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 Dec. 1, 2014

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The more you engage with customers the clearer things become and the easier it is to determine what you should be doing. ~ John Russell

It's my pleasure to share with you that the AMCHP Board of Directors is executing pre-planning associated with its 2015 strategic planning process in an effort to fully engage the AMCHP membership across all levels of the organization. This pre-planning stage is considered integral to informing the strategic goals and objectives for AMCHP for the next three years.

In the coming weeks and months, the leadership of AMCHP including regional directors of the doard, will be actively listening to our members as they respond to a series of questions, discussion opportunities, inquiries and surveys via virtual and in person mechanisms. Three phases of a strategic engagement process will be used to solicit these inputs with each successive phase informing the next and culminating in a final strategic planning session by the board in mid-2015. Planned phases of strategic engagement will include posing key questions for your consideration through Member Briefs and social media mechanisms around the AMCHP mission; a simple survey effort to engage you about understanding our past goals; opportunities to dialogue with regional directors via virtual town hall meetings and teleconferences; and other forums/venues for interaction. [more]



Appropriations Outlook
We are still awaiting word on how Congress intends to proceed on FY 2015 appropriations, with the latest prediction that they will pass a hybrid bill that would include continued short-term funding for some programs (namely the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Office in response to the president's recently released executive order on immigration) and a longer-term omnibus bill to fund other programs. [more]

Revised Title V Block Grant Guidance Available for Comment
We wanted to make sure that you saw that a Federal Register notice was published announcing a 30-day public comment period on the revised Application/Annual Report Guidance and Forms in the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant to States Program. The notice can be accessedhere. [more]

Congressional Briefing on Pre-term Birth
AMCHP is proud to support a congressional briefing "The Key to Reducing Infant Mortality: Reducing Preterm Birth" to be held on Dec. 11 in Washington, DC sponsored by the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American College of Nurse-Midwives, in cooperation with the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues. [more]

Health Reform Implementation

CMS Proposed Rule on Payment Parameters for 2016
On Friday, Nov. 21, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a Proposed Rule on payment parameters and provisions for Federally-facilitated Exchanges (aka Marketplaces). The proposed rule also includes proposed standards for Essential Health Benefits (for instance, a uniform definition of habilitative services), hardship exemptions, network adequacy, among others. [more]

Recent Report on EPSDT Screening
A recent report published by the Office of the Inspector General has found that the states and the federal government must do more to ensure children and youth receive Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) services. These services are available to all children and youth under the age of 21 enrolled in Medicaid. [more]

"Family Glitch" Issue Brief 
Health Affairs has recently published a health policy issue brief on the "family glitch" concern. The family glitch creates a situation where low to moderate income families are not eligible to receive financial assistance to purchase affordable health care in the Marketplaces. The family glitch may have significant implications for coverage options for children and families. [more]

Open Enrollment Season 
This year, the open enrollment period will continue through Feb. 15. CMS has developed helpful resources to help individuals better understand coverage and benefits through their Coverage to Care initiative. The resources, including videos and booklets, can be accessed here. AMCHP also has an open enrollment fact sheet for MCH leaders. [more]


Early Bird Registration Rates End Dec. 18, Don't Miss Out!



AMCHP Joins Expert Leaders in New Safe Sleep Collaborative
The National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep(NAPPSS), a new initiative funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), has convened an Expert Leadership Group, including AMCHP, to help guide the collaborative in making safe infant sleep the national norm. Based on the belief that "safe sleep is everybody's business," NAPPSS is expanding the circle of traditional safe sleep champions beyond health and child care systems to engage new and diverse partners that touch the daily lives of families in many ways, from faith and business communities to media outlets. The Expert Leadership Group will advise this coalition of more than 50 members, helping them to envision and implement a National Action Plan and specific action steps to reduce sleep-related infant deaths throughout the nation. [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 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST, 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 to support your Title V transformation efforts, including:

  • Synopsis of the Center's first year accomplishments and a glimpse of what's ahead
  • Highlights about exciting projects underway in our Cohort 1 intensive training and technical assistance 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 [more]

State Title V Agencies, Apply Today for 2015 Summer Interns 
Apply to the MCH Student Paired Practica Program for Summer 2015. The National MCH Workforce Development Center, in cooperation with the University of Illinois School of Public Health and Howard University, is implementing a Paired Practica Program in Summer 2015. Through the program, pairs of master's or doctoral students/recent graduates from the 13 HRSA-funded Schools of Public Health MCH training programs, and undergraduates from the Howard University MCH Pipeline Program will be placed in state health agencies to support state Title V programs as they respond to the changing health care environment and health reform. We are currently seeking more applications from state Title V agencies. [more]

The BUILD Health Challenge Accepting Applications
The Bold, Upstream, Integrated, Local, Data-Driven (BUILD) Health Challenge, a partnership of the Advisory Board Company, the de Beaumont Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is now accepting applications. The BUILD Health Challenge is a national award program designed to support community collaborations working to improve population health by addressing the upstream causes of sickness and disease. The BUILD Health Challenge will give planning or implementation awards of up to $7.5 million in grants, low-interest loans and program-related investments to up to 14 community-driven efforts addressing health disparities and the social determinants of health in low-income cities with at least 150,000 residents. Projects can focus on early childhood development, economic opportunity, regulation and policy, the built environment, transportation and infrastructure, educational attainment, public safety and housing and more. [more]

Upcoming Vitamin D Seminar in San Diego 
The upcoming Vitamin D Seminar entitled Vitamin D for Public Health: Integrating Sunshine, Supplements and Measurement for Optimal Health will take place Dec. 9-10 in San Diego, CA. This seminar, presented by UC San Diego School of Medicine and GrassrootsHealth, has been developed as an educational opportunity to present and discuss the science of vitamin D and sunshine. The objective of the meeting is to leave with an implementation plan for your group, using vitamin D and sunshine to optimize health. [more]

CSN Webinar on E-Cigarette Poisoning Among Children 
Children's Safety Network (CSN) invites you to a webinar focused on e-cigarette poisoning among children and youth on Thursday, Dec 11 at 3-4 p.m. EST. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, the number of cases managed by Poison Control Centers involving e-cigarettes containing nicotine rose dramatically from about 270 in 2011 to more than 3,000 in 2014. Over half of these calls involved children under age five. Nicotine can be poisonous and liquid nicotine (e-juice) refills may be harmful to children. Products come in bright colors, flavors and scents. [more

Upcoming LCRN Webinar
The Life Course Research Network (LCRN) upcoming webinar, The Developmental Approach to Health Inequality,on Dec. 16 from 9-10 a.m. PST, will feature Gabriella Conti, PhD, discussing the developmental approach to health inequality. Gabriella is a Senior Lecturer in Health Economics in the Department of Applied Health Research at University College London; Research Associate at the Institute for Fiscal Studies; and Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. [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. [more]

Call for Abstracts: Academic Pediatric Association 5th Annual QI Research Conference
The Academic Pediatric Association is seeking abstracts for the 5th Annual Advancing Quality Improvement Science for Children's Health Care Research Conference on Apr. 24, 2015, in San Diego, CA. The conference will focus on methodological and technical issues of major importance in the field of pediatric health care quality improvement research, a leading component of modern health services research. Speakers and participants will focus on barriers to and facilitators of the development, extension and use of state-of-the-art methodologies and research methods for health care quality improvement research. [more]

For more ways to get involved, click here.



General Maternal & Child Health

New AMCHP Return on Investment Web Page
AMCHP developed a new Return on Investment (ROI) Web page to showcase involvement in enhancing the knowledge and practice of economic analyses that demonstrate investments in MCH programs. The AMCHP Community of Practice for Return on Investment is continually accepting new participants to join the conversation and discuss the interests, experiences, progress and challenges faced in developing an ROI analysis. [more]

AAP Makes Recommendations for Pneumococcal Vaccines in At-Risk Children 
In a new policy statement, "Immunization for Streptococcus pneumonia Infections in High-Risk Children," in the December 2014 issue of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provides recommendations for the use of pneumococcal vaccines (PCV13), in children six through 18 years of age. [more]

New EMSC Tool for Pediatric Considerations in Disaster Preparedness
Children have unique, often complex physiological, psychosocial and psychological needs that differ from adults, especially during disaster situations. Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) developed this Checklist of Essential Pediatric Domains and Considerations for Every Hospital's Disaster Preparedness Policies as a tool to help hospital administrators and leadership incorporate essential pediatric considerations into existing hospital disaster policies. [more]

NACCHO Releases Report on Building Local Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Capacity
Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Champions: The Local MCAH Capacity Building Project Experiencesummarizes a multi-year demonstration project to build LHD capacity to meet the needs of the women, children, youth and families in their communities. [more]

New Resources on the Division of MCH Workforce Development Website
The Division of MCH Workforce Development (DMCHWD) is excited to spotlight the Strategic Plan Goal #4: Advancing Science, Innovation, and Quality Improvement. In an effort to achieve this goal, DMCHWD generates and translates new knowledge for the MCH field in order to advance science-based practice, innovation, and quality improvement in MCH training, policies and programs. [more]

Women's & Infant Health

New Guidelines for Gestational Diabetes Screening
National Guidelines Clearinghouse recently released guidelines for Screening and Diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM). These guidelines provide recommendations for the detection and diagnosis of GDM in pregnant women not previously diagnosed with type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus. Recommendations for postpartum follow-up screening are also provided. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

New Report on Children's Dental Care in Medicaid
The new report, Children's Use of Dental Care in Medicaid: Federal Fiscal Years 2000-2012, presents national- and state-specific analyses about oral health services received by children ages 1 to 20 under the Medicaid Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit in federal fiscal years (FFY) 2000-2012. The report focuses on the number of children who received any service, any preventive service, and any treatment service. Contents include national trends for children over the 12-year period and state-specific data for FFY 2012. [more]

Child Trends Reports on Adolescent Depression and Suicide
This brief, Transitioning to Adulthood: The Role of Adolescent Depression and Suicidal Ideation, presents findings from a study to assess the long-term influence of moderate-to-severe depressive or suicidal symptoms in adolescence on the transition to adulthood. The brief describes an analysis of data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health to assess the likelihood that participants were positioned to make a healthy transition to adulthood by their mid/late twenties and early thirties. [more]

New NACCHO Issue Brief on Minors and Disaster Preparedness
Minors comprise nearly a quarter of the U.S. population, and they can easily become separated from their parents or guardians during a disaster. This issue brief explains how LHDs and emergency planning partners can plan for unaccompanied minors in shelters and the effects of disasters on minors. Planning for Unaccompanied Minors in Shelter Operations highlights that shelters should be adequately prepared to receive, serve and supervise unaccompanied minors until minors can be turned over to the proper authorities or parents/guardians. [more]

Introduction to SBIRT for Adolescents Training
This course is designed to help social workers, addiction professionals and others use the evidence-based practice of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for adolescents as part of interprofessional collaborative practice. The self-paced online course comprises three sections plus an introductory module. Contents include eight videos and a quiz. [more]



  • On Nov. 18, AMCHP staff Meredith Pyle presented findings from the Leadership Institute for CYSHCN directors 2013 survey at the American Public Health Association 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition. The presentation was part of the Children with Special Health Care Needs: Treatment Models and Service Systems session. The presentation was entitled "Assessing CYSHCN Programs Across the Nation" and shared broad system strengths and challenges and the role of state Title V CYSHCN programs in the broader system of care.



Tennessee Department of Health Division of Family Health and Wellness Seeks Director of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
The Tennessee Department of Health Division of Family Health and Wellness is hiring a director of chronic disease prevention and health promotion. This individual will lead the division's chronic disease prevention and health promotion activities, including: Project Diabetes, Tobacco Prevention and Control and the CDC-funded "State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health" grant. [more]

Postdoctoral Position to Work on Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Project
The Department of Epidemiology at the University of Florida, College of Public Health & Health Professions, and College of Medicine seeks qualified applicants for a Postdoctoral associate to work on an exciting feasibility and acceptability study of a new technology for improving birthing hygiene. This is a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations Phase II project. [more]

Career Opportunities Available at the Georgia Department of Public Health Maternal and Child Health Section 
There are currently multiple job postings in the Maternal and Child Health Section at the Georgia Department of Public Health, including deputy director of programs, deputy director of administration, deputy director of strategy, deputy director of clinical affairs, director of perinatal health and clinical breastfeeding coordinator. [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, contactKi'Yonna Jones at (202) 266-3049 or

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



Service Area Competition 
Deadline: Dec. 3
Health centers improve the health of the nation's underserved communities and vulnerable populations by ensuring access to comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services. Health Center Program grants support a variety of community-based and patient-directed public and private nonprofit organizations that serve an increasing number of the nation's underserved. Individually, each health center plays an important role in the goal of ensuring access to services, and combined, they have had a critical impact on the health care status of medically underserved and vulnerable populations throughout the United States and its territories. [more]

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. This includes research that drives policy and service delivery of preventive and early intervention services for application in health care delivery programs or develops new knowledge on the impact of insurance coverage on health promotion. [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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