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 Dec. 3, 2012

Burnison’s twelfth absolute of leadership is learning and I agree that learning is indeed an important aspect of leadership. Part of leading is using what you know to do your job better and motivating those around you to achieve the mission of your organization. Part of leading also is realizing what you do not know and taking the steps to learn those things. Good leaders are constant learners: if you look at some of the best leaders out there you will see they have voracious appetites to learn and apply new knowledge to their work. Good leaders “take time to sharpen their axe” rather than keep trying to chop down a tree with a dull axe. Abraham Lincoln is often quoted as saying, “If I had six hours to cut down a tree I’d spend four hours sharpening my axe.” How often do you “sharpen your axe” when approaching a new problem or challenge? [more]



They’re BAAAACK!
The election is over, the turkey is eaten and now Congress returns for what is shaping up to be an extremely busy lame duck session. As of Nov. 30, progress to address the fiscal cliff has reached a standstill. Despite this, AMCHP is hopeful that a framework will be released soon. We will be closely monitoring the overall level of funding that is available for discretionary spending, changes to the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid in any deal that is released. It is widely expected that this deal will receive an up or down vote and will not be subject to any amendments by members of Congress. [more]

Maternal and Child Health Special Order Hour
On Nov. 28, as a result of the leadership of the Friends of Maternal and Child Health Coalition, congressional leaders spoke out yesterday about the negative effects sequestration will have on MCH programs. [more]

PREEMIE Act (S.1440)
Before Thanksgiving break the Senate approved the PREEMIE Act (S. 1440) which authorizes funding to expand research, education and intervention activities related to preterm birth and infant mortality. Importantly this legislation also codifies the existing Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality.

Congressional Hearing on Autism
On November 29, 2012 the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing entitled, “The Federal Response to the Rising Rates of Autism.” During this hearing Congressional members pledged commitment to continue to provide oversight regarding the federal government role in combating autism. The hearing discussion focused on the extraordinary number of children and young adults living with autism and what is being done to offer supports and services to them and their families. [more]

HHS Releases Three New Affordable Care Act Regulations
Timing of the release of highly anticipated rules related to the Affordable Care Act is anyone’s guess, but many are expected in the coming days, weeks and months. On Nov. 20, HHS issued three highly anticipated proposed rules on the Affordable Care Act. [more]

CMS Outlines Essential Health Benefits in a Letter to Medicaid Directors
In addition to the essential health benefit proposed rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officials sent a guidance letter to Medicaid directors. It offers details about what types of benefits should be provided for low-income adults if states choose to expand their programs. AMCHP also is analyzing the potential impact on MCH populations and will provide further analysis in future materials. [more]

CMS Connect Kids to Coverage
On Nov. 15, CMS announced the kick off of the “Connecting Kids to Coverage” campaign. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness among eligible families about children’s health coverage under Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), increase enrollment and retention, provide support to local and statewide outreach and education, reenergize and refresh a national campaign that supports and amplifies ongoing outreach efforts. [more]

MIECHV Funding Announcement
Both Florida and Wyoming relinquished Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) funds and are not participating in the grant program, therefore these funds are open to nonprofit organizations proposing to provide services under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) MIECHV grant program in the states of Florida or Wyoming. [more]



AMCHP 2013 Annual Conference Training Institute Sessions Announced
The AMCHP Annual Conference Training Institute offers a rich program of skills-building sessions starting on Saturday, Feb. 9. Preregistration will be required for all Training Institute sessions to guarantee entry! You can preregister for Training Institute events when you register for the conference. [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 Don’t miss our early-bird registration rates -- register now! [more]

Deadline Extended: AMCHP Technical Assistance Project
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. The deadline for applications has been extended through Wednesday, Dec. 12. [more]

AAP Committee Webinar on Fetus and Newborns: Levels of Neonatal Care
In August 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released an updated policy statement that provides a review of data supporting evidence for a tiered provision of care and reaffirms the need for uniform, nationally applicable definitions and consistent standards of service for public health to improve neonatal outcomes. [more]

New Funding Opportunity for Innovative WIC Nutrition Education Projects
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Center for Collaborative Research on WIC Nutrition Education Innovations at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine (CNRC WIC Center) announces the availability of funds for researcher-initiated projects to demonstrate creative approaches to nutrition education for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). [more]

Deadline Extended! ASTHO Environmental Public Health Tracking Peer-to-Peer Fellowship Opportunity
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), with support from the CDC National Center for Environmental Health, has teamed up with Esri to provide fellowships and data visualization training as part of the Environmental Public Health Tracking Peer-to-Peer Fellowship Program. Designed to enhance capacity of states and territories not currently funded as part of the CDC National Tracking Network, the newly upgraded fellowship program now prepares non-funded health agencies with GIS technology to support current initiatives in environmental public health tracking.

MCH Epi Group - Networking Opportunity at the MCH EPI Conference
Are you attending the MCH EPI Conference in San Antonio Dec 12-14? If you are, join the MCH Epi Group (a collaboration between the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, AMCHP and CityMatCH) for a Sunrise Speed Networking Session on Thursday, Dec. 13 from 7-8 a.m. in Conference Room 11. Bring your breakfast and be prepared to talk during this network opportunity with your peers.

CJ Foundation for SIDS Accepting Applications for Program Services Mini-Grants
The purpose of the Program Services Mini Grant is to support the mission of the CJ Foundation for SIDS through activities that promote safe sleep for infants, educate about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) risk reduction and safe sleep for infants and provide grief support for parents and others who have experienced the sudden, unexpected death of an infant.

To see more ways to get involved, click here.



General Maternal and Child Health

Free CDC Education Materials for Folic Acid Awareness Week
As January quickly approaches, the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) would like to help you prepare for Birth Defects Prevention Month and Folic Acid Awareness Week (taking place January 6-12, 2013). They have a number of free educational materials available for order, including many posters in Spanish, and encourage your organizations to stock up in advance of these health observances. [more]



Tennessee Department of Health Seeks Epidemiologist for Division of Family Health and Wellness, Home Visiting Program
The successful candidates will oversee program evaluation, preparation of required benchmark reporting and quality improvement-related data reporting for the MIECHV Grant, as well as the Department’s other home visiting programs (HUGS, Healthy Start and CHAD).

Tennessee Department of Health Seeks Epidemiologist for Injury Prevention and Detection Programs
This position will oversee preparation of required statistical reports including the annual Child Fatality Report and reports required for the CDC Core Violence and Injury Prevention Grant, the Rape and Violence Prevention Grant, the MIECHV Grant and the Title V MCH Services Block Grant. [more]

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Seeks Family Health Epidemiologist and Health Evaluator
This position provides expert support for existing and under-development family health data and surveillance systems, including the Child Death Review (CDR) data system, the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) data system, the Maternal Mortality Review (MMR) data system, the Secure Public Health Electronic Record Environment (SPHERE), and the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS). [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 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: 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 up today!



AMCHP Working On Your Behalf
  • Carolyn Mullen was elected to the Friends of the NCBDDD executive committee as a member at large. In this role she will be responsible for promoting the work of the center, including identifying unmet needs and future opportunities; facilitating new external collaborations to help implement the mission of NCBDDD; hosting informational briefings for news media or health care professionals regarding the mission and activities of NCBDDD; and developing and disseminating educational materials to health care professionals, agencies, and the public

To see more of what AMCHP is doing on your behalf, click here.



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]

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]

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars
Deadline: Feb. 28 at 5:00 p.m. EST
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are collaborating to foster the development of physicians who will lead the transformation of Americans’ health and health care through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program. These future leaders will conduct innovative research and work with communities, organizations, practitioners and policymakers to address issues essential to the health and well-being of all Americans.

University of Arizona Graduate Certificate Program in MCH Epidemiology Scholarship
Deadline: Mar. 1
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, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will provide states, the District of Columbia, and consortia of states, with financial assistance for the establishment of exchanges. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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