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 Jul. 1, 2014

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Autism CARES Act, Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act and Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act Advance
On Jun. 24, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 4631, the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act of 2014 or "Autism CARES Act." This legislation reauthorizes the programs that were previously passed as the Combating Autism Act. The legislation would authorize $1.3 billion for autism programs over five years through for the Developmental Disabilities Surveillance and Research Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Autism Education, Early Detection, and Intervention; and research grants through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). [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]

How to Prepare for the CoIIN IM Summits
We're looking forward to seeing Regions I-III and VII-X at the CoIIN Infant Mortality next month! A draft agenda can be found here. We have two upcoming webinars that will help you prepare for the Summits: a pre-Summit FAQ webinar on Monday, Jul. 14, 3-4 p.m. EST is open to all participants, and will share what to expect at the Summits and how to prepare for your team time; and a data analysis webinar on Jul. 16, 3-4 p.m. EST for the team data leads, will share information on the data profiles that states will be given prior to the summits. [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]

National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities Webinar
This webinar, Needs Assessments: Opportunities for Collaboration across Multiple Stakeholders to be held on Jul. 9 from 3-4 p.m. EST, will be focused on community needs assessments in partnership with Community Action Partnership and the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI). Speakers will provide an overview of the key elements of assessments used by Community Action Agencies, hospitals and public health programs to inform community benefits and services programs. [more]

AAP to Hold Webinar Series on FASDs
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) -- via its Program to Enhance the Health and Development of Infants and Children -- is offering a series of four 30-minute educational webinars focused on raising awareness of primary care clinicians regarding the diagnosis and treatment for children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). The educational webinars will focus on identification, diagnosis, referral, and management of FASDs. [more]

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General Maternal & Child Health

New Resource: From Coverage to Care
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently launched From Coverage to Care, "an initiative to help people with new health care coverage understand their benefits and connect to primary care and the preventive services that are right for them, so they can live a long and healthy life." This is an important step in supporting the newly insured given a recent poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation that shows that awareness among women of the requirement for health insurance plans to cover preventive services without cost-sharing or co-pay and use of services is still lagging. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

New CMS Publications on EPSDT
CMS has published a trio of guides to support states in their work to implement Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT), the Medicaid benefit for children and adolescents. These guides were inspired by the discussions we held in the National EPSDT Improvement Workgroup. [more]

Obama, Clinton, McCain and Frist Appeal to Parents to #CloseTheWordGap
Too Small to Fail aims to help parents and businesses take meaningful actions to improve the health and well-being of children ages zero to five, so that more of America's children are prepared to succeed in the 21st century. They work to promote new research on the science of children's brain development, early learning and early health. President Barack Obama, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Cindy McCain and Senator Bill Frist speak about the importance of talking, reading and singing to babies and toddlers every day in order to build children's vocabulary and stimulate early brain development. [more]

Women's & Infant Health

Office of Women's Health Release Highly Anticipated Breastfeeding at Work Resource 
HHS Office of Women's Health released Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions. The online searchable resource includes stories and photos of 200 businesses in 29 states representing all 22 major industry sectors as well as 28 short videos featuring a wide array of businesses in eight states across the country. Many state MCH programs and their partners are leading the way on implementing the breastfeeding benefits and workplace accommodation requirements of the ACA as highlighted by this AMCHP issue brief. [more]



  • AMCHP staff members Lacy Fehrenbach, Karen VanLandeghem, Sharron Corle and Carolyn McCoy attended a two day in-person training of the MCH Workforce Development Center Cohort I in-person training at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. State teams were led through team building workshops, quality improvement methodologies, systems integration tools, change management, and access to care resources. AMCHP staff was there to provide coaching to the teams and provide technical assistance on ACA implementation.
  • On Jun. 16 AMCHP staff Brent Ewig participated in a White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships briefing on the Affordable Care Act. At the briefing, senior White House and HHS officials thanked faith and community leaders who have worked hard to help millions of Americans gain access to affordable, quality health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces. A listening session also allowed participants to share ideas on what worked well and what could be done better during the open enrollment period. White House and HHS officials will also provided an update on Medicaid expansion. 
  • On Jun. 26, AMCHP staff Brent Ewig represented AMCHP at the annual awards luncheon of the National Partnership for Women and Families honoring leader Nancy Pelosi.
  • On Jun. 27, AMCHP staff Brent Ewig participated in an invitational discussion coinciding with the release of a new report from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, "The Benefits of Birth Control in America: Getting the Facts Straight," which summarizes relevant U.S. research on how the availability and widespread use of modern birth control affect maternal and infant health, family formation and family wellbeing, women's educational achievement and employment, unplanned pregnancy and abortion, and various measures of societal costs. Noted national leaders discussed each of these areas and engaged the group in discussion.



AMCHP Seeks Analyst for Quality Improvement and Life Course, WIH
The analyst for QI and life course, women's and infant health (WIH) 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]

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]

The AMCHP child and adolescent health team promotes the health and development of children and adolescents, including children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), by supporting state Title V maternal & child health and CYSHCN programmatic efforts. The CYSHCN intern will support AMCHP work in developing, implementing and evaluating program activities related to CYSHCN. [more]

Oregon Health & Science University Looking for CaCoon Nurse Consultant
The CaCoon nurse consultant position is under the administration of the Oregon Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (OCCYSHN), at the Institute on Development & Disability (IDD) of the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Portland, Oregon. The duties of this position are in support of the mission, goals and objectives of OHSU, IDD and OCCYSHN. [more]

South Carolina Opens WIC Director Position
Under limited supervision of the MCH bureau director, the WIC director manages the Division of WIC services. Directly supervises program managerial staff. On a statewide basis, assesses, plans, coordinates, implements and evaluates policies and procedures of the WIC Program. Makes recommendation for policy changes to USDA/FNS. [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!



Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network on School-Based Health Services
Deadline: Jul. 17
This announcement solicits applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2014 Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network on School-Based Health Services (CoIIN-SBHS) Program.  It provides a mechanism for gathering and analyzing new and critically needed information for improving practice and quality of care among school-based health centers (SBHCs) and comprehensive school mental health programs (CSMHPs), identifying trends and emerging best practices for the field of school-based health services, supporting the development of innovative practices, explicating the attributes of successful model programs, and explaining how low performing programs can improve.[more]

Reproductive and Environmental Health Network
Deadline: Jul. 21
This announcement solicits applications for a new project entitled Reproductive and Environmental Health Network. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) seeks to administer a cooperative agreement that will improve maternal and fetal health outcomes through providing education, individualized counseling, improved access to resources, and advancing the knowledge base related to the safety of exposures to medication and environmental agents before, during, and after pregnancy. [more]

Promoting Preventive Health Services for Women
Deadline: Jul. 21
This announcement solicits applications for the Promoting Preventive Health Services for Women initiative. The purpose of this initiative is to improve women's health across the life course by increasing the use of clinical preventive services. This will be accomplished by: increasing the number of women enrolled in health insurance; raising consumer awareness of the importance of clinical preventive services; and supporting providers in the delivery of quality preventive services. [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]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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