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AMCHP Leadership Institute for State CYSHCN Directors
AMCHP, with a grant from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, is implementing the Leadership Institute for State Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Directors. The overall purpose of the project is to improve the effectiveness of state CYSHCN directors to lead and transform their programs in a time of change and health reform. The ultimate goal of the project is to strengthen state systems of care for CYSHCN. The institute will provide state Title V CYSHCN directors with targeted, intensive, and ongoing training to provide them with a comprehensive picture of the CYSHCN populations in the context of the life course approach, health equity/health disparities, and transitions to adult care. Program components of the Leadership Institute for State CYSHCN Directors include two face-to-face CYSHCN directors meetings at the AMCHP annual conferences; an invitation-only listerv exclusively for CYSHCN directors; and the creation of a targeted, comprehensive new CYSHCN director curriculum. AMCHP also plans to strengthen the CYSHCN e-Potral on the AMCHP website, conduct a series of bi-monthly webinars targeted for CYSHCN state directors, and develop a sustainability plan to ensure ongoing program components align with the AMCHP Strategic Plan.

By providing adequate support, training, and peer-to-peer networking opportunities, the Leadership Institute for State CYSHCN Directors will help promote comprehensive, quality systems of care serving CYSHCN and their families. AMCHP will reach out to all state CYSHCN directors shortly to share more detailed information. For more information on this project, please contact Treeby Brown, associate director for child and adolescent health.

Every Mother Initiative Request for Applications Deadline Extended!
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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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.

The application deadline has been extended! Applications are due by 11:59 P.M. EST Friday, Jun. 28. For more information, click here.

HVRN Soliciting Comments on Research Priorities
As you may remember, the Home Visiting Research Network (HVRN) solicited nominations for priority home visiting research topics via a Web-based survey in November 2012. Over the past months, the HVRN and its partners have read all the nominations and synthesized them into a list of the Top Ten Home Visiting Research Priorities. The Home Visiting Research Agenda report outlines the approach and methods of drafting the agenda and provides rationale for each priority. They are now soliciting feedback on the Home Visiting Research Agenda Report. Please click here to read the report and share any feedback you may have. All responses will be considered in the final set of revisions to create the final version of the Research Agenda. Feedback is requested by Jul. 3. If you have any questions, please contact HVRN coordinator, Kay Gonsalves.

AMCHP Women’s Health Information Webinar Series: A Home Birth Primer for MCH Programs
In light of the recent attention on safe birthing practices and the newly released American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement on Planned Home Births, AMCHP will host the national webinar, "A Home Birth Primer for MCH Programs," on Jul. 11, 2-3:30 p.m. EST. This 90-minute webinar will be moderated by Valerie Ricker, RN, MSN, MS, Title V Director for the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and will feature the following presenters:

  • Marian MacDorman, PhD, National Center for Health Statistics
  • William Barth, Jr., MD, Mass General Hospital/Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology Service, and Past Chair, Committee on Obstetric Practice, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists
  • Kristi Watterberg, MD, University of New Mexico and Chair, Committee on Fetus and Newborn, AAP
  • Geradine Simkins, DEM, CNM, MSN, Midwives Alliance of North America

 This webinar is part of the AMCHP Women's Health Information Series, a webinar series supported by the CDC Division of Reproductive Health.

The True Meaning of Succession Planning
Succession planning is not just about identifying and grooming the next generation of leaders.  It is an on-going part of workforce development efforts designed to sustain an organization or agency’s capacity.  It is supported by activities such as recruiting and retaining a competent workforce by developing skills, knowledge, and building leadership capacity.   Particularly in this time of great change in state Title V program, succession planning is of critical importance to ensure that states have the qualified workforce with the needed expertise for ensuring the continuity and prosperity of maternal and child health programs. On Jul. 24 at 1 p.m. EST, AMCHP will host a webinar, The True Meaning of Succession Planning, to share successful succession planning strategies.  During the webinar, Michael Warren, MD, MPH, FAAP, Director of Maternal and Child Health for the Tennessee Department of Health will provide an overview of the concept of succession planning and share his efforts related to workforce development in his state.  Dr. Warren will be joined by a few selected states who will share their success stories and resources related to building a competent workforce. After this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Define succession planning
  • Understand the importance of succession planning
  • Understand how succession planning “fits” in with larger workforce development efforts

To register, click here

Division of MCH Workforce Development: Performance Measurement TA Webinar Series
Save the Dates! The DMCHWD is launching a technical assistance webinar series for MCH training program directors and data coordinators. Part one will be held on Jul. 16, 2-3:30 p.m. EST with a follow-up breakout session on Jul. 24, 2-3:30 p.m. EST. Continue to look for registration information here!

Implications of the Affordable Care Act: Effective Strategies for Outreach and Enrollment Webinar
Starting Oct. 1, the uninsured will have expanded access to quality, affordable health care through the ACA. Unfortunately a majority of people are unaware that coverage will be available to them. Sponsored by the Alabama Public Health Training Center in collaboration with the Maternal and Child Health Leadership Education Training Programs at UAB, the University of South Florida, Tulane University and the Alabama Department of Public Health, the webinar will address effective strategies to reach consumers, in an effort to improve overall maternal and child health. The broadcast will be held Jul. 24, 1-2:30 EST. For more information and to register, click here.

WAPC Webinar on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Scoring
Join the Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC) for a new webinar offering, “Assessment of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Tools for Newborn Nursery Staff.” The Webinar is intended for health care providers, community service providers and public health professionals who want to learn more about scoring infants for NAS and share the goal of improving care for infants affected by opioids. The webinar will be presented Jul. 24, 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST. For more information, click here.

Apply to be a CityMatCH CityLeader
Applications are now being accepted for the seventh year of CityLeaders! CityLeaders is an innovative individual leadership program available to emerging or mid-level professionals working in urban MCH. The deadline for applications is Friday, Jul. 26. For more information and to apply, click here.

HHS Wants to Hear From You!
On May 16, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced actions to improve the safety and quality of child care and promote school readiness, and is asking for public comment. Under the rule, states, territories and tribes would be required to strengthen their standards in order to better promote the health, safety and school readiness of children in federally funded child care. Comments are due Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. To access the proposed ruling, click here. For more information and to comment, click here.

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. 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.