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 Nov. 25, 2013

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Federal Budget Update
With less than two months until expiration of the current continuing resolution keeping the government open, there is little progress to report from the special joint budget conference committee. Hopes are fading fast for negotiators to agree on top-line numbers that would allow appropriators to begin writing final FY 2014 bills. [more]

PREEMIE Act Reauthorization Passes Congress
On Nov. 14, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed The PREEMIE Reauthorization Act (S. 252) sending the law to President Obama for his signature. AMCHP joins the March of Dimes and other partners in thanking the bipartisan champions of the bill, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Representatives Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Leonard Lance (R-NJ). [more]

House Committee Holds Hearing on Public Health Legislation
The House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), on Nov. 20 held a hearing on “Examining Public Health Legislation to Help Local Communities.”[more]


Resources for Pregnant Women and ACA
It is becoming clear that the MCH workforce understands how health reform may affect some pregnant women. As a result, the National Health Law Program and the National Partnership for Women and Families both released resources on pregnant women and the Affordable Care Act. [more]

Immigration and the ACA
Many states are facing questions as to how the ACA applies to immigrants. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) released a civil immigration enforcement policy regarding information obtained during the eligibility determination process for health insurance coverage. [more]



Staying Resilient in Hard Times: Local MCAH Programs and Services Webinar
Join the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, and the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, for the second of two webinars describing the national landscape of local maternal, child, and adolescent health (MCAH) programs, services and collaborations on Nov. 26 from 12-1 p.m. EST. [more]

CityMatCHLeadership & MCH Epidemiology Conference 2014
Building on the success of years past, 2014 will combine both the CityMatCH Urban MCH Leadership conference and the National MCH Epidemiology conference. [more]

Delivering the Scientific Facts about Drug Abuse to Teens Webinar
Join the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) on Dec. 9 from 2-3 p.m. EST for a webinar to learn how to best utilize NIDA free materials, such as the Shatter the Myths booklet and the National Drug IQ Challenge, during their fourth annual National Drug Facts Week (NDFW). [more]

Breastfeeding and the Affordable Care Act Webinar
As a complement to the release of our issue brief in December, AMCHP will host a webinar on Breastfeeding and the Affordable Care Act on Monday, Dec. 16 from 2-3 p.m. EST. [more]

2014-2016 Act Early State Systems Grants Request for Applications
Through funding from the CDC National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, AMCHP will facilitate a competitive award process of up to $20,000 over two years, to seven state teams led by either the Title V program or a member of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities network, to support the collaboration of Act Early Regional Summit Project teams and to further activities. [more]

AMCHP New Director Mentor Program Now Accepting Applications!
The AMCHP New Director/Mentor Program is accepting applications - if you know of a new MCH, CYSHCN or Title V director (someone who has been in their role for three years or less) encourage them to apply! [more]

AMCHP Partnering with University of North Carolina on New MCH Workforce Development Center
The HRSA 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. [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. [more]

For more ways to get involved, click here.



General Maternal & Child Health

Archived Webinar Series on Public Health Communications
Recently, NACCHO and CDC jointly hosted a four-part webinar series to strengthen local health department communications capacity in the areas of marketing and branding, messaging, new media and public health communications evaluation. [more]

Special Report on the Allegheny County Maternal and Child Health Care Collaborative
The effects of parental depression and childhood developmental delay are closely intertwined, and these issues are more prevalent among low-income and minority families than the general population. [more]

CDC Releases Winnable Battles Progress Report
Learn more about the CDC Winnable Battles targets, what CDC is doing in support of Winnable Battles, and what progress is being made toward these goals. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

Teen Drive Safety Toolset from the Center for Injury Research and Prevention
In conjunction with the Temple University Department of Public Health, the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research has released a set of learning modules aimed at advancing public knowledge of policy initiatives, existing and emerging research, and transformative models. [more]

Women's & Infant Health

2014 Birth Defects Prevention Month Packet is Now Available
The National Birth Defects Prevention Network Education and Outreach Committee is pleased announce the release of packet materials for January 2014. [more]



  • On Nov. 17-19, AMCHP staff Alma Reyes and Kate Taft represented AMCHP at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) annual meeting, "Promoting Inclusion in an Increasingly Diverse World." [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]

New Mexico Department of Health Seeks Applications for Advanced Epidemiologist
This position will coordinate and conduct data analysis for federal infant mortality prevention initiatives and oversee data collection and analysis strategies to monitor and evaluate infant mortality prevention efforts as well as analyze vital records data, and maternal child health surveillance data. [more]

Oklahoma DOH Accepting Applications for MCH Consultant and Health Educator
This position is responsible for the assessment, development, planning, implementation and evaluation of health education and promotion programs for infancy, early childhood, school health and adolescent health, and programmatic aspects of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). [more]

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Seeks Applications for Comprehensive Health Planner II Position
The Division of Population Health seeks an experienced public health professional to coordinate and manage the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey, develop systems for monitoring progress in achieving health indicators and objectives and work across programs to evaluate and plan evidence-based interventions. [more]

UNC Seeking MCH Center Senior Collaboration Manager
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Department of MCH seeks a full-time EPA non-faculty senior collaboration manager to coordinate and manage a newly-funded national MCH Workforce Development Center. [more]



USDA Center for Collaborative Research on WIC Nutrition Education Innovations Grant
Deadline: Letters of Intent Due Dec. 18
The USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine (CNRC WIC Center) announces the second round of funding available for researcher-initiated projects to demonstrate creative approaches to nutrition education for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). [more]

WT Grant Foundation
Deadline: Letters of Inquiry due Jan. 8
The foundation is now accepting letters of inquiry from research projects on youth settings, youth development, youth policy and practices and evidence-based improvements. [more]

Knight News Challenge
Deadline: Jan. 15
This $100,000 prize is part of the Knight Foundation’s latest News Challenge, which seeks innovative ideas to harness information and data for the health of communities. [more]

RWJF Executive Nurses Fellows
Deadline: Jan. 15 at 3 p.m. EST
The RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program is a three-year advanced leadership program for nurses who aspire to lead and shape health care locally and nationally. Fellows strengthen and improve their leadership abilities related to improving health and health care. [more]

Rural Health Network Development Planning
Deadline: Jan. 16
The purpose of this grant is to assist in the planning and development of an integrated health care network. This grant program brings together key parts of a rural health care delivery system to establish and improve local capacity and coordination of care. [more]

CMS Cooperative Agreement to Support Establishment of Health Insurance Exchanges
Deadline: Oct. 15
Through this cooperative agreement, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will provide states, the District of Columbia, and consortia of states, with financial assistance for the establishment of exchanges. [more]

NIH Initiative to Maximize Research Education in Genomics Diversity Action Plan
Deadline: Sept. 6, 2016
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) present this funding opportunity to facilitate the training of individuals at all careers levels (the undergraduate, graduate, post baccalaureate, postdoctoral and faculty levels) from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in scientific disciplines relevant to genomics to enable them to pursue genomics research that spans all areas of interest to National Human Genome Research Institute later in their careers. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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