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 Jun. 10, 2013

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Moving On...
It is with great gratitude to all of you that I would like to share I will be leaving AMCHP at the end of July to take a new position as Executive Vice President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. The past six years at AMCHP have been wonderful and I thank you all for your support of me, of our board and staff, and of AMCHP.[more]



HRSA Allocation Update
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released the final allocations for fiscal year 2013 recently. We recognize that various budget tables have circulated in the last couple of weeks with differing numbers. The Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant received the following cuts from its original appropriated fiscal year 2013 amount of $643.9 million. [more]

The Budget: What is Next?
Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) plans to bring the appropriations bills to the Senate floor at a higher funding level, essentially ignoring sequestration. This means that the Senate and House Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriation bills will vary widely in their allocations and a compromise between the bills seems very unlikely. According to reports by congressional staff, the Senate will consider the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriation bill this July. [more]

In Case You Missed It
On May 30, 2013, AMCHP hosted a webinar The ABCs of ACOs for MCH. Full information, the slides and video are now available on the AMCHP 
National Center for Health Reform Implementation website. [more]

Medicaid Expansion Report
On Monday, Jun. 3, RAND Corporation released 
a reportwith the headline “Expanding Medicaid Is Best Financial Option for States” and that “states that choose not to expand Medicaid under federal health care reform will leave millions of their residents without health insurance and increase spending, at least in the short term, on the cost of treating uninsured residents, according to a new RAND Corporation study.” The study also found that the cost of uncompensated care in states would be more than the cost of Medicaid expansion. [more]

Final Rule Issued on Employee Wellness Programs
The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor and the Treasury issued final rules on employment-based wellness programs. “The final rules support workplace health promotion and prevention as a means to reduce the burden of chronic illness, improve health, and limit growth of health care costs, while ensuring that individuals are protected from unfair underwriting practices that could otherwise reduce benefits based on health status.” 

Final Rule Issued on Exchanges, Qualified Health Plans and Small Business Health Options Program
On Jun. 4, 2013, HHS issued the final rule that “amends existing regulations regarding triggering events and special enrollment periods for qualified employees and their dependents and implements a transitional policy regarding employees' choice of qualified health plans (QHPs) in the SHOP.” 



NACCHO ANNUAL 2013: Public Health by the Numbers. Our Story. Our Time. Our Future.
This year, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) annual conference will be held in Dallas, TX from Jul. 7-10. The interactive setting will provide public health partners from around the country the opportunity to examine strategies, share ideas, and plan action strategies for organizations. Join local health officials to address the country's leading causes of death, discuss effective use of data and how to influence policy, maximize organizational performance and maintain fiscal sustainability. [more] 

NACCHO and CDC Join Forces in Webinar Series
NACCHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will hold a series of four webinars in an effort to help local health departments strengthen communications through marketing and branding, message clarity, new media and evaluation. [more] 

APHA Course on Scientific Writing for Peer Reviewed Publications for Public Health Professionals
Dr. Michael Kogan, Director of Epidemiology and Research at MCHB and Dr. Sam Posner, Editor-in-Chief of the Preventing Chronic Disease journal at the CDC, will offer their expertise to help public health practitioners turn their work into manuscripts for publication. With assistance from other experienced authors, the course will include both hands-on work and presentations. Participants are encouraged to come prepared with an abstract, manuscript outline, data analysis results or a draft of an article in order to leave the course with a significantly improved manuscript. The course will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Nov. 2 in Boston, MA prior to the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting. [more] 

Text4baby Kicks off 2013 State Enrollment Contest!
AMCHP is formally supporting the 2013 Text4baby State Enrollment Contest which 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. [more]

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. [more]



General Maternal and Child Health

MCH Navigator Alert: Information Resources, Trainings and Funding Opportunities
The MCH Navigator, a learning portal that links individuals to existing open-access training, has included a number of new opportunities. Below are a few opportunities from the latest alert:... [more]

Child and Adolescent Health

Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health Releases Issue Brief on Habilitative Services Coverage Under the ACA
Habilitative services are defined as those that “help a person keep, learn or improve skills and functioning for daily living.” In a new issue brief commissioned by the Lucile Packard Foundation, Sara Rosenbaum, professor of health law and policy at the George Washington University School of Health and Health Services, examines coverage of habilitative services for children under the essential health benefits provisions of the Affordable Care Act. [more]

CDC Launches Teen Friendly Reproductive Health Site
The Division for Reproductive Health announces the launch of a new Web page dedicated to informing teens on available reproductive health services and provides the elements of best practices to reduce teen pregnancy and ensure availability of teen-friendly clinical health services, developed by the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) and CDC Community Initiatives.[more]



  • On Jun. 3-4, AMCHP staff Caroline Stampfel represented AMCHP at Health Datapalooza IV in Washington, DC, a conference showcasing the latest in technology and health innovation around open health data. The Health Datapalooza is organized by the Health Data Consortium, a nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing health data to transform the U.S. health care system.


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 uptoday!



DentaQuest Foundation Grants for Optimal Oral Health Campaigns
Deadline: Rolling
Through its Innovation Fund for Oral Health, DentaQuest will award up to $4.45 million in grants this year in support of projects that identify and work to overcome barriers to optimal oral health. [more]

Rural Access to Emergency Devices Grant Program Grant
Deadline: Jun. 17
The purpose of this grant is to 1) purchase automated external defibrillators (AEDs) that have been approved, or cleared for marketing, by the Food and Drug Administration; 2) provide defibrillator and basic life support training in AED usage through the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, or other nationally recognized training courses, and 3) place the AEDs in rural communities with local organizations. [more]

National Resource Center on CDSME Programs Grant
Deadline: Jun. 17
The center will assist states, the aging, disability and public health networks, and their partners to increase access to and sustain evidence-based prevention programs, particularly Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) programs that improve the health and quality of life of older adults and adults with disabilities. The center will serve as a national clearinghouse of tools and information on CDSMEs. [more]

Projects to Establish Individual Development Account (IDA) Programs for Refugees Grant
Deadline: Jun. 17
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) invites eligible entities to submit competitive grant applications for projects to establish and manage Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) for low-income refugee participants. [more]

Building State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Partnerships for Community Preparedness and Response Grant
Deadline: Jun. 18
Grantees will work to improve community preparedness and response, and to strengthen resiliency in order to reduce injury related morbidity and mortality in public health emergencies and strengthen community and national recovery in the aftermath. [more]

State and Regional Approaches to Improving Access to Services for CYE Grant 
Deadline: Jun. 19
This grant provides up to seven grants to support state and local governments in their efforts to improve access to health and other services for children and youths with epilepsy (CYE) residing in rural and/or medically underserved areas. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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