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 Apr. 2, 2012

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House Passes Budget Resolution Calling for Deeper Health Program Cuts
On Mar. 29, the House passed the fiscal year 2013 budget resolution developed by Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) along party lines. This budget will serve as the blueprint for the House spending and taxing plans for the duration of the year. Notably, this resolution sets spending caps at $1.028 trillion which is $19 billion lower than the caps established by the Budget Control Act. The Senate, on the other hand, agreed to draft the annual funding legislation using the $1.047 trillion cap established by the Budget Control Act. [more]

In case you missed...AMCHP Testified Before U.S. Congress
On Mar. 29, AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser testified before the House Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee about the importance of sustaining funding for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant. [more]



AMCHP Member Assessment
As a member organization we exist to serve you, our members. With this goal in mind, AMCHP is undertaking an internal scan to learn more about our members and how well you feel we serve you by conducting an electronic survey of our full membership to solicit member feedback about key organizational activities. [more]

April is Autism Awareness Month!
To celebrate Autism Awareness Month, follow AMCHP onFacebook and Twitter to learn about new resources, events and facts about autism. If you have any new and/or existing content to share (i.e., interesting factoid, news article, report), please send to Julio Arguello. Help us get more people engaged and aware of content around autism and share with one another![more]

STD Awareness Month 2012 -- Get Engaged!
STD Awareness Month is an annual observance to 
call attention to the impact of STDs and promote STD testing. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director, Thomas R Frieden, MD, MPH will be holding a Twitter Chat about STD Awareness Month on Apr. 23 at 1 p.m. EST. Follow him @DrFriedenCDC to participate. [more]

Learn the Signs. Act Early. The Importance of Developmental Screening Broadcast
This broadcast will incorporate the CDC Learn the Signs. Act Early. messages and the importance of understanding developmental milestones and making appropriate and timely referrals when there is a concern. This broadcast, on Apr. 19 from 9-10 a.m. EST, will highlight information developed by New York state about ASD and general developmental screening, including many free resources available for parents to better understand their child’s development through the age of five years old. [more]

Women’s and Infant Health Info Series Webinar
AMCHP and the CDC will host a national webinar, “Using Evidence to Inform Preconception Health Initiatives” on Apr. 26 from 2-3 p.m. EST. This webinar includes an introduction to theGuide to Community Preventive Services (the Community Guide) as an option for designing evidence-informed strategies and highlights examples of how data and evidence have informed state-level strategies to address preconception health issues. [more]

AAP and MCHB Launch 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]

National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month Event -- May 8 
The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) invites you to a special event in recognition of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. Hear from issue experts and program leaders about the importance of engaging teen boys in strategies to prevent and reduce unplanned teen pregnancies and network with federal and nonprofit leaders who share your interests. [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]

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. [more]

MCHB Webinar on CAAI Evaluation Results
April is Autism Awareness Month. Join the MCHB webinar on Apr. 16 from 1-2:30 p.m. EST to learn some evaluation results from their Combating Autism Act Initiative (CAAI). The webinar, hosted by the MCHB Autism team with speakers from MCHB and Insight Policy Research, is geared toward CAAI grantees but all are welcome. [more]

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General Maternal and Child Health

Departments of HHS and Education Launch New Stop Bullying Website
On Mar. 30, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan unveiled a revitalized Stop Bullying website to encourage children, parents, educators and communities to take action to stop and prevent bullying. The website provides a map with detailed information on state laws and policies, interactive webisodes and videos for young people, practical strategies for schools and communities to ensure safe environments, and suggestions on how parents can talk about this sensitive subject with their children. [more]

New IOM Report -- Primary Care and Public Health: Exploring Integration to Improve Population Health
The traditional separation between primary health care providers and public health professionals is impeding greater success in meeting their shared goal of ensuring the health of populations, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The report recommends ways that CDC and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) could foster integration between primary care and public health through funding, policy levers and other means. [more]

Children’s Health

Fact Sheet: Ten Things You Need to Know about Birth Defects 
This fact sheet, from the CDC National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) and the National Birth Defects Prevention Network, contains information about birth defects, including statistics on incidence and cost, common causes of birth defects, and strategies and behaviors that can prevent birth defects.[more]

Toolkit for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
This toolkit, from the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality, provides an improved framework for engaging community leaders, clinicians, families, and Title V directors to assist children and youth with special health care needs (CSHCN). Each collaborative involved in creating the toolkit identified and tested a number of tools that families and providers could use to support quality improvement within systems of care for CSHCNs. [more]


AMCHP Working On Your Behalf

  • On Mar. 12-15, AMCHP staff Maritza Valenzuela represented AMCHP at the CDC National STD Prevention Conference. Session highlights included emerging research, state efforts in program collaboration and service integration, innovative prevention approaches for women and adolescents, collaboration with family planning advocates, clinical preventive services for women and the CDC sexual health initiative.
  • On Mar. 29, AMCHP staff members Tegan Callahan and Piia Hanson attended the March of Dimes Tri-State Summit at Providence Hospital in Washington, DC. The goals of the summit were to convene stakeholders, advance perinatal health equity by sharing quality improvement and safety initiatives, highlight best practices, and identify gaps in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC.
  • AMCHP is partnering with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-supported Quality Improvement Demonstration Project, focused on maternal and child health, chronic disease, and environmental health. AMCHP staff, Lauren Raskin Ramos, participated in the kick-off training meeting for state teams, which include Arizona, Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota and Oregon.



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) to elucidate current programmatic efforts in the areas of preconception health, current programmatic partnerships between state health departments and state Medicaid agencies and/or current collaborative efforts between maternal and child health programs and chronic disease programs;
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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. [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. [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 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 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control research agenda priorities related to unintentional poisoning. [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
The U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) is providing this competitive grants opportunity to 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]

CDC Coordinating Center for Research and Training to Promote the Health of People with Developmental/Other Disabilities
Deadline: May 21
The purpose of this announcement is to solicit applications aimed at strengthening the nation’s capacity to carry out public health activities in the areas of birth defects, developmental disabilities, and disability and health. [more]

CDC Funding for Improving Health of People with Intellectual Disabilities
Deadline: May 21
The purpose of this program is to fund activities for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) that identify co-morbid conditions and poor health behaviors and to increase healthy behaviors, and improve and increase access to appropriate health services. The primary goal is to address overall health by enhancing and increasing access to health services for people with ID and increasing their healthy behavior choices. [more]



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