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 Apr. 16, 2012

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A Congressional Recess Update
After a flurry of activity over the past couple of months, Congress is completing a two-week recess break. When Congress returns, it is anticipated that the attention will turn toward drafting the annual appropriations bills, increasing interest in the looming sequester and protecting the Affordable Care Act mandatory funding streams.[more]

IOM Report Makes Recommendations to Bolster Funding and Shape the Future of Public Health
On Apr. 10, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report entitled For the Public’s Health: Investing in a Healthier Future. The report points out that Americans spent $8,086 per person on medical care in 2009 versus $251 in public health spending. It also recommends the development of a minimum package of public health services that every community should receive from its state and local health departments. The report calls for doubling federal spending on public health from $11 billion to $24 billion a year and creating a new transaction tax on medical care services to help pay for the increased spending on population health. [more]



Latino Action Learning Collaborative Grantees Announced
AMCHP and the National Center for Ease of Use of Community-Based Services announced the awardees of the Ease of Use of Services for Latino Families who have Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Action Learning Collaborative. The following states have been selected: Indiana, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Rhode Island. [more]

CDC Releases Vital Signs on Child Injury; Webinar Apr. 17
Death rates from unintentional injuries among children and adolescents from birth to age 19 declined nearly 30 percent from 2000 to 2009, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vital Signs report released today. This report is the first CDC study to show fatal unintentional injury trends by cause and by state for children from birth to 19 years. [more]

APHA MCH Section Accepting Nominations for Annual Awards
Each year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Section recognizes leaders in the maternal and child health field at the Martha May Eliot Luncheon during the APHA Annual Meeting. At the luncheon, APHA also presents the prestigious association-wide Martha May Eliot Award that honors an individual with exceptional achievement in the field of maternal and child health. [more]

Maternal and Child Health Research Program Webinar on Cluster Analysis -- Apr. 23
Join the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Division of Research, Training and Education on Apr. 23 from 3-4:15 p.m. EDT for a webinar focused on latent class cluster analyses (LCCA). LCCA is a model-based cluster analysis method used to identify subtypes of related cases (latent classes) from categorical, ordinal and continuous multivariate data. [more]

Women’s and Infant Health Info Series Webinar 
AMCHP and CDC will host a national webinar, “Using Evidence to Inform Preconception Health Initiatives” on Apr. 26 from 2-3 p.m. EDT. This webinar includes a case study of North Carolina efforts to use data to inform their planning and action around preconception health promotion throughout the state. In addition, the webinar will present information and resources to attendees to help find evidence and use evidence-based strategies for maternal and child health programs, including preconception health promotion. [more]

AAP and MCHB Time Out for Genetics Webinar Series
The Genetics in Primary Care Institute, a cooperative agreement between the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), is now offering Time Out for Genetics, an educational webinar series. Each month -- from April through December -- a webinar will be presented by recognized experts with the overarching goal of educating participants about the value of incorporating genetic medicine into primary care. [more]

Providing Newborn Screening Specimens for Research: Legal Issues Faced by State Health Departments 
States that store and provide residual dried blood spots (DBS) for secondary uses, or are considering storage and secondary uses, may face an array of legal issues. This webinar series is intended to cover these legal issues -- and related ethical and policy issues -- concerning secondary uses of DBS and associated data. [more]

May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Awareness Month!
Follow AMCHP on Facebook and Twitter during the month of May to learn about new resources, events and facts about teen pregnancy prevention. If you have any new and/or existing content to share (interesting facts, news article, report, etc.), please send them to Julio Arguello. [more]

Recruiting Hospitals to Improve Maternity Care and Increase Baby-Friendly Hospitals
The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ), with support from CDC, is leading a nationwide effort in close partnership with Baby-Friendly USA to help hospitals improve maternity care and increase the number of baby-friendly hospitals in the United States. CDC is funding this initiative using money from the Prevention and Public Health Fund. [more]

Webinar: Reaching Your Audience through Effective Health Communication
This free webinar, offered by the National Healthy Tomorrows Technical Assistance Resource Center, is intended to educate attendees about the characteristics of effective health messages, cost-effective ways to create clear and compelling health communication materials, and how technology and social media can help increase audience reach and engagement. The webinar will take place on May 9 from 1-2:30 p.m. CDT. [more]

Help HHS Celebrate National Women’s Health Week – May 13-19; National Women’s Check-Up Day – May 14
Many national, regional, state and local organizations have joined with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to ensure that as many women as possible are reached during National Women’s Health Week (NWHW). There are many ways to participate. You can host a health fair during the week of May 13-19, or partner with local providers to offer women in your community free health services, such as blood pressure checks, Pap tests, mammograms, diabetes screenings or HIV testing. [more]

2012 CityMatCH Conference Abstract Online Submission Open
The CityMatCH and MCH EPI co-hosted conference is seeking Data/Scientific Research, Program and Policy abstracts for oral or poster presentation. Online abstract submission is now open! Share your successes, results, research, and lessons learned with urban public health leaders and MCH professionals from across the United States... [more]

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General Maternal and Child Health

New Fact Sheet on Asthma and Tobacco Smoke Available
In recognition of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month in May, the American Legacy Foundation released a new resource for individuals working with or suffering from asthma. Individuals who suffer from asthma will have more health complications from smoking than those who are not asthmatic; because of the harmful effects of smoking on individuals with asthma, Legacy recently released a new free downloadable fact sheet. [more]

Need Assistance Publishing Your Findings? MCHIRC Can Help!
State and local MCH agencies have a wealth of information but you often struggle to find it published because MCH agencies and their staff have limited time to publish scientific articles. MCHB, recognizing that MCH agencies needed help in getting this information disseminated, joined with CDC to develop the MCH Information Resource Center (MCHIRC). [more]

Families, Disability and Culture: A Web-Based Guide to Curriculum Development
This web-based guide for curriculum development,Families, Disability and Culture: A Guide to Developing Training Curriculum on Families, Disability, and Culture for Trainees and MCH Professionals, focuses on family-centered/family-directed practices and cultural competency for trainees and MCH professionals. [more]

Women’s Health

The Importance of Emotional Support for Mothers Brief
Disadvantaged Families and Child Outcomes: The Importance of Emotional Support for Mothers, examines the link between emotional support mothers receive in rearing their children, and their children's development. Child Trends reports in this brief that emotional support for mothers improves outcomes for children. Findings also suggest that providing emotional support for mothers may serve to protect children in both disadvantaged and advantaged families from negative outcomes. [more]

Children’s Health

Webinar Archive Available: Newborn Screening Recommendations for CCHD: Implications for State Programs
The full recording and presenter PowerPoint slides from this Mar. 22 webinar are now available on the AMCHP website. Hosted by AMCHP, in partnership with the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)/CDC, this webinar focused on the background of the point-of-care Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) screening recommendations and potential roles of state health departments. Presentations included considerations for roles of state health departments with CCHD screening, an overview of state activities and lessons learned from New Jersey’s experience with implementing mandated screening. [more]

New Issue Brief on Building Capacity and Providing Data
In ongoing efforts to support state and local maternal and child health programs, AMCHP and the Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs (ASIP) co-sponsor a series of quarterly webinars to strengthen SUID, SIDS, Infant Safe Sleep and bereavement services provided across the United States. A June 2011 webinar focused on states use of Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) data to inform SUID/SIDS/safe sleep programs and policy development. As a follow up to this webinar, AMCHP, ASIP and CDC PRAMS recently produced an issue brief, Data-Driven Decisions: Using Surveillance Data to Inform Infant Safe Sleep Programs, to showcase state-specific examples and use of PRAMS in informing programmatic change. [more]



AMCHP Working On Your Behalf

  • On Apr. 10-11, AMCHP staff Melody Cherny and Tegan Callahan participated in a State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) Peer-to-Peer Exchange in New Jersey, along with State Autism Planning and Implementation Grantees from Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Ohio and Tennessee. The exchange was hosted by the New Jersey State Autism Implementation Grant team and focused on the role of families in developing systems of care across the six core outcomes for children and youth with special health care needs, particularly those with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). On Apr. 10, the group participated in a Community of Care Consortium Summit, which examined New Jersey's performance on the six core outcomes. More than 100 individuals participated in the summit, including representatives from autism centers of excellence, early intervention, HMOs, families and family organization, hospitals and Federally Qualified Health Centers. On Apr. 11, the group visited the Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health, a regional autism clinical enhancement program, and participated in a facilitated discussion around the role families in building systems of care for children and youth with ASD. For more information about the exchange, please contact Melody Cherny or visit



AMCHP Women’s and Infant Health Team Seeks Summer Intern
AMCHP is looking for a graduate student intern for summer 2012. The intern will work with the Women’s & Infant Health Team on a variety of projects and initiatives. Potential projects include, but are not limited to: drafting a comprehensive overview of AMCHP’s Women’s and Infant Health Team to use as a resource and communicate the breadth of the team’s work to partners and funders; conducting an environmental scan of state health department Title V programs (maternal and child health services)... [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!



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
The 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 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 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 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control research agenda priorities related to unintentional poisoning. [more]

HRSA National Support for Title V/Maternal and Child Health Oral Health Services Grant Program
Deadline: May 8
The purpose of this MCHB-funded project is to provide funds for the National Support for Title V/MCH Oral Health Services (MCHOHS) Grant Program. The goal of this ongoing national effort is to help in the development of effective strategies aimed at improving maternal and child oral health status. [more]

Administration on Aging Funding for Lifespan Respite Care Program
Deadline: May 14
This funding is to be used for the development and enhancement of lifespan respite care at the state and local levels; the provision of respite care services for family caregivers caring for children or adults; training and recruiting of respite care workers and volunteers; the provision of information to caregivers about available respite and support services; and assistance to caregivers in gaining access to such services. [more]

Administration on Aging Funding for 2012 Lifespan Respite Care Program Competing Program Expansion Supplements
Deadline: May 14
This competitive grants opportunity is for current grantees of the Lifespan Respite Care Program to further implement the requirements of the Lifespan Respite Care Act of 2006. The primary focus of these one-year Competitive Expansion Supplement grants is the provision of respite services to eligible populations. [more]

EPA Lead-Based Paint Vulnerable Population Projects 
Deadline: May 15
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 is soliciting grant proposals from eligible entities to raise awareness of the hazards of lead-based paint, especially from renovation and repair activities in older homes and child care facilities, with the goal of reducing children’s exposure to lead. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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