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 Jul. 2, 2012

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We lived through history last Thursday (including the seven minutes of alternate reality courtesy of the CNN gaffe about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual mandate being struck down as unconstitutional) and we here at AMCHP are anxious to continue to meet your needs for information and assistance related to the Affordable Care Act. Last week’s Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act helped resolve some key questions about the implementation of the act, and raises others. [more]

What Gets Measured Gets Done
One of the first projects that I worked on as a new public health professional at the National Association of County and City Health Officials was a public health performance standards project (interesting side note -- this project has evolved over time into the current public health accreditation activity moving forward across the country). The goal of the project was to measure the performance of local and state public health agencies and local boards of health and use the results of those measures to improve public health performance nationwide. It was tedious work -- developing metrics and measures takes a great deal of time and debate. But guiding our effort was the maxim “what gets measured gets done,” and for that reason we knew it was important to continue. If we didn’t know how public health agencies were doing, we couldn’t improve them or advocate for more resources to address pressing public health needs. [more]



AMCHP Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling
As was widely reported last week, the Supreme Court ruled the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. Click here to view the AMCHP statement. In the upcoming months, the AMCHP National Center on Health Reform Implementation will be hosting a series of webinars to provide you with the tools and resources to navigate and optimize the opportunities of the ACA. [more]

Senate Appropriations Bill MCH Funding Highlights
On Jun. 14, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2013 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (LHHS) appropriations bill out of committee. AMCHP drafted a detailed memo providing an overview of key maternal and child health related funding provisions, including funding for the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). [more]

CDC Releases Guidance on Anti-Lobbying Provisions
Last week, CDC released a document providing guidance on how they plan to implement the anti-lobbying provisions included in the fiscal year 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act. AMCHP will be providing additional analysis during the next couple of weeks. [more]

National Prevention Council Action Plan
On Jun. 13, U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin and members of the National Prevention Council announced the release of the National Prevention Council Action Plan. “The action plan outlines the federal commitment to implementing the vision, goal, priorities, and recommendations of the nation’s first ever National Prevention Strategy.”

Community Health Center Grant Funding
On Jun. 20, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced funding for 219 community health centers in 41 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands. A total of $128.6 million was awarded as part of the Affordable Care Act and is expected to extend services to 1.25 million additional patients. [more]

Strong Start Funding Opportunity Update
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently sent out a notification regarding the application process for the Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns. Applications were originally due on Jun. 13. However, stakeholders raised important issues since CMS announced the call for applications, and in order to address these issues CMS is revising the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) and providing further clarifications regarding the initiative. [more]



AMCHP Board of Directors Meets to Plan for Potential Futures
The AMCHP Board of Directors and organizational committee chairs met in Denver, Colorado from Jun. 19-21 to conduct the annual AMCHP strategic planning retreat. A main activity of the meeting was to begin the strategic planning process for the next three-years (2012-2015). A key word that characterized the meeting was “uncertainty” -- uncertainty about many things including the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the role of Title V in the future, uncertainty about the federal budget, and uncertainty about the upcoming November elections. [more]

AMCHP Board Approves Bylaws Change
At its Jun. 21 meeting, the AMCHP Board of Directors approved a change to the AMCHP Bylaws. The change in the bylaws requires that any delegate running for an officer position on the board have at least one year of board experience during the last five years at the time the election is held. Prior to this change, there was no requirement that a delegate have board experience before running for an officer position. [more]



NCQA Seeks Public Comments on Specialty Practice Measures
The National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) is seeking comments on proposed Specialty Practice Recognition (SPR) 2013 standards, which are slated to be released in March 2013. NCQA developed its SPR program to encourage specialty providers to work toward communication and coordination with primary care providers, and to be recognized for this important work. [more]

Women’s and Infant Health Info Series Webinar
AMCHP and the CDC will host a national webinar, “Using Evidence to Inform Efforts to Confront Childhood Obesity,” on Jul. 10 from 1-2 p.m. EDT. This webinar, accompanied by the release of the AMCHP Issue Brief: Using the Community Guide to Improve Childhood Obesity Prevention, will include an introduction to the Community Guide and highlight a specific state example of using evidence-based interventions to address childhood obesity. [more]

AMCHP/ASTHO Webinar: Improving Birth Outcomes in the U.S.: State Efforts to Reduce Prematurity
National momentum to coordinate efforts to address stagnating declines in infant mortality and persistent disparities among populations within the United States is growing. In September 2011, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) President David Lakey issued his President's Challenge: The Healthy Babies Initiative. His goal for the challenge is to improve birth outcomes by reducing infant mortality and prematurity in the United States. Specifically, the goal is to decrease prematurity in the United States by 8 percent by 2014. On Jul. 12 from 2-3 p.m. EDT, AMCHP and ASTHO will cosponsor a webinar that will provide examples of how a state can move forward in achieving the goal of prematurity reduction. [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. Distance education options are available for the sessions held on Jul. 25-26. [more]

AAP CATCH Program Call for Proposals
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Program is seeking grant applications for innovative community-based projects to improve access to mental health services for children who are most likely to experience barriers. Eligible initiatives reach out to the community at large. Up to $12,000 will be awarded to pediatricians and $3,000 to pediatric residents to work collaboratively with local community partners to ensure that all children have medical homes and access to health care services, including mental health services. Applications are due Jul. 31. [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. This solicitation is intended to strengthen the pool of researchers available to conduct PHSSR and to build on successful principles and models previously demonstrated in public health and health services research. [more]

RWJF Releases Call for Proposals for Midcareer Consultants and Junior Investigators
New Connections: Increasing Diversity of RWJF Programming aims to expand the diversity of perspectives that inform RWJF programming and introduce new researchers and scholars to the foundation who would help teams with their research and evaluation needs. The program invites midcareer consultants -- scholars from historically disadvantaged and underrepresented communities who have between 10-15 years of research and/or evaluation experience -- and junior investigators -- scholars from historically disadvantaged and underrepresented communities -- to address program priorities for RWJF teams and portfolios. [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. Its goal is to improve health by training scholars to investigate the connections among biological, genetic, behavioral, environmental, economic and social determinants of health; and develop, evaluate and disseminate knowledge, interventions and policies that integrate and act on these determinants to improve health. [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 provide 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]

2nd Annual Food Day Celebrates Healthy, Affordable and Sustainably Produced Food
Food Day brings together organizations and individuals working on food issues as varied as hunger, nutrition, agriculture policy, animal welfare and farm-worker justice. This year, Food Day will take place on Oct. 24, just 12 days before the 2012 elections, providing an excellent opportunity for citizens to make their voices heard and for candidates to discuss important food policy issues. [more]

Scientific Writing for Peer Reviewed Publications for Public Health Professionals Course
This course, offered as part of the American Public Health Association Learning Institute at their annual meeting, will help public health practitioners turn their work into manuscripts for publication. The trainers, along with experienced authors or editors, will work with participants on partially completed manuscripts. The course will be a mixture of presentations and hands-on work. [more]



General Maternal and Child Health

State Facts on Medicaid and Family Planning Tool
This tool, provided by the Guttmacher Institute, provides an overview of Medicaid spending on family planning throughout the United States. It also provides state-by-state data on the adoption of the State Plan Amendment, which was included in the ACA. The State Plan Amendment is designed to facilitate states’ adoption of an expansion program. Under that new authority, known as a State Plan Amendment, a state may set the eligibility level for family planning up to the highest level for pregnant women in place under Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program; the state may not exclude individuals based on age or gender. [more]

CDC Writing for Social Media Guide
Find guidance and lessons learned from three years of creating social media message in the CDC Guide to Writing for Social Media. The guide helps you understand how to write more effectively for multiple social media channels, particularly Facebook, Twitter and mobile phone text messaging. Developed for a beginner audience, though intermediate users may find some useful information, the guide includes: how social media should be part of your overall health communications efforts; how to incorporate the principles of health literacy in your messages; and writing for Facebook, Twitter and text messaging. [more]

Roots of Health Inequity Web-Based Course
This course provides an online learning environment from which to explore root causes of inequity in the distribution of disease, illness, and death. Funded by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, its audience is primarily the local public health workforce. It seeks to ground participants in the concepts and strategies that could lead to effective action. [more]

Women’s Health

Findings from New Study on Drinking in Early Pregnancy Released
Recently, the Lifestyle During Pregnancy Study released five papers electronically in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The papers released findings that suggested no serious effects on three specific neurodevelopmental functions in five-year-old children whose mothers drank low to moderate amounts of alcohol in pregnancy. However, no safe level of alcohol during pregnancy has been established and alcohol is known to cause birth defects and developmental disabilities, as well as other adverse pregnancy outcomes. Therefore, advice continues to be that women should refrain from drinking alcohol during pregnancy because fetal alcohol syndrome deaths are 100 percent preventable if alcohol is not consumed during pregnancy. [more]

Adolescent Health

SAMHSA Toolkit Helps To Prevent Suicide among High School Students
The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools. This toolkit represents the best available evidence and expert opinion on preventing suicide among high school students. It provides schools with recommended steps and accompanying tools to guide them in creating and implementing strategies and programs that prevent teen suicide and promote behavioral health among their students. [more]

Children’s Health

New NCSL Report Outlines State Action to Prevent Childhood Obesity
State legislatures in 2011 continued to enact laws to promote healthy communities and prevent childhood obesity, according to a new report by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Thirteen states passed bills related to school nutrition/nutrition education, complementing federal legislation enacted in 2010 that reauthorized the national School Lunch and School Breakfast programs and set higher nutrition standards for school meals. [more]

New Home Visiting Toolkit from CLASP
Home Away from Home, a newly released toolkit from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), offers guidance for states exploring partnerships between home visiting and family, friend and neighbor (FFN) caregivers. Home visiting is an important strategy for reaching vulnerable children in FFN care and providing their families with needed services, as well as improving the quality of FFN care and the learning environment for children in that setting. [more]



AMCHP Working On Your Behalf

  • On May 24, AMCHP staff Maritza Valenzuela participated in a training in Little Rock, AR on “Shaping Policy for Health” presented by the Directors of Health Promotion and Education in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health. The training provided an overview of framing policy problems and solutions, policy analysis tools, the policy change process, and implementation of enacted policies.
  • On Jun. 7-8, AMCHP staff Erin Bonzon, Millicent Bright, Alma Gomez and Piia Hanson attended the seventh National Fetal Infant Mortality Review (NFIMR) Conference in Arlington, VA. AMCHP CEO Michael Fraser also presented during a plenary session on health equity and infant mortality. NFIMR is an action-oriented community process that continually assesses, monitors, and works to improve service systems and community resources for women, infants, and families. A fetal or infant death is the event that begins the process. During the conference, AMCHP staff learned about best practices of the growing number of new and continuing fetal infant mortality review programs, shared resources and information as exhibitors in the conference exhibition area, and connected with NFIMR staff and national partners throughout the various conference events.
  • On Jun. 8, AMCHP staff Maritza Valenzuela participated in the Annual Meeting of the National Coordinating Committee on School Health and Safety in Washington, DC. The theme of the meeting was “Education Reform – What’s Health Got to Do With It?” Speakers discussed the connections between addressing health disparities among students and closing the achievement gap, how to work effectively with health and education partners, and the pitfalls and promises of building health-education partnerships.



SAMHSA Project LAUNCH Funding
Deadline: Jul. 3
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for FY 2012 for Cooperative Agreements for Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health (Project LAUNCH). The purpose of Project LAUNCH is to promote the wellness of young children ages birth to eight by addressing the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and behavioral aspects of their development. The long-term goal of Project LAUNCH is to ensure that all children enter school ready to learn and able to succeed. [more]

Capacity-Building Demonstration Project for Local Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health
Deadline: Jul. 5
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) invites local health departments (LHDs) to submit applications to participate in a project aimed at building capacity for local maternal, child and adolescent health programs. Over a 12-month period, selected LHDs will: participate in the 20th Annual UIC MCH Leadership Retreat; participate in a Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships training; identify and address their capacity-building needs through strategic and action planning; attend a two to three day in-person, skill-building training with NACCHO, partners and MCH experts; and receive ongoing technical support to develop their skills. [more]

CDC Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity-EIP Funds
Deadline: Jul. 6
The purpose of the overall Emerging Infections Programs (EIP) program is to assist in local, state, and national efforts to prevent, control, and assess the public health impact of emerging infectious diseases. The EIPs are a network of 10 state health departments working with collaborators in local health departments, public health laboratories, and clinical laboratories; infection control professionals; healthcare providers; and academic institutions. [more]

Affordable Care Act -- Consumer Assistance Program Grants
Deadline: Jul. 9
The Affordable Care Act also includes significant grant funding for States to work with the Federal government to implement health reform. A condition of receiving grant funds, consumer assistance or ombudsman programs must: assist consumers with filing complaints and appeals, assist consumers with enrollment into health coverage, and educate consumers on their rights and responsibilities with respect to group health plan and health insurance coverage. In addition, these programs must collect data on consumer inquiries and complaints to help the Secretary identify problems in the marketplace and strengthen enforcement of health laws such as the ACA and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act by providing States and HHS with information about potential situations in which health plans and issuers are not in compliance with the laws. [more]

SAMHSA Cooperative Agreements for State Adolescent Treatment Enhancement and Dissemination Funding
Deadline: Jul. 11
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment is accepting applications for FY 2012 Cooperative Agreements for State Adolescent Treatment Enhancement and Dissemination. The purpose of this program is to provide funding to states/territories/tribes to improve treatment for adolescents through the development of a learning laboratory with collaborating local community-based treatment provider sites. [more]

HRSA Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) Payment Program Grant Funding
Deadline: Jul. 13
This announcement solicits applications for the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) Payment Program. Federal funding for graduate medical education (GME) is primarily provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Prior to the enactment of the CHGME Payment Program, children's teaching hospitals received a disproportionately low amount of Federal funding when compared to teaching hospitals that serve adult patients. [more]

HRSA Integrative Medicine Program (IMP) Funding
Deadline: Jul. 16
The purposes of the IMP grants are to: 1) incorporate integrative medicine content into an existing PMR program; 2) provide faculty development to improve clinical teaching in both preventive and integrative medicine; and 3) facilitate delivery of information that will be assessed through competency development of the residents/trainees. The integrative medicine curriculum to be incorporated into the Preventive Medicine Residency program should be designed by faculty with experience and knowledge in evidence-based integrative medicine. [more]

HRSA National Coordinating Center for Integrative Medicine Grant
Deadline: Jul. 16
Establish a national coordinating center for integrative medicine to provide technical assistance to IMR grantees related to trainee support, planning, development, and operation of their training programs and faculty development. [more]

RWJF Quality/Equality Team Releases Call for Proposals
Deadline: Jul. 16 (3 p.m. EDT)
The purpose of this call for proposals is to identify one or more organizations that can assist RWJF with its payment and delivery system reform work. The grantee(s) selected through this solicitation will undertake a comprehensive learning process that will involve: synthesizing and monitoring RWJF payment and delivery system reform grants, analyzing public and private reform efforts in the field at large, and convening practitioners and researchers to identify common themes, challenges, and opportunities. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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