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 Nov. 21, 2011

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Budget Updates -- Super Committee Flounders and FY 2012 Title V Funding Remains Unresolved
At press time today, all indications are that the Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (Super Committee) will not be able to produce an acceptable plan to reduce the deficit. In this case, additional automatic cuts will be applied to many federal programs starting in 2013, with $400 billion over 10 years coming from the domestic discretionary account that provides funding for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant and other public health programs. AMCHP is seeking additional analysis on the potential impact on Title V and other critical public health programs, and our advocacy against indiscriminate cuts will continue. [more]

Supreme Court Announces Plan to Review ACA
The Supreme Court recently announced plans to consider challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act(ACA) and according to analysts will probably render a decision by June 2012. The Court will decide whether Congress exceeded its powers through the individual mandate requirement that all people buy health insurance coverage or face financial penalties. Notably, the Court also agreed to decide a challenge to the provision requiring states to expand Medicaid. If either or both of these provisions are struck down by the Court they will then decide which other provisions included in the ACA should be struck down as well. [more]

Health Care Innovation Challenge
On Nov. 14, HHS announced that the Health Care Innovation Challenge will award grants in March to applicants in order to implement the most compelling new ideas to deliver better health, improved care and lower costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, particularly those with the highest health care needs.

The challenge will support projects that can begin within six months. Additionally, projects that focus on rapid workforce development will be given priority when grants are awarded. [more]


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 andspecial events. 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. [more]

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. [more]

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. [more]

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. [more]

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. [more]

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. [more]

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. [more]

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General Maternal & Child Health

New Reproductive Health Assessment after Disaster Toolkit Available
The University of North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness, with assistance from The Division of Reproductive Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion at CDC has launched theReproductive Health Assessment After Disaster Toolkit (RHAD). This toolkit will assist you with assessing the reproductive health needs of women aged 15-44 affected by natural and man-made disasters.

New NACCHO Home Visiting Resources Page
Resources related to home visiting are now available on the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) website, under Public Health Advocacy and Health Reform. [more]

Adolescent Health

Issue Brief on Youth Health Literacy
The National Institute for Health Care Management released an issue brief in October 2011 that makes the case for investing in youth health literacy. The brief states that adolescence is a key developmental period, when individuals may begin to make their own, independent decisions about health care. [more]

Children’s Health

New AMCHP Issue Brief on Autism Spectrum Disorder
In an effort to document the level of activity among states in the area of autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities (ASD/DD), AMCHP conducted an environmental scan of state Title V program ASD/DD activities. This environmental scan provides insights into approaches that state Title V programs are taking to address the growing incidence of ASD/DD and catalogues ASD/DD activities that fit within the framework of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) critical indicators for children and youth with special health care needs. [more]

MCAH Toolbox: Text Messages for Birth Defects Prevention
The CDC National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities provides weekly text messages with reminders to take folic acid, and other health tips to prevent birth defects. Women of childbearing age, including those who are not planning to get pregnant, can sign up for this service to receive mobile health tips. 


AMCHP Staff Working On Your Behalf

  • AMCHP CEO, Mike Fraser, attended a one-day meeting on “Promoting Public-Private Collaboration to Improve Maternal and Child Health” supported by Grantmakers in Health and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The meeting brought state MCH leaders from Region VI together with philanthropic Funding Partners to discuss how to align private resources with public MCH needs. The meeting was a pilot project to test the idea of replicating similar meetings in all HHS regions in the future.
  • On Nov. 8, AMCHP convened the Youth Involvement Work Group to help define youth involvement in AMCHP, develop a vision for youth involvement and produce recommendations on key actions AMCHP can pursue to advance this strategic goal. Work Group members include Stephanie Birch (AK), Alisa Olshefsky (DE), Eileen Forlenza (CO), Marc Shiff (KS), Susan Colburn (AL), Susan Chacon (NM), Kris Green (AK) and Rachel Samuels (TX).
  • The AMCHP Board of Directors met on Nov. 9-10 in D.C. As part of the meeting, the Board met with HRSA and MCHB Senior Staff Terry Adirim and Jon Nelson to talk about future directions for MCHB, Title V funding, and implementing the home visiting program, and with partners, Cassie Lauver, MCHB, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and the National Medicaid Directors Association to discuss national and state initiatives to improve birth outcomes.


Office on Women's Health Funding for Prevention of Violence and Trauma of Women and Girls
Deadline: Dec. 7
Funding is available for activities and events in support of Prevention of Violence and Trauma of Women and Girls (VAW) in the United States and its affiliated territories and tribal nations. The purpose of this funding announcement is to seek projects which increase awareness of violence and trauma affecting women and girls, offer prevention strategies and messages, and promote trauma-informed care to decrease violence against women and girls and promote recovery and resiliency. [more]

HRSA Funding for National Hemophilia Program Coordinating Center
Deadline: Dec. 30
This announcement solicits applications for the National Hemophilia Program Coordinating Center (NHPCC). This project is funded under Section 501 of the Social Security Act which provides funding for comprehensive hemophilia diagnostic treatment centers. The purpose of the program is to establish a coordinating center to facilitate an integrated and collaborative regional network to promote comprehensive, quality care of individuals with hemophilia and related bleeding disorders or clotting disorders such as thrombophilia. The purpose of this center is to facilitate, coordinate, and evaluate the implementation of activities carried out by the Regional Hemophilia Networks. The NHPCC will play a key role in identifying, prioritizing, and addressing issues of importance regarding access to and utilization of hemophilia and related bleeding and clotting disorder services at the national, State, and community levels. [more]

HRSA Funding for a Regional Hemophilia Network
Deadline: Jan. 10
This announcement solicits applications for the Regional Hemophilia Network (RHN). The purpose of this funding opportunity is to establish integrated and collaborative regional networks to promote the comprehensive care of individuals with hemophilia and related bleeding disorders or clotting disorders such as thrombophilia. [more]

CDC Grant Funding for Coordinating Center for Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities Data and Epidemiologic Studies (U10)
Deadline: Jan. 13
The purpose of the program is to coordinate and manage the data from the Centers for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology (CADDRE), and specifically the CADDRE multi-site study, Study to Explore Early Development (SEED) (phase I and II) funded under FOA DD11-002. The data collected from CADDRE will be used to support the ability of CADDRE SEED investigators to perform analyses which benefit scientific knowledge and guides public health actions related to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and related developmental disabilities. [more]

HRSA Funding for the Rural Policy Analysis Program
Deadline: Jan. 17
This funding opportunity announcement solicits applications for the Rural Policy Analysis Program. The purpose of this program is to support research and analysis of key policy issues affecting rural communities to inform policy makers. The program is national in scope and looks at cross-cutting rural health and human services issues in order to identify trends and challenges. Funded projects should focus on the changing rural environment and outline how they would achieve the following: 1) facilitate public dialogue on key rural policy issues by tracking emerging rural health and human services policy issues and synthesize them in a manner that provides for easy consumption by rural community leaders, with particular emphasis on rural health care providers and systems; 2) identify opportunities for integrating health and human services in rural policy, program, and evaluation in a local community context; 3) identify opportunities to demonstrate broad community impact of policies and programs in rural health and human services, consistent with policy goals related to rural revitalization and sustainability of rural regions; and 4) provide analysis of policies and regulations that helps optimize positive impacts on rural health systems and communities in the form of policy briefs, reports, and oral presentations. [more]

CMS Health Care Innovation Challenge Grant
Deadline: Jan. 27
This Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) initiative will fund applicants who propose compelling new models of service delivery/payment improvements that hold the promise of delivering the three-part aim of better health, better health care, and lower costs through improved quality for Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollees. Successful models will include plans to rapidly develop and/or deploy the requisite workforce to support the proposed model. Awards will recognize interventions that show capability to improve care within the first six months of the award, while creating a sustainable pathway to net Medicare/Medicaid/CHIP savings within two to three years. [more]

USAID Grant for the All Children Reading Competition
Deadline: Jan. 31
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), and World Vision (collectively referred to as the “Founding Partners”) are seeking game-changing innovations with the potential to dramatically improve reading skills and low literacy rates among primary grade children. Through a multi-year initiative called All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR), the Founding Partners will collaborate to achieve the goal of global action to improve child literacy. [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

CDC Webinar on Life Course Model for Children and Young Adults with Chronic Conditions 
Nov. 29

10th World Congress of Maternal and Neonatal Health
December 18-20
Rome, Italy

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

2nd Annual Making Lifelong Connections Meeting
(for MCHB trainees and former trainees)
Jan. 18-19, 2012
Orlando, FL

Prematurity Prevention Symposium 
Jan. 19-20
Washington, DC

Health Action 2012
Jan. 19-21
Washington, DC

NHSA 13th Annual Spring Conference
March 11-14
Washington, DC

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

Head Start’s 11th National Research Conference
June 18-20, 2012
Washington, DC