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 Nov. 6, 2012

 

MANAGEMENT MINUTE

Listening
An attribute of leadership that gets short shrift is listening. Far too often, leadership involves talking (communication is the 10th Absolute I wrote about last month). Leaders are on podiums giving speeches, on television or radio doing interviews, on e-mail writing and opining about their cause, their organization, their leadership. Rarely do we see pictures of a leader listening - and yet effective leaders focused on both listening and speaking. In fact, Burnison argues, the most effective leader will listen 80 percent of the time and talk just 20 percent. How else is a leader gathering information to set the vision of their organization, how else does a leader know what is going on in their environment? How else do coworkers and colleagues feel valued and part of a team? A leader must listen and yet we rarely prioritize “listening” time in our day-to-day activities. [more]

LEGISLATIVE & POLICY CORNER

Congressional Lame Duck Session Expected to Begin Nov. 13
Congress remains on recess for the 2012 elections today. Once that dust settles, a lame duck session is expected to begin on Nov. 13, allowing just six weeks to seek a solution to the pending sequestration automatic budget cuts and other pressing fiscal cliff business. AMCHP continues to press policymakers to use a balanced approach that recognizes the deep cuts non-defense discretionary programs have already contributed to deficit reduction.  [more]

AMCHP Hosting Post Election Teleconference on Nov. 13
AMCHP members are invited to participate in a post-election teleconference on Tuesday Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. EST. We plan to provide an initial analysis on the potential impact of the election results on future MCH program funding and health reform implementation, as well as updates on other related federal budget developments. As always, we will do Q&A and want to seek your input on how we can adapt our key messages and strategies to the new environment.  [more]]

GET INVOLVED

Don't Miss the Approaching Deadline: AMCHP Emerging MCH Leadership Graduate Student Scholarship
AMCHP, with Realityworks and Go Beyond, offers 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 2013 Annual Conference Registration Brochure Available
The AMCHP 2013 registration brochure is now available on the AMCHP website. Find out why you should be a part of the largest gathering of state MCH leaders nationwide!  [more]

Register Today for AMCHP 2013!
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]

AMCHP Best Practices Technical Assistance Project: Request for Applications
As 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. Applicants will need to demonstrate readiness to adapt the practice in order to maximize technical assistance resources. AMCHP is accepting applications through Nov. 20.  [more]

Enter to Win $1,000 in the Pour One Out Video Contest
The Center for Science in the Public Interest invites you to celebrate Food Day, this Oct. 24 by participating in the Pour One Out Contest with a chance to win up to $1,000! Food Day is a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. The contest aims to inspire conversation around sugary drinks and the influence they, as well as their producers, have on the obesity epidemic. Participation in the contest asks you to produce a short video that shows a sugary-drink "pour out" in a fun, creative way. Deadline for submission is Nov. 7.  [more]

November MCH EPI Grand Rounds
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will present MCH EPI grand rounds on Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. EST. These webinars include presentations from MCH experts across the country with lively discussion. These broadcasts are arranged in advance to focus on important and timely MCH issues including epidemiologic studies, policy and program evaluation, methodological issues and tools, and emerging MCH topics. This month, the presentation will focus on autism disorder prevalence, surveillance and monitoring assessment tools.  [more]

GOT Transition? Quarterly Webinar
Got Transition? is a national resource and information exchange focusing on young adult transition from pediatric to adult health care.  The organization's quarterly Webinar, "I am more than a diagnosis! - The Impact of Personal Identity on Health Care Transitions for Young Adults with SHCN," will take place on Nov. 7 at 2:00 p.m. EST. In this webinar, research will be presented on identity development and its impact on health promoting behaviors and positive mental health.  A panel of young adults with special health care needs (SHCN) will respond and share their current strategies coping with challenges as they move toward adulthood.  [more]

Home Visiting Research Network Requests Participation in Survey
Prenatal and early life experiences influence the health and development of children throughout their life span.  The literature demonstrates the potential of home visiting to enhance the quality of prenatal and early life experiences by improving family functioning, parenting, and child health and development.  Research reveals that the impacts of home visiting are at times modest or limited to certain populations and that some programs struggle to implement and scale up their models with fidelity. [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]

CSN Advancing Injury Prevention through Policy Webinar
The Children's Safety Network (CSN) and the Network for Public Health Law (NPHL) jointly announce the launch of a new webinar series titled "Advancing Injury Prevention through Policy." A total of four webinars will be held from November 2012 through May 2013. The first session is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 15 at 2:30 p.m. EST. This session will focus on LGBT youth and bullying prevention legislation. [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. [more]

NGA Releases RFA for the Learning Network on Improving Birth Outcomes
The National Governors Association (NGA) has joined forces with federal agencies, state associations and other stakeholders to improve the health care services delivered to pregnant women and children, focusing on prenatal and perinatal care. [more]

WAPC Webinar on Promoting Births After Thirty-Nine Weeks Gestation
Join the Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC) for a new webinar offering, “Coming to Term: Promoting Delivery after 39 Weeks.” The webinar include the use of accurate and accessible data to gauge the effectiveness of quality programs that promote births after 39 weeks. [more]

MCH Public Health Leadership Institute Applications Now Open
The Maternal and Child Health-Public Health Leadership Institute (MCH PHLI) applications for Cohort IV are now being accepted through Feb. 1, 2013. This year-long leadership development program for the MCH workforce is designed to significantly expand self-awareness and quickly build practical skills for effectively leading, managing people, and building partnerships, to advocate for and create the MCH systems of tomorrow. [more]

PUBLICATIONS & RESOURCES

General Maternal and Child Health

NACCHO Presents Toolbox for Immunization Programs
The National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) provides a free, online collection of local public health tools produced by members of the public health community. Tools within the toolbox are materials and resources public health professionals and other external stakeholders can use to inform and improve their work in the promotion and advancement of public health objectives. [more]

New MMWR Touches on Tobacco Use and Reproductive Health
The Nov. 2 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)touches on two important MCH issues, tobacco use and reproductive health. Current Tobacco Use and Secondhand Smoke Exposure (SHS) among Women of Reproductive Age – 14 Countries, 2008-2010  focuses on several low- and medium-income countries participating in the Global Adult Tobacco Survey.  [more]

Women's and Infant Health

New Article on Developing a Standard Approach to Infant Mortality Examination
States can improve pregnancy outcomes by using a standard approach to assess infant mortality. The State Infant Mortality Collaborative (SIMC) developed a series of analyses to describe infant mortality in states, identify contributing factors to infant death, and develop the evidence base for implementing new or modifying existing programs and policies addressing infant mortality. [more]

MMWR Publishes Study on Newborn Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease
The CDC and the National Birth Defects Prevention Network have published a study in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) titled “Newborn Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD): Potential Roles of Birth Defects Surveillance Programs -- United States, 2010-2011.” CDC worked with the National Birth Defects Prevention Network to assess how state birth defects tracking programs could assist with CCHD screening. [more]

ON YOUR BEHALF

AMCHP Working On Your Behalf

  • On Oct. 3, AMCHP staff Brent Ewig presented to the Kellogg Foundation annual Michigan grantees convening on how the Affordable Care Act will impact Michigan’s vulnerable women and children.
  • On Oct. 17, AMCHP staff Brent Ewig presented on health care reform and federal budget advocacy to the Iowa Title V and Family Planning Programs annual Fall Seminar, “Opportunities for Public Health in Health Care Reform.”
  • On Oct. 27-31, AMCHP staff members Tegan Callahan, Piia Hanson and Andria Cornell participated in sessions and connected with partners at the conference of the American Public Health Association. Tegan presented on a panel entitled, “Using Surveillance Data to Improve Women’s Health,” where she spoke about state health departments use of the Core State Preconception Health Indicators to link data with programs and underscored best practices for their translation into strategic public health actions. Tegan also presented a poster describing recent efforts to synthesize several state and national initiatives into policy and program recommendations to improve birth outcomes and reduce infant mortality. 
  • On Oct. 30, AMCHP staff Brent Ewig and Carolyn Mullen presented on a panel on MCH advocacy at the annual conference of the American Public Health Association.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

AMCHP Opening: Program Manager, Women’s and Infant health
The Program Manager for Women’s and Infant Health (WIH) 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 women’s and infant health and maternal and child health/data and assessment.  General responsibilities include contributing to the development, implementation and evaluation of program activities related to women’s and infant health, 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, Women’s and Infant health
The Program Associate, Women’s and Infant Health  (WIH) is a member of the Program Team and contributes to the advancement of maternal and child health (MCH) programs by performing a variety of planning and program implementation, research and evaluation projects.  This position supports and assists the Women’s and Infant Health Team in the development, implementation and evaluation of program activities related to MCH, women’s and infant health/data and assessment. [more]

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. [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. [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

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]

AHRQ Exploratory and Developmental Grant to Improve Health Care Quality through HIT
Deadline: Nov. 16
This AHRQ funding announcement is to support short-term preparatory, pilot or feasibility studies that will inform larger scale real world health information technology (HIT) implementation and use or the conduct of more comprehensive HIT implementation research. [more]

AHRQ Small Research Grant to Improve Health Care Quality through HIT
Deadline: Nov. 16
The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support a wide variety of research designs in order to improve the quality, safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of health care through the implementation and use of HIT. [more]

HRSA Preventive Medicine and Public Health Training Grant
Deadline: Nov. 28
The purpose of the Preventive Medicine and Public Health Training Grant Program is to increase the number of preventive medicine physicians and promote greater access to population-based healthcare. The funding may be used to support resident costs, infrastructure and faculty development activities. [more]

HRSA Social and Behavioral Interventions to Increase Solid Organ Donation Grant
Deadline: Nov. 30
The overall goal of this grant program is to: 1) reduce the gap between the demand for organ transplants and the supply of organs from deceased donors by identifying successful strategies that can serve as model interventions to increase deceased organ donation and, 2) increase the knowledge of options available through living donation among patients who may need transplants and/or individuals considering serving as a living donor. [more]

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars
Deadline: Feb. 12, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. EST
The goal of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars (NFS) program is to develop the next generation of national leaders in academic nursing through career development awards for outstanding junior nursing faculty. [more]

University of Arizona Graduate Certificate Program in MCH Epidemiology Scholarship
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2013
The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is offering 10-15 scholarships to MCH professionals working with American Indian and underserved communities nationally. These scholarships valued at $11,685 each, will be awarded for the year 2013/14. [more]

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurses Fellows
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2014 at 3 p.m. EST
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows program is a three-year advanced leadership program for nurses who aspire to lead and shape health care locally and nationally. Fellows strengthen and improve their leadership abilities related to improving health and health care. [more]

CMS Cooperative Agreement to Support Establishment of Health Insurance Exchanges
Deadline: Oct. 15, 2014
Through this cooperative agreement, CMS will provide states, the District of Columbia, and consortia of states, with financial assistance for the establishment of exchanges. These awards will provide funds for the state to complete activities for achieving approval in accordance with Section 1321 of the Affordable Care Act and the requirements as established through the rulemaking process. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.

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