimating Equations
This interactive webinar, held Dec. 5 from 2-3 p.m. EST, will highlight statistical methods used for longitudinal data. Specifically, the session will describe the method of generalized estimating equations (GEE) that are often used to analyze longitudinal and other correlated response data; furthermore, the webinar will explore a practical application of mixed modeling containing both fixed effects and random effects in maternal and child health research. For more information and to register, click here.

New Competition Seeks Innovative Health Solutions
Ashoka Changemakers, in partnership with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio, has launched the international competition, Innovations for Health: Solutions that Cross Borders. They are seeking health solutions from around the world that have the potential to be applied in other countries to improve health and health care, especially innovations that have the potential to help vulnerable and underserved populations in other countries that are experiencing similar barriers to health. The three winning solutions will win a prize of $10,000 each. Two early entries (submitted by Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. EST) are each eligible for an additional $500 prize and a private consulting session with industry experts. The final deadline for entries is Feb. 13. To enter your idea, visit changemakers.com/innovations4health. If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Zuniga.

MCH EPI Conference Announces Keynote Speaker
The Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (MCH EPI) conference, held in New Orleans, LA form Dec. 14-16, announced that Dr. Paul Wise, MD, MPH will deliver their keynote address. Dr. Wise is the Richard E. Behrman Professor of Child Health and Society and Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is Director of the Center for Policy, Outcomes, and Prevention, a core faculty of the Centers for Health Policy and Primary Care Outcomes Research, and Senior Fellow in the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University. His research focuses on health inequalities, child health policy, and health care delivery in areas of civil conflict and unstable governance. He has also been extensively involved in medical education with a special focus on training physicians in underserved communities in the United States and throughout the developing world. For more information, click here.

MCH Journal Call for Papers: Advancing MCH Life Course
The Maternal and Child Health Journal is calling for papers for a special issue tentatively entitled Advancing MCH Life Course. The focus of this issue will be on incorporating the Life Course Perspective, including social determinants of health and health equity into MCH programs, policies, practice, research, and education and training. The aim of this issue is to continue to advance the integration of MCH Life Course into the field, expand on the utility of this direction, and transform the concepts of life course from a theoretical model into practice and application. Proposals/abstracts for manuscripts are due Nov. 30 to Cheri Pies. Authors will be notified by Jan. 1, 2012. Completed manuscripts will be due by May 1, 2012. Please contact Cheri Pies or Milt Kotelchuck with questions.

Prematurity Prevention Symposium Call for Poster Abstracts
Abstracts will be accepted for a poster session at the March of Dimes Prematurity Prevention Symposium, which takes place Jan. 19-20 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. The symposium poster session will feature hospital, provider, community and state-sponsored programs and activities that promote the prevention of preterm births. The selected posters will be displayed on Jan. 19 from 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. EST. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until Dec. 23. For questions, please e-mail symposium@marchofdimes.com or call (914) 997-4265. For more information and to apply, click here.

MCH PHLI Cohort III Application Process Open
The Maternal and Child Health-Public Health Leadership Institute (MCH PHLI) is now accepting applications for its year-long leadership development program that is designed to significantly expand self-awareness and quickly build practical skills for effectively leading, managing people, and building partnerships, to advocate for and create the MCH systems of tomorrow. The program consists of three residential executive-style retreats (10 days of experiential-based training) coupled with a robust and customizable distance-based program. Each Fellow completes an MCH-related personal leadership project targeted at a critical local or national need while receiving ongoing individual executive coaching. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 1, 2012. To submit your application or for more information, visit the MCH PHLI website.

RWJF Clinical Scholars Releases Call for Applications
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) 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 policymakers to address issues essential to the health and well-being of all Americans. The application deadline is Feb. 29, 2012 at 5 p.m. EST. For more information, click here.

Upcoming AMCHP Surveys

 Assessment Name Target Audience  Expected Launch Date 
 Preconception Health Indicators – Current Capacity and Priorities Title V Directors and
MCH Epidemiologists
Nov. 28 (Responses
due by Dec. 16)