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 Member Briefs - July 5, 2011

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A Crystal Ball… Or the Next Best Thing
There are lots of reasons I wish I had a crystal ball and could see with certainty what the future holds. A crystal ball would really have come in handy at our board of directors meeting last week at which the board reviewed and refreshed the 2009-2012 AMCHP Strategic Plan. Part of our discussion included looking at the current plan, thinking about the future, and assessing the trends that will impact state MCH programs in the coming year. The board focused on how AMCHP could position itself to address these trends, asking: Is our current Strategic Plan flexible enough to address emerging issues? What might have to change? Unfortunately, I don’t have a crystal ball. Instead, we had to do the next best thing: forecast the future using feedback from a variety of members, partners and staff. [more]

Legislative corner

All Eyes on Debt Limit Negotiations
AMCHP is closely monitoring the high level negotiations over increasing the national debt limit. An agreement to raise this limit – expected to occur prior to August 2 – will likely require significant spending cuts. Few details are emerging from the tense negotiations, but MCH and public health advocates are becoming increasingly worried about the potential impact on discretionary health programs and possibly Medicaid and CHIP funding. [more]

Progress to Reauthorize the Combating Autism Act
The Senate bill to reauthorize the Combating Autism Act (S. 1094) now has 10 bipartisan cosponsors. A House companion bill (H.R. 2005) now has 13 bipartisan cosponsors. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee is currently scheduled to markup S. 1094 in mid-July, although the House Energy and Commerce Committee has not yet scheduled a markup. [more]


Call for Session Proposals for the 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference
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. The deadline for session proposal submissions is Monday, August 22. [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]

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Child Care Initiative
The Let’s Move! Child Care is one of the first lady’s most recent additions to her Let’s Move campaign. This new initiative creates a collaboration between Let’s Move! and Healthy Kids, Healthy Future. The core of Let’s Move! Child Care is a voluntary set of standards to engage child care providers in creating healthier environments for children. The standards relate to physical activity, nutrition, screen time and infant feeding that mirror the best practices Healthy Kids, Healthy Future has been promoting over the past two years. Child care providers who participate in, and achieve the goals laid out by the initiative, will receive some manner of recognition for their efforts. [more]


Publications & Resources

General Maternal & Child Health 

AHRQ Launches New Page on Cultural and Linguistic Competence
The webpage, “Honing Cultural and Linguistic Competence,” published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Health Care Innovations Exchange site, features innovative programs and quality tools for improving cultural and linguistic competence as well as reducing health care disparities for vulnerable populations, including racial and ethnic minorities. [more]

Adolescent Health 

GPR Issues Primer on Teen Pregnancy and Foster Care
The primer, “Teen Pregnancy Among Young Women in Foster Care,” published by the Guttmacher Policy Review (GPR), addresses the unique needs and issues faced by pregnant teens in the foster care system. [more]

Children’s Health 

NASHP Releases Report on Improving Care Coordination and Service Linkages to Support Child Development
The report, “Improving Care Coordination and Service Linkages to Support Healthy Child Development: Early Lessons and Recommendations from a Five-State Consortium,” published by the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), summarizes early findings from the current Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD III) learning collaborative of five states. The five states: Arkansas, Illinois, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Oregon are testing models to strengthen linkages and care coordination between pediatric primary care providers and community-based providers of early intervention, mental health, public health, and early care and education services. [more]

Women’s Health 

Special Supplement Deals With Lessons Learned from H1NI
The June 2011 supplement to the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, “Emerging Issues in the Prevention, Detection, and Treatment of Influenza Among Pregnant Women in the United States,” summarizes some of what has been learned about influenza in pregnancy from the recent pandemic. The special issue includes a description of the timeline and activities of the CDC's Maternal Health Desk during the pandemic and proceedings from a follow-up meeting of experts and partners to review what was learned during the pandemic about the impact on pregnant women and their newborn infants and to plan for future influenza seasonal epidemics and pandemics.  [more] 


AMCHP Working On Your Behalf 

·         On June 19-20, AMCHP staff member Caroline Stampfel attended the 2011 Western Regional Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (MCH EPI) Conference in California. This two-day conference, sponsored by HRSA MCHB, CDC DRH and CityMatCH, provided opportunities for local, state and tribal MCH epidemiologists to learn about the latest and most compelling MCH research findings, network with their peers and participate in professional development. 

  • On June 21-22, AMCHP staff Brent Ewig and Kate Howe attended the Alliance for Information on Maternal and Child Health (AIM) meeting in Washington, DC. The MCHB-funded AIM collaborative assists national membership organizations in making well-informed decisions affecting public health policies and programs for women, children and families. AIM grantees shared updates and information about their MCH initiatives and discussed areas for potential collaboration. 

·         On June 23-25, AMCHP staff member Joshua Brown attended the APHA Mid-year meeting, “Implementing Health Reform: A Public Health Approach” in Chicago, IL. This three-day conference offered the opportunity to learn in an interactive environment what the Affordable Care Act means for public health, wellness and prevention. It also equipped attendees from federal, state, local and tribal agencies and organizations with the tools needed for implementing the provisions of the Affordable Care Act and improving health outcomes in communities across the country.

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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]

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]

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!



Department of Education Funding for Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities
Deadline: July 11
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]

HRSA Funding for School-Based Comprehensive Oral Health Services Grant Program
Deadline: July 15
The purpose of the MCHB School-Based Comprehensive Oral Health Services (SBCOHS) grant program is to demonstrate the successful integration of comprehensive oral health care into an existing SBHC, focused primarily on early childhood and elementary/middle-school aged children of greatest need to assure the delivery of quality oral health education and preventive and restorative services. By augmenting an existing school-based health care delivery system with culturally competent, comprehensive, quality oral health care and education, the funded MCHB SBCOHS projects will demonstrate effective ways to strengthen existing school-based health center capacity to respond to the oral health needs of young people and increase access to dental health education and services for underserved, high-risk populations, including children and youth enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). [more]

The Office of Public Health and Science Funding for FY11 Sustainable Comprehensive Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Clinical Program for Low Socio-economic Status (LSES) Women of Childbearing Age
Deadline: July 15
The purpose of this project is to implement and to evaluate the success of tobacco cessation and prevention programs in selected Federal Clinical Partners to address tobacco use among LSES women of childbearing age. The Federal Clinical Partners are: the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and/or Indian Health Service (IHS) federally-funded healthcare clinics, and/or Medicaid-reimbursed providers. Successful applicants will design tobacco cessation and prevention programs to be implemented in the Federal Clinical Partners’ organizations that: 1) Are based on Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, Clinical Practice Guideline, 2008 Update (Public Health Service Guideline); 2) Employ implementation process steps that will ensure project sustainability after the grant period ends for the Federal Clinical Partners; 3) Ensure that a certified tobacco specialist uses the 5As (Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist, Arrange; see the Public Health Service Guideline for detailed information) with every patient; 4) Ensure LSES women of childbearing age identified as tobacco users are offered brief intervention, counseling, follow-up, and other cessation services listed in the Public Health Service Guideline; and 5) Demonstrate increased quit attempts, abstinence, and/or cessation for LSES women of childbearing age using the services of the Federal Clinical Partners. [more]

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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