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 Jul. 30, 2012

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On a personal note...
Our hearts go out to family and friends in Colorado -- another chilling reminder of the impact of gun violence in our communities and the senseless violence we so often confront in this country. As we try to understand the terrible event in Aurora we have to think hard about policies and programs that support the health of our young people -- both physically and emotionally. We ask: what is the role of our public health system in addressing the root causes of violence and what does it mean to promote mental health in our Title V work? What can we do as maternal and child health (MCH) leaders to respond to and prevent such tragedies? Lots of us are talking about that now as we process the impact of yet another terrible event.

The word “empowerment” is used a lot in public health. Public health empowers communities to take control of their health and well-being and in our work we aim to empower individuals to make healthy choices. In the leadership development world, we also use the word empowerment a great deal -- leaders should empower their coworkers. Far too often, however, we fail to truly empower those with whom we work. Micromanagement, the opposite of empowerment, prevails. [more]



Updates on Sequestration, Appropriations, and August Advocacy Opportunities
In case you missed it, please see the Jul. 26 AMCHP Legislative Alert available for updates on these timely issues.

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]

R40 Maternal and Child Health Research Program

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) announced on Jul. 26, the availability of approximately $2.8 million to support approximately six extramural multiyear research projects. The R40 MCH Research Program supports applied research relating to maternal and child health services, including services for children with special health care needs, that show promise of substantial contribution to advancement of the current knowledge pool, and when used in states and communities should result in health and health services improvements.[more]

Congressional Budget Office Provides Updated Analysis on the ACA after the Supreme Court Ruling
On Jul. 24, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) provided analysis on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The report provides estimates on insurance coverage provisions of the ACA in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling. The CBO now estimates that the insurance coverage provisions of the ACA for an 11-year period would have a net reduction of $84 billion. [more]

Congressional Research Service Provides Repot on Maintenance of Effort
On Jul. 16, the Congressional Research Service provided a memorandum on the effect of the Supreme Court decision on the ACA, specifically on the Medicaid expansion. The memorandum states that states cannot cut their existing Medicaid services and that the Supreme Court ruling has no effect on the "maintenance of effort" provision of the ACA. [more]

CMS Administrator Letter to Governors
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner sent a letter on Jul. 13, 2012 to the Republican Governors Association in response to an earlier letter. The letter emphasizes the CMS “open door” policy to support states in implementation of health insurance exchanges. [more]

HHS Regional Implementation Forums
In a letter dated Jul. 10, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sebelius addressed governors, emphasizing that “it is time to move forward” with implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The letter also reiterated the flexibility provided to states in the ACA and the commitment the department has to continue to work with governors and their state officials. The letter also announced that HHS will host ACA implementation forums across the country. [more]

Women’s Preventive Health Services Coverage
As part of the ACA, health plans beginning on or after Aug. 1, 2012 will now be required to cover eight preventive services for women without charging a co-payment or a deductable. This requirement for new health plans will contribute significantly to state efforts to improve women’s health overall and efforts to promote preconception and inter-conception care for women of child bearing age. [more]



Are you looking to get more involved with AMCHP? Check out the exciting opportunities below and make the most out of your membership!

Board Nominations: The AMCHP Governance Committee is currently accepting nominations for 2013 AMCHP Board positions. These leadership positions guide, direct, inform and contribute to moving AMCHP strategic directions and goals forward.[more]

Committee Appointments: One benefit of being an active AMCHP member is the opportunity to participate as a volunteer leader on AMCHP Organizational and Board Committees. AMCHP committees assist the organization in carrying out its mission, goals and strategic plan. They serve to engage members in activities, provide advice and guidance to the board and staff, and make recommendations for policy analysis and development. They are comprised of AMCHP members and staff liaisons, and may also include representatives from federal agencies and involve partner organizations when appropriate. AMCHP is currently seeking members who are interested in volunteering to serve by being committee members. [more]

Nominate Your Peers for a 2013 AMCHP Award
AMCHP recognizes leadership in maternal and child health in several ways, including awards presented to MCH leaders to honor their excellence in the field. These awards will be presented at the 2013 AMCHP Annual Conference, Feb. 9-12 in Washington, DC. [more]

July is National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month
An annual observance, National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month strives to increase awareness of and provide information about cleft and craniofacial defects and other conditions that can affect the head and face. In honor of this event, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted a special feature on the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities homepage. [more]

MCHB Webcast on the New and Improved
Join MCHB on Aug. 23 from 3-4 p.m. EDT for a one-hour webinar to learn how to maximize the resources available on the new website. By responding to user feedback, the National SUID/SIDS Resource Center has been able to update the design of its site to heighten access to research and educational tools that will help any professional on the local, state or national level address issues in sudden infant death. [more]

APHA 2012 Disability Section Scholarship Applications Due Sept. 12
The Disability Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) announce a minimum of four $1000 conference travel scholarship opportunitiesto attend the 2012 APHA Annual Meeting from Oct. 27-31 in San Francisco, CA. This year’s APHA Annual Meeting theme, "Prevention and Wellness Across the Lifespan,” presents an opportunity to discuss the impact that prevention and wellness have on physical and mental health at all ages. [more]

CDC Launches New HIV Awareness/Anti-Stigma Campaign
Let’s Stop HIV Together, the new CDC HIV awareness and anti-stigma campaign, launched nationwide on Jul. 16. The campaign gives voice to people living with HIV from all walks of life, alongside their friends and family members. As part of the campaign, these individuals share their personal stories and call on everyone to join the fight against the disease. [more]



General Maternal and Child Health

Meaningful Use and Telemedicine
As the healthcare reform debate continues, one thing is clear; there is still a long road ahead to educate patients, policy makers, and healthcare providers on the true benefits and advantages of telemedicine. As healthcare budgets tighten, promising advances in technology are bringing telehealth and telemedicine initiatives to light. For healthcare providers and physicians who want to learn more about telemedicine and how it complies with 'meaningful use' required by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Rubbermaid Telemedicine put together a white paper. [more]

New CDC NCHS Oral Health Data Released
The CDC National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) released a comprehensive report on the oral health of adults, Oral Health Status and Access to Oral Health Care for U.S. Adults Aged 18-64 Years: National Health Interview Survey, 2008. The reportwas developed in response to the Surgeon General’s request for improved information on this issue and includes data on the status of the U.S. population’s oral health and the ability to access oral health care. [more]

New CDC Report on Alcohol Use and Binge Drinking among Women of Childbearing Age
CDC recently published findings in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The report, Alcohol use and binge drinking among women of childbearing age -- United States, 2006-2010, describes findings from the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) examining any alcohol use and binge drinking among pregnant and nonpregnant women of childbearing age (18-44 years) in the United States from 2006 to 2010.[more]

Adolescent Health

New Publication on Teens and Social Media
Social Media, Social Life: How Teens View Their Digital Lives, uses information gathered from a national survey of teens aged 13-17 who report on their use of texting and social media. They also report on how use of social media affects the ways they feel about themselves and their relationships with family and friends. [more]

A Pregnancy Test for Schools: The Impact of Education Laws on Pregnant and Parenting Students
A Pregnancy Test for Schools outlines the ways that federal, state, and local laws, policies, and programs can change the landscape for pregnant and parenting students and ranks how well the state laws and policies address the needs of these students. [more]

Children’s Health

AMCHP/ASTHO Webinar: Improving Birth Outcomes in the U.S.: State Efforts to Reduce Prematurity Archive Now Available
An archive of the Jul. 12 national webinar, hosted by AMCHP and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), Improving Birth Outcomes in the U.S.: State Efforts to Reduce Prematurity, is now available. This webinar highlighted the ASTHO President’s Challenge to improve birth outcomes by decreasing prematurity by 8 percent by 2014, and provided examples of how states can move forward in achieving the goal of prematurity reduction. [more]

New Publication Available on Supportive School Discipline
Recent studies by the Council of State Governments Justice Center and the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights have presented some alarming findings on suspension and expulsion rates in schools. [more]

Linking Medical Home and Children’s Mental Health: Listening to Massachusetts Families
While families whose children have mental health needs face many barriers to care, the medical home model holds great promise for addressing some of those needs. Parent/Professional Advocacy League, in collaboration with the Central Mass Medical Home Network Initiative, surveyed 171 families to better understand their experiences. [more]



AMCHP Working On Your Behalf

  • On Jul. 12, AMCHP staff Brent Ewig facilitated a workshop at the Annual Conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) entitled “Should We or Shouldn't We: Planning for the Role of Public Health Agencies in Direct Service Provision Post Health Reform.” The session featured an open town hall-style discussion of the pros and cons of this issue guided by provocative questions to facilitate dialogue among public health officials and share perspectives on the fundamental issue of the role of local health departments in providing safety-net services.
  • On Jul. 23, AMCHP staff Carolyn Mullen attended a meeting hosted by HHS to discuss outreach and enrollment of populations into the health insurance exchanges. HHS is in the preliminary stages of developing their strategies and is soliciting information and feedback from numerous stakeholders.
  • On Jul. 23-24, several AMCHP staff participated in the MCHB Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network (COIN) to Reduce Infant Mortality, which is currently supporting efforts to improve birth outcomes and reduce infant mortality in regions IV and VI. AMCHP CEO Michael Fraser moderated a town hall session and Lauren Raskin Ramos and Brent Ewig are serving as COIN strategy team staff for this initiative.



Maryland Seeks Director, Maternal and Child Health Bureau
The Director of Maternal and Child Health Bureau manages the Health Promotion and Protection Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, providing clinical and administrative/operational leadership for the Office of Family Planning and Home Visiting, the Office for Genetics and People with Special Health Care Needs, the Office of the Maryland WIC Program and the Office of Maternal and Child Health Surveillance and Quality Initiatives. This position manages through subordinate office directors, a total budget of approximately $144 million and a staff of 87 residing in permanent State and contractual employment. [more]

Oklahoma Chief, Screening and Special Services Position Open
Under the administrative direction of the Deputy Commissioner for Prevention and Preparedness Services, this position will manage, plan, organize, coordinate, and direct the administration and programs of Screening and Special Services. This position will provide leadership and consultation to the Deputy Commissioner of PPS, the Commissioner of Health, Chief Operating Officer, agency staff, health professionals and the public on matters related to Screening and Special Services. [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!



National Diabetes Prevention Program Funding: Preventing Type 2 Diabetes among People at High Risk
Deadline: Jul. 31
The purpose of this funding announcement is to scale (expand) and sustain the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP). [more]

Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Funding
Deadline: Jul. 31
The purpose of this announcement is to reduce HIV-related morbidity, mortality and related health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. Grantees will focus on developing and implementing a demonstration project to address the following goals: increase the proportion of racial and ethnic minorities with HIV who have diagnosed infection by expanding and improving HIV testing capacity, and optimize linkage to, retention in, and re-engagement with care, treatment, and prevention services for newly diagnosed and previously diagnosed racial and ethnic minorities with HIV. [more]

PPHF 2012: Community Transformation Grants - Small Communities Programs Funding
Deadline: Jul. 31
The overarching purpose of this program is to prevent heart attack, stroke, cancer, diabetes and other leading chronic disease causes of death or disability through implementation of a variety of evidence based programs, policies, and infrastructure improvements to promote healthy lifestyles in small communities that improve health and health behaviors among an intervention population. [more]

ACF CSBG Training and Technical Assistance Program: RPIC
Deadline: Aug. 6
The Office of Community Services within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced that competing applications will be accepted for a cooperative agreement to expand the existing Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Network. This cooperative agreement will support an ongoing state, regional and national T/TA strategy for collaboration, capacity-building, and exemplary practice in the CSBG program and among State Community Action Agency Associations, hereafter referred to as state associations. [more]

CSBG Training and Technical Assistance Program: ROMA
Deadline: Aug. 6
ACF announces that competing applications will be accepted for a cooperative agreement to enhance the existing local, state, and national accountability and performance management strategies within the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Network. This two-year cooperative agreement will fund one Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) Next Generation Center of Excellence (COE) to develop updated training and technical assistance materials for a comprehensive and integrated system of performance management and accountability within CSBG.

ACYF Street Outreach Program (SOP) Funding
Deadline: Aug. 6
Today, in communities across the country, young people are living on the streets after running from or being asked to leave homes characterized by abuse, neglect, or parental drug and alcohol abuse. Once on the streets, such youth are at risk of being sexually exploited or abused by adults for pleasure or profit. In addition, such youth may engage in shoplifting, survival sex, or drug dealing in order to provide for their basic needs.

PPHF 2012 -- REACH: Obesity and Hypertension Demonstration Projects
Deadline: Aug. 7
Funding provided through this announcement will support the implementation arm of demonstration projects focused on reducing health disparities. It builds upon previous Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) programs ( and other health equity-related community health programs and serves as a focused complement to programs working to make population-wide, place-based improvements. [more]

CDC Viral Hepatitis -- Prevention and Surveillance Funding
Deadline: Aug. 13
The purpose of the program is to support the goals of the HHS Viral Hepatitis Action Plan by focusing on addressing national viral hepatitis prevention; and surveillance priorities for increasing testing and access to care and treatment and strengthening surveillance to detect viral hepatitis transmission and disease. [more]

CDC Rape Prevention and Education Program Funding
Deadline: Aug. 17
The purpose of the program is to prevent sexual violence by implementing primary prevention strategies designed to change individual, relationship and community level risk and protective factors, by building capacity for implementation and evaluation and by building and sustaining partnerships for prevention. This program addresses the “Healthy People 2020” focus area of Injury and Violence Prevention. [more]

Indian Health Service Grant for Public Health Nursing
Deadline: Aug. 17
Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for the Public Health Nursing (PHN) cooperative agreement. The purpose of this IHS cooperative agreement is to improve specific health outcomes of an identified high risk group of patients through a community case management model that utilizes the PHN as a case manager. [more]

ACF Funding for State Systems Interoperability and Integration Projects
Deadline: Aug. 17
ACF, through the Office of Child Support Enforcement, invites eligible applicants to submit competitive grant applications that explore interoperability and integration in health and human services systems (e.g. eligibility and enrollment systems, case management systems, and other related systems.) Applicants are invited to explore system design and implementation options, the costs and benefits of different options, and concrete options for the State and potentially other States to consider. [more]

Call For Proposals: Quality Improvement (QI) Award Program
Deadline: Aug. 20
The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) is accepting proposals for the second cycle of the QI Award Program. Through the program, NNPHI will provide health departments with $5,000 awards coupled with 15 hours of individualized QI assistance from an experienced QI Coach to conduct a QI project that results in measureable change. [more]

CDC TB Regional Training and Medical Consultation Centers Funding
Deadline: Aug. 20
The Regional Training and Medical Consultation Centers (RTMCCs) will serve as centers of excellence within their assigned regions with a focus on two major activities 1) increasing Human Resource Development (HRD) for the prevention and control of tuberculosis (TB) through education and training activities, and 2) increasing the capacity for appropriate medical evaluation and management of persons with TB disease and infection through medical consultation. [more]

CDC Grants for Immunization and Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program
Deadline: Aug. 20
The purpose of the program is to support efforts to plan, develop, and maintain a public health workforce that helps assure high immunization coverage levels, low incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases, and maintain or improve the ability to respond to public health threats. [more]

ACF TANF Program Integrity Innovation Grants
Deadline: Aug. 20
The ACF Office of Family Assistance is soliciting applications for pilot projects that improve the program integrity and program access of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Cooperative agreements, awarded under this Funding Opportunity Announcement, will support activities designed to reduce improper payments, improve administrative efficiency, and protect and improve program access for eligible beneficiaries of the TANF program. [more]

HRSA Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program Funding
Deadline: Aug. 21
The intent of the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program is to build upon past successes, to train the next generation of leaders in developmental-behavioral pediatrics and to provide pediatric practitioners, residents and medical students with essential bio-psychosocial knowledge and clinical expertise.

CDC Immunization Information Systems Sentinel Site Project Grant
Deadline: Aug. 21
The Immunization Information System (IIS) Sentinel Site Project aims to advance the use of IIS data and the current knowledge of the benefits and strengths of the IIS, while also contributing to gaps in the scientific literature. The Sentinel Site Project examines vaccine use among children aged 0-18 years in the IIS Sentinel Site area, develops methodologies for IIS data analysis and evaluates IIS system functionality to identify best practices.

RWJF Center for Sharing Public Health Services Shared Services Learning Community 2012 Call for Proposals
Deadline: Aug. 29
In order to better understand the opportunity and impact of cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) among public health agencies, RWJF will provide two-year grants of up to $125,000 to up to eighteen teams of public health officials, policymakers, and other stakeholders that are exploring, implementing and/or improving CJS arrangements between two or more public health agencies. [more]

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