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 Jul. 16, 2012

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LEGISLATIVE & POLICY CORNER

AMCHP Hosts Second Webinar on Supreme Court Decision and the Affordable Care Act
On Jul. 31 at 3 p.m. EDT, AMCHP will be hosting a second webinar on the impact of the Supreme Court decision and the Affordable Care Act as a continuation to the Jul. 2 webinar. This webinar and discussion will delve deeper into the implications of the ruling on Medicaid expansion as well as current and ongoing opportunities for Title V involvement with ACA implementation. [more]

Friends of Maternal and Child Health
Last week, AMCHP hosted a meeting with Dr. Lu and 40 maternal and child health advocates. This meeting afforded an opportunity to highlight the work of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and also provided forum for the community to dialogue with Dr. Lu. [more]

Sequestration
On Jul. 16, the Friends of MCH will release an organization sign-on letter urging Congress to avoid sequestration, currently scheduled to take effect on Jan. 2, 2013, in a way that fully protects the health of women, children and their families. This letter strongly urges a balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not include further cuts to non-defense discretionary programs because these critically important programs have already done their part to reduce the deficit. [more]

Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns
On Jul. 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an amended Funding Opportunity Announcement for Testing New Approaches to Prenatal Care and an accompanying Fact Sheet. On Jul. 11, CMS hosted a Strong Start webinar regarding the amended FOA. [more]

MIECHV Funding
As part of the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced, on Jul. 9, the availability of approximately $12 million of funding for development grants to states that currently have modest home visiting programs and want to build on existing efforts. Successful applicants will sufficiently demonstrate the capacity to expand or enhance their evidence-based home visiting programs. [more]

Prevention and Public Health Fund
HHS announced that funding through the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) is available for a behavioral risk factor surveillance system. Two different awards are available. [more]

 

GET INVOLVED

HHS Webinars on the ACA
The HHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships will hold several interactive webinars on the health care law. The webinars are designed to help you to learn more about many provisions that are currently in place that could help you and those in your congregation or community. The first webinar, focusing on the national level, will be held on Jul. 19 at 12:30 p.m. EDT. [more]

Upcoming HMHB Oral Health Webinar
Join the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB) for the Oral Health Care During the Perinatal Period webinar on Jul. 23 from 2-3:30 p.m. EDT. Presenters will share the latest science and trends with regard to maternal oral health during pregnancy and the postpartum period, inform about the risk of periodontal disease for moms-to-be and their children, explain barriers to care, and educate about trauma-informed care. [more]

Call for Applicants: Survive and Thrive Local Health Officials & Coaches
Survive and Thrive: Roadmap for New Local Health Officials is a learning opportunity designed to enhance the skills of new local health officials and community partners; best manage strategic planning and human, financial, and information resources; and bolster your ability to resolve challenges unique to your new role at a local health department. The application for the third cohort, planned to launch in fall 2012, is now open and space is limited for this learning opportunity. [more]

UMN National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course
This continuing education program, offered by the University of Minnesota (UMN), focuses on the improvement of maternal and infant health through the delivery of risk-appropriate, high-quality nutrition services. It is designed for dietitians, nutritionists, certified nurse midwives, registered nurses and nurse practitioners, physicians and public health professionals who serve preconceptual, pregnant, postpartum and breast-feeding women. [more]

Community Collaboration: Establishing Partnerships in Challenging Times Webinar
The National Healthy Tomorrows Technical Assistance Resource Center and Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Program at the American Academy of Pediatrics will host a free webinar on how to build successful strategic partnerships and connections with families and the community. The webinar, to be held on Aug. at 1 p.m. CDT, is open to health care professionals. Healthy Tomorrows grantees and CATCH grantees and facilitators are especially encouraged to attend. [more]

PHSSR Center Releases Call for Proposals
The Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR) is a multidisciplinary field of study that examines the organization, financing, delivery and quality of public health services within communities and the resulting impact on population health. The National Coordinating Center for PHSSR and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) seeks to expand the
evidence-base for effective decision making in public health practice and policy through research that responds to the questions defined in the National Agenda for PHSSR. [more]

NewPublic Health Leadership Certificate Program from the Mid-Atlantic Public Health Training Center
The inaugural 2012-2013 Leadership Program is now accepting applications. This eight-month program is designed for experienced public health professionals in Maryland, Washington, DC and Delaware who are looking to move into leadership positions and guide their organization towards achieving its public health goals. The program includes a two-day opening session (Oct. 16-17) and closing session (Jun. 25-26); monthly asynchronous online discussions of public health leadership topics; a choice of four trainings related to public health leadership; and an opportunity to apply new skills and knowledge to a project that will help your agency achieve its goals. [more]

EnRICH Webinar on Early Life Origins of Pediatric and Adult Diseases
MCHB will hold a EnRICH (Research Innovations & Challenges) webinar on Sept. 17 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. EDT on the Early Life Origins of Pediatric and Adult Diseases. The main objectives of the webinar are to give an overview on life course framework and critical time windows for health and diseases; discuss major factors contributing to early life origins of health and diseases; discuss the promise of biomarkers and multi-level data integration in early risk assessment, prediction, and preemptive prevention of pediatric and adult diseases; and summarize challenges and opportunities. [more]

RWJF Health & Society Scholars Program Call for Applications
TheRWJF Health & Society Scholars program is now accepting applications for its scholars program. RWJF provides two years of support to postdoctoral scholars at all stages of their careers to build the nation’s capacity for research and leadership to address the multiple determinants of population health and contribute to policy change. [more]

CDC Seeking Articles for the Preventing Chronic Disease Journal
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now accepting articles for an upcoming public health series slated for publication in the Preventing Chronic Disease journal (PCD). They are seeking article submissions from state, tribal, local and territorial health department practitioners who are on the front lines working to improve the health of the public. Submissions should showcase practice-based evidence from the field of public health and can include original research, community case studies, systematic reviews, special topics, or briefs. [more]

Save the Date -- Alaska MCH and Immunization Conference
The third biennial Alaska Maternal Child Health and Immunization Conference will take place Sept. 27-28, at the Anchorage Marriott Hotel. This conference is organized by the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center (EpiCenter) and the Alaska Division of Public Health, Section of Women’s, Children’s, and Family Health. It provides an opportunity for rural and urban Alaskan health professionals to come together to learn about best practices, tools, and surveillance data related to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of women’s, children’s and adolescent health issues in Alaska. [more]

 

PUBLICATIONS & RESOURCES

General Maternal and Child Health

MIECHV TACC Website Launched
The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Technical Assistance Coordinating Center (MIECHV TACC) launched its website, to assist Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grantees in implementing MIECHV funded home visiting programs. Supportive services are provided in varying formats including this interactive website. The website is divided into two sections: training and resources. The training section provides visitors access to archived home visiting audio and visual training materials. The home visiting target audience will also have private use of a collaboration portal for peer-to-peer information sharing. [more]

Women’s Health

Emergency Preparedness and MCH: A guide to the Reproductive Health Assessment after Disaster (RHAD) Toolkit Webinar Archive Available
The AMCHP/CDC national webinar, Emergency Preparedness and MCH: A guide to the Reproductive Health Assessment after Disaster (RHAD) Toolkit,is now available in our archive. This webinar included a description on the importance of post-disaster reproductive health assessments and the rationale for the creation of the RHAD Toolkit, highlighted one state’s experience trying to capture post-disaster reproductive health data for their MCH program following a disaster, and reviewed the successes, challenges and lessons learned from piloting the Toolkit. [more]

Children’s Health

AMCHP Webinar: Using the Community Guide to Improve Childhood Obesity Prevention Archive Now Available
A webinar archive of the Jul. 10 AMCHP and CDC hosted national webinar, Using Evidence to Inform Efforts to Confront Childhood Obesity, is now available. This webinar, accompanied by the release of the AMCHP Issue Brief: Using the Community Guide to Improve Childhood Obesity Prevention included an introduction to the Community Guide and highlighted a specific state example for using evidence based interventions to address childhood obesity. [more]

 

ON YOUR BEHALF

AMCHP Working On Your Behalf

  • On Jun. 18, AMCHP staff Lauren Ramos, Brent Ewig and Erin Bonzon participated in the AMCHP/ National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Executive Committee Meeting. Leaders from the two executive committees convened to enhance shared understanding of key MCH and chronic disease issues and trends and to identify potential areas of collaboration between MCH and chronic disease programs.
  • On Jun. 25, AMCHP staff visited the DC Developing Families Center. The DC Developing Families Center provides a continuum of services for women and their families in Ward 5 of the District of Columbia. AMCHP staff learned about resources such as the Center's family-centered health care and birthing center, the early childhood development program and family support services. This site visit provided AMCHP staff with an opportunity to learn more about a local maternal and child health agency as see MCH best practices in action.
  • On Jun. 27, AMCHP staff members Carolyn McCoy, Carolyn Mullen, and intern Vidya Venkataraman attended the Children's Budget Summit. The Summit, hosted by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and First Focus, was a discussion on the state of children and children's health in 2012 budget and appropriation. Congresswoman DeLauro spoke about the state of children and families in Connecticut, while First Focus President, Bruce Lesley explained key features and findings of the organization's Children's Budget 2012 analysis. Recommendations of the analysis included reauthorizing CHIP, passing the Children's Budget Act and creating a National Children's Ombudsman,among others. The keynote speaker for the event was New York Times Columnist, David Brooks.
  • AMCHP staff Lauren Raskin Ramos participated in two advisory committees related to national initiatives to improve birth outcomes.On Jun. 28, Lauren represented AMCHP at the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission Advisory Group to provide recommendations to Congress on reducing c-sections and elective deliveries before 39 weeks in Medicaid. On Jun. 29, Lauren represented AMCHP at the National Governors Association Advisory Committee on a project to reduce premature births in states.
  • On Jun. 29, AMCHP staff Erin Bonzon and Tegan Callahan visited the North Carolina Division of Public Health, Women's Health Branch to learn more about North Carolina preconception health related programs. The site visit also included visits with partners at University of North Carolina Cecil G. Sheps Center, the State Center for Health Statistics, and the Preconception Health Coalition Leadership Team. AMCHP staff will use the best practices and lessons learned in North Carolina to develop future resources and presentations on promoting women's wellness through preconception health data and initiatives.
  • On Jul. 10-11, AMCHP staff attended the HHS Secretary's Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (SACIM) in Bethesda, MD. AMCHP staff observed the MCHB presentation of a preliminary framework for a national strategy on infant mortality, the SACIM member discussion of their upcoming recommendations and presentations on National Healthy Start programs and other stakeholder initiatives to reduce infant mortality. In addition, Lauren Raskin-Ramos presented to the SACIM on current AMCHP initiatives to improve birth outcomes and reduce infant mortality. AMCHP members Melinda Sander and Ruth Ann Shepherd represent Title V on the committee.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

MCHB Seeks Deputy Division Director, Workforce Development
If selected for the position, the incumbent will provide leadership and direction in the development of policies, guidelines, and regulations relating to MCH programs; establish program goals, policies, objectives and priorities in maternal and child health; recommend new proposals for MCH workforce development programs to take full advantage of new research and evidence of program effectiveness; lead quality improvement efforts within the division including workforce development efforts in quality improvement and developing metrics and ongoing assessment of MCH workforce investments. [more]

AMCHP's CAREER CENTER
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!

 

FUNDING

Statewide Collaboratives for Obesity Prevention in Young Children Funding
Deadline: Jul. 17
As part of the overall effort to increase obesity prevention efforts, the CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity announces the opportunity to apply for funds to improve the quality of obesity prevention practices in Early Childcare and Education (ECE) facilities by providing opportunities to ensure equitable access to ECE services that meet the national Preventing Childhood Obesity (2nd Ed.) standard components related to nutrition, breast feeding support, physical activity, and screen time, all of which are key areas for obesity prevention. [more]

PPHF: Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Opportunities for States, Tribes and Territories
Deadline: Jul. 18
On Jun. 18, HHS announced funding to increase the number of women screened for breast and cervical cancer by providing high quality screening, follow-up, tracking, and patient navigation support services to low income, uninsured and under-insured women in conjunction with the existing CDC National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection program. [more]

HHS Funding Opportunities for 97 Head Start Service Areas
Deadline: Jul. 18
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the availability of Head Start funding in 97 Head Start service areas across the country. These funding opportunities are consistent with new criteria for quality and accountability in Head Start programs announced in November 2011. These funding opportunities are open to all eligible organizations, and applicants have until Jul. 18 to submit their Head Start grant proposals online through Grants.gov. [more]

MIECHV Program: Grants to Nonprofit Organizations in Wyoming and North Dakota
Deadline: Jul. 19
On Jun. 19, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced the availability of funds for application by nonprofit organizations in North Dakota and Wyoming. This competition is open to nonprofit organizations proposing to provide services under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) grant program in the Wyoming or North Dakota. [more]

CDC Community Health Projects Related to Contamination at Land Reuse and Brownfield Sites
Deadline: Jul. 19
The purpose of the program is to identify, address, and improve public health with the redevelopment of Brownfield and/or land reuse sites. This program addresses the “Healthy People 2020” focus area(s) of Quality Health Care Services, Educational and Community-Based Programs, Environmental Health, Health Communication, Mental Health and Mental Disorders, Nutrition and Overweight, Occupational Safety and Health, Physical Activity and Fitness, and Public Health Infrastructure. [more]

CDC Breastfeeding Promotion and Support Hospital Collaboratives Funding
Deadline: Jul. 19
The objective of this announcement is to increase the proportion of infants who are exclusively breastfed at six months. Projects should include collaborations that support coordinating State Breastfeeding Coalitions to build linkages and capabilities as part of efforts to achieve this objective. Increased funding is expected to be available on activities that support breast feeding promotion and support initiatives. [more]

CDC Cooperative Agreement for the Development, Operation and Evaluation of an Entertainment Education Program
Deadline: Jul. 20
CDC developed this cooperative agreement to increase awareness and behavioral change concerning public health issues through the use of the television, social media, motion pictures, and other media. [more]

CDC Partner Support for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Funding
Deadline: Jul. 20
The purpose of this program is to provide funds for organizations with national reach (the capacity to guide the nation in taking action) to support implementation of national, state, and local level strategies that align with select recommendations from the Update to A Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke and Million Hearts initiative. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.

 

CALENDAR

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