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 Oct. 6, 2014

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"Decision is a sharp knife that cuts clean and straight; indecision, a dull one that hacks and tears and leaves ragged edges behind it." -- Gordon Graham

Let's start with the simple, a small whimsical example of decision making. This is the tale of two teenage decisionmakers, true life examples from the lives of our 15-year-old twins, Ariana and Tristan. So, Ariana is this laissez-faire teenager. The one without a care in the world really, but the one you often worry does not care enough. She breezes through her days, focusing on what's important to her, not worrying excessively about the small day-to-day decisions in her life or those around her. She takes life as it comes at her and doesn't concern herself so much when things do not go her way. Through Ariana's eyes, there's always tomorrow, the new day, when a different decision can lead her in a new direction. She is fully confident that she can correct course no matter the outcome, good or bad. Que sera sera, whatever will be will be, is her motto. [more]

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AMCHP New Director Mentor Program Now Accepting Applications!
The AMCHP New Director Mentor Program is now accepting applications -- if you know of a new maternal and child health (MCH), children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) or Title V director (someone who has been in their role for three years or less) encourage them to apply! And we are always looking for great mentors, so if you are a seasoned MCH professional, we strongly encourage you to share your knowledge and information with new directors.  The deadline for applications is Dec 19. [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.

You can host an Applied Epidemiology Fellow! 
The goal of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists Applied Epidemiology Fellowship program is to attract and prepare public health epidemiologists for careers with state and local health departments. The two-year program recruits and trains qualified candidates to support public health initiatives and provide opportunities for new epidemiologists to expand their skills to a level where they function as competent epidemiologists with little or no supervision. [more]

DEADLINE EXTENDED: 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. [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]

CoIIN National Expansion Virtual Town Hall Meeting
There is an incredible amount of energy across the country from states and their teams working to identify and implement strategies to impact infant mortality.  The Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network (CoIIN) offers a fantastic opportunity to leverage the learnings of many on a few select strategies. [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]

Take the National Preconception Health Campaign Survey 
The National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative (PCHHC) is a public-private partnership that began in 2004 with the vision of improving preconception health and pregnancy outcomes in the United States. [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]

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Releases Call for RWJF Health Policy Fellows
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program provides the nation's most comprehensive fellowship experience at the nexus of health, science and policy in Washington, DC. It is an outstanding opportunity for exceptional midcareer health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health and health care policy promoting the health of the nation. [more]

Society for Public Health Education 66th Annual Meeting
The Society for Public Health Education 66th Annual Meeting, Blazing a Trail for Health Education and Health Promotion, offers an exciting opportunity to share your research findings, program impacts, policy changes, perspectives and expertise with the health education and health promotion professional community. The conference will be held in Portland, OR, Apr. 23-25, 2015. [more]



General Maternal & Child Health

Health Reform Monitoring Survey Policy Briefs 
The Urban Institute Health Policy Center and Georgetown University Center on Children and Families co-authored the following briefs based on data from the Health Reform Monitoring Survey:

  • A First Look at Children's Health Insurance Coverage Under the ACA in 2014 examines changes in health insurance coverage for children. Topics include income distribution of uninsured children and how their access to care and preventive care receipt compares to that of insured children.  [more]

New Fact Sheet for Title V Directors on Injury and Violence Prevention
This Children's Safety Network fact sheet is designed to help states identify existing and emerging issues and use evidence-informed strategies and initiatives for injury and violence prevention. Topics include engaging stakeholders, assessing state needs and mandates, examining strengths and weaknesses, selecting priorities unique to the state's situation, setting performance measures, developing an action plan, seeking and allocating resources, monitoring progress for impact on outcomes and reporting back to stakeholders.  [more]

New Resources from the CHIPRA Quality Demonstration National Evaluation Team

  • The new Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) Quality Demonstration Evaluation Highlight, Evaluation Highlight No. 10: How are CHIPRA quality demonstration States testing the Children's Electronic Health Record Format? focuses on how well the Format's requirements improve the delivery of primary care to children in North Carolina and Pennsylvania and on how readily the requirements can be incorporated into existing electronic health records (EHRs).  [more]

New AAP Instructional Video Series on the Medical Home Approach to Care
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) produced an instructional "how-to" video series, which provides step by step implementation strategies for pediatric clinicians and practices related to key concepts of the medical home approach to care.  [more]

Women's & Infant Health

New Resource on Newborn Genetics Testing 
The Association of Public Health Laboratories released this resource, which provides information on the role of public health laboratories in genetics testing and newborn screening science and practice. [more]

New Federal Study on Community-Based Doulas
The Perinatal Revolution, a new study supported by the federal government, finds that community-based doulas dramatically increase breastfeeding rates and decrease c-section rates in communities that face high risks of negative birth and developmental outcomes. Doulas provide extended, intensive peer-to-peer support to families throughout pregnancy, during labor and birth and in the early months of parenting.  [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

New Resource on Confidentiality for Adolescents and Young Adults
The University of California, San Francisco, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies recently released Sensitive Health Care Services in the Era of Electronic Health Records: Challenges and Opportunities in Protecting Confidentiality for Adolescents and Young Adults. This brief identifies key issues affecting access to sensitive services for young people in California under health reform, summarizes current federal and state confidentiality guidelines with special attention to the role of EHRs and highlights EHR challenges and opportunities to protect confidentiality while providing sensitive services. [more].

New AHRQ Statistical Brief on the Cost of Children's Conditions 
A new Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Statistical Brief, The Five Most Costly Children's Conditions, 2011: Estimates for U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Children, Ages 0-17, presents data from the Household Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS-HC) regarding medical expenditures associated with the five most costly conditions for children ages 0-17 in 2011. These conditions were determined by totaling and ranking the expenses by condition for all medical care provided in 2011. [more]

New SAMHSA Study Shows Decline in Teen Drug and Alcohol Use
Drug and alcohol use among America's teens continues to trend downward, according to Results from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings, released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). [more]



AMCHP Seeks Associate Director, Health Reform Implementation (#14-10006)
The associate director, health reform implementation is accountable for the development, implementation and evaluation of program activities within AMCHP's National Center for Health Reform Implementation through cooperative agreements and grants, including health reform activities that are part of the National MCH Workforce Development Center. [more]

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Seeks PRAMS Coordinator
The PRAMS project coordinator is responsible for overseeing and coordinating all aspects of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) grant in collaboration with internal and external partners. The position oversees data collection and management procedures of the State PRAMS survey, including ensuring the quality and timeliness of the data and preparation and dissemination of reports. [more]

North Carolina Accepting Applications for Women and Children's Health Section Chief
This position provides leadership, medical consultation and direction, overall guidance for policy, planning and accountability for the Section and the programs located within the Section. The position provides development and implementation of appropriate statewide health policy on issues related to women's and children's health issues; development of programs and initiatives with local health departments, nonprofits, the business and faith communities to address women's and children's health issues; accountability for contracted deliverables, funds spent and improved outcomes in communities; medical direction and consultation to Section programs, all 85 local health departments, related agencies and Section staff; statewide medical and public health leadership outside the Division of Public Health to physicians and other health professionals and their related organizations' leadership within the Division of Public Health; and representation for the State Health Director when requested. [more]

Virginia Opens Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Supervisor Search
Serves as supervisor of the Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) program within the Office of Family Health Services (OFHS), reporting to the Deputy Director of OFHS/Title V and MCH director. The goals of the program are summarized as follows: promotes the health of children with special needs through statewide initiatives and collaborations, as well as through specific public health programs. [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!



  • On Sept. 16-19, AMCHP staff Lori Freeman, Lacy Fehrenbach, Erin Bonzon, Caroline Stampfel, Piia Hanson, Andria Cornell, Krista Granger, Jessica Teel and Megan Phillippi represented AMCHP at the CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference, which is a joint conference combining the CityMatCH Urban Maternal and Child Health Leadership Conference, as well as the MCH Epidemiology Conference every other year. AMCHP, in partnership with CityMatCH, hosted the pre-conference trainings, which included sessions on selecting and designing measures for MCH 3.0, advanced epidemiology methods like propensity score matching and mediation, designing infographics and illustrating return on investment. [more]
  • On Sept. 25-26, AMCHP and the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses co-convened an expert panel of nurse leaders to explore the development of effective strategies and tactics to improve the quality of nursing care women receive before, during, and after pregnancy, looking specifically at opportunities presented by state-based maternal mortality reviews. [more]



Reducing Disparities in Breastfeeding through Peer and Professional Lactation Support Project
Deadline: Oct. 10
With support from the CDC, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)  is pleased to offer a funding opportunity for local health departments (LHDs) and community-based public, private, non-profit or faith-based organizations to provide peer and professional lactation support to African American and underserved (e.g. ethnic minority group or low-income) women and infants. The purpose of this project is to increase implementation of evidence-based and innovative breastfeeding programs, practices, and services at the community level, specifically focused on peer and professional lactation support to breastfeeding mothers in predominantly African American communities; and to develop and maintain public health partnerships critical to building community support for breastfeeding. NACCHO will make at least 70 awards available to LHDs, community-based public, private, non-profit, or faith-based organizations, and lactation support providers for a two-year breastfeeding project. [more]

National Institutes of Health (NIH) PPTC Coordinating Center
Deadline: Oct. 13 
The Pediatric Preclinical Testing Consortium (PPTC) initiative will consist of testing Research Programs and the PPTC Coordinating Center. It will address key challenges associated with the development of new therapies for children with cancer by developing reliable preclinical testing data for pediatric drug candidates that can be used to inform new agent prioritization decisions. The PPTC Coordinating Center will be responsible for integrating the activities of the individual PPTC Research Programs to create a functional consortium for pediatric preclinical testing. [more]

NIH PPTC Research Programs
Deadline: Oct. 13
PPTC Research Programs will do in vivo and in vitro testing of the activity of pediatric anticancer drug candidates. The PPTC is to develop a rigorous preclinical testing system for them and generate reliable data that can be used to inform new agent prioritization decisions. Drug testing Research Programs focused on specific tumor types that are particularly relevant to pediatric oncology should propose one testing Research Program type per application. [more]

Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program
Deadline: Oct. 14
The Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP) is a cooperative agreement between MCHB and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Federal grants of $50,000 per year for up to five years are awarded through the program to support community-based child health projects that improve the health status of mothers, infants, children and adolescents. The goal of this program is to promote access to health care for children, youth and their families nationwide and employ preventive health strategies through innovative community driven programs. [more]

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Part C Early Intervention Services (EIS)
Deadline: Oct. 15
The purpose of the RWHAP Part C EIS Program is to provide HIV primary care in the outpatient setting. Funds will support outpatient HIV primary care services targeted to low-income, vulnerable, medically underserved people living with HIV/AIDS including women, infants, children and youth. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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