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 August 15, 2011

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In Case You Missed It – AMCHP Call on Debt Limit Impact and August Action Alert
On August 8, AMCHP convened a national teleconference for all members to discuss the potential impact of the recent agreement on deficit reduction on future Title V MCH Block Grant and public health funding. A recording of the call will be posted to the AMCHP website soon.  [more]

Developing Voluntary Quality Measures for Medicaid Eligible Adults
On August 9-10, the Subcommittee of National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality met to develop a consensus on a core set of health quality measures for Medicaid-eligible adults. The Affordable Care Act calls for creation of a set of voluntary quality measures for adults enrolled in Medicaid similar to the process set up for voluntary pediatric quality measures created under CHIPRA.  [more]

Guidance Issued to Implement ACA Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Provision
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a State Medicaid Director’s letter providing information to assist states as they work to reduce tobacco utilization. The letter includes guidance on implementation of a provision included in the Affordable Care Act which provides for Medicaid coverage of comprehensive tobacco cessation services for pregnant women, including both counseling and pharmacotherapy, without cost sharing. This letter also provides guidance on “tobacco telephone quitline” activities, which may be provided to Medicaid beneficiaries as an allowable Medicaid administrative cost expenditure. [more]

 Funding Released for New Community Health Centers
On August 9, HHS announced awards of $28.8 million to 67 community health center programs. HRSA received 810 applications for this funding. These funds, made available by the Affordable Care Act, will help to establish new health service delivery sites to care for an additional 286,000 patients. These grants will support new access points which are new full-time service delivery sites that provide comprehensive primary and preventive health care services. [more]


AMCHP 2012 Conference Session Proposal Deadline: August 22 
There is just one week left to submit a session proposal for the 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference!  Don’t miss out! Click here for complete information about submitting your proposal and for the online submission system. The 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference will take place February 11-14, 2012, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. The conference theme is “Improving Maternal and Child Health Across the Life Span: Acting Today for Healthy Tomorrows.” The AMCHP conference is the ideal venue to present your ideas, research, innovative programming, best practices and effective outreach strategies to MCH and other public health practitioners, directors of state programs, family leaders, researchers, federal officials, advocates and healthcare providers. [more]

AMCHP Call for Volunteer Leaders!

Long Term Volunteer Leadership Opportunities

  • Board Nominations: AMCHP's Governance Committee is currently accepting nominations for 2012 AMCHP Board positions. These leadership positions guide, direct, inform and contribute to moving AMCHP's strategic directions and goals forward. [more]

  • Committee Appointments: One of the benefits of being an active AMCHP member is the opportunity to participate as a volunteer leader on AMCHP’s Organizational and Board Committees. AMCHP committees assist the organization in carrying out its mission, goals and strategic plan. They serve to engage members in activities, provide advice and guidance to the Board and staff, and make recommendations for policy analysis and development. They are comprised of AMCHP members and staff liaisons, and may also include representatives from federal agencies and involve partner organizations when appropriate. AMCHP is currently seeking members who are interested in volunteering to serve by being committee members. [more]

Short Term Volunteer Leadership Opportunities

  • Social Media Task Force: The Task Force will advise AMCHP on its implementation of social media strategies in coordination with current plans, including the AMCHP Strategic Plan, AMCHP Operational Plan, and AMCHP Communications Plan. The group will provide input to staff and the Board on how AMCHP can support state health agencies using social media in their work, and ways that AMCHP can leverage the use of social media including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, and connect to other social media initiatives such as text4baby. [more]
  • Annual Conference Session Proposal Reviewers Wanted: AMCHP is seeking interested members to review the 2012 Annual Conference session proposals. Reviews will be conducted online and are tentatively scheduled to be done between September 6-20 (just following the Labor Day holiday). Reviewers will be assigned no more than 10 proposals to review, which should altogether take approximately two hours to complete. [more]

Pew Webinar on Home Visiting Campaign's 50-State Assessment
The webinar, “Briefing on Pew Home Visiting Campaign's 50-State Assessment,” will convene on August 23 from 3 to 4 p.m. EST. The Pew Center on the States’ Home Visiting Campaign will release a 50-state report on funding for voluntary home visiting programs. The report, "States and the New Federal Home Visiting Initiative: An Assessment from the Starting Line," looks at the extent to which all 50 states and the District of Columbia are supporting evidence-based program models and how well each is tracking whether public expenditures are yielding expected outcomes for families and taxpayers. [more] 

MCHB Call for Comments to Proposed Changes to the MCH Block Grant Application Annual Report
Please note that MCHB has published a notice in the Federal Register summarizing revisions and requesting comments on proposed changes to the Title V MCH Services Block Grant Application Annual Report guidance. AMCHP encourages Title V programs to review the Federal Register notice and provide feedback as appropriate. [more] 

RFA for Act Early State Systems Grants 
Through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), AMCHP will provide grants to state teams, led by either the Title V program or a member of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) network, to support the collaboration of Act Early Regional Summit Project teams and to further activities initiated by state teams during the Summits. These funds are designed to be a catalyst for collaboration with stakeholders, as well as for implementing specific activities outlined in Act Early State Plans. AMCHP will provide ongoing technical assistance, disseminate resource materials, and link grantees to other states and experts in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). [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 October 12. [more] 

Publications & Resources

General Maternal & Child Health

OSTLTS Launches Gateway and Facebook for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial (STLT) Public Health Employees
The Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS) launched two new products: the STLT Public Health Gateway website and the CDC STLT Connection Facebook page designed to enhance communication with state, tribal, local and territorial health agencies. The STLT Gateway offers a one-stop shop for the STLT public health community and will continue to grow to ensure it is inclusive of information that matters to health departments on all levels. [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 August 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]


AMCHP Staff Working On Your Behalf   

  • On August 7-9, AMCHP staff members Mike Fraser, Nora Lam and Julio Arguello Jr. attended the annual meeting of the American Society of Association Executives in St. Louis, MO. The event offered many educational, learning and networking opportunities for association professionals. 
  • On August 11, AMCHP staff members Mike Fraser, Kate Howe and Melody Cherny exhibited at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) Partner Open House in Atlanta, GA. Coleen Boyle, Director of the NCBDDD presented, as well as other public health leaders. Time was allotted for networking with NCBDDD program leadership and staff, which allowed an opportunity to share information and materials, provide feedback, and ask questions of those working directly on projects of interest. 



Organizational Performance & Member Services Intern
As a member of AMCHP’s Organizational Performance and Member Services team, the intern will support our member services activities. The intern will assume responsibility for a wide range of projects and functions, requiring professionalism and task orientation. Responsibilities include working with the Member Services Manager on membership campaigns, including dues renewals and member retention programs; analyzing member assessment data and using those data to inform AMCHP’s membership services; assisting in managing the AMCHP member database, including updating AMCHP member information; providing reports to AMCHP staff, including the CEO and Executive Committee, on membership statistics; supporting member services; tracking new and retiring members; coordinating the production of member welcome packets, including membership cards. And perform related work as assigned. This is a paid internship.  

CDC’s MCHEP Seeks Senior MCH Epidemiologists to Assign to State Public Health Agencies
The Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Program (MCHEP) is a collaborative effort between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The program’s mission is to promote effective public health action for improving the health and well-being of women, children and families by building MCH epidemiology and data capacity at the state, local and tribal levels. The mission is accomplished by developing MCH epidemiology leaders, promoting peer exchange among professionals in the field, and providing training and education. The MCHEP has had a significant impact on building state, local, and tribal MCH capacity through the placement of MCH epidemiology leaders. The program provides direct assistance to public health agencies, to develop and promote the analytic capability of public health agencies and the MCH field.

Click here to see more career opportunities.



CDC Funding for Sexual Violence Prevention and Education
Deadline: August 30
The purpose of this program announcement is to announce the availability of fiscal year (FY) 2012 funds to award formula-based cooperative agreements to states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Island Territories and Jurisdictions (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands). Funds are to be used for strategies that prevent first-time perpetration and first-time victimization. This program addresses the Healthy People 2020 focus area(s) of Injury and Violence Prevention. [more]

R40 Maternal and Child Health Research Program (MCHR)
Deadline: September 7
R40 MCHR and R40 SDAS: The Maternal and Child Health Research Program will award grants to support applied research relating to maternal and child health services, which show promise of substantial contribution to the advancement of the current knowledge pool. Findings of this research should result in health and health services improvements in states and communities. Research proposals should address critical MCH questions such as public health systems and infrastructure, health disparities, quality of care, and promoting the health of MCH populations.  [more]

U.S. Department of Education Funding for Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities’ Transition to College and Careers
Deadline: September 8
The purpose of the Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program is to promote academic achievement and to improve results for children with disabilities by providing technical assistance (TA), supporting model demonstration projects, disseminating useful information, and implementing activities that are supported by scientifically based research. [more]

Click here to see more funding opportunities.


MCH Events 

CMS National Medicaid/CHIP Quality Conference
August 23-24, 2011
Baltimore, MD 

Public Health Accreditation Board National Public Health Department Accreditation Launch Event
September 14
Washington, DC  

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  

Joint Program in Survey Methodology Course: Designing Mixed-Mode Surveys
November 10-11
Arlington, VA

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