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 May 14, 2012


What’s Your Purpose?
One of the things I like most about my work at AMCHP is the opportunity I have to travel across the country and share my thoughts on maternal and child health (MCH) leadership. On those trips I learn a lot about what is going on in the states and the challenges of being an MCH leader. When I have the chance to present on the topic of leadership, one of the points I make is that potentially the biggest challenge MCH leaders face is not funding, workforce or personnel challenges, nor our ability to motivate and get work accomplished. Instead, one of the biggest challenges I see is the ability to clearly articulate an MCH program’s vision and very clearly state the purpose for doing all the work you set out to do. [more]



Sequestration: AMCHP Frequently Asked Questions Fact Sheet
At the request of our members, AMCHP created a fact sheet about sequestration and the impact this will have on the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant and other MCH funding. Click here to view the document. [more]

AMCHP Convenes Friends of Maternal and Child Health Meeting to Strategize on Sequestration
Last week, AMCHP and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists co-hosted a meeting with the leading national MCH organizations to discuss sequestration and the impact this will have on maternal and child health. During the course of this meeting, organizations sought to define messaging about sequestration, articulate its impact and develop strategies to combat sequestration with the overarching theme being that the MCH community needs to speak with one voice about sequestration. The organizations agreed to develop a fact sheet depicting the impact that an 8 percent cut would have on MCH programs and to urge Congress to provide a “balanced approach” to deficit reduction. [more]

House Efforts to Replace the Sequester
On May 8, the U.S. House of Representative Budget Committee approved two separate pieces of legislation that would replace sequestration, the automatic spending cuts that are scheduled to occur on Jan. 2, 2013, but replaces them with cuts to discretionary and deep cuts to domestic mandatory programs. It is important to note that the House legislation protects the Department of Defense from sequestration. The House approved this legislation by a vote of 218-199. The Senate leadership considers this legislation dead on arrival because in their view it does not provide a balanced approach to deficit reduction. [more]

Senate Agriculture Appropriations Bill
On Apr. 26, the Senate Appropriations committee approved the fiscal year 2013 Agriculture Appropriations bill that includes $7.041 billion for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), an increase over the fiscal year 2012 level of $6.618 billion. According to the Senate committee, the proposed level will fully fund participation in the program. This level also provides $60 million for breastfeeding peer counselors, $14 million for infrastructure and $30 million for management information systems. [more]

An Update: Defending the Prevention and Public Health Fund
The Prevention and Public Health Fund continues to be at the center of the debate about the interest rate increase for student loans. Last month, the House approved legislation preventing a hike in interest rates but in order to pay for this they propose repealing the Prevention and Public Health Fund. The Senate democratic leadership and President Obama are opposed to using the fund as an offset. Currently, the Senate is considering legislation using different pay fors to address this issue. AMCHP continues to promote the value of the fund as an important investment in public health and oppose efforts to repeal the fund. [more]

Take 5 for Title V
During the month of May, AMCHP encourages everyone to take five minutes out of their day for Title V and draft a letter to the editor articulating the value of this important program. Most congressional offices scan their hometown newspapers daily to see what is going on “at home” and who is participating in the public discourse about a variety of issues. [more]

CMS to Develop Strategy Guides for EPSDT
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) continues to convene the National EPSDT Improvement Workgroup, which is a national workgroup comprised of national organizations, federal agencies, and state Medicaid and Title V MCH program agency representatives. The primary focus of the workgroup is to identify strategies for improving Medicaid’s Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) program. At a recent meeting of the workgroup, CMS announced its intent to develop two EPSDT strategy guides for states and regional CMS offices: 1) Medical Necessity and 2) Outreach and Awareness. [more]



AMCHP 2012 Member Assessment Survey is still open! We need your help to meet our response rate goal -- if you haven’t done so already, please complete the 2012 AMCHP Member Assessment Survey! [more]

AMCHP Life Course Metrics Project: Request for State Team Applications
AMCHP, along with many state maternal and child health programs, recognizes health trajectories are developed over the course of an individual's lifetime. A life course approach to maternal and child health programming highlights the importance of positive interventions at sensitive developmental periods and addresses social and environmental determinants critical to improving outcomes and reducing disparities. As MCH programs begin to develop new programming guided by a life course framework, measures 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]

Webinar on the Effects of Interdisciplinary Training on MCH Professionals, Organizations, and Systems
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) will be holding a webinar on May 15 from 2-3:30 p.m. EDT titled Effects of Interdisciplinary Training on MCH Professionals, Organizations, and Systems. [more]

Webcast: Connecting with your Target Audience Using Social Media
On May 16, from 3-4:30 p.m. EDT, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will host the webcast, Connecting with your Target Audience Using Social Media. This webcast will provide attendees with an orientation to social media and e-learning technologies. Participants will learn how to leverage social media networks such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter in maternal and child health programs. [more]

10th Annual Conference on Health, Disability, and the Law: Obesity Bias and Bullying
On May 21, the Robert H. McKinney School of Law at Indiana University will hold the 10th Annual Conference on Health, Disability, and the Law: Obesity Bias and Bullying. This conference will discuss the bias and bullying experienced by obese children, as well as adults, policy and legal solutions to address weight discrimination, identify community factors that impact obesity, and share Indiana success stories in treating obesity. [more]

National Premature Infant Health Coalition Annual Summit Registration Open
National Premature Infant Health Coalition Annual Summit -- Connections 2012 -- is fast approaching! The events will take place on Jun. 14-15 at the Phoenix Park Hotel in Washington, DC. The summit will include many interesting sessions, such as: an expert panel discussion on developmental care; a presentation from award-winning blogger and preemie mom Heather Spohr on broader communication about prematurity for parents and professionals; a keynote address by pioneer researcher and world-renowned expert in Kangaroo Mother Care, Nils Bergman; a workshop on strategies for using social media to educate and communicate in the field of prematurity; a roundtable discussions on a variety of topics including Kangaroo Mother Care, the Healthy Babies Worth the Wait program, the Preemie Parent Alliance; a town hall for parent advocates, health care providers, nonprofit executives, and other stakeholders to share creative strategies for meeting current challenges; and more. [more]

2012 MCH Epidemiology Awards: Nominations Being Accepted
Nominations are being accepted for the following 2012 National MCH Epidemiology Awards to be presented at the Annual MCH EPI Conference, Dec. 12-14 in San Antonio, TX. The coalition offers awards in seven categories: Manuscript that Advances the Field of Applied MCH Epidemiology Award; Greg Alexander Award for Advancing Knowledge Award; Effective Practice Award; Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Award; Outstanding Leadership Award; Zena Stein and Mervyn Susser Award for Lifetime Achievement; and Young Professional Achievement Award.

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General Maternal and Child Health

MCH Navigator: Introducing a New Online Resource for Teaching and Learning Webinar Archive Available
In this webinar, staff from MCHB and faculty from both University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Washington 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]

Adolescent Health

CDC Releases New Findings for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
In recognition of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published new findings on trends in sexual experience and contraceptive use among females aged 15-19 years. The article appears inthe May 4, 2012, issue of the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The article authors suggest actions that can help meet the needs of adolescents and further reduce teen pregnancy. [more]

Children’s Health

New CDC Resource on Child Injuries
Child injuries are preventable, yet more than 9,000 children died from injuries in the United States in 2009. Car crashes, suffocation, drowning, poisoning, fires and falls are some of the most common ways children are hurt or killed. To help highlight the issue, the latest edition of CDC Vital Signs discusses the serious problem of child injury in the United States. [more]

Access New Online Data from the 2009-10 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs
April is National Minority Health Month. In honor of this year's theme -- "Health Equity Can't Wait. Act Now in Your Community" -- the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health (DRC) announced new data available on their website. In order to better understand and advocate for minority children with special health care needs (CSHCN), the DRC website lets you compare important key indicators and outcomes for CSHCN by race/ethnicity, highest educational level in the household, and two new measures of complexity. [more]




AMCHP Working On Your Behalf

  • On Apr. 30-May 1, AMCHP staff members Erin Bonzon, Piia Hanson and Maritza Valenzuela attended the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. AMCHP staff shared resources and information as exhibitors in the conference exhibition hall and connected with NFPRHA staff and national partners throughout the various conference events.
  • On May 1, AMCHP staff Treeby Brown and Melody Cherny delivered a presentation at the MCHB Division of State and Community Health Staff Meeting, and on May 9 delivered a presentation at the MCHB Autism Team Meeting. The presentations highlighted the work of the AMCHP State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC), including past and upcoming activities and resources. For additional information on SPHARC, please visit
  • On May 2, AMCHP staff Kate Howe presented at the National Oral Health Conference in Milwaukee, WI on “Improving Perinatal and Early Childhood Oral Health through Partnerships with MCH Programs,” which included an overview of Title V and select perinatal and early childhood MCH programs, as well as strategies for improving oral health through early childhood MCH programs. This session built off of previous collaboration on an issue brief between Association of State & Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) and AMCHP that included strategy recommendations and findings from a survey of ASTDD and AMCHP members about integrating oral health activities. Click here to download the issue brief. More information about the conference is available at
  • On May 3, AMCHP partnered with the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) to convene an MCH Think Tank on accreditation. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the relationship between the PHAB standards and measures and MCH performance standards and measures; identify strategies to strengthen the PHAB standards and measures in the areas of MCH; identify strategies to ensure that MCH leadership engagement in health department accreditation readiness activities; and identify related program areas managed by health departments that also serve the MCH population. In attendance were AMCHP members Stephanie Birch (AK), Phyllis Sloyer (FL), Katherine Bradley (OR), Lisa Bujno (NH), Valerie Ricker (ME), Melinda Sanders (MO) and Alethia Carr (MI); AMCHP staff Mike Fraser, Lauren Raskin Ramos and Librada Estrada; CityMatCH member Cindy Harding (LA County); federal partners from MCHB and CDC; and PHAB Board members and staff. AMCHP and PHAB will continue to work together on accreditation issues for MCH and share information and resources with the membership.
  • On May 7-8, AMCHP staff Erin Bonzon and Kate Howe participated in the "Weight of the Nation" Conference in Washington, DC hosted by the CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. The conference provided a forum to highlight progress in the prevention and control of obesity through policy and environmental strategies, and is framed around five intervention settings: early care and education; states, tribes and communities; medical care; schools; and workplaces. It highlighted impactful strategies implemented in these settings that have led to policy and environmental supports that improved population-level health. For more information, visit



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]

NHSA Accepting Executive Director Applications
The National Healthy Start Association (NHSA) seeks a visionary, highly energetic, and politically well-informed leader with executive presence and expertise that will be passionate about the NHSA mission -- To be our nation's voice in providing leadership and advocacy for health equity, services, and interventions that improve birth outcomes and family wellbeing. The Executive Director has the analytical, intellectual understanding of health equity and disparities and its impact on the quality of health of our nation’s families. S/He demonstrates knowledge and skill in engaging and mobilizing the broad and diverse national community in which NHSA operates. [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!



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]

CDC Cooperative Agreement for a National Research and Training Organization for People with Developmental and Other Disabilities
Deadline: Jun. 1
The purpose of the program is to advance research on NCBDDD strategic priorities related to a) birth defects, b) developmental and other disabilities, and c) reducing health disparities associated with disabilities, and enhance its impact on persons with disabilities and their families. [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]

FY 2012 Peer-to-Peer Outreach Model to CHAT Funding
Deadline: Jun. 8
As the lead agency to improve and protect the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities, the Office of Minority Health, through the mechanism of the Curb HIV/AIDS Transmission among High Risk Minority Youth and Adolescents (CHAT) Program, seeks to improve the HIV/AIDS health outcomes of high risk minority youth (13-19 years old) by supporting community-based efforts to increase HIV/AIDS prevention/education efforts, testing, counseling and referrals. [more]

Request for Applications: The Role of the WIC Program in Improving Peri-conceptional Nutrition
Deadline: Jun. 8 (letter of intent by May 25)
UCLA announced the initiation of a new small-grants research program, funded by the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, focused on the roles that the WIC program is playing and can play in improving nutrition in the periods of preconception and peri-conception. The grants will be for two years each, up to $72,000, and require a partnership of an academic/research organization and a state or local WIC program (either can be the primary applicant). [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]

Administration for Children and Families Child Welfare - Early Education Partnerships to Expand Protective Factors for Children with Child Welfare Involvement Grant
Deadline: Jun. 11
This funding announcement solicits proposals for projects to improve the socio-emotional and behavioral well-being of infants and young children, age birth to 5 years old, and their families, through collaborative service delivery. These projects will build infrastructure capacity between state, local, or tribal child welfare agencies and early childhood systems to ensure that infants and young children who are in or at-risk of entering into foster care have access to comprehensive, high-quality early care and education services. [more]

CDC Building and Strengthening Epidemiology, Laboratory and Health Information Systems Capacity in State and Local Health Departments Funding
Deadline: Jun. 11
This announcement represents the third year continuation solicitation for existing ELC recipients to continue and strengthen their Affordable Care Act (ACA) activities initiated in 2010 under Funding Opportunity Announcement # CI10-1012. This announcement also extends the original 22-month project period and current second budget period for an additional 12 months. [more]

FY 2012 Request for Applications for the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Support Services for Women Partners of Incarcerated/Recently Released Men Funding
Deadline: Jun. 11
The purpose of this program is to establish a gender-specific, peer led HIV prevention education project for women intimate partners of incarcerated/recently released males. The project shall develop a coalition of support/transition services for women partners and their families through coordinating local/state departments of health, healthcare providers, AIDS service organizations, social services, community organizations, correctional facilities and criminal justice offices. [more]

HRSA Grant Funding for Mental and Behavioral Health Education and Training Grants
Deadline: Jun. 15
The Mental and Behavioral Health Education and Training Grants Program (MBHETG) is authorized to support eligible institutions of higher education with accredited health professions training programs in social work and psychology to recruit students and provide education and clinical experience in mental and behavioral health. The program aims to increase the number of social workers and psychologists who pursue clinical work with high need and high demand populations. For this funding opportunity, high need and high demand refers to rural, vulnerable, and/or underserved populations, and veterans, military personnel and their families. [more]

CDC Grant Funding for Increasing Adolescent Immunization Rates through Healthcare Provider Partnerships
Deadline: Jun. 15
The purpose of the program is to develop and implement programs designed to increase adolescent immunization rates through the efforts of healthcare providers. Projects should take direct aim at increasing rates of adolescent immunization. This program addresses the “Healthy People 2020” focus area(s) of immunization related to adolescent immunization. [more]

HRSA Maternal and Child Health Doctoral Training Program Grant
Deadline: Jun. 15
This funding opportunity is to solicit applications for the MCH Doctoral Training Program. This program meets the MCHB goals of training the MCH workforce, and especially to enhance the epidemiologic capacity for assessment, planning, and delivery of health services to the MCH population. The Office of Epidemiology and Research (OER) is continuing support of this training grant under the Special Projects of Regional and National Significance (SPRANS) grant. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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