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 Feb. 4, 2013

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The Federal Budget Update
During the past week, Congress approved legislation that would suspend the debt limit through May 18, 2013, thus taking the debt limit off the table for the current discussions about reducing the federal deficit through additional spending reductions. This legislation also ties congressional pay to the completion of a budget plan by suspending salaries of the members of the House or Senate if either chamber does not adopt a resolution by Apr. 15, 2013. [more]

In the past couple of weeks, Congress has largely remained silent about efforts to avoid sequestration scheduled to occur on Mar. 1, 2013. Based on estimates by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, non-defense discretionary accounts would be cut by 5.1 percent compared to the 8.2 percent under the original sequestration. [more]

Budget Resolution
Incoming Budget Committee Chair Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) recently released a memo to her colleagues outlining the work Congress completed during the past two years to reduce the deficit by $2.4 trillion and that moving forward in order to address the deficit it needs to be through a balanced approach via spending cuts and new revenue. [more]

President’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Proposal
The latest rumors in Washington, DC state that President Obama’s fiscal year 2014 budget proposal will not be released until late March or early April due to uncertainty about the fiscal year 2013 budget. This means that the fiscal year 2014 budget process will be condensed into a couple of weeks this spring when Congress begins deliberations and develops the fiscal year 2014 appropriations bills. [more]

Health Reform Implementation

Are you a Beta Tester? Of course you are.
On Jan. 28, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) put out a request seeking public input on a single, streamlined, application for insurance on the health insurance marketplace (formerly health insurance exchange). The application will be put into use this fall when open enrollment begins. [more]

CMS Announces 2013 Children’s Core Set of Health Care Quality Measures
On Jan. 24, CMS sent a letter to State Health Officials and State Medicaid Directors announcing the core set of pediatric quality measures for voluntary use by State Medicaid and CHIP programs. Forty-eight states and the District of Columbia voluntarily reported on at least one or more of the FY 2011 indicators. [more]

Back-to-Back Kaiser Family Foundation Reports
On Jan. 24, Kaiser released “The Public's Policy Agenda for the 113th Congress” The report highlights public opinion on priorities for, and views on, a wide range of health and health policy issues. [more]

On Jan. 23. KFF Medicaid and CHIP report provided insights on states’ progress toward implementation of the major portions of the Affordable Care Act, and that “many states are moving into high gear to prepare for implementation of the major provisions of the law, including a new streamlined Medicaid enrollment system and, at states' option, the expansion of Medicaid. Nearly all states are pressing forward with information technology and process improvements to develop faster, streamlined Medicaid enrollment systems as required under the ACA, whether or not the state elects to expand Medicaid coverage under the law.” [more]


AMCHP February Board Meeting
All members are invited to attend the AMCHP Board meeting, which will be held during our Annual Conference, on Saturday, Feb. 9, beginning at 7:30 a.m. EST. The meeting will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Members who will be attending should RSVP to Nora Lam or call (202) 775-0436. [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]

AMCHP Board Elections Closing Soon
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. [more]

AMCHP 2013 Starts Saturday – It's Not Too Late to Register!
The AMCHP 2013 Annual Conference is just a few days away, Feb. 9-12, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. Register today to be a part of the largest gathering of MCH professional nationwide! To register, visit [more]

NACCHO Requests Input for Preconception Health and Health Care Website
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is looking for public health professionals to provide feedback on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) preconception health and health care website. NACCHO is requesting feedback from public health workers who promote and assure access to preconception health (e.g., educators, managers, physicians, and nurses) at the state, local, or community level. [more]

February MCH EPI Grand Rounds: Multiple Births and Risks Associated with Assisted Reproductive Technology in the United States
Multiple births pose significant risks to mothers and infants. Because multiple embryos are often transferred in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) procedures, risks for multiple gestation pregnancies and multiple births are high. ART surveillance at CDC began in response to a 1992 congressional mandate: Fertility Clinic Success Rate and Certification Act (FCSRCA). As a result of this mandate, CDC collects data on all ART procedures performed in the United States and has published an annual ART success rates report since 1997. [more]

Training Opportunity for Leaders on Building Effective Systems of Care
The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health at Georgetown University will be hosting the next Primer Hands On training on May 1-2 in Washington, DC. This opportunity will be especially beneficial for leaders across child-serving systems and stakeholder groups from states, tribes, territories, and communities, the national level, family organizations, and neighborhoods who already play influential roles in the development of systems of care for children at-risk for or with serious emotional disturbances and their families. [more]

Addressing Children Exposed to Domestic Violence & Its Impact on Parenting in Home Visiting Settings Webinar
Parenting is personal, subjective and can be difficult – especially if there is a history of violence or current violence. Join the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program and the Office of Women’s Health, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and Futures Without Violence on Feb. 19 at 12:30 p.m. EST for a webinar on the issue of adults’ childhood experiences with violence. [more]

MIHOPE Launches Listserv and Newsletter
The Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE) is designed to build knowledge for policymakers and practitioners about the effectiveness of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) in improving outcomes for at-risk children and families. [more]

Division of MCH Workforce Development FY 2013 Competitive Funding Preview
The Division of MCH Workforce Development within the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) has released a preview of the following funding announcements. Funding is still uncertain. [more]

To see more ways to get involved, click here.



Child and Adolescent Health

Children's Safety Network Releases Analysis on Firearm Injury
The Cost of Firearm Violence examines firearm injury costs in the United States in 2010. The estimates were developed by the Children's Safety Network Economics and Data Analysis Resource Center with funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The estimates are based on injury data from the CDC and unit costs from the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation's injury-cost model. [more]

Journal of Adolescent Health Supplement Examines Life Course Approach to Understanding Adolescence
The supplement to the February 2013 issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health investigates the neurobiology and development of adolescent health and disease, focusing primarily on what transpires during adolescence and how a young person subsequently responds to the range of environmental demands placed on him or her. [more]



  • AMCHP staff Carolyn McCoy attended two presentations at the Kaiser Family Foundation where two major reports were released and were accompanied by panel discussions. The presentations were on state Medicaid and CHIP enrollment policies moving into open enrollment period in the fall of 2013 and full implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2014. The second was a briefing on the public’s opinion on health care reform as well as strategies for moving forward on important topics, such as debt reduction vis-à-vis the public’s priorities for where to find savings in the national budget.  
  • On Jan. 24, AMCHP staff Carolyn McCoy attended a Habilitation Coalition meeting. Members of the coalition are leaders from all areas of the disability community that have a common interest in ensuring that the habilitation benefit included in the essential health benefits of insurance plans is implemented in the best possible way. This coalition also contributes to the national discussion on federal regulations as well as engaging with leaders in the administration to provide education on habilitation services and their importance. 
  •  On Jan. 24, AMCHP staff Erin Bonzon and Tegan Callahan attended the annual meeting of the National Fetal Infant Mortality Review (NFIMR) Consortium. Members of the consortium were presented with a review of ACOG NFIMR activities during 2012 and were able to give input on the group’s direction for 2013. 
  • On Jan. 24, AMCHP staff Piia Hanson attended the Breastfeeding Promotion Consortium meeting in Alexandria, VA, to share resources and information and connect with other professional health organizations, breastfeeding advocacy groups and federal agencies that work to promote, support and protect breastfeeding. 
  • On Jan. 25, AMCHP staff Erin Bonzon represented AMCHP at the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) Membership Meeting. She connected with local, state and national groups to share AMCHP work and learn from other members. USBC is an independent nonprofit coalition of more than 40 nationally influential professional, educational, and governmental organizations, that share a common mission to improve the Nation’s health by working collaboratively to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.



AAP Seeks Manager, Medical Home Initiatives
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), has an opportunity in the Division of Children with Special Needs for a relationship builder with strong project management and writing skills to manage medical home initiatives, and support numerous initiatives and activities related to medical home implementation. [more]

CAHMI Open Research Associate Position
The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) at Oregon Health & Science University is currently recruiting for a Research Associate to join our team of committed professionals endeavoring to improve children’s health. The CAHMI mission is to ensure that children, youth and families are at the center of quality measurement and improvement efforts in order to advance a high quality consumer-centered health care system. [more]

AMCHP Opening: Women’s and Infant Health Intern
The Women’s and Infant Health Team seeks a graduate student intern for Spring 2013. The intern will work on a variety of projects and initiatives, and will also have an opportunity to work with other AMCHP program and policy staff on various crosscutting issues. The intern will support a variety of projects including the Optimizing Health Reform to Improve Birth Outcomes Action Learning Collaborative (ALC), Life Metrics Course Project, MCH Innovation Station, and a national scan of state level programs and policies addressing preconception health, among other initiatives. [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]



CDC Birth Defect Study to Evaluate Pregnancy Exposures (BD-STEPS) Grant
Deadline: Application due Feb. 8, Letter of intent due Jan. 8
The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to identify modifiable maternal exposures in early pregnancy that may increase the risk for having a pregnancy affected by certain major, structural birth defects. The CDC mission is “to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability.” This program is most closely aligned with the CDC Health Protection Goal of “Healthy People in Every Stage of Life.” [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, multiagency coalitions in California with an interest in improving local systems of care coordination for 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]

Bureau of Educational and Cultural AffairsAmerican Youth Leadership Program Disability Component Grant
Deadline: Feb. 11
The Office of Citizen Exchanges, Youth Programs Division, of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for an American Youth Leadership Program Disability Component. The award recipients will recruit and select 15-25 youth and one to three adult participants from the United States and provide them with a three- to four-week exchange program in select countries abroad focused on dialogue and debate, leadership development, and community service. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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