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 Dec. 18, 2012

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The Darkness...and the Light
It is hard to end this year on an upbeat note. Instead, we end the year on a tragic note having witnessed yet another act of senseless violence that defies imagination or understanding. How are we to make sense of the events in Newtown, Connecticut and all the other places where violence senselessly plagues us? How can we, as MCH leaders, respond? At a time of such great sorrow and darkness is there any way to come to terms with yet another slaughter of innocent life and the seemingly intractable problems created by violence, mental illness, and people who believe that the only way to resolve an issue is by killing themselves, their family, and anyone who stands in their way? [more]



Tick Tock
As of Dec. 13, Congress and the administration have not yet reached a deal on the fiscal cliff. The countdown to meltdown is getting closer and members of the House and Senate leadership told their members to plan on staying in Washington, DC after the Christmas holiday to work on a deal. According an article in the Washington Post, the Office of Management and Budget is asking federal agencies for more detailed plans on how they plan to administer the across the board cuts known as sequestration if Congress and the administration fail to avert the fiscal cliff. If additional guidance is issued from the feds on this topic, AMCHP will inform our members as soon as that information is made public. [more]

To Establish or Not?
Friday, Dec. 14 was the deadline for state leadership to indicate their intention to run a state-based health insurance exchange. Earlier this year, the deadline was extended from the end of October at the request of state leaders. As of Dec. 14, 18 states are moving forward with establishing their own exchange, six in partnership with the federal government, 17 established by the federal government, and the remaining leaning toward partnership or state-based. [more]

Health Reform Implementation

Feds Release Slew of Highly Anticipated ACA Regulations
After almost a year of not releasing any major regulations, the Obama Administration released a flood of regulations related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On Nov. 26, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) published the proposed rule on standards related to essential health benefits (EHB) (summary here). The proposed rule largely follows thebulletin released in December 2011.[more]

CMS Issues FAQ Medicaid/CHIP Affordable Care Act Implementation
On Nov. 19, CMS released a FAQ on the implementation of Medicaid and CHIP under the ACA. The document mainly provides technical explanations about interactions between the states and the federally facilitated exchanges, however, there are important details included regarding state/federal responsibilities in either determining or assessing eligibility for Medicaid and CHIP programs. [more]

CMS Issues Fact Sheet on Progress Building the Federally Facilitated Exchange
CMS issued an update on the implementation of the federally facilitated health insurance exchanges (FFEs) on Nov. 30. For the states where leadership decided to forego establishing a state-based health insurance exchange, the federal government will instead establish the health insurance exchange for the state. All exchanges will launch for enrollment in October 2013. [more]

Kaiser Report on Medicaid Expansion
As states examine the option to expand Medicaid coverage up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsuredreleased a report on Nov. 30 on the state-by-state and national costs of Medicaid expansion. “This analysis uses the Urban Institute Health Insurance Policy Simulation Model (HIPSM) to provide national, as well as state-by-state, estimates of the impact of the ACA on federal and state Medicaid costs, Medicaid enrollment, and the number of uninsured. [more]

CMCS Released Informational Bulletin on Coverage and Service Design Opportunities for Individuals with Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders 
The Centers for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) released an informational bulletin on Dec. 3 to “provide information regarding services and good practices for individuals with a behavioral health disorder.” [more]



AMCHP Board Elections Begin
AMCHP Delegates are entitled to participate in the 2013 AMCHP Board of Directors election. Participation will ensure that you are part of selecting AMCHP’s next cohort of leaders. To view the list of Board candidates please visit the AMCHP 2013 Board of Directors election Web page here. Voting closes at 5 p.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 8 to ensure that the results are tabulated in time to share at the 2013 AMCHP Conference. Delegates, watch your e-mail for a link to the voting! [more]

AMCHP Business Meeting
All members are invited to attend the AMCHP Business meeting, which will be held during our Annual Conference, on Tuesday, Feb. 12, beginning at 7:45 a.m. EST. The meeting will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. [more]

Don't Miss the Exciting and Informative General Session at the AMCHP Annual Conference 
This year, the AMCHP Annual Conference program will be punctuated by several energizing, cross-cutting general sessions. How can your move forward and advance MCH innovations in your own agency in the areas of child and adolescent health, youth involvement, women’s health, and maternal and infant health? What is the future of Title V? And what can you as an MCH leader learn from two American Olympians? [more]

AMCHP Releases Act Early Ambassadors Request for Applications 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), and the Association for Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) announce a funding opportunity for Act Early Ambassadors to work with the CDC “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program. [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, Early-bird registration rates end -- register now! [more]

Apply to be a Mentee with the NACCHO Mentorship Program for the FDA Program Standards
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) invites local health departments (LHDs) to submit applications to participate as a mentee LHD in the second cohort of the NACCHO Mentorship Program. The overall objective of the mentorship program is to match LHD practitioners experienced in applying the Retail Program Standards with LHDs currently or newly enrolled in the program standards and looking for guidance, tools, resources, and recommendations for achieving a standard or standards. [more

CDC Public Health Grand Rounds Webcast on Promotion of Health for People with Disabilities
This session of Grand Rounds will explore opportunities for optimal quality of life for individuals with disabilities. One in six adult Americans lives with a disability when defined by a limitation in function. Many are at higher risk for multiple chronic conditions, injuries, and increased vulnerability during disasters. [more]

Register for Final Time Out for Genetics Webinar 
The final Time Out for Genetics webinar, "Epigenetics -- What Your Patients are Asking, What You Need to Know" will take place on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 12 p.m. CST. Following the presentation, participants should be able to: 1) State the scientific basis of epigenetics and its relation to environmental and genetics/genomics; 2) Review relevant historical examples of epigenetics and their potential relevance in today’s health care; and 3) Demonstrate the clinical relevance of epigenetics in primary health care and it’s applicability to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of health and disease for primary care providers. [more]

To see more ways to get involved, click here.



General Maternal and Child Health

Special Issue of Family and Community Health Focuses on the Life Course Model
The January-March 2013 issue of Family and Community Health discusses a variety of approaches for providing health-promotion and disease-prevention strategies. Several of the authors use the life-course health-development (LCHD) framework to guide their work. The articles in the issue deal with parent-child relations and their impact on health disparities based on factors such as ethnicity, illnesses, such as HIV, obesity, and caregiver stress that affect those caring for children with asthma.[more]

Child and Adolescent Health

NAHIC Issue Brief Describes Implications of the ACA Decision for Adolescents and Young Adults
This issue brief, “The Supreme Court ACA Decision: What Happens Now for Adolescents and Young Adults?” summarizes the current health insurance status of adolescents and young adults, discusses implementation of key elements of the ACA and what that will mean for these two age groups, and highlights implementation choices still to be made by the federal government and states that will affect adolescent and young adult access to health insurance and health care services. [more]

Women’s and Infant Health

CityMatCH Celebrates 15th Anniversary of PPOR
2012 is the 15th Anniversary of the Perinatal Periods of Risk’s (PPOR) conception, and to mark this anniversary CityMatCH, the National Organization of Urban MCH Leaders, has released “PPOR: 15 Years of Changing the Way Urban Communities Approach Infant Mortality.” PPOR is both a community approach and an analytic framework for investigating and addressing high infant mortality rates in urban settings. [more]

Article on ABM Clinical Protocols for Breastfeeding Management
The February 2013 issue of Pediatric Clinics of North America will feature the process and content for the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) clinical protocols, which are written for use by physicians globally. [more]



AMCHP Working On Your Behalf

  • On Nov. 29 and 30, AMCHP staff member Caroline Stampfel participated in a symposium on the timeliness of vital events convened by the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems.
  • On Nov. 30, staff member Carolyn McCoy attended the Alliance for Health Reform Medicaid Expansion Briefing: "What's at Stake for States?" The briefing provided a wide variety of information about the potential financial impact on states that expand their Medicaid programs, the role of the federal government in the expansion, what the expansion will mean for providers on the ground level and what will it mean for the safety net population. For more information, the transcript and video recording of the briefing, click here and for the Kaiser Family Foundation report, click here.
  • On Dec. 3 and 4, AMCHP staff Tegan Callahan, Caroline Stampfel and Andria Cornell worked with AMCHP consultant Dr. William Sappenfield to host a meeting of the Life Course Metrics State Teams at the AMCHP offices in Washington, DC. State Team members from Florida, North Carolina, Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan, Massachusetts and Louisiana met to conduct screening on proposals for state life course indicators. 
  • On Dec. 6, AMCHP staff Tegan Callahan delivered a presentation on “State Efforts to Promote Healthy Babies” to the National Conference of State Legislators Fall Forum in Washington, DC. 
  • On Dec. 6, AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser and AMCHP staff member Erin Bonzon participated in the National Maternal Health Initiative Partnership Meeting. The initiative is led by HRSA MCHB and partners include American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), AMCHP, CDC, and Merck & Co. Inc. AMCHP will continue to collaborate with these partners to develop and implement a national comprehensive initiative to strengthen state and local systems capacity and infrastructure to promote, protect and improve maternal health by: strengthening state maternal mortality surveillance, ensuring quality and safety in maternity care, supporting state- and community-based systems and strategies and providing a platform for collaborative learning and sharing best practices.
  • On Dec. 11, the AMCHP Women’s and Infant Health Team hosted preconference trainings at the 18th annual MCH Epidemiology Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Preconference session topics included: Intermediate Spatial Analysis, Quality Improvement for Public Health, Leadership and Communication, and Scientific Writing. 
  • On Dec. 12 -14, AMCHP staff members Erin Bonzon, Tegan Callahan, Piia Hanson and Caroline Stampfel participated in the 18th Annual Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Conference co-hosted with the 2012 CityMatCH Urban MCH Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Caroline delivered an oral presentation on Developing a Standard Approach to Examine Infant Mortality,Tegan delivered an oral presentation onBuilding a Comprehensive Initiative to Improve Birth Outcomes and Reduce Infant Mortality: Seven Recommendations, and Piia presented a poster describing state level efforts on Optimizing Health Reform to Improve Maternal and Infant Health Outcomesand an oral presentation on Taking the First Steps: Experiences of Eleven Community/State Teams Addressing Racism’s Impact on Infant Mortality. 



Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Hiring Senior Epidemiologist 
The Senior Epidemiologist assists the Director of the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center (ANEC) in developing and maintaining a tribally operated epidemiology program and identifying priorities for disease prevention and developing initiatives to improve the health of Alaska Natives. [more]

Philadelphia Department of Health Seeks MCFH Research Assistant
The Division of Maternal, Child and Family Health (MCFH) is seeking a research assistant to help ensure the successful completion of research activities in MCFH, such as surveillance, evaluation and the production of statistical reports. [more]

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 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]

AMCHP Opening: Organizational Performance & Member Services Intern
As a member of the Organizational Performance and Member Services team, the intern supports our member services and communications activities. The intern will assume responsibility for a wide range of projects and functions, requiring professionalism and task orientation. [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!



NACCHO Community Guide Implementation Capacity Building Mini Grants
Deadline: Dec. 31
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) invites local health departments (LHDs) to apply for the Community Guide Implementation Capacity Building program. This initiative is funded by CDC under the capacity building assistance to improve adoption and use of evidence-based preventive services program. Four grantees will be selected and funded to participate in the NACCHO Community Guide technical assistance program and build upon existing community health assessment data to identify opportunities and build skills and competencies for the integration of recommendations. [more]

HUD Strong Cities, Strong Communities National Resource Network Grant
Deadline: Jan. 28
This Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will fund the development of the SC2 National Resource Network, which will align federal resources and coordinate distinct and wide-ranging technical assistance programs to help communities make more effective local investments.

Medical Home Implementation for Children with Special Health Care Needs Grant
Deadline: Jan. 28
This announcement solicits applications for a National Center for Medical Home Implementation. The purpose of this activity is to: 1) support a national resource and technical assistance effort to implement and spread the medical home model to all children and youth, particularly children with special health care needs (CSHCN), children who are vulnerable and/or medically underserved, and pediatric populations served by state public health programs, MCHB and HRSA; and 2) support activities of the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP) grantees to improve children’s health through innovative community-based efforts, and community and statewide partnerships among professionals in health, education, social services, government, and business. [more]

Lucille Packard Foundation for Children’s Health CSHCN Learning Collaborative Grant
Deadline: Feb. 8
The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health seeks proposals from community-based, multi-agency coalitions in California with an interest in improving local systems of care coordination for children with special health care needs (CSHCN). Grants of up to $40,000 will be awarded, and grantees will be required to participate in a multi-site learning collaborative with other community coalitions. Proposals must address care coordination needs of CSHCN and their families in a geographically defined community, county, or region within California. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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