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 Dec. 16, 2014

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It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. -- Charles Darwin

Welcome back to our continuing conversation around pre-planning associated with the AMCHP 2015 Strategic Planning process. As mentioned in the last issue of Member Briefs, the pre-planning effort was established to fully engage the AMCHP membership across all levels of the organization. [more]



Appropriations Update -- Title V Maternal & Child Health Block Grant Receives an Increase
The waiting game is over! Following passage by the House on Dec. 11 and the Senate on Dec. 13, the president is expected to sign into law an omnibus appropriations bill for FY 2015. The $1.1 trillion bill funds the government through the remainder of FY 2015 with the exception of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which is funded throughFeb. 27. [more]

Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act Sent to President for Signature
On Dec. 10, the House passed the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act (HR 1281) and is expected to be signed by the president soon. This bill will renew for five years important federal initiatives that assist state newborn screening programs, support parent and provider education and ensure the accuracy and quality of newborn screening tests. [more]

Governors Respond to Congress for Input on CHIP
As you may recall, the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Committees with jurisdiction over the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) sent a letter to governors this summer requesting input on the program. Without further congressional action, funding for the CHIP program will expire in September 2015 and could leave millions of children either without coverage at all or moved into insurance plans that require much higher cost sharing and provide fewer benefits. In light of this, AMCHP will continue to actively support continued funding for the program and notes the particular importance of retaining access to CHIP for children with special health care needs. [more]

Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act Clears Congress
A final version of the Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act passed the House of Representatives on Dec. 3 clearing the way for enactment into law by the president. This legislation will enhance surveillance on sudden unexplained infant death (SUID), sudden unexplained death in childhood (SUDC) and stillbirth; improve the development of standard protocols for use in death scene investigations and autopsies surrounding these deaths; allow the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct training activities regarding these protocols; and require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in consultation with National Institutes of Health (NIH), to submit a report to Congress on current activities related to stillbirth, SUID, and SUDC and evaluate the possibility of expanding programs related to SUDC specifically. [more]

Health Reform Implementation

Young v. UPS
The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in a case that involves a pregnant UPS driver who had asked for a lighter duty during her pregnancy to preserve her health, but was denied that request, forcing her to take unpaid leave and remain without health insurance during her pregnancy in 2006. The outcome of this case may have important implications for women and families. [more]

Open Enrollment 
In the first two weeks of open enrollment, more than 760,000plans have been selected on the marketplace, half of which are new consumers, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has developed a research-based, consumer-focused website to help direct individuals and families to health care coverage options. [more]
Upcoming Webinar 
The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, Dec.17 at 2:30 p.m. EST, entitled Enrollment 2.0: Early State Experiences in Year 2 of the ACA. [more].

HHS Funding for Health Centers 
HHS awarded $36.3 million in ACA funding to 1,113 health centers in all 50 states, seven U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. The financial award is in recognition of quality improvement achievements at these various centers and as an investment in ongoing quality improvement activities. [more]


Open Call for AMCHP Committee Volunteers

Are you looking to get more involved with AMCHP? Check out the exciting opportunities below and make the most out of your membership!

One benefit of being an active AMCHP member is the opportunity to participate as a volunteer leader on the AMCHP Association Committees. AMCHP committees assist the organization in carrying out its mission, goals and strategic plan. As a member of the committee, you will be playing an important role in the development of AMCHP program and policy activities. At the same time, volunteering on an AMCHP committee offers you rich professional development opportunities and potentially provides a future pathway toward greater leadership roles in this organization. [more]



Infant Mortality CoIIN National Expansion
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ), AMCHP and other Infant Mortality CoIIN partners propose a new approach to CoIIN involving six national CoIIN strategy teams/topics, rather than multiple topics for each region. The six strategy teams/topics are: 1) SIDS/SUID/Safe Sleep, 2) Smoking Cessation, 3) Preconception/Interconception Health, 4) Social Determinants of Health, 5) Prevention of Preterm and Early Term Births and 6) Risk Appropriate Perinatal Care (Perinatal Regionalization). [more]

Special Training on the CDC Maternal Mortality Review Data System at AMCHP Annual Conference
Though maternal death reviews have been in place for over a century, and almost half the states in the United States have a maternal mortality review process, there has never been a standardized data system available to support essential review functions. Join AMCHP and CDC on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 for a two-part training on a new data system developed by CDC personnel that supports centralized analysis and leverages standard data sources for maternal death reviews. Content of the Maternal Mortality Review Data System (MMRDS) was originally developed based on decades of work by the CDC Division of Reproductive Health. The MMRDS standardizes information collected by maternal death reviews and defines a core set of information that all users collect; all in a free software package (Epi Info 7) with strong user support and which is easily adapted by reviews. [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. [more]

Raising of America: Strengthening Public Health and Community Partnerships to Reduce Disparities in Child Health & Development 
The Raising of America is a 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 ofUNNATURAL 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 Jan. 8, 2015 at 2 p.m. EST, AMCHP and national partners will host a webinar to raise awareness about the documentary series. We will show clips from the opening episode, which moves back and forth between the science of human development and the stories of families and communities struggling to provide the rich and responsive environments all children need to thrive. [more]

Upcoming LRCN 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]

Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) Call for Studies
Mathematica Policy Research is seeking studies for a comprehensive review of the evidence base for home visiting programs. The review is being conducted for HHS by Mathematica and will be used to help inform policy, new initiatives and program directions at the federal level. The purpose of this new Call for Studies is to continue and update the existing evidence review, conducted over the past five years. [more]

Autism Society 46th Annual Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders: Call for Presentations Now Open! 
The Autism Society's National Conference and Exhibition, held this year on Wednesday, Jul. 8-11, 2015 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, is the only event to consistently bring together professionals, individuals on the autism spectrum, family members and advocates. Energetic forums provide in-depth presentations that cover what's new in the field of autism and explore how to improve existing services and supports. This call for papers is seeking presentations that address the full range of issues facing those affected by autism today, provide best practices, practical skills/knowledge and cutting edge research on topics of interest to those affected by autism. Of particular interest are sessions with content appropriate for intermediate to advanced audiences. [more]

NIDA Strategic Plan Request for Information 
The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) is revitalizing its Strategic Plan to provide a framework for the research it will support over the next five years. A Request for Information (RFI) was released on Dec. 10 to seek broad public input on the research priorities to be included in the plan. See the full RFI here. The current NIDA Strategic Plan was published in 2010.  Since that time, there have been major advances in the science of drug abuse and addiction. Therefore the Institute has begun a planning process to develop a revitalized Strategic Plan for 2016-2020. [more]

Call for Submissions: MCH in Mountain Communities
The Maternal and Child Health Journal is soliciting manuscript submissions to be considered for an upcoming thematic issue focusing on the unique MCH challenges, needs, policy options and experiences of mountain communities/states/regions/nations throughout the world. Areas with significant populations residing in mountain communities may face natural risks, human resource shortages, communications and infrastructure challenges, political and social isolation, and economic challenges that differ from non-mountain communities. [more]

For more ways to get involved, click here.



General Maternal & Child Health

December 2014 Issue of Health Affairs
(Note: Health Affairs requires a subscription for full access to articles)
The current issue of Health Affairs is focused on children's health. The issue covers a wide range of articles dealing with a broad spectrum of children's health including access to care, insurance coverage, maternal health & birth outcomes, among others. Various articles take into consideration social determinants of health in addition to life course theory. [more]

New MCH Navigator Spotlight on Training: Identifying and Using Evidence-Based/Informed Resources
This resource comprises selected trainings to help health professionals and students identify and use evidence to address MCH issues. Contents include descriptions of and links to conference and webinar archives, interactive modules, online courses, and presentation slides. [more]

MCH Evidence Briefs: Access to Evidence-Based or Evidence-Informed Resources
This MCH Library series provides information and resources to assist state leaders in implementing the transformed Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant to States Program. The series comprises 15 resource briefs addressing the proposed national performance measures (NPMs). [more]

New National MCH Workforce Development Center Report on Title V Workforce Needs
A Summary of Current Title V Workforce Needs discusses challenges and opportunities facing the MCH work force and specific needs for training and technical assistance. The report outlines work force needs in the followingcategories: information about health care reform, adaptive skills to lead through change, skills to work effectively within integrated systems and skills to measure the quality and return on investment of programs. [more].

CTSE Releases 2013 ECA Report on Epidemiology Workforce Needs 
The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) is pleased to announce the release of the 2013 Epidemiology Capacity Assessment (ECA) core report. The 2013 ECA report represents the most complete and comprehensive national data on epidemiology workforce needs. Data from the most recent assessment have already been shared ascongressional hearing testimony in support of greater targeted funding for capacity development. Your health department will benefit from the report's insightful recommendations to address capacity gaps. This report is a culmination of efforts that began in July 2012 with an ECA workgroup that reviewed and revised the core ECA tool, followed by your hard work in the completion of the multiple sections of the ECA. [more]

Women's & Infant Health

New Study on Soft Bedding and SIDS
A new study published in Pediatrics, "Trends in Infant Bedding Use: National Infant Sleep Position Study, 1993-2010", finds 55 percent of infants sleep with soft bedding, raising risk of death. This study is the first to estimate how many infants sleep with potentially hazardous quilts, bean bags, blankets or pillows. Despite recommendations to avoid putting anything but a baby in a crib, two-thirds of Black and Latino parents still use bedding that is both unnecessary and unsafe. [more]

New Database from the Office on Women's Health
Quick Health Data Online is an online database and interactive system that provides reliable and easily accessible health data to help assess needs, develop programs and inform policies. The system is for anyone looking for U.S. health data and is used by the public health community, policymakers, grant writers, researchers and students. The system provides state- and county-level data for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories and possessions. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

New Guidelines for HIV Prevention with Persons with HIV
This week CDC, HRSA, NIH, the American Academy of HIV Medicine, the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care, the National Minority AIDS Council and the Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS) issuedRecommendations for HIV Prevention with Adults and Adolescents with HIV in the United States, 2014. This guideline updates the 2003 guidelineIncorporating HIV Prevention into the Medical Care of Persons Living with HIV: Recommendations of CDC, HRSA, NIH, and the HIV Medicine Association of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. [more]

New U.S. Office of Child Care Publication on Licensing 
Contemporary Issues in Child Care Licensing describes a series of reports designed to help state licensing agencies strengthen their child care program, meet Office of Child Care policy reforms and better protect children in out-of-home care. Topics include child care licensing inspection policies; enforcement strategies with licensed child care providers; monitoring strategies for determining compliance; enforcement and approaches to illegally operating providers; reporting, tracking and responding to serious injuries and fatalities in child care; building and physical premises safety in child care; quality assurance in child care licensing; and elements of a licensing statute. [more]

New Publication on Hospitalizations in Children with Medical Complexity
This article in Pediatrics, "Preventing Hospitalizations in Children with Medical Complexity: A Systematic Review", summarizes evidence from studies characterizing potentially preventable hospitalizations in children with medical complexity and interventions aiming to reduce such hospitalizations. Postsurgical patients, those with neurologic disorders and those with medical devices had higher preventable hospitalization rates, as did those with public insurance and nonwhite race/ethnicity. [more]

New Child Trends Research Brief on Family Environment and Adolescent Well-Being 
The Family Environment and Adolescent Well-Being brief highlights several key areas of interaction between the family environment and adolescent well-being, using national data sources. Topics include parent and adolescent closeness and communication, parental relationships, parental monitoring, eating meals together and parental healthy behaviors. [more]

AHRQ Study Finds American Children Receive Antibiotics Inappropriately 
"Narrow and Broad Spectrum Antibiotic Use Among U.S. Children," in Health Services Research, describes how inappropriate antibiotic prescribing continues for American children, despite efforts to educate providers about the risks of creating antibiotic-resistant infections, according to a new  Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) study. Researchers found that 27.3 percent of American children used at least one antibiotic each year during the 2004-2010 study period. About 69 percent of those children received antibiotics to treat common upper respiratory infections such as pharyngitis, pneumonia and ear infections. In addition, significant proportions of children received antibiotics to treat three conditions -- bronchitis, sinusitis and the common cold -- for which antibiotics are rarely prescribed. Researchers also found that 18.5 percent of these children used narrow-spectrum antibiotics and 12.8 percent used broad-spectrum antibiotics. [more]



  • On Dec. 2-3, AMCHP staff Treeby Brown and Meredith Pyle, along with NASHP partner Karen VanLandeghem, convened a kickoff meeting for the AMCHP Action Learning Collaborative: Using the National Standards for Systems of Care for CYSHCN to Strengthen State Health Systems, in Washington, D.C. The meeting, sponsored by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health and MCHB, allowed AMCHP and NASHP to provide a platform for eight state teams to work collaboratively to design projects to strengthen state health systems for CYSHCN and their families using the National Standards for Systems of Care for CYSHCN.



CDC Emergency Response and Recovery Branch Accepting Applications for Sexual and Reproductive Health Fellowship
A fellowship opportunity is currently available with the Operational Research & Program Effectiveness Team (ORPET) in the Emergency Response and Recovery Branch (ERRB) of the Center for Global Health (CGH) at the CDC. This project focuses on building CDC capacity for sexual and reproductive health (SRH) programs. The selected participant will develop and support projects that integrate SRH in complex humanitarian emergencies, including material, neonatal, child health and gender-based violence. Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will learn a variety of skills related to the design and analysis of scientific studies in support of: Surveillance, Research and Evaluation; Data Collection and Analyses; and Program Support. [more]

Kansas Department of Health and Environment Now Accepting Applications for Advanced Epidemiologist
The advanced epidemiologist (K0227143) in the Bureau of Public Health Informatics serves as team leader in assessment and monitoring of MCH issues to identify and address problems and for priority setting, planning and policy development particularly for the Medicaid population. The position develops frameworks, methodologies and tools for standardized MCH data; implements population-specific accountability for MCH components of data systems; leads the development and conduct of epidemiological studies for program planning or to address important and practical MCH public health problems; conducts advanced descriptive and comprehensive analyses of primary and secondary epidemiological data related to MCH; interprets and prepares reports to address state- and local-specific knowledge base gaps and trend information for use in policy and program development; and serves as epidemiology lead for the Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) expansion. [more]

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Seeks Maternal Child Health Epidemiologist 
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services are currently seeking a qualified individual for the full-time position of maternal child health epidemiologist. This position provides support to a variety of maternal and child health programs, maintaining surveillance systems, analyzing data and providing written reports. This position requires excellent data management, statistical analytic and oral and written communication skills. [mo


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



  • 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!



NIH Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers 
Deadline: Dec. 22
This 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]

William T. Grant Foundation Distinguished Fellows Grant
Deadline: Jan. 6, 2015
The Distinguished Fellows Grant awards up to $175,000 for a fellowship for mid-career policymakers, practitioners and researchers who are influential in their role and able to affect attitudes and practices of others working in similar roles and settings. [more]

NIH Understanding Infancy and Early Childhood Factors That Influence Obesity
Deadline: Feb. 5, 2015
Institutions/organizations should propose to characterize or identify factors in early childhood that may increase or mitigate risk for weight gain and fill risk for development of obesity in children research gaps. Studies should propose research in young children and may also assess factors relevant to families of them. [more]

NIH Patient Safety in the Context of Perinatal, Neonatal and Pediatric Care
Deadlines: March 5, 2015 (R01) and March 16, 2015 (R21, R03)
A wide range of collaborative research projects related to patient safety in the context of perinatal, neonatal and pediatric care both in routine hospital settings and in the intensive care units related to: The epidemiology of various domains of medical errors and consequent patient harm; Assessing the factors at various levels that contribute to such errors; and Intervention strategies at individual, systems, and institutional levels to help reduce and eliminate medical errors is encouraged. [more]

NIH Pregnancy in Women with Disabilities
Deadline: March 5, 2015 (R01) and March 16, 2015 (R21)
Grant applications should propose to investigate the incidence, course, and outcomes of pregnancy among women with disabilities. Areas of interest also include studies to inform counseling and strategies for addressing barriers to prenatal care, and management of pregnancy, the puerperium, and the transition to parenthood in order to optimize outcomes for women with physical, intellectual and developmental, and/or sensory disabilities and their families. Letters of intent are due 30 days before application due dates.[more]

NIH Studies in Neonatal and Pediatric Resuscitation
Deadlines: March 5, 2015 (R01) and March 16, 2015 (R21, R03)
Grant applications should propose to stimulate research on a wide range of topics related to neonatal and pediatric resuscitation. It is anticipated that the results from well-conducted studies will enable translation of knowledge into evidence-based resuscitation practices ensuring optimal short- and long-term outcomes for all newborn infants and children.[more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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