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 Oct. 28, 2013

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AMCHP Celebrates an MCH Landmark
Oct. 24, 2013 - Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy signed the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and Mental Retardation Planning Amendment to the Social Security Act, the first major legislation to combat mental illness and retardation. This law amended Title V of the Social Security Act “to assist states and communities in preventing and combating mental retardation through expansion and improvement of maternal and child health and crippled children's programs; through provision of prenatal, maternity, and infant care for individuals with conditions associated with childbearing which may lead to mental retardation; and through planning for comprehensive action to combat mental retardation.” [more]

Federal Budget Update
On Oct.16, President Obama signed legislation to reopen the federal government and provide continued funding at FY 2013 post sequestration levels through Jan. 15, 2014. This legislation also suspends enforcement of the federal debt limit until Feb. 7, 2014. [more]

Health Reform Implementation
As you have probably noticed, the website that serves as the portal to the federally facilitated marketplace, is off to a bumpy start. Despite the website’s woes, there are still avenues through which consumers can apply for health coverage in the states where the federal government is operating the marketplace. [more]



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. [more]

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... [more]

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. [more]

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. [more]

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? [more]

For more ways to get involved, click here.



Child & Adolescent

CSN on Halloween Safety
The Children’s Safety Network (CSN) has released a new blog post titled, Pedestrian Injuries: The True Terror of Halloween. The resource provides facts and statistics on child pedestrian accidents on Halloween, when the most dangerous hours are for children to cross the street and provides a multitude of additional resources on how to keep children safe this year. [more]

Women's and Infant Health

State Newborn Screening and Birth Defects Program Roles in Screening for CCHD
AMCHP released a new issue brief entitled State Newborn Screening and Birth Defects Program Roles in Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Defects (CCHD). This issue brief highlights effective practices and policies for states, specifically roles for state newborn screening and birth defects programs, to consider when designing and implementing comprehensive CCHD screening programs. The brief builds off of recommendations from a February 2013 meeting, hosted by AMCHP with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which brought together state newborn screening and birth defects program representatives to dialogue about key components for successful collaboration in critical congenital heart disease screening and program implementation. [more]

New NICDH Safe to Sleep Online Resource
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is pleased to announce the launch of a new Safe to Sleep website. The website provides tools to help users test their knowledge of safe sleeping environments, ideas for tummy time, facts on sudden infant death syndrome and information on how the Safe to Sleep is addressing high-risk communities. [more



  • On Oct. 8, AMCHP staff Carolyn McCoy presented on a panel at the National Conference of State Legislatures Fiscal Analysts Seminar in Annapolis, Maryland. The topic of the presentation was “Healthy Babies, Healthy Budgets.” [more]
  • On Oct. 17-19, AMCHP staff Sharron Corle, Lacy Fehrenbach and Kate Taft participated in the Identifying State Health Priorities to Ensure Healthy Families: Using Limited Dollars Wisely meeting in Washington, DC. The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) funded project is led by the National Conference of State Legislatures and brings state and local MCH leaders together with elected official, and professional staff of state legislative bodies. [more]
  • On Oct. 22-23, AMCHP staff Tegan Callahan and Piia Hanson attended the Children’s Outcomes Project (COP): Phase II meeting in Washington, DC. The goals of the project are to create and sustain the COP learning community, advance innovative policies and practices at the community and state levels and work collaboratively to inform federal policy. [more]



AMCHP Accepting CEO Applications
AMCHP is seeking a dynamic chief executive officer (CEO) to build on and preserve our mission of being a national resource, partner, and advocate for state public health leaders and others working to improve the health of women, children, youth, and families, including those with special health care needs. [more]

UCSF Institute for Health and Aging Now Accepting Applications for Research Analyst
Under the direction of the Epidemiology, Assessment and Program Development (EAPD) branch of the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Division of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), this position contributes to the evaluation and analysis of MCAH programs and MCAH-related issues of interest to the State of California. [more]



Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation Seeks Applications for Mental Health Research
Deadline: Nov. 1
Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to support research of interventions designed to prevent or improve major social, psychological, behavioral, or public health problems affecting children, adults, couples, families or communities. [more]

R40 Maternal and Child Health Research Program (MCHR) Grant
Deadline: Nov. 8
This grant supports innovative applied and translational research that have the potential to improve health care services and delivery and to promote health and wellbeing among maternal and child health (MCH) populations. [more]

Social and Behavioral Interventions to Increase Solid Organ Donation Grant
Deadline: Nov. 20
The purpose of this grant is to reduce the gap between the demand for organ transplants and the supply of organs from deceased donors by identifying successful strategies that can serve as model interventions to increase deceased organ donation registration or family consent. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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