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 Jul. 8, 2013

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As previously shared, AMCHP CEO Dr. Michael Fraser will be leaving AMCHP on Jul. 26, to take a new role as Executive Vice President & Chief Executive Officer of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. AMCHP will be working with a search firm to conduct a national search for Dr. Fraser’s replacement. As soon as the firm is selected and the search process finalized we will share that information with you and ask all members to share the position announcement and profile widely with colleagues and peers. [more]

AMCHP Board Meeting Report Out
The AMCHP Board of Directors met for its summer retreat Jun. 19-22 in Milwaukee, WI, and was graciously hosted by Dean Magda Peck at the new Zilber School of Public Health. A major agenda item was to develop guidance for the organization around a potential future for Title V in the era of health reform. The AMCHP board discussed the ‘Future of Title V,’ building on work and discussions about the program that have been occurring for over two years. While this topic has been a point of longstanding discussion within AMCHP and among our many partners, the passage of the Affordable Care Act has brought new questions about the role of the Title V program in an era of health reform. Board members and invited guests, including several AMCHP past presidents, discussed their thoughts on a vision for Title V and a guiding framework that could serve the program for the next five to 10 years. [more]



Health Reform Implementation
On Jul. 2, President Obama announced a delay in what is commonly known as the employer mandate. This provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires employers with more than 50 employees to either pay for health insurance for full time employees or face a penalty. This announcement means that they will not be required to pay a penalty for not providing health insurance to their employees until 2015. 

Ahhhh Recess
Congress was out on recess or what is now known as “district work weeks,” last week so all was quiet on Capitol Hill. Never fear, members of Congress will return on Jul. 8 and the Senate will begin considering the fiscal year 2014 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill. [more]

Cautionary Tales
Two leading Washington, DC news sources, the Washington Post and Politico, published articles last week regarding sequestration’s long and slow burn. Both articles are real eye openers about the monumental hurdles ahead as it relates to sequestration and budget cuts. In essence, the general consensus on Capitol Hill is that sequestration is “in the rear view mirror,” and the “bottom of the list of things” members of Congress are worried about. [more]

National Call: Federal Policy Update, Member Only Call 
AMCHP is hosting a MEMBER ONLY call on Jul. 15 at 3 p.m. EST. During this call, we will provide you with an update on the federal budget for fiscal year 2014, sequestration, Affordable Care Act implementation and our advocacy strategies moving forward. [more]



AMCHP Annual Conference Call for Proposals Now Open!
AMCHP invites you to submit a session proposal for the 2014 AMCHP Annual Conference (Jan. 25-28). The theme is The Road Ahead: Challenges, Changes and Opportunities for Maternal and Child Health. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Click here for complete information about submitting your session proposal and for the online submission system. [more]

AMCHP Convenes National Work Group on CYSHCN System Standards
On Jun. 13, AMCHP convened a national work group as part of the National Consensus Framework for Improving Quality Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) project funded by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. The national work group provided guidance and input to a draft set of standards (structure and process) for systems of care serving CYSHCN. [more]

Voids in Knowledge: Life Course Research and Chronic Kidney Disease Webinar
Fifth in the Life Course Research Network (LCRN) series on The State of Life Course Health Development Research: Past, Present and Future, this webinar will feature Dr. Patrick Brophy, MD, MHCD and Vice Chair for Clinical Innovation and Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. [more]

Family Scholars Program-Now Accepting Applications
AMCHP, with support of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) MCHB and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, is awarding scholarships to family leaders (six scholars and three mentors) to participate in the AMCHP Family Scholars Program. The Family Scholars Program (FSP) is a 10-month program for family leaders that have experience engaging in Title V programs or Title V funded programs at the local or state level. [more]

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. Attendees will increase their knowledge of birth rates and trends of home births, increase their knowledge of the effects of maternal and infant care services in this type of birth setting, receive a summary of the 2011 American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and 2013 AAP statements on planned home birth, and describe the practical implications of the statements for MCH programs. [more]

For more ways to get involved, click here.



General Maternal and Child Health

Toolkit on Social Media and MCH
A new toolkit offers information about the growing importance of online information, including social media, for obtaining information about health and medical issues. Social Media in the States: Providing Instant Access to Emerging Issues was developed by the Maternal and Child Health Library (MCH Library) at Georgetown University in collaboration with AMCHP, and with support from the HRSA MCHB. [more]

AHRQ Evidence Inconclusive on Effectiveness of Oral Contraceptive Use for Prevention of Ovarian Cancer
According to findings in a recent review from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and CDC, insufficient evidence exists to recommend for or against the use of oral contraceptives solely for the prevention of ovarian cancer.[more]

Child & Adolescent Health

AHRQ Report: School, Community-Based Intervention Programs Can Prevent Childhood Obesity
According to data from the 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, approximately 17 percent of U.S. children and adolescents are obese, while approximately 30 percent are either overweight or obese. [more]



Oregon Health Authority Accepting Applications for Public Health Director 
The Oregon Health Authority is seeking applicants to be considered for the position of Public Health Director. The Public Health Director is responsible for leadership, oversight, and guidance of executive staff and provides ongoing leadership and consultation for all public health programs and activities.[more]

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 up today!



  • On Jun. 24-25, AMCHP staff Tegan Callahan, Andria Cornell, Megan Phillippi and Caroline Stampfel hosted a collaborative meeting of the Life Course Metrics Project State Teams and National Expert Panel in Washington, DC. During this meeting -- facilitated by AMCHP consultant Dr. William Sappenfield -- state teams debated and subsequently voted on the final set of indicators for use by states to measure progress using a life course approach to improve maternal and child health. Attendees also participated in break-out discussions and group brainstorming on the application of the final indicator set in different program and policy contexts.


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]

Tribal Public Health Capacity Building and Quality Improvement Grant
Deadline: Jul. 15
The purpose of this grant is to strengthen and improve the infrastructure and performance of tribal public health agencies and tribal health systems through capacity building and quality improvement. [more]

Consortium for Tobacco Use Cessation Technical Assistance Grant
Deadline: Jul. 15
This grant provides ongoing guidance, TA, training, and support in the areas of evidence-based and practice-based cessation approaches, community mobilization and partnership development, program strategies and sustainability, developing and revising strategic plans, and project monitoring and evaluation. 

AIDS Drug Assistance Program Emergency Relief Awards Grant
Deadline: Jul. 19
The purpose of this grant is to prevent, reduce and/ or eliminate waiting lists reported to HRSA for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). 

NIH Care Management Research and Educational Foundation 
 Jul. 19
Up to $150,000 will be awarded to support investigator-initiated research showing significant potential to inform improvements in the U.S. healthcare system by reducing health spending growth, enhancing quality and expanding access to health insurance and health care services.

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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