Sept. 26, 2011

Keeping Optimism Alive
Over the past few months, I have had the chance to travel and visit with a number of maternal and child health (MCH) leaders at conferences and events across the country. Traveling is one part of my job that I really love – it gives me the chance to learn more about what is going on in states and communities and that helps me connect our work at AMCHP to the work of state Title V programs and their partners. When myself or another AMCHP staff member has the chance to visit with a Title V program, or present at national or regional conferences, we get to know our members better and talk about the resources and tools that we can develop to meet member needs. [more]



In Case You Missed It – Senate Committee Cuts $50 Million from Title V
Despite our strong objections, on Sept. 21 the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $50 million cut to the Title V Maternal & Child Health Services Block Grant in the FY 2012 Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill. The future of this bill, along with the House of Representatives action on health appropriations, is still unclear. However, the Senate action underscores the difficult work ahead to protect critical MCH funding. [more]

New AMCHP Report Details Impact of Budget Cuts
To illustrate the importance of protecting Title V MCH Block Grant funding, AMCHP released a new report, Critical Condition: How Federal and State Budget Cuts are Hurting the Health of Our Nation’s Mothers and Children. The report shows how the combination of increased poverty, the number of Americans lacking health insurance and previous budget cuts approaching nearly half a billion dollars are combining to create a perfect storm endangering the health of our nation’s mothers, infants and children, including those with special health care needs. [more]

Combating Autism Reauthorization Act Passes House, Stalls in Senate
On Sept. 20, the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011 (H.R. 2005) by voice vote. As of press time, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) is blocking a final vote in Congress to renew the landmark 2006 law. [more]

President Offers Deficit Reduction Plan – Details on Health Provisions
On Sept. 19, President Obama unveiled a deficit reduction proposal for the Supercommittee’s consideration. The president’s recommendations amount to $4.4 trillion in cost savings over the next decade. Specifically, the plan includes $320 billion in health savings over the next 10 years, $248 billion from Medicare and $73 billion to Medicaid and other health programs. [more]

CMS National EPSDT Improvement Workgroup Promoting Medical Home and Care Coordination
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) continues to convene its National Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) Improvement Workgroup – a national workgroup comprised of national organizations, federal agencies, and state Medicaid and Title V MCH program agency representatives to discuss core issues regarding improving Medicaid’s EPSDT program. [more]



Registration for the 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference Is Now Open
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! 

Full conference registration includes all conference events, including the AMCHP Annual Conference Training Institute – Saturday, Feb. 11 and Sunday, Feb. 12 (until noon) – a rich schedule of skills-building sessions and other training opportunities. Watch the AMCHP website for updates as the program develops. [more

AMCHP is Pleased to Announce the Launch of the Ryan Colburn Scholarship Fund
AMCHP is now accepting applications and will be awarding a scholarship to one youth leader to attend the 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference. The deadline is Friday, Oct. 14 by 5 p.m. EST. For more information, please click here or contact Michelle Jarvis at (202) 775-1472. [more]

AMCHP Funding Opportunity: Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities
Deadline: Nov. 2
AMCHP, through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), will provide 10-15 grants of up to $15,000 each to public health entities (e.g. Title V, WIC, Early Head Start, home-visiting programs, etc.) to integrate "Learn the Signs. Act Early.” (LTSAE) materials and messages into programs that serve parents of young children, support the collaboration of Act Early State Teams, and evaluate progress. AMCHP will provide ongoing technical assistance, disseminate resource materials, and link grantees to other states and experts in autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities (ASD/DD). The funding announcement can be accessed here and an informational call for interested applicants will be held in early October 2011 (exact date TBD). [more]

Webinar on the Life Course Perspective
The webinar, “The Life Course Perspective in Promoting Health in Aging,” will feature Diana Kuh, PhD, Director of the Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at the Medical Research Council (MRC), Director of the MRC National Survey of Health and Development, and Principal investigator for HALCyon, on Oct. 10 from 1 to 2 p.m. EST. [more]

RWJF Call for Applications
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Scholars in Health Policy Research program develops and supports a new generation of creative health policy thinkers and researchers within the disciplines of economics, political science and sociology. Each year the program selects up to nine highly qualified individuals for two-year fellowships at one of three nationally prominent universities with the expectation that they will make important research contributions to future U.S. health policy. Application deadline is Oct. 12. To learn more, visit here. [more]

American Journal of Health Promotion Seeks Manuscripts on Strategies for Promoting Preconception Health
The American Journal of Health Promotion will publish a special issue on "Effective Strategies for Promoting Preconception Health - From Research to Practice." For this issue, they are interested in emerging research, innovative and promising practice, community and policy-based approaches to improve preconception health. The deadline for manuscript submission is Jan. 15, 2012. For more information, visit here. [more]

ASTHO Now Accepting Applications for Environmental Public Health Tracking Fellowship Program
ASTHO announced a call for applications for its fourth round of Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT): State-to-State Peer Fellowship Program. The Fellowship is designed to enhance the tracking capacity of non-funded states and territories. [more]



General Maternal & Child Health

AAP Announces Two New Resources on Evaluation Guidelines
The National Healthy Tomorrows Technical Assistance Resource Center at the American Academy of Pediatrics recently posted two audio recordings based on the Evaluation Guide Part II: Putting Your Evaluation Plan to Work publication. The recordings feature Healthy Tomorrows Evaluation Consultant and co-author of the Evaluation Guides Holly Ruch-Ross, ScD. [more]

Women’s Health 

New Report on Hospital Practices to Support Breastfeeding
The report, “Vital Signs: Hospital Practices to Support Breastfeeding -- United States, 2007 and 2009,” published in the Aug. 2, 2011, issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, examines practices in 2,690 hospitals and free-standing birth centers in all states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories. Contents include data and analysis for 10 indicators consistent with the World Health Organization-United Nation's Children's Fund's Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding: existence of a model breastfeeding policy, staff competency assessment, prenatal breastfeeding education, early initiation of breastfeeding, teaching breastfeeding techniques, limited supplementation of breastfeeding infants, rooming-in, teaching feeding cues, limited use of pacifiers, and post-discharge support. [more]

Children’s Health

"When the Bough Breaks" From Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?
This September, in honor of National Infant Mortality Awareness Month, California Newsreel is offering a free online preview of “When the Bough Breaks.” Organizations around the country are screening this 28-minute episode of the award-winning and widely used series Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making us Sick? to help tackle the root causes of high rates of infant mortality, pre-term and low-weight births among African American babies. [more]



AMCHP Staff Working On Your Behalf

  • On Aug. 29-30, AMCHP staff member Caroline Stampfel attended the Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) Case Registry Pilot Program Reverse Site Visit and Partner Meeting at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA. The CDC, along with many public and private partners, developed the SUID Case Registry pilot program to provide more comprehensive data to characterize SUID cases and to determine which factors in the sleep environment contribute to SUID cases. The pilot program currently supports seven grantees, including Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Hampshire and New Mexico.
  • On Sept. 7, AMCHP staff Cristina Sciuto showcased AMCHP publications at the 2011 MedImmune Premature Infant Summit in Washington, DC. Presenters at the Summit discussed opportunities for collaboration and best practices in addressing premature infant health. [more]



New HRSA Division Seeks Director, Deputy Director and Public Health Expert
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration recently established a new Division within the Bureau, the Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Services. This was done in recognition of the importance of early childhood programs to at-risk populations. They are currently looking for strong leadership for these programs and are recruiting for a Division Director and Deputy Director (they will consider candidates for Deputy Director from those who apply to this position). MCHB is recruiting for either a physician or public health expert in recognition of the multidisciplinary expertise needed for such a position. [more]

RWJF Seeks Health Policy Fellows Program Applicants
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health Policy Fellows program provides the nation’s most comprehensive fellowship experience at the nexus of health science, policy and politics in Washington, DC. It is an outstanding opportunity for exceptional midcareer health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health and health care policy. Fellows participate in the policy process at the federal level and use that leadership experience to improve health, health care, and health policy. The deadline to apply is Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. EST. [more]

Click here to see more career opportunities.

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!



NIH Funding on Strategies for the Protection of Pregnant Women and Infants Against Infectious Diseases (R01)
Deadline: Oct. 13
The purpose of this funding opportunity is to encourage new and innovative mechanistic studies of pathogens that impact placental function and fetal well-being, with the long-term goal of informing the development of interventions against these pathogens and reducing the burden of infection-related pregnancy loss and infant morbidity and mortality. [more]

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Request for Proposals (RFP)
Deadline: Oct. 17
Funding is available for activities and events in support of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) in the United States and its affiliated territories. The purpose of NWGHAAD is to highlight the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls and encourages them to take action by knowing their HIV/AIDS status and understanding their risk. Projects will be funded up to a maximum amount of $2,500. [more]

National Women's Health Week 2012 (NWHW) Request for Proposals (RFP)
Deadline: Oct. 20
Funding through this request is available for National Women's Health Week (NWHW). This funding opportunity provides support for activities and events that promote the health of women and girls in the United States and its affiliated territories. Funding is available for projects that empower women and girls across the country to get healthy by taking action to improve their health and the health of their community. Community-based partnerships and collaborations are strongly encouraged. Projects will be funded up to a maximum amount of $2,500. [more]

Click here to see more funding opportunities.



MCH Events

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

American Public Health Association Annual Meeting
Oct. 29-Nov. 2
Washington, DC

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

2011 AUCD Conference
Nov. 6-9
Crystal City, VA 

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