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 Mar. 10, 2014

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Finding a “Warm Space” to Think, Thrive and Let Things Go
I have noticed lately with this persistent winter weather that I find myself “hunkering down.” As I encounter the chill, my eyes are to the ground, my hands form fists to keep my fingers warm, and I move as quickly as possible to get to a warm space. I am nearly oblivious to anything even a few feet away.

There are certainly times at work where we need to focus in to get the job done -- keep our heads down to keep all the balls in the air, meet the deadline, do the final push on a big project. That kind of focus does require at least some level of “blinders” to keep us from being distracted. [more] 



In Case You Missed It -- President’s Budget Proposes Level Funding for MCH Block Grant
Last week, President Obama released his FY 2015 budget proposal, which includes level funding of $634 million for the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant and $500 million for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV). The Title V MCH Block Grant proposal sustains the same level of Title V funding included in the final FY 2014 omnibus, and the MIECHV proposal represents a proposed $100 million increase over the FY 2014 level. [more]

Mark Your Calendar -- National Day of Action for MIECHV Reauthorization on Mar. 12
Please mark your calendar and alert your friends and social media networks now to participate in a national day of action Wednesday, Mar. 12.* We will be urging advocates across the country to flood Capitol Hill with thousands of messages about why Congress should expeditiously reauthorize the MIECHV program. [more]



SAVE THE DATE: MCH Workforce Development Center Virtual Launch -- Monday, Mar. 31, 2014

Did you miss the launch of the Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Center in January? In September 2013, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Division of MCH Workforce Development awarded the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health $5.5 million to support a National Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Center (the Center). The Center was officially launched with a one-day event at AMCHP 2014 Annual Conference. In case you missed it or were unable to attend, AMCHP is pleased to partner with the University of North Carolina to host a virtual launch of the Center on Monday, Mar. 31 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. EST. [more]
The AMCHP 2015 Annual Conference is Coming!
The 2014 AMCHP Annual Conference was a huge success and we would like to thank our Conference Planning Committee, Board of Directors, staff, and all attendees for their leadership and participation. Plans are in progress now to develop our 2015 event and we need your thoughts on how to make that event even better. Would you like to help plan the 2015 Annual Conference? We are looking for volunteers who would like to participate in our Conference Planning Committee. [more]

Enhancing Care Partnership Support: A “How To” Webinar 
Join the National Center for Medical Home Implementation for part two of a free 3-part webinar series focusing on promoting partnership and teamwork in pediatric medical homes. This webinar, held Mar. 27 from 1-2 p.m. CST, will provide a detailed “How-To” presentation of care partnership support, as well as examples of best practices and input from family members. [more]

For more ways to get involved, click here.



  • On Feb. 25, AMCHP staff Brent Ewig, Erin Bonzon, Carolyn McCoy, and Andria Cornell participated in the W.K. Kellogg Foundation congressional briefing,Health and Responsibility of Growth for Children: Infant Comorbidity and Mortality, in Washington, DC. The briefing was cohosted by AMCHP, the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and the American Public Health Association, with sponsorship from the Congressional Asian and Pacific American Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. [more]
  • On Feb. 27-28, staff member Kate Taft represented AMCHP at the “Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) Stakeholders Meeting: State Implementation” in Silver Spring, MD. Jointly sponsored by NewSTEPs (Newborn Screening Technical assistance and Evaluation Program) and the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association, the purpose of the meeting was to share solutions for CCHD newborn screening implementation among state newborn screening programs and pertinent stakeholders in order to support ongoing state implementation of screening and to facilitate quality data collection and interpretation across the United States. [more]
  • AMCHP staff Carolyn McCoy attended a Hill briefing entitled, ”Standing Up for Women and Families in 2014.” The briefing opened with remarks from Sen. Warren, Reps. DeLauro and Edwards with messages about the importance of not only the physical but economic health of women and families in the United States a critical need for the physical and economic health of the United States entirely. [more]



New Mexico Epidemiologist Position Now Open
This position will produce analysis and organize data from the Department of Health, Children Youth and Families, and Human Services Department for monitoring progress on state and national benchmarks for the Title V Material and Child Health Services Block Grant. [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!



MCHB Reaching Practicing MCH Professionals in Underserved Areas Through Education and Training Program
Deadline: Mar. 21
This announcement solicits applications for grant funds to plan, develop, and implement the Reaching Practicing MCH Professionals in Underserved Areas Through Education and Training Program that is designed to address and strengthen the nation’s (59 states and jurisdictions) Maternal and Child Health Public Health system by developing the public health workforce through innovative strategies that address the special educational needs of diverse public health professionals who provide MCH public health services in isolated, underserved, communities, including rural and frontier areas, U.S. jurisdictions, and Indian reservations. [more]

Reducing Loss to Follow-up after Failure to Pass Newborn Hearing Screening
Deadline: Mar. 24
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]

Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health
Deadline: Mar. 31
This announcement solicits applications for the Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health program. The Healthy Start (HS) program aims to reduce disparities in infant mortality and adverse perinatal outcomes by: 1) improving women's health, 2) promoting quality services, 3) strengthening family resilience, 4) achieving collective impact, and 5) increasing accountability through quality improvement, performance monitoring, and evaluation. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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