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 Mar. 18, 2013

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Health Reform Implementation

Federal Budget Update
Welcome to March fiscal madness when legislation, amendments and resolutions are being introduced and debated at lightning speed. AMCHP staff is closely monitoring and analyzing various proposals as they are introduced and the below synopsis is our analysis of where things stand today. [more]

FY 2013 Mar. 1, 2013 Sequestration
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a sequestration order two weeks ago. A couple of days following that announcement, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) sent an email to formula grantees indicating the percentage cut would be 5 percent, which, according to our best guess, equates to an approximate $32 million reduction from the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant bringing the FY 2013 baseline to $606 million. Unfortunately, it appears most agencies have not yet contacted states and partners to delineate the percentage cut and when the cuts will be administered. [more]

FY 2013 Mar. 27, 2013 Funding for the Federal Government Expires
Congress is currently debating legislation to fund the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year (Mar. 27-Sept.30). Despite our best efforts, this legislation DOES NOT UNDO sequestration. Sequestration is still scheduled to occur and this legislation would lock it in for FY 2013. The House approved their version of the bill last week and the Senate is currently amending that legislation. As of today, there are differences between the two bills and the amendment process is still taking place. [more]

FY 2014 Apr. 15, 2013 Budget Resolution
Last week, the Chairs of the House and Senate Budget Committees unveiled their budget resolutions providing a blueprint for funding in fiscal year 2014 and beyond. The two proposals could not be more different in their approach to reduce the deficit and set spending priorities for the next year. [more]

FY 2014 Oct. 1, 2013 Testimony
In case you missed it, last week, AMCHP member Dr. Christopher Kus testified before the House Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee about the need for sustained funding for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant. Chairman Kingston (R-GA), Ranking Member DeLauro (D-CT), and Rep. Roybal Allard (D—CA) heard his oral remarks. [more]

What’s Next?
AMCHP will continue to keep you updated as these budgetary issues unfold. We expect the continuing resolution funding the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year will be finalized by the end of next week. The House and Senate will vote on their respective budget resolutions. Finally, it is expected that President Obama will release his budget for FY 2014 by Apr. 8. [more]

AMCHP Submits Comments on Title V Data Reporting
On Mar. 7, AMCHP provided comments to HRSA on the Federal Register notice that was released by OMB on Jan. 7 requesting comments on the burden on states to report data on the amount of federal funding from the Title V MCH Services Block Grant that states spend on direct services. Request for comment was given in order to "Analyze Title V Programs in the Context of the Affordable Care Act." States also provided comments specific to their programs. [more]

More States Approved to Partially or Fully Run Marketplaces
On Mar. 7, HHS conditionally approved four additional states to run their health insurance marketplaces. With the approval of Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire and West Virginia, 24 states and the District of Columbia are conditionally approved to partially or fully run their marketplace with the doors opening for enrollment on Oct. 1, 2013. HHS is also working with several other states in dividing the labor of plan management. [more]

Navigator and In-Person Assister Funding
HHS announced on Mar. 8 that the funding announcement for the navigator and in-person assister programs has been delayed. There were no details included in the announcement about when it is expected, but a follow-up webinar will be scheduled to discuss the funding announcement and answer questions. Stay tuned for more information! [more]



The AMCHP 2014 Annual Conference is Coming!
Would you like to help plan the 2014 Annual Conference? We are looking for volunteers who would like to participate in our Conference Planning Committee. If you would like to serve, or nominate a colleague, please contact Laura Goodwin, conference manager, for more information! Don’t want to serve on the committee? We are always looking for volunteers to help review presentation abstracts and help serve as reviewers for the program. [more]

Notice of April Board Meeting
The AMCHP Board of Directors will be meeting via teleconference on Apr. 11, 2013. Board meetings are open and all are invited to listen in to board deliberations. If you would like to join the meeting, we ask that you let Nora Lam, executive assistant, know of your intention to participation so we can accommodate you during the call and share the dial-in numbers. [more]

CDC March Grand Rounds: Teen Pregnancy
This month, CDC grand rounds will focus on reducing teen pregnancy in the United States. Experts will present topics covering evidence-based sexual health education, support for parents in talking with their children about pregnancy prevention and other aspects of sexual and reproductive health, and ready access to effective and affordable contraception for teens who are sexually active. Parents, educators, public health and medical professionals, and community organizations all have a role to play in reducing teen pregnancy. The webcast will take place on Mar. 19 at 1 p.m. EST. [more]

CDC Accepting Applications for PHPH Host Agencies
State and local health departments and other public health agencies interested in hosting a 2012 CDC Public Health Prevention Service (PHPS) fellow for a two-year field assignment may now apply. PHPS fellows have master's degrees and at least one year of public health experience prior to beginning the PHPS fellowship. Applications are due Apr. 5; assignments will begin in October 2013. [more]

Register Now for Conference on Health Disparities Research
This conference, At the Intersection of Race, Ethnicity, and Disability, will bring together researchers, advocates, and policymakers to share information and discuss racial, ethnic, and disability-related disparities. Attendees will learn about barriers to health care and health promotion for people with disabilities in underserved racial and ethnic groups, share research work on the intersection of racial/ethnic disparities and disabilities, and discuss priorities for future research and action. [more]

Register for AAP Conference on Quality Improvement Science for Children’s Health Care Research
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will host the third annual conference on pediatric quality improvement (QI) methods, research and evaluation on May 3. The meeting will focus on state-of-the-art methods for pediatric health care QI research and bring together leaders and innovators in pediatric QI research. [more]

To see more ways to get involved, click here.



General Maternal and Child Health

2012 Child and Women’s Health Databooks Now Available
The databooks are produced annually by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) in partnership with the HRSA Office of Women's Health for Women's Health USA. They are designed to provide MCH professions with an easy-to-use collection of current and historical data from multiple federal sources on some of the most pressing health challenges facing women, children, families, and communities. [more]

18th Annual MCH EPI Conference Archive and Resources Now Available
The 18th Annual MCH EPI Conference co-hosted with the 2012 CityMatCH Annual Urban MCH Leadership Conference, Advancing Partnerships: Data, Practice, and Policy brought together MCH professionals and public health practitioners from across the United States and internationally. [more]



  • On Feb. 28, AMCHP staff Sanaa Akbarali, Lacy Fehrenbach, and Kate Howe participated and helped organize the “State Newborn Screening and Birth Defects Program Roles in Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Defects (CCHD)” meeting in Atlanta, GA. Co-hosted by AMCHP and CDC, the meeting 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 implementation. The goal of the meeting is to inform an issue brief on the topic, which AMCHP and CDC will work on together, to broadly disseminate as a resource to all states over the coming months.
  • On Feb. 28, AMCHP staff Piia Hanson attended the Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership, Healthy Start and Head Start Consortium General Meeting, Building the 0-8 Pipeline: Exploring Educare, Early Childhood and Perinatal Models in New York, NY. The focus of the meeting was to discuss early childhood education from a life course perspective that integrates evidence-based preconception and perinatal program models with innovative Birth to 5 programs that ensure children enter school with a solid foundation and on a path towards college and career readiness.
  • On Mar. 1, AMCHP staff Megan Phillippi participated in discussions on communicating and implementing the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended guidelines for pregnancy weight gain and potential partnerships to engage women and their health care providers in adopting the guidelines at the Leveraging Action to Support Dissemination of Pregnancy Weight Gain Guidelines Workshop in Washington, DC. For more information about IOM pregnancy weight gain resources, click here
  • On Mar. 2, AMCHP staff Brent Ewig provided an MCH policy update to the mid-year meeting of the American Public Health Association MCH section.
  • On Mar. 6, AMCHP staff Piia Hanson attended the IOM and National Research Council workshop on Research Issues in the Assessment of Birth Settings in Washington, D.C. The workshop featured presentations from invited speakers and discussions that highlighted research findings that advance our understanding of the effects of maternal care services in different types of institutional settings on maternal labor, clinical and other birth procedures, and birth outcomes.
  • On Mar. 12, AMCHP staff Kate Howe presented on the Collaborate for Healthy Weight Action Call on National and State Resources to Promote Healthy Weight. The webinar focused on a variety of national and state resources that can be used to promote healthy weight in communities, including AMCHP resources such as the Innovation Station, publications and an upcoming issue brief on the role of Title V in promoting healthy weight. The call also featured the work of New York and the collaboration between the Bureaus of Maternal and Child Health and Chronic Disease. The recording and presentations are available online here.

 To see more of what AMCHP is doing on your behalf, click here.



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!



ORR Ethnic Community Self Help Program Grant
Deadline: Mar. 22
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) invites refugee ethnic-community based organizations as well as refugee ethnic organizations that are faith-based to submit competitive grant applications for funding of the Ethnic Community Self-Help Program to provide services to newly arrived refugees. The objective of this program is to strengthen organized ethnic communities comprised and representative of refugee populations to ensure ongoing support and services to refugees within five years after initial resettlement. [more]

HRSA AETC Education for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
Deadline: Mar. 22
This funding announcement solicits applications for the AIDS Education and Training Centers Education for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants program. The intention of this funding opportunity is to establish education programs designed to train nurse practitioners and physician assistants in HIV/AIDS care and treatment. Five grants of $350,000 will be awarded. [more]

SAMHSA Drug-free Communities Support Program Grant
Deadline: Mar. 22
The Drug-free Communities (DFC) Program is a collaborative effort directed by the Office of National Drug Control Policy in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP). [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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