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 Jan. 8, 2013

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Health Reform Implementation

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Jan. 3 a new batch of states that are conditionally approved to operate state-based health insurance exchanges. Those states are California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Vermont and Utah. These states are in addition to Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington that also are conditionally approved to run a state-based exchange. Additionally, conditional approval was given to Delaware to operate a state partnership exchange. [more]



AMCHP Board Elections Begin
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! [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]

Don't Miss the Exciting and Informative General Session at the AMCHP Annual Conference
This year, the AMCHP Annual Conference program will be punctuated by several energizing, cross-cutting general sessions. How can your move forward and advance MCH innovations in your own agency in the areas of child and adolescent health, youth involvement, women’s health, and maternal and infant health? What is the future of Title V? And what can you as an MCH leader learn from two American Olympians? [more]

AMCHP Releases Act Early Ambassadors Request for Applications
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), and the Association for Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) announce a funding opportunity for Act Early Ambassadors to work with the CDC “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program. [more]

AMCHP Webinar: Opportunities for Improving Preconception Health through Health Reform
Please join AMCHP on Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. EST for a webinar which will:  1) Briefly describe and define preconception health and its importance on improving birth outcomes and lowering disparities in the United States; 2) Provide an overview of coverage for women's and reproductive health care currently in the United States; 3) Highlight how health reform, both at the state and national level, can contribute to improving preconception care for women; and 4) Share successes, challenges and lessons learned from a state that offers various levels of coverage for preconception health. [more]

Futures Without Violence Webinar
Futures Without Violence (formerly the Family Violence Prevention Fund) will present a webinar entitled “Strengthening Healthcare-based Domestic Violence Programs through Evaluation. Many health care facilities across the U.S. have hired domestic violence/sexual assault (DV/SA) advocates to provide on-site services or utilize trained social workers and other trained health care staff to provide DV/SA intervention and referral. [more]

New Suicide Prevention Webinar and Conference Call Series
The Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S) will present a series of calls and webinars on the topic of suicide prevention. The goal of the series is to promote a dialogue between researchers and practitioners, enabling them to identify new, collaborative projects that will inform and enhance suicide prevention efforts and research. The first webinar will take place on Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. EST. Entitled “The Intersection of Suicide Research and Public Health Practice: Laying the Foundation for Partnership,” this webinar will explore the public health and collaboration frameworks for suicide prevention and suicide research. [more]

CDC Public Health Grand Rounds Explores Venous Thromboembolism
The January session of Grand Rounds will discuss Venous Thromboembolism (VTE), which consists of two related conditions caused by blood clots: Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE). Estimates of the number of people in the U.S. affected by a DVT/PE each year range from 350,000-900,000, with up to 100,000 dying as a result, and 20-50 percent of people who experience a DVT develop long-term complications. [more]

CMS Learning Lab Webinar: Improving Oral Health Through Access
CMS Oral Health Technical Assistance Webinars will present the third installment of the quarterly series on Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. EST. This webinar, "Quality Improvement Processes: An Introduction for Medicaid and CHIP Dental Programs," will provide states and oral health stakeholders with information about the basic principles of a quality improvement process, how to apply those principles in Medicaid and CHIP dental program toward improving access to dental care and technical assistance resources available to help states explore this topic further. [more]

Call for Applications: Making Lifelong Connections 2013
The University of Wisconsin Pediatric Pulmonary Center (PPC) and the Wisconsin Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) along with the University of Alabama at Birmingham PPC will be co-hosting an interdisciplinary leadership meeting entitled “Making Lifelong Connections: Leadership, Networking and Career Development for MCHB Trainees.” [more]

Deadline Approaching for MCH PHLI Applications
The Maternal and Child Health-Public Health Leadership Institute (MCH PHLI) applications for Cohort IV are now being accepted through 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. [more]

To see more ways to get involved, click here.



Child and Adolescent Health

CDC Presents New Childhood Immunization Campaign Resources
The CDC has created new resources to educate parents and health care professionals about the recommended immunization schedule, the benefits of vaccination and vaccine safety to help ensure vaccination rates remain high. [more]

Women’s and Infant Health

NBDPN Highlights Awareness Campaign Resources for National Birth Defects Prevention Month
Birth defects are a leading cause of death in infants and young children. However, the cause of most birth defects remains unknown. Preventing birth defects and leveraging intervention services for families in need are important public health priorities that require a sustained commitment of resources. In the U.S., every four and a half minutes a baby is born with a birth defect. The National Birth Defect Prevention Network’s (NBDPN) Parent Advisory Group has spearheaded the 2013 Birth Defects Awareness Campaign with the development of a public service announcement (PSA) video that is available, free of charge, in both English and Spanish. [more]



Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division Seeks MCH and Chronic Disease Center Director
The successful candidate will provide leadership for the Center for Prevention and Health Promotion and will positively contribute to the Division's leadership team acting as a change agent, accurately diagnosing context, applying critical and systems thinking, and building consensus in complex, multicultural contexts. [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]

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]

Lucille Packard Foundation for Children’s Health CSHCN Learning Collaborative Grant
Deadline: Feb. 8
The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health seeks proposals from community-based, multi-agency coalitions in California with an interest in improving local systems of care coordination for children with special health care needs (CSHCN). Grants of up to $40,000 will be awarded, and grantees will be required to participate in a multi-site learning collaborative with other community coalitions. Proposals must address care coordination needs of CSHCN and their families in a geographically defined community, county, or region within California. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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