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 Jun. 3, 2014

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Appropriations Update
On May 22, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its 302b allocations, meaning that the top line numbers for each of the appropriations bills are set. The Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (Labor-H) Appropriations Subcommittee, which is where funding for the Title V MCH Services Block Grant is housed, received level funding for FY2015. [more]

Combating Autism Act Passes House Subcommittee
On May 28, the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed H.R. 4631 to reauthorize the Combating Autism Act. The Combating Autism Reauthorization Act would continue autism-related research, early identification and intervention and education. During consideration of the bill, a commitment was made to continue working to address concerns of advocates, including a possible change to the title of the legislation, before the next step in the process, which is consideration by the full Energy & Commerce Committee. [more]

Breastfeeding Support for Military Moms
Last week, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (HR 4435), which included an amendment to make breastfeeding supplies and counseling available to military family members covered under the federal TRICARE insurance program, similar to that currently required in private health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. The language is also included in the Senate bill, which essentially ensures enactment of this provision. [more]

Health Reform Implementation
On May 22, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the availability up to $730 million in funds for State Innovation Models: Round Two of Funding for Design and Test Assistance to help states design and test improvements to their public and private health care payment and delivery systems. Project goals are to improve health, improve care, and decrease costs for consumers, including Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beneficiaries. [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 max. For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Laura Goodwin at [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]

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]

2014 AMCHP Member Assessment 
This is just a friendly reminder to complete the 2014 AMCHP Member Assessment. By taking this assessment and sharing your opinion, AMCHP staff will be able to better serve you and meet your needs as an AMCHP member. The deadline for completion of the assessment is Jun. 6. [more]

NBPHE Public Health Job Task Analysis Survey
The National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) is conducting a job task analysis to strengthen its Certified in Public Health (CPH) credentialing program. This job task analysis is the first of its kind. It will define performance domains and tasks performed by a public health professional. Job task analyses are typically performed to ensure the integrity of a professional examination. [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]

New NCHMI/NASHP Resource on Advancing Medical Home
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. This month's profile describes Oregon's Coordinated Care Organizations, with detailed information on how pediatric clinicians can become involved. [more]

Free iTunes App Shows CDC Recommended Immunization Schedules
Free CDC Vaccine Schedules app for clinicians and other health care professionals offers immediate access to the latest CDC recommended immunization schedules. See childhood, adolescent, adult and catch-up vaccine schedules and footnotes on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch devices. [more]

Women's and Infant Health

CDC Releases Preliminary Births Data for 2013
Last week, the CDC released Births: Preliminary Data for 2013. Some highlights from the report include:

  • Preterm birth rates declined in 49 states and the District of Columbia from 2006 to 2013
  • In 2013, there was a small decline in the cesarean delivery rate, to 32.7 percent of all births (down from 32.8 percent in 2012)
  • The lack of change in the Hispanic cesarean delivery rate marks the first year in more than a decade that the rate for this group has not increased [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

CDC Releases Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers 
Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers, a free, online resource developed by the CDC, is designed for parents of two to four year olds and addresses common parenting challenges, like tantrums and whining. Positive parenting skills and techniques can reduce parenting stress and provide parents with ways to handle their child's misbehavior. [more]



  • On Apr. 28-29, AMCHP convened seven state teams to discuss the transition of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) into Medicaid managed care arrangements. Alabama, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, New Mexico, and Washington shared current strategies and progress in this area. State teams consisted of representatives from Medicaid, Title V, health plans, families/consumers, and pediatricians. Each state team participated in strategic action planning for activities related to Medicaid managed care in the coming year. An issue brief on this topic will be released in Fall 2014 by AMCHP.
  • On May 5-6, AMCHP staff Veronica Helms and Kate Taft participated in a meeting and site visit to Albuquerque, NM. Facilitated by the National Center for Ease of Use of Community Based Services, the meeting focused on health equity for CYSHCN. Meeting participants included representatives from six states â€" Indiana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Rhode Island and New York. Discussion focused on strategies to improve ease of use services for Hispanic families with CYSHCN.
  • On May 16, staff member Carolyn McCoy attended a health policy forum entitled Early Childhood Adversity, Toxic Stress, and Brain Development. The forum highlighted the importance of incorporating this science into work involving both children and their parents and across agencies.
  • On May 21, AMCHP facilitated a webinar on needs assessment for CYSHCN directors and their staff, colleagues, and needs assessment partners. Two representatives from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Kathy Watters and Carolyn Gleason, provided an overview of the needs assessment process and led discussion on the needs assessment process. To access the archived webinar, please e-mail Veronica Helms at



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]

AUCD Searching for a Program Assistant
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is seeking an energetic and motivated individual to join our Silver Spring, MD office team! They are currently accepting applications for a program assistant. This key member of their team will enhance the operations of AUCD central office teams and the AUCD network by supporting training activities, communications, information dissemination and other online services, office and administrative support, and the annual AUCD conference. [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!



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]

National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training
Deadline: Jun. 9
This announcement solicits applications for the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training (NCCPHT). The NCCPHT will provide technical assistance to the Regional PHTCs to enhance their capacity and infrastructure to improve the nation's public health system by strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial, and leadership competencies of the public health workforce. [more]

State Implementation Grants for Enhancing the System of Services for CYSHCN through Systems Integration
Deadline: Jun. 13
This announcement solicits applications for the 2014 State Implementation Grants for Enhancing the System of Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs through Systems Integration. The purpose of this initiative is to increase the number of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) who receive a patient/family-centered medical/health home approach to comprehensive, coordinated services and supports. [more]

Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health: Improving Maternal Health and Safety
Deadline: Jun. 16
This announcement solicits applications for the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health: Improving Maternal Health and Safety. The goal of this initiative is to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality and their associated adverse pregnancy outcomes (preterm birth, low birth weight and infant mortality) through efforts engaging provider organizations, state public health leaders, payers, hospital associations, regulatory bodies, consumer groups, and other key organizations. [more]

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]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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