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AMCHP RFA: ALC for State Title V CYSHCN Directors and Teams: Taking a Leadership Role in Transitioning CYSHCN into Medicaid Managed Care Arrangements
On Friday, Feb. 14, AMCHP will release a request for applications (RFA) for interested state teams to join an action learning collaborative (ALC) to take place in late-April 2014. The ALC will focus on states currently transitioning children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) into Medicaid managed care arrangements, states planning to transition CYSHCN into Medicaid managed care arrangements, and states that have already transitioned CYSHCN into Medicaid managed care arrangements. With support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), AMCHP aims to provide targeted technical assistance for a subset of up to 10 state teams comprised of state Title V CYSHCN directors and their key partners. A Q&A webinar for prospective applicants will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. ET. The application deadline is Mar. 7. For more information, please contact Veronica Helms at vhelms@amchp.org.

Call for Abstracts: Throughout the Reproductive Life Course
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Project (MCHIP) and Evidence to Action Project (E2A), will convene a two day global technical meeting April 2 &3, 2014, in Washington, DC to bring together U.S. domestic and international reproductive health experts to share program learning across agencies.  Abstracts must be evidence-based (quantitative or qualitative), with substantive content no more than 300 words.  We encourage colleagues from both the international and domestic spheres to share your work. The abstract deadline is Friday, Feb. 14. For more information, click here.

Fostering Partnership and Teamwork in the Pediatric Medical Home: A “How To” Webinar Series
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is hosting a free 3-part webinar series February through April 2014. Faculty will discuss “how to” strategies for implementing team huddles (February), enhancing care partnership support (March), and starting and supporting family advisory groups (April). Examples of best practices currently being utilized will be provided. The first webinar, “Implementing Team Huddles” will take place on Feb. 28, noon – 1 p.m. CST. Register for this webinar here and find more information about the webinar series through the NCMHI 2014 Webinar Series website.

Are You “Branding” Your Title V-Funded Programs, Services, Events and Resources?
As a Title V professional you understand that Title V programs have a large reach supporting women, children, children and youth with special health care needs, and families. Do others, such as the general public, program consumers or even state legislatures, have this same understanding? Increasing the brand awareness of Title V-funded events, programs and resources can make it easier for state legislatures, the general public and the population Title V programs serve to understand Title V reach. AMCHP is interested in gaining a better understanding of if/how state Title V programs are branding Title V-funded programs, services, events and resources. Please click here and take a few minutes to share your thoughts.

Supporting Children Affected by Parental Co-Occurring Disorders: Substance Abuse, Mental Illness, HIV
Join the National Abandoned Infants Assistance (AIA) Resource Center Jun. 30-Jul. 2 at their national symposium in Seattle, WA to address the needs of children whose parents have co-occurring disorders. Increase your knowledge of these children's needs and circumstances and gain practical methods and strategies for enhancing these children’s protective factors and adapting your agency’s policies and practices. A skills-based pre-institute with limited seating precedes the national symposium. Featured speakers include Robert Anda, MD, MS, Cheryl Pratt, PhD, Linda Scruggs, MHS and Nancy Young, PhD. For more information and to register, click here.