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 Mar. 19, 2012

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Spring Cleaning
Spring is definitely in the air in Washington, D.C. -- the famous cherry blossoms have begun to bloom and temperatures this past week have been in the 70s and 80s. It is a marvelous time to be in this city and enjoy all that spring offers. While this winter was not bad (we had no snow and, thankfully, the bitter cold stayed away), the change of seasons is definitely upon us -- green is sprouting up, people are out on patios again, and jackets, mittens and hats have been left behind. [more]



Federal Funding Update
The appropriations process officially kicked off this year with the release of the president's budget in February. The attention is now on the House and Senate where efforts are underway to develop a budget and the annual funding bills. Below is a summary of where things stand in both chambers and our analysis about the potential impact.[more]

As a result of the Budget Control Act of 2011 and the super failure of the Super Committee to propose legislation reducing deficits by $1.2 trillion a process known as sequestration -- a form of automatic cuts that apply largely across the board -- is scheduled to occur starting in January 2013 and will cover the period through 2021. This will have a significant impact on the Block Grant. [more]

Affordable Care Act Updates
Health Insurance Exchanges: Early this week, HHS released their final rule on the establishment of health insurance exchanges. This 644 page regulation is a significant step forward and provides much needed guidance to the states as they begin to create exchanges. "Exchanges" are entities that will be set up in states to create an organized and competitive market for health insurance. [more]



National Poison Prevention Week -- Mar. 18-24
This year marks the 50th anniversary of National Poison Prevention Week (Mar. 18-24). The key goal of National Poison Prevention Week is to create national awareness about the risk of injury or death due to poisoning. The Poison Prevention Week Council, comprised of federal and private sector partners, will disseminate daily, themed messages covering the spectrum of poison-related issues and will end the safety awareness week with a conversation with the public. [more]

AAP and MCHB Launch Time Out for Genetics Webinar Series
The first webinar of the Time Out for Genetics webinar series, “Integrating Genetics in Primary Care -- Why Does it Matter?” will take place on Tuesday, Mar. 20 from 12-12:30 p.m. CST. This educational webinar series is presented by the Genetics in Primary Care Institute (GPCI) -- a cooperative agreement between the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). The objective of this 10-part webinar series is to increase awareness and education regarding the provision of genetic medicine in primary care practice. [more]

Webinar on the CDC Disability and Health Data System
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be holding a webinar to introduce the Disability and Health Data System (DHDS), an online interactive system that helps quickly translate state-level, disability-specific data into information that can be used by state health departments, national disability and health organizations, policymakers, researchers, educators and others. For the first time, state-level disability data are housed in a central, online location and include timely, consistent ways to compare data by state or region. [more]

REMINDER: Preconception Health and Health Care Resource Center Call for Abstracts
The Preconception Health and Health Care Resource Center will provide a centralized location for tools and resources that local health departments, state health departments, and health professionals can use to advance the health of men and women of reproductive age and protect the health of future children and families. Does your health department have a policy or program related to preconception health? [more]

REMINDER: Mar. 22 Webinar on Newborn Screening Recommendations for CCHD 
On Mar. 22, from 2-3 p.m. EST, AMCHP, in partnership with the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)/CDC, will host a webinar on "Newborn Screening Recommendations for Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD): Implications for State Programs." This webinar will focus on the background of the point-of-care CCHD screening recommendations and potential roles of state health departments. [more]

MIECHV TACC Webinar on Implementing Science and Key Findings
On Mar. 27, the MIECHV Technical Assistance Coordinating Center (TACC) will hold the webinar, "Setting the Stage: Active Implementation Frameworks to Integrate the Science and Practice of Implementation." The webinar will provide an overview of implementation science and key findings from Implementation Research: A Synthesis of the Literature (Fixsen, et al., 2005). [more]

RWJF: Public Health Services and Systems Research Call for Proposals
External forces, such as the economic downturn, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, and new accreditation standards are changing public health services, structures, and resource allocations in ways that may affect the public's health. Public Health Services and Systems Research(PHSSR) is a multidisciplinary field of study that examines the organization, financing, delivery and quality of public health services within communities and the resulting impact on population health. [more]

Upcoming MCH Navigator Webinar 
Staff from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and faculty from both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Washington will describe a new learning portal that facilitates use of existing open-access training, organized in areas consistent with nationally endorsed public health and MCH leadership competencies. Learn how to use the Navigator in academic programs to enhance the skills of students, supplement class content and extend your capabilities to provide continuing education opportunities. [more]

CDC/Emory University to Offer Epidemiology in Action Course 
CDC and Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University will cosponsor the course, Epidemiology in Action, Jun. 11-22, at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. This course is designed for state and local public health professionals. The course emphasizes practical application of epidemiology to public health problems and consists of lectures, workshops, classroom exercises (including actual epidemiologic problems) and roundtable discussions. [more]

RWJF: Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization Call for Proposals
RWJF Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) grants support research, policy analysis and evaluation projects that provide policy leaders timely information on health care policy, financing and organization issues. [more]

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General Maternal and Child Health

New NACCHO Report on LHD Budget Cuts; MCH among Hardest Hit
According to a new report from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), 21 percent of all local health departments (LHDs) reduced or eliminated MCH services. Fifty-seven percent of all LHDs reduced or eliminated at least one program during 2011, with MCH among the programs hardest hit. Findings from this survey are being shared with government agencies, members of Congress and the press. State-level analysis of budget, staffing and program cuts data will be available in the coming weeks. [more]

New MCH Library Briefs to Help You Find Facts Fast
The MCH Library at Georgetown University has developed a set of resource briefs to help you quickly locate data sets, data tools and statistics; literature and research; and programs to improve families' health and well-being. The briefs will point you to the tools needed to answer specific statistical questions, learn about the latest research in the field or find effective programs about any MCH topic.

CDC Resources for State and Territorial Public Health Professionals
The CDC Gateway is an exclusive online resource with information, tools and resources selected specifically for state, tribal, local and territorial health professionals. Specialized content includes a CDC grants funding tool, "What's New @ CDC" RSS feed and a new CDC Online Resource Directory (CORD)... [more]

Women's Health

New ACOG Website on Women and Alcohol
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) launched a new website that provides resources for women's health care providers in identifying women who drink too much and in providing brief educational counseling to reduce or eliminate alcohol use. It also provides information for the public along with linked resources. [more]

Adolescent Health

Surgeon General Releases New Report on Youth Smoking
On Mar. 8, Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin released the Surgeon General's Report, Preventing Tobacco Use among Youth and Young Adults. This report details the scope, health consequences and influences that lead to youth tobacco use and proven strategies that prevent its use. The report provides further scientific evidence on the addictive nature of nicotine. And reinforces that the younger individuals are when they start using tobacco, the more likely they are to become addicted and the more heavily addicted they will become. [more]

New Teen Dating Violence Resources Available
The Children's Safety Network (CSN) developed two new resources on teen dating violence. The first resource is a fact sheet entitled Teen Dating Violence as a Public Health Issue. It provides information and data on teen dating violence, describes evidence-informed interventions to reduce teen dating violence behavior, offers examples of state efforts to prevent dating violence, and lists specific steps that public health professionals can take to play an active role in addressing this injury issue. The second resource is a CSN Special Newsletter Issue on Teen Dating Violence Prevention, which features links to data, research articles, policy and legislation; national organizations that work to eliminate teen dating violence and assist victims; and organizations and projects that focus on LGBTQ and minority issues related to dating violence. [more]

Children’s Health

NRC Releases New Safe Sleep Publication
The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC) recently releasedSafe Sleep Practices and SIDS/Suffocation Risk Reduction. This resource is a compilation of 27 nationally recognized health and safety standards on safe sleep and reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)/suffocation in child care and early education settings from Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd Edition. Among the important issues addressed are: safe sleep practices, safe sleep environment, education on safe sleep and reducing the risk of SIDS, and safe sleep policies and information. [more]



AMCHP Working On Your Behalf

  • On Mar. 8 and 9, AMCHP staff attended the HHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (SACIM) in Bethesda, MD. The agenda included the SACIM presentation of preliminary recommendations to the HHS Office of Health Reform, presentations from federal partners -- MCHB, CMS and CDC -- and from the March of Dimes, as well as the ASTHO Presidential Challenge on Healthy Babies. The agenda also included presentations form state programs, including Ruth Ann Shepherd from Kentucky, Rebecca Gee from Louisiana, and Belinda Pettiford from North Carolina. Next steps for the SACIM include finalizing their recommendations and developing concrete action steps to offer the secretary within the coming weeks. The committee agreed that their final recommendations and action steps would have a guiding emphasis on actionable steps that acknowledge the need for systems improvement, but allow immediate and concrete action against infant mortality in the United States. AMCHP members Ruth Ann Shepherd and Melinda Sanders represent Title V as SACIM members.
  • On Mar. 12 and 13, AMCHP staff members from the Women’s and Infant Health Team attended the 2012 National Healthy Start Association Conference. AMCHP staff shared resources and information as exhibitors in the conference exhibition hall and connected with Healthy Start program staff and national partners throughout the various conference events.



Family Voices, Inc. Accepting Executive Director Applications; Deadline Mar. 23
Family Voices, Inc. seeks an outstanding individual with strong leadership and management skills to become its next Executive Director. Family Voices invites applications from candidates who possess and can demonstrate the skills, characteristics, and experience described below. The overarching responsibility of the Executive Director is to lead the organization in carrying out its mission through managing the strategic, programmatic and financial operations of the agency. [more]

Texas Department of Health Seeks Physician I to Serve as CYSHCN Director
This position serves as the Texas Title V Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Director and the manager of the Systems Development Group in the Purchased Health Services Unit (PHSU). They will provide public health expertise and leadership in the daily operations and long term planning of the services developed and implemented in the CSHCN Services Program and other programs within the Unit, to include Kidney Health Care, the Hemophilia Assistance Program and the Glenda Dawson Donate Life Texas Registry Program. Also serves as the Assistant Medical Director for the Unit programs. [more]



CDC Funding for State, Territorial and Tribal Organization Programs
Deadline: Mar. 26
The purpose of this announcement is to transition this highly-functional public health infrastructure for cancer prevention and control into new roles and functions to anticipate the nation’s needs over the next decade. The goals are to (1) seek efficiencies across the management and operations of cancer prevention and control programs, (2) focus on high-burden cancers with evidence-based, scalable interventions that already exist and can be broadly implemented... [more]

CDC Health Promotion for People with Disabilities Grant Funding
Deadline: Mar. 30

This notice announces the availability of supplemental funds for recipients currently funded under announcement DD07-702 as part of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) plan to integrate funding opportunity announcements in an effort to streamline the administrative processes for announcing availability of new funds. [more]

HRSA National Coordinating Center for the Regional Genetic Services Collaboratives Grant Funding
Deadline: Mar. 30
This announcement solicits applications for the National Coordinating Center for the Regional Genetic Services Collaboratives. The program was established to enhance, improve, or expand the ability of state and local public health agencies through working with academic and community based organizations to provide screening, counseling, or health care services to newborns and children having or at risk for heritable disorders. [more]

HRSA Telehealth Network Grant Program Grant
Deadline: Apr. 13
This announcement solicits applications for the Telehealth Network Grant Program (TNGP). The primary objective of the TNGP is to demonstrate how telehealth programs and networks can improve access to quality health care services in rural and underserved communities. Grants made under this authority will demonstrate how telehealth networks improve healthcare services for medically underserved populations in urban, rural, and frontier communities. [more]

HRSA Telehealth Resource Center Grant Program 
Deadline: Apr. 20
This announcement solicits applications for the Telehealth Resource Center Grant Program (TRCGP). The purpose of the TRCGP is to support the establishment and development of Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs). The TRCGP expects to create centers of excellence that expedite and customize the provision of telehealth technical assistance across the country, while at the same time working together to make available a wide range of expertise that might not be available in any one region. [more]

CDC Improving the Health of People with Disabilities through State Based Public Health Programs Grant
Deadline: Apr. 27
he purpose of the program is to promote health, prevent chronic disease, and increase the quality of life among people with disabilities through implementation of evidence and practice-based policy, environmental, programmatic, and infrastructure changes in states and territories. [more]

CDC Grant for Characterizing the Short and Long Term Consequences of TBI among Children in the United States
Deadline: Apr. 30 (Letter of Intent by Mar. 30)
The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control is soliciting research that will help expand and advance the understanding of how traumatic brain injury (TBI) impacts the developmental milestones of children. This research addresses the “Healthy People 2020” focus area(s) of Injury and Violence Prevention. [more]

CDC Alcohol-Related Motor Vehicle Injury Research Grant
Deadline: May 2
The purpose of this announcement is to evaluate strategies for implementing and disseminating known, effective interventions for reducing alcohol-impaired driving (AID) in the United States and to test the effectiveness of new, innovative strategies to reduce AID in non-occupational settings. [more]

CDC Research Grant to Prevent Prescription Drug Overdoses
Deadline: May 2
This funding opportunity announcement encourages research that will build the scientific base for the prevention of unintentional poisonings from drug overdoses in the adolescent and adult population (ages 15 to 64 years) in the United States. It solicits proposals from organizations to conduct exploratory/developmental research that evaluates novel approaches to drug overdose prevention and addresses the NCIPC’s research agenda priorities related to unintentional poisoning. [more]

CDC Public Health Conference Support for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities Grant
Deadline: May 7
The purpose of this grant is to support funding and to provide partial support for specific non-Federal conferences in the areas improving the health and quality of life for people with disabling or potentially disabling health conditions. [more]

Administration for Children and Families Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Child Care Research Scholars Grant
Deadline: May 21
The Administration for Children and Families, Office of Policy, Research and Evaluation is announcing its plan to solicit applications for Child Care Research Scholars grants to support dissertation research on child care policy issues. These grants are meant to build capacity in the field to focus research on questions that inform the decision making of policy for child care and to foster collaboration and consultation between researchers and program and policy stakeholders. [more]



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