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AMCHP February Board Meeting
All members are invited to attend the AMCHP Board meeting, which will be held during our Annual Conference, on Saturday, Feb. 11, beginning at 8 a.m. EST. The meeting will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Members who will be attending should RSVP to Nora Lam or call (202) 775-0436.

Register Today for the AMCHP and March of Dimes Third Annual Mini-March for Babies
Lace up your sneakers to join AMCHP and the March of Dimes for the third annual mini-March for Babies at the 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference. The mini-march will kick off on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 10 a.m. We’re counting on you to support the AMCHP Steps for Babies team. Each walker that pre-registers for the event and donates a minimum of $25 will receive a Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait purple t-shirt. Get some exercise while you help raise money to keep babies healthy!

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!

List Your Event on the AMCHP MCH Events Calendar
Do you want to include your listing on the AMCHP MCH Events Calendar? It’s easy! Just complete our easy online submission form. You are welcome to submit MCH conferences, webinars, trainings, webcasts and meetings. Thanks for helping us to build our MCH Events Calendar! If you have any questions, please contact Julio Arguello Jr., Online Media & Information Technology Manager. Please note: All event listings are subject to AMCHP approval.

Register Today – 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 developing 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.

Webcast to Explore New CMS Estimates of State-by-State Health Expenditures
At noon EST on Dec. 7, the Kaiser Family Foundation will hold a live interactive webcast to discuss trends in state health care expenditures and the implications for national and state efforts to constrain health care costs. The webcast will examine new state-by-state estimates of public and private health spending from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which will be published that morning in the online journal, Medicare and Medicaid Research Review. An expert panel will offer perspectives on the trends within and across states, as well as the outlook for policy efforts to control costs, including provisions of the Affordable Care Act and various state initiatives. Viewers can e-mail questions to before or during the live webcast. For more information or to join the webcast, click here.

MCH PHLI Cohort III Application Process Open
The Maternal and Child Health-Public Health Leadership Institute (MCH PHLI) is 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.

AMCHP Surveys

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