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 Oct. 20, 2014

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Tracking Developments with Ebola and Enterovirus
AMCHP continues to closely follow developments with both the Ebola virus and the Enterovirus. We have been actively engaging with our Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) contacts around these issues and below again are links to the best CDC resources. We also are keeping in touch with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and other partners, and as always appreciate hearing from you if there are ways we can better support you. [more]

AMCHP Featured at Back to Back Congressional Briefings
On Oct. 9, AMCHP Board Member Dr. Lauri Kalanges gave a presentation on behalf of AMCHP as part of a congressional briefing entitled "Who's Caring for Half of America? Ob-Gyns are Women's Primary Care Physicians." The briefing was co-hosted by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health and AMCHP. More than 50 people were in attendance, including key congressional staff, to learn about the role of Ob-Gyn's and other women's health providers as primary care providers. Dr. Kalanges gave an overview of Title V programs and shared many examples of public health-primary care collaboration to improve women's health. [more]



AMCHP By-Laws Revisions Approved by Board of Directors
The AMCHP Board of Directors recently approved recommended revisions to the AMCHP By-Laws based upon a comprehensive legal review facilitated by the Governance Committee and utilizing a third-party law firm with specific expertise in nonprofit governance. The approved changes increase efficiency, remove duplicative language and introduce newly mandated clauses and language that ensure that our by-laws are legally current and in compliance with nonprofit law governing the District of Columbia. [more]

Applications open for the 2014-2015 Ryan Colburn Scholarship!
Ryan Colburn was an amazing young man with varied interests ranging from singing in a choir to sports (he was an avid Auburn and Atlanta Braves fan and played the outfield in Miracle League Baseball). He touched the hearts and lives of all he came in contact with his contagious personality and unforgettable smile. Ryan also carried a strong message to the disability community imploring others with disabilities to live life to the fullest. In honor of his life and his affirming message to the disability community, family leader, advocate and AMCHP board member Susan Colburn, in partnership with AMCHP, established the Ryan Colburn Scholarship in 2011 to keep alive the work that Ryan had started in the recent years before his passing, speaking at local and national conferences about growing up with a disability and the spreading the message of the importance of living life to the fullest. [more]

Now Accepting Applications: AMCHP Emerging MCH Leadership Graduate Student Scholarship
AMCHP and Go Beyond MCH are offering a graduate student scholarship. This scholarship is designed to assist one graduate student per year in furthering their education while sponsoring their attendance at the AMCHP Annual Conference to hone their leadership skills and connect them with existing leaders within MCH. The deadline to submit application materials is by 8 p.m. EST on Nov. 17. [more]

Are your peers innovative and outstanding leaders? Nominate them for a 2015 AMCHP award!
AMCHP recognizes leadership in MCH in several ways, including awards presented to MCH leaders to honor their excellence in the field. These awards will be presented at the 2015 AMCHP Annual Conference, Jan. 24-27 in Washington, DC.

AMCHP is now accepting nominations for the following:

  • John MacQueen Lecture Award for innovation in the field of maternal and child health
  • Excellence In State MCH Leadership Award for an outstanding state MCH professional whose career has made significant contributions to the health of women, children and families in their state
  • Merle McPherson Leadership Award for exemplary contributions to further family/state professional collaboration within a state Title V Program and AMCHP
  • Vince Hutchins Leadership Award for leadership in promoting a society responsive to the needs of women, children, youth and families
  • Young MCH Professional Award for significant contributions to state MCH programs in promoting and protecting the health of women, children, and families in their state and/or region

For more information and the nomination guidelines for these awards, click here.

Please note: All awards use the same nomination form, but a separate form must be submitted per nominee, per award.

DEADLINE EXTENDED for the 2014-2015 AMCHP Best Practices Replication Technical Assistance Project 
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 third 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. Through this project, applicants can request technical assistance support (i.e., travel funds or other seed resources) to learn how to adapt a specific Innovation Station practice (or elements of a practice) to their state or community. [more]

Title V Health Reform Implementation Webinar
On Oct. 29 from 3-4 p.m. EDT, the National MCH Workforce Development Center will host a webinar to introduce a comprehensive self-assessment tool that will help your Title V agency assess health reform-related activities in your state. The tool can help you clearly define your state's capacity and opportunities to leverage existing MCH skills to drive health transformation -- in all its forms -- for maternal and child health populations. [more]

Family Engagement Survey -- Coming this fall!
Families are a critical part of Title V programs.  AMCHP, with support from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), wants to know more about how state Title V programs, both MCH and children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), are involving families in the work of Title V. A survey looking at this very issue is currently in development and will be fielded this fall (October). [more]

Upcoming LCRN Webinars
The Life Course Research Network (LCRN) has several upcoming webinars on topics of interest for AMCHP members, including:

  • Using the New England Family Study (NEFS) to Conduct Life Course Analyses, on Oct. 23 from 9-10 a.m. PST. This webinar features Stephen Buka, ScD, presenting on the New England Family Study (NEFS), a 50-year, three-generation longitudinal study of 17,000 infants born in New England in the 1960s. [more



General Maternal & Child Health

National Center on Health Oral Health Newsletter
The National Center on Health offers Brush Up on Oral Health, a monthly e-newsletter that provides Head Start staff with information on current practice, practical tips for promoting good oral health, and recipes for healthy snacks and other information to share with parents. Health and social service professionals interested in improving the oral health of pregnant women, infants, and children enrolled in Head Start and their families may also find the newsletter helpful. [more]

2014 Alaska MCH Data Book Available
The Alaska Division of Public Health, Section of Women's, Children's, and Family Health released the Maternal and Child Health Data Book 2014: The Life Course Edition. This new Data Book is the seventh in a series of reference books on the status of women's, infants', and children's health in Alaska. This edition follows life course theory, a population-focused framework that promotes optimal health and development over a lifetime and across generations, while advocating equity in health across communities and populations. [more]

New CDC Update on Ebola Outbreak and Response
The CDC is working with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other domestic and international partners in an international response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. They released a document summarizing key messages about the outbreak and the response. It will be updated as new information becomes available and will be distributed regularly. [more]

Women's & Infant Health

New NICHQ Resource on Improving Breastfeeding Support in U.S. Hospitals
The National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ) released its second installment in the Best Fed Beginnings initiative, which follow the story of two teams as they take the final steps toward becoming Baby-Friendly designated and reflect back on the journey of this groundbreaking, nationwide quality improvement project. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

Advancing the Pediatric Medical Home Model in Iowa: New resource from NCMHI
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI), in collaboration with the National Academy for State Health Policy, is working to provide the most up-to-date information about exceptional state programs advancing the medical home model in pediatric populations. [more]



North Carolina Accepting Applications for Early Intervention Branch Head
The North Carolina Early Intervention Branch serves as the state lead agency to carry out Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This position requires experience with Part C of the IDEA program at state or national level, or experience with another program for children with special health care needs, developmental disabilities or delays, or substantive health conditions, at state or national level. A minimum of three years of experience in directing, managing, and supervising program evaluation and analysis of data and policies is required. [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!


AMCHP is seeking submissions of emerging, promising and best practices in maternal and child health from all states and territories on adolescent health and youth engagement. Do you have a program that fits?

You'll have a chance to:

  • Share successes with your peers
  • Enhance the MCH field
  • Contribute to program replication
  • Get expert feedback from the Review Panel
  • Receive national recognition

The online submission process is simple and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, contact Ki'Yonna Brown at (202) 266-3056 or

You can also click here to refer an innovative MCH program that we should know about!



Academy Health Population Health Scholarship Program
Deadline: Oct. 31
Sponsored by The Kresge Foundation, the Population Health Scholarship Program brings emerging community health leaders to Washington, DC for a policy bootcamp, where they will: Attend and participate in the 2015 National Health Policy Conference; Meet with policymakers and community health stakeholders; and Network with key advisors from AcademyHealth's Translation and Dissemination Institute and the Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy. Ten scholars will receive a travel stipend and complimentary registration for the National Health Policy Conference and participate in activities based on their health policy interests. [more]

MIECHV Formula Grant Program
Deadline: Nov. 3
This program was established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to continue the delivery of voluntary early childhood home visiting program services in response to a statewide needs assessment. This program is being undertaken as part of the shared commitment of HRSA and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to comprehensive family services, coordinated and comprehensive voluntary statewide home visiting programs, and effective implementation of high-quality evidence-based practices. [more]

National Technical Resource Center for Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention (Center) 
Deadline: Nov. 10
The purpose of the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) program is to utilize specifically targeted and measurable interventions to increase the number of infants who are followed up for rescreening, referral and intervention after having not passed a physiologic newborn screening examination prior to discharge from the newborn nursery. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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