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 May 29, 2012


AMCHP would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Beckett family, on the passing of their daughter Katie. The advocacy efforts by Katie and her family will forever impact the lives of children and youth with special health care needs. For 30 years, the Katie Beckett waiver has helped children with disabilities live at home, thanks to in-home, Medicaid-funded services, and be a part of their community much like typical children their age.

“Katie was an inspiration to all of us.  Her efforts, and those of her family, on behalf of all children and youth with special health care needs will be appreciated and remembered always,” said AMCHP CEO Michael Fraser who traveled to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for the memorial service on Friday, May 25. “The thoughts and prayers of our board, our members, and our staff are with the Becketts at this difficult time.”  [more]



All about Strategy
In a few weeks, the AMCHP Board of Directors will begin the work of creating our next three-year Strategic Plan. It is fitting then that the next topic in my series on the Twelve Absolutes of Leadership by Gary Burnison is “strategy.” Like Burnison, I view strategy as “look[ing] over the horizon and set[ting] a course based on assumptions.” (p. 37) Strategic planning is about looking to the future and deciding, based on what we see, where we should position ourselves moving into the future. A strategic plan is the result of that scanning and based on the assumptions developed about the future. It is a map to guide our movement forward, meeting the objectives and goals our leadership develops for AMCHP. [more]



Appropriations Update
The rumors are swirling in DC that the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations Committee will mark up the fiscal year 2013 LHHS bill during the week of Jun. 11. This bill will include proposed funding levels for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant and other important maternal and child health programs. According to some congressional staff, the president’s budget-proposed funding level for the Block Grant at $640 million for FY 2013 will be the high water mark. [more]

HHS Announces New Funding, Regulations

CMS Innovation Awards
On May 8, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the first batch of organizations for the Health Care Innovation awards. Made possible by the Affordable Care Act, the awards will support 26 innovative projects nationwide that will save money, deliver high-quality medical care and enhance the health care workforce. The preliminary awardees expect to reduce health spending by $254 million over the next three years. [more]

School-Based Health Care Center Funding
On May 9, HHS Secretary Sebelius announced the availability of funding for the construction and renovation of school-based health centers. These new investments, totaling up to $75 million, are part of the School-Based Health Center Capital Program, which was created by the Affordable Care Act. [more]

Increase in Payments for Primary Care
On May 9, HHS Secretary Sebelius also announced a proposed rule that primary care physicians serving Medicaid patients would see their Medicaid payments increase through the Affordable Care Act; this would bring Medicaid primary care service fees in line with those paid by Medicare. The boost would be in effect for calendar years 2013 and 2014. States would receive a total of more than $11 billion in new funds to bolster their Medicaid primary care delivery systems. [more]

More States Work to Implement Health Care Law
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced on May 16, that that Illinois, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee and Washington will receive more than $181 million in grants to help implement the new health care law. The grants will help states establish Affordable Insurance Exchanges. These comprehensive health plans will ensure consumers have the same kinds of insurance choices as members of Congress. [more]

More Guidance on Health Insurance Exchanges
On May 16, HHS provided more guidance to states on health insurance exchanges, including the Draft Blueprint for Approval of Affordable State-Based and State Partnership Insurance Exchanges, which can be found here. Additionally, a frequently asked questions page can be found here. [more]

Affordable Care Act Supports Families of Children with Special Health Care Needs
On May 23, HHS Secretary Sebelius announced $4.9 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support Family-to-Family Health Information Centers, primarily nonprofit organizations run by and for families with children with special health care needs. The centers have served hundreds of thousands of families and health care providers. This funding will support 51 centers, one in each state and the District of Columbia. [more]



Time Out for Genetics Webinar Series
The Genetics in Primary Care Institute -- a cooperative agreement between the American Academy of Pediatrics and the HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) -- is now offering Time Out for Genetics, a free educational webinar series. The objective of this 10-part webinar series is to increase awareness and education regarding the provision of genetic medicine in primary care practice. It is designed for primary care clinicians, pediatricians, pediatric sub-specialists, family physicians, nurse practitioners, genetic counselors, geneticists and other stakeholders. The upcoming webinars are: Ordering the Right Tests -- Genetics in Primary Care (May 31 from 12-12:30 p.m. CDT) and Genetics Evaluation, Referrals, and More -- What To Do Next (Jun. 28 from 12-12:30 p.m. CDT). [more]

Environmental Public Health Tracking Webinar: Children's Health
On Jun. 1, from 1:30-3 p.m. EDT, NACCHO will host a webinar with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Environmental Public Health Tracking: Children's Health. Presenters include Heather Strosnider, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Chris DuClos, Florida Tracking Program, and Andy Smith, Maine Tracking Program. Limited space is available. [more]

Upcoming AMCHP Webinar on the RHAD Toolkit
AMCHP and CDC will host a national webinar, “Emergency Preparedness and MCH: A guide to the Reproductive Health Assessment after Disaster (RHAD) Toolkit,” on Jun. 28, 2012 from 3-4 p.m. EDT. This webinar includes a description on the importance of post-disaster reproductive health assessments and the rationale for the creation of the RHAD Toolkit; highlights one state’s experience trying to capture post-disaster reproductive health data for their MCH program; and reviews the successes, challenges and lessons learned from piloting the Toolkit. Speakers will include Amy Williams, MPH, Consultant, Division of Reproductive Health/CDC; Juanita Graham, MSN, RN, Mississippi State Department of Health; and Jennifer Horney, PhD, MPH, CPH, Director, University of North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness. [more]

18th National Health Equity Research Webcast -- Jun. 5
The 18th National Health Equity Research Webcast, presented by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Minority Health Project and UNC Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, promises sought-after presenters and a distinguished moderator focusing on Social Determinants of Health Disparities: Moving the Nation to Care about Social Justice. This free, interactive session will be broadcast with a live audience in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt auditorium at the UNC School of Social Work and can be viewed over the Internet (webcast). Questions will be taken from broadcast participants by e-mail and toll-free telephone. [more]

Join the MCH Leadership and Legacy CoP
In July 2011, at the 4th annual University of Illinois at Chicago Maternal and Child Health Leadership Retreat: Leadership, Legacy, and Community: A Retreat to Advance MCH Scholarship and Practice, participants developed the first ever MCH Leadership and Legacy Community of Practice (CoP). Participants included a wide range of interdisciplinary students and professionals in public, nonprofit and academic settings. The purpose of this CoP is to support the leadership and professional development of community members. The group engages in and develops events, meetings, workshops and trainings that are both valuable to the members and resonant with their professional development needs. [more]



General Maternal and Child Health

Mentoring Racially and Ethnically Diverse Students and Faculty Webinar Archive Now Available
The National Center for Cultural Competence is working with the MCHB Division of Research, Training and Education (DRTE), to develop a plan to address mentoring for racially and ethnically diverse students and junior faculty who are underrepresented in MCHB-funded training programs. The project builds on the DRTE history and commitment to address the gap in the number of professionals who are members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in the health professions. [more]

New Website Details Health System Indicators
A new website, developed by the HHS, brings together trend data on a limited set of key health system measures from multiple data sources to provide a picture of the status of the U.S. health system. The Health System Measurement Project tracks government data on critical U.S. health system indicators. The website presents national trend data, as well as detailed views broken out by population characteristics such as age, sex, income level and insurance coverage status. [more]

MCH Library Releases Updated Tool for Finding Community-Based Services
The MCH Library at Georgetown University has developed a new edition of the Community Services Locator, an online directory for finding services for children and families in the communities in which they live. The locator can be used by service providers and families to find available child care and early childhood education programs; developmental assessment and learning services; family support; financial support; and health and wellness care. [more]

Women's Health

New Women’s Health Prevention Brief
AMCHP and CityMatCH have released a Women’s Health Prevention Brief that highlights the importance of addressing the built environment in order to improve maternal health and birth outcomes. This brief is the last in a series of issue briefs highlighting the priority areas (injury and chronic disease, health disparities, reproductive and maternal health, and healthy lifestyles) identified in the AMCHP/CityMatCH Women’s Preventive Health Framework. [more]

Nationwide Initiatives on Preconception Health
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Maternal Wellness developed a report highlighting several preconception health initiatives in states across the nation. Findings from key informant interviews emphasize the importance of innovative strategies and state-local partnerships to promote preconception health and maximize tight budgets. [more]

Adolescent Health

National Campaign Survey Highlights on Teen Pregnancy and Related Issues
Findings from a recent survey, developed by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, demonstrate the impact parents have on teen pregnancy prevention. While the majority of adolescents identify their parents as most influential to their decisions and attitudes towards sex, 87 percent of teens do not engage in open, honest discussions about these topics with their parents. [more]

Children’s Health

School-Based Bullying Prevention Webinar and Fact Sheet
The National Institute for Health Care Management has released a new fact sheet and archived webinar on school-based bullying prevention in Pennsylvania schools. The fact sheet details the critical elements of the Highmark Foundation Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) and how to ensure a successful partnership to reduce school bullying. [more]

New Safe Infant Sleep Videos from the National SUID/SIDS Resources Center
The National SUID/SIDS Resource Center released several recent videos about safe sleep for infants; all videos align with the 2011 American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for a safe sleep environment. This resource also connects users with webcasts and other online resources addressing sudden infant death risk. [more]



AMCHP Working On Your Behalf

  • On May 14, Mike Fraser and Lauren Raskin Ramos met with the leadership of the District of Columbia Department of Health to discuss Washington, DC’s recent reduction in infant mortality and meet the leadership of the District MCH program. Later that afternoon Mike and Lauren attended a luncheon with Dr. Hal Lawrence, Executive Vice President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). The luncheon was a chance to meet Dr. Lawrence and provide an overview of AMCHP and ACOG shared goals and activities.
  • On May 17, Mike Fraser participated in the California Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Action Education Day in Sacramento, CA. Mike presented a workshop on MCH policy development and learned about barriers and challenges in MCAH advocacy in California. That afternoon, Mike met with leadership of the California Title V and MCAH program at the state Department of Public Health, including AMCHP Board Member Les Newman.
  • On May 17, AMCHP staff Melody Cherny participated in the Act Early Ambassador Meeting, “Making Connections: Interactive Learning and Sharing” in Atlanta, GA, representing the AMCHP State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC). The Act Early Ambassadors form a network of state-level experts that work to improve early identification practices. Representatives from the CDC National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) were also in attendance.

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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]

Nemours Seeks Director of Health Policy and Advocacy
The director will develop a proactive health policy agenda across Nemours and provide leadership and direction to an office based in Washington, DC. The Nemours Office of Health Policy and Advocacy uses three strategic tools of “being at/creating the right table” (collaborating with and engaging strategic partnerships); spreading models (identifying, developing and supporting model policies and practices to scale nationally); and enhancing innovation (identifying and determining strategic areas of focus that will move the field of child health and establish Nemours’ credibility and expertise) to facilitate this work. [more]

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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]

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]

American Indian/Alaska Native Health Disparities Program Funding
Deadline: Jun. 8
The purpose of the American Indian/Alaska Native Health Disparities Grant Program is to improve the effectiveness of efforts to eliminate health disparities for American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Through this FY 2012 announcement, the OMH is supporting utilization of epidemiological data to identify high priority health status objectives and to make recommendations relative to the services and/or activities required to address those objectives; development of alliances and partnerships to improve coordination of and access to quality health services; and development of programs designed to increase the representation of the American Indians/Alaska Natives in the health care workforce (including research positions). [more]

Funding for the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP)
Deadline: Jun. 8
The purpose of the YEP is to address unhealthy behaviors in minority at-risk youth and provide them opportunities to learn skills and gain experiences that contribute to more positive lifestyles and enhance their capacity to make healthier life choices. The YEP is intended to test the effectiveness of innovative approaches in promoting healthy behaviors among minority youth at-risk for poor health/life outcomes. [more]

Deadline: Jun. 8
The HIRE Program seeks to improve the HIV/AIDS health outcomes of formerly incarcerated persons re-entering the mainstream population by supporting community-based efforts to ensure their successful transition from state or federal incarceration back to their communities. [more]

Eliminating Lupus Health Disparities Initiative (ELHDI) Funding 
Deadline: Jun. 8
The purpose of the ELHDI is to eliminate lupus related health disparities among racial and ethnic populations disproportionately affected by this disease. This overall purpose will be achieved by disseminating a national lupus education program to health professionals and student trainees in targeted schools and health care systems and practices. [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]

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]

CDC Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) Program Grant
Deadline: Jun. 14
The purpose of the PEHSU Program is to: 1) Reduce environmental health threats to children; 2) expand and enhance access to pediatric environmental medicine expertise; 3) strengthen pediatric environmental medicine and public health prevention capacity through education and expanded collaborative relationships with medical schools, residency programs, schools of nursing and other allied health programs, and schools of public health; and 4) deliver relevant education and consultative services to assist in the care of pediatric patients and the education of their families and health care providers in addressing environmental health threats to children. [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. [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]

USDA Farm to School Grant Program
Deadline: Jun. 15
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) amended the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (NSLA) to establish a Farm to School program in order to assist eligible entities, through grants and technical assistance, in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. To fulfill the farm to school mandate in the HHFKA, $5 million will be provided to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on an annual basis to support grants, technical assistance and the federal administrative costs related to the USDA farm to school program. [more]

Implementation Cooperative Agreements for Expansion of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program Grant Funding
Deadline: Jun. 19
The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to improve the behavioral health outcomes of children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families. This program supports broad-scale operation, expansion and integration of systems of care through the creation of sustainable infrastructure which allows for the provision of and access to required services and supports to ensure the values, principles and practices comprising the system of care approach to become the primary way in which children’s mental health services are delivered throughout the nation. [more]

CDC State Vital Statistics Improvement Program Grant Funding
Deadline: Jun. 21
The purpose of this five-year program is to improve the ability of state vital statistics agencies to operate cost efficiently and to provide timely and high quality data to the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) based on the 2003 U.S. Standard Certificates of Birth and Death and the Report of Fetal Death. This program addresses the “Healthy People 2020” focus area(s) of public health infrastructure. [more]

HRSA Mental and Behavioral Health Education and Training Grants
Deadline: Jun. 22
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. [more]

Administration for Children and Families AdoptUSKids Grant
Deadline: Jun. 25
This funding opportunity establishes, by awarding a cooperative agreement, a multi-faceted national AdoptUSKids program designed to assist states and tribes in the recruitment and support of foster and adoptive families for children in public foster care. AdoptUSKids will: Provide training and technical assistance to states and tribes regarding the recruitment, including interjurisdictional recruitment, of foster and adoptive families for children who require these services. [more]

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