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 Oct. 9, 2012

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Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
If I have one critique of Burnison’s Twelve Absolutes of Leadership, it is that he puts his “communicate” absolute in Chapter 10. Why am I critical of that? Because I truly believe that communication should be in the top three, if not the number one, absolute of leadership. Communication is one area in which leaders are constantly challenged, is universally acknowledged as an area in which only the best leaders excel, and frankly is the place where we have the most work to do in our leadership development journey. In every one of my evaluations over many years of managing and working with people, I get feedback on communication and the need to communicate more.[more]



Sequestration Hub Launched
AMCHP recently developed a Web page solely dedicated to sequestration. This page provides our members and the community with tools and resources to learn more about the sequester and to effectively advocate for a balanced approach. Specifically, this Web page includes a copy of our sign-on letter, press release, fact sheets, state profiles, and links to other reports and analysis about sequestration.

Federal Budget Fact Sheet
Continuing resolution, budget, fiscal cliff and sequestration will all significantly impact future funding of the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant and other MCH programs. To assist our members with the upcoming federal “budgetmageddon,” AMCHP developed a fact sheet that includes key dates and potential impact on Title V. [more]

Many States Make Selection of Essential Health Benefits Benchmark Plans
As of Sept. 30, 16 states and the District of Columbia have submitted their selection of essential health benefits while some states are awaiting further federal guidance. As discussed in the last Member Briefs, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) indicated a goal of Sept. 30 for states to select their essential health benefits benchmark plan. [more]

Summary of Benefits and Coverage 
Insurance companies and employers are now required to provide consumers in the private health insurance market with a brief summary of what a health insurance policy or employer plan covers called a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC). Additionally, consumers will have access to a uniform glossary that defines insurance and medical terms in standard, consumer-friendly terms. [more]

HHS Announces More Funding for Community Health Centers
On Sept. 27, HHS announced funding for 810 community health centers. These grants will improve the quality of care at community health centers and ensure more women are screened for cervical cancer. [more]

Federal Funding to Support Affordable Insurance Exchanges
On Sept. 27, HHS announced grants for the establishment of affordable insurance exchanges in Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota and the District of Columbia. This is level one funding; one-year grants to states to build exchanges. AMCHP wrote an issue brief that highlights some of the key considerations for state MCH programs and partners in developing their exchanges and provides key leaders with some ideas to ensure that the unique needs of women, children and families are addressed in state exchange planning. [more]



AMCHP Accepting Applications for the Emerging 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 by 8 p.m. EST on Nov. 16. [more]

AMCHP Now Accepting Applications for the Ryan Colburn Scholarship 
The application deadline is 5 p.m. EST, Friday, Oct. 19. AMCHP will award a scholarship to one youth leader to attend the AMCHP 2013 Annual Conference. The scholarship is valued at $1800 to cover airfare, lodging and per diem. For more information on how a youth leader in your state can apply for this scholarship, or for more information about the annual conference, please visit the AMCHP website at[more]

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

AMCHP Releases RFA for Act Early State Systems Grant
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 (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)) or a Learn the Signs Act Early Systems Grant (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)), are eligible to apply. Special consideration will be given to states applying who have not received any HRSA or CDC autism funding. [more]

Public Health Grand Rounds on Reducing U.S. Infant Mortality
The infant mortality rate has continued to steadily decline in the United States over the past several decades; most recent national data from 2010 shows 6.15 deaths per 1,000 live births. Despite overall progress, racial disparities in infant mortality persist and preventable infant deaths continue to occur. Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of Child Health Month, CDC Public Health Grand Rounds will present a webcast on reducing U.S. Infant Mortality on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. EST. [more]

New Resources for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
CDC has released updated promotional materials to promote October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, helping inform women with disabilities about the importance of breast cancer screening for early detection. Download posters, flyers, advertisements, web banners and buttons from The Right to Know page on the CDC website. [more]

Survive and Thrive: Roadmap for New Local Health Officials Call for Applicants
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is looking for interested new health officials, aspiring health officials, and coaches for the third cohort of Survive and Thrive, which will begin in fall 2012. The Survive and Thrive program is a 12-month learning opportunity designed to enhance the skills of new local health officials -- top executives at local health departments. Applications are now being accepted and space is limited. Applications for new local health officials, aspiring local health officials and coaches are due Oct. 15. [more]

Applications Now Open for the 2012 MCH Epi Pre-Conference Trainings!
This year, AMCHP will offer four training options for those wishing to build their skills in the areas of spatial analysis, quality improvement, scientific writing and leadership. A detailed description of each, including learning objectives and MCH leadership competencies addressed, is available through the AMCHP website. [more]

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]

RWJF Health Policy Fellows Releases Call for Applications
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) 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]

Genetic Alliance Funds Innovation in Newborn Screening
Genetic Alliance is accepting proposals for the 2013 Baby’s First Test Challenge Awards. Several awards up to $20,000 each will be given for organizations to increase newborn screening awareness and integrate Baby’s First Test into new or existing outreach, engagement or educational efforts. [more]

NNPHI Open Forum for Quality Improvement in Public Health
The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) is pleased to invite you to our next Open Forum Meeting for Quality Improvement in Public Health. This is the 6th open forum meeting hosted by NNPHI, and it will be held at the Charlotte Marriott City Center in Charlotte, NC on Dec. 6-7. [more]



General Maternal and Child Health

HRSA Funds New Coordinating Center for Inter-professional Education and Collaborative Practice
HRSA announces the selection of the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center to lead a new coordinating center to provide national leadership in the field of inter-professional education and collaborative practice among health professionals. The new Coordinating Center for Inter-professional Education and Collaborative Practice at the University of Minnesota will receive $4 million over five years to promote expertise in inter-professional education and collaborative practice, particularly in medically underserved areas. [more]



AMCHP Working On Your Behalf

  • On Sept. 13, AMCHP staff member Piia Hanson attended the CDC Elimination of Mother-Child HIV Transmission Stakeholders Group Meeting in Arlington, VA. This meeting provided updates on perinatal guidelines, the Ryan White FOA Part D, breastfeeding guidelines among women living with HIV in the United States, and Affordable Care Act implications for HIV prevention.
  • On Sept. 19, AMCHP CEO, Mike Fraser, delivered the afternoon plenary, Mobilizing Communities for Change at the Tennessee Department of Health Statewide Infant Mortality Summit in Nashville, TN. The overarching goal of the summit, convened by Title V Director, Dr. Michael Warren, was to foster development of teams that will go back and address community-level issues that impact women's health and birth outcomes. Dr. Fraser encouraged local and state health officials, administrators, clinicians and outreach staff to work together to develop strategies that will improve birth outcomes in Tennessee. AMCHP staff member, Piia Hanson, was also in attendance.
  • On Sept. 20, AMCHP staff member, Piia Hanson, attended the Metro Public Health Department 11th Annual Project Blossom conference in Nashville, TN. The conference, entitled, 'Bringing Down the Numbers; Success Stories from the Field," featured various plenary and breakout sessions that highlight community efforts to reduce infant mortality.
  • On Sept. 23, AMCHP hosted a Friends of MCH meeting with Dr. Wanda Barfield, director of the CDC Division of Reproductive Health. Advocates from 20 national organizations attended this meeting to learn more about the division, recent accomplishments and vision for the future. Dr. Barfield greatly appreciated the AMCHP hospitality, connection with the community and continued support.
  • On Oct. 1, AMCHP staff Kate Howe and Lauren Raskin Ramos participated in and helped facilitate the Oklahoma Infant Mortality Summit to engage stakeholders across the state to reduce infant mortality. The summit was convened by Suzanna Dooley, Title V Director and staff at the Oklahoma Department of Health.



AMCHP Seeks 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. [more]

HRSA Opening for Director of MCHB Office of Epidemiology and Research
HRSA is hiring for the position of director, Division of Epidemiology, Office of Epidemiology and Research (OER) within the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). Responsibilities include directing a central staff of professional and support personnel engaged in establishing and implementing policies, guidelines, standards, systems, procedures for awarding grants and contracts for the implementation of data and epidemiology programs for the bureau, and overseeing the analytic activities of the division. [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 up today!



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. [more]

HRSA Rural Health Network Development Planning Program
Deadline: Oct. 15
The purpose of the Network Planning Program is to promote the development of integrated healthcare networks in order to: 1) achieve efficiencies; 2) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and 3) strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. [more]

Project Connect 2.0 Phase 2 Funding
Deadline: Oct. 15
Futures Without Violence is selecting new sites for Phase 2 of Project Connect: A Coordinated Public Health Initiative to Prevent and Respond to Violence Against Women (Project Connect 2.0), supported by the HHS Office on Women’s Health (OWH) with additional support from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Six new states or territories sites and five tribal health sites that demonstrate a strong history of collaboration between domestic and sexual violence, health care, and public health systems, as well as a capacity and interest in the proposed program will be chosen. [more]

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research
Deadline: Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. EST
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research program develops and supports a new generation of creative health policy thinkers and researchers within the disciplines of economics, political science and sociology. Each year the program selects up to nine highly qualified individuals for two-year fellowships at one of three nationally prominent universities with the expectation that they will make important research contributions to future U.S. health policy. [more]

Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) 2013 RSVP Competition
Deadline: Oct. 18
CNCS -- through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, Social Innovation Fund, and other programs and activities -- has helped to engage millions of citizens in meeting community and national challenges through service and volunteer action. In alignment with the Serve America Act (SAA) and the CNCS Strategic Plan, this Senior Corps RSVP Draft Notice will focus grant making for fiscal year 2013 in the six Focus Areas identified by SAA: 1) Education 2) Healthy Futures 3) Veterans and Military Families 4) Environmental Stewardship 5) Economic Opportunity 6) Disaster Services. [more]

Funding Available for NWGHAAD
Deadline: Oct. 18 5 p.m. MST
This funding opportunity provides support for activities and events in support of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) in the United States and its affiliated territories. The purpose of NWGHAAD is to highlight the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls and encourage women and girls to take action by knowing their HIV status and understanding their risk. [more]

CMS Demonstration Grant for TEFT in Community-Based Long Term Services and Supports Grant
Deadline: Oct. 22
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Testing Experience and Functional Tools (TEFT) demonstration grant award is intended to further adult quality measurement activities. As such it tests and evaluates new measures of functional capacity and individual experience for populations receiving community-based long term services and supports. [more]

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. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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