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 Member Briefs - July 18, 2011

No Deal Yet on Debt Limit
As of press time, there appeared to be little progress in reaching agreement between the White House and Congress on how to address the rapidly approaching August 2 deadline to raise the federal debt limit. There has been little solid information on what potential cuts to health programs are on the table. AMCHP will continue to monitor and advocate that any cuts that fall disproportionally on public health programs will do more harm than good. 

HHS Releases Health Insurance Exchange Rules
On July 11, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published two proposed rules. The first outlines a framework to help states build health insurance exchanges and the second rule addresses standards related to reinsurance, risk corridors and risk adjustment to assure stability in the new markets. These rules are a key element of the federal health reform because they lay the ground work for health insurance marketplaces in all states. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, about nine million people are expected to utilize exchanges in the first year growing to 23 million by 2018. [more]  

Affordable Care Act Funding Awarded to School Based Health Centers
On July 14 the Department of Health and Human Services announced that $95 million in grants will be awarded to 278 school based health centers throughout the country to improve facilities and care to an additional 440,000 additional children. The awards are targeted for capital improvements to establish new sites or for the centers to upgrade their current facilities.  The eligible applicants were school based health centers or a sponsored center. The applicants needed to address the need for the service and the facility conditions. Additionally, the applicants needed to develop a delivery plan and the impact the funding would have on serving additional children. [more] 

Combating Autism Act Reauthorization Scheduled for Senate Committee Mark Up on July 20
The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) has scheduled a mark up of its version of the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (S. 1094) on July 20. The House and Senate bills are identical, and would extend the law for three years at current funding levels. As a reminder, the AMCHP 2011 Policy Agenda includes a strong statement of support for reauthorizing the Combating Autism Act (CAA). [more]  
 

GET INVOLVED 

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]

2012 AMCHP Annual Conference Call for Session Proposals
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]


NASHP Webinar on How States Can Use the ACA to Achieve Health Equity
The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) will convene a webinar, “Advancing Health Equity through Health Reform Implementation,” on July 21 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. EST. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides states with policy levers to make lasting and comprehensive systems change to achieve health equity for racial and ethnic minorities. This webinar will feature presentations from national health equity experts on ways states can use the ACA to achieve health equity.  [more]

The National Health Care Transition Center to Host a Webinar on Transitions from Pediatric to Adult Health Care
The webinar, “Paving the Way to Adult Health Care - The New Clinical Report on Health Care Transition,” will convene on August 10 from 2 to 3 p.m. EST. The webinar will be based on a new clinical report published in the July 2011 issue of Pediatrics, describing what is needed for smooth transitions from pediatric to adult health care. [more]

 

Publications & Resources

General Maternal & Child Health

The MCH Library Launches New Knowledge Path
The knowledge path, “Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health Challenges in Children and Adolescents,” produced by the MCH Library at Georgetown University, offers resources that analyze data, describe effective programs, and report on policy and research aimed at improving access to and quality of care for children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral, and mental heath challenges. [more]

Adolescent Health 

New Report on the Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood in the Medical Home
The report, “Supporting the Health Care Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood in the Medical Home,” published in the July issue of Pediatrics, provides practical, detailed guidance on how to plan and execute better health care transitions for all patients. The report is jointly authored by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American College of Physicians. [more]

The National Health Care Transition Center Launches New Website
The site, gottransition.org, offers health care professionals, state policy makers, families and youth health care transition resources, particularly those pertaining to youth with special health care needs. [more]

Children’s Health 

New Tool Promotes Child Health Care
The tool, “Let's Move Child Care Checklist,” a component of the Let's Move Child Care, a website launched by the White House, in collaboration with Nemours and the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, offers recommendations for childhood obesity prevention in early care and education. The checklist is based on the Nutrition and Physical Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC), a research-tested intervention designed to enhance policies, practices, and environments in child care by improving the nutritional quality of food served, the amount and quality of physical activity, staff-child interactions, and facility nutrition and physical activity policies and practices and related environmental characteristics. [more]

Social Security Administration Reaches 100 Compassionate Allowances Conditions
On July 14, Social Security Administration Commissioner Michael Astrue announced the addition of 12 new conditions to the Compassionate Allowances list of conditions. This addition brings the number of Compassionate Allowances conditions to 100, a number of which are rare diseases affecting children. Compassionate Allowances (CAL) are “a way of quickly identifying diseases and other medical conditions that invariably qualify under the Listing of Impairments based on minimal objective medical information. Compassionate Allowances allow Social Security to quickly target the most obviously disabled individuals for allowances based on objective medical information that we can obtain quickly.” [more]

 

ON YOUR BEHALF 

AMCHP Working On Your Behalf 

  • On June 30, AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser met with HRSA Administrator Dr. Mary Wakefield to share thoughts on the next Maternal and Child Health Bureau Associate Administrator. Summarizing feedback from the AMCHP Board, Mike shared AMCHP’s suggestions that the next administrator have strong familiarity with state MCH and CYSHCN programs and the Title V MCH Services Block Grant, and continue to support a strong state-federal MCH partnership.
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    CAREER OPPORTUNITIES 

    AMCHP Social Media Intern
    The Social Media Intern is a member of the Organizational Performance Team and is accountable for the development and implementation of social media communications for AMCHP. The intern will assume responsibility for a wide range of projects and functions, requiring professionalism and task orientation. Responsibilities include researching and developing social media strategies for AMCHP (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.); ensuring that AMCHP’s social media presence is consistent with AMCHP’s Strategic Plan and Communications Plan and Operational Plan; providing content for AMCHP’s website and newsletters; analyzing and providing reports on optimal communication methods; and other duties as assigned. This position reports to the Program Manager, Online Media & IT. This is a paid internship. [more]

    AMCHP Program Manager, Adolescent Health
    This position serves as key support in developing, implementing and evaluating program activities related to adolescent health; assumes the lead for specific projects within AMCHP's adolescent health portfolio; and, partners with relevant agencies and other national organizations, coalitions and groups concerned with adolescent health to support AMCHP's efforts to build capacity and provide resources for state Maternal and Child Health programs. [more]

    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. [more]

    Click here to see more career opportunities.

     

    FUNDING 

    Funding for ACA Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Formula Grant Program
    Deadline: July 21
    This announcement solicits applications for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) formula grant program to continue the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) and the Administration for Children and Families' (ACF) commitment to comprehensive family services, coordinated and comprehensive statewide home visiting programs , and effective implementation of high-quality evidence-based practices. The ACA MIECHV formula grant program is designed to: 1) strengthen and improve the programs and activities carried out under Title V; 2) improve coordination of services for at- risk communities; and 3) identify and provide comprehensive services to improve outcomes for families who reside in at-risk communities. The legislation reserves the majority of funding for one or more evidence-based home visiting models. In addition, the legislation supports continued innovation by allowing up to 25 percent of funding to support promising approaches that do not yet qualify as evidence-based models. [more]

    ACF-OFA Funding for Community-Centered Healthy Marriage and Relationship Grants
    Deadline: July 28
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA) is announcing the solicitation of applications to competitively award cooperative agreements for demonstration projects that support "healthy marriage promotion activities" as enacted by The Claims Resolution Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-291).Cooperative agreements awarded under this Funding Opportunity Announcement will support programs that have the capacity and proven track record of providing a broad range of marriage and relationship education (MRE) and skills training to low-income populations. To address the multiple barriers faced by individuals, couples/partners, and families, projects will provide MRE skills designed to change behaviors of individuals and move families towards economic self-sufficiency. ACF is particularly interested in funding organizations that are located in the community of the targeted population, and that provide a broad array of services. [more]  

    ACF-OFA Funding for Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood Grants
    Deadline: July 28
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA) is announcing the solicitation of applications to award demonstration projects that support " ...activities promoting responsible fatherhood" as enacted by the Claims Resolution Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-291). Grants awarded will support projects with organizations that have the capacity and proven track record of helping low-income fathers. Projects should be designed to develop a broad approach to overall case management and support services. Additionally, projects should be designed to help fathers build mutually supportive and long-lasting relationships with their children, the mothers of their children, and help fathers overcome barriers to economic self-sufficiency. [more]

    Click here to see more funding opportunities.

     

    CALENDAR

    MCH Events 

    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