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 Nov. 18, 2014

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As the pundits predicted, election day resulted in a new Republican majority for the Senate and a greater number of seats for the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. As a nonpartisan organization, we are pleased to have positive relationships across the aisle, but recognize that the change in power could have some effects on the federal programs we care most deeply about. First and foremost, Congress must still pass appropriations for FY 2015 before funding expires on Dec. 11. To date, current leadership of the appropriations committees have been vocal in supporting an omnibus appropriations package that will fund the government through the remainder of FY 2015, but there are others who would like to pass a shorter-term funding bill now and then pass another package in the new year that would be more reflective of the new majority's priorities. AMCHP favors an approach that would provide full funding for the remainder of FY 2015 so that Title V programs have more certainty for their budgets in the coming year. [more]

Health Reform Implementation

Supreme Court to Hear Case on Health Care Subsidies 
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) agreed to hear a case this term, King V. Burwell, on whether low to middle-income individuals on federally run exchanges are eligible to receive health care subsidies. The contention arises from a phrase in the law specifying that subsidies are provided to individuals below 400 percent of the poverty line in "exchanges established by a state." [more]

Open Enrollment for Health Insurance
Saturday, Nov. 15 is the first day for open enrollment. This open enrollment period will last three months and end on Feb. 15. AMCHP has developed a fact sheet for MCH leaders. This resource includes suggested steps for MCH leaders during the open enrollment period. [more]

Minimum Essential Coverage and Pregnant Women
On Friday, Nov. 7, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a guidance letter to state health officials and state Medicaid directors regarding minimum essential coverage (MEC). This letter states that the Secretary for Health and Human Services intends to exercise her authority in recognizing certain types of Medicaid coverage for low-income pregnant women as meeting MEC. [more]

New Report on Hispanic Children 
The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and the National Council of La Raza released a report documenting health care coverage for Hispanic Children in the United States. [more]

Title V Health Reform Implementation Webinar 
On Oct. 29 from 3-4 p.m. EDT, AMCHP and the National MCH Workforce Development Center hosted 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 capacity and opportunities to leverage existing MCH skills to drive health transformation -- in all its forms -- for maternal and child health populations. [more]



The Center's First Year and Looking Ahead: A Day of Learning
The National MCH Workforce Development Center, in partnership with AMCHP, is pleased to offer an interactive Day of Learning on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT, immediately following the 2015 AMCHP Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency, Washington DC.

The Day of Learning will consist of a variety of interactive activities, including:

  • Sharing the Center's first year accomplishments and a glimpse of what's ahead
  • Learning about exciting projects underway in our Cohort 1 states (CO, GA, HI, IL, IA, MS, MN, RI)
  • Open Space session offering opportunities for you to learn first-hand from members of the Center team about the array of services available to help support health transformation in your state or territory
  • Opportunity to work directly with Center team members to design a customized package of workforce development services for your state or territory
  • One-to-one guidance specifically tailored to those states and territories interested in applying to the Center's second intensive cohort in 2015

The Center is funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) to provide workforce development that supports MCH 3.0 and health transformation. [more]

Strengthening Public Health and Community Partnerships to Reduce Disparities in Child Health and Development  
The Raising of America is a six-part documentary series and multimedia initiative that will launch in early 2015 that will reframe the way we look at early child health and development. The documentary, by the producers of UNNATURAL CAUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?, explores how a strong start for all our kids leads not only to better individual life courses (learning, earning and physical and mental health) but also to a healthier, safer, better educated, more prosperous, and more equitable America. On Dec. 1, at 2 p.m., EST, national partners will host a webinar to raise awareness about the documentary series. [more]

World Prematurity Awareness Day
On Nov. 17, global partners and parent organizations worldwide will mark the fourth annual World Prematurity Day. "Like" World Prematurity Day on Facebook, where you can put a face on the problem of premature birth by posting a photo and story to an interactive map connecting people around the world; use the #WorldPrematurityDay hashtag to join the global conversation on Twitter. [more]

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

  • Life Course Health Development: Past, Present and Future, onNov. 19 from 9-10 a.m. PST. This webinar will feature LCRN director Neal Halfon, MD, MPH, and will chart the evolution of the life course health development (LCHD) framework, and illustrate its potential to transform how the maternal and child health system addresses social, psychological, biological, and genetic influences on health, eliminates health disparities, reduces chronic illness, and contains health care costs. [more]

Graduate Student Epidemiology Program 
The MCHB Graduate Student Epidemiology Program GSEP offers graduate students a unique opportunity to apply their classroom skills to real-world data projects, offering state and local agencies valuable technical assistance as they work to enhance their information systems capacity. As of this year, the GSEP has placed more than 290 students from 44 Schools of Public Health in more than 115 agencies. Similar to last year, projects will be grounded in the following three critical areas of MCH epidemiology [more]

The Application Process for the 2015 Making Lifelong Connections Meeting is Now Open! 
MCHB and the Making Lifelong Connections Planning Committee would like to invite trainees to participate in a unique opportunity to build leadership skills, meet other current and former MCHB trainees and enhance their career development. The Pediatric Pulmonary Centers (PPCs) at the University of Arizona and the University of New Mexico are co-hosting this one and a half day event entitled "Making Lifelong Connections: Leadership, Networking, and Career Development for MCHB Trainees" in San Antonio, TX on Apr. 23-24, 2015. At this meeting, current and former MCHB trainees will work together to enhance their leadership and presentation skills, network and develop professional connections. [more]



General Maternal & Child Health

NACCHO Releases Report on Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Capacity Building Project
NACCHO undertook a multi-year demonstration project in partnership with CityMatCH and AMCHP, to respond to funding cuts and depreciations in the local health departments (LHD) workforce by building LHD capacity to meet the needs of the women, children, youth and families in their communities. [more]

AHRQ-Funded Journal Supplement Focuses on Pediatric Quality Measures to Improve Children's Health 
An Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-funded supplement to Academic Pediatrics contributes to the national effort to measure and improve children's health. The September-October 2014 special supplement features seven commentaries and 12 articles that cover three broad themes: the value of pediatric quality measures to stakeholders, the scope of the Pediatric Quality Measures Program (PQMP) and lessons learned in developing and testing pediatric quality measures. [more]

Women's & Infant Health

ACOG Resources on Ebola and Women's Health
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has developed a web page containing the most recent guidelines on the emerging Ebola epidemic. The page is regularly updated with timely, accurate, scientific guidelines for health care professionals and patient information. [more]

CDC Resources on Ebola and Women's Health 
CDC has released Guidance for Screening and Caring for Pregnant Women with Ebola Virus Disease for Healthcare Providers in U.S. Hospitals for health care providers working in emergency departments and labor and delivery units in U.S. hospitals. This resource provides guidance on how to screen pregnant women for Ebola virus disease and how to care for pregnant women with known or suspected Ebola, including considerations for pregnant health care workers. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

New AMCHP Report: Environmental Scan on State Developmental & Autism Screening Strategies and Activities
AMCHP recently released an environmental scan report onState Strategies and Initiatives to Improve Developmental and Autism Screening, and Early Identification Systems. This report includes initial findings from an environmental scan AMCHP conducted in summer 2014 of 185 source documents in an effort to capture the wide range of developmental screening activities occurring within all U.S. states and territories. Over the coming year, this data will be further analyzed to develop resources to assist states, particularly Title V programs, in building and improving developmental screening and early identification systems. These tools and resources will be housed on the AMCHP State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) website. [more]

New IOM Report on Young Adult Health
The new Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Investing in the Health and Well-Being of Young Adults, summarizes what is known about the health, safety and well-being of young adults and offers recommendations for policy and research. Contents include a cross-cutting recommendation that applies to all policies and programs addressing young adults, whether public or private, in all sectors of society. Subsequent recommendations focus on the key domains of relationships, education and employment, civic engagement and national service, public health, the health care systems and government investments in marginalized young adults. [more]

New AHRQ Statistical Brief on Children and Mental Health
Mental health disorders affect a person's emotional, social and behavioral well-being. As a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, mental health disorder services are currently part of the essential benefits package, a set of health care service categories that must be covered by certain plans, including all insurance policies that are offered through State-based Exchanges and Medicaid. [more]

Child Trends Research Brief on Children's Physical Activity and the Built Environment
Neighborhood Characteristics and Children's Physical Activityexamines the relationship between physical exercise and neighborhood characteristics among children and adolescents, using data from the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children's Health. The authors look at the frequency within each state of selected neighborhood characteristics: whether the child's neighborhood included a playground or recreation center, whether it had dilapidated housing, and whether parents felt their child was "usually" or "always" safe there. [more]

Report on Youth Internet Safety from the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings
Youth Internet Safety: Risks, Responses, and Research Recommendations provides an overview of research representative of the depth and breadth of publications addressing child and youth online safety. Contents include an analysis of key findings, knowledge gaps and policy recommendations. Topics include cyberbullying, sexual solicitation and unwanted exposure to sexual content, the role of privacy, parent and community involvement and intergenerational gaps in attitudes toward internet safety issues. [more]

New Report on Early Education and Health Care
The Build Initiative and the National Academy for State Health Policy produced a new report, Bridging Health Care and Early Education System Transformations to Achieve Kindergarten Readiness in Oregon. This report describes how Oregon has leveraged opportunities to support a state-led, fundamental shift in how the health care and early education systems function and align with each other. Topics include why, what and how Oregon is aligning these two systems, next steps and remaining challenges and lessons learned. [more]



  • On Nov. 9-12, AMCHP staff Yadashe Belay, Kate Taft and Christie Lillard represented AMCHP at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) in Washington, DC. The theme of this year's conference was "AUCD Unleashed: the Power of Engagement." Kate Taft, along with state autism grantees from Colorado and Virginia, also presented a poster titled "Building Comprehensive Developmental Screening Systems through State and Community Engagement: Highlights from an Environmental Scan and HRSA Autism Implementation Grantees." For more information about the conference, visit the website at
  • On Oct. 30, AMCHP staff Maritza Valenzuela and Atyya Chaudhry attended a briefing on the new IOM report, Investing in the Health and Well-Being of Young Adults. Contributors to the report reviewed key conclusions as well as recommendations for developing and enhancing policies and programs to improve young adults' health, safety and well-being. Findings and recommendations are organized into five key areas: relationships, education and employment, civic engagement and national service, public health, health care systems, government investments in marginalized populations and cross-cutting recommendations. The full report and a summary brief are available here.

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 Jones at (202) 266-3049 or visit

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



NCCDPHP Opens Search for Supervisory Health Scientist 
The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Division of Reproductive Health (DRH), Field Support Branch (FSB) is posting an announcement for a supervisory health scientist, GS-0601-15 to serve as branch chief of the Field Support Branch. Responsibilities of the supervisory health scientist include: Direct and manage the operations of the branch with primary responsibility for providing leadership and guidance to branch staff; utilize subordinate team leaders to direct, coordinate, or oversee work; exercise significant responsibilities in dealing with officials of other units or organizations, or in advising management officials of higher rank; direct a program or major program segment with significant resources; and make decisions on work problems presented by subordinate team leaders, or similar personnel, or by contractors.[more]

Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) Seeks MI PRAMS Project Coordinator
The Michigan Department of Community Health Maternal & Child Health Epidemiology Section within the Life Course Epidemiology and Genomics Division is seeking qualified candidates for the part-time with benefits position, MI PRAMS project coordinator.  This is a contract position with the Michigan Public Health Institute, but the coordinator will work at the Michigan Department of Community Health Central Office. The PRAMS project coordinator is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the Michigan Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), including the CDC PRAMS grant in collaboration with external and internal partners. [more]

MDCH Accepting Applications for Michigan WIC Epidemiologist
This epidemiologist position will provide epidemiological expertise to the Bureau of Family, Maternal and Child Health and WIC Division.  This position will serve as the recognized resource on all epidemiologic matters concerning the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).  These responsibilities require a high level of epidemiological expertise, time management and the ability to make independent decisions and respond to multiple assignments. This position is responsible for creating, maintaining and managing large and complex data sets including the Michigan pediatrics and Pregnancy Surveillance Systems (PNSS & PedNSS) and the USDA Participant Characteristics (PC). [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. [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!



Maternal and Child Health Research Program
Deadline: Dec. 5
The R40 MCH Research Program supports applied research relating to maternal and child health services, including services for children with special health care needs. Research should demonstrate a substantial contribution to advancement of the current knowledge pool, and when used in states and communities should result in health and health services improvements. Findings from the research supported by the MCH Research Program are expected to strengthen and expand ACA implementation. [more]

R40 Maternal and Child Health Research Program (SDAS)
Deadline: Dec. 5
The R40 MCH SDAS program supports applied research relating to maternal and child health services that utilizes exclusively the secondary analysis of existing national databases and/or administrative records. These projects should have the potential to improve health services and delivery of care for maternal and child health populations. Findings from the research supported by the MCH Research Program are expected to strengthen and expand Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation. [more]

NIH Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers 
Deadline: Dec. 22
This National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant applications should propose to support a transdisciplinary program of basic and applied research to examine the effects of environmental factors on children's health and well-being. Research conducted through the Centers should include substantive areas of science in children's health while incorporating innovative technologies and approaches and links to the environment. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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