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 Jul. 14, 2014

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I walk with you every step of the way.

In my first Management Minute, I cast an open call for sage words of advice or notable quotes, promising to give appropriate attribution. The quote above is one such contribution sent to me compliments of Glen T. Steele, O.D. FCOVD FAAO.

Dr. Steele is with InfantSEE, a program of Optometry Cares-the AOA Foundation (American Optometric Association). Dr. Steele shared that he challenges his optometry students with these 10 words to ensure they don't forget that as caregivers they are dealing with a real person AND their family and possibly extended family. He added that we cannot let condition, disease or diagnosis cause us to lose sight of that. [more]



In Case You Missed It: Revised Title V Guidance Available for Review and Comment
On Jun. 27, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) posted a Federal Register Notice (FRN) outlining planned changes to the Title V MCH Services Block Grant available here. Please note that the FRN provides only a summary overview of the proposed changes. Copies of the full draft revised Title V Block Grant guidance and related reporting forms (including the new proposed Title V National Performance Measures) must be obtained by e-mailing or calling the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Information Collection Clearance Officer at (301) 443-1984. [more]

Sudden Unexpected Data Enhancement and Awareness Act to be Marked-Up in House
The Sudden Unexpected Data Enhancement and Awareness Act, HR 669, is scheduled to be considered in the House Energy & Commerce Committee on Jul. 14. This legislation will enhance surveillance on Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID), Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC), and stillbirth; improve the development of standard protocols for use in death scene investigations and autopsies surrounding these deaths; allow the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct training activities regarding these protocols; and require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in consultation with NIH, to submit a report to Congress on current activities related to stillbirth, SUID, and SUDC and evaluate the possibility of expanding programs related to SUDC specifically. [more]

Health Reform Implementation

Funding Availability to Support Health Center Expansion
On Jul. 8, HHS announced the availability of $100 million from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to support an estimated 150 new health center sites across the country in 2015 and expand access to primary care through new community health centers. "Since last fall, health centers have provided enrollment assistance to more than 4.7 million people across the country," said HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N. [more]

White House Report on Medicaid Expansion
The report, released by the White House Council of Economic Advisors, Missed Opportunities: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid, reviews the impact of the Medicaid expansion related to access to care, financial security, residents' health and well-being, and state economies. "This analysis uses the best evidence from the economics and health policy literatures to quantify several important consequences of States' decisions not to expand Medicaid. [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]

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]

Submit Your Session Proposal for the AMCHP 2015 Annual Conference
AMCHP invites you to submit a session proposal for the 2015 AMCHP Annual Conference (Jan. 24-27). The theme is AMCHP 2015: United to Build Healthier Communities. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The AMCHP Annual Conference is the ideal venue to present your ideas, research, innovative programming, best practices, and effective outreach strategies to MCH and other public health practitioners, directors of state programs, federal officials, advocates, family leaders, researchers and health care providers. [more]

AMCHP and UNC CMIH Host Webinar on Preconception and Interconception Health
AMCHP and the UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health (CMIH) will host a national webinar, Before and Beyond Pregnancy-a Preconception-Interconception Clinical Toolkit on Monday, Jul. 28 from 2-3 p.m. EST. National efforts to improve infant mortality and preterm birth are aimed at improving the health of all women of reproductive age and ensuring that women get pregnant when they desire. The National Preconception-Interconception Clinical Toolkit was designed to help primary care providers and their colleagues incorporate preconception health into the routine care of women of childbearing age. [more]

RFA Released for Second Cohort of AMCHP Every Mother Initiative
On Jul. 14, AMCHP released a request for applications (RFA) for the second cohort of the AMCHP Every Mother Initiative. The purpose of this initiative is to help states address maternal health issues through strengthening and enhancing state maternal mortality surveillance systems and translating data from these systems to take action in developing and implementing strategies and policy change to prevent maternal death and improve maternal health outcomes. The second cohort will build on the successes of the first cohort and maximize opportunities for peer learning. [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]

CDC Grand Rounds Webcast on Infant Mortality
This encore presentation, Public Health Approaches to Reducing U.S. Infant Mortality, to be broadcasted on Tuesday, Jul. 15 at 1 p.m. EST, explores public health, clinical, and policy strategies to improve birth outcomes. Speakers will address high risk individuals, families, and communities while emphasizing accomplishments in reducing infant mortality. The infant mortality rate, the rate at which babies less than one year of age die, has continued to steadily decline in the US over the past several decades; data from 2010 shows 6.15 deaths per 1,000 live births. [more]

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General Maternal & Child Health

The Children's Safety Network Produces Resource Guide for Child Maltreatment Prevention
The Child Maltreatment Prevention: 2014 Resource Guide describes resources on child maltreatment prevention including data, reports, toolkits, and programs to help state health departments expand and enhance their own child maltreatment prevention efforts. [more]

New Resources about EPSDT
The MCH Library at Georgetown University released a new knowledge path, Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) Services in Medicaid. The knowledge path points to resources about providing and strengthening EPSDT and includes tools for state Medicaid programs, health care practices, training, and finding data and statistics, journal articles, reports, and other materials. [more]

Women's & Infant Health

New AMCHP Publication on MCH Programs Collaborating with Title X
This month, AMCHP released a new case study describing how five state MCH programs - Alaska, Iowa, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Virginia - leverage Title X investments or collaborate with Title X grantees to maximize their impact on reproductive, maternal, and infant health; improve the health of women across the life span; and create a continuum of care and integrated system of community-based services in women's health. AMCHP compiled the publication in consultation with the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association and with the support from the CDC Division of Reproductive Health. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

AAP Chapters Collaborate with Title V Programs
How 3 AAP chapters and Title V are improving the lives of children with special needsdescribes the efforts of AAP chapters inOhio, Washington and Wisconsin towork with their state Title V directors to identify and address healthcare needs for children and mothers.The article, which includes a "Top 10 things pediatricians should know about Title V" sidebar, is reaching 61,000 pediatricians with great information about the Title V MCH Block Grant and offers some examples of effective collaboration. [more]



AMCHP Seeks Analyst for Quality Improvement and Life Course, WIH (#14-10003)
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 (#14-10001)
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 (#14-10002)
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 CYSHCN Intern (I-50001)
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]

Washington State Department of Health Seeks Epidemiologist
The Washington State Department of Health is recruiting for an Epidemiologist 3 - Non-Medical (DOH2379). The position is located in the Office of Healthy Communities, Surveillance and Evaluation Section in Tumwater, Washington, under the Division of Prevention and Community Health. The Epidemiologist provides epidemiologic leadership, coordination, and expertise in order to lead, design, and oversee assessment, surveillance, and evaluation projects. [more]

UIC School of Public Health Hiring an Assistant/Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences with MCH focus
This University of Illinois - Chicago (UIC) posting is for a tenure-track faculty position in maternal and child health at the 'mid-level assistant' or 'early associate' professor rank. Responsibilities include establishing/maintaining a funded program of research, teaching graduate and professional courses in MCH and/or CHS, advising and mentoring graduate and professional students, serving on doctoral, college and campus committees, and developing and maintaining community partnerships for research and practice. [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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