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What’s the State of Your Union?
If you want to reserve a table at the best restaurants in Washington, D.C., make your reservation for the night of the State of the Union (SOTUS) address. Why? Because most Washingtonians are glued to their televisions for a night of political theater or attending SOTUS parties at neighbors’ and friends’ houses much like many of you do for the Super Bowl. And, just like the morning after the Super Bowl, the news and the blogosphere are filled with reactions, summaries, interpretations and commentary. What was my reaction to last week’s State of the Union


President’s Budget Delayed
President Obama will delay the release of his fiscal year 2013 budget report until Feb. 13. The release of the budget is the first step in the annual appropriations process and sets a road map indicating the administration’s funding priorities for the upcoming year. It is important to note that we anticipate the budget will be the “high” water mark for many programs and Congress will try to cut them even deeper. [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]

Essential Health Benefits
On Dec. 16, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a bulletin outlining proposed policies that will give states guidance on how to implement the provision related to essential health benefits included in the Affordable Care Act. HHS intends to propose that essential health benefits are defined using a benchmark approach and plans to release a proposed rule in the near future. [more]


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. [more]

AMCHP 2012 Offers Social Work Continuing Education Credits!
For the first time this year, AMCHP will be offering social work contact hours for the Annual Conference! The conference has been approved by the National Association of Social Workers (approval #886591416-9870) for 19.5 social work continuing education hours.  Due to the cost associated with this offering, there is a $50 fee for all attendees wishing to receive social work contact hours. [more]

AMCHP Conference Goes Mobile
If you’ve got an iPad, smartphone or laptop, we’ve got ways for you to engage on your terms to enhance your experience at the AMCHP Annual Conference! For the first time ever, AMCHP will offer meetsmart mobile, a new conference navigation app that lets attendees personalize their conference experience with easy connect, decide and go functionality. Meetsmart mobile includes everything in the print program plus: the ability for you to create your personalized list of can’t miss sessions and exhibitors, special alerts and announcements, and more!more]

Social Media at the AMCHP Annual Conference! 
AMCHP will be providing real-time updates throughout the conference via our new meetsmart mobile app, Facebook and Twitter. Presenters and attendees are encouraged to use the conference hashtag #AMCHP12 on your tweets to share and engage with fellow attendees about skills-building and training institute sessions, speakers, special events and more. 

Don’t Miss the AMCHP Conference Twitter Contest!
AMCHP will present a $50 Amazon gift card for the person with the most conference-related tweets on Sunday and Monday. Winners will be announced at the general sessions the next morning. Don’t forget to use the hashtag (#AMCHP12) so we can track all your tweets! [more]

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

Don’t Miss the AMCHP Webinar on Building Systems of Care for Children and Youth with ASD/DD -- Feb. 1 from 2-3:30 p.m. EST
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]

New Nutrition Standards Announced for Meals Served in America’s Schools
On Wednesday, Jan. 25, First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new and improved nutrition standards for school lunches. This marks an important accomplishment of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that President Obama signed into law last year, and is the first major change in school meals in over 15 years. [more]

Using Policy to Prevent Teen Dating Violence Webinar
Abuse in dating relationships among adolescents is a serious public health problem of growing concern. Victims of teen dating violence are more likely to do poorly in school, engage in substance abuse, and attempt suicide. During this webinar, Feb. 1 from 2-3:30 p.m., participants will learn about existing state policies that universally address teen dating violence, the components of enacted policies, the various roles that state and local entities play in implementing these policies, and how public health professionals can build support for the adoption and enactment of policies through coalitions and collaborations with diverse partners. [more]

Webinar on Oz Systems Survival Toolkit -- Feb. 1
New Year, New Tools! The commitment to Electronic Health Records (EHR) and bi-directional data sharing among health care partners continues into 2012. Meaningful Use of EHRs moves forward. As Public Health professionals, you recognize that Meaningful Use Stage 2 and 3 could mean changes for your programs and how they communicate. Join OZ Systems on Feb. 1 for a webinar on their Survival Toolkit. [more]

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Women’s Health

New MCH Library Knowledge Path -- Preconception and Pregnancy
The MCH Library at Georgetown University presents a new knowledge path, Preconception and Pregnancy. The knowledge path points to a selection of resources that analyze data, describe effective programs and report on policy and research aimed at improving access to and quality of preconception and prenatal care to improve perinatal health outcomes. [more]

Adolescent Health

New Information Posted on the CDC Teen Pregnancy Prevention Website
The CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) reported today that about half of teen females who had an unintended pregnancy and a live birth, said they did not use birth control before getting pregnant. Of these, almost one third said they did not use birth control because they thought they could not get pregnant. Other reasons included because their partner did not want to use contraception (23.6%) or because they did not mind getting pregnant (22.1%). [more]

Children’s Health

New Data from the 2009/10 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs
New data from the 2009/10 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN) are now accessible on the Data Resource Center (DRC) website. Key findings include: Nationwide 15.1 percent of children have special health care needs -- this ranges from 11percent to 20 percent across states... [more]


Barbara E. Knudson Endowed Chair for Family Policy Studies -- Oregon State University
The School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences invites applications for this 9-month tenured position at the rank of Professor. The anticipated start date is Sept. 16, or as soon thereafter as convenient. The Knudson Chair is expected to continue a well-established, innovative, and independent research program through application for and receipt of external funds and publications in top-tier, peer-reviewed journals; effectively teach undergraduate and graduate courses and mentor graduate students; and provide exceptional service to the College, OSU, and the profession. Application deadline is Feb. 1. [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 uptoday!


CDC Reducing Health Disparities among People with Intellectual Disabilities Funding
Deadline: Feb. 13
Examine and address unmet need in health related areas for people with intellectual disabilities by researching valid and reliable data sources and analytic techniques to better understand risk factors associated with health disparities among people with and without intellectual disabilities. Evaluate promising practices that have the potential to reduce health disparities in selected key health indicators for people with intellectual disabilities. [more]

HRSA Newborn Screening Technical Assistance and Data Repository Program Grant
Deadline: Feb. 14
This announcement solicits applications for the Newborn Screening Technical Assistance and Data Repository Program. The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to provide leadership on the implementation of state-based public health newborn screening and other genetics programs, as appropriate, through technical assistance, resource development, state education and training, policy initiatives, disorder surveillance, evidence-based data collection, evaluation, and collaborative efforts with stakeholders, including federal and non-federal partners. [more]

HRSA National Maternal and Child Health Data Resource Center Cooperative Agreement Program
Deadline: Feb. 24
The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to ensure that state and local maternal and child health (MCH) programs have access to timely and standardized data and are provided with the necessary technical support to utilize such information. This cooperative agreement will support a Data Resource Center (DRC) that provides user-friendly access to national and state level data on children, mothers, and families. The DRC will highlight and describe established data sets currently available to the public in order to ensure that these resources are readily available to be used to provide an evidence base for state and local maternal and child health programming. The overarching vision for the DRC is to dramatically broaden the valid and standardized use of national and state level survey data to assist national, state and family leaders to understand the gaps that need to be addressed in children's health and to take action to advance positive health outcomes for children, youth, families and communities. [more]

HRSA National Quality Improvement/Management Technical Assistance Center (NQC) Cooperative Agreement Grant
Deadline: Feb. 29
This announcement solicits applications for the National Quality Improvement/Management Technical Assistance Center (NQC). The NQC will provide training and technical assistance (T/TA) related to quality improvement and quality management to Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 (Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program) grantees and funded providers to improve the quality of care and services and respond to and implement quality management legislative mandates. [more]

Click here to see more funding opportunities.


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