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 Member Briefs - June 6, 2011

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Lean Thinking

I’d like to invite you to take a close look at the processes and procedures involved in your work. What does it really take for you to get something accomplished in your organization? What do you have to go through to get something reviewed, approved and moved forward? What are the process steps that feel extra, redundant or useless in what you do? Where do you see “extra” or waste in your work – all that stuff that takes up your time and effort but adds no value to the work and ultimate goal of your organization (think pointless reports, aimless meetings, or forms that ask for the same information more than once)? [more]


Legislative corner

AMCHP Opposes Major Funding Reduction to WIC Program
The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee marked up a FY 2012 Agriculture Appropriations bill last week and included an $832 million funding reduction to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Coupled with the $523 million reduction in FY 2011, the WIC program is now facing a devastating $1.355 billion loss. Sources estimate that potentially up to 500,000 low-income women and young children would be denied the benefits and services from this critical program with the FY 2012 reductions alone. [more]

HHS Announces Additional Funding Opportunities Related to the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visitation Program
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that up to additional $99 million in additional competitive grants would be available to states to enhance existing Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visitation Programs through the Affordable Care Act. The press release can be found here. Eligible entities include the 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa and the District of Columbia. Applications will be due on July 1. Please also see the July 1 Funding Opportunity announcement for a more detailed description.


AMCHP Communications Survey Closes Today!
Today is your last chance to complete the Member Communications Survey! As you know, communication is a vital process in every organization. It is particularly central to what AMCHP does as a membership organization. We'd like to hear from you: How well do you think our current communication network is meeting your needs? What are we doing well? What can we do better?  The majority of the questions included in the assessment are multiple choice questions. In order to get specific feedback, the survey also contains some open-ended questions. We estimate that the questionnaire should take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete (depending on how much information you choose to share in the open-ended questions). The Communications Assessment Survey will be open until today, Monday, June 6. We really want to hear from you! AMCHP staff will be sending two follow-up emails to remind you to complete the survey. Survey results will largely be used by AMCHP leadership and staff to improve our capacity to serve you. [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]

Family Scholars Program-Now Accepting Applications
The Family Scholars Program (FSP) has been redesigned as a 12-month program for family leaders that have experience engaging in Title V programs or Title V funded programs at the local or state level. This program is intended for family leaders that want to continue developing their skills as leaders in maternal and child health (MCH). The 2012 Family Scholars Program centers on eight of the MCH Leadership Competencies (1. MCH knowledge base; 2. Self-reflection; 3. Critical thinking; 4. Communication; 5. Cultural competency; 6. Family-centered care; 7. Working with communities and systems; 8. Policy and advocacy). [more]  

PHF Call for Entries for the “I’m Your Community Guide” Contest
Have you used the Guide to Community Preventive Services (Community Guide) to address public health challenges in your state? The Community Guide, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is the only single source of all recommendations and findings of the Task Force on Community Preventive Services (Task Force), an independent, nonfederal, volunteer body of public health and prevention experts. It provides evidence-based recommendations and findings about public health interventions and policies to improve health and promote safety. The Community Guide includes Task Force findings on 19 topics, including adolescent health, birth defects, immunizations, nutrition, physical activity, and oral health. Enter the “I’m Your Community Guide” Contest from the Public Health Foundation (PHF) and be eligible for a $1,000 conference scholarship and other prizes! Entries must be received by June 10. [more] 

CDC Call for Abstracts
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is still accepting abstract submissions for the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Conference convening on September 12-15 in Atlanta, GA. [more] 

ABM Call for Abstracts
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) is now accepting abstracts for the 16th Annual International Meeting to be held November 3-6 in Miami. Abstracts may be submitted by physicians, medical students, and those holding post graduate degrees or students working to attain such degrees. Abstracts submitted by non-physicians must be sponsored by a member in good standing of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. The deadline for abstracts is June 24[more] 

NIJ Training Offers Virtual Courses on SUID Investigation
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has just launched a live virtual training course on sudden unexplained infant deaths investigation, offered by RTI International. The following training has been developed with input from many medico-legal professionals and the CDC’s Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation (SUIDI) curriculum and training guidelines: 

·         Sudden Unexplained Infant Deaths Investigation: Death Scene Recreation

o    June 14 at 2 p.m. EST. [more]

Do you have a successful program that has improved Child Health outcomes in areas such as injury and violence prevention, school readiness, mental health, oral health, and more?
Then consider sharing your program in Innovation Station, AMCHP’s searchable database of emerging, promising and best practices in maternal and child health.  You’ll have a chance to:

·         Share successes with your peers

·         Enhance the MCH field

·         Contribute to program replication

·         Get expert feedback from the Review Panel

·         Receive national recognition

The online submission process is simple, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. [more]


Publications & Resources

General Maternal & Child Health

AHRQ Newsletter Highlights Cultural Competence
The May 25 issue of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Health Care (AHRQ) Health Care Innovations Exchange newsletter, focuses on “Cultural Competence.” Health care professionals increasingly encounter patients from diverse cultures and ethnic backgrounds, yet they are often ill-equipped to understand and respond effectively to the patient's cultural needs. Health care organizations can facilitate the cultural competence of their staff by establishing a set of congruent policies, attitudes, and behaviors that promote effective cross-cultural interactions and patient outcomes. [more]

March of Dimes Launches Prematurity Prevention Resource Center
The new Resource Center is a comprehensive online source of information on prematurity and prematurity prevention for professionals. The site includes the most current information on interventions, research, advocacy, professional education, global initiatives, teaching tools and resources to use with patients. You must register to use the site and download materials. [more]

Report Outlines Research on Communication Channels to Reach American Indian and Alaska Native Parents
The report, “Discussions with Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Parents: Keepings Babies Safe and Healthy,” published by the Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board, with support from the U.S. Office of Minority Health and the Indian Health Service, describes results obtained from focus groups and individual discussions with American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) parents in four urban areas nationwide: Detroit, MI; Sacramento, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; and Seattle, WA. [more] 

CDC Issues Report on Great Public Health Achievements
The report, “Ten Great Public Health Achievements -- United States, 2001-2010,” published in the May 20, 2011, issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, describes noteworthy public health achievements in the areas of vaccine-preventable disease, prevention and control of infectious disease, tobacco control, maternal and infant health, motor vehicle safety, cardiovascular disease prevention, occupational safety, cancer prevention, childhood lead poisoning, and public health preparedness and response. The authors also examine the tools in modern public health practice that have played a major role in the achievements, including the establishment of surveillance systems, the dissemination of guidelines, the implementation of research findings, the development of effective public health programs, and the use of the legal system. [more]

Children’s Health 

New Brief Describes Comprehensive Early Childhood Systems
The brief, “A Framework for State Leadership and Action in Building the Components of an Early Childhood System,” published by the Build Initiative, outlines a framework comprising four components of a public early childhood system including (1) health, mental health, and nutrition; (2) early learning; (3) family support; and (4) special needs and early intervention. The authors present an overview of each component in the following areas: the evidence base and effective practices, the current state of development, and exemplary state actions. [more]

Kellogg Foundation Sponsors Study on Place-Based Initiative for Children
The study, “Health Matters: The Role of Health and the Health Sector in Place-Based Initiatives for Young Children,” sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, assesses successes and gaps in place-based childhood health initiatives. The study outlines ways local, state and national initiatives can work together to accomplish shared goals. [more]

Women’s Health 

Journal Supplement Reviews Research in Abortion and Reproductive Health
The supplement, “Abortion, Reproductive Rights and Health: Highlights from the Charlotte Ellertson Social Science Postdoctoral Fellowship 2003-2010,” published in the May-June 2011 Women's Health Issues journal, highlights seven years of research from fellows who were part of the Charlotte Ellertson Social Science Postdoctoral Fellowship in Abortion and Reproductive Health. The fellowship encouraged postdoctoral scholars to study abortion and reproductive health and to undertake research that will inform policy and practice. The articles address efforts to advance reproductive health through social science and public health research, a paradigm for adolescent sexual health, associations between perceived partner support and relationship dynamics with timing of pregnancy termination, experiences of women seeking state-subsidized insurance for abortion care in Massachusetts, perceived and insurance-related barriers to the provision of contraceptive services in U.S. abortion care settings, abortion stigma, and conducting collaborative abortion research in international settings. [more]

AHRQ Newsletter Highlights Programs and Tools for Underserved Women
The May-June 2011 newsletter, Health Care Innovations Exchange, published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Health Care (AHRQ), focuses on “Health in Underserved Women.” The issue describes programs and tools for women who have difficulty accessing and using health care services. The issue was designed to assist health professionals and others working to address the needs of medically underserved women (defined as women who "reside in rural or geographically remote areas, have a physical or mental disability or low literacy, belong to a minority group or speak a minority language, and are low-income, homeless, elderly, lesbian, migrant workers, immigrants, or refugees"). [more] 

AHRQ Releases Brief on Complicated Pregnancy and Delivery
The brief, “Complicating Conditions of Pregnancy and Childbirth, 2008,” published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), reports data from the maternal perspective (reflecting the experience of the mother, not the newborn). The report presents information on hospital and client characteristics for the following types of hospital stays: complicated pregnancy during which no delivery occurred, delivery with complicated pregnancy or complicated delivery, and delivery with no mention of complicated pregnancy or complicated delivery. In addition, the report provides information on specific types of complicating conditions of pregnancy and delivery. [more]



AMCHP Participates in the MCH Life Course Research Network Meeting
On May 17-18, AMCHP Director of Program Lauren Raskin Ramos participated in the MCH Life Course Research Network (LCRN) kick-off design meeting. Supported by MCHB, and housed at the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities, the MCH LCRN is intended to enable the production, translation and application of life course health development research that can inform MCH programs, policy, and practice, and ultimately improve the lifelong health of individuals and populations. By connecting MCH and life course stakeholders including researchers, practitioners, consumers, advocates, policymakers and funders, the network aims to develop and advance an MCH-focused life course research agenda. [more] 

AMCHP Staff Working On Your Behalf

  • On May 18, AMCHP Director of Policy Brent Ewig presented to the annual conference of the National Network of Public Health Institutes on “State MCH Perspectives on the Affordable Care Act.”
  • On May 18, AMCHP CEO Michael R. Fraser, PhD, CAE, presented to the New York-Mid-Atlantic Consortium for Genetics and Newborn Screening Services Summit in Baltimore, MD.  The topic was Opportunities for MCH leaders in the Affordable Care Act.
  • On May 19, AMCHP hosted representatives from the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities who were in Washington to meet with partners and share information on plans to consolidate several of the Center’s programs.

 See more On Your Behalf listings here


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 Applied Public Health Leadership Training Program
Deadline: June 9
The purpose of this pilot program is to improve community health through applied, team-based collaborative leadership development. Specifically, this program will: 1) establish a national applied health leadership training program to provide customized applied public health leadership training to local and state public health officials, primary care and community health leaders, and their partners. 2) assemble, train and provide technical assistance to local teams of 3-5 leaders to effectively address local public health problems as part of a Community Health Improvement Project. 3) document and evaluate the applied public health training approach. 4) foster replication through train-the-trainer and e-learning models to increase the programs reach and impact. 5) document and evaluate the community public health improvement projects used by the teams and to submit the promising and effective strategies and interventions utilized to the CDC for further evaluation and potential dissemination.  [more]

HRSA Funding for Area Health Education Centers Infrastructure Development and HRSA Funding for Area Health Education Centers Point of Service Maintenance and Enhancement
Deadline: June 10
The Area Health Education Center (AHEC) programs consist of interdisciplinary, community-based, primary care training programs wherein academic and community-based leaders work to improve the distribution, diversity, supply, and quality of health care personnel, particularly primary care personnel in the health care services delivery system and more specifically in delivery sites in rural and other underserved areas. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) solicits applications for a one-year project period for AHEC Infrastructure Development awards and AHEC Point of Service Maintenance and Enhancement awards, as authorized by Title VII, Section 751, of the PHS Act, as amended by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148. Successful applicants will be awarded cooperative agreements to establish and advance statewide or multi-county AHEC programs. [more]

HRSA Funding for Innovative Evidence Based Models for Improving the System of Services for CYSHCN
Deadline: June 13
The purpose of this grant is to replicate innovative evidence-based models that improve services for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). The Innovative Evidence Based Models for Improving the System of Services for CYSHCN will provide funding to innovative programs in one of the four key areas listed below: 1) Outreach - to engage and empower families and youth in underserved and underrepresented populations. 2) Care coordination - to enhance coordination of care for families and youth in underserved and underrepresented populations. 3) Blended or braided funding - to improve access to integrated community services or to fill existing gaps. 4) Access to Medical Home - to improve access to a medical home for children and youth, including individuals with special health care needs who are transitioning into an adult system of services, and those served by non-traditional providers such as community health centers. [more]

Click here to see more funding opportunities  



MCH Events 

3rd National Summit on Preconception Health & Healthcare
June 12-14
Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL 

2011 Western Regional Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (MCH EPI) Conference
June 19-20
San Francisco, CA 

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