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 Jan. 4, 2012

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Happy New Year! 
2011 proved to be a very interesting year and I can only imagine what 2012 will bring. What do we know about 2012? We know that advocacy for Title V will be challenging in an environment rife with pressure to cut federal expenditures. We know that there will be continued need to describe the role of Title V as the Affordable Care Act is implemented. And we know that state MCH programs will need to network, learn and share what is working with peers nationwide to do their work as effectively and efficiently as possible. Those are a few of the things we know. [more]


FY 2012 Title V Funding Level Set
In case you missed it, on Saturday, Dec. 17, Congress approved an Omnibus Appropriations Bill that provides funding for a number of federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)through Sept. 30. Included in this bill is approximately $646 million for the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant -- a $10 million decrease from the fiscal year 2011 level of $656 million. However, a subsequent provision applies a 0.189 percent across the board cut bringing the Title V MCH Block Grant total closer to $645 million. [more]

Save the Date -- 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 on 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]

Essential Health Benefits Guidance Released
On Dec. 16, 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. Plans offered in the individual and small group markets, both inside and outside of the Affordable Insurance Exchanges (Exchanges), offer a comprehensive package of items and services, known as “essential health benefits.” [more]

School-Based Health Centers Receive Funding
On Dec. 8, HHS announced $14 million in funding for 45 school-based health centers, allowing the number of children served to increase by nearly 50 percent. This funding will enable clinics to expand their capacity and modernize their facilities, which will allow them to treat an estimated additional 53,000 children in 29 states. [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]

Exciting AMCHP 2012 Annual Conference Announcements! 
Continuing education (CE) credit for the 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference will be provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and will be offered for all Training Institute (TI) sessions, workshops, power workshops and general sessions, excluding the Sunday afternoon John C. MacQueen Memorial Lecture. The AMCHP Annual Conference was accredited for various types of continuing education. Click here to see all TI events, including descriptions and presenters. [more]

Preregister for Training Institute Sessions
The AMCHP Annual Conference Training Institute offers a rich program of skills-building sessions and other trainings on Saturday, Feb. 11 and Sunday, Feb. 12. Preregistration will be required for all Training Institute sessions to guarantee entry! Training Institute preregistration has been added to the general conference registration. [more]

Don't Miss Early-Bird Registration Rates - Ending Jan. 13! 
The 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference will be held Feb. 11-14, 2012, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. To register, click here.

Session Schedule Now Available
The conference session schedule and presenter information is now available! Click here to view. [more]

CSTE Call for Abstracts
The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) is now accepting abstracts for 2012 Annual Conference in Omaha, NE. Abstracts must be received no later than Friday, Jan. 6 by 11:59 p.m. EST. [more]

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month
Sponsored by the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN), this year’s theme for National Birth Defects Prevention Month, “And the Beat Goes On...Looking to the Future for Healthy Hearts,” focuses on congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect. Some forms of congenital heart defect may be preventable through healthy lifestyle choices and medical interventions before and after pregnancy. NBDPN has developed materials and resources to promote birth defects awareness and prevention, including pamphlets, a sample news release and proclamation, fact sheets and posters. [more]

CDC Public Health Prevention Service (PHPS) Accepting Field Assignment Applications 
Public health organizations can apply for placement of fellows in a two-year field assignment focusing on program management. Fellows have a master’s degree in public health management-related fields from an accredited college or university and at least one year of public health experience. All salaries, benefits and PHPS-related travel expenses are covered by the CDC. The deadline for applications to serve as a host site is Jan. 20. [more]

RFA -- State Practice Transformation Learning Community: Adapting the North Carolina Experience
North Carolina has created a nationally recognized program of primary care redesign and ongoing improvement that serves as a model for aligned state-level, multi-sector practice support. As part of the North Carolina Infrastructure for Maintaining Primary Care Transformation (IMPaCT) project, and with support from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, three state coalitions will receive technical assistance to adapt the North Carolina model of primary care transformation. [more]

APHA: Policy Innovation Contest
Local health departments are invited to submit a proposal to the American Public Health Association (APHA) for an innovative policy approach to a critical public health problem that also focuses on building capacity and reducing health disparities. Health departments may apply independently, or in partnership with nonprofits. A letter of intent is due Jan. 18, and applications are due Jan. 31. [more]

APHA Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts
The American Public Health Association (APHA) invites the submission of abstracts for individual paper presentations and poster sessions for the 2012 Annual Meeting. The 140th Annual Meeting & Exposition will be held from Oct. 27-31 in San Francisco, CA. The theme of this meeting is “Prevention and Wellness across the Life Span.” All abstracts must be submitted online. [more]


General Maternal & Child Health

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]

Maternal and Child Health Data Book 2011: Alaska Native Edition Released
The new Data Book is the fifth in a series of comprehensive reference books on the status of women’s, infants’ and children’s health in Alaska. This issue was produced in collaboration with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s Alaska Native Epidemiology Center, and reports all analyses by Alaska Native status.All data in this issue come from two surveys of mothers in Alaska, the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), and its three-year follow-up survey, the Childhood Understanding Behaviors Survey (CUBS). [more]

Adolescent Health

Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth
This guide, from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, is designed to help health professionals identify youth who are at risk for alcohol-related problems. [more]

Children’s Health

New Resource --
On Dec. 5, HHS launched This website is the culmination of efforts at the Center for Medicaid and Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Services to revitalize and reorient the information the federal government makes available about Medicaid and CHIP. AMCHP agrees that this website is an extremely valuable resource providing information including: federal policy guidance; lists of pending and approved waivers; highlights of the Affordable Care Act implementation efforts; state-specific program information and data; and improved search capabilities. [more]


AMCHP Staff Working On Your Behalf

  • On Nov. 29, AMCHP staff hosted a webinar onState Models in Advancing Preconception Health Screening Tools. Presenters included Merry-K Moos of the University of North Carolina, Linda Archer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Alisa Olshefsky of the Delaware Division of Public Health, and Susan Noyes of the Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium. The webinar provided an overview of preconception screening tools and highlighted the efforts of several states in developing and advancing preconception health screening. The presenters discussed the roles of state MCH and other key stakeholders (e.g. local health departments, community health centers and providers) in the design, development, dissemination and financing of preconception health screening tools.
  • On Dec. 8, AMCHP staff members Tegan Callahan and Piia Hanson attended the Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Prematurity Symposium,Prematurity: Emerging Science Shows the Promise of Prevention, to hear presentations on cutting-edge clinical research and participate in round table discussions on the implications of this research in public health practice communities working toward improved birth outcomes.


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]

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 Grant Funding for Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliance (DELTA) III Program
Deadline: Jan. 17
This FOA is for one year of supplemental funds at current levels to continue the activities conducted under CE09-901. In particular, this supplement is critical for enabling the current grantees to refine and complete the capacity-building, implementation, evaluation and sustainability components begun in DELTA III, and to share those results with stakeholders in the IPV field. [more]

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]

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports Grant
Deadline: Feb. 6
The Office of Citizen Exchanges of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for Empowering Women and Girls through Sport Program as part of the International Sports Programming Initiative. This initiative will consist of approximately 12 short-term U.S.-based and overseas programs focused on using sport as a tool for women's empowerment. The program envisions approximately 115 participants from overseas coming to the U.S., and approximately 20 American participants traveling overseas. Public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3) may apply. [more]

CDC National Public Health Practice and Resource Centers on Health Promotion for People with Disabilities Grant
Deadline: Feb. 6
The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to promote health, wellness and the adoption of healthy behaviors with the objective of preventing and/or reducing chronic conditions associated with disability. All activities should target people with disabilities that have mobility, physical limitations, and/or intellectual disabilities. [more]

CDC National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Tuberculosis Prevention, Public Health Conference Support Grant
Deadline: Feb. 10
The purpose of the program is to announce the availability of appropriated fiscal year (FY) 2012 funds for the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Tuberculosis Prevention, Public Health Conference Support. This program addresses the “Healthy People 2020” focus area(s) of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Diseases. This announcement is only for non-research activities supported by CDC/NCHHSTP. [more]

CDC Funding for Evaluation of a Clinic-Based Screening and Brief Intervention (SBI) for Changing Behaviors Related to Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Transmission in Pregnant Women
Deadline: Feb. 10
The purpose of this research is to learn how to more effectively change behaviors related to Cytomegalovirus Virus (CMV) transmission among pregnant women in order to reduce the incidence of congenital CMV infection. The research will be carried out in settings providing prenatal care with the intent of developing an effective intervention that will be both acceptable to clinic staff and feasible to implement as part of routine clinical prenatal care. [more]

Click here to see more funding opportunities.


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