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 Aug. 5, 2013

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AMCHP said farewell to Dr. Michael Fraser last Friday, Jul. 26.  The Wednesday prior, staff honored Dr. Fraser at a farewell reception attended by more than 60 members, partners, and AMCHP staff. Guests toasted Dr. Fraser, thanking him for service, praising his leadership and noting that he put AMCHP on the move. [more]



House Appropriations Update
If you blinked you missed it. Last week, the House Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee posted a notice indicating that the committee would in fact release and mark up their version of the FY 2014 appropriation bill. Almost 48 hours later, the hearing was postponed due to “scheduling” issues. Many DC advocates speculate that the House does not want to release this bill because the cuts will be so devastating and it is easier for Representatives to discuss the cuts from a theoretical perspective. [more]

Please, please, please fill out our survey on sequestration so we can capture information about the impact these cuts had on your state programs and the population you serve. If it sounds like we are begging, it is because we are!  To date only six states have responded. The White House, members of Congress and the media are asking AMCHP for stories. [more]

Health Reform Implementation

ACA Update
On Jul. 26, AMCHP signed on to a letter to Sec. Sebelius along with various other maternal and child health (MCH) organizations in support of clarifying regulations regarding maternity coverage for adult children under the health plans of their parents up to age 26. Currently, offspring of dependent children is not included in this provision. [more]



Are you looking to get more involved with AMCHP? Check out the exciting opportunities below and make the most out of your membership!

Board Nominations: The AMCHP Governance Committee is currently accepting nominations for 2014 AMCHP Board positions. These leadership positions guide, direct, inform and contribute to moving AMCHP strategic directions and goals forward. [more]

A Committee Appointments: One benefit of being an active AMCHP member is the opportunity to participate as a volunteer leader on AMCHP Organizational and Board Committees. AMCHP committees assist the organization in carrying out its mission, goals and strategic plan. They serve to engage members in activities, provide advice and guidance to the board and staff, and make recommendations for policy analysis and development. [more]

Nominate Your Peers for a 2014 AMCHP Award 
AMCHP recognizes leadership in maternal and child health in several ways, including awards presented to MCH leaders to honor their excellence in the field. These awards will be presented at the 2014 AMCHP Annual Conference, Jan. 25-28 in Washington, DC. [more]

For more ways to get involved, click here.



General Maternal and Child Health

Archive of AMCHP Succession Planning Webinar Now Available!
Did you miss the AMCHP The True Meaning of Succession Planning webinar last week?  If so, you are in luck!  The archive for this event is now available online where successful succession planning strategies were shared. Michael Warren, MD, MPH, FAAP, Director of MCH for the Tennessee Department of Health provided an overview of the concept of succession planning and shared his efforts related to workforce development in his state. [more]

Alaska Maternal and Child Health Data Book 2012: Birth Defects Surveillance Edition
The Alaska Division of Public Health is pleased to announce the release of their new data book, the sixth in a series of comprehensive reference books on the status of women’s, infant’s and children’s health in Alaska. Readers are encouraged to use the data presented in this book to improve the health of Alaska’s children. This is the second comprehensive analysis of the Alaska Birth Defects Registry data. [more]

Family Caregivers of Children with Special Health Care Needs: the Need for Caregiver Support as Truly Family-Centered Care Fact Sheet
According to a 2009 report by the National Alliance for Caregiving, there are 16.8 million unpaid family caregivers of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) in the U.S. As health care costs rise, CYSHCN are increasingly dependent on home-based family caregivers to meet their formal health care needs. Despite this, family caregivers do not receive the training or ongoing support they need from health care systems. [more]

Women & Infant Health

PRAMS Releases CPONDER 2.0
The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) team is pleased to announce the release of the new CPONDER Version 2.0 system. CPONDER contains prevalence and trends data for more than 190 indicators from the PRAMS survey from 2000 through 2010 and the 2009-2010 flu survey supplement. [more]



Deadline Approaching for DMCHWD Fall Intern Positions
The Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development (DMCHWD) is seeking intern(s) for fall 2013 in metro accessible Rockville, MD. This unpaid internship is a practicum experience for full- or part-time graduate students in good standing at schools of public health or enrolled in related coursework.  [more]



  • On Jul. 24, AMCHP hosted “Connecting the Dots: A National Meeting on Improving Birth Outcomes Initiatives” in Washington, DC. In attendance were leaders from various state MCH and Medicaid programs, federal agencies, professional associations and foundations. [more]
  • On Aug. 1, AMCHP staff Lacy Fehrenbach participated in the ASTHO meeting Integrating Immunizations in Healthcare Settings which brought together leaders of state health departments and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology to identify benefits to providers for vaccinating women and to develop resources to be used by states seeking to expand access to immunizations for pregnant women. [more]


    ACA: Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Formula Grant Program
    Deadline: Aug. 9
    The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting formula grant program is designed to 1) strengthen and improve the programs and activities carried out under Title V of the Social Security Act; 2) improve coordination of services for at-risk communities; and (3) identify and provide comprehensive services to improve outcomes for families who reside in at-risk communities. [more]

    Home Visiting Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (HV CoIIN) Grant
    Deadline: Aug. 12
    This grant will help develop a Home Visiting Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (HV CoIIN) in order to provide support for the delivery of maternal and early childhood services, including (but not limited to) home visiting services under the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program. [more]

    Health Care Innovation Awards Round Two Grant
    Deadline: Aug. 15
    This grant funds applicants who propose new payment and service delivery models that will provide better health, better health care, and lower costs through improved quality for Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP enrollees. [more]

    Enhancement of HIV Care and Outcomes through Screening for Substance Use and Mental Disorders Grant
    Deadline: Aug. 16
    The purpose of this grant is to screen persons who are presenting for or receiving HIV care in specialized HIV treatment services programs for substance use and mental disorders and make appropriate referrals, as necessary, to behavioral health treatment and/or prevention services. [more]

    For more funding opportunities, click here.



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