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 Sept. 10, 2012

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My Crystal Ball

If a big blue genie came out of a lamp and told me I had one wish, I would wish for a crystal ball. Sure, knowing the future would take all the fun out of life but it would definitely make planning AMCHP’s next steps and supporting our members’ work a heck of a lot easier! Can you imagine how powerful it could be to make uncertainty certain? There is so much uncertainty right now that the confidence of knowing the future would be a great comfort, regardless of what it actually meant. At least, it seems sort of attractive to me as we approach what will certainly be a very “interesting” fall. [more]



Congress Returning from Recess
Congress is still out on recess break, but will return this week for a quick session. When they return, it is expected that Congress will approve a continuing resolution funding the federal government at the current levels through March 2013. Congress will not address sequestration until after the November elections, but even then it is unclear when or if they will be able to develop a plan to avert the across the board cuts. AMCHP continues to meet with members of Congress to cultivate new champions for Title V and discuss the severe impact sequestration will have on maternal and child health programs and the populations they serve. [more]

Affordable Insurance Exchange Implementation Grants
On Aug. 23, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the award of grants to California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Maryland, Nevada, New York and Vermont to help with the implementation of affordable insurance exchanges. California, Hawaii, Iowa and New York have been awarded Level One Exchange Establishment grants, which provide one year of funding to states that have begun the process of building their exchange. [more]

HHS Announces Rule on Electronic Health Record Implementation
On Aug. 24, 2012, HHS announced a final rule that establishes a unique health plan identifier (HPID). “The rule is one of a series of changes required by the Affordable Care Act to cut red tape in the health care system and will save up to $6 billion over ten years.” [more]



Don’t Forget! The Deadline for AMCHP Committee Volunteers, Award Nominations and Board Nominations Is Approaching!

Committee Volunteers -- Let us know your interest by Sept. 15!
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. 15!
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]

Registration for the AMCHP 2013 Annual Conference Is Now Open!
The AMCHP 2013 Annual Conference will be held Feb. 9-12, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. To register, visit Don’t miss our early-bird registration rates -- register now! Full conference registration includes all conference events, including the AMCHP Annual Conference Training Institute -- Saturday, Feb. 9 and Sunday, Feb. 10 (until noon) -- a rich schedule of skills-building sessions and other training opportunities. [more]

LGBT Youth & Suicide: Understanding & Reducing Risk Webinar
Gay and lesbian adolescents are three to five times more likely to attempt suicide than other teenagers. But, the latest findings show that certain protective factors can lower the risk. Brian Mustanski, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Medical Social Sciences and Psychology at Northwestern University and Director of the University’s IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program. He has conducted some of the only longitudinal cohort studies of suicidality among LGBT youth. Join him Sept. 12 at 1 p.m. EDT for a timely webinar describing research on the prevalence of suicidality, risk and protective factors, and creating awareness of how to reduce suicide risk in this vulnerable population. [more]

Don’t Miss the 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. 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]

2013 NOHC Abstracts Dues Sept. 17
The 2013 National Oral Health Conference (NOHC) is currently accepting proposals addressing science, policy and practice related to dental public health. They are looking particularly for submissions on the following topics: health care reform, fluoridation, partnerships, workforce expansion and access to care, social media and marketing to further education, and advocacy efforts and technology. [more]

Two Remaining MIECHV TACC Webinars
The Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Technical Assistance Coordinating Center (TACC) has two remaining 2012 technical assistance webinars designed to provide information and support to MIECHV Lead Agencies and their collaborative partners. The webinars will be held on Sept. 25 -- Workforce Development -- and Oct. 23 -- Impacting Infant Mortality through Home Visiting. [more]

CDC HERG Lecture on Bending the Cost Curve: Economic Research in Public Health
This one-day Health Economics Research Group (HERG) event will focus on the role of health economics research in identifying opportunities to change the growth rate of health spending through public interventions. This lecture, held on Oct. 19 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. EDT at the CDC Global Communications Center in Atlanta, GA, will be given by Stephen M. Shortell, PhD, MPH, MBA, Dean and Professor at the School of Public Health University of California, Berkley.

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]

Free CME Opportunity: Raising Awareness: Late Preterm Birth and Non-Medically Indicated Inductions Prior to 39 Weeks
Help avoid elective early induction. On average, more than 900 late preterm babies are born every day in the United States, or a total of one-third of 1 million infants (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2009). To alert health care providers to the impact and effects of late preterm birth and of non-medically indicated inductions prior to 39 weeks in the womb, the National Institute of child Health and Human Development, National Child and Maternal Health Education program developed a continuing medical education (CME) program in partnership with Medscape. [more]



General Maternal and Child Health

New Brief on Maternal and Child Oral Health Policy
The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Policy Center, in collaboration with AMCHP, Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD), March of Dimes and Washington Dental Service Foundation, released a new issue brief, Improving the Oral Health of Pregnant Women and Young Children: Opportunities for Policymakers. [more]

Family Voices Release of the Second Edition of the Bright Futures Family Pocket Guide
This small, fun, easy-to-use book is designed to help families support health and wellness for their children at every age. The 2nd Edition is reorganized for greater ease of use, and has many updates and a great deal of new information. Developed for families by families, the Pocket Guide provides families with: information and encouragement for the roles families play every day in the health and well-being of their children... [more]

Children’s Health

AAP Releases New Report on Essential Health Benefits for Children
On Aug. 28, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a new report on essential health benefits (EHBs) for children. The Affordable Care Act requires health insurance plans in the private market and health insurance exchanges to offer 10 EHB categories of services beginning in 2014. The report compares coverage and costs for each of the 10 EHB categories currently offered by the three largest federal employee health plans, one of the largest state employee plans and one of the largest small group plans in five states. [more]

New CDC Web page on Newborn Screening
In honor of Newborn Screening Awareness Month in September, CDC has posted a Web feature on newborn screening last week. CDC offered tips on newborn screening for expectant and new parents, including: ask for your baby’s newborn screening results and, if your baby does not pass the screening tests, get additional tests or necessary treatments right away -- don’t wait. [more]

New Multi-Use Toolkit to Help Make School Lunch Healthier
The School Day Just Got Healthier Toolkit is a collection of resources including brochures, fact sheets, FAQs, fliers, school lessons, templates and much more, to help prepare everyone for the changes to school meals this school year. This toolkit is separated by audience to help direct you to the most relevant and valuable tools and resources created just for you. [more]

ASTDD Releases New First Dental Visit by Age 1 Policy Statement
ASTDD recommends that every child have a first dental visit within six months of the eruption of the first primary tooth and no later than twelve months of age. Training dental and medical professionals in perinatal and infant oral care significantly contributes to early caries recognition and prevention through oral disease risk assessments and dental referrals in a timely manner. ASTDD strongly encourages early childhood programs to integrate oral health in interdisciplinary ways to facilitate the first dental visit by age one. [more]



AMCHP Working On Your Behalf

  • On Aug. 24-25, AMCHP staff, Piia Hanson, attended the National Consumer Workgroup meeting on the National Preconception Health Social Marketing Campaign hosted in Atlanta, GA. The goal of the social marketing campaign is to increase the proportion of women who plan in advance when to become pregnant and who engage in preconception health behaviors prior to becoming pregnant by increasing awareness, knowledge and favorable attitudes toward preconception health. The ultimate goal of the campaign is to improve women’s health and decrease birth defects. This meeting was designed to bring workgroup members and national partners together to discuss the social marketing campaign that will increase awareness about the importance of preconception health.
  • On Aug. 28, staff members Carolyn Mullen and Carolyn McCoy visited the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition. They met with Ron Benham, Director, Division for Early Childhood and Special Health Needs and his team. The meeting covered several key areas and activities in the bureau, such as the budgeting process, prevention of preterm births, safe sleep, home visiting and other major efforts. It was wonderful for AMCHP staff to have the opportunity to connect with the department on “their home turf” and we thank the bureau for the effort that was put into organizing the visit.



Part time Program Manager, American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC)
AAPCC seeks a 50 percent full-time equivalent program manager to support a new federal demo grant to build out food safety line contact protocol. MPH, background in public health program management and federal grant reporting is essential. [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!



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]

CMS State Innovation Models: Model Design/Testing Assistance Funding
Deadline: Sep. 24
The purpose of the State Innovation Models (SIM) initiative is to test whether new payment and service delivery models will produce superior results when implemented in the context of a state-sponsored State Health Care Innovation Plan. These plans must improve health, improve health care, and lower costs for a state’s citizens through a sustainable model of multi-payer payment and delivery reform, and must be dedicated to delivering the right care at the right time in the right setting. [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]

HRSA EMSC State Partnership Grant Program
Deadline: Sept. 26
The overall mission of the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program is to reduce the prevalence of pediatric morbidity and mortality that may occur as a result of acute illness and severe injury. To accomplish this mission, the EMSC Program works to institutionalize pediatric-centered healthcare programs within states, and promotes the value and importance of Integration. [more]

ACA - Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program
Deadline: Sept. 28
This announcement solicits FY 2013 applications for the 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]

HRSA Rural Health Network Development Planning Program
Deadline: Oct. 15
The purpose of the Network Planning Program is to promote the development of integrated healthcare networks in order to: 1) achieve efficiencies; 2) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and 3) strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. This program brings together key parts of a rural health care delivery system, particularly those entities that may not have collaborated in the past, to work together to establish or improve local capacity and coordination of care. [more]

Project Connect 2.0 Phase 2 Funding
Deadline: Oct. 15
Futures Without Violence is selecting new sites for Phase 2 of Project Connect: A Coordinated Public Health Initiative to Prevent and Respond to Violence Against Women (Project Connect 2.0), supported by the HHS Office on Women’s Health (OWH) with additional support from ACF. Six new states or territories sites and five tribal health sites that demonstrate a strong history of collaboration between domestic and sexual violence, health care, and public health systems, as well as a capacity and interest in the proposed program will be chosen. [more]

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