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 Sept. 30, 2013

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Budget Update
As of press time, it is unclear if Congress will approve legislation to keep the federal government open. AMCHP will keep you updated on the developments as this process unfolds and will issue a legislative alert as soon as Congress approves or fails to approve a continuing resolution. [more]

Preterm Birth Legislation
On Sept. 25, the Senate approved the PREEMIE Act (S. 252), which authorizes funding to expand research, education and intervention activities related to preterm birth and infant mortality. Importantly, this legislation also codifies the existing Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality. [more]

Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act
On Sept. 26 the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee held a hearing entitled, “Newborn Screening Saves Lives--The Past, Present and Future of the Newborn Screening.” This hearing was chaired by Sen. Hagan (D-NC) and Sen. Enzi (R-WY). [more]

Health Reform Implementation

In Case You Missed It, AMCHP Releases Two MCH ACA Resources
Tomorrow, the health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will begin open enrollment of eligible Americans for coverage beginning as early as Jan. 1, 2014. AMCHP released this fact sheet to provide state maternal and child health (MCH) leaders with informational resources and suggested steps to support outreach and enrollment and help ensure improved access to care for MCH populations. [more]



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AMCHP Best Practices Technical Assistance Project: Request for Applications
As part of an overall strategic goal to improve MCH outcomes by sharing effective and promising practices with state and territorial MCH programs, AMCHP is pleased to provide a second round of replication stipends to foster connections between states interested in replication or adaptation of a current emerging, promising or best practice in Innovation Station. [more]

National Infant Mortality Awareness Month
Each year roughly 4,000 infants die unexpectedly during sleep time, from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), accidental suffocation, or unknown causes. Fortunately, much has been learned about how to reduce the chances that these sleep-related infant deaths will occur. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement provides recommendations on safe sleep for infants up to age one. Communicating these proven ways to create a safe infant sleep environment to parents, caregivers, families, and health care providers is critical for reducing the toll of these sleep-related infant deaths on our society. [more]

HRSA Presents the Impact of Interprofessional Education on Improving Hispanic Health Webinar
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) invites all staff and stakeholders to join this session to discuss the interprofessional efforts in the Bureau of Health Professions, featuring presentations from the divisions of Nursing, Public Health & Interdisciplinary Education, and Medicine & Dentistry. [more]

For more ways to get involved, click here.



General Maternal & Child Health

An Editor’s Perspective on Preparing, Reviewing and Selecting Manuscripts for Publication now in Archives
A recording of the webinar and slides are now available on the Webinar Library for the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE). Hosted by CSTE along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the webinar featured Samuel F. Posner, PhD, who presented helpful hints and common problems in manuscript preparation, submission, review and publication processes. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

Positive Relationship Factors May Help Break Cycle of Child Maltreatment
The Journal of Adolescent Health has released a special supplement investigating the role of safe, stable, nurturing relationships (SSNRs) and social contexts in the cycle of child maltreatment across generations. [more]

 Women's & Infant Health

New CCHD Screening Resource for Primary Care Pediatricians on AAP Website
Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Defect (CCHD) is being added to the newborn screening panel in hospitals around the United States. To help primary care pediatricians navigate the implementation process and provide effective, long-term medical homes for babies with CCHD, AAP, in a cooperative agreement with CDC, has developed an online resource addressing many possible areas of concern. [more]



  • On Sept. 11, HRSA presented a webcast on “Implementing the Affordable Care Act for Adolescents and Young Adults: Practical Considerations.” The webcast included presentations by Dr. Claire Brindis of the University of California, San Francisco on the issue of confidentiality in health care services for adolescents and young adults, and Amy Lin of Young Invincibles on national efforts to empower youth to take charge of their health care. [more]
    From Sept. 22-25, AMCHP staff participated in the CityMatCH Annual Conference in Savannah, Georgia. Tegan Callahan and Andria Cornell delivered oral presentations on From Theory to Measurement. [more]
  • On Sept. 26, AMCHP staff Carolyn McCoy attended a Capitol Hill briefing entitled “Ensuring Quality in Medicaid and CHIP.” This briefing provided an update and background on recent activities to improve quality of care for children and current policy issues, specifically, Title IV of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA). [more]


AMCHP Launches CEO Search
AMCHP is seeking a dynamic chief executive officer (CEO) to build on and preserve our mission of being a national resource, partner, and advocate for state public health leaders and others working to improve the health of women, children, youth, and families, including those with special health care needs. [more]

Delaware Seeks Public Administrator I
The Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, has an opening in Kent County for a Public Health Administrator I. [more]

Utah Department of Health Seeks Applications for Bureau Director, CSHCN
This position is responsible for administration of the Utah Department of Health, Bureau of Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) public health programs and clinical services. This position determines health needs for CSHCN, including clinical services, bureau needs and objectives and determines goals and priorities of the bureau. [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, the AMCHP 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!



Twinning Program Cooperative Agreement Grant
Deadline: Oct. 15
This grant supports partnerships between U.S.-based organizations and host-country organizations (north-south partnerships) and between in-country and regional organizations (south-south partnerships and south-south-north partnerships) to strengthen human and organizational capacity. [more]

Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation Seeks Applications for Mental Health Research
Deadline: Nov. 1
Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to support research of interventions designed to prevent or improve major social, psychological, behavioral, or public health problems affecting children, adults, couples, families or communities. [more]

R40 Maternal and Child Health Research Program (MCHR) Grant
Deadline: Nov. 8
This grant supports innovative applied and translational research that have the potential to improve health care services and delivery and to promote health and wellbeing among maternal and child health (MCH) populations. [more]

Social and Behavioral Interventions to Increase Solid Organ Donation Grant
Deadline: Nov. 20
The purpose of this grant is to reduce the gap between the demand for organ transplants and the supply of organs from deceased donors by identifying successful strategies that can serve as model interventions to increase deceased organ donation registration or family consent. [more]

Ryan White Part B HIV Care Grant Program
Deadline: Nov. 21
The purpose of this grant is to assist states and territories in developing and/or enhancing access to a comprehensive continuum of high quality HIV care and treatment for low-income people living with HIV. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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