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Improving Reproductive Health of Women and Families: Coordinating Title V and Title X Programs
MCH programs use Title V and Title X funds to improve the health of the MCH population and enable broad access to family planning and preventive health resources and services; however, the relationship and collaborations between these programs varies from state to state. On Nov, 13, 2-3 p.m. EST, AMCHP will host a webinar on lessons learned for establishing partnerships and coordinating  efforts among state Title V and Title X programs. Participants will hear from AMCHP staff Andria Cornell, Program Manager in Women's and Infant Health, who will describe a recent case study of experiences in ensuring successful collaboration. This discussion will be followed by examples from Iowa and Virginia on what led these states to successful coordination, how they measure their success, and how they foresee the ACA impacting Title V and Title X in their state. Click here to register.

AMCHP Partnering with University of North Carolina on New MCH Workforce Development Center
The Human Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Division of Workforce Development awarded the University of North Carolina (UNC) Gillings School of Public Health $5.5 million to start a national MCH Workforce Development Center. The UNC MCH Workforce Center will serve as a consolidated national hub for the program, engaging with key academic, policy and public health practice partners and providing workforce development to state Title V agencies in four core areas related to health reform: access to care, quality improvement, systems integration and population health management. AMCHP will play a critical role in coordinating and disseminating training and technical assistance offered by the “cores” with state-level Title V staff and also housing virtual training and technical assistance opportunities on the AMCHP website via a new “MCH Transformation Station” portal. Additionally, AMCHP is the lead organization on the ‘access to care’ core. In addition to AMCHP, the UNC MCH Workforce Center will be working in collaboration with the Center for Public Health Quality, Boston University’s Catalyst Center, the College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Howard University, the National Academy of State Health Policy, and The Catalyst Center. Please save the date for the UNC MCH Workforce Development Center launching at the AMCHP 2014 Annual Conference on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014.  Details coming soon!

AMCHP Grant Opportunity to be Announced
Through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), AMCHP will facilitate a competitive award process for up to 7 states to receive up to $20,000 over 2 years to state teams, led by either the Title V program or a member of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) network, to support the collaboration of Act Early Regional Summit Project teams and to further activities initiated by state teams during the Summits. These funds are designed to be a catalyst for collaboration with stakeholders, as well as for implementing specific activities outlined in Act Early State Plans. AMCHP will provide ongoing technical assistance, disseminate resource materials and link grantees to other states and experts in autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

The funding announcement is anticipated for the end of October and will be posted on the AMCHP and AUCD Websites and will be distributed through relevant listservs. For more information, please contact Michelle Jarvis or Alma Reyes.

Improving Reproductive Health of Women and Families: Integrating Title V and Title X Programs
Title V and Title X serve the same population, however, the collaboration of these programs varies from state to state.  On Nov. 13, 2-3 p.m. EST, AMCHP will host a webinar on lessons learned for integrating state Title V and Title X programs. Participants will hear from AMCHP staff Andria Cornell, Program Manager of Women & Infant Health, who will provide an overview of what states are doing to ensure a successful collaboration. This discussion will be followed by two state examples from Iowa and Virginia, sharing what led them to a successful integration, how they measure their success and how they foresee the Affordable Care Act impacting Title V and Title X. Click here to register.

Measuring a Life Course Approach to MCH:  The AMCHP Life Course Metrics Project and Final Set of Indicators
This month, AMCHP released a final set of life course indicators as the culminating product of a year-long effort to identify and promote standardized indicators to measure progress using the life course approach to improve MCH. Guided by a national expert panel, the selection of the final set took place through a collaborative process with seven state teams: Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska and North Carolina. Join AMCHP Nov. 19 from 2-3 p.m. EST for a webinar that will provide an overview of the Life Course Metrics Project and its process, sharing key decision points and methods for engaging the MCH community. Representatives from state MCH programs, including MCH epidemiology, will share their perspectives on participating in the project, the challenges and lessons they learned and how the life course indicators will influence their work and future efforts. The webinar will conclude with a discussion with the national expert panel members on the implications of the life course indicators for the field of MCH and beyond. Join us and share your questions, reactions and experiences in measuring a life course approach to MCH. To register, click here.

The final set of life course indicators and supporting resources are available online at amchp.org/lifecourseindicators

Are You “Branding” Your Title V-Funded Programs, Services, Events and Resources?
As a Title V professional you understand that Title V programs have a large reach supporting women, children, children and youth with special health care needs, and families. Do others, such as the general public, program consumers or even state legislatures, have this same understanding? Increasing the brand awareness of Title V-funded events, programs and resources can make it easier for state legislatures, the general public and the population Title V programs serve to understand Title V reach. AMCHP is interested in gaining a better understanding of if/how state Title V programs are branding Title V-funded programs, services, events and resources. Please click here and take a few minutes to share your thoughts.

AMCHP Best Practices Technical Assistance Project: Request for Applications DEADLINE EXTENDED
As part of an overall strategic goal to improve maternal and child health (MCH) outcomes by sharing effective and promising practices with state and territorial MCH programs, AMCHP is please to provide a second round of replication stipends to foster connections between states interested in replication or adaptation of a current emerging, promising or best practice in Innovation Station. Through this project, applicants can request technical assistance support (i.e., travel funds or other seed resources) to learn how to adapt a specific Innovation Station practice (or elements of a practice) to their state or community. Applicants will need to demonstrate readiness to adapt the practice in order to maximize technical assistance resources. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 31. To access the RFA, click here. To apply, click here.

Click here to read how previous award recipients from Iowa and Montana used funds to adapt the Florida CMS-CSHCN Youth and Young Adult Transition materials and to replicate the Rhode Island Pediatric Practice Enhancement Project.

November is Prematurity Awareness Month
AMCHP is pleased to be a member of the March of Dimes Prematurity Awareness Campaign Steering committee and partner in their efforts to raise awareness about prematurity. The awareness month kicks off on Nov. 1 with the release of the March of Dimes (MoD) Premature Birth Report Card. Nov. 17 marks World Prematurity Day, and MoD and its partner organizations worldwide are asking everyone to help spread the word on the serious problem of premature birth. This year, they created an online media kit that you can use to support prematurity awareness in your publications, e-mails, websites and other communications. To access the kit housed on the World Prematurity Day Facebook page, click here.

Toll-Free Hotline Survey for State Title V Program Staff
Federal Title V legislation requires that state maternal and child health agencies establish and maintain a toll-free hotline for families with information about programs and providers. Because of declining call volumes to the existing line and because of multiple other existing lines with similar purpose/function, Tennessee is in the process of evaluating its toll-free Title V line and asked AMCHP to facilitate a process to gather feedback from other states about their lines. This very brief survey asks about the services offered through the line, who staffs the line, whether call volume is changing, and what alternatives, if any, are states using to meet this requirement. If you have any questions, please contact AMCHP staff Caroline Stampfel. To connect to the survey, click here.