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Life is divided into three terms: that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present to live better for the future. - William Wordsworth
I'm a firm believer in learning from the past and using others' experiences in conjunction with one's own to create a better present, a brighter future. [more]
LEGISLATIVE & POLICY CORNER
National MCH Policy Teleconference
On May 5, AMCHP hosted a member webinar regarding future plans for the Collaborative Innovation & Improvement Network. The call also included an introductory overview from new AMCHP CEO Lori Freeman, a call to action to use the upcoming Mother's Day holiday to educate policymakers on how the Title V MCH Block Grant improves the health of all mothers and families, updates on AMCHP advocacy for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant, the recent home visiting, PREP and Family to Family Health Information Center program extensions; and MCH-related updates on implementation of the Affordable Care Act. [more]
Health Reform Implementation
The Kaiser Family Foundation recently released a new report on women's health care and the ACA. The survey report addresses a wide range of topics that are at the heart of women's health care and changes that women may experience as a result of the ACA. The report highlights improvements in health coverage, especially for those who are 18-25 that remain covered as a dependent on their parents' insurance but also brings attention to ongoing disparities between income segments and racial and ethnic minorities especially in ability to access health care. [more]
On Saturday, May 3, AMCHP staff joined our partners from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) along with thousands of walkers for the Washington, DC March for Babies. Thank you for supporting Team AMCHP Steps for Babies in raising raised more than $2,100 to support the March of Dimes and a healthy start for all babies!
AMCHP and the Text4baby State Enrollment Contest
AMCHP is formally supporting the 2014 Text4baby State Enrollment Contest, which launched on May 11. The contest will see which state can enroll the most Text4baby users between now and Nov. 1. Winners will be announced at the American Public Health Association's annual conference in mid-November. [more]
2014 CAAI Webinar: Reducing Disparities for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Disparities in accessing diagnostic and treatment services, access to care based on location, and racial and cultural differences in outcomes exist in our health care service systems. This webinar, held May 20 3-4:30 p.m. EST, will focus on Combating Autism Act Initiative (CAAI) grantee work in Iowa, Minnesota and Ohio on reducing some of these disparities for individuals on the autism spectrum. The panel of presenters is comprised of research, training and state demonstration grantees. [more]
Save the Date: Upcoming Webinar on the MCH Navigator!
The MCH Navigator, funded by MCHB at Georgetown University, is a learning portal that provides access to state and local MCH professionals for free, providing competency-based online trainings to meet professional development needs and ensure that the Title V workforce has the knowledge and skills to address the needs of the MCH Community. On May 21 from 1-2 p.m. EST... [more]
It Takes Two to Make a Baby: Engaging Males in Teen Pregnancy Prevention Webinar
Engaging men and boys in teen pregnancy prevention is critical. Join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on May 28 from 2-3:30 p.m. EST, to hear from JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. about the significance of engaging males in teen pregnancy prevention and the social determinants that influence young men. [more]
PUBLICATIONS & RESOURCES
General Maternal & Child Health
Did You Miss the AMCHP Title V Five-Year Needs Assessment Trainings? Check Out Our Archives
To assist states or jurisdictions in preparing their assessments AMCHP hosted a series of virtual trainings to provide guidance on the needs assessment process. The first webinar, held on Mar. 5, featured Donna Peterson, Dean for the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida (and former CYSHCN director) and Title V staff from Massachusetts, presenting on the Nuts and Bolts of the Five Year Needs Assessment. [more]
Educational Opportunities, Projects, and Resources from the NCMHI
This recorded webinar provides detailed information about the mission, goals, and resources available through the National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI). NCMHI staff describe projects particularly relevant to Title V programs such as the development of a care coordination curriculum and measurement of family-centered care. [more]
Child & Adolescent Health
Achieving a Shared Plan of Care with Children with Special Health Care Needs
Identifying, accessing and coordinating services that benefit an individual child or youth with special health care needs is a difficult but necessary part of good quality health care. Providing such care requires a continuous collaborative effort by children/youth, families, and their care team. The best means of guiding and documenting these efforts is an individualized and comprehensive plan of care. [more]
ON YOUR BEHALF
On Apr. 24, AMCHP staff Brent Ewig and Amy Haddad met with members of the White House's Office of Management and Budget public health branch as part of the Coalition for Health Funding. This meeting was an important opportunity to stress the importance of prioritizing federal funding for public health initiatives such as Title V and to gain insight from White House staff on how they see the appropriations process playing out as well as how we can better showcase our individual programs.
On Apr. 29-May 1, AMCHP staff Andria Cornell participated in the 2014 CDC/NACCHO Public Health Informatics Conference in Atlanta, GA. The event brings together federal, state and local public health officials, informaticians and IT professionals, community organizations, researchers, and vendors to address public health informatics and IT infrastructure and workforce capacity needs. In addition to attending workshops on diverse topics including e-Vital Records and using electronic health record data to improve community health outcomes, Ms. Cornell facilitated a workshop entitled, "Leveraging Data and Standards-Based Data Sharing to Support a Life Course Approach to MCH."
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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 Organizational Performance & Member Services Intern
As a member of the Organizational Performance and Member Services team, the intern supports our member services and communications activities. The intern will assume responsibility for a wide range of projects and functions, requiring professionalism and task orientation. Candidates should be pursuing bachelors or master's degree, preferably undergraduate junior level or higher, but will consider other levels. [more]
AMCHP'S CAREER CENTER
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!
RWJF and American Heart Association Partner to Reverse the Childhood Obesity Epidemic
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and American Heart Association have partnered on a new initiative to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic in the U.S.--Voices for Healthy Kids. As part of that initiative, the Voices Strategic Campaign Fund and Rapid Response Fund are awarding grants to state and local organizations and coalitions to support advocacy campaigns aligned with Voices policy priorities, including reducing unhealthy food marketing in schools, improving the nutritional quality of restaurant children's meals, providing healthy snacks in schools, and taxes on soda and other sugary drinks. [more]
Data Coordinating Center for the Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network
Deadline: Jun. 2
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) invites applications from investigators willing to participate with the NICHD under a cooperative agreement (U01) as the Data Coordinating Center (DCC) in an ongoing multicenter clinical program, the Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network (CPCCRN) designed to carry out research in pediatric critical care. [more]
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