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 Nov. 7, 2011

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FY 2012 Title V Funding Update
As of press time, it appears that Congress will not reach agreement on final funding levels for health programs for FY 2012 before the current continuing resolution (CR) expires on Nov. 18. Another CR is almost certain, allowing more time for negotiations, and will likely go through mid to late December. At the same time, the Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (Super Committee) has just three weeks left before their deadline to present a plan for an additional $1.2 trillion in savings over 10 years. No details on their potential proposed cuts have been released yet. This means the window of opportunity to influence decisions that will impact funding levels is still open... [more]

Report Documents Quality of Care for Children in Medicaid and CHIP
On Sept. 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Secretary’s second Annual Report on the Quality of Care for Children in Medicaid and CHIP. This report, required by the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009, provides findings on the status of state and federal systems for measuring and reporting on the quality of care. It also summarizes national and state-specific findings on children’s access to health care and quality of health care in Medicaid and CHIP, including findings on use of dental services. [more]

HHS Convenes Essential Health Benefits Regional Listening Sessions
Over the next few weeks, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will host several Regional Listening Sessions throughout the nation to seek comment on the establishment of an essential health benefits package provided under the Affordable Care Act. [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 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 Life Course Dialogue: Exploring State-Level Implementation on Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn how states are implementing a life course approach to maternal and child health (MCH). This interactive session will discuss how to advance a life course perspective. Hear from your peers about approaches, opportunities and challenges. This session builds on last year’s popular Life Course Town Hall Meeting and begins a four-part life course series during the AMCHP Annual Conference. [more]

Deadline Approaching: Realityworks & Go Beyond MCH Graduate Student Scholarship 
AMCHP, with Realityworks and Go Beyond, is offering 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. There are two parts to the Realityworks & Go Beyond MCH Graduate Student Scholarship, totaling $3,500. The student selected in fall 2011 would receive funds to support their current year of study ($2,000) and attendance at the 2012 conference ($1,500 plus conference registration), to be held Feb. 11-14 in Washington, D.C. The application deadline is Friday, Nov. 11 at 9 p.m. EST. [more]

Don’t miss these upcoming AMCHP Webinars!

  • Nov. 9 -- American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Expansion of Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment 
    On Oct. 18, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released the updated policy statement and technical report with additional information for parents on creating a safe environment for their babies to sleep. On Nov. 9, from 2:30-4 p.m. EST, join AMCHP and the Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs (ASIP) for the American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Expansion of Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment webinar. [more]
  • Nov. 15 -- A Year of Progress Utilizing the Less Than 39 Weeks Toolkit: Building Successful Partnerships with Clinicians, Health Departments and the March of Dimes
    To raise awareness around World Prematurity Day and Prematurity Awareness Month, AMCHP and the March of Dimes will host a national webinar, “A Year of Progress Utilizing the Less Than 39 Weeks Toolkit: Building Successful Partnerships with Clinicians, Health Departments and the March of Dimes” on Nov. 15 from 3-4:30 p.m. EST. The 90-minute webinar will be moderated by Associate State Director of the March of Dimes California Chapter and Director of Big 5 State Prematurity Initiatives, Leslie Kowalewski. [more]

Systems Thinking for Maternal and Child Health: Application in Practice Webinar
Systems thinking and using the systems approach to manage public health controversies can provide new and exciting opportunities and collaborations, yet the importance of this concept is often overlooked. Many disciplines converge in this problem-solving approach and bring new ideas to the forefront of today’s critical public health issues. In this seminar, Dr. Donna Petersen will explore how systems thinking can be applied to MCH and analyze the advantages of using this method to solve current and future challenges in public health. [more]

CMS Innovation Center Accepting Applications for New Innovation Advisors Program 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center seeks to deepen the capacity for transformation by creating a network of experts in improving the delivery system for Medicare, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program beneficiaries. The Innovation Advisors Program will support individuals who can test and refine new models to drive delivery system reform. [more]

MCHB Graduate Student Internship Program Application System is Open
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. Internship projects (limited to submissions by public -- state and local -- MCH agencies) should be grounded in the following three critical areas of MCH epidemiology: data analysis and monitoring, needs assessment and program evaluation. more information, contact Renee Schwalberg, Program Director, at (202) 842-2000. [more]

Don’t Miss Upcoming AMCHP Surveys. Click here for more information.

To see more ways to get involved, click here.


General Maternal & Child Health

New Kaiser Survey Finds States Focusing on Cost Containment Following Expiration of Stimulus Funds
Faced with the end of stimulus money and a continuing weak economy, Medicaid officials in virtually every state are enacting a variety of cost cutting measures as states’ spending for Medicaid is projected to increase 28.7 percent this fiscal year to make up for the loss of federal funds, according to a new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. [more]

Women’s Health

New HRSA/MCHB Report on Women's Health
On Nov. 3, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released Women’s Health USA 2011, the tenth edition of an annual data book identifying priorities, trends and disparities in women’s health. The 2011 edition highlights several new topics, including secondhand tobacco smoke exposure, Alzheimer’s disease, preconception health, unintended pregnancy, oral health care utilization and barriers to health care. For the first time, the special population section of the report features data on the health of lesbian and bisexual women, as well as Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander women. [more]

Tutorial: Reproductive Health Care Policy for Women in the United States 
In this updated tutorial, Usha Ranji, M.S., associate director of women's health policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, summarizes major issues in reproductive health care policy. She discusses coverage and financing of reproductive care in public programs and private plans, as well as the key provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act(ACA) that affect reproductive health. [more]

Children’s Health

MOD Releases 2011 Premature Birth Report Card
November is Prematurity Awareness Month. Last week, the March of Dimes (MOD) released the 2011 Premature Birth Report Card. While the United States earned a “C,” preterm birth rates improved in almost every state between 2006 and 2009, and in several states the change was more than 10 percent, according to the March of Dimes 2011 Premature Birth Report Card. The nation’s preterm birth rate has declined nearly 5 percent from the 2006 peak of 12.8 percent. [more]

HRSA Report: Children in Rural Areas Face Different Health Challenges
Children in rural areas face different challenges to their health and have less access to care when compared with children in urban areas, according to a new report from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH): The Health and Well-Being of Children in Rural Areas: A Portrait of the Nation in 2007, which is published every four years, examined the overall health of rural children in the United States from birth to 17 years. The report finds greater prevalence of certain physical, emotional, behavioral and developmental conditions in rural areas. [more]

To see more publications & resources, click here.


AMCHP Staff Working On Your Behalf

  • On Oct. 8, AMCHP staff Brent Ewig gave a plenary session presentation on the status of Affordable Care Act provisions affecting children and youth with special health care needs at the Annual Meeting of the Illinois Arc and Family Voices in Chicago, IL.
  • On Oct. 13, AMCHP Staff Brent Ewig delivered a keynote presentation entitled "Maternal Child Health Opportunities and Challenges in Health Reform" at the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Annual Conference and Healthy Babies Summit in Waukesha, WI.
  • On Oct. 27-28, Jessica Hawkins represented AMCHP at an ACOG, CDC, FDA and NIAID-sponsored meeting titled, Progress in Overcoming Barriers to Influenza Vaccination for Pregnant Women. This meeting provided opportunity to discuss the barriers to influenza immunization by health care providers and the acceptability and uptake of influenza immunization by pregnant women. The meeting concluded with the discussion of ‘best practices’ to overcome these barriers and identifying strategies to move forward.
  • From Oct. 30-Nov. 2, AMCHP staff were involved in the following sessions at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Exposition:
    • MCH Town Hall 
      Presenter: Brent Ewig
      Organizer: Karen VanLandeghem
    • Martha May Eliot Forum: Life Course Perspective: Moving from Theory to Practice 
      Organizer and Moderator: Lauren Ramos 
    • Policy and Advocacy in Maternal Child Health 
      Presenter: Brent Ewig
    • Autism
      Presenter: Treeby Brown
    • Sexual and Preconception Health: Youth Empowerment towards Healthy Choices and Risk Reduction
      Presenter: Sharron Corle
    • The MCH Workforce: Developing Our Base and Building for the Future 
      Presenter: Lauren Ramos


Family Voice Regional Field Coordinator (RFC), Region 4

The RFCs, with the National Field Co-Coordinators and Family Voices (FV) staff, promote the FV mission in their assigned regions by, helping to identify needs and coordinate technical assistance to Family Voices State Affiliate Organizations and Family-to-Family Health Information Centers in the states; building or strengthening the Family Voices presence in the states; and supporting family/professional partnerships. Preference will be given to applicants residing within Region 4 (Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and Hawaii). [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!


HRSA Grant Funding on Affordable Care Act Family-to-Family Health Information Centers
Deadline: Dec. 16
This announcement solicits applications for the Affordable Care Act Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2F HICs) Program. This extension allows the F2F HICs to continue to assist in ensuring that families of children with special health needs (CSHCN) will partner in decision-making at all levels. In addition to extending appropriations for the F2F HICs, the Affordable Care Act puts into place comprehensive health reforms that are designed to reduce health disparities and barriers to health care by making improvements in preventive care, investing more resources into coordinated care, strengthening diversity and cultural competence training in the health professions, expanding the health care workforce in underserved communities, ending insurance discrimination, and creating affordable insurance coverage through Health Insurance Exchanges. [more]

CDC Capacity Building Assistance to Improve Health in Tribal Populations Grant
Deadline: Dec. 29
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide financial assistance to National Tribal Organizations serving tribal health departments (or their equivalents) so these organizations can provide capacity building assistance (CBA) to improve tribal health department quality, effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of public health services. Specifically, assistance will be provided in the following two priority areas: (1) capacity building assistance to prepare for public health department accreditation, and (2) capacity building assistance to implement model program and policy practices that address Winnable Battles that are culturally appropriate to AI/AN populations and address highest priority public health needs. [more]

HRSA Funding for HIV Care Grant Program Part B 
Deadline: Jan. 3, 2012
Part B funding is used to assist states and territories in developing and/or enhancing access to a comprehensive continuum of high-quality, community-based care for low-income individuals and families living with HIV. As such, it supports the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) goals of: increasing access to care and optimizing health outcomes and reducing HIV-related health disparities. [more]

HRSA Grant Funding for EMSC State Partnership Regionalization of Care (SPROC)
Deadline: Feb. 3, 2012
This announcement solicits applications for the EMSC State Partnership Regionalization of Care (SPROC) Program. The Institute of Medicine, Future of Emergency Care: Key Findings and Recommendations Fact Sheet, June 2006, highlighted some key concerns regarding the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system and emergency departments (EDs). Overall EMS and EDs are not well equipped to handle pediatric care; most children receive emergency care in general (not children's) hospitals, which are less likely to have pediatric expertise, equipment and policies in place for the care of children. Children make up 27 percent of all ED visits, but only 6 percent of EDs in the United States have all the necessary supplies for pediatric emergencies; many drugs and medical devices have not been adequately tested on, or dosed properly for children; and while children have increased vulnerability to disasters, disaster planning has largely overlooked their needs. The EMSC Program is seeking proposals to support projects that aim to reach beyond state borders to overcome barriers to specialized pediatric medical and trauma services. [more]

National Institute of Food and Agriculture Funding for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Food Security Grant
Deadline: Mar. 14, 2012
The Food Security Challenge Area RFA focuses on the societal challenge to keep American agriculture competitive while ending world hunger. In the Food Security Challenge Area RFA, specific program areas are designed to achieve the long-term outcome of increasing food availability and decreasing the number of food insecure individuals. Project types supported by AFRI within this RFA include single-function Extension Projects, multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants. [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

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

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

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

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