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 Apr. 16, 2013

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We are deeply saddened by the events yesterday at the Boston Marathon and our thoughts are with the people of the city of Boston and the state of Massachusetts as they continue to deal with this horrific tragedy. As we try to understand this terrible event, and we wait for additional details to be released, we start to think about policies and programs that support the mental health of our nation. What role does our public health system play in addressing the root causes of violence and how can we support our citizens during these unimaginable events? Again, our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were impacted by this staggering incident.


Budget Update
In case you missed it, late last week President Obama released his budget proposal for FY 2014. Click here to read the initial AMCHP summary. We will be providing a more detailed analysis comparing President Obama’s budget to FY 2013 funding levels after the federal agencies released their FY 2013 operating plans at the end of the month. [more}

HHS Announces New Grant Opportunity for ACA Outreach and Enrollment
On April 9, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new federal grant opportunity  for those interested in serving as navigators in states with partnership and federally facilitated marketplaces. The deadline to apply is Jun. 7. This announcement represents new resources ($54 million) that may be available to state Title V MCH programs and your partners to support outreach and enrollment for individuals gaining insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act. [more]



Archive of 2013 AMCHP Annual Meeting is Now Available!
Archived material from the 2013 AMCHP annual meeting, Advancing the Maternal and Child Health Vision: Quality, Leadership and Action, is now live and available. The archive includes viewable presentations, resources, and tools from the plenary sessions, skills-building workshops, and power sessions. [more]

Get Social with AMCHP for Autism Awareness Month
During the month of April, AMCHP will celebrate Autism Awareness Month by focusing on autism and developmental disabilities with a special emphasis on data and technology. We want to hear your voice. Post your resources to our Facebook page and join the conversation on Twitter! [more]

AMCHP and Partners to Host National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network Webinar
AMCHP, the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will host an informational webinar on the CDC National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (Tracking Network). The Tracking Network is a system of integrated health, exposure, and hazard information and data from a variety of national, state, and city sources which synthesizes and standardizes data that would be usually be kept by many different agencies, allowing professionals to see how health and the environment are related. It is a one-of-a-kind website that brings together information that cannot be found, or is hard to find, anywhere else. The Tracking Network offers MCH professionals data on developmental disabilities, reproductive and birth outcomes, asthma, childhood lead poisoning, birth defects, community design and more. The webinar will take place on Apr. 16 at 2 p.m. EST. [more]

AMCHP and NICHQ Webinar: Promoting Healthy Weight in Maternal & Child Health Populations
The obesity epidemic in the United States is a long-recognized public health issue that has serious health and economic consequences, especially for children and families. AMCHP and the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) will co-host a webinar on "Promoting Healthy Weight in Maternal and Child Health Populations." This webinar will accompany the release of the AMCHP Issue Brief: Promoting Healthy Weight: The Role of Title V. The webinar will highlight how states and communities are working to promote healthy weight for children, women and families. Presentations will include examples of state Title V program efforts to address healthy weight, and examples from the Collaborate for Healthy Weight initiative to address obesity at the community level. The webinar will take place on Apr. 26 at 1 p.m. EST. [more]

April CDC Grand Rounds: Childhood Immunization as a Tool to Address Disparities
This session of Grand Rounds will examine how immunization has helped reduce infectious disease disparities among U.S. children, reducing infectious disease burdens in children from racial/ethnic populations, and subsequently, how immunization has contributed to health equity. The webcast will take place on Apr. 16 at 1 p.m. EST. [more]

MCHB Dataspeak Web Conference: Findings from the 2011-2012 NSCH
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) will present findings from the most recent national survey of children’s health (NSCH) on Apr. 16 at 3 p.m. EST. The survey examines the physical and emotional health of children from birth through 17 years of age. Emphasis is placed on factors that may be related to the well-being of children, including medical homes, family interactions, parental health, school experiences, and neighborhood safety. [more]

CDC NPIN Social Media for Public Health Webcast Series
The CDC National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) presents a series of six webcasts, each focusing on a different social media channel and providing basic information, tips, and hints for how to utilize them for your organization. The webcasts are live events and will include presentations and an interactive section so you can ask questions and share information. The next webcast will focus on Facebook and Image Sharing (Instagram, Pinterest and Flickr) and will take place on Apr. 23 at 2 p.m. EST. [more]

National Premature Infant Health Coalition Summit
This year, the National Premature Infant Health Coalition Summit will take place May 4 -11, both in-person and virtually for ease of participation across the country! Events are completely free and open to parents, providers, policymakers and anyone with an interest in issues surrounding prematurity. Activities taking place throughout the week include webinars, a live Facebook chat, a networking reception, and an NPIHC team in the March For Babies! [more]

Call for nominations: APHA MCH Awards
The Maternal and Child Health Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) is seeking nominations for the 2013 APHA Maternal & Child Health Section Awards, to be presented at the APHA Annual Meeting on Nov. 2-6. Nominations are due by May 10, and are being sought for The Young Professional Award; The Effective Practice Award; The Outstanding Leadership/Advocacy Award; and The MCH Section Distinguished Service Award. Eligible candidates include MCH professionals in the private and public sectors at the local, state, tribal, national or global level. [more]

To see more ways to get involved, click here.



General Maternal and Child Health

New MCHB Division of Epidemiology Listserv
The listserv will provide information on a variety of topics including MCHB Epidemiology and Statistics Program news, Dataspeak webinars, and upcoming and past publications and presentations. List members are invited to post announcements to the list (pending approval from the list moderators) regarding MCH Epidemiology and Statistics Program updates, training opportunities, and other information relevant to the MCH Epidemiology community. [more]

Women's and Infant Health

CDC Vital Signs April Issue Focuses on Preventing Repeat Teen Pregnancies
Nearly one in five births to teens, ages 15-19, are repeat births. Having more than one child as a teen can limit the teen mother's ability to finish her education or get a job. Infants born from a repeat teen birth are often born too small or too soon, which can lead to more health problems for the baby. The April issue of CDC Vital Signs will focus on resources for health care providers, public health practitioners and communities to counsel teens, promote effective types of birth control, and connect teen mothers with support services including home visiting programs. The accompanying Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) and fact sheet are available. [more]



  • On Apr. 4, AMCHP staff Piia Hanson attended an issue briefing and panel discussion at the Joint Center entitled, Building a Healthy Economy: Creating Employment Equity and Opportunity. This briefing explored the issue of job creation in African American and Latino communities, from current employment rates among minorities to sectors that could help underserved groups get back to work. Findings from their new reports were presented: Further to Go: Job Creation in African American Communities and Infrastructure Investments and Latino and African American Job Creation.
  • On Apr. 7-8, AMCHP staff Millicent Bright, Piia Hanson and Megan Phillippi participated in the National Healthy Start Association 14th Annual Spring Conference in Washington, DC. This year, the conference theme was Moving Forward: Community Advocacy in an Era of Health Reform. AMCHP staff shared resources and information as exhibitors in the conference exhibition hall and connected with Healthy Start program staff and national partners throughout the conference events. Conference attendees especially appreciated AMCHP materials on the Affordable Care Act and the cost effectiveness of maternal and child health interventions as they were helpful in preparing for site visits to Capitol Hill. 

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!



RWJF Understanding the Use and Impact of Price Data in Health Care
Deadline: Apr. 17
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is accepting proposals to fund empirical studies with strong research designs that would contribute to the knowledge base of the use and impact of health care price data, with the goal of providing reliable and generalizable evidence to inform policy makers and delivery system participants and to help accelerate progress toward using price information effectively. [more]

CDC NCCDPHP Cooperative Agreement Announcement
Deadline: Apr. 19, Letter of Intent due Mar. 19
CDC and the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) announces the availability of FY 2013 funds to implement State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health. [more]

CDC State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health Grant
Deadline: Apr. 19, Letter of Intent due Mar. 19
This State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health announcement outlines an approach to preventing and reducing the risk factors associated with childhood and adult obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke; it also addresses management of these chronic diseases. [more]

CMS Implementation Support for State Demonstrations to Integrate Care for Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees
Deadline: Apr. 22
The purpose of this funding opportunity is to solicit applications for eligible states to participate in a Cooperative Agreement to support the effective implementation of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved designs to integrate care for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees. Funding under this announcement is only available to States that received a design contract for a Demonstration to Integrate Care for Dual Eligible Individuals and also have a signed Memorandum of Understanding with CMS to implement their demonstration design. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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