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 Aug. 27, 2012

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As an active AMCHP member, you have many ways to get involved with AMCHP! We are currently soliciting nominations and volunteers for several critical AMCHP programs -- are you willing to serve?

Committee Volunteers -- Let us know your interest by Sept. 14!
If you currently serve on an AMCHP committee, your lead committee staff person will be contacting you directly about your interest in reappointment. If you are not currently serving on a committee OR you would like to change your current committee assignment, volunteering is simple! [more]

AMCHP Awards -- Nominations are open now through Sept. 14!
AMCHP recognizes leadership in maternal and child health in several ways, including through our annual awards presented to MCH leaders honoring excellence in the field. These awards are presented at the AMCHP Annual Conference, an annual celebration of maternal and child health programs. [more]

Call for Nominations -- AMCHP Board of Directors
The Governance Committee is seeking nominations for the 2013 Board of Directors election. As a director, you would help shape the policies and positions of AMCHP, represent your Title V peers from across the country, ensure the future viability and financial stability of the organization, work directly with federal partners, and gain leadership experience in a national association. [more]



Reward: Who Packed Your Parachute?
In the five years that I have been working closely with maternal and child health (MCH) leaders, I get a very strong sense that most are working in a field that they love, with people that they respect, and they enjoy the positive impact they are making in their states and communities. I also get a pretty strong sense that they aren’t doing the work for monetary reward. In fact, many MCH professionals leave higher paying positions outside of government for the chance to have the broad and deep impact that a leader can have working in federal, state and local government. [more]



Congress in Recess until Sept. 7
With members of Congress still back in their districts, AMCHP urges MCH professionals to communicate with their representatives during the recess to raise awareness of the work that MCH programs do to keep the public healthy and safe. [more]

Sequester Toolkit
The Coalition for Health Funding, which AMCHP is a member of, has developed a new toolkit to help advocates speak out on sequestration, or the expected 8 percent cut across the board to federal departments and agencies starting Jan. 2, 2013. [more]

In Case You Missed It: CDC Released Updated Guidance on Anti-Lobbying Restrictions for Grantees
On Jul. 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its updated anti-lobbying restrictions guidance for CDC grantees. The new guidance is in response to expanded anti-lobbying language that was included in the FY 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act. [more]

Health Reform Implementation

Final Blueprint
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the final Blueprint for Approval of Affordable State-based and State Partnership Insurance Exchanges. This blueprint is the method for states to indicate to HHS that they wish to operate either a state-based or state partnership model health insurance exchange. [more]

CMS Regional Calls
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be holding a series of regional stakeholder engagement teleconferences on Health Insurance Marketplace & Expanded Insurance Options. CMS staff will update participants on the latest information regarding implementation of the Health Insurance Marketplace (Exchanges), part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and start discussing strategies to educate the uninsured, underinsured, and small businesses about expanded insurance coverage options. [more]

Open Door Forum on ACO
The CMS Innovation Center is seeking input from interested stakeholders and the public on how educational opportunities for providers interested in participating in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) or other coordinated care initiatives could be designed. An Open Door Forum on this topic has been scheduled for Monday, Aug. 27. [more]



Text4baby Contests to Celebrate NIMAM
In September, we will commemorate National Infant Mortality Awareness Month (NIMAM) to raise visibility about this critical health crisis. The National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition text4baby program is one piece of the solution addressing infant mortality. This year, text4baby is holding the 2012 text4baby state enrollment contest, which aims to energize the work partners at the state and local level are doing to connect women to this service. Help spread the message, visit the text4baby website for specific tools that can support you in this effort. [more]

Pregnancy in the Context of a Woman's Lifespan Webinar
Join Project IMPACT, AMCHP, the Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs and the National Fetal and Infant Mortality Review on Sept. 6 from 3-4:30 p.m. EDT for the Pregnancy in the Context of a Woman's Lifespan webinar. Pregnancy is not simply an isolated event or time period in a woman’s life. It is influenced by a myriad of contextual factors that occur years before, as well as immediately before and during, the pregnancy. [more]

The Latest MCH Data on the MCHB DGIS
Join the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Division of MCH Workforce Development on Sept. 13 from 2-3 p.m. EDT for a webinar on their Discretionary Grant Information System (DGIS). Maternal and Child Health Discretionary Grants fund more than 900 projects through 88 programs each year. DGIS collects program and performance measure data that helps assess the effectiveness of the programs and enable the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to monitor the projects. [more]

HRSA Call for Abstracts: Special Supplement in Pediatrics
HRSA and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced a call for abstracts for papers to be published in a special supplement in pediatrics on the broad theme, “Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting and Pediatric Care: Policy and Practice Implications for Child Health and Development.” The supplement editors are calling for a broad spectrum of abstracts proposing original scholarly papers based on research, systematic reviews, or program evaluation that illuminates the evidence-base and are relevant to home visiting and pediatric care. [more]

ASTHO RFP: Evidence-Based Public Health State Assessment Tool
ASTHO released a request for proposals (RFP) for a project focusing on evidence-based public health recommendations and state health department use and capacity. ASTHO supports evidence-based public health and moving recommendations into implementation at the state and local levels. There are several sources of recommended evidence-based public health practices and policies including: The Guide to Community Preventive Services, The Cochrane Collaboration and the Campbell Collaboration. [more]

Don’t Miss the Upcoming AMCHP Webinar on Father Involvement
AMCHP and the 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. This webinar includes an example analyzing the costs of father absence to make the case for fatherhood programming and highlights the statewide efforts of Connecticut to promote fatherhood. [more]

RWJF Forward Promise Releases Call for Proposals
Forward Promise Innovation Grants: Promoting Opportunities for the Health and Success of Young Men of Color is a new initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that aims to improve the health of middle school- and high school-aged boys and young men of color, as well as their opportunities for success in school, work and life. The proposal deadline is Oct. 10 at 3 p.m. EDT. [more]



General Maternal and Child Health

Preventing Postpartum Depression among Low-Income Latinas
This latest Research Dialogue Podcast, produced by MCHB, presents the results of a study on the prevention of perinatal depression among low-income Latina women. Dr. Huynh-Nhu "Mimi" Le focused on prevention using mood regulating skills and behavioral strategies. [more]

Women's Health

CDC Releases Findings on Effect of Screening for Partner Violence on Women’s Quality of Life
Intimate partner violence affects nearly 7 million women in the United States each year and is associated with a number of physical, sexual, reproductive, and mental health consequences that can last a lifetime. A new CDC study indicates providing a list of partner violence resources, with or without asking questions about partner violence, may not result in health or other benefits. The study, “Effect of Screening for Partner Violence on Women’s Quality of Life: A Randomized Controlled Trial,” appears in the Aug. 15 edition of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). [more]

Adolescent Health

New Update to the CDC Teen Pregnancy Prevention Website
The CDC Division of Reproductive Health released a new Web page for health care providers with tools, resources, media and messages on what they can do to reduce teen pregnancy. [more]

Children’s Health

New Data Book on Child Well-Being Released
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released the 2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book to illustrate recent changes in child well-being at the state level. An updated index of 16 indicators of child well-being is organized into four categories, economic well-being, health, education, and family and community. The data book website offers a data book PDF, child well-being key indicator national and state profiles, child well-being state indicators, interactive KIDS COUNT data wheel, and the data book methodology. [more]



AMCHP Working On Your Behalf

  • AMCHP staff Carolyn McCoy attended one of the four Affordable Care Act (ACA) regional implementation forums hosted by HHS. The forum focused heavily on Medicaid expansion, implementation of health insurance exchanges and consumer engagement. The forum provided both high-level and detailed information for those involved in the implementation of the ACA provisions. The recordings of the regional meetings and all materials will be released after the final forum is held. Please stay tuned for more information!



MA Director, Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Position Open
The Division Director for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) plays the central role in managing CYSHCN programs and services in Massachusetts. S/he provides leadership at the state and national levels to improve and enhance service systems that support children and youth with special health care needs and their families. The director plays a central role in setting direction, and develops, establishes, administers, and monitors policies and procedures for key components of the CYSHCN program. [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; working with the team lead on home visiting to develop a needs and strengths assessment for the Home Visiting Technical Assistance Coordinating Center; producing a learning module on the Core Preconception Health Indicators to be hosted on the AMCHP website; and compiling information for an issue brief on coordination between Title V and Title X. [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!



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]

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]

HRSA R40 Maternal and Child Health Research Program Funding
Deadline: Sept. 12
Within the R40 MCH Research Program, funding is available in FY 2013 to support approximately six extramural multi-year 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, which 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]

HRSA Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program
Deadline: Sept. 21
This announcement solicits applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 for the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP) program. The purpose of HTPC is to increase the number of innovative community initiated programs that promote access to health care for children, youth and their families nationwide, and employ preventive health strategies. This program most closely supports HRSA's goals to improve access to quality health care and services, to build healthy communities, and to improve health equity. [more]

AHRQ Grants for Management of Healthcare-Associated Infections
Deadline: Sept. 25
The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) is soliciting grant applications for funding to conduct Health Services Research Demonstration and Dissemination Projects (R18) that propose to address strategies and approaches for prevention, reduction, and effective management of health care-associated infections (HAIs). [more]

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