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 Dec. 5, 2011

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Cutting through the Craziness
The holiday season is upon us! It seems like it came quickly this year -- and I’m caught in the dizzying array of errands, travel planning, parties and all that makes the holidays feel like a holi-daze. With all that is going on, it would be easy to be distracted, overwhelmed and unproductive. Instead, I promised myself I would try to focus now more than ever on what is essential about the AMCHP mission -- our shared work of supporting state maternal and child health programs and providing national leadership on issues affecting women and children. [more]


Super Committee Failure - What We Know and What Happens Next
As widely reported, the congressional Special Committee on Deficit Reduction (i.e. Super Committee) failed to develop an acceptable deficit reduction plan by its Nov. 23 deadline. Therefore, the next step in the process is known as “sequestration” where budgets will be cut evenly between the Department of Defense and non-defense spending. Specifically, defense programs would be cut by a total of $54.7 billion each year from fiscal year 2013 through 2021, with non-defense programs cut by the same amount. [more]

FY 2012 Title V Appropriations Update
Most federal programs -- including the Title V MCH Block Grant -- are operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR) funding operations through Dec. 16. As this CR approaches expiration, it is uncertain how Congress will move forward with the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill. This remains one of the most controversial appropriations bills and the House proposal contains many policy riders to which the Senate objects. [more]


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! [more]

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. [more]

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! [more]

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. [more]

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. [more]

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General Maternal & Child Health

Preparing a Successful Research Grant Application Webinar Archive Available
An archived video file of the MCHB EnRICH webinar,Preparing a Successful Research Grant Application, from June 6 is now available online. Two leading researchers in the MCH field presented on the critical elements for preparing a successful research grant application. [more]

MCHB Archive Webinar -- Latent Variable Analysis in MCH Research: A Practical Application of Structural Equation Modeling and Latent Growth Models
The webinar, from Sept. 13, described practical application of structural equation modeling and latent growth models in maternal and child health research. The presenter for this webinar was Dr. Beth McManus, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, 2009 Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar, University of Wisconsin -- Madison. [more]

Women's Health

National Folic Acid Awareness Week 2012 Resources Available
National Folic Acid Awareness Week is Jan. 8-14. Order your FREE CDC folic acid educational materials today to avoid the last-minute rush and to make sure you receive your materials on time. CDC publications include: Folic Acid for Healthy Babies -- A Primer, Folic Acid -- Questions and Answers, Folic Acid, All Women, Every Day and many more. [more]

Children’s Health

HPV Vaccine Fact Sheet Discusses New Recommendation for Vaccinating Boys
The Kaiser Family Foundation has updated its fact sheet on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine coverage and financing, which includes the new recommendation from the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) that boys and young men be vaccinated against the virus. [more]


AMCHP Staff Working On Your Behalf

  • On Nov. 18, AMCHP staff Carolyn Mullen presented at the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) Annual Project Director and Project Manager meeting of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Genetics Collaboratives about implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The HRSA Genetics Collaboratives and their National Coordinating Center work to improve access to local genetic and newborn screening services, information, and resources for individuals and families with heritable disorders.
  • On Nov. 18, AMCHP staff Tegan Callahan and Caroline Stampfel conducted a site visit with members and staff at the Florida Department of Health. They spoke with Title V staff in the Department of Health, as well as key partners, including Medicaid and community partners, in order to capture lessons learned and opportunities around preconception health measurement and translating assessment data into programmatic and policy action. This site visit informs a larger initiative AMCHP is launching to provide states more support around preconception health measurement. [more]


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]

Office of Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight Funding to Support Establishment of State Operated Health Insurance Exchanges
Deadline: Dec. 30, Mar. 30 and June 29
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) provides States, the District of Columbia, and consortia of States with financial assistance for the establishment of State-operated health insurance Exchanges (Exchanges). States may choose whether to apply for Level One Establishment or Level Two Establishment based on their progress. [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. [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 Grant Funding for Critical Congenital Heart Disease Newborn Screening Demonstration Program
Deadline: Jan. 17
The purpose of the Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) Newborn Screening Demonstration Program is to support the development, dissemination and validation of screening protocols and newborn screening infrastructure for point of care screening specific to CCHD (i.e., the measurement of blood oxygen saturation as a detection method). [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. [more]

NIH Funding for Longitudinal Studies on the Impact of Adolescent Drinking on the Adolescent Brain (Phase II) 
Deadline: Jan. 18
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to conduct a multisite longitudinal study using a cooperative agreement (U01) mechanism to address the following questions: 1) what are the effects of both long and shorter-term child and adolescent alcohol exposure on the developing human brain; 2) what is the effect of timing, dose, and duration of alcohol exposure on brain development; 3) to what extent do these effects resolve or persist; 4) understand how key covariates factor into alcohol's effects on the brain; and 5) potentially identify early neural, cognitive, and affective markers that may predict alcohol abuse and dependence and onset or worsening of mental illness during adolescence and/or adulthood. [more]

HUD Grant Funding for Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration
Deadline: Jan. 18
The overarching purpose of the Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Program and the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program is to assist states, Native American Tribes, cities, counties/parishes, or other units of local government in undertaking comprehensive programs to identify and control lead-based paint hazards in eligible privately owned rental or owner-occupied housing, with the exception that the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program is targeted for urban jurisdictions with the greatest lead-based paint hazard control needs. [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. [more]

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