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 Member Briefs - May 9, 2011

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AMCHP Turns to 2012 Funding Advocacy – Launches Initiatives to Raise Title V Awareness
As we’ve reported, final federal agency spending plans implementing cuts made in the final FY 2011 continuing resolution are due to be finalized this Friday, May 13. We should be able to soon after confirm the final FY 2011 Title V allocation – which is expected to be flat minus a small across the board cut. We should also soon learn details on how CDC is allocating $740 million in unspecified cuts this year. [more]

Support for Title V Featured in Three Major Newspapers – Members Asked to Share Link, Comment, Blog, Tweet and find Other Ways to Spread the Word
In concert with our recent push to raise awareness and support for Title V, we are pleased to report that an op-ed by AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser was picked up by three major newspapers. The op-ed raises awareness about how the program works and seeks to tie support for Title V with Mother’s Day. MomsRising also posted a version of the op-ed to the blog section of their website. [more] 

Will you please help us expand and multiply this positive exposure by forwarding a link of the posting appropriate to your region to key colleagues and stakeholders and also consider sharing via Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc? Also – consider joining the dialogue offered by the comment section below the article. Finally, in case you missed it, see our most recent Legislative Alert for five more ideas on how to raise awareness and support for Title V. Thanks!



AMCHP and the text4baby State Enrollment Contest Webinar
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]

RFA for the Partnership to Eliminate Disparities in Infant Mortality Action Learning Collaborative
In 2008, CityMatCH, AMCHP and the National Healthy Start Association (NHSA), with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation created the Partnership to Eliminate Disparities in Infant Mortality. This project seeks to eliminate racial inequities contributing to infant mortality within U.S. urban areas, and is in its second round of funding. A major component of this work is a multi-city Action Learning Collaborative (ALC). The ALC approach is one in which state, local and community collaborative teams are selected, and then provided with training and technical assistance in current research, best practices and systems building. [more] 

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Cities and Towns Initiative
The Let’s Move Cities and Towns is one of the first lady’s most recent additions to her Let’s Move campaign. The program is designed to encourage mayors and elected officials to adopt a long-term, sustainable and holistic approach to fighting childhood obesity. To support this initiative, Let’s Move has designed a toolkit for local officials to begin implementing programs and policies to support healthy habits. Throughout the toolkit, child care is highlighted as a place where events and initiatives can be held. Many of the suggested initiatives mirror practices that Nemours and our partners have successfully implemented. [more] 

Call for Nominations for the 2011 MCH Epidemiology Awards
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 National MCH Epidemiology Awards for presentation at the annual MCH EPI Conference. Nominations are due June 3, [more]    

MCH EPI Call for Abstracts
The Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (MCH EPI) is seeking abstracts for its 17th annual MCH EPI conference to be held in New Orleans on December 14-16. The deadline for abstract submissions from professional and degree-seeking students is May 31. The deadline for first-year fellows, interns, trainers and CDC/EIS officers is September 23. [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 two live virtual training courses on sudden unexplained infant deaths investigation, offered by RTI International. The trainings have been developed with input from many medico-legal professionals and the CDC’s Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation (SUIDI) curriculum and training guidelines. [more]

Join the Woman Challenge!
The Office on Women's Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services started the Woman Challenge in 2001 as a part of National Women's Health Week to encourage women across the country to get active. This year, they're partnering with the President's Challenge to reach even more people. [more] 

Evidence-Based Interventions for Children with Autism Conference
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Section of Developmental-Behavioral and Rehabilitative Pediatrics along with Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Partners for Inclusive Communities, Interdisciplinary Leadership Education Excellence in Caring for Children with Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) and the Arkansas Department of Human Services will jointly sponsor the “Team Up 2011: Evidence Based Interventions for Children with Autism Conference.” The conference will be held in Little Rock, Arkansas on May 19–21, at the Holiday Inn Airport and the speakers include experts from across the country. [more] 

Save the Date: Webinar on Preparing a Successful Research Grant Application
The webinar, sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau Research Program, will convene on June 6 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. EST. Dr. Cynthia Minkovitz, professor and director, Women's and Children's Health Policy Center, at the Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health; and Dr. Daniel Armstrong, professor and associate chair, Pediatrics, and director, Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami, will discuss how to prepare a successful research application for competitive funding agencies. This session will describe the key elements of a strong research proposal, as well as provide tips for making your grant application ready for submission. [more]


Publications & Resources

General Maternal & Child Health

AAP Releases an Online Culturally Effective Care Tookit
The Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program, funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau with technical assistance from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), hosted a webinar April 7 focused on the AAP's new online resource, the “Culturally Effective Care Toolkit.” The webinar also highlights a Healthy Tomorrows grantee's experiences creating culturally responsive health education materials and training providers on how to care for patients and families with diverse health literacy levels. [more

Adolescent Health 

AFSP and SPRC Releases a New Toolkit for Schools After a Suicide
The toolkit, “After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools,” developed by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), is designed to give schools reliable information, practical tools and pragmatic guidance on what to do in the aftermath of a suicide. It offers general guidelines for action, templates, sample materials and covers topics such as crisis response, helping students cope, working with the community, memorialization, social media and bringing in outside help. [more

Children’s Health 

AMCHP Releases Updated Fact Sheet on State Birth Defects Performance Measures
AMCHP recently reviewed the Title V Information System to identify states that have adopted performance measures related to birth defects surveillance. This updated fact sheet highlights innovative and effective ways that state Title V agencies utilize birth defects surveillance systems to improve maternal and child health. [more

The Lancet Launches New Stillbirths Series
The Lancet Series, “Stillbirths,” highlights the rates and causes of stillbirth globally, explores interventions to prevent stillbirths (as well as maternal and neonatal deaths), and sets key actions to halve stillbirth rates by 2020. In the series, launched on April 14, 2011, stillbirth refers to all pregnancy losses after 22 weeks of gestation, but, for numerical comparisons between international data, the World Health Organization definition of a stillbirth as having a birthweight of at least 1,000 g or a gestational age of at least 28 weeks (third-trimester stillbirth) is used. [more

NASHP Release New Brief on Children’s Coverage Under the ACA
The brief, “Affordability Lessons from Children's Coverage that can Inform State Policymaking under the Affordable Care Act,” published by the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), through funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, examines the affordability of current coverage options and coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It describes the importance of affordability and draws on lessons from the successful Children's Health Insurance Program, which can serve as a model for states as they implement affordability provisions in ACA. [more]   

IOM Issues a Report on Child and Adolescent Health
The report, “Child and Adolescent Health and Health Care Quality: Measuring What Matters,” published by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), evaluates the state of efforts to measure child and adolescent health and the quality of their health care services. [more]   

Women’s Health 

Kaiser Releases New Chartbook on Women’s Health Care
The book, “Women's Health Care Chartbook: Key Findings From the Kaiser Women's Health Survey,” published by The Kaiser Family Foundation, includes the findings from a national survey of women ages 18 to 64 and provides a look at the experiences of women in the health care system. The chartbook presents a wide range of data on women’s health issues, including insurance coverage, affordability of and access to care, use of health care services, prevention and family health. [more]  


AMCHP Attends White House Event on Autism Awareness
On April 25, Senior Advisor to President Obama Valerie Jarrett and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, spoke to an audience of parents, advocates and experts at an Autism Awareness Month Conference at the White House. AMCHP staff, Treeby Brown, participated on the Conference.   

AMCHP CEO Presents at a Rhode Island Meeting
On April 27, AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser, PhD, CAE, attended a meeting convened by the Rhode Island Parent Information Network in Providence, RI, to speak at a plenary session on health reform, along with Meg Comeau from the Catalyst Center, Janis Guerney from Family Voices and Julie Beckett from CDC. 

AMCHP Participates in an Autism Awareness Month Event in NJ
On April 29, the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), Autism Speaks and the Autism Society hosted an Autism Awareness Month Event in New Brunswick, NJ titled, “Autism Spectrum Disorders: Understanding an Urgent Public Health Concern.” Representatives from federal, nonprofit, medical, academic, advocacy and parental organizations attended the event. The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services hosted an afternoon program which focused on state-specific issues related to autism spectrum disorders. AMCHP members, Gloria Rodriguez and Pauline Lisciotto from the New Jersey Department of Health participated in the event. AMCHP staff, Melody Gilbert participated in the event and shared AMCHP resources at the exhibit. The event was part of NCBDDD’s 10 Years of Service activities. 

AMCHP Participates in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (MCH EPI) Grand Rounds Webinar
On Wednesday, May 4, AMCHP staff Sharron Corle participated on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s MCH EPI Grand Rounds webinar, “Public/Private Partnerships: The Future Model for Teen Pregnancy Prevention.” The webinar discussed ways in which the private business and philanthropic sector together with nonprofits could help create a new model of investment that will support a more high-performing nonprofit sector. AMCHP discussed the role of state MCH programs in teen pregnancy prevention, provided a brief overview of the national picture by highlighting recent state-level examples of public/private partnerships related to teen pregnancy prevention, and dialogued on how this particular model might be translated on the national level. Brian Castrucci, the Georgia MCH Director, was also on the webinar and presented an overview of the state perspective and role in public/private partnerships.


Does your state have an innovative neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) follow up initiative or program for premature infants? Please e-mail your response to Jessica Hawkins.



The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation - Public Policy Fellowship Program 2011-2012
The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation is seeking exemplary professionals and/or family members of persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities who are currently working or volunteering in the field of inclusive services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for an intensive one-year Public Policy Fellowship in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the Fellowship is to prepare both early career and seasoned leaders to assume leadership in the public policy arena in their home state and/or nationally. During this one year Fellowship, the successful applicant will learn how federal legislation is initiated, developed, and passed by the Congress, as well as how programs are administered and regulations promulgated by federal agencies. To learn more, visit here 

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 National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, Sexually Transmitted Disease and Tuberculosis Prevention, Public Health Conference Support
Deadline: May 13
The CDC is meeting its overall goal of dissemination and implementation of new cost-effective intervention strategies through conference support funding. The purpose of conference support funding is to provide partial support for specific non-federal conferences in the areas of health promotion and disease prevention and education programs. Conferences supported under this program announcement must be specific to one of the following focus areas; HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB. [more] 

NIH Funding for Combined Multipurpose Strategies for Sexual and Reproductive Health (R21/33)
Deadline: May 18
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) issued by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), invites research applications for projects focused on development of combined multipurpose prevention strategies for sexual and reproductive health. [more] 

Administration on Aging Funding for Lifespan Respite Care Program
Deadline: May 20
Development and enhancement of lifespan respite care at the state and local levels; the provision of respite care services for family caregivers caring for children or adults; training and recruiting of respite care workers and volunteers; the provision of information to caregivers about available respite and support services; and assistance to caregivers in gaining access to such services. [more]  

Click here to see more funding opportunities  



MCH Events 

National Women's Health Week
May 8-14 

National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month
May 2011 

Team Up 2011: Evidence Based Interventions for Children with Autism Conference
May 19–21
Little Rock, AR 

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 

25th Anniversary Postpartum Support International Conference
September 14-17
Seattle, WA 

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

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