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 Nov. 3, 2014

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A can of worms does not open itself. -- Seen on a Fortune Cookie.

As I was thinking about what has happened in the last two weeks that might inform this Management Minute, my mind immediately went to my recent workout with a trainer, Vince. As I met Vince this week, I was complaining about both of my knees simultaneously hurting for no apparent reason. Still, I said "don't worry, let's just get through the workout, must be old age or something." Professional that Vince is, however, said "let's spend some time rolling you out today and see where to go from there." Okay, sounds like fun (thinking it was much better to lie on a massage table versus row 2,000 meters). Sadly, it was not fun. Worse, it was downright painful. Vince used a trigger point roller to basically iron out every knot in my body for about forty minutes. When I asked him why my body was so ridden with knots, he replied that there are lots of different causes, but in my case, having a desk job where I'm sitting a lot can cause calcium to build up in the muscles and create an intricate set of knots running from my hips to my feet. The most prevalent knots were actually on the outsides of my thighs and this can and will cause some knee pain from the knotting. I had opened the can of worms. [more]



Elections, Lame Ducks & Preparing for AMCHP Hill Day 2015
Political junkies everywhere are eagerly anticipating the results of this Tuesday's election -- with cooler heads predicting that potential run-offs in Georgia or Louisiana could mean that the balance of power might not be known for several weeks. Either way, AMCHP, as a nonpartisan organization, is eager to work with the new Congress to promote vital investments in MCH programs. We will be watching closely for changes on the key appropriations committees and looking to cultivate new champions for our cause. [more]

Plan for AMCHP Hill Day
Stay tuned for the announcement of a webinar to prepare you for Hill visits, but if you are attending the upcoming AMCHP Annual Conference please start planning now to visit your elected officials. We will be adapting our training this year to accommodate both participants who can engage in direct advocacy and those who may only engage in education. With a new Congress beginning in January, it is the perfect time to share information and educate them on continuing MCH needs in your state. [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. The scholarship provides support for a youth-with-disabilities leader to attend the AMCHP Annual Conference, connect with family leaders, and continue to spread Ryan's message of hope. [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]

Healthy People 2020 Public Comment is Now Open!
The public comment period for Healthy People 2020 is officially open and live! The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is soliciting written comments regarding new objectives proposed to be added to Healthy People 2020 since the last public comment period in fall 2013. Healthy People 2020 will continue to provide opportunities for public input periodically throughout the decade to ensure that Healthy People 2020 reflects current public health priorities and public input. Comments will be accepted through Nov. 7. [more]

MCH Student Paired Practica Project for Summer 2015 -- DEADLINE EXTENDED!
The National MCH Workforce Development Center, in cooperation with the University of Illinois School of Public Health and Howard University, will support a Paired Practica Project in summer 2015. Through the project, master's or doctoral students/recent graduates from the 13 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded SPH training programs and undergraduates from the Howard University MCH Pipeline Program will be supported in undertaking paired practica projects identified by state Title V programs as they respond to and implement health reform. [more]

Upcoming Webinar on CSHCN and Unintentional Injuries
Dr. Patty Huang, a developmental pediatrician at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, will be discussing key factors placing Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) at risk for unintentional injury, common mechanisms of unintentional injury and describing some injury prevention strategies that every family of CSHCN should know. The Adobe Connect webinar is scheduled on Monday, Nov. 10 from 9:30-10:15 a.m. CST. It is jointly sponsored by the Injury and Violence Prevention and CYSHCN Programs, Division of Public Health, in the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. [more]

MCHB Webinar on MCH and the Built Environment
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is pleased to announce the next DataSpeak Web conference titled "Effects of the Built Environment on Maternal and Child Health." This program will take place on Monday, Nov. 10 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. EST. This DataSpeak will explore current research into how the built environment can influence reproductive health, child development and mental health outcomes. [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. [more]



General Maternal & Child Health

New Resources on Ebola Guidance for MCH providers
The following resources complement the guidance for Ebola from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO). The first report published in JAMA Pediatrics, "Ebola Virus Disease and Children: What Pediatric Health Care Professionals Need to Know" provides guidance for pediatric health care professionals for assessing Ebola in children. [more]

Women's & Infant Health

New Study on Sofas and Infant Mortality 
This article published in Pediatrics, describes factors associated with infant deaths on sofas. Deaths on sofas were found to account for 12.9 percent of sleep-related infant deaths. They were more likely than deaths in other locations to be classified as accidental suffocation or strangulation. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

New Publication on Family-Centered Care for CSHCN
This new publication from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health and University of California San Francisco,A Review of the Literature Pertaining to Family-Centered Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs, provides an overview of findings from selected research on family-centered care for CSHCN. [more]

Publication Released on Medical Homes in California
This report from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, The Missing Piece: Medical Homes for California's Children with Medical Complexity, analyzes the efforts of 11 California medical centers to develop complex care clinics capable of delivering comprehensive, quality care to children with medical complexity in a medical home setting. [more]

National Health Law Program Brief on Sexual Health Education for Adolescents Enrolled in Medicaid 
This brief focuses on opportunities for children and adolescents enrolled in Medicaid and some Children's Health Insurance Programs to receive periodic comprehensive screenings that include sexual health education. Contents from EPSDT Screening: Including Sexuality Education in Health Education include information about the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit, key components of the required medical screen including health education and anticipatory guidance, the need for sexual health education and the challenges to ensuring its provision. [more]

Child Trends Brief on Diversity within Family Support Programs
This brief, Culture Counts: Engaging Black and Latino Parents of Young Children in Family Support Programs,provides an overview of family support programs and identifies the features and strategies that may be most effective for reaching and engaging Black and Latino families, with the ultimate goal of supporting young children's development. [more]

AHRQ National Quality Strategy Priorities in Action Features School-Based Health Centers in Connecticut 
The latest edition of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) National Quality Strategy Priorities in Actionfeatures the Connecticut Association of School Based Health Centers, an advocacy and networking organization committed to increasing access to quality health care for children and adolescents in Connecticut schools. [more]



  • On Oct. 5, AMCHP staff Treeby Brown and Meredith Pyle, along with National Academy of State Health Policy (NASHP) partner Karen VanLandeghem convened a National Work Group for Improving Quality Systems of Care for CYSHCN meeting in Atlanta, GA. The meeting, sponsored by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, allowed AMCHP and NASHP to gather work group guidance on key considerations for the translation, use and application of the National Standards for Systems of Care for CYSHCN by state entities and to discuss parameters for the development of metrics that could align with the standards.
  • On Oct. 6, AMCHP staff Treeby Brown and Meredith Pyle represented AMCHP at the NASHP sponsored "Cultivating a Health Future: A Conversation Among EPSDT Coordinators and Title V Directors" meeting in Atlanta, GA. The meeting brought together state EPSDT coordinators with several state Title V CYSHCN directors to explore opportunities for relationship building, shared learning and collaboration around screenings, treatment for Medicaid-enrolled children and care coordination strategies, as well as discussion of the National Standards for Systems of Care for CYSHCN.
  • On Oct. 16, AMCHP staff Megan Phillippi hosted an AMCHP exhibit at the Eunice Kennedy ShriverNational Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) fifth annual "5K Run/Walk/Roll." This goal of this event was to raise awareness about infant mortality, particularly in those communities where the rates are above the U.S. average. This event highlighted ongoing research efforts supported by NICHD in addressing this public health concern.
  • On Oct. 28, AMCHP staff Amy Haddad represented AMCHP at a meeting of the Coalition for Health Funding with Office of Management and Budget Program Associate Director for Health, Dr. Julian Harris and, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, Cecelia Munoz. The meeting was off the record, but topics included FY 2016 funding for public health programs and the importance of sharing personal stories to demonstrate the impact of funding cuts to these programs in recent years.



Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) Seeks 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). Also, the person in this position creates and maintains linked datasets i.e. PedNSS linked to PNSS; WIC program data, PNSS & PedNSS linked to Michigan Vital Records Live Birth and Death Files. [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 Jones at (202) 266-3049 or visit

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



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. The focus of the Center will be to provide to state Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs training and technical assistance for planning, policy development, implementing innovations and quality improvement methodology to reduce their loss to follow-up rate/loss to documentation (LTF/D), i.e. the number of infants who do not receive timely and appropriate screening follow-up and coordinated interventions. [more]  

Reducing Loss to Follow-up after Failure to Pass Newborn Hearing Screening
Deadline: Nov. 10
HRSA is soliciting applications for the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program. This announcement solicits proposals for reducing the loss to follow-up of infants who have not passed a physiologic newborn hearing screening examination prior to discharge from the newborn nursery by utilizing specifically targeted and measurable interventions. [more]

Strengthen Evidence Base for Maternal and Child Health Programs Cooperative Agreement
Deadline: Nov. 10
The purpose of this program is to provide support and resources to assist state Title V MCH programs in developing evidence-based or evidence-informed State Action Plans as well as in responding to the National Outcome Measures, National Performance Measures, State Performance Measures and state-initiated Structural/Process Measures. [more]

NIH Interventions for Youth Who Misuse/Abuse Prescription Stimulant Medications
Deadline: Nov. 13
This National Institutes of Health (NIH) announcement solicits U01 applications conducting either hypothesis-driven or hypothesis-generating controlled research to build an evidence base to address the problem of prescription stimulant medication (PSM) misuse in youth. Specifically this solicits research applications that develop and test the efficacy of interventions to either prevent or reduce the misuse and diversion of PSMs among high school students and/or college students. [more]

Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program
Deadline: Nov. 14
Outreach Program is a community-based program targeted to improve outreach and service delivery in local and regional rural communities. The goals for the Outreach Program are the following: 1) Expand the delivery of health care services to include new and enhanced services exclusively in rural communities; 2) Deliver health care services through a strong consortium, in which every consortium member organization is actively involved and engaged in the planning and delivery of services; 3) Utilize and/or adapt an evidence-based or promising practice model(s) in the delivery of health care services; 4) Improve population health, demonstrate health outcomes and sustainability. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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