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 Mar. 5, 2012

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AMCHP Summary of Key MCH Provisions in President’s FY 2013 Budget Proposal
On Feb. 13, President Obama released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2013.  AMCHP staff drafted a memo providing further analysis and information about key maternal and child health programs. Significantly, the budget provides estimates of new census data applied to the formula to allocate the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant to the states, cuts the budget authority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and proposes supplanting funding for the National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities with money from the Prevention and Public Health Fund. [more]

Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Exchange Funding Awarded
On Feb. 22, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the award of $229 million in Affordable Insurance Exchange grants to 10 states (Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Tennessee) to help them create Exchanges, giving these states new flexibility and resources to implement the Affordable Care Act. [more]

Text4Baby Partners with HHS to Promote Enrollment in Health Insurance Programs
This past week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will partner with Text4Baby to promote enrollment in both Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and provide pregnant women and new mothers free text messages on important health care issues. More than 184,000 current Text4Baby users are receiving a new message alerting them to the availability of health coverage through Medicaid and CHIP. The message will provide a connection to the InsureKidsNow phone number and website for information about how to sign up. [more]

HHS Provides Guidance on Innovation Waivers
HHS, along with the Department of Treasury, finalized a rule this week about State Innovation Waivers. Under the law, State Innovation Waivers are available in 2017, and the final rules provide detail on how states can work with HHS to ensure their residents have the protections provided in the Affordable Care Act and access to innovative state approaches. [more]

HHS Provides Additional Answers on Essential Health Benefits 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published a fact sheet recently that deals with questions that have been raised by states, patient groups and others about how states should develop their essential health benefits packages. Notably the FAQ confirms that plans offered in state exchanges will be required to provide the full panel of recommended preventive health services, including the Bright Futures guidelines and women's health preventive services package. [more]



Couldn’t Make It to the AMCHP Annual Conference? Looking for Handouts from Sessions You Attended?
Click Here to find materials from the 2012 workshops and skills-building sessions. Additional handouts will be posted in the coming weeks as we receive them. Also, don’t miss the conference attendee and exhibitor interviews on YouTube, thanks to our sponsor Go Beyond MCH. Catch snippets from the amazing Kinetic Affect, an interview with the 2012 MacQueen Award Winner, conversation with AMCHP President Stephanie Birch and more!

Webinar: Newborn Screening Recommendations for Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD): Implications for State Programs
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]

Surgeon General Report on Tobacco Use and Young Adults to Be Released
On Mar. 8 at 10 a.m. EST, Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General will release A Report of the Surgeon General: Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults. This report represents the 31st Surgeon General’s report focused on tobacco use and its devastating effects. [more]

COCA Webinar on Epidemiology and Clinical Features of Lyme Disease
Join the CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) call to hear CDC subject matter experts review the epidemiology of Lyme disease, early signs and symptoms of Lyme disease, appropriate use of diagnostics, recommended treatment guidelines and prevention practices. [more]

MCHB Seeking Comments on the National Strategic Plan for MCH Training 
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Training Branch is developing a 2012-2020 National Plan for MCH Training that will include MCH training grantee specific objectives and strategies applicable to a range of organizations that serve MCH populations. [more]

CDC Public Health Apprentice Program (PHAP) Opportunity
CDC is looking for state, local and community partners to serve as host sites for an apprentice with a focus on birth defects, developmental disabilities and disabling conditions. PHAP is a competitive, two-year, paid CDC fellowship. PHAP places entry-level public health professionals in state, tribal, local and territorial health agencies to gain broad experience in public health program operations. While PHAP offers tremendous benefits to the associates through training and support, the host site also receives numerous benefits. The deadline for making the request is Mar. 14. [more]

Deadline Extended! 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 to 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]

RWJF Public Health Services and Systems Research Releases 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]

Save the Date! UIC MCH Retreat -- Leading in Challenges Times: Innovations & Inspiration
The retreat this year will focus on Leading in Challenging Times, however, this concept will be talked about ways that you may not expect. Participants will share personal stories of their journey and work with women, men, children and families. AMCHP CEO Dr. Michael Fraser will lead this process. The retreat also will explore and practice various leadership concepts, including challenging the assumption that these are indeed challenging times. [more]

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General Maternal and Child Health

New AMCHP/Commonwealth Fund Issue Brief Highlights New Opportunities for Integrating and Improving Health Care for Women, Children, and Their Families 
A new issue brief from AMCHP and the Commonwealth Fund explores how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act gives states new tools and funding to integrate public and private delivery of health care services. Many states are already integrating services for low-income women and children to improve outcomes and reduce costs. [more]

Improving the Medical Home Through the Use of Health Information Technology -- Fact Sheets
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI), in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Child Health Informatics Center, is pleased to announce the availability of two new fact sheets that demonstrate the relationship between health information technology (HIT) and medical home. The Fact Sheet for Health Care Providers provides information, tools and resources related to implementation in practice. The Fact Sheet for Families helps families understand the important role that HIT plays in ensuring the best care for their children.

Adolescent Health

FoSE Releases National Sexuality Education Standards: Core Content and Skills, K-12
Advocates for Youth, Answer and SIECUS have partnered to create the Future of Sex Education (FoSE) Initiative, which has developed national standards to provide clear, consistent, and straightforward guidance on the essential minimum, core content for sexuality education that is developmentally and age-appropriate for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. [more]

Children’s Health

New AMCHP Issue Brief on the ACA and ASD/DD
AMCHP recently released the issue brief, "The Affordable Care Act and Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Disabilities," which explores the elements of the ACA that impact children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Disabilities (ASD/DD). Children and youth with ASD/DD require an array of health services that are often inadequately covered under the current health system. [more]



AMCHP Working On Your Behalf

  • From Feb. 27-29, AMCHP staff Erin Bonzon, Kate Howe and Lauren Raskin Ramos represented AMCHP at the 15th Annual Meeting of the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN); this year held jointly with the National Birth Defects Prevention Study, in Arlington, VA. Additionally, AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser, with staff, participated in the NBDPN Partners Meeting during the conference to discuss ways that AMCHP, NBDPN and other partners can support and work together to achieve common priorities. For more information, visit



Family Voices, Inc. Accepting Executive Director Applications
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]

Washington State Health Services Consultant 3 -- Nutrition Specialist in CSHCN
There is one opening for a permanent Health Services Consultant 3 in the Prevention and Community Health Division, Office of Healthy Communities, Access Systems and Coordination Section. This position is located in Access Systems & Coordination Section (ASCS). The unit supports a wide range of health and development screening initiatives and intervention strategies, treatment and diagnosis, and complex care coordination activities provided throughout local health jurisdictions, other state agencies, and health programs and plans. The unit supports these programs in coordination with other functions in the ASCS that focus on promoting and improving the health of Washington residents. [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]

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!



CDC Funding for State, Territorial and Tribal Organization Programs
Deadline: Mar. 26
The purpose of this FOA 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, (3) develop organized screening programs that are more effective and efficient than current opportunistic approaches, and (4) maintain high-quality cancer registries and expand their application in prevention and screening. [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 NCBDDD’s plan to integrate funding opportunity announcements in an effort to streamline the administrative processes for announcing availability of new funds. Measurable outcomes of the program will be in alignment with at least one of the following performance goal(s) for the NCBDDD: Reduce disparities in key health indicators, obesity in children youth and adults with disabilities; and Identify and reduce disparities in Health Care for persons with disabilities. [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 Resource Center 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. TNGP networks are used to: (a) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of health care services; (b) improve and expand the training of health care providers; and/or (c) expand and improve the quality of health information available to health care providers, and patients and their families, for decision making. [more]

HRSA Telehealth Network Grant Program Grant
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. The TRCs provide technical assistance to health care organizations, health care networks, and health care providers in the implementation of cost-effective telehealth programs to serve rural and medically underserved areas and populations. The program seeks entities with proven successful records in providing technical assistance in the development of sustainable telehealth programs. [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 Characterizing the Short and Long Term Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) among Children in the United States Grant
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 FOA 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]



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