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 Jan. 17, 2012

LEGISLATIVE CORNER

Medicaid Quality Measures Released
On Jan. 4, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the initial core set of health care quality measures for Medicaid-eligible adults, as required by the Affordable Care Act, for voluntary use by Medicaid programs, health insurance issuers and managed care entities that enter into contracts with Medicaid. Included in the core set are the following measures related to maternal and child health: appropriate use of antenatal steroids, elective delivery, medical assistance with smoking and tobacco use cessation and prenatal and postpartum care rate. [more]

AMCHP Conference Hill Day Reminder!
In accordance with your state rules on advocacy, please schedule meetings with members of Congress while you are in Washington D.C. attending the AMCHP conference. Now more than ever, our nation’s leaders need to hear about the importance of the Title V MCH Block Grant. [more]

Final Reminder -- AMCHP National Policy Call Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. EST
Mark your calendar! We will convene our next AMCHP all-member National Policy teleconference tomorrow, Wednesday Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. EST. We will discuss budget details, take a look at the year in review and the outlook ahead. [more]

GET INVOLVED

AMCHP February Board Meeting
All members are invited to attend the AMCHP Board meeting, which will be held during our Annual Conference, on Saturday, Feb. 11, beginning at 8 a.m. EST. The meeting will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Members who will be attending should RSVP to Nora Lam or call (202) 775-0436.

Don’t Miss the Exciting Annual Conference General Sessions
This year's conference program offers a number of energizing, cross-cutting general sessions, including:

  • Networking Reception and John C. MacQueen Memorial Lecture
  • Be an Influencer: How You Can Create Change for Healthy Tomorrows
  • Coordinating Chronic Disease Prevention and Maternal and Child Health to Improve Health across the Life Span
  • Acting Today for Healthy Tomorrows: State Initiatives to Promote Maternal and Child Health [more]

CYSHCN Directors Meeting
A Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Directors meeting will take place on Monday, Feb. 13 from 3-4:30 p.m. EST at the 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference. The meeting will be held in the Governors Room at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. [more]

The 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference will be held Feb. 11-14, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. To register, clickhere.

Save the Date -- Feb. 1 from 2-3:30 p.m. EST -- AMCHP Webinar on Building Systems of Care for Children and Youth with ASD/DD
On Feb. 1, AMCHP will host a webinar that will highlight findings from the AMCHP Issue Brief, Roles for State Title V Programs: Building Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Disabilities(ASD/DD). The webinar will help states, primarily Title V programs, determine appropriate roles and approaches to pursue in building systems of care for children and youth with ASD/DD. [more]

RFA: Medicaid-Safety Net Learning Collaborative -- Deadline: Feb. 16
The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) released a Request for Applications for interested state teams to join the Medicaid-Safety Net Learning Collaborative. With support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), The Medicaid-Safety Net Learning Collaborative will provide assistance to seven states through access to expert consultation, implementation resources, and a forum for state-to-state exchange. [more]

Monthly White House Disability Call -- Jan. 18
Join the White House for their monthly update calls on various disability issues as well as to introduce those who work on disability issues in the federal government. This call is open and affords everyone the opportunity to learn this valuable information. This call will address a number of issues because there has not been a recent call. [more]

RFA: Assessing Local Capacity to Prevent Injury and Violence Project 
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) invites local health departments (LHDs) to submit applications to participate in a project to assess local capacity to prevent injury and violence. [more]

MCH PHLI Cohort III Application Deadline Approaching
The Maternal and Child Health-Public Health Leadership Institute (MCH PHLI) is accepting applications through Feb. 1. All tuition and lodging charges for this program are grant-supported. In addition to no onsite charges, partial travel scholarships will be available for Cohort III. [more]

2012 Alaska MCH & Immunization Conference -- Save the Date and Call for Abstracts
The 2012 Alaska Maternal Child Health & Immunization Conference will be held Sept. 27-28 at the Anchorage Marriott Hotel. They are now accepting abstract submissions, for those interested in presenting. The deadline for receiving abstracts is Feb. 7. [more]

CDC Opens Recruitment for the Public Health Associates Program (PHAP)
PHAP encourages host agencies with the ability to offer Public Health Associates frontline public health experience, guidance and supervision to apply to the program. PHAP provides opportunities for promising future public health professionals to gain broad experience in the day-to-day operation of public health programs. [more]

Help Me Grow National 2012 Request for Proposal (RFP) Announcement 
Help Me Grow is a statewide system that provides a cost-effective, efficient and user-friendly mechanism for identifying young children with developmental or behavioral problems and connecting them to appropriate community resources in a timely manner. Funding is available to support three states to participate in a structured training and technical assistance program designed to launch a Help Me Grow system. [more]

The 11th Annual Public Health Institute Dates Announced -- May 21-Jun. 8
The 2012 Public Health Institute offers 36 courses in nine public health areas and features 12 new courses. Participate in fast-paced, interactive courses with an emphasis on theory to practice with opportunities for field trips, case studies, hands-on labs and simulations. [more]

Don’t Miss Upcoming AMCHP Surveys. Click here for more information.

PUBLICATIONS & RESOURCES

General Maternal & Child Health

Looking for Information and Conversation About Health Care Transition? 
Got Transition Radio is for youth, families and professionals wanting to know more about youth transition to adult health care. Tune in every month with hosts Mallory Cyr and Eileen Forlenza and their special guests as they shine a light on health care transition hot topics! Hear real stories from people with experience and expertise. Get your questions answered or join the conversation with your comments. [more]

MCHB Announce New Resource for MCH Professionals 
The MCH Navigator is a learning portal that links individuals to existing open-access training, organized in areas consistent with nationally endorsed public health and MCH leadership competencies. Online training resources (e.g. archived webcasts and webinars, instructional modules and self-guided short courses) have undergone academic review and have been handpicked for, and vetted by, MCH audiences. While still in development, this portal helps meet urgent needs in the field and the early release will enable input and feedback from the widest of array of target audiences. [more]

Adolescent Health

New Report on Adolescents and Medical Home Interventions
The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health released a new report, Medical Home Innovations: Where Do Adolescents Fit? This report presents findings from interviews conducted with senior leaders of 12 medical home programs across the country, focusing on how the model has benefitted adolescents thus far. [more]

ON YOUR BEHALF

AMCHP Staff Working On Your Behalf

  • On Jan. 5, AMCHP board member Eileen Forlenza participated in the National Collaborative for Innovation in Quality Measurement (NCINQ) consumer advisory panel meeting to discuss quality measure development. The purpose of this meeting was to represent the voices of families and patients and provide feedback on the importance of certain quality measures and whether the information obtained will be useful in improving care.
  • On Jan. 12-13, AMCHP staff participated in the MCHB Region IV/VI Infant Mortality Summit in New Orleans, LA. AMCHP staff members Brent Ewig, Jessica Hawkins, Kate Howe and Lauren Raskin Ramos facilitated State Work Group meetings, and AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser delivered a closing plenary talk. The summit served as the launching point for a collaborative and multi-state initiative that aims to improve infant health outcomes and to reduce infant mortality and prematurity across the nation, particularly among disparate populations. AMCHP members from Regions IV and VI participated on state teams to identify strategies and outcomes to reduce infant mortality in their states, and share best practices, challenges and lessons learned.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Oklahoma State Department of Health SSDI Analyst (MCH Consultant)
This position serves as coordinator of and statistical consultant to the State Systems Development Initiative (SSDI) grant. The purpose of the SSDI grant is to develop and expand state-level maternal and child health data capacity by using and/or incorporating linked health-related data in the assessment of the MCH population. The position is responsible for producing findings from the analyses and interpreting results for agency and program review, priority setting, and outcomes evaluation. The SSDI position plays a lead role in the completion of the MCH Title V Block Grant and the Title V 5-Year Needs Assessment. [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 uptoday!

FUNDING

HRSA Grant Funding for Regional Genetic and Newborn Screening Services Collaboratives: Heritable Disorders Program
Deadline: Jan. 27
Each regional collaborative (RC) will serve effectively as a regional center to: expand and improve newborn screening and genetic services for individuals affected or at risk for heritable disorders and their families; translate genomic medicine into health care delivery systems; and assist states in strengthening their capacity to provide genomic information and services to the public. The RC will continue to undertake a regional approach to address the maldistribution of genetic resources, with focus on reducing disparities among different socioeconomic, racial, ethnic and rural groups. [more]

HRSA Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health (General Population) Grant
Deadline: Jan. 27
The purpose of this program is to address significant disparities in Perinatal health including disparities experienced by Hispanics, American Indians, African-Americans, Asian/Pacific Islanders, and immigrant populations. Differences in perinatal health indicators may occur by virtue of education, age of mother, income, disability, or living in rural/isolated areas. To address disparities and the factors contributing to them in these indicators, it is anticipated that the proposed scope of project services will cover the pregnancy and interconception phases for women and infants residing in the proposed project area. [more]

HRSA Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health (Border, Alaska, and Hawaii) Grant
Deadline: Jan. 27
Under this program, grants will address significant disparities in perinatal health indicators in communities within 62 miles of the U.S. Mexico border or in Alaska and Hawaii. Communities must provide a scope of project services that will cover pregnancy and interconceptional phases for women and infants residing in the proposed project area. Services are to be given to both mother and infant for two years following delivery to promote longer interconceptional periods and prevent relapses of unhealthy risk behaviors. [more]

CDC Funding for Public Health Conference Support Program
Deadline: Feb. 2
Purpose The CDC/ATSDR announces the pending availability of appropriated fiscal year (FY) 2012 funds for the CDC/ATSDR Public Health Conference Support Program. This program addresses the "Healthy People 2020" focus areas of Environmental Health. This announcement is only for conferences planned to occur within the date range of May 1, 2012 through April 30, 2013. Beyond the April 30, 2013 date, requires a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). Applicants can only submit an application for a single conference for a one-year project period. [more]

Click here to see more funding opportunities.

CALENDAR

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