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 Apr. 30, 2013

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Feeling It
Many of you know I travel frequently for work and one of my favorite parts of working at AMCHP is visiting maternal and child health (MCH) and children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) programs across the country. I get a tremendous amount of energy from meeting members and partners, sharing what we are doing at AMCHP on your behalf, and learning about your programs, priorities and needs. [more]


FY 2013 Operating Plans
The federal government plans to release their FY 2013 operating plans at the end of the month. These plans will detail the level of spending reductions as a result of sequestration and reprogramming for the reminder of the fiscal year. It also will provide information about the final allocations of the Prevention and Public Health Fund. AMCHP will closely monitor these developments and provide you with information regarding the operating plans as soon as this information is public. [more]

Prevention and Public Health Fund
During the past few weeks, the Prevention and Public Health Fund has garnered a lot of attention from members of Congress. AMCHP sent a letter to Capitol Hill indicating our continued support and opposing any effort to eliminate, reduce or divert funding to pay for other priorities. Additionally, AMCHP continues to work with a broad coalition of groups lead by Trust for America’s Health informing the administration that we are opposed to their approach to transfer money from the fund to pay for implementation of the Affordable Care Act. [more]

MIECHV Legislative Update
As reported last week, President Obama’s FY 2014 budget proposes to extend and expand the current Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Education Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) beginning in fiscal year 2015. AMCHP signed a letter indicating our strong support for the extension of the program and interest in working with the administration to advocate for enactment of the president’s proposal. [more]

ICYMI Federal Navigator Grants
In case you missed it, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Announces New Grant Opportunity for ACA Outreach and Enrollment. On Apr. 9, 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]



May MCH EPI Grand Rounds: Using the Fertility Cycle to Empower Couples and Scientists
This presentation of MCH EPI grand rounds will explore the physiological basis of natural family planning. Leading experts also will describe clinical and research applications of natural family planning and fertility awareness methods. The webcast will take place on May 1 at 2 p.m. EST. [more]

A Global Look at Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Strategies for Success
The Office of Adolescent Health invites you to attend its free webcast – A Global Look at Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Strategies for Success– on May 2 from 2-3 p.m. EST. Hear from Robert W. Blum, MD, MPH, PhD, an expert in adolescent health and teen pregnancy, about how teen pregnancy outcomes in the United States compare globally, and what we can learn from teen pregnancy prevention efforts abroad. Dr. Blum also will answer some commonly asked questions concerning teen pregnancy prevention. To register, click here. They also invite you to live tweet during the webcast using #TPPGlobal, and be sure to follow OAH on Twitter. This webcast will kick off a month of activities by OAH for its third annual recognition of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. [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]

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]

How To Incorporate Best Practices in Family Centered Care in Your Practice Webinar
Join the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) on May 29 from noon to 1 p.m. CT for a webinar on how to incorporate best practices in family centered care. This webinar will provide participants with a clear description of family-centered care and highlight case studies that showcase effective strategies in delivering that care through practice improvements, such as greater use of health information technology, enhanced access to medical professional staff outside regular office hours, feedback mechanisms capturing patient/family experience with care, and including families on advisory boards and as staff. A recently published monograph by the NCMHI will also be highlighted, which features case studies focusing on 17 pediatric practices nominated by their peers or patients as exemplary patient- and family-centered medical homes. [more]

2013 MCH Leadership Retreat Registration Now Open
Leadership, Legacy, & Community: A Retreat to Advance MCH Scholarship & Practice will be held Jul. 14-16 at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook, IL. If you see yourself as an MCH change agent or wish to learn practical skills for how to be a positive force for MCH change, this program is designed just for you. Who should attend: intergenerational, interdisciplinary academic/practice professionals and students who are interested in the health and well-being of women, children, and families. [more]

To see more ways to get involved, click here.



General Maternal and Child Health

ChildTrends Releases Brief Exploring Link Between Depression and Suicide and Teen Dating Violence
This brief presents an analysis of data collected from interviews of a nationally representative sample of 6,763 individuals as they moved from adolescence into early adulthood. The brief, produced by Child Trends with support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), draws from data collected by the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). The purpose of the analysis was to determine whether symptoms of depression or suicide in adolescence predict unhealthy romantic relationship outcomes (relationship violence and sexual infidelity) in young adulthood. Contents include background, methods, sample characteristics, key findings and implications. [more]

Women's and Infant Health

OWH Launches New Breastfeeding Campaign for African-American Mothers and Families
The HHS Office on Women’s Health (OWH) recently announced the launch of a new breastfeeding campaign! It’s Only Natural helps African American women and their families understand the health benefits of breastfeeding — not just for babies, but for moms too. [more]



  • On Apr. 18-19, AMCHP staff Lacy Fehrenbach represented AMCHP at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) de Beaumont Foundation Public Health Workforce Development Strategy Meeting. The meeting included representatives from more than 30 stakeholder groups, representing various parts of the federal, state, and local public health workforce, to collectively create a robust workforce strategy to meet public health needs in the next five years. The group identified systems thinking, persuasive communication, and change management as the top three cross-cutting areas for knowledge and skills-building needs across the governmental public health workforce. Seven additional areas were considered and could be addressed in later phases of the project. The development of the strategy will continue virtually through this fall. AMCHP will link this work to that of our Workforce and Leadership Development Committee.
  • On Apr. 23, staff Carolyn McCoy attended a briefing on Capitol Hill presented by The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) entitled “Pregnancy as a Window for Future Health: Maximizing care for pregnant women.” Dr. George Saade, Dr. Michael Lu and Dr. Kathryn Menard presented on how complications during pregnancy provide important indications for the future health of women. By understanding this and then providing a continuum of quality care that is integrated with public health for woman before, during and after pregnancy could dramatically change the trajectory of woman’s health and possible onset of chronic conditions. Dr. Lu also provided insights on how the Affordable Care Act has some key policies to help implement the policy recommendations made by the presenters.
  • On Apr. 24, AMCHP staff Caroline Stampfel represented AMCHP at the Injury and Violence Prevention Network Meeting in Washington, DC; the meeting featured updates from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Center for Injury and Violence Prevention and breakout discussions of violence prevention, unintentional injury prevention, and policy partnership. The Injury and Violence Prevention Network, convened and led by the Safe States Alliance, is a group of national organizations that support injury and violence prevention policies at the national level and advocates for federal funding for injury and violence prevention.

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



Texas Department of State Health Services Seeks Nutrition Service Section Director
The Director works under the general direction of the Assistant Commissioner for Family and Community Health Services Division. The successful candidate will be expected to perform complex managerial work leading the day-to-day operations of the Nutritional Services Section, which includes the Special Supplemental Nutritional Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

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!



Medela Breastfeeding Hall of Excellence Grant
Deadline: Apr. 30
Breastfeeding Hall of Excellence, a program that recognizes individuals whose work supports breastfeeding, increases the initiation and duration of breastfeeding, and improves the health of women and infants. Grants of $5,000 will be awarded to selected lactation consultants and breastfeeding advocates to fund research, sponsor continuing education, purchase equipment for use in practices (if applicable), or donate to the breastfeeding charity of their choice. Nominees may be eligible in one of three categories: community breastfeeding advocate, professional breastfeeding advocate, and lactation consultant. [more]

Well Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation (WISEWOMAN) Grant
Deadline: Apr. 30
The purposes of the WISEWOMAN program are: 1) assuring that cardiovascular screening is provided to women ages 40-64 who are participants in the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP); 2) working with community-based organizations to provide evidence-based prevention services to those women in need of them (through agreements with organizations such as the YMCA, Weight Watchers, and those that provide Diabetes Primary Prevention Programs); 3) improving the management and control of hypertension by integrating innovative health system-based approaches and strengthening community-clinical linkages (such as team-based care and pharmacy medication management programs); and 4) gathering and reporting program related evaluation data, including impact measures. [more]

HRSA State Systems Development Initiative Grant Program Grant
Deadline: May 6
The purpose of this grant is to assist state MCH and CSHCN programs in the building of state and community infrastructure that results in comprehensive, community-based systems of care for all children and their families. This funding opportunity announcement publicizes the availability of one-time supplemental funding for SSDI to support more timely provision of data from vital statistics and other data systems in order to facilitate state participation in a Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) to Reduce Infant Mortality. This funding will be used by participating states to develop, enhance, and/or support a data system that assures access to real-time data that will allow each State to measure its progress relative to the priority areas being addressed by each of the CoIIN strategy teams. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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