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AMCHP ABCs of ACOs Webinar!
On May 30, from 3-4:30 p.m. EST, AMCHP will present The 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 (Institute for Health Improvement: The Triple Aim, accessed Mar. 11, 2013). While significant focus is being placed on ACOs for the adult population the potential for pediatric populations, particularly children with special health care needs (CSHCN) remains unclear. The role of ACOs in population health and how they integrate with community-based systems of care, including public health agencies, on a range of issues, such as care coordination, is still unfolding. This webinar will highlight key considerations for maternal and child health populations, the role of public health in ACO implementation, and efforts to implement ACOs that have a focus on pediatric populations particularly CSHCN. To register, click here.

Health Insurance Marketplace Webinars
CMS will be holding a series of webinars to provide information on the health insurance marketplace. There will be two different levels of webinars. The first level will provide an “overview of the accomplishments of the Affordable Care Act and a basic introduction to the Marketplace (Exchanges) highlighting who is eligible and how the Marketplace will work.” The second level will be a two-hour long “detailed review of the Marketplace (Exchanges), including eligibility, enrollment, plan structure, Medicaid expansion, and the streamlined application.” For a schedule and more information, click here.

Text4baby Kicks Off 2013 State Enrollment Contest!
AMCHP is formally supporting the 2013 Text4baby State Enrollment Contest launched 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. Winners will be announced in early November during the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. AMCHP is pleased to be a partner in the text4baby initiative and is encouraging our membership to promote the service to the families they serve. For more information about the contest, click here.

MCHB Reaching Audiences through Social Media Networks Webinar!
On May 30, from 2-3:30 p.m. EST, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) will present a webinar to discuss Using Visual Apps to Connect with Your Target Audience on Social Networks. Grantees will learn how they can create and share visual media with their target audiences in an easy economical way, with emphasis on public health apps and technology tools. To attend the webcast, click here.

AMCHP 2013 Communications Assessment!
Communication is a vital process in every organization. It is particularly central to what AMCHP does as a membership organization. AMCHP communicates with our members through a variety of formats, including e-newsletters, the AMCHP website, email alerts and updates and social media. We'd like to hear from you: How well do you think our current communication network is meeting your needs? What are we doing well? What can we do better? The AMCHP 2013 Communications Assessment will be open from May 13, 2013 until Jun. 3, 2013. Watch your email for an invitation that contains a personalized link to allow you to complete the assessment. You can see the assessment questions here.

AMCHP Every Mother Initiative Request for Applications
With support of Merck for Mothers, AMCHP is launching the Every Mother Initiative to help states address maternal health issues in their community through strengthening and enhancing state maternal mortality surveillance systems (MMSS) and use the data from these systems to take action in developing and implementing population-based strategies and policy change to prevent maternal death and improve maternal health outcomes. The Every Mother Initiative will begin with a 15-month action learning collaborative (ALC) among six states with existing maternal mortality review programs. Core components of the Every Mother ALC include in-person and virtual technical assistance, peer-to-peer site visits between teams, and a Translation Support Sub-award to help fund implementation of community recommendations based on MMSS data and analysis.

Additionally, these six states will be given the exciting opportunity to serve as pilot test sites for a new maternal mortality data system. This data system, created by the CDC Division of Reproductive Health, is designed to serve multiple purposes including: storing abstracted data elements; supporting the development of case summaries; storing committee review determinations and producing an analytic file.

AMCHP will host an RFA Orientation Q&A call on Jun. 6, 2013 at 3 p.m. EST. Please note attendance on this call is not required to submit an application. No registration required, log in information below:

Call in Number: 1-888-450-5996; Passcode: 979667#

Join the meeting in Adobe Connect:
To join the meeting, click here, select “Enter as a Guest” and type your name in the box. When you are prompted to choose how to connect to the audio, you will be connecting by calling in with the number and passcode above. You can click cancel to close the box.

The RFA will be released on the AMCHP website the week of May 27, so be sure to check online throughout the week; applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST Friday, Jun. 21. For questions about the Every Mother RFA, please contact Tegan Callahan,; 202-266-3051.