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 Mar. 24, 2014

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On Mar. 17, AMCHP welcomed new CEO Lori Freeman. As many of you know, Lori joins AMCHP from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), where she served as the associate executive director for administration and advancement. We are thrilled to have her here and know you will be too! To learn more about Lori, view the AMCHP press release here.



Pivotal Week Ahead for Home Visiting Program Reauthorization
As of press time, reports are that Congress has not found agreement on a permanent fix for the flawed Medicare payment formula due to the cost ($138 billion over 10 years). Our understanding is they are currently negotiating another temporary ‘doc fix’ extension that will likely be brought up for a vote late this week. [more]

AMCHP Welcomes Amy Haddad as the New Associate Director for Government Affairs
On Mar. 17 Amy Haddad started as the new AMCHP Associate Director for Government Affairs. Amy most recently served as the Director of Public Policy for Children’s Cause for Childhood Cancer and brings over seven years of Capitol Hill experience, including six years as Legislative Assistant to Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA). [more]

Health Reform Implementation

CMS Releases Smorgasbord Proposed Rule
Friday, Mar. 14, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule entitled: “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Exchange and Insurance Market Standards.” The rule touches on many aspects of the ACA but what many are focusing on is the section that provides more information on navigator and assistance personnel functions, specifically state licensing of navigators. [more]


AMCHP is For Babies
On Saturday, May 3, AMCHP staff will participate in the 2014 March for Babies in Washington, DC to support the March of Dimes in improving the health of babies. Click here to support our team, AMCHP Steps for Babies!

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]

Adolescent Health in Title V: Findings from an Environmental Scan 
AMCHP recently completed an Environmental Scan of Adolescent Health activities in Title V programs. Join us for a webinar on Apr. 14 from 3-4 p.m. EST. The presentation will include an overview of key findings and trends in adolescent health programs as reflected in activities reported by states in their block grant narratives. This includes activities reported under all state performance measures related to adolescent health and three national performance measures: NPM 6, NPM 8 and NPM 16. [more]

New 2014-2016 Learn the Signs. Act Early. State Systems Grantees Announced
Congratulations to the 2014-2016 Learn the Signs. Act Early. State Systems Grantees: Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin. Over the next two years these states will work on implementing innovative initiatives to strengthen their state and community systems for early identification and intervention for children with signs of autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the Learn the Signs. Act Early.program in 2004 to provide educational information to parents, health care professionals and early care and education providers about the importance of early identification and intervention for children with signs of autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities (ASD/DD). [more]



General Maternal & Child Health

2014 Health Insurance Marketplace Outreach
MCHB is asking MCH leaders to help families enroll in health coverage through the Marketplace this year. As you know, Mar. 31 is the last day for uninsured Americans to enroll in a health insurance coverage that would take effect in 2014. The next opportunity to enroll doesn’t begin until Nov. 15, 2014. There are many easy ways for you to engage in this historic effort. Numerous resources tailored to providers and health professionals to use as you educate your patients and communities about health coverage are available [more]

The Division of MCH Workforce Development (DMCHWD) Launches New Website
With the redesign of the DMCHWD website, the goal was to update the content, make it easier to navigate, and expand information available for the Trainees, Funded programs, and the practicing MCH workforce. Some exciting new features include... [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

AMCHP Releases National Standards for Improving Quality Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Creating a comprehensive, quality system of care for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) has been one of the most challenging areas for many state health leaders. The Affordable Care Act has further heightened this need as states are extending coverage to millions of uninsured children and adults, designing essential health benefits, and implementing new provisions to achieve the “Triple Aim” of improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing health care costs. [more]

Unhealthy Weight among Adolescents with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities
Maternal and Child Health Journal has published a new NCBDDD study that focuses on unhealthy weight among adolescents with developmental disabilities: “Prevalence and impact of unhealthy weight in a national sample of U.S. adolescents with autism and other learning and behavioral disabilities.” [more]



  • On Mar. 11-12, AMCHP staff Erin Bonzon and Andria Cornell participated in the Region II & III regional forum for Maternal, Infant, and Health Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) and Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) grantees. The meeting featured leadership training and applied activities, peer-to-peer sharing through state presentations and breakout groups, and presentations on strategies to align efforts between MIECHV and ECCS programs. AMCHP staff participated as a member of the MIECHV Technical Assistance Coordinating Center and learned from states of the role of Title V in the design and implementation of early childhood systems.
  • On Mar. 11, AMCHP hosted the March of Dimes Prematurity Partners Steering Committee quarterly meeting. Lacy Fehrenbach, director of programs, presented on AMCHP’s recently released Breastfeeding and Early Elective Deliveries Issues Briefs and AMCHP’s role in informing MCH 3.0. The Steering Committee discussed the March of Dimes Annual Report; recent joint guidelines issues by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine that allow women to labor longer to help avoid cesarean sections; opportunities to reach out to states, particularly in the southeast that have not yet hit their target for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Healthy Babies President’s Challenge; and the national roll-out of CoIIN.
  • On Mar. 12, AMCHP staff Megan Phillippi attend a briefing on Capitol Hill hosted by the March of Dimes on the cost of premature birth to businesses and steps employers can take to promote healthy pregnancies and babies. Speakers discussed the disparity of costs between uncomplicated term births and pre-term births as well as the benefits of utilizing the free Healthy Babies, Healthy Businessprogram to open dialogue around women’s health before, during, and after pregnancy and to reduce instances of premature birth and health care costs.



AMCHP Opens Search for Senior Program Manager, Women's Health
The Senior Program Manager for Women’s Health 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 health generally, and specifically maternal and birth outcomes. [more]

AMCHP Accepting Applications for Program Manager, Workforce Development and Capacity Building
The Program Manager for Workforce Development and Capacity Building is a member of the Program Team and supports the advancement of maternal and child health (MCH) programs by contributing to major issues surrounding workforce and capacity building for AMCHP members. The work involves contributing to the development, implementation, support and evaluation of activities as part of the National MCH Workforce Development Center (the Center), collaboration with collaboration with staff and partners of the Center...  [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!



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]

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... [more]

Community Approaches to Reducing Sexually Transmitted Diseases (CARs)
Deadline: Apr. 10
The purpose of the program is to announce the availability of fiscal year 2014 funds for project grant applications to support local implementation of community engagement methods (e.g. community-based participatory research) to achieve health equity, identification and implementation of systems and environmental change strategies that promote sexual health and support healthy behaviors... [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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