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 Aug. 13, 2012

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LEGISLATIVE & POLICY CORNER

Federal Funding Update: Possible CR
Late last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced a deal to continue to fund the federal government for six months through March 2013 at the agreed upon funding levels established by the Budget Control Act. This continuing resolution is intended to be a “clean” bill with no room for amendments or policy riders. [more]

Sequestration Update
The Friends of Maternal and Child Health coalition led by AMCHP, March of Dimes, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists sent a letter signed by 56 national organizations to members of Congress highlighting the impact sequestration will have on maternal and child health programs. [more]

In Case You Missed It: AMCHP Health Reform Webinar Recording Available
AMCHP hosted a webinar on Jul. 31, to continue the conversation with its members on the impact of the Supreme Court ruling and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This webinar serves as a review of the key provisions of the ACA, implications of the June Supreme Court ruling for MCH populations and an in-depth discussion of the Medicaid expansion and health insurance exchange establishment. [more]

ACA Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program Funding
Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program. The ACA directly appropriates $230 million for Fiscal Years 2011 through 2015 to make payments to qualified teaching health centers to support the expansion of primary care medical and dental residency training in community-based ambulatory settings. [more]

SAMHSA Awards Grants for Treatment of Pregnant and Postpartum Women Recovering from Substance Abuse
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Administrator Pamela S. Hyde announced the awarding of seven new grants totaling up to $11 million over the next three years under the Services Grant Program for Residential Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women (PPW). [more]

 

GET INVOLVED

Congratulations to the 2011-2012 AMCHP Family Scholars -- mentors Anna Cyr (ME) and Rylin Rodgers (IN) and scholars Carmen Boucher (RI), Deepa Srinivasavaradan (NJ), Grace A. Egun (PA), Angela Paxton (IN), Jeanine Pinner (TX), Angela Durand (LA), Tara Ford (OK), Martha Hanley (IA), Maria Cabral (CO), Amy Westfall (AK) and Patricia (Trish) Switzer (AL) -- who have just completed the program. The Family Scholars Program (FSP) provides each scholar with tools to develop individual leadership skills, expand their professional network, enhance their knowledge of national MCH issues, and to ask critical questions about the impact of the MCH Block Grant. [more]

MIECHV TACC Webinar Integrating Home Visiting Systems within Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems
Join the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Technical Assistance Coordinating Center (TACC) for a webinar on Integrating Home Visiting Systems within Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS), Aug. 21 from 3-4:30 p.m. EDT. Maine, Montana and South Carolina MIECHV and ECCS state leads will collaboratively share their experiences, lessons learned and next steps in integrating their home visiting systems within their ECCS. [more]

Lessons Learned from Combating Autism Act Grantees Webinar
This webinar, “Building Systems of Care that Meet the Needs of Children & Youth with ASD/DD & their Families: Lessons Learned from Combating Autism Act Grantees,” is the fourth of the Combating Autism Act Initiative (CAAI) webinar series, Research to Practice, and will highlight lessons learned from combating autism act grantees regarding building systems of care that meet the needs of children & youth with ASD/DD and their families. The webinar will be held on Aug. 22 from 2-3 p.m. EDT. [more]

Don’t Miss the AMCHP 2013 Call for Session Proposals Deadline
The deadline to submit session proposals for the 2013 AMCHP Annual conference is fast approaching. The conference will take place from Feb. 9-12 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. The theme is Advancing the Maternal & Child Health Vision: Leadership, Quality & Action. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Aug. 24. [more]

AMCHP Board/Committee Involvement
Don’t forget! If you’re interested in participating on the AMCHP Board of Directors or an organization committee, the deadline to let us know is Aug. 31. Click here for more board information or click here for committee information. [more]

Nominate Your Peers for a 2013 AMCHP Award
AMCHP is now accepting nominations for its 2013 awards, recognizing leadership in maternal and child health. These awards will be presented at the 2013 AMCHP Annual Conference, Feb. 9-12 in Washington, DC. Nominations are due by Aug. 31. [more]

Apply for the Carole Douglas Emerging Leaders Scholarship
This year, CityMatCH is again offering MCH leaders the opportunity to apply for the Carole Douglas Emerging Leaders Scholarship. The scholarship financially assists emerging urban MCH leaders from CityMatCH member health departments who wish to attend the annual CityMatCH Conference. [more]

ACNM 58th Annual Meeting & Exhibition Call for Abstracts
The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is now accepting abstract submissions relevant to midwifery and women’s health for the ACNM 58th Annual Meeting & Exhibition to be held May 30-Jun. 4, 2013, in Nashville, TN. Abstract submissions are being accepted online through Sept. 15. [more]

Don’t Miss the Upcoming AMCHP Webinar on Father Involvement
AMCHP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will host a national webinar, “Strategies for Increasing Father Involvement” on Sept. 17 from 2-3 p.m. EDT. The emergence of father involvement as an issue of concern for maternal and child health stakeholders presents potential multiagency collaborative opportunities. [more]

 

PUBLICATIONS & RESOURCES

General Maternal and Child Health

New AMCHP Breastfeeding Fact Sheet
Breastfeeding promotion is currently a significant focus of national health policy. In January 2011, the U.S. Surgeon General released a Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding and the U.S. Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative was launched encouraging implementation of the Ten Steps for Successful Breastfeeding for Hospitals, outlined by the World Health Organization. Moreover, the ACA offers states and communities additional opportunities to strengthen breastfeeding support. A new AMCHP fact sheet highlights the key ACA provisions and shares ideas on how MCH programs can take advantage of them. [more]

MCH Navigator Learning Portal Additions
In July 2012, the following updates were made: eight new instructional postings (Community Partnerships and Perspectives -- Basic Level, Community Partnerships and Perspectives -- Intermediate Level, Community Partnerships and Perspectives Advanced Level, Reading Epidemiologic Literature: Unit 1, Reading Epidemiologic Literature: Unit 2, Communications Messaging, Introduction to Critical Thinking, and Social Determinants of Health Disparities: Moving the Nation to Care about Social Justice); a new Self Assessment and Learning Plan (an online tool allowing users to identify their individual training selections consistent with their self-assessment) was announced; a new Pediatric Environmental Health Training website posting; and a request for MCH professionals to review new online training material and/or new learning portal features. [more]

New Poll Shows Hispanics Among Most Severely Obese Populations
Blacks and Hispanics are among the most likely groups in the United States to be very obese, according to new data collected as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. About 6 percent of Blacks and 3.4 percent of Hispanics fall into the highest body mass index (BMI) category (>40.00), compared to 3.1 percent of Whites and 1 percent of Asians. [more]

Adolescent Health

New Teen Reproductive Health Resources from the Office of Adolescent Health
The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) recently released a number of new resources related to adolescent reproductive health. A new, online Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) Resource and Training Center was launched, providing training and technical assistance resources to professionals working with pregnant and parenting teens. [more]

Children’s Health 

New ASTDD Policy Statement on Perinatal Oral HealthOn Jul. 26, the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) released a new policy statement on perinatal oral health. In the statement, ASTDD fully supported and endorsed a strategic framework for promoting best practices for state and community oral health programs to optimize the oral health of pregnant women, mothers and children. [more]

 

ON YOUR BEHALF

AMCHP Working On Your Behalf

  • Several AMCHP staff are out in states across the country this month participating in state block grant reviews as reviewers and observers. Thanks for letting our team learn more about your state and participate in the review process!

  • On Jul. 12-13, AMCHP CEO Michael Fraser visited the New Hampshire and Maine MCH Programs to learn more about work in those states and connect with MCH leaders in Region I. He also met with AMCHP Board members Lisa Bujno, Valerie Ricker and Toni Wall, as well as committee volunteer Patricia Tilley.

  • On Jul. 16-17, AMCHP staff Erin Bonzon and Lauren Ramos participated in the Best Babies Zone All-Site Kickoff Meeting along with partners from UC Berkeley, CityMatCH and National Healthy Start Association. Representatives from the four pilot sites in Oakland, CA, New Orleans, LA, Cincinnati, OH, and Milwaukee, WI met for the first time to share their stories, learn from their peers, and begin the action-planning process. The Best Babies Zone Initiative will work with designated geographic community “zones” in these cities to improve the health and well-being of women, children and families.

  • On Jul. 17-18, AMCHP CEO Michael Fraser attended the ASTHO Senior Deputies meeting in Boston, MA. The ASTHO meeting convenes the senior leadership of state and territorial health departments. At the meeting, the ASTHO Healthy Babies Challenges was discussed and information on state MCH was shared with participants.

  • On Jul. 18-19, AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser visited with Sens. Cardin (D-MD), Udall (D-CO) and Hagan (D-NC), Representative Lois Capps (D-CA), and officials from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to discuss the Prevention and Public Health Fund and its importance to maternal and child health. This effort was led by the Trust for America’s Health and CEOs from other prominent public health organizations also joined the meetings.

  • On Jul. 22, AMCHP CEO Michael Fraser attended the University of Chicago MCH Leadership Retreat and spoke at the opening session. At the meeting, he presented on leadership challenges and opportunities for new and seasoned MCH leaders. 

To view more of what AMCHP has done on your behalf, click here.

 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Alaska Unit Manager for Perinatal and Early Childhood Health Opening
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is seeking a unit manager for perinatal and early childhood health. This position is responsible for leading the Perinatal and Early Childhood Health Unit and overseeing the performance of statewide programs focused on perinatal health, maternal-child home visitation, newborn metabolic and newborn hearing screening, specialty clinics and programs for children with special needs and chronic conditions. [more]

AMCHP Seeks Organizational Performance & Member Services Intern
As a member of the Organizational Performance and Member Services team, the intern supports our member services and communications activities. The intern will assume responsibility for a wide range of projects and functions, requiring professionalism and task orientation. [more]

AMCHP WIH Team Fall Intern
AMCHP seeks a graduate student intern for fall 2012. The intern will work with the Women’s & Infant Health (WIH) team on a variety of projects and initiatives. Potential projects can include: serving as lead for the team’s social media efforts including drafting timely and relevant content for prematurity awareness month in November; conducting environmental scan and/or key informant interviews to help contribute to national scan of state level programs and policies addressing preconception... [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

CVS Caremark Charitable Trust $3 Million Initiative to help Americans Manage Chronic Diseases
Through the Innovations in Community Health initiative, the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), will award grants to community health centers across the country working to develop innovative programs that increase access to quality care and produce better health outcomes while reducing costs for patients and health care systems. [more]

Local Health Department Evaluation of the Adolescent System Capacity Tool
Deadline: Aug. 17
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) invites local health departments (LHDs) to submit applications to participate in an evaluation of the Adolescent System Capacity (ASC) Tool: A state and local public health improvement process. [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. [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
Administration for Children and Families (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.) [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. [more]

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. [more]

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]

Accelerating the Prevention and Control of HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STDs and TB in the USAPIs Funding
Deadline: Aug. 31
The purpose of this announcement is to strengthen core HIV, viral hepatitis, STD and TB prevention and treatment efforts in the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPIs), support cross-cutting activities across programs (e.g., surveillance, screening, evaluation and data systems), and reduce the administrative and reporting requirements. [more]

CMS Adult Medicaid Quality Grant for Measuring and Improving the Quality of Care in Medicaid
Deadline: Aug. 31
The overarching goal of this funding opportunity is to support States in developing their capacity for standardized collection and reporting of data on the quality of health care provided to adults covered by Medicaid. [more]

RWJF Quality/Equality Releases Call for Proposals on ACOs: Testing Their Impact
Deadline: Sep. 5 at 3 p.m. EDT
This funding will support case studies of accountable care organizations (ACOs) as they develop in the private market. The supported case studies will examine facilitators and barriers to the success of select ACOs, including an overview of each ACO’s market, environmental, and organizational contexts. [more]

HRSA Health Center Controlled Networks Grant
Deadline: Sept. 10
This announcement solicits applications for Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCN) in fiscal year 2013. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking to provide grants to HCCNs to advance the adoption and implementation of Health Information Technology and to support quality improvement in health centers throughout the United States and its territories. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.

 

CALENDAR

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