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 Oct. 22, 2012

 

LEGISLATIVE & POLICY CORNER

Congress is currently in recess, and will return the week of Nov. 12.

 

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AMCHP Accepting Applications for the Emerging Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Leadership Graduate Student Scholarship
AMCHP has partnered with Realityworks and Go Beyond to offer a graduate student scholarship. This scholarship is designed to assist one graduate student per year in furthering their education while sponsoring their attendance at the AMCHP Annual Conference to hone their leadership skills and connect them with existing leaders within MCH. The deadline to submit application materials is 8 p.m. EST on Nov. 16. [more]

AMCHP Best Practices Technical Assistance Project: Request for Applications
As a part of an overall strategic goal to improve maternal and child health outcomes by sharing effective and promising practices with state and territorial MCH programs, AMCHP is providing replication stipends to foster connections between states interested in replication or adaptation of a current emerging, promising or best practice in Innovation Station. Through this project, applicants can request technical assistance support (i.e., travel funds or other seed resources) to learn how to adapt a specific Innovation Station practice (or elements of a practice) to their state or community. [more]

Register Today for the AMCHP 2013 Annual Conference!
The AMCHP 2013 Annual Conference will be held Feb. 9 -12, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. To register, visit regonline.com/amchp2013. Don’t miss our early-bird registration rates – register now! [more]

Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation Project
Recently, AMCHP staff met with staff and the federal sponsors of the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE) project, the congressionally mandated evaluation of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program. The design of the study promises to provide critical information for the field of maternal and child health. The evaluation will include an impact, implementation and cost study. AMCHP encourages states and communities to actively collaborate with this important national policy-relevant evaluation. [more]

NACCHO Webinar on New MCH Navigator
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) MCH Navigator is a new learning portal that facilitates the use of existing open-access training and is organized in areas consistent with nationally endorsed public health and MCH leadership competencies. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) will present a webinar featuring a live demonstration of the website and discuss how local health departments can use this resource. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. EST. [more]

#PREVENTION: How State and Local Health Departments Can Capitalize on Social Media
Web- and mobile-based media platforms can help public health practitioners communicate personalized and targeted health messages, particularly among populations that rely on wireless technologies to interact and exchange information. By leveraging social media channels, state and local public health agencies have opportunities to use these innovative technologies to publicly communicate messages that are accurate, actionable, and science-based. This webcast, held on Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. EST, will highlight three organizations that have studied and used social media to strategically and successfully engage and communicate with the public. [more]

Time Out for Genetics Webinar on Genetics Resources for Primary Care Providers
The next Time Out for Genetics webinar, "Top 10 Genetics Resources for Pediatric Primary Care Providers" will take place on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 12 p.m. CST. The webinar aims to provide an overview of the current resources available to primary care providers, including diagnostic tools, online genetic resources to improve patient care, and recommended family support mechanisms. [more]

Deadline Approaching for 2012 Unsung Heroes of Public Health Awards Nominations
The Campaign for Public Health Foundation is collecting nominations through Nov. 1 for their third annual Unsung Heroes of Public Health Awards. These awards are intended to highlight the return on investment of the nation’s behind-the-scenes disease control and prevention efforts, applaud the staff who run them, and educate policymakers and others about how public health works to save lives, prevent injuries, limit disease outbreaks -- and so much more. A Capitol Hill reception to honor the 2012 awardees will take place on Dec. 4. [more]

Oklahoma Infant Alliance Late Preterm Infant Toolkit Webinar
Join the National Premature Infant Health Coalition on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. EST for a webinar on the Oklahoma Infant Alliance Late Preterm Infant Toolkit. Oklahoma has an unacceptable rate of preterm deliveries at 13.8 percent, with over three-fourths of those born late preterm (10 percent) according to the latest data from the March of Dimes. The Oklahoma Infant Alliance sought to meet the needs of this vulnerable population through the development of a toolkit for use in hospitals and agencies who work with the late preterm infants. [more]

MCHB Accepting Applications for GSEP Program
MCHB sponsors the Graduate Student Epidemiology Program (GSEP), formerly known as GSIP, with the goal of enhancing students' skills in data analysis, encourage training in MCH epidemiology, and providing assistance to state and local health agencies with data-related projects. MCHB will support up to 20 students in state-level MCH/CSHCN agencies and 10 in city and county MCH departments. These projects will be conducted primarily during the summer of 2013 (beginning in May, June or July). [more]

Call for Manuscripts on MCH in Island Communities
The Maternal and Child Health Journal is requesting manuscripts for an upcoming issue focusing on the unique MCH challenges, needs, policy options and experiences of island communities throughout the world. Manuscripts presenting MCH research, program evaluation, policy analyses, and program development and implementation related to island communities are eligible for submission. The deadline is Jan. 2013. [more]

 

PUBLICATIONS & RESOURCES

General Maternal and Child Health

New Web Page on Evaluation of the CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grant Program
In February 2010, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded 10 grants, funding 18 states, to improve health care quality and delivery systems for children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Funded by the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA), the Quality Demonstration Grant Program aims to identify effective, replicable strategies for enhancing quality of care for children. [more]

Archived Webinar: The Latest MCH Data on the MCHB Discretionary Grant Information System
Maternal and Child Health Discretionary Grants fund more than 900 projects through 88 programs each year. The Discretionary Grant Information System (DGIS) collects program and performance measure data that help assess the effectiveness of the programs and enable HRSA to monitor the projects. [more]

AHRQ Presents Tools for Community Health Workers Workforce Development
AHRQ offers new tools to support the development of a new staff position for community members who assist health care teams in primary care settings and after hospital discharge. These tools emerged from a consortium in Minnesota that developed a scope of practice, a statewide curriculum, and a certificate program for community health workers. [more]

CityMatch How-To Guide for Hosting Discussions about Race, Racism and Public Health
This community-empowerment resource assists MCH leaders and other public health professionals in initiating open and honest conversations about the impact of racism on the health of communities. It provides proactive strategies to eliminate racism, promote community healing and health equity and gives specific suggestions for engaging in one-on-one dialogue, group conversations or in-house conversations. [more]

Child and Adolescent Health

Free Online CDC Autism Case Training Course
The online continuing education version of the Autism Case Training (ACT) is now available. The new online Autism Case Training course covers the fundamental components of identifying, diagnosing and managing autism spectrum disorders. Three modules, which can be taken separately or together, are based on real-life scenarios and include up-to-date information, illustrative videos, and pertinent references and resources. Free continuing education credits (CME, CNE and CEU) are available for each module. [more]

MCH Library Knowledge Path: Nutrition in Children and Adolescents Database
This is a selection of resources that present nutrition guidance and public promotion programs, inform policy and legislation, and report on research for improving nutrition and eating behaviors. Use this knowledge path to learn more about child and adolescent nutrition, improve care, develop programs, and locate training resources. [more]

NICHM Fact Sheet on Preventing Early Childhood Obesity
The National Institute for Health Care Management (NICHM) presents a fact sheet on how the Shape NC partnership joins grant funding and training resources with a vast network of community-based alliances to address childhood obesity in the state. It highlights early data showing that participating communities and care centers are making an impact. [more]

USDA School Lunch Toolkit
The School Day Just Got Healthier Toolkit is a collection of resources including brochures, fact sheets, FAQs, fliers, school lessons, templates and much more, to help prepare everyone for the changes to school meals this school year. This toolkit provides students, parents, educators, and communities with relevant tools and resources for each audience. [more]

Women and Infant’s Health

CDC Releases 2011 Preliminary Birth Data
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) presents preliminary data on births and birth rates, including births to teens, and selected maternal and infant health characteristics for the United States in 2011.The findings are based on approximately 100 percent of registered vital records occurring in calendar year 2011, which were received and processed by NCHS as of Jun. 28, 2012. [more]

 

ON YOUR BEHALF

AMCHP Working On Your Behalf
  • On Sept. 25, AMCHP staff Erin Bonzon, Carolyn McCoy, Carolyn Mullen and Lauren Ramos met with staff and the federal sponsors of the MIHOPE project, the congressionally mandated evaluation of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program. Discussions included an overview of the evaluation and opportunities for AMCHP staff and members to get involved and stay connected with this work.
  • Oct. 3-4, AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser joined the Region IV Home Visiting Meeting in Atlanta, GA. The meeting was a chance for leaders of the state Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visitation program to share information and learn more about the programs in their region. Mike shared a national perspective on the program and provided an overview of legislative issues relating to the future funding and reauthorization of the program.

 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

AMCHP Opening: Senior Program Manager, CYSHCN
The Senior Program Manager for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) is a member of the program team and contributes to the advancement of maternal and child health outcomes by performing a variety of planning and program implementation, research and evaluation projects related to CYSHCN. General responsibilities include contributing to the development, implementation and evaluation of program activities related to children and youth with special health care needs, birth defects, and developmental disabilities, collaboration with advisory committee members, AMCHP members and staff; serving as a liaison to federal project officers; and project promotion. [more]

AMCHP Opening: Program Associate, Child & Adolescent Health
The Project Associate, Child and Adolescent Health contributes to the advancement of MCH programs by performing a variety of planning and program implementation, research and evaluation projects. This position supports and assists the child and adolescent health team in the development, implementation and evaluation of program activities related to MCH and CYSHCN, child health and adolescent health. This position also contributes to the collection of state best practices (Innovation Station), newsletter development, and implementation of communication strategies. [more]

AMCHP Opening: Program Manager for Workforce & Leadership Development
The Program Manager for Workforce & Leadership Development is a member of the Programs Team and contributes to the advancement of maternal and child health programs by performing a variety of planning and program implementation, research, and evaluation projects related to workforce and leadership development. General responsibilities include project planning, coordination and evaluation; collaboration with advisory committee members, AMCHP members and staff on project activities; serving as liaison to federal project officers; and project promotion. This position contributes to major issues surrounding workforce and leadership development. The work involves partnership with fellow staff, participation in associated professional organizations and groups, and collaboration with member programs and funding agencies. [more]

Oregon Health Authority Seeks MCH Director
The successful candidate for the Principal Executive/Manager G position will provide leadership for the Center for Prevention and Health Promotion and will positively contribute to the division leadership team. The successful candidate will manage the center and all staff and programs within the center, including the following sections: adolescent health; genetics and reproductive health; maternal and child health; women, infants and children; health promotion and chronic disease prevention; and the injury and violence prevention. [more]

Louisiana Office of Public Health Hiring MCH Epidemiology/Surveillance Manager
The MCH Epidemiology/Surveillance Manager will be responsible for data collection and analysis, advanced data linkage, writing technical reports, as well as reports that are easy for the public to consume, creating power point presentations, creating and monitoring performance measures and supervising lower-level epidemiologists and data management staff in the Office of Public Health MCH Program. [more]

Northern Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center Seeks MCH Director
This position will provide current programs and staff with technical assistance, managing and overseeing special projects and assignments, evaluating program operations, identifying opportunities to develop and implement program process improvements and developing plans for implementing new MCH initiatives. [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!

 

FUNDING

AMCHP Releases RFA for Act Early State Systems Grant
Deadline: Nov. 2
AMCHP is accepting applications for grants to support the collaboration of Act Early Regional Summit Project teams and to further activities initiated by state teams during the Summits. Grants will be awarded to state teams in the amount of up to $15,000 each. All states that have received funding from only one source, either a State Autism Implementation Grant (HRSA) or a Learn the Signs Act Early Systems Grant (CDC), are eligible to apply. Special consideration will be given to states applying who have not received any HRSA or CDC autism funding.

OWH RFP for National Women’s Health Week 2013
Deadline: Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. MST
The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) is accepting proposals for funding available for National Women’s Health Week (NWHW). This funding opportunity provides support for activities and events that promote the health of women and girls in the United States and its affiliated territories. Funding is available for projects that empower women and girls across the country to get healthy by taking action to improve their health and the health of their community.

CMS Funding for National and State Background Checks for Direct Patient Access Employees
Deadline: Oct. 31
CMS is conducting a nationwide program that will identify efficient, effective and economical procedures for long term care facilities and providers to conduct background checks on prospective direct patient/resident access employees. Eligible facilities and providers include skilled nursing facilities, nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospice care providers, long-term care hospitals, personal care service providers, adult day care providers, residential care providers, assisted living facilities, intermediate care facilities for mentally retarded disabled and other entities that provide long-term care services, as specified by each participating state.

OWH RFP for Spanish Language Heart Attack Intervention Campaign
Deadline: Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. MST
OWH is accepting proposals for funding available for activities and events in support of the Spanish language awareness campaign, Make the Call. Don’t Miss a Beat. The outreach focus of the campaign in 2013 is to encourage Spanish speaking Latinas from across the country over age 50 to recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and to call 9-1-1 promptly. Community-based partnerships and collaborations with Hispanic/Latino organizations/entities are strongly encouraged and funding priority will be given to applicants demonstrating these partnerships.

CDC Funding for Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program, Supplemental Evaluation Projects
Deadline: Nov. 2
The purpose of the program is to support the goals and strategies of the HHS Viral Hepatitis Action Plan by focusing on 1) eliminating mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B virus infection, 2) ensuring that HBV-infected pregnant women receive timely evaluation and care, which may improve prevention of hepatitis B virus infection for infants born to HBV-infected women with high viral load, and 3) ensuring that hospitals and birthing centers administer a “birth dose” of hepatitis B vaccine to all neonates prior to discharge from the birthing facility.

CDC Funding for DELTA FOCUS
Deadline: Nov. 5
The purpose of the Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership through Alliances, Focusing on Outcomes for Communities United with States (DELTA FOCUS) is to promote the prevention of intimate partner violence (IPV) through the implementation and evaluation of strategies that create a foundation for the development of practice-based evidence. By emphasizing primary prevention, this program will support comprehensive and coordinated approaches to IPV prevention through the implementation and evaluation of prevention strategies.

AHRQ Large Research Projects for Healthcare-Associated Infections
Deadline: Nov. 5
AHRQ solicits grant applications for funding to conduct Large Research Projects that propose to advance the base of knowledge for detection, prevention, reduction, and effective management of HAIs.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows
Deadline: Nov. 14 at 3 p.m. EST
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program provides the nation’s most comprehensive fellowship experience at the nexus of health science, policy and politics in Washington, D.C. It is an outstanding opportunity for exceptional midcareer health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health and health care policy. [more]

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