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 Sept. 24, 2012


Navigation and Leadership

Burnison’s ninth absolute of leadership is “navigate.” I must admit when I first read his chapter on the topic, I was not exactly sure how this fit into my understanding of leadership. Navigate felt like a strange absolute mostly because it’s not a discreet or easy concept to define -- it is a mix of some of the other absolutes he describes. To me, navigation blends strategy, operations and an intuitive sense of where a leader is going. In classic strategic planning, your plan is your map, your goals are your way points and your tactics are how you propose to get to your objectives along the way. The role of a leader is to motivate their crew to reach their goal. I never considered the importance of navigation at all in this classic view but, on closer reflection, I think Burnison is on to something. [more]



You Are Invited!
Last week, the U.S. Senate passed a continuing resolution (CR) that will assure continued funding for federal government programs including the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant through March 2013. You are invited to participate in a MEMBERS-ONLY call today, Monday, Sept. 24, at 1 p.m. EST hosted by AMCHP to discuss this and provide an update on other related federal budget developments. During this call, we will discuss the FY 2013 budget continuing resolution, sequestration and FY 2014 budget. We hope you will join us for this important update and dialogue. Click here to RSVP.

To join the call, dial 800-403-7802. Following the call, AMCHP will distribute a fact sheet on the federal budget with key dates and deadlines and the potential impact on the Title V MCH Services Block Grant. [more]

Six-Month Funding Bill
Fiscal year 2013 begins on Oct. 1, 2012 and because Congress failed to approve any of the annual appropriations bills this year, they recently approved a continuing resolution funding the federal government through Mar. 27, 2013 at the level established by the Budget Control Act of 2011. This funding level is $1.047 trillion and represents a 0.6 percent increase over the fiscal year 2012 appropriated level. [more]

Office of Management and Budget Report on Sequestration
Late last week, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a report on sequestration. It is no surprise that the report states that sequestration will be devastating. It confirms that nondefense discretionary spending will be cut by 8.2 percent and for the Title V MCH Services Block Grant; this represents an approximate $50 million cut. The report also states that nonexempt mandatory programs such as the Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Education Program, the Prevention and Public Health Fund will be cut by 7.6 percent. [more]

States Move toward Selection of Essential Health Benefits Benchmark
The Essential Health Benefits Bulletin released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in December 2011 indicates that states should select a benchmark plan for the essential health benefits during the third quarter of 2012. This approach allows states to select a benchmark plan that reflects the scope of services offered by a “typical employer plan” to be included in health plans offered in the individual and small group markets, both inside and outside of the affordable insurance exchanges. [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]

AMCHP is now accepting applications for the Ryan Colburn Scholarship. The deadline is 5 p.m. EST, Friday, Oct. 19. AMCHP will award a scholarship to one youth leader to attend the AMCHP Annual Conference 2013. The scholarship is valued at $1800 to cover airfare, lodging and per diem. For more information on how a youth leader in your state should apply for this scholarship, or for more information about the annual conference, visit here. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Jarvis at or 202-775-1472.

AAP Presents Time Out for Genetics Webinar
The next Time Out for Genetics webinar, “Genetics and Coding: What the Primary Care Provider Needs to Know” will take place on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 12 p.m. CST. The upcoming webinar, presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), aims to provide an overview of the current International Classification of Diseases coding systems as well as current gaps regarding genetics in primary care settings, and will include case study examples of how to utilize the appropriate coding in a variety of situations. [more]

Webinar on Flu Preparedness for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Neurologic disorders were reported in nearly two-thirds of pH1N1-associated pediatric deaths with an underlying medical condition. Because of the potential for severe outcomes, children with underlying neurologic disorders should receive influenza vaccine and be treated early and aggressively if they develop influenza-like illness. AAP will host a Clinician and Communications Activity (COCA) webinar on this topic on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. EST. [more]

New Resources for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
CDC has released updated promotional materials to promote October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, helping inform women with disabilities about the importance of breast cancer screening for early detection. Download posters, flyers, advertisements, web banners and buttons from The Right to Know page on the CDC website. [more]

2012 International Conference on Stillbirth, SIDS and Infant Survival
First Candle will host the 2012 International Conference on Stillbirth, SIDS and Infant Survival. The conference will be held on the Baltimore, Maryland waterfront from Thursday, Oct. 4 through Sunday, Oct. 7. [more]

Survive and Thrive: Roadmap for New Local Health Officials Call for Applicants
NACCHO is looking for interested new health officials, aspiring health officials, and coaches for the third cohort of Survive and Thrive, which will begin in fall 2012. The Survive and Thrive program is a 12-month learning opportunity designed to enhance the skills of new local health officials- top executives at local health departments. [more]

Applications Now Open for the 2012 MCH Epi Pre-Conference Trainings!
This year, AMCHP will offer four training options for those wishing to build their skills in the areas of spatial analysis, quality improvement, scientific writing and leadership. A detailed description of each, including learning objectives and MCH leadership competencies addressed, is available through the AMCHP website. [more]

2012 Unsung Heroes of Public Health Awards Nominations
The Campaign for Public Health Foundation is collecting nominations through Nov. 1 for their third-annual Unsung Heroes of Public Health Awards. These awards are intended to highlight the return on investment of the nation’s behind-the-scenes disease control and prevention efforts, applaud the staff who run them, and educate policymakers and others about how public health works to save lives, prevent injuries, limit disease outbreaks -- and so much more. [more]

RWJF Health Policy Fellows Releases Call for Applications
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health Policy Fellows program provides the nation’s most comprehensive fellowship experience at the nexus of health science, policy and politics in Washington, D.C. It is an outstanding opportunity for exceptional midcareer health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health and health care policy. [more]

Genetic Alliance Funds Innovation in Newborn Screening
Genetic Alliance is accepting proposals for the 2013 Baby’s First Test Challenge Awards. Several awards up to $20,000 each will be given for organizations to increase newborn screening awareness and integrate Baby’s First Test into new or existing outreach, engagement or educational efforts. The 2013 Baby’s First Test Challenge Awards are an opportunity to build a bridge between Baby’s First Test and the existing programs, resources, and expertise in the newborn screening community. [more]

NNPHI Open Forum for Quality Improvement in Public Health
The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) is pleased to invite you to our next Open Forum Meeting for Quality Improvement in Public Health. This is the 6th open forum meeting hosted by NNPHI, and it will be held at the Charlotte Marriott City Center in Charlotte, North Carolina on Dec. 6-7. The Forum will begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 6 and conclude at 2:00 p.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 7. [more]



Publications & Resources

Innovation Station

New MCH Emerging, Promising and Best Practices Added to the AMCHP Innovation Station
AMCHP is pleased to announce that new practices have been added to the Innovation Station database following a recent review held by the Best Practices Review Panel. Innovation Station houses reviewed MCH practices that range from new, emerging practices with solid design and evaluation plan to promising practices with strong evaluation data to demonstrate effectiveness to best practices that have been peer reviewed, extensively evaluated and replicated. [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; information about the importance of well child visits for all children, including children and youth with special health care needs... [more]

Children’s Health

New MCH Library Resource on Child and Adolescent Nutrition
The MCH Library at Georgetown University released a new knowledge path, Nutrition in Children and Adolescents. The knowledge path directs readers to a selection of current, high-quality resources that present evidence-based nutrition guidance, describe public health campaigns and other promotion programs, inform policy and legislation, and report on research aimed at identifying promising strategies for improving nutrition and eating behaviors within families, schools, and communities. [more]



AMCHP Working On Your Behalf

  • On Sept. 5, AMCHP staff Piia Hanson and Maritza Valenzuela attended the Place Matters National Health Equity Conference in Washington, DC. The conference examined health inequities in minority and low-income communities and explored initiatives that are working to promote health equality. For more information and materials from conference presentations, click here.
  • On Sept. 6, AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser and AMCHP staff Erin Bonzon and Brent Ewig met with Dr. David Willis, Director, Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Services, Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The meeting with Dr. Willis and leadership staff of the MIECHV program focused on building collaborations and enhancing partnerships between maternal and child health, early childhood and home visiting.
  • On Sept. 6, AMCHP staff Mike Fraser and Lauren Raskin Ramos participated in a meeting with leadership from the March of Dimes, ASTHO and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau to discuss coordination of national infant mortality initiatives. The group agreed to continue to meet regularly and develop a strategy to improve coordination and develop strategies to best benefit state health agencies and others working to improve birth outcomes and reduce infant mortality.
  • On Sept. 11-12, AMCHP President Stephanie Wrightsman-Birch, AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser and AMCHP staff Erin Bonzon attended the ASTHO Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. Stephanie and Mike visited with the Texas Department of State Health Services Office of Family Health & Title V and learned about efforts in Texas to reduce infant mortality, including the Healthy Texas Babies program. 

To see more of what AMCHP is doing on your behalf, click here.



AMCHP Seeks Program Manager for Workforce & Leadership Development
The Program Manager for Workforce & Leadership Development is a member of the Programs Team and contributes to the advancement of maternal and child health programs by performing a variety of planning and program implementation, research, and evaluation projects related to workforce and leadership development. [more]

BHPr Opening for Public Health and Interdisciplinary Education Branch Chief
The Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), Division of Public Health and Interdisciplinary Education (DPHIE) provides leadership and serves as the principal focal point for the Agency and the Bureau for increasing the public health workforce, interdisciplinary health professions issues and programs, including geriatric training, and research activities to increase the diversity of the health professional workforce. [more]

CDC Looking for Senior Advisor to the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
The National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) is looking to fill the Senior Advisor to the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities position. This announcement is open through Oct. 11, 2012. The position serves as a Senior Leader providing leadership/executive direction, planning, coordination, leadership, and strategic vision and guidance to the NCBDDD. [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!



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).

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. [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. [more]

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research
Deadline: Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. EST
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research program develops and supports a new generation of creative health policy thinkers and researchers within the disciplines of economics, political science and sociology. Each year the program selects up to nine highly qualified individuals for two-year fellowships at one of three nationally prominent universities with the expectation that they will make important research contributions to future U.S. health policy. [more]

Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) 2013 RSVP Competition
Deadline: Oct. 18
CNCS -- through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, Social Innovation Fund, and other programs and activities -- has helped to engage millions of citizens in meeting community and national challenges through service and volunteer action.  In alignment with the SAA and the CNCS Strategic Plan, this Senior Corps RSVP Draft Notice will focus grant making for fiscal year 2013 in the six Focus Areas identified by SAA: 1) Education 2) Healthy Futures 3) Veterans and Military Families 4) Environmental Stewardship 5) Economic Opportunity 6) Disaster Services.  [more]

Funding Available for NWGHAAD
Deadline: Oct. 18 5 p.m. MST
This funding opportunity provides support for activities and events in support of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) in the United States and its affiliated territories. The purpose of NWGHAAD is to highlight the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls and encourage women and girls to take action by knowing their HIV status and understanding their risk. [more]

CMS Demonstration Grant for TEFT in Community-Based Long Term Services and Supports Grant
Deadline: Oct. 22
This Testing Experience and Functional Tools (TEFT) demonstration grant award is intended to further adult quality measurement activities under Section 2701 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). As such it tests and evaluates new measures of functional capacity and individual experience for populations receiving community-based long term services and supports. [more]

CMS Funding for National and State Background Checks for Direct Patient Access Employees
Deadline: Oct. 31
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is conducting a nationwide program that will identify efficient, effective and economical procedures for long term care facilities and providers to conduct background checks on prospective direct patient/resident access employees. [more]

CDC Funding for Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program, Supplemental Evaluation Projects
Deadline: Nov. 2
The purpose of the program is to support the goals and strategies of the HHS Viral Hepatitis Action Plan by focusing on 1) eliminating mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B virus infection, 2) ensuring that HBV-infected pregnant women receive timely evaluation and care, which may improve prevention of hepatitis B virus infection for infants born to HBV-infected women with high viral load, and 3) ensuring that hospitals and birthing centers administer a “birth dose” of hepatitis B vaccine to all neonates prior to discharge from the birthing facility. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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