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 Jan. 23, 2013

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Time to Put the 12 Absolutes of Leadership into Practice!
Happy New Year! Or, should I say, Happy New Year?
This New Year definitely promises to be a challenging time for maternal and child health (MCH) programs. The uncertainty surrounding federal funding for the Title V MCH Services Block Grant is just one of our challenges; clearly there are a lot of other challenges and changes going on in our field. What will the future hold for MCH? See my upcoming column in January/February issue of AMCHP Pulse for a more detailed prediction of what’s in store for 2013. But what I can share is this: now more than ever, we have a pressing need for maternal and child health leadership. [more]


Save the Date – AMCHP to Convene National All-Member Teleconference on Friday, Feb. 1 at 3 p.m. EST
Please mark your calendar now for an all-member teleconference to be held Friday, Feb. 1 at 3 p.m. EST. The agenda will provide updates on the current fiscal outlook affecting state MCH programs and dialogue about the Jan. 7 Federal Register notice issued by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) announcing the opportunity to comment on a proposed data collection process to analyze Title V programs in the context of the Affordable Care Act. [more]

Budget Update: Fiscal Cliff(s)
During the next two months, Congress will be hard at work making decisions on a host of issues that will have broad implications regarding future funding of the federal government. Specifically, four events are scheduled to occur concurrently. [more]

Sequestration Update
According to current law, sequestration is scheduled to occur on Mar. 1. The administration and Congress have yet to engage in discussions on how to avert sequester. Last week, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memo to federal agencies entitled, “Planning for Uncertainty with Respect to Fiscal Year 2012 Budgetary Resources.” It is important to note that OMB is urging agencies to step up their planning for the potential cuts, however, at this time they should not make any reductions specifically in response to sequester. [more]


AMCHP February Board Meeting
All members are invited to attend the AMCHP Board meeting, which will be held during our Annual Conference, on Saturday, Feb. 9, beginning at 7:30 a.m. EST. The meeting will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Members who will be attending should RSVP to Nora Lam or call (202) 775-0436. [more]

AMCHP Business Meeting
All members are invited to attend the AMCHP Business Meeting, which will be held during our Annual Conference, on Tuesday, Feb. 12, beginning at 7:45 a.m. EST. The meeting will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. [more]

AMCHP Board Elections Closing Soon
AMCHP delegates are entitled to participate in the 2013 AMCHP Board of Directors election. Participation will ensure that you are part of selecting AMCHP’s next cohort of leaders. To view the list of Board candidates please visit the AMCHP 2013 Board of Directors election Web page here. Voting closes at 5 p.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 8 to ensure that the results are tabulated in time to share at the 2013 AMCHP Conference. Delegates, watch your e-mail for a link to the voting! If you have any questions about the election or how to vote, please contact Julio Arguello, Online Media & Information Technology Manager. [more]

Individual Professional Coaching at AMCHP 2103
Join us at the 2013 AMCHP Annual Conference and get access to individual professional coaching sessions as part of your full conference registration. Coaching is a relationship between a coach and a client to help their individual goals. Need a career boost, time to reflect on what’s next, or an opportunity to work on your own professional development? Are you ready for change? Conference attendees will have an opportunity to take advantage of individual, private 40-minute coaching sessions Sunday Feb. 10 through Tuesday Feb. 12, by registering in advance or by registering on site. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. [more]

AMCHP 2013 is Just Around the Corner – Register Today!
The AMCHP 2013 Annual Conference is just a few weeks away, Feb. 9-12, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. Register today to be a part of the largest gathering of MCH professional nationwide! [more]

NGA Child Health Disparities Webinar
The National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices will be conducting a webinar regarding policies and strategies states can adopt to decrease child health disparities, with a focus on infant mortality. According to the 2010 Census, more than one-third of the U.S. population identified themselves as members of racial or ethnic minority groups and by 2050, it is projected that these groups will account for almost half of the U.S. population. As a result, over the next few decades health disparities will be a critical issue as we try to achieve equity among such a diverse population. [more]

Webinar: Effective Strategies for Promoting Preconception Health
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and partners will present a webinar to learn more about how to improve the health of women of childbearing age, focusing on research and practice. Panelists include three contributors to the January Special Preconception Health Issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion and Dr. Sarah Verbiest, CDC Senior Advisor to the National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative. [more]

Perinatal Care Policies, Programs, and Quality Improvement Initiatives: Influencing Life Course Trajectories Webcast
The Alabama Public Health Training Center, in collaboration with the Maternal and Child Health Leadership, Education Training Programs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of South Florida, Tulane University, and the Alabama Department of Public Health, will present a webcast titled, Perinatal Care Policies, Programs, and Quality Improvement Initiatives: Influencing Life Course Trajectories. [more] Online Peer-Review and Publishing Webinar is a mechanism for peer-reviewing, publishing, and disseminating products of health-related community-engaged scholarship. This webinar will describe how CES4Health was developed, how to submit articles, and general information about the peer review process. [more]

Deadline Approaching for MCH PHLI Applications!
The deadline for Maternal and Child Health-Public Health Leadership Institute (MCH PHLI) applications for Cohort IV is Feb. 1. This year-long leadership development program for the MCH workforce is designed to significantly expand self-awareness and quickly build practical skills for effectively leading, managing people, and building partnerships, to advocate for and create the MCH systems of tomorrow. This unique program improves leadership capacity, teaching tools for creating the kind of culture that engages and motivates others. [more]

IOM-NRC Workshop on Research Issues in the Assessment of Birth Settings
The Committee on Research Issues in the Assessment of Birth Settings will hold a public workshop on Mar. 6-7 to review updates to the 1982 Institutes of Medicine-National Research Council (IOM-NRC) report Research Issues in the Assessment of Birth Settings. The workshop will feature invited presentations and discussions highlighting research findings that advance our understanding of the effects, on maternal labor, clinical and other birth procedures, and birth outcomes, of maternal care services in different types of birth settings, including conventional hospital labor and delivery wards, alternative birth settings that may be hospital-affiliated or free-standing, and home births. [more]

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General Maternal & Child Health

MCHB Getting Ready for Quality Improvement Quick Guide
This compilation of resources was prepared by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Division of MCH Workforce Development and Office of Policy Coordination to support the MCH community in becoming better acquainted with quality improvement. They identified resources for those with extremely limited time for exploring the concepts and skills, as well as for those who can allocate larger blocks of time to learn about quality improvement. [more]

CDC Report Finds Binge Drinking Among Women is Under-Recognized
In the January issue of Vital Signs, the CDC reported that nearly 14 million U.S. women binge drink roughly three times a month, and consume an average of six drinks per binge. Drinking behavior data was collected in the 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) from approximately 278,000 U.S. women aged 18 and older and for approximately 7,500 U.S. high school girls from the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS). [more]

Child and Adolescent Health

HHS Resources on Expanding ECE Services for Homeless Children
More than 1.6 million children in the United States live on the streets or in homeless shelters. Forty-two percent of these children are under the age of six. The numbers of homeless children are even higher when also counting families who are temporarily doubling up with others, living in campgrounds or otherwise without a stable home. A family’s housing circumstances can change very suddenly as evidenced when natural disasters cause families to be at least temporarily homeless. Research shows that children who experience homelessness also experience higher rates of chronic illness, developmental delays, anxiety and depression than children who live in stable homes. [more]

Autism Identification in Latino Children Podcast
This edition of the MCH Research Program Research Dialogue Podcasts is an interview with Bruno Anthony, PhD on improving the early identification of autism in Latino children. The program focuses on Dr. Anthony’s project to develop and test methods to increase the number of Latino children who are screened in primary care at an early age for autism and other developmental delays, using evidence-based measures. [more]

Women’s and Infant Health

CityMatCH Article on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
CityMatCH has published an article on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation’s Health Update: Women, Children, and Adolescents. Over the past 18 months, CityMatCH has been working with six local public health departments to prevent substance-exposed pregnancies. Many CityMatCH member health departments have reported an increase in the misuse of prescription painkillers – mostly oxycodone and oxycontin – and a notable increase in the incidence of NAS in local hospital NICUs. [more]



AMCHP Working On Your Behalf

  • In December of 2012, an article on the State Infant Mortality Collaborative, Developing a Standard Approach to Examine Infant Mortality: Findings from the State Infant Mortality Collaborative (SIMC), co-authored by AMCHP staff Caroline Stampfel, was published in the Maternal Child Health Journal Supplement, Using Data, Science, and Partnerships: Promoting Innovation and Collaboration to Strengthen the Field of Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology.
  • On Jan. 9-11, AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser, delivered remarks for the Partnership to Eliminate Disparities in Infant Mortality (PEDIM) Action Learning Collaborative (ALC) final meeting in New Orleans, LA. AMCHP staff Piia Hanson also was in attendance and helped to organize the two and a half day meeting that brought together teams from Ft. Worth, TX, New Orleans, LA, New Haven, CT, Boston, MA and various cities throughout the state of MI to develop sustainability plans around their work to address the impact of racism on infant mortality.
  • On Jan. 15-16, AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser and AMCHP staff Piia Hanson, attended the Best Babies Zone (BBZ) meeting in Oakland, CA. This meeting also was attended by various national partners and travel team representatives from the Oakland, CA, New Orleans, LA, and Cincinnati, OH project sites. The mission of BBZ is to give every baby born in a BBZ the best chance in life. This meeting brought participants together to describe strategies and approaches for zone-based work across four community sectors and to learn how collective impact can be used to frame and facilitate the BBZ work and potential changes at the zonal level.


AMCHP Opening: Women’s and Infant Health Intern
The Women’s and Infant Health Team seeks a graduate student intern for Spring 2013. The intern will work on a variety of projects and initiatives, and will also have an opportunity to work with other AMCHP program and policy staff on various crosscutting issues. The intern will support a variety of projects including the Optimizing Health Reform to Improve Birth Outcomes Action Learning Collaborative (ALC), Life Metrics Course Project, MCH Innovation Station, and a national scan of state level programs and policies addressing preconception health, among other initiatives. [more]

AMCHP Opening: 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]

NFP Seeks Chief Operating Officer
The Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is an evidence-based program that helps first-time mothers living in poverty achieve better birth outcomes, better child development, and greater self-sufficiency by partnering them with nurse home visitors through their children's second birthdays. [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!



HUD Strong Cities, Strong Communities National Resource Network Grant
Deadline: Jan. 28
This Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will fund the development of the SC2 National Resource Network, which will align federal resources and coordinate distinct and wide-ranging technical assistance programs to help communities make more effective local investments.

Medical Home Implementation for Children with Special Health Care Needs Grant
Deadline: Jan. 28
This announcement solicits applications for a National Center for Medical Home Implementation. The purpose of this activity is to: 1) support a national resource and technical assistance effort to implement and spread the medical home model to all children and youth, particularly children with special health care needs (CSHCN), children who are vulnerable and/or medically underserved, and pediatric populations served by state public health programs, MCHB and HRSA; and 2) support activities of the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP) grantees to improve children’s health through innovative community-based efforts, and community and statewide partnerships among professionals in health, education, social services, government, and business. [more]

CDC Birth Defect Study to Evaluate Pregnancy Exposures (BD-STEPS) Grant
Deadline: Application due Feb. 8, Letter of intent due Jan. 8
The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to identify modifiable maternal exposures in early pregnancy that may increase the risk for having a pregnancy affected by certain major, structural birth defects. The CDC mission is “to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability.” This program is most closely aligned with the CDC Health Protection Goal of “Healthy People in Every Stage of Life.” [more]

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