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 May 28, 2013

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Very Bad Allocations
Last week, the House Appropriations Committee approved its FY 2014 allocations for the 12 annual spending bills. The plan follows the post sequestration $967 billion spending cap. The Labor-HHS-Ed bill which funds HRSA and CDC would receive an allocation of $ 121.8 billion for FY 2014, an 18.6% cut below the FY 2013 post-sequester level (the largest reduction of any of the allocations). President Obama and Democrats are proposing a level of $165.8 billion in FY 2014 for the Labor-HHS-Ed bill. As expected, the proposal significantly exceeds the post-sequestration funding levels for the defense bill, providing a 5.4% increase over the FY 2013 post-sequestration level for that bill. Homeland security, Milcon-VA and Legislative Branch would also receive increases over FY 13 post-sequester levels. [more]

Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) Reauthorization
During the past couple of weeks AMCHP staff participated in a series of meetings to discuss reauthorization and extension of the MIECHV program. Funding for this program expires at the end of fiscal year 2014. [more]



AMCHP ABCs of ACOs Webinar!
On May 30, from 3-4:30 p.m. EDT, 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. [more]

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.” [more]

HRSA Reaching Audiences through Social Media Networks Webinar!
On May 30, from 2-3:30 p.m. EST, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) 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. [more]

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]

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? [more]



General Maternal and Child Health

Grant Opportunities from the Commonwealth Fund
The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for at risk populations. In order to do so, the Fund supports independent research on health care issues and provides grants to improve health care practice and policy. [more]

Women’s and Infant Health

Report from the Third National US Survey of Women’s Childbearing Experiences
An initiative by Childbirth Connections, Listening to Mothers is devoted to improving maternity policy, practice, education, and research by understanding experiences and perspectives of childbearing women. [more]

New Online Toolbox: Improving the Receipt of Clinical Preventive Services among Women with Disabilities
AMCHP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Human Development and Disability are pleased to announce the release of a new online toolbox for Improving the Receipt of Clinical Preventive Services among Women with Disabilities. The toolbox was created for maternal and child health program staff that work with women with disabilities, and offers a centralized resource of health information and links to existing tools specifically designed to increase the use of clinical preventive services among women with disabilities. [more]

Child Health

OAH Mental Health Disorder Resources
Roughly 20 percent of adolescents are diagnosed with a mental health disorder. The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) outlines direct-service resources and links to more information about adolescent mental health disorders and adolescent access to mental health services. [more]

CDC Issues First Comprehensive Report on Children’s Mental Health in the United States
The CDC has released a new MMWR Supplement that finds that millions of American children live with depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, Tourette syndrome or a host of other mental health issues. Mental Health Surveillance Among Children in the United States, 2005-2011 is the first-ever report to describe federal efforts on monitoring mental disorders, and presents estimates of the number of children aged 3-17 years with specific mental disorders, compiling information from different data sources covering the period of 2005-2011. [more]


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.

  • Share successes with your peers
  • Enhance the MCH field
  • Contribute to program replication
  • Get expert feedback from the Review Panel
  • Receive national recognition

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!



  • On May 9, AMCHP staff member Carolyn McCoy attended and presented at a meeting entitled "Optimizing MCH Nutrition under the ACA." Meeting attendees explored opportunities to promote nutrition for MCH populations related to the Affordable Care Act. Meeting attendees worked to define how the MCH workforce can embrace the ACA and what training is needed. Much of the discussion throughout the meeting centered on how to utilize Bright Futures as the frameowrk for preventive and primary care as well as the community health settings.
  • On May 14, 2013 AMCHP staff members Carolyn McCoy, Jessica Teel, and Tegan Callahan attended a legislative briefing on the Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act of 2013. The bill would support the establishment and expansion of maternity care collaborative and establish a set of maternity care quality measures for reporting in Medicaid and CHIP, and support development of additional measures by specialty societies, such as ACOG.
  • On May 17, 2013 AMCHP staff member Caroline Stampfel facilitated a discussion on data and measurement at the National Governor’s Association Learning Network Conference for Improving Birth Outcomes. States participating in the first round of the NGA Learning Network included Michigan, Connecticut, Kentucky, and Louisiana.
  • Mike Fraser and Carolyn Mullen participated in a meeting with White House Officials and other home visiting models to discuss extension and expansion of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV). The White House Officials included members from the domestic policy council, Dr. Michael Lu, Dr. Willis, the Office of Management and Budget and the White House Office of Legislative Affairs.  During this meeting we discussed various strategies regarding extension of the home visiting program and we urged the White House to support extending the program this year as opposed to waiting for funding to run out next year. Our advocacy now shifts to Capitol Hill where we will be meeting with policymakers during the upcoming weeks.

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



State Oral Disease Prevention Program Grant
Deadline: May 29
The overall purpose of the State Oral Health Program is to assist state health departments to build and/or maintain effective public health capacity for implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of best practices in oral disease prevention and advancement of oral health objectives. [more]

FY 2013 Health Center Outreach and Enrollment Assistance FOA
Deadline: May 31
On May 9, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that  the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will award approximately $150 million under the FY 2013 Health Center Outreach and Enrollment Assistance funding opportunity through formula-based supplemental awards to eligible section 330 funded health centers. [more]

CDC Promoting, Strengthening and Enhancing Disease Prevention by Collaboration with Targeted Stakeholders Grant
Deadline: Jun. 5 
The purpose of this grant is to increase accurate information on social media and educate WIC staff about vaccine recommendation and best practices by working with targeted stakeholders, including WIC staff, coalitions, stakeholders and parents. These activities will in the long term reduce barriers and lead to the reduction of morbidity and mortality from vaccine preventable diseases. [more]

National Information and Referral Support Center Grant 
Deadline: Jun. 5
Administration for Community Living (ACL)/Administration on Aging (AoA) has supported the National Aging Information & Referral Support Center (the Support Center). The Support Center was established to assist the aging network of State Agencies on Aging, Area Agencies on Aging, Tribal organizations, and local aging information and referral (I&R) providers enhance the quality and professionalism of their information and assistance systems. [more]

Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Centers Grant
Deadline: Jun. 7
The purpose of the MCH Workforce Development Centers Program is to support workforce development for State Title V program leaders and staff to meet current public health MCH policy and programmatic imperatives in four key topic areas around implementation of the ACA: (1) access to care; (2) quality improvement; (3) systems integration; and (4) population health management. Up to four (4) national training hubs, or one central hub, based in institutions of higher education, will coordinate training efforts around the key topic areas, to enhance the capacity of the MCH workforce to lead and/or engage in ongoing ACA implementation and public health transformation. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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