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 Apr. 30, 2012

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The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership
In my continuing quest to study and share on the topic of leadership, I recently read a book called The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership by Gary Burnison. Gary is the CEO of Korn/Ferry, one of the largest talent management/executive recruiting firms in the world. Korn/Ferry recruits leaders for executive jobs in all sectors worldwide. As such, their CEO is in a remarkable place to identify and cultivate leaders. Gary’s leadership style, in addition to his 12 “absolutes,” seems to be very much like my own. I thought for the next few issues of Member Briefs I would summarize each of his 12 main absolutes and share some thinking about how they relate to maternal and child health (MCH). [more]



AMCHP Mobilizes 49 National Organizations to Support Sustained Funding for the MCH Block Grant

In March, AMCHP spearheaded an effort resulting in 49 national organizations signing onto a letter sent to the Senate and House Appropriations Committees in support of $645 million in funding for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant. [more]

Prevention and Public Health Fund...Targeted Again
On Friday, by a vote largely along party lines, the House approved the Interest Rate Reduction Act (H.R. 4628), a bill designed to keep interest rates on Stafford education loans low. However, in order to pay the costs of the bill, the House proposed to eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund and rescind all of the unobligated balances. Elimination of this fund would have a significant impact on public health funding. Notably, President Obama issued a veto threat for this bill because the legislation uses the Fund as a pay for. [more]

Federal Funding Update
Last week, the House appropriators set the overall level of funding for the Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) Appropriations bill. The limit is $150 billion for fiscal 2013 spending on health and labor programs, about $6 billion (or 4 percent) lower than the current allocation. Additionally, this allocation is about 5 percent less than the Senate allocation of $157.7 billion for the same bill. This undoubtedly sets the Senate and House LHHS bills on a collision course at the end of the year and it is unclear how the two congressional bodies will resolve their differences. [more]

Budget Reconciliation Targets Affordable Care Act Funding and Medicaid
On Apr. 25, the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to approve draft measures that will significantly impact health for women, children and their families. Under the first measure, the Prevention and Public Health Fund would be eliminated and the remaining money would be rescinded. AMCHP drafted a letter opposing this action. [more]



Welcome to Our New AMCHP Board Member: Toni G. Wall, MPA, Maine CSHN Director
In order to populate the Region I board seat vacated when Lisa Bujno was elected Treasurer, AMCHP reached out to find a new Region I representative. While all our candidates were well qualified, Toni Wall, the ME CSHN Director was chosen to serve the remainder of the term. [more]

Support the AMCHP Steps for Babies Team
On May 12, AMCHP staff and their families will take part in the March of Dimes Annual March for Babies. We are more than halfway to our goal of raising $2,500. With your help, we know we can reach this goal! Thanks to those who already donated at our annual conference. If you haven’t but you would like to support our team, please click here. Thank you for your support in giving every baby a healthy start! [more]

Coming May 1 -- AMCHP Life Course Metrics Project: Request for State Team Applications
As MCH programs begin to develop new programming guided by a life course framework, indicators are needed to determine the success of their approaches. Currently, there are no standardized metrics for the life course approach. In response to this emerging issue, AMCHP launched a new project designed to identify and promote a set of indicators that can be used to measure progress using the life course approach to improve maternal and child health. [more]

Volunteers Needed! AMCHP Is Seeking Annual Conference Committee Members
The Annual Conference Committee oversees the planning and implementation of our annual convening of state MCH leaders and partners. The planning committee solicits and reviews conference program presentations and works with staff to assure the AMCHP Annual Conference meets the needs of all AMCHP members. [more]

AMCHP 2012 Annual Conference General Sessions and Workshop Recordings Now Available
The AMCHP 2012 Annual Conference general sessions videos, as well as videos of select skills-building sessions and workshops, are now available on the AMCHP website. Couldn’t make it to the conference or did you miss one session to attend another? Here’s your chance to catch what you missed! Handouts for select sessions are also available. Click here for more information. [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]

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]

Global Twitter Chat on Prematurity: May 3 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. EDT
Join the #BornTooSoon Global Twitter Relay Chat on Thursday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT. Led by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), Save the Children, the United Nations Foundation (UNF), March of Dimes, the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), and the Healthy Newborn Network (HNN), this Global Twitter Relay will bring together experts, professionals, advocates and parents in a conversation around preterm birth. [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]

Join the MWPHA Annual Conference: Healthy Women, the Cornerstone of Strong Societies
Join the Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association (MWPHA) on May 16 for their Annual Meeting. Believing that women’s health is crucial to the health of a nation, the theme of this year’s conference is “Healthy Women, the Cornerstone of Strong Societies: Setting the Agenda for Women’s Health.” With the recent controversy over coverage of preventive care services for women and contraceptive coverage, this conference will allow for a timely examination of the current women’s health care debate. [more]

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General Maternal and Child Health

MCHB EnRICH Webinar Archives Available
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) EnRICH (Research Innovations & Challenges) is a series of webinars that feature special topics related to MCH research. Each event features one or more speakers who are experts in the field. EnRICH webinars are conducted by the MCH Training and Research Resource Center, which is funded by the MCHB Division of Research, Training, and Education. Several past webinars are available in the archives... [more]

Family Voices Releases Free, Health and Wellness Fact Sheets for Families
Family Voices recently released a series of fun, concise and user-friendly fact sheets designed to support families in providing their children with a healthy start in life. These informative one-pagers for families focus on the 10 themes that recur in all stages of child development. [more]

Women’s Health

"Smoking Cessation for Pregnancy and Beyond: A Virtual Clinic" Now Available
The Interactive Media Laboratory at Dartmouth Medical School, in collaboration with ACOG and CDC, released an updated interactive Web-based program, “Smoking Cessation for Pregnancy and Beyond: A Virtual Clinic.” This online training is designed for health care professionals to enhance their skills in assisting pregnant women to quit smoking. [more]

Adolescent Health

New Adolescent Health Infrastructure Toolkit from NACCHO
Effective partnerships are developed from clear agreements, a thorough understanding of the work to be done, sufficient capacity to achieve set goals and proper management. This National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) toolkit, developed by the Forum for Youth Investment, guides youth advocates and professionals in building partnerships and leadership councils; aligning and strengthening coalitions, commissions, and intermediaries; and engaging key stakeholders in setting priorities and solving problems. [more]

Children’s Health

Oral Health Education Guide from the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
This series of guides for professionals highlights resources on oral health topics and includes materials and websites on a specific topic. Topics include children with special health care needs, dental home, dental sealants, early childhood caries, fluoridated community water, fluoride varnish, Head Start, health literacy, injury, pregnancy and periodontal health, and school-based and school-linked services. [more]

New Healthy Start Teacher’s Guide for Healthy SmilesOral Health for Maryland's Kids: A Head Start Teacher's Guide for Creating Healthy Smiles is a curriculum to help Healthy Start teachers instill positive oral health knowledge, attitudes and behaviors in children and their families. It also serves as an introduction to good oral health habits for children. [more]



AMCHP Working On Your Behalf

  • On Apr. 17, AMCHP staff Carolyn McCoy attended a Futures without Violence “Ideas to Action: Prevent and Intervene in Domestic and Sexual Violence through Health Systems” meeting. The meeting brought together leaders in the field including representatives from HHS, CDC, the Office of the Surgeon General, and violence prevention and health promotion non-governmental organizations. Attendees identified policy priorities to “turn the tide on the public issue of interpersonal and domestic violence.” The results of this meeting will be shared with attendees to gather comments and reach consensus on an “Ideas to Action” blueprint.

  • On Apr. 17, AMCHP staff Alma Gomez, Kate Howe and Lauren Raskin Ramos, in partnership with the Division of Human Development and Disability/National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities/CDC, facilitated a workgroup meeting on “Improving Preventive Health Care Services for Women with Disabilities: A Toolbox” in Washington, DC. AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser provided welcoming remarks. The purpose of the meeting was to build on ongoing U.S. efforts to improve preventive health care services for women with disabilities by creating a toolbox for use by state and local program planners and providers in health promotion and health services, clinical service providers, community programs, and women with disabilities. The meeting brought together key stakeholders to help inform and lay the groundwork for development of an online “toolbox” of resources. More information will soon be available on the AMCHP website.

  • On Apr. 18, AMCHP staff Maritza Valenzuela attended a Capitol Hill briefing on “Improving Outcomes for Children by Meeting the Needs of Teen Parents.” The event was sponsored by the Congressional Baby Caucus, Zero to Three, National Crittenton Foundation, and Georgetown Center on Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) was in attendance, as well as staff of Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO). A panel of teen mothers spoke about their experiences and the support structures that helped them have healthy babies and become self-sufficient. Staff from Florence Crittenton and the Connecticut State Department of Education spoke about their programs that serve young parents and their children.


AMCHP Open Position: Program Associate, CYSHCN
his full-time position supports AMCHP efforts to build capacity and provide resources for state MCH and Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) programs. This position supports and assists the CYSHCN team and other program staff in the development, implementation and evaluation of program activities related to MCH and CYSHCN, with a particular focus on the AMCHP State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC). [more]

CDC DCH Accepting Applications for Director, Division of Community Health
The CDC Division of Community Health (DCH) promotes sustainable community action to improve health and achieve health equity. This division was recently created as part of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion to allow greater focus on existing community health programs and on the newly developed Community Transformation Grant Program. [more]

MCHB Seeks Director of the Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services
The director of the Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services (DHSPS) serves as the point of accountability with the bureau for MCH Block Grant to states programs. As a principal maternal and child health specialist within DHSPS, MCHB and HRSA, the director serves as the advocate for the program with other organizations, both governmental and private. [more]

AAP Job Opening: Manager for Screening and Public Health Prevention Programs
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) seeks a manager for screening and public health prevention programs within the division of children with special needs. This individual will oversee and manage the Program to Enhance the Health and Development of Infants and Children (PEHDIC) and newborn screening programs in an effort to expand provider and public education as it relates to health promotion and disease prevention. [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!



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]

HRSA Funding for the CAAI: National Interdisciplinary Training Resource Center
Deadline: May 18
This announcement solicits applications for the National Interdisciplinary Training Resource Center. The purpose of the Combating Autism Act Initiative (CAAI) National Interdisciplinary Training Resource Center is to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents who have, or are at risk for developing, autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD), including children with hearing loss, by providing technical assistance to the network of interdisciplinary training programs in neurodevelopmental and related disabilities programs. [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]

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]

AMS 2012 Farmers Market Promotion Program Grants
Deadline: May 21
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced the availability of approximately $10 million in competitive grant funds in fiscal year (FY) 2012 to be awarded through the Famers Market Promotion Program (FMPP). The FMPP competitive program is administered by the Marketing Grants and Technical Services Branch (MGTSB), Marketing Services Division (MSD) of AMS and is designed to promote the domestic consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding direct producer-to-consumer marketing opportunities. [more]

CDC State Public Health Approaches for Ensuring Quitline Capacity Funds
Deadline: May 24
As part of the overall effort to reduce the burden of chronic diseases and chronic disease risk factors, CDC, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) announces the opportunity to apply for funds to ensure and support state quitline capacity, in order to respond to upcoming federal initiatives such as the National Tobacco Education Campaign. [more]

National Institute of Food and Agriculture Grant for Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Childhood Obesity Prevention
Deadline: Jun. 5
This grant focuses on the societal challenge to end obesity among children, the number one nutrition-related problem in the United States. Food is an integral part of the process that leads to obesity and USDA has a unique responsibility for the food system in the United States. This program is designed to achieve the long-term outcome of reducing the prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents 2-19 years. [more]

Office of Public Health and Science Cooperative Agreements for Family Planning Research
Deadline: Jun. 11
This funding opportunity encourages research grant applications from public or nonprofit private organizations for research on selected topic areas for family planning service delivery improvement. The purpose is to support applied research which will promote improvements in the delivery of family planning services offered under Title X of the Public Health Service Act. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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