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 Jun. 11, 2012


It’s All About the People!
As I reflect on my almost five years at AMCHP, the one thing that I know contributed a great deal to our successes -- and will continue our successes well into the future -- is the team we have built to carry out our work. I think we have all heard the familiar line from management guru Jim Collins who wrote, “you got to get the right people on the bus” in his book Good to Great, and I think he’s right. Not only that, you have to get the right people on the bus, in the right seat on the bus! And I think we have accomplished that here at AMCHP by recruiting and retaining excellent, dedicated staff ready to move AMCHP forward in so many different ways. [more]



Appropriations Update
Tomorrow, Jun. 12, the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) Appropriations subcommittee will mark up the FY 2013 LHHS Appropriations Bill. On Jun. 14, the full committee will consider this legislation. AMCHP staff will closely follow these developments and send out a legislative alert as soon as the proposed funding levels for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant are released to the public. [more]

Non-Defense Discretionary Community Unites
Last week, 300 advocates from the non-defense discretionary (NDD) community met for a town hall meeting to discuss our efforts to unite against the sequester and urge Congress to provide a balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not rely on further cuts to non-defense discretionary funding. The non-defense discretionary community includes advocates from every sector of the non-defense federal government, including law enforcement, research, education, labor, health, transportation, interior, etc. During the next couple of months, this community will be circulating sign-on letters, meeting with members of Congress and developing messaging about the significant role NDD plays in the everyday lives of Americans. [more]

House Agriculture Appropriations Bill Includes Proposed WIC Funding
Last week, the House Appropriations Committee released the FY 2013 Agriculture Appropriations bill, which includes proposed funding levels for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Specifically, the bill provides $6.9 billion in discretionary funding for WIC, which is $303.5 million above last year’s level and $119 million below the president’s request. Language is included for oversight and monitoring requirements, as well as food price tracking. [more]

Supreme Court to Rule Soon on the ACA
The Supreme Court is expected to release its ruling in the next two weeks on the constitutionality of various provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) from two cases in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, and Florida v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The suits challenge the constitutionality of the law's individual mandate that requires most Americans to obtain health insurance and provisions requiring states to expand eligibility for their Medicaid programs (extending coverage to individuals with incomes below 133 percent of the federal poverty level).[more]



MCHB Webcast on Kids in Disasters: Facing Our Challenges
This panel presentation will highlight innovations in pediatric disaster preparedness. The Emergency Medical Services for Children Targeted Issue projects "A Novel Imaging System for Reunification of Children Separated during Disaster" and "Refining Pediatric Disaster Triage Algorithms and Education in the Prehospital Setting" will be presented. Project investigators will provide a brief overview of their work and highlight significant findings and implications for participants to consider as they strive to improve the provision of emergency care for children during disaster situations. Join the webinar on Jun. 20 from 12:30-2 p.m. EDT. [more]

Got Transition Radio Episode 10: Fun, Sun, and... Health Care Transition? Webinar
Things are heating up with Got Transition Radio. This episode will talk about summer recreation and what that means for transitioning young adults. What opportunities are out there for young people to feel included in summer activities and how can this time be used to further independence and responsibility for health? Join Got Transition on Jun. 27 from 3-3:30 p.m. EDT. [more]

AMCHP/CDC 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 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. [more]

AAP/MCHB Time Out for Genetics Webinar Series
The Genetics in Primary Care Institute -- a cooperative agreement between the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and 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. [more]

UIC Retreat: Leading in Challenging Times: Innovations & Inspiration
The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) MCH Training Program has created a leadership development retreat that will integrate the type of leadership development work they are trying to integrate into the MCH-workforce. This is based in large part on building strengths, focusing on what is working and innovations; creating lasting relationships in order to harness individual and collective wisdom about what it will take to improve MCH; and increasing emotional intelligence. [more]

Find Out What You Can Do to Build Public Will for Children in Your Community at the CDF Conference
Join the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) and 3,000 researchers, educators, policymakers, practitioners, faith leaders and child advocates, including 1,500 young adult leaders, for a national conference this summer that will help shape a national conversation about children and the poor. The conference, to be held in Cincinnati, Ohio from Jul. 22-25, will explore the policies and practices that must be in place to provide a continuum of supports to all children. More than sixty mini-plenary sessions and workshops will focus on the latest research and best practices in the areas of health and nutrition (including outreach and enrollment in health coverage), early childhood development, parent empowerment and more. [more]

RWJF Seeking Nominations for the Young Leader Awards
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will honor up to 10 leaders age 40 and under who offer great promise for leading the way to improved health and health care for all Americans with The Young Leader Awards. The foundation will make up to 10 awards of $40,000 each to outstanding young leaders. [more]

CALL FOR PAPERS -- Families and Disabilities: Implications for Policy and Practice
It is estimated that one in seven people globally lives with some form of disability. The past half-century has witnessed enormous paradigmatic shifts in laws and policies that have greatly impacted individuals with disabilities and their families. People with disabilities are not only children in families; they are spouses, partners, parents, and wage-earners. To promote contemporary understanding of the relationship of disability with the development and well-being of children, adults, and families over the life span, Family Relations is planning a "Special Edition" focusing on families and disabilities from interdisciplinary perspectives. [more]



General Maternal and Child Health

Free CME Opportunity: Raising Awareness: Late Preterm Birth and Non-Medically Indicated Inductions Prior to 39 Weeks
Help avoid elective early induction. On average, more than 900 late preterm babies are born every day in the United States, or a total of one-third of 1 million infants (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2009). To alert health care providers to the impact and effects of late preterm birth and of non-medically indicated inductions prior to 39 weeks in the womb, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development National Child and Maternal Health Education program developed a continuing medical education (CME) program in partnership with Medscape. [more]

MCH-Focused Public Health Law Technical AssistanceThe Network for Public Health Law offers legal assistance and resources on public health issues. They cover the entire United States through a series of regional offices. Recently, they announced the launch of a new focus area on MCH. The MCH team is available to assist with a range of legal and policy issues that affect maternal and child health including providing legal technical assistance and training. The network also prepares written work products, including issue briefs, fact sheets and model policies. [more]

Children’s Health

New Safe Sleep Videos Guide from the National SUID/SIDS Resource Center
The National SUID/SIDS Resource Center has released a guide to recent videos about safe sleep for infants; all the videos in the guide align with the 2011 American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for a safe sleep environment. The resource center continues to update this guide and submission of additional videos to be considered for inclusion are invited. [more]



AMCHP Working On Your Behalf

  • On Jun. 4-6, AMCHP staff Tegan Callahan shared AMCHP resources at the annual conference of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CTSE) in Omaha, Nebraska. Information on Title V programs and AMCHP events were shared, along with AMCHP issue briefs on using data to drive MCH program decision making.

  • On Jun. 4-5, AMCHP staff Erin Bonzon participated in the Fourth Annual Summit on Breastfeeding in Washington, DC. Erin joined key thought leaders in health and public policy to assess annual progress in breastfeeding policy and practice, as well as to discuss and generate policy recommendations for a national breastfeeding agenda.



Oregon Seeks Birth Defects Epidemiologist
The Oregon Public Health Division has issued a contract for services related to the development of a Birth Defects Registry and analysis of birth defects data. They seek a senior epidemiologist to help develop the Birth Defects Registry, to link existing datasets and to analyze data. The epidemiologist will work closely with maternal and child health staff in Portland. [more]

“Learn the Signs. Act Early.” Evaluation Fellowship
The National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Prevention Research Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia has an evaluation fellowship opening for the “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program. The candidate will assist the Prevention Research Branch and will collaborate on projects with colleagues from the “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” team. This will include assisting with the evaluation of new campaign material that will be disseminated to parents in pediatric offices around the country and working on a variety of campaign-related evaluation and policy activities. [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 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]

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 amended the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act 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]

HRSA Affordable Care Act -- Grants for School-Based Health Center Capital (SBHCC) Program
Deadline: Jun. 26
This announcement details the eligibility requirements, review criteria and awarding factors for organizations seeking a SBHCC award in FY 2013. For FY 2013, the SBHCC awards will address significant and pressing capital needs to improve service delivery and support the expansion of services at school-based health centers (SBHCs) through the alteration/renovation of an existing facility(ies), construction of a new site(s) or expansion of an existing site(s), and/or the purchase of moveable equipment. [more]

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