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 May 13, 2013

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The Sequester 
In a recent article, The Washington Post reports that hopes are fading for a summertime “grand bargain” on the budget, which means any momentum to undo sequestration at large may be lost until the debt ceiling debate is reignited during the fall when the new fiscal year begins. Thus, many budget events will likely converge at the same time: 1) need for Congress to vote to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, 2) new fiscal year beginning on Oct 1 and 3) application of the second round of sequestration. [more]

FY 2013 Agency Operating Plans
Late last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its operating plan for FY 2013, which ends Sept. 30. The operating plan includes cuts due to the sequester that went into effect earlier this year. Overall, the CDC funding level in FY 2013 is $6 billion, $600 million below FY 2012 and a 10 percent cut. This is due to the sequester cut of about $303 million and a cut in the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF). [more]

Health Reform Implementation
On Apr. 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the finalized application for consumers to complete for determination of eligibility for health insurance programs or discounts for health insurance. The final version is much more simple than the proposed version. CMS reports that “the application for individuals is three pages, and the application for families is reduced by two-thirds, to seven pages. [more]

AMCHP Webinar
On May 30, from 3-4:30 p.m. EDT, AMCHP will presentThe ABCs of ACOs for MCH. With all eyes on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), especially the insurance marketplace, Medicaid expansion, and health insurance reforms, states also are working diligently to transform the delivery of services. Among the many initiatives included in the ACA, provisions to establish accountable care organizations (ACOs) are significant because of the potential to help achieve the “IHI Triple Aim”-- improving patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of health care. [more]



AMCHP Marches On!
On Saturday, May 4, AMCHP staff joined thousands of walkers for the March for Babies. AMCHP raised over $3,200 for the March of Dimes this year! The March for Babies in the Washington, DC metro area starts in the Washington Nationals stadium and ends with marchers crossing home plate and getting their image projected on the jumbotron. It was a beautiful day!

Text4baby Kicks Off 2013 State Enrollment Contest!
AMCHP is formally supporting the 2013 Text4baby State Enrollment Contest launch on May 14. Text4baby is a free comprehensive personalized maternal child health education and support program. It provides critical, evidence-based health and safety information through text messaging. The objective of the contest will see which state can enroll the most text4baby users between May 12 and Oct. 21. [more]

HHS to Present Webinars for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Awareness Month
Teen pregnancy is a critical issue for our nation’s young people. Various HHS agencies are working with grantees to improve these health outcomes for youth. The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), and the Division of Reproductive Health (DRH) within the CDC are proud to present a series of webinars for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Awareness Month. [more]

May CDC Public Health Grand Rounds
This month, CDC Public Health Grand Rounds, will present a webcast entitled “Hypertension: Detect, Connect, Control.” The focus of the presentation will be on hypertension control, screening, surveillance and the intersection of clinical care and public health practice. The live webcast will take place on May 21 at 1 p.m. EST. [more]

AAP Webinar: Working Together to Promote Oral Health Care for Pregnant Women 
Oral health care for pregnant women is important for the health of the woman as well as her baby. Several national organizations came together to author the National Consensus Statement on Oral Health During Pregnancy. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will host a free webinar to detail the importance of oral health care for pregnant women, as well share what health professionals can do in their practices and ways to work with other health professionals to promote the importance and safety of oral health care for pregnant women. The webinar will take place on Jun. 3 at 1 p.m. EST. [more]

Call for Abstracts: ABM 18th Annual International Meeting
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) is requesting abstract submissions for its International Meeting taking place Nov. 21-24. Abstracts may be submitted by physicians, medical students, and those holding post graduate degrees or students working to attain such degrees. Abstracts submitted by non-physicians must be sponsored by a member in good standing of the ABM. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit abstracts of original research, medical education and community projects, or clinical experience related to breastfeeding. The deadline to submit abstract is Jun. 3. [more]

Training Opportunity in Public Health Informatics
The Public Health Informatics Institute will offer a training course, Designing and Managing Public Health Information Systems: 8 Steps to Success, for mid-level public health practitioners. The course will be offered via distance learning format and will utilize webinar and self-paced eLearning technologies. The course will enable participants to: provide strategic guidance to technical teams; effectively communication health information systems needs; use tools to improve processes within agencies for better automation; and develop valuable skills for careers in public health informatics.

To see more ways to get involved, click here.



General Maternal and Child Health

New AMCHP Issue Brief on Promoting Healthy Weight: The Role of Title V
AMCHP has developed a new issue brief, with support from the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ), entitled Promoting Healthy Weight: The Role of Title V. The issue brief addresses the important role Title V programs play in providing leadership for, developing, and implementing comprehensive programs and systems that address healthy weight, nutrition, and physical activity for women, children, infants and families. [more]

NAPHSIS Report Presents Strategies for Improving the Timeliness of Vital Statistics
The National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS), in collaboration with the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF), has released a report exploring the challenges in collecting, processing, and delivering timely vital statistics data. In November 2012, NAPHSIS and AECF convened a symposium to study barriers to data collection and reporting and identify strategies to improve the timeliness of the process. [more]

Women’s and Infant Health

AAP Report Ranks Alaska First in Neonatal/Infant Survival Rates
A report published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announces Alaska's neonatal mortality rate has decreased to an all-time low of 1.92 deaths per 1,000 live births, the best in the nation for the second time. Alaska's infant mortality rate is also the lowest in the nation at 3.75 deaths per 1,000 live births. These two percentages are for 2010, the most recent data available. Alaska's rates were as high as 8.3 deaths per 1,000 live births in the early 1980s. [more]

Child Health

Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health Releases Issue Brief Describing “Triple Aim Medical Home” Approach
In this brief, Edward L. Schor, MD and David A. Bergman, MD (or: the authors) outline a “Triple Aim Medical Home” which combines two approaches commonly utilized to improve medical care for CYSHCN -- the medical home approach and the “Triple Aim” Framework. The “Triple Aim Medical Home” framework promotes improved care and lower health care costs for pediatric practices. Utilization of this framework has the potential to improve the overall system of care for CYSHCN. [more]



  • On Apr. 5, AMCHP staff Jessica Teel attended the Iowa Child Health Specialty Clinics first conference on Transitioning Youth to Adult Health Care held at the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD), University of Iowa Hospital. Ms. Teel also toured the CDD during her visit and had the opportunity to meet CHSC staff, state providers and family navigators. This conference provided an excellent learning opportunity for Iowa state staff to learn more about best practices employed by Florida for improving the transition for CYSHCN. The Iowa providers indicated they liked the toolkits created by Florida and felt that a couple of them should be implemented in their state (e.g., Health care Transition Plan Worksheet).
  • On Apr. 28-30, AMCHP staff Megan Phillippi, Andria Cornell and Jessica Teel attended the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA) Annual Meeting in Alexandria, VA. AMCHP staff shared resources and information as exhibitors and connected with NFPRHA staff, members, and national partners to learn more about opportunities for collaboration between Title V and Title X programs.
  • On May 3, AMCHP staff Carolyn McCoy attended a Capitol Hill briefing entitled “Patient-Centered Medical Homes: Do They Work?” presented by the Alliance for Health Care Reform. The main take away from the presentation is that definitive answers are difficult to come by as far as cost savings, but other indicators such as provider and patient satisfaction are tending the right direction. For more information, please click here.

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


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Share your evidence-based practices! AMCHP is continuing to collect emerging, promising and best practices in MCH!

Do you have a successful program in maternal and child health? If so, consider sharing your program through Innovation Station, the AMCHP searchable database of emerging, promising and best practices in maternal and child health.

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The online submission process is simple and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, contact Kate Howe at (202) 266-3056 or

You can also click here to refer an innovative MCH program that we should know about!



Johnson & Johnson Community Health Care Program Invites Applications From Evidence-Based Childhood Obesity Programs
Deadline: May 15
The Johnson & Johnson Community Health Care Program, in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is accepting applications from nonprofit community healthcare organizations for programs that promote wellness and healthy lifestyle choices to prevent and reduce the impact of obesity in children between the ages of eight and 12. [more]

CDC Private Wells/Other Small Drinking-Water Systems Study Funding
Deadline: May 15
This announcement seeks applications from state and local health departments, and U.S. territories and Native American tribal public health agencies. Funding these initiatives will improve the recipients’ ability to address critical gaps in understanding the possible exposures, hazards, and health outcomes in communities and populations using private wells (PW) or small drinking-water systems. [more]

CDC Patient-Centered HIV Care Funding
Deadline: May 15
CDC has entered into a public-private partnership with Walgreen Company to develop and implement a model of HIV care that integrates community pharmacists with primary medical providers for patient-centered HIV care. The expected outcomes of the model program are increased retention in HIV care, adherence to HIV medication therapy and viral load suppression.  [more]

SAMHSA Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success (SPF-PFS) Grant
Deadline: May 17
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), is accepting applications for FY 2013 Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success cooperative agreements (SPF-PFS). The SPF-PFS is designed to address two of the nation’s top substance abuse prevention priorities: 1) underage drinking among persons aged 12 to 20; and 2) prescription drug misuse and abuse among persons aged 12 to 25. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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