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 June 20, 2011

Administration Releases Groundbreaking National Prevention Strategy
On June 16, the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council released the National Prevention Strategy, a new comprehensive plan that will “help increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life.” The National Prevention Council, composed of 17 federal agencies and chaired by the Surgeon General, developed the strategy with consultation from outside experts and stakeholders. [more] 

House Passes Deep WIC Cuts
The U.S. House of Representatives voted June 17 largely along party lines (217-203) to cut hundreds of thousands of mothers and young children off of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) – eliminating access to critical nutritious foods, nutrition services and referrals to health care and social services. [more]   

Senate Introduces Combating Autism Act Reauthorization
Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) unveiled legislation to reauthorize the Combating Autism Act of 2006. This legislation ensures that the critical programs established under the original law continue for an additional three years, including CDC surveillance programs, HRSA intervention and training programs, and the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC). [more] 

GIH Offers State Grant Writing Assistance Fund
The Affordable Care Act offers a number of funding opportunities to state government agencies to support their efforts implementing the health reform law. Many states have found it difficult to prepare proposals to access these funds because of budgetary and staffing constraints, the quick turnaround time for responding to many federal grant announcements, and the major shifts in state government. [more] 

Maternal Health Quality Bill Introduced
Legislation was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives calling for sweeping maternity care reform to improve the health and well-being of mothers and babies. The Maximizing Optimal Maternity Services for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2141) is sponsored by Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard of California and places a national focus on maternity care practices by establishing an Interagency Coordinating Committee responsible for promoting the best evidence-based maternity practices across all federal programs. The legislation authorizes a public awareness media campaign to educate consumers about how to achieve the healthiest results for mothers and babies and expands federal research on best maternity practices, and authorizes data collection to pinpoint specific geographic areas of the country that lack maternity care providers. [more] 



AMCHP and the text4baby State Enrollment Contest
AMCHP will be participating in the text4baby State Enrollment Contest, a national competition to enroll pregnant women and new mothers in the text4baby program. The goal of the text4baby State Enrollment Contest is to reach twice as many users through healthy competition among states. The top three states that have enrolled the most users in text4baby between May 10 and October 20 will be announced at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. The prize for each of the winning states will be a sponsored luncheon/press event for text4baby partners in that state. [more]

Webinar on Infant Sleep Position and Bedsharing
The Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs (ASIP) and AMCHP will host a webinar, “Infant Sleep Position and Bedsharing: Using PRAMS to Impact Programs and Policy,” on June 29 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. EST. The webinar will feature Letitia Williams, MPH, Epidemiologist, PRAMS Project, CDC Division of Reproductive Health; and Danielle L. Broussard, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Chronic Disease Epidemiology Division of Clinical and Administrative Sciences Lead Chronic Disease Epidemiologist Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education Xavier University of Louisiana. [more] 

Satellite Conference and Live Webcast
The live webcast, “Communicating With and For the Maternal and Child Health Population: Issues and Challenges,” will convene on June 28 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. EST. The program will feature Cathy R. Taylor, DrPH, MSN, RN, Assistant Commissioner, Administration Director, Bureau of Health Services, Tennessee Department of Health, discussing successful, clear communication and knowledge transfer skills and strategies crucial to MCH health improvement and advocacy goals.  [more] 

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Publications & Resources

General Maternal & Child Health

The National Minority Quality Forum Releases Updated HIV/AIDS Index
The U.S. HIV/AIDS Index enables users to map available HIV and AIDS statistics at the national, state, U.S. congressional district, and county levels by age, gender, race and ethnicity. The index is a project of the National Minority Quality Forum and builds upon the HIV/AIDS atlas that the forum introduced in 2009. The updated resource uses data on the number of persons living with HIV and AIDS collected from surveillance branches within the departments of health in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The index enables users to map HIV and AIDS prevalence and total counts and reveals visible health-disparity zones around the country. [more]

Website Allows a State to Map its Progress on Health Reform Implementation
The site, StateRefor(u)m, is an online network for health reform implementation, which allows a state to upload documents or submit comments that shows its progress. [more] 

Adolescent Health 

CDC Releases New Report on Nonfatal Bathroom Injuries Among Adolescents
The report, “Nonfatal Bathroom Injuries Among Persons Aged ≥15 Years - United States, 2008,” published in the June 10 issue of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, describes the results of an investigation into how in 2008, approximately 21.8 million persons aged ≥15 years sustained nonfatal, unintentional injuries, resulting in approximately $67.3 billion in lifetime medical costs. Information about where injuries occur is limited, but bathrooms commonly are believed to be a particularly hazardous location. To investigate this assumption, CDC analyzed data from a nationally representative sample of emergency departments (EDs) to describe the incidence and circumstances of nonfatal injuries in bathrooms (in any setting) among persons aged ≥15 years in the United States. [more] 

CDC Releases Report on the Health Risks Among Sexual Minority Adolescents
The report, “Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Risk Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9–12 in Selected Sites—Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance, United States, 2001–2009,” published in the June 10 issue of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, which documents the disproportionate rates at which sexual minority students reported many health risks, including tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use; sexual risk behaviors; and violence. [more]

SAMHSA Releases Three-Part Video Series for LGBTQ Youth
The series, “Larkin Street Stories: Serving Homeless LGBTQ Youth,” produced by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Homelessness Resource Center, offers tips on best practices for providers serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth who are homeless. [more] 

Three Reports on the High Costs of Unintended Pregnancy Rates
The three new reports, “Unintended Pregnancy Rates at the State Level,” “The Public Costs of Births Resulting from Unintended Pregnancies: National and State-Level Estimates,” and “Unintended Pregnancy and Taxpayer Spending,” published by the Guttmacher Institute, discusses the rates and public costs of unintended pregnancy. [more] 

ETR Associates Publishes Guide on Reducing Adolescent Sexual Risk
The guide, “Reducing Adolescent Sexual Risk: A Theoretical Guide for Developing and Adapting Curriculum-Based Programs,” published by the Education, Training and Research (ETR) Associates, helps reproductive health professionals, educators, curricula selection committees and others design or adapt curricula so that they focus on risk and protective factors that are related to sexual risk behavior and use instructional principles most likely to improve the targeted factors. [more]  

Children’s Health 

New Brief Addresses Children Facing Complex Coverage Under the ACA
The brief, “Addressing Coverage Challenges for Children Under the Affordable Care Act,” published by the Urban Institute, estimates the number of children in several coverage and family scenarios to draw attention to those who might require special attention as Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations are developed and the law is implemented. The analysis provides estimates of the number of children in several scenarios and identifies groups of children that warrant special consideration as regulations are developed and implementation of the ACA continues. [more]  

AAP & NACH Offers State Medicaid Fact Sheets
The 2011 State Medicaid Fact Sheets, a joint effort of the National Association of Children's Hospitals (N.A.C.H.) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), provide key data to demonstrate the importance of the Medicaid program to children and children's hospitals. The fact sheets can be used with state and federal policymakers and can be adapted to meet your targeted advocacy needs. [more]  

OHRC Releases New Tip Sheet on Child Oral Health
The tip sheet, “Medical Providers and Head Start: What You Should Know About Oral Health and How You Can Help,” published by the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) at Georgetown University, assists medical providers (i.e., physicians and nurse practitioners) in identifying approaches they can take to improve the oral health of pregnant women, infants and children enrolled in Head Start. [more] 



AMCHP Working On Your Behalf 

·         On May 23-26, AMCHP staff Jessica Hawkins attended the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s American Healing Conference in North Carolina. This two-day conference provided opportunities for exchange around systems change, policy, community mobilization and action-oriented research strategies to foster more equitable outcomes in education, health and economic security for vulnerable children and their families.


·         On June 1, AMCHP staff Joshua Brown presented a webinar to the Genetics Alliance for their “Genetics Day on the Hill 2011,” where he spoke about advocating for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant. Genetic Alliance is the world’s leading nonprofit health advocacy organization committed to transforming health through genetics and promoting an environment of openness centered on the health of individuals, families and communities.


  • On June 7, AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser met with Dr. Mary Wakefield, HRSA Administrator, to discuss the HRSA process for recruiting a new MCHB Associate Administrator and discuss the FY 2011 and FY 2012 budgets for Title V.

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CDC Chief Operating Officer
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO). This position is located in the Office of the Director in Atlanta, GA. The selectee will report directly to the CDC Director, serving as a key management official responsible for the development of program systems that enhance CDC's mission and public health goals. The Chief Operating Officer coordinates internally with the Centers/Institutes/Offices (CIO's) to develop and implement strategies for increasing the efficiency and value of management systems throughout CDC/ATSDR and provides leadership in improving business, information management, human capital, and infrastructure systems. [more]

March of Dimes Director of the Perinatal Data Center
This position will direct and manage the March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center (PDC), which analyzes maternal and infant health data and interprets this information for use by the Foundation, health professionals, researchers and the media. PDC disseminates perinatal information through several venues, chiefly PeriStats®, March of Dimes’ leading perinatal health website that provides free access to United States, state, county and city maternal and infant health data. The PDC evaluates March of Dimes programs and projects and also provides guidance to the Foundation and its constituents on epidemiological and statistical analyses and presents analytical findings at national conferences and in peer-reviewed journals. [more]

AMCHP’s Career Center
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!



CDC Funding for Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement
Deadline: June 24
The purpose of the 2011-2016 Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) cooperative agreement program is to assist state, local, and territorial/freely associated state health departments in demonstrating measurable and sustainable progress toward achieving the 15 public health preparedness capabilities and other activities that promote safer and more resilient communities. [more]

HRSA Funding for Combating Autism Act Initiative (CAAI) National Interdisciplinary Training Resource Center
Deadline: June 24
The purpose of the Combating Autism Act Initiative (CAAI) National Interdisciplinary Training Resource Center is to improve the health of infants, children and adolescents who have, or are at risk for developing, autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. The Resource Center will accomplish this by providing technical assistance to interdisciplinary training programs (such as the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) programs, and others) to better train professionals to utilize valid and reliable screening tools to diagnose or rule out and provide evidence-based interventions for children with ASD and other developmental disabilities. The National Interdisciplinary Training Resource Center will assist training grantees in accomplishing these activities and ensure coordination of CAAI projects. The goal of the CAAI projects is to enable all children to reach their full potential by developing a system of services that includes screening children early for possible ASD and other DD; conducting early, interdisciplinary, evaluations to confirm or rule out ADS and other DD; and, if a diagnosis is confirmed, providing evidence-based, early interventions. [more]

Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Funding for Street Outreach Program
Deadline: June 24
Every day, in communities across the country, young people run from or are asked to leave homes characterized by abuse, neglect or parental drug and alcohol abuse. Once on the streets, these young people often lose touch with the caring adults in their extended families, schools and communities that can help and protect them. As a result, they frequently fall victim to exploitation and abuse. They disproportionately suffer from serious health, behavioral and emotional problems. And they are often unable to find or keep the safe, stable housing that is so crucial to a successful transition to adulthood. Since 1996, projects funded by the Street Outreach Program have provided services to youth living on the streets and in unstable situations by reaching out to them. These projects aim to increase young people’s safety, well-being, and self-sufficiency, and to help them build permanent connections with caring adults, with the goal of getting them off the streets. [more]

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MCH Events 

2011 National School-Based Health Care Convention
June 26-29
Chicago, IL 

2011 MSDA National Medicaid and CHIP Oral Health Symposium
June 26-28
Washington, DC  

Leadership, Legacy, and Community: A Retreat to Advance Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Scholarship and Practice
July 25-27
Oak Brook, IL

25th Anniversary Postpartum Support International Conference
September 14-17
Seattle, WA 

NASHP 24th Annual State Health Policy Conference
October 3-5
Kansas City, MO  

American Public Health Association Annual Meeting
October 29-November 2
Washington, DC

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine’s 16th Annual International Meeting
November 3-6
Miami, FL 

2011 AUCD Conference
November 6-9
Crystal City, VA 

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