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 Jul. 28, 2014

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Health Reform Implementation
On Jul. 14, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the Medicaid Innovator Accelerator Program (IAP). "Through the IAP, we are building on lessons and recommendations we have heard from our state partners for specific opportunities to advance innovation, and we will develop strategically targeted resources and technical assistance that states can leverage to accelerate Medicaid-focused innovations to transform health care." This new technical assistance program will help jumpstart innovation by strengthening federal tools and resources to support states in advancing Medicaid-specific delivery system reform and by sharing lessons and best practices. [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]

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. The six selected awardees will work together as one learning cohort, with opportunity for mentorship from states that participated in the first ALC cohort, as well as one another. Participation includes in-person and virtual technical assistance, peer to peer site visits, and a translation support sub-award to fund translation of maternal mortality review recommendations into population-based interventions. [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]

Nominate Your Peers for a 2015 AMCHP Award 
AMCHP recognizes leadership in maternal and child health in several ways, including awards presented to MCH leaders to honor their excellence in the field. These awards will be presented at the 2015 AMCHP Annual Conference, Jan. 24-27 in Washington, DC. [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]

Upcoming LCRN Webinar
The Life Course Research Network (LCRN) has an upcoming webinar, Using the Fragile Families and Child Well-being Study (FFCWS) to Conduct Life Course Analyses,on Sept. 16 from 9-10 a.m. PST. This webinar features Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, MEd, PhD, and Amanda Geller, PhD, presenting on FFCWS of nearly 5,000 children born in large U.S. cities between 1998 and 2000, roughly three-quarters of whom were born to unmarried parents. The FFCWS consists of parent interviews at birth and ages one, three and five, plus in-home assessments of children and home environments at ages three and five. [more]

Collective Impact Summit 
On Oct. 6-10 in Toronto, Ontario, the Tamarack Institute will host its first-ever Collective Impact Summit, a five-day dynamic workshop that will convene more than 250 leaders from across the world who desire new ways to lead, engage and transform the work of community and learn what makes collective impact work. Keynotes speakers will includeMelody Barnes of the Aspen Institute's Forum for Community Solutions, John Kania of FSG Social Impact Consultants, andBrenda Zimmerman, co-author of Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changed. [more]

Scientific Writing for Peer Reviewed Publications for Public Health Professionals Course 
On Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., as part of the Learning Institute of the 142nd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association in New Orleans, LA, this course will help public health practitioners turn their work into manuscripts for publication. The two trainers are experienced in teaching this topic: Dr. Kogan is the director of epidemiology and research at the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), and has served on various editorial boards, as well as edited special issues of Pediatrics and the Maternal and Child Health Journal, while Dr. Posner is the editor-in-chief of thePreventing Chronic Disease journal at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Both presenters have published more than 100 articles. The trainers will be assisted by other experienced authors or editors who will work with the class on partially-completed manuscripts that students will be asked to bring to class. [more]

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Child & Adolescent Health

Child Trends Releases Policy Brief on Children's Mental Health
The Child Trends report Are the Children Well?summarizes current knowledge on children's mental health access and to mental health services. It offers a more-inclusive framework for understanding mental wellness, and provides recommendations to policymakers for improving the mental wellness of children and youth. [more]

New Publication from the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics on Young Adults 
The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics published America's Young Adults: Special Issue, 2014, a report on young adults in the United States, ages 18-24, in fulfillment of its commitment to understanding the challenges and opportunities facing children and families today. Findings highlight data trends and snapshots of the education, health and well-being of this population as they transition to adulthood. [more]

Technical Assistance Tool from SAMHSA
A new technical assistance tool related to the mental health of young adults from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is available. Knowledge Network for Systems of Care TV (KSOC-TV) is a live, Web-based talk show that features compelling conversations between behavioral health experts, people with "lived experience" and leaders of organizations that focus on the mental health of children, youth, and families. [more]



  • On Jul. 16, AMCHP staff Brent Ewig and Amy Haddad participated in the Coalition for Health Funding Hill Day. They visited with four congressional offices to underscore the harmful effects of the decline in federal funding for public health programs due to sequestration, and to urge Congress to act to prevent further cuts next year. During the meetings, they were able to highlight the work of Title V programs and also received positive feedback from the staff with whom they met about the importance of the public health community presenting a united front to protect vital funding across all discretionary health programs. The Hill Day overall reached more than 50 members of Congress in one afternoon, and came on the heels of the release of the Faces of Austerity Report, which can be found here.
  • On Jul. 28, AMCHP staff Lacy Fehrenbach, Sharron Corle, Carolyn McCoy and Michelle Jarvis attended a meeting organized by the National MCH Workforce Development Center in Washington, DC. The meeting brought together the advisory committee for the Center as well as key staff from HRSA MCHB to develop an interprofessional/interdisciplinary approach to health care; integrating primary care, specialty care and public health; driving partnerships across sectors to optimize the well-being of maternal and child health populations and to introduce and solicit feedback on the use of system dynamics methods as a means of planning in MCH and organizing efforts to achieve meaningful collective impact. The meeting produced many opportunities for the Center to build on its current work to enhance the Title V workforce in advancing health reform implementation.



AMCHP Accepting Applications for Program Associate, Child & Adolescent Health (#14-10005)
The program associate, child and adolescent health is a member of the program team and contributes to the advancement of maternal and child health (MCH) programs by performing a variety of planning and program implementation, research and evaluation projects. This position supports and assists the child and adolescent health team in the development, implementation and evaluation of program activities related to MCH and Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN), child health and adolescent health. This position also contributes to the collection of state best practices (Innovation Station), newsletter development, and implementation of communication strategies. [more]

AMCHP Seeks Senior Program Manager, Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (#14-10004)
This position develops, implements and evaluates program activities related to CYSHCN. The program manager will assist in the tracking, analysis, and reporting on national and state programs impacting CYSHCN and will partner with relevant federal agencies such as MCHB and CDC, and other national organizations and groups concerned with child health, adolescent health, and CYSHCN. Specifically, this position will manage two major AMCHP projects, the Leadership Institute for State Title V Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Directors and the implementation of Standards of Care for CYSHCN. [more]

AMCHP Opens Search for 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. General responsibilities include contributing to the development, implementation and evaluation of program activities related to women's and infant health, collaboration with advisory committee members, AMCHP members and staff; serving as a liaison to federal project officers; and project promotion. [more].

AMCHP Seeks 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 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 Center, collaboration with staff and partners of the Center, as well as performing a variety of planning and program implementation, research, and evaluation projects related to capacity building, including the AMCHP Best Practices Innovation Station and Replication Initiatives, partnership with fellow staff, participation in associated professional organizations and groups, and collaboration with member programs and funding agencies. [more].

Alaska Division of Public Health, Section of Women's, Children's, and Family Health Seeks Epidemiologist Specialist II
The Alaska Division of Public Health, Section of Women's, Children's, and Family Health, is currently recruiting for an epidemiologist specialist II position to manage the Alaska Birth Defects Registry (ABDR). The position oversees the full range of public health surveillance activities for the ABDR. This includes providing specialized managerial, statistical and epidemiological expertise on conducting, evaluating and supervising birth defects surveillance and ensuring effective collection, analysis, interpretation and application of birth defects surveillance data. [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. S/he supervises a team of epidemiologists with a focus on maternal and child health issues. [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]

Oregon Health Authority Seeks an MCH Senior Research Analyst 
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Public Health Division (PHD) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of permanent, full-time Research Analyst 4 (MCH Senior Research Analyst) located in Portland. This position will provide consultation and leadership on assessment, evaluation and research to the MCH Management Team as well as across the Center for Prevention and Health Promotion (CP&HP). Identifies and prioritizes assessment, program evaluation and research needs, and advises the management team regarding these needs. Needs may include program-wide, project-specific, and coalition or partner supported projects. [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!



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]

Exploratory and Developmental Grant to Improve Health Care Quality through Health IT
Deadline: Nov. 16, 2016
The purpose of this grant is to fund exploratory and developmental research grants that will contribute to the evidence base of how health information technology (IT) improves health care quality. This funding opportunity supports the use of a wide variety of research designs in order to generate information regarding the design and development, implementation, use, or impact of health IT on quality. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here



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