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 Jun. 16, 2014

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If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. -- John Quincy Adams

What better person to offer advice on leadership than one of the founding fathers of this great nation? Although leadership is not a perfect fit given the title of this column, you'll likely see me write a lot about it in the future. Management versus leadership is a specific enough topic to have its own column in the future, but let's for a brief minute ponder the concept of leadership alone. [more]



Appropriations Update
Last week we were very happy to report that the Senate Appropriation Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) passed a bill that includes a proposed $5 million increase for the Title V Maternal & Child Health Services Block Grant! The proposal would set Title V MCH Block Grant funding at $639 million for FY 2015, which matches the pre-sequestration funding level enacted in FY 2012. [more]

Health Reform Implementation
On Jun. 10, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the availability of $60 million in funding to support navigators in federally facilitated and state partnership marketplaces for 2014-2015. The funding opportunity announcement is open to eligible individuals, as well as private and public entities, applying to serve as navigators in states with a federally-facilitated or state partnership marketplace. It is open to new and returning Navigator applicants, and applications are due by Jul. 10.[more]

"Family Glitch" Proposed Fix
On Jun. 5, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), along with 20 cosponsors, introduced The Family Care Act, to fix the so-called "family glitch" or "kids glitch." Under the ACA, health insurance offered to an employee is deemed "affordable" if the employee's share of premiums costs less than 9.5 percent of his or her family income. If it costs more, the employee and employee's family are eligible for tax credits to help pay premiums. [more]



Are you looking to get more involved with AMCHP? Check out the exciting opportunities below and make the most out of your membership!
Board Nominations: The AMCHP Governance Committee is currently accepting nominations for 2015 AMCHP Board positions. These leadership positions guide, direct, inform and contribute to moving AMCHP strategic directions and goals forward. More information about these positions, necessary qualifications and the nominations process may be found on the AMCHP website or by clicking here. We ask that all nominations be forwarded to the Governance Committee by July 31, 2014 to ensure that the committee has ample time to review all candidate materials. [more]

July CoIIN Infant Mortality Summits
AMCHP is proud to partner with MCHB and NICHQ to organize sessions at the 2014 Collaborative Improvement and Innovation and Network (CoIIN) Infant Mortality Summits. The Infant Mortality Summits will convene states from Regions I-III and VII-X to prepare them for the rollout of the CoIIN initiative in their state. Regions VII-X will meet Jul. 21-22, and Regions I-III will meet Jul. 24-25. Both summits will take place in the Washington, DC, area. A third summit for the Pacific Basin jurisdictions will be held Aug. 24-26 inHonolulu, HI. [more]

AMCHP Annual Conference Session Reviewers Needed
Make your mark on the 2015 AMCHP Annual Conference. The Annual Conference Planning Committee is seeking volunteers to help review presentation abstracts for the next AMCHP Annual Conference. We work to keep the impact on your time to a minimum, roughly two hours maximum. [more]

Call for Applications: CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Pre-Conference Trainings
AMCHP and CityMatCH will offer nine training options for those wishing to build their skills. The topics include advanced epidemiology methods, measuring performance, leadership, data use, return on investment, epi for non-epis, infographics, equity, and design thinking. [more]

Building, Implementing, and Sustaining Teen Pregnancy Prevention Efforts
Please join us on Thursday, Jun. 26 from 2-3 p.m. EST for a timely discussion of state examples of teen pregnancy prevention programming through the lenses of positive youth development, the program implementation life cycle, and disparity reduction. In recent weeks and coinciding with Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month in May, numerous federal partners and their grantees participated in webinars on teen pregnancy prevention activities, including on the topics of engaging males and prevention of subsequent teen pregnancies. [more]

See more ways to get involved.



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]

Child & Adolescent Health

AHRQ Releases Highlight on School-Based Health Centers
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has published the eighth Evaluation Highlight from the CMS-funded CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grant Program, now available on the national evaluation website. This highlight focuses on how Colorado and New Mexico have helped school-based health centers (SBHCs) strengthen their patient-centered medical home (PCMH) features. [more]

LPFCH Releases Triple Aim Approach to Transition Publication
A new publication from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health (LPFCH), A Triple Aim Approach to Transition from Pediatric to Adult Health Care for Youth with Special Health Care Needs, describes key unmet needs regarding a) developing chronic disease self-management; b) enhancing capacity of the adult health care system to care for young adults with special health care needs; and c) reducing lapses in care during the transition period. [more]



  • On Jun. 3, AMCHP staff Erin Bonzon and Carolyn McCoy attended the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Sixth Annual Summit on Breastfeeding First Food: The Essential Role of Breastfeeding. Erin Bonzon presented an overview and update on the AMCHP issue brief State Opportunities and Strategies for Breastfeeding Promotion through the Affordable Care Act in a session called "It's Not for Hospitals Alone." Attendees were enthusiastic to learn how some states are taking an active role in implementing the provisions of the ACA that support the ACA.



AMCHP Opens Search for a Policy Analyst
This position, on the program team, supports the advancement of MCH programs by contributing to major issues surrounding workforce and capacity building in the context of health reform for AMCHP members. The position primarily supports AMCHP work and activities with the National MCH Workforce Development Center. [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. [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]

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!



Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care Practice Technical Assistance
Deadline: Jun. 19
The purpose of this cooperative agreement program is to provide specialized and non-financial technical assistance to HRSA Health Center Program grantees and look-alikes to translate oral health implementation strategies into primary care practice and thereby to increase access to oral health care services for underserved and vulnerable populations. [more]

Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Quality Improvement National Learning Network
Deadline: Jun. 30
This announcement solicits applications for the Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Quality Improvement National Learning Network. Support is available, in the form of a cooperative agreement, from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). The purpose of the Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Quality Improvement National Learning Network (the Network) is to coordinate the development and testing of an evidence-informed strategic framework that can inform statewide health care systems transformation. [more]

State Systems Development Initiative Grant Program
Deadline: Sept. 2
This announcement solicits applications for the State Systems Development Initiative (SSDI) Grant Program. The purpose of SSDI is to develop, enhance and expand State Title V MCH data capacity to allow for informed decision making and resource allocation that supports effective, efficient and quality programming for women, infants, children and youth, including children and youth with special health care needs. Applicants should note the purpose of SSDI was modified from previous grant cycles to reflect its alignment with efforts in the HRSA, MCH Services Block Grant to States program. [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. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.