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 Feb. 20, 2013

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AMCHP Invited to White House to Discuss Sequestration
On Feb. 19, Carolyn Mullen and Brent Ewig were honored to represent AMCHP at a White House event where the president once again spoke out against the looming sequester. Carolyn also represented AMCHP at a follow-up meeting with senior White House advisors organized by the Coalition for Health Funding on Feb. 20. We continue to make sure that AMCHP is at the table and providing a leading voice about why sequestration or any further cuts are bad for moms, kids and families. [more]

Health Reform Implementation

HHS Announces 27 Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Awards
On Feb. 15, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the funding for the Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced 27 recipients of new Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns awards, made possible by the Affordable Care Act. Up to $41.4 million can be used by states, caregivers and others to find new ways to prevent significant, long-term health problems for high-risk pregnant women and newborns enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). [more]

Deadline Passes for States to Decide on Partnership for Health Insurance Marketplaces
Feb. 15 was the deadline for states to declare their intention to partner with the federal government in the implementation of the health insurance marketplace. Late in 2012, states had to indicate if they were going to establish their own marketplace, but had until Feb. 15 to indicate if they were going partner with the federal government or allow the federal government to establish the marketplace in the state. To view the map which shows how states’ marketplaces will be established, click here.


AHRQ and CMS Unveil New Children’s Electronic Health Record Format
The benefits of electronic health records (EHRs) may become more widely available to children through a model EHR format for children’s health care, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Feb. 6. While the growing use of EHRs is shown to improve the quality and safety of health care, many existing systems are not tailored to capture or process information about children. [more]

DataSpeak Web Conference: From Theory to Data to Practice – Practical Applications of the Life Course Approach
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is pleased to announce an upcoming DataSpeak Web conference on the life course approach to maternal and child (MCH) health on Feb. 26. The life course approach “looks at health as an integrated continuum and suggests that a complex interplay of biological, behavioral, psychological, social and environmental factors contribute to health outcomes across the course of a person's life.” Over the past several years, the idea of the life course approach has made inroads in the maternal and child health community. Researchers are now taking the theory to practice and exploring practical applications of this approach. This DataSpeak will feature three ways in which researchers and practitioners are using data and the life course approach. AMCHP staff Caroline Stampfel will be a featured presenter and will speak on the progress of the currently underway AMCHP Life Course Metrics Project. [more]

Call for Abstracts: 3rd Annual Advancing Quality Improvement Science for Children’s Health Care Research Conference
The Academic Pediatric Association (APA) is soliciting posters for the 3rd Annual Advancing Quality Improvement (QI) Science for Children’s Health Care Research Conference. This conference will focus on methodological and technical issues of major importance in the field of pediatric health care QI research. Speakers and participants will focus on barriers and facilitators to the development, extension, and use of state-of-the-art methodologies and research methods for health care QI research. [more]

Training Course In Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology
MCHB and CDC are offering a Training Course in MCH Epidemiology as part of their ongoing effort to enhance the analytic capacity of state and local health agencies. The course is scheduled to take place May 28-Jun. 1 in Nashville, TN. Lodging, breakfast and lunch expenses will be covered. This national program is aimed primarily at professionals in state and local health agencies who have significant responsibility for collecting, processing, analyzing, and reporting maternal and child health data. Faculty working with state or local MCH departments also are eligible for the course. The course is geared to individuals with basic to intermediate skills in using statistical and epidemiologic methods, preferably in MCH or a related field. [more]

NIH Conference on Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a condition in which women without previously diagnosed diabetes exhibit high blood glucose levels during pregnancy (especially during the third trimester of pregnancy). GDM is estimated to occur in 1 to 14 percent of U.S. pregnancies, affecting more than 200,000 women annually. It is one of the most common disorders in pregnancy and is associated with an increased risk of complications for the mother and child. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is hosting a Consensus Development Conference, Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes Mellitus, on Mar. 4-6 on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. The conference is free and open to the public and continuing education credits are available. [more]

ARHP 50th Annual Reproductive HealthMeeting: Call for Exhibitors
The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) 50th anniversary celebration of the Reproductive Health meeting will be taking place Sept. 19-21 in Denver, CO. This is a premier meeting in reproductive and sexual health and delivers the latest in research science, interactive, hands-on training, and take home points for immediate practice improvement. Exhibit space is now limited, but it is not too late. There is still time to take full advantage of early bird registration discount for the best possible rates and select booth placement in the exhibit hall. [more]

Petition to Maintain and Extend the SACHDNC
The Save Babies Through Screening Foundation has set up a petition asking HRSA Administrator Dr. Mary Wakefield to convene the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children (SACHDNC) before Apr. 24 and extend its term. The SACHDNC is the only national venue where parents can contribute their experiences and perspectives to the public deliberations on newborn screening. In addition, the committee needs to complete its deliberations on Pompe Disease so that babies lives will be saved. [more]

Call for Papers: Leadership Development for MCH Workforce
The Maternal and Child Health Journal is soliciting manuscript submissions to be considered for an upcoming themed issue on the life cycle of leadership development in MCH practice, policy and research across the workforce from per-professional through and after professional training. The Journal is particularly interested in submissions that further understanding of implementing the MCH Leadership Competencies. The deadline for submissions in Jun. 30. [more]

To see more ways to get involved, click here.


Women's and Infant Health

Webinar Resources Available: Harnessing National Efforts to Improve Birth Outcomes and Reduce Infant Mortality
On Jan. 18, Grantmakers in Health, in collaboration with AMCHP, hosted a webinar on "Harnessing National Efforts to Improve Birth Outcomes and Reduce Infant Mortality." This webinar featured Dr. Michael Lu, Associate Administrator of MCHB, and Gary Nelson, president of the Healthcare Georgia Foundation, discussing national initiatives working to improve birth outcomes and how foundations might engage in these efforts as well as support complementary programs in their regions, states, and communities. AMCHP CEO Michael Fraser served as moderator. [more]

CDC Presents Birth Defects Communications Toolkit
CDC has developed a new Birth Defects Toolkit, which includes a variety of communication pieces including key messages and talking points, a fact sheet, a matte article, and some sample social media posts. An example of how the matte article is used is presented as a feature, Birth Defects and the Environment, available on Visit the Facebook page or Twitter to view the social media pieces in action. [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!


CMS Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Grant
Deadline: Feb. 21
Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment (Cycle III) grants will support outreach strategies similar to those conducted in previous grant cycles. These grants, funded under the Affordable Care Act, will continue efforts to find and enroll eligible children in Medicaid and CHIP by making a total of $32 million available for states, local governments, community-based and non-profit organizations. Indian health care providers and tribal entities also are eligible to apply. [more]

CDC Building Healthcare Practitioner Capacity Around HPV Vaccine Communication Grant
Deadline: Feb. 25
This funding opportunity announcement seeks to build on prior research concerning communication around vaccines recommended for adolescents in general, and HPV vaccine in particular, in order to identify and test interventions that demonstrate effectiveness in improving provider-level communication and recommendation of these vaccines. [more]

RWJF Clinical Scholars
Deadline: Feb. 28 at 5:00 p.m. EST
RWJF and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are collaborating to foster the development of physicians who will lead the transformation of Americans’ health and health care through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program. These future leaders will conduct innovative research and work with communities, organizations, practitioners and policymakers to address issues essential to the health and well-being of all Americans. Up to 20 eligible physicians will be selected in 2013 for appointments beginning Jul. 1, 2014. First year scholar stipend is $67,000 with an increase the second year. In some cases, VA stipends may be higher. Additional financial support is provided for research projects and professional travel. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.


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