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 May 23, 2011

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In Case You Missed It – Most MCH Funding Protected in 2011
Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released their congressionally mandated operating plans which finalize health program funding levels for the remainder of FY 2011. In the good news category we are pleased to report that the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant has been restored to relatively flat funding of $656 million – a major victory in comparison to the February 9 House of Representatives original proposal to cut $210 million. [more]

AMCHP Participating in EPSDT Improvement Workgroup
Last week, AMCHP representatives participated in the second National Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) Improvement Workgroup meeting in Washington, DC. AMCHP immediate past president Dr. Phyllis Sloyer (FL) serves on this panel created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in December 2010. The workgroup includes state representatives, children’s health providers, consumer representatives, and other experts in the areas of maternal and child health, Medicaid and data analysis. [more]

ACA Community Transformation Grant Guidance Released – LOI’s Due June 6
On May 13, HHS announced the availability of over $100 million in funding for up to 75 Community Transformation Grants. Created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), this program provides funds to state and local governmental agencies, tribes and territories, and national and community-based organizations “for the implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based community preventive health activities to reduce chronic disease rates, prevent the development of secondary conditions, address health disparities, and develop a stronger evidence base for effective prevention programming. [more]



AMCHP Communications Survey
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 from Monday, May 23 to Monday, June 6. We really want to hear from 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. 

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.

Call for Applications: The Healthy Weight Learning Collaborative
With support from HRSA, AMCHP and the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality and a consortium of leading health care and public health organizations have embarked on a nationwide effort focused on the prevention and treatment of childhood and adult obesity. Teams are being recruited to apply for Phase One of the Collaborative, which will be conducted between June 2011 and July 2012.

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). 

See more Get Involved listings here.


Publications & Resources

General Maternal & Child Health

Report Explores the Methodologies Used to Understand the Impact of Families on Children’s Health and Development
The report, “Toward an Integrated Science of Research on Families: Workshop Report,” produced by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, summarizes a workshop held on July 13-14, 2010, in Washington, DC, that brought together researchers, funders and users of research on families to discuss 1) how theory, study approach, and methodology matter, from behavioral as well as bio-behavioral perspectives; 2) how qualitative and quantitative approaches are best combined in the study of family; and 3) what are the challenges and advantages of a more integrated approach to family research for training and funding. [more]

CDC Releases Report on Traumatic Brain Injury-Related Deaths
The report, “Surveillance for Traumatic Brain Injury–Related Deaths — United States, 1997–2007,” published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports, Surveillance Summaries, provides key insights to help assess the impact of traumatic brain injury (TBI). The goal of this report is to help inform TBI surveillance, education, or programmatic strategies, and to improve prevention efforts to protect Americans at greatest risk. [more]

New Paper Presents Links to State Information on State Benefit Programs
The paper, “Online Services for Key Low-Income Benefit Programs: What States Provide Online with Respect to SNAP, TANF, Child Care Assistance, Medicaid, and CHIP,” published by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, presents links to state information available online for five state-administered benefit programs for families with low incomes. The online services offered include online policy manuals, printable applications, saving and returning to complete application later, eligibility screener-calculators, checking application status, renewing benefits, updating information or reporting changes, viewing account information, and program data.  [more]

CDC Launches New Teen Pregnancy and Social Media Website
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a new site that offers free, easy-to-use communication tools that can help expand the reach of an organization’s health messages and help increase public engagement. Tools include buttons and badges, that can be added to websites; an e-Card encouraging parents to talk with teens about sex; Twitter and Facebook messages about teen pregnancy that can be posted on an organizations’ Facebook walls; a downloadable podcast and PSA about teen pregnancy; links to mobile-ready teen pregnancy prevention webpages; and information on Content Syndication which enables partner organizations to display current CDC content on their websites. [more]

Adolescent Health 

NIHCM Foundation Releases Brief on Protecting Confidential Health Services for Adolescents
The brief, “Protecting Confidential Health Services for Adolescents & Young Adults: Strategies & Considerations for Health Plans,” published by the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation, examines the policies in place to ensure adolescents and young adults have access to confidential care, and the barriers to delivering confidential care to this population. [more]

Child Trends Releases Fact Sheet on Teen Birth Data
The fact sheet, “Facts at a Glance – April 2011,” provides teen birth data for some of the nation's largest cities, including data on repeat teen births. [more]  

Children’s Health 

AAP Releases New Report on Pediatric Mental Health Care 
The report, “Pediatric and Adolescent Mental Health Emergencies in the Emergency Medical Services,” published in the May 2011 issue of Pediatrics, examines the stabilization and management of clients in mental health crisis, the discovery of mental illness and suicidal ideation in emergency department (ED) clients, and approaches to advocating for improved recognition and treatment of mental illness in children. The report also addresses special issues related to mental illness in the ED such as minority populations, children with special health care needs, and children's mental health during and after disasters and trauma. [more] 

OHRC Releases Two New School Health Resources
The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) at Georgetown University just released a few new resources designed to assist professionals initiating and implementing oral health services in school-based health centers:  

·         Be an Oral Health Champion: How School-based Clinic Staff Can Help Students Achieve Good Oral Health.

·         Comprehensive Oral Health Services for Improving Children's and Adolescent's Oral Health Through School-Based Health Centers. [more] 

NASHP Releases Report on Medicaid and CHIP
The report, “Medicaid and CHIP Children's Healthcare Quality Measures: What States Use and What They Want,” published in Academic Pediatrics, Volume 11, No. 3S, May-June 2011, draws from responses to the National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) Charting CHIP IV survey, supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and from analytic work supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to inform AHRQ's Children's Healthcare Quality Measures Subcommittee. [more] 

Women’s Health 

Updated NSDUH Report on Substance Abuse Among Young Mothers
The “National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDHU) Report,” published by the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, provides an updated summary of the rates of substance use among young mothers living with their children. [more] 



AMCHP Staff Attends an ACOG/CDC Maternal Mortality Meeting
AMCHP staff Jessica Hawkins attended the ACOG/CDC Maternal Mortality Special Interest Group meeting, which convened nation and international leaders to discuss rates of maternal mortality and moving surveillance forward. Experts from states and other organizations presented on maternal mortality data and reviewed processes and putting data to action. Additionally, U.S. Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) provided an overview of the Maternal Health Accountability Act of 2011 (H.R. 894). 

AMCHP Team Marches for Babies
On May 7, a group of AMCHP staff, friends and family members walked together as part of AMCHP’s team, AMCHP Steps for Babies to raise awareness of prematurity and support our partners at the March of Dimes Maryland-National Capital Area Chapter. Through AMCHP’s efforts through the walk and the mini-March for Babies at the AMCHP Annual Conference, AMCHP has raised over $1,000. You can continue to support our team and this effort by signing up here.

AMCHP Participates in Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit Meeting
AMCHP staff Jessica Hawkins participated in the Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit meeting on prenatal environmental health effects in maternal and child health populations. This group, attended by representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emory University, and other national and state organizations, discussed environmental contributions to disparities in pregnancy outcomes and explored opportunities for addressing these exposures through the collaboration of programs and policies.  

See more On Your Behalf listings here.



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 ACA Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases (ELC) Building and Strengthening Epidemiology, Laboratory and Health Information Systems Capacity in State and Local Health Departments
Deadline: May 31
The purpose of this Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding for ELC is to enhance public health programs to improve health and help restrain the rate of growth of health care costs through building epidemiology, laboratory, and health information systems capacity in state and local public health departments. [more]

SAMHSA Planning Grants for Expansion of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families
Deadline: June 2
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year 2011 for Planning Grants for Expansion of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families (System of Care Expansion Planning Grants). The purpose of these grants is to develop a comprehensive strategic plan for improving and expanding services provided by systems of care (SOC) for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families. A "system of care" is an organizational philosophy and framework that involves collaboration across government and private agencies, providers, families and youth for the purpose of improving access and expanding the array of coordinated community-based, culturally and linguistically competent services and supports for children and youth with a serious emotional disturbance and their families. [more]

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]

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MCH Events 

National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month
May 2011 

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 MSDA National Medicaid and CHIP Oral Health Symposium
June 26-28
Washington, DC 

2011 National School-Based Health Care Convention
June 26-29
Chicago, 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 

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