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 Apr. 7, 2014

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Home Visiting, PREP, and F2F Program Extension Signed into Law
On Apr. 1 (no joke!), President Obama signed into law the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PL 113-93) to amend the sustainable growth rate formula that governs Medicare payment rates for physicians. The law also includes $400 million for a six-month extension for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) (Section 511 of Title V Statute); $75 million one-year extension of PREP (Section 513 of Title V); and $5 million for the Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (Section 501(c)(1)(A) of Title V). The law also includes $50 million for a one-year extension of the abstinence education program. [more]

What We’re Hearing on Capitol Hill
Apr. 4 was an important deadline for members of Congress to share their programmatic priorities with the chairs of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and, of course, we want Title V to be on those lists! Accordingly, the AMCHP policy team conducted 18 meetings over the past few weeks with key Hill staff that advise influential members to specifically ask them to include Title V on member priority lists. [more]

Accountability and Block Grants in the Spotlight
On Apr. 2, AMCHP staff attended a hearing on the MIECHV program in the House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Human Resources. At that hearing, members from both sides of the aisle expressed strong support for home visiting and a commitment to extending the program for a longer period next year. [more]

Health Reform Implementation
As you probably know, on Monday, Mar. 31 at 11:59 p.m., open enrollment closed for 2014 for the ACA. As you also may know, this is not a door that is shut and locked for those who are “in line” and are eligible for a special enrollment period to still purchase health insurance from the marketplace (see below for more). For those states running their own marketplace, the decision to extend the deadline was left up to them. [more]



AMCHP Celebrates Autism Awareness Month
Please join AMCHP in celebrating National Autism Awareness Month! This month provides a special opportunity to increase public awareness of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), which are estimated to affect one in 68 children in the United States. AMCHP will be celebrating by sharing news, resources and information through the State Public Health Resources Center (SPHARC), social media and listservs. [more]

Adolescent Health in Title V: Findings from an Environmental Scan 
AMCHP recently completed an Environmental Scan of Adolescent Health (AH) 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. [more]

Where Does Adolescent Health Fit in Preconception Health?
Leveraging the life course approach to develop programs and policies that improve the health of women and men throughout the life span has special implications for adolescent health. Priority preconception health topics, such as prevention of unintended pregnancy, reproductive awareness, and risk screening, take on new complexity through an adolescent sexual and reproductive health lens. [more]

Leading in Changing Times Part 3: Leaders with a Vision --Coming Apr. 30
In working to improve the lives of women, children and families, leadership is an essential role for maternal and child health (MCH) programs. Leaders must have a vision, take initiative, influence people, solve problems, and take responsibility in order to make things happen. And, whether or not they have a formal title, everyone is engaged in the process of leadership. Likewise, everyone can develop their leadership effectiveness. [more]

Title V Five Year Needs Assessment Virtual Training -- Part 2: Nuts and Bolts on Using Data
Title V legislation requires each state and jurisdiction to conduct a statewide, comprehensive needs assessment every five years. Hard to believe that the time has come for Title V programs to prepare for the next comprehensive needs assessment! The needs assessment process can be a useful tool for strategic planning, strategic decision making and resource allocation. It also provides a way for Title V programs to benchmark where they are and assess progress over a five-year period. To assist states or jurisdictions in preparing their assessments AMCHP is hosting a series of virtual trainings to provide guidance on the needs assessment process. The second webinar, The Nuts and Bolts on Using Data, is scheduled for Thursday, May 1 from 3-4 p.m. EST. [more]

Building and Retaining a Resilient MCH Workforce for Tomorrow
Several forces, such as full implementation of the Affordable Care Act and enduring budget cuts, deficits and hiring freezes, are having a huge impact on the knowledge and skills needed for a competent public health workforce. To continue to effectively meet the needs of children, families and communities they serve, building and retaining a resilient MCH workforce has become especially critically important for state Title V programs. In order to support state efforts to maintain a talented workforce, AMCHP is hosting the Building and Retaining a Resilient MCH Workforce for Tomorrow webinar on May 15 at 2 p.m. EST. [more]

For more ways to Get Involved, click here.

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!



General Maternal & Child Health

New Resource from the National Center for Medical Home Implementation: Alabama State Profile
The National Center for Medical home Implementation (NCMHI) is collaborating with the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) to highlight exceptional profiles of state public health programs that are advancing the medical home model in pediatric populations. [more]

The MCH Navigator Has a New Website
The MCH Navigator, housed at Georgetown University, is a learning portal for maternal and child health professionals, students, and others working to improve the health and well-being of women, children, and families. [more]

New Resources Available on the DMCHWD Website
In continuing with their new website launch, the Division of MCH Workforce Development (DMCHWDC) shared the following new resources related to this month’s focus -- MCH workforce and leadership development... [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

New NCBDDD Report on ASD
New data from the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network show that the estimated number of children identified with autism spectrum disorder continues to rise, and the picture of ASD in communities has changed. [more]



  • On Mar. 30, AMCHP staff Lacy Fehrenbach presented a workshop session at the National Healthy Start Conference on Aligning National, State, and Local Efforts to Improve the Health of Women, Children, and Families. The session highlighted local, state, and national MCH initiatives that share goals with Healthy Start related to improving women’s health before, during, and after pregnancy, improving birth outcomes and health equity; and giving each child the best opportunity to reach his or her full potential. AMCHP activities related to the Birth Outcomes Compendium,Connecting the Dots Meeting, Preconception Health, and Maternal Health were highlighted and of great interest to healthy start grantees. Vanessa Lee from HRSA MCHB also presented on the Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network and Kim Williams of New Orleans Healthy Start presented on the Best Babies Zone.



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 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!



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]

Funds for Teenage Pregnancy Prevention: Research and Demonstration Programs 
Deadline: Apr. 24
The purpose of this announcement is to work with three to five communities with high teen pregnancy rates to develop innovative strategies for preventing teen pregnancy in populations/areas with demonstrated need. These could include high-risk, vulnerable, and culturally under-represented youth populations, and/or youth residing in areas with high birth or teen pregnancy rates. [more]

Safe Infant Sleep Systems Integration Program
Deadline: Apr. 30
This announcement solicits applications for the Safe Infant Sleep Systems Integration (SISSI) Program. SISSI aims to increase the adoption of safe infant sleep behavior among infant caregivers by activating champions of these protective behaviors within systems that intersect with families at risk. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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