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 Feb. 10, 2014

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More and more, I believe that as a manager, I don’t need to know it all -- or act like I know it all. In fact, it would be pretty crazy in a world so complex and with such a rich and constant flow of information to entertain such a notion.

In management, you do need confidence. That includes a visible assurance that you can be relied on, and that you accept the authority and responsibility that is yours as a manager. But this assurance is not about all-knowingness. It’s an inner confidence that frees you to be a truly effective leader. [more]



Federal Budget Outlook -- What’s Next
AMCHP is currently compiling a summary of all MCH program funding included in the recently passed omnibus appropriations bill. The next milestone in the FY 2015 federal budget process is the expected release of President Obama’s budget proposal on Mar. 4. AMCHP will pass along details as soon as they are available. [more]

Push on for MIECHV, PREP and F2F Reauthorizations
AMCHP is working with a broad coalition pushing for reauthorization of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visitation program, and with additional partners pushing for extensions of the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP), and Family to Family Health Information Centers (F2Fs). [more]


National MCH Workforce Development Center Releases Request for Participation
The National MCH Workforce Development Center at UNC Chapel Hill, in cooperation with MCHB, and in partnership with AMCHP and national experts in MCH innovation and quality improvement, will offer state and territorial Title V leaders training, collaborative learning opportunities, and technical assistance in implementing health care reform using a variety of learning platforms. In the current dynamic context, tools and resources to strengthen MCH capacity and skills in four core areas will be available through the National Center to move from evidence to action. [more]

AMCHP Releases Non-Medically Indicated Delivery Issue Brief
In recent years, increased attention and energy has focused on reducing infant mortality and improving birth outcomes in the United States. Both public and private organizations are investing time and funds on many fronts and in various methods and on many jurisdictional levels. [more]

Webinar “Health Care for Immigrant Families in the ACA Era”
Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and the National Immigration Law Center will be presenting a webinar on Feb. 20 at 1 p.m. EST (10 a.m. PST) titled “Health Care for Immigrant Families in the ACA Era” and will examine health reform law and regulations that affect the eligibility of immigrants and the access barriers they face, particularly when part of mixed-status families. [more]



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 transitionCYSHCN into Medicaid managed care arrangements, and states that have already transitioned CYSHCN into Medicaid managed care arrangements. [more]

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. [more]

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? [more]

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. [more]

For more ways to get involved, click here.



General Maternal & Child Health

The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Blog, entitled Features, is now live. The blog will highlight a different state or territory each week. If you have any questions regarding the blog please contact Sara [more]

Enrolling Moms and Kids: A Message from Dr. Lu
Check out this message from Dr. Michael Lu, Director of the MCHB at HRSA to learn about ways that you can support outreach and enrollment efforts: Follow the Health Resources and Services Administration on Twitter andFacebook for more updates. [more]

Women's & Infant Health

SIM Toolkit: A Standardized Approach for Examining Infant Mortality
AMCHP is pleased to announce the release of the State Infant Mortality (SIM) Toolkit! The overall purpose of this toolkit is to assist with the analysis and interpretation of available perinatal-related data. It is envisioned that a standardized approach to the infant mortality assessment process presented here will help those with infant mortality programs and data in their states, counties, urban areas, tribal regions, or other population-based areas identify needs and tailor programs aimed at improving maternal, child and infant health.[more]

Child Health

New Publication from the National Evaluation of the CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grant Program 
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has published the sixth Evaluation Highlight from the CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grant Program, now available on thenational evaluation website under Reports and Resources. This Highlight illustrates how six grantees are using multi-state partnerships to improve the quality of children’s health care. [more]



AMCHP Seeks Associate Director, Government Affairs
The AMCHP Associate Director, Government Affairs position is responsible for development and implementation AMCHP advocacy activities related to appropriations and maternal and child health programs, including provisions included in the Affordable Care Act. [more]

AMCHP Seeks Program Manager for Data & Assessment, Women’s and Infant Health Team
The Women’s and Infant Health team at AMCHP is currently accepting applications for program manager for data & assessment. This position is a member of the program team and contributes to the advancement of maternal and child health outcomes by performing a variety of planning and program implementation, research and evaluation projects related to women’s and infant health and maternal and child health/data and assessment. [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!



Telehealth Resource Center Grant Program
Deadline: Feb. 25
The purpose of this grant program is to support the establishment and development of Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs) in order to: expedite and customize the provision of telehealth technical assistance across the country, while at the same time working together to make available a wide range of expertise that might not be available in any region. [more]

Well Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation (WISEWOMAN) Program
Deadline: Mar. 3
Funding to implement the Well Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation (WISEWOMAN) Program, a program of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. [more]

Traumatic Brain Injury State Implementation Partnership Grant Program
Deadline: Mar. 7
This announcement solicits applications for the Traumatic Brain Injury State Implementation Partnership Grant Program. The purpose of the HRSA traumatic brain injury (TBI) program is to increase access to rehabilitation and other services for individuals with TBI. The goal of the this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to support state, territorial governments, federally recognized Indian tribal governments and Native American organizations as they address barriers to needed services encountered by children, youth, and adults with and at high risk for TBI. [more]

National Rural Health Policy and Community Development Program
Deadline: Mar. 31
This announcement solicits applications for the National Rural Health Policy and Community Development Program. The purpose of the program is to develop and maintain projects that will help support rural communities through a broad range of activities which are to: identify and promote national policy issues and promising practices for rural health care providers focused on: quality of care; economic viability; access; workforce (recruitment and retention); and the changing health care environment as it relates to insurance coverage expansion. [more]

NIH Initiative to Maximize Research Education in Genomics Diversity Action Plan
Deadline: Sept. 6, 2016
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) present this funding opportunity to facilitate the training of individuals at all careers levels (the undergraduate, graduate, post baccalaureate, postdoctoral and faculty levels) from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in scientific disciplines relevant to genomics to enable them to pursue genomics research that spans all areas of interest to National Human Genome Research Institute later in their careers. 

Exploratory and Developmental Grant to Improve Health Care Quality through Health IT
Deadline: Nov. 16, 2016
The purpose of this grant is to fund exploratory and developmental research grants that will contribute to the evidence base of how health information technology (IT) improves health care quality. This funding opportunity supports the use of a wide variety of research designs in order to generate information regarding the design and development, implementation, use, or impact of health IT on quality.

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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