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 Aug. 11, 2014

 

The best cure for a sluggish mind is to disturb its routine. William H. Danforth

As I write this in the heat and height of the summer 2014 and the day before vacation travel, the quote reminded me of the need to pause, refresh, reflect and reenergize periodically and, as importantly, to remind those with whom we work closely to do the same.

It’s a learning process. Sometimes, a conscientious effort is required. But allowing the gift of time to oneself to actually rest ​awakens that sluggish mind and what emerges are new ideas, thoughts and inspirations.

There is an endless supply of information on the Internet, in bookstores, via apps and in other places with regard to resting the mind. You do not need a meditation or yoga class, or have to read a book, or take a class to learn basic techniques for resting the mind. These are a few of my favorite exercises that are simple and take no time at all. See how they work for you. [more]


 

LEGISLATIVE & POLICY CORNER

Senate Passes Autism CARES Act
In one of its last actions before departing for August recess, the Senate passed the Autism CARES Act, which now awaits the president’s signature into law. The Autism CARES Act is a reauthorization of programs that were previously contained under Combating Autism Act.  It would authorize $1.3 billion for autism programs over five years 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). In addition, there are a few updates that were supported by advocates. These include reforms to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) to ensure coordination is maximized and requires that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) designate an individual charged with implementing the IACC annual strategic plan and report to Congress how they are doing so.[more]

 

 
GET INVOLVED

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Submit Your AMCHP 2015 Annual Conference Session Proposal Today
AMCHP has extended the session proposal deadline for the 2015 AMCHP Annual Conference (Jan. 24-27) to Friday, Aug. 22. 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]

Final Call for Applications: CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Pre-Conference Trainings
This year, AMCHP and CityMatCH will offer pre-conference trainings on Sept. 16. There will be eight training options for those wishing to build their skills. A more detailed description of each training, including learning objectives and maternal and child health (MCH) leadership competencies addressed, can be found here. [more]

 Applications for the Second Cohort of AMCHP Every Mother Initiative due Aug. 22
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]

Applications for Action Learning Collaborative for States to Implement National Standards due Aug. 29
AMCHP, with support from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health (LPFCH), is providing peer-to-peer technical assistance (TA) to states interested in using the recently developed National Standards for Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (herein referred to as the National Standards) to improve their state system of care for this population of children. [more]

RFA Released for AMCHP Life Course Indicators Intensive Technical Assistance
On Aug. 8, AMCHP released a request for applications (RFA) for Life Course Indicators Intensive Technical Assistance projects. This RFA, which is focused on using the indicators, will support up to eight state or community teams in two eligibility categories to calculate and communicate a subset of the life course indicators. AMCHP will provide expert consultation on the calculation of the indicators, and will connect teams with experts in communication of life course data and implications for health and social equity. Participation in the Intensive Technical Assistance will result in the creation of at least one communications product including a policy or issue brief, fact sheet, needs assessment section, or other useful product. [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. [m​ore]

Upcoming South by Southwest Injury Prevention Network Webinar
As kids head back to school and back to sports, South by Southwest Injury Prevention introduces the second webinar in the Network's series on communicating about injury and violence prevention. The Heads Up about Concussionwebinar, on Sept. 4 at 3 p.m. EST, will feature the CDC's Heads Up campaign, which is focused on protecting kids and teens from concussion and other serious brain injuries. [more]

Upcoming LCRN Webinar
The Life Course Research Network (LCRN) has several upcoming webinars on topics of interest for AMCHP members, including:

  • 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 Tamara​ck Institute will host its first-ever Collective Impact Summita 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 include Melody Barnes of the Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions, John Kania of FSG Social Impact Consultants, and Brenda Zim​​merman, 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 CDC. [more]

See more ways to get involved.​


 

PUBLICATIONS & RESOURCES

General Maternal & Child Health

New MCH Journal Publication on Title V Pilot Initiatives
The new article, Spotlight on Training: Use of Competency-Based Self-Assessments and the MCH Navigator for MCH Workforce Development 'Three States' Experiences,describes the results of three state-level MCH pilot initiatives to build Title V work force competencies among state and local MCH workers. The researchers use a case study approach to review projects in Maryland, Oklahoma, and Tennessee, outlining unique aspects of each state's implementation including barriers and facilitators to success. [more]

NACCHO Publishes Research Brief on the Seasonal Influenza Vaccine
The National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) research brief Capacity of Local Health Departments to Track, Administer, and Promote Seasonal Influenza Vaccinations for Pregnant Women, Children with Special Healthcare Needs, and Adults with Disabilities,summarizes data from key informant interviews that NACCHO conducted to explore local health departments’ capacity to promote and administer seasonal flu vaccine and track vaccination rates among children with special health care needs, pregnant women, and adults with disabilities. [more]

National Center for Healthy Housing Updates Online PEHA Course
The National Center for Healthy Housing has updated the online Pediatric Environmental Home Assessment (PEHA) course. This online course is designed to prepare nurses to recognize potential environmental hazards as part of a primary prevention approach and recommend preventative action or make appropriate referrals for conditions that may be caused by a housing-related hazard. [more]

Women's & Infant Health

New AMCHP Webinar on Preconception/Interconception Clinical Toolkit
National efforts to improve infant mortality and preterm birth are aimed at improving the health of all women of reproductive age, including the women who have a reproductive life plan. The National Preconception/Interconception Clinical Toolkit was designed to help primary care providers and their colleagues incorporate preconception/interconception health into the routine care of all women of childbearing age. The goal of the toolkit is to help clinicians reach every woman who might someday become pregnant every time she presents for routine primary care with efficient, evidence-based strategies and resources to help her achieve: healthier short and long term personal health outcomes; increased likelihood that any pregnancies in her future are by choice rather than chance; and decreased likelihood of complications if she does become pregnant in the future. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

New Publication on Children’s Health Insurance
The new study published in Health Affairs, “Children's Health Insurance Program Premiums Adversely Affect Enrollment, Especially among Lower-Income Children" shows how the relationship between premiums and coverage varies considerably by income level and parental access to employer-sponsored insurance. [more]

AHRQ Releases Video on Maltreatment of Children
The new video by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) depicts evidence-based interventions addressing child maltreatment. Several interventions show promise in improving child well-being and child welfare outcomes, including a home-visiting approach with maltreating parents called SafeCare® and a foster-parent training program called Keeping Foster Parents Trained and Supported (KEEP). However, the video, based on the 2013 comparative effectiveness review “Child Exposure to Trauma: Comparative Effectiveness of Interventions Addressing Maltreatment,” explores major research gaps and highlights the need for collaborative clinical trials supported by a multisite research network. [more]

Children's Safety Network Releases Pedestrian Safety 2014 Resource Guide
This guide describes resources on pedestrian safety including campaigns, guides, initiatives, reports, toolkits, and websites to help state health departments expand and enhance their own efforts. Topics include data; Safe Routes to School; pedestrian safety for preschool age children; other programs and strategies; program planning, implementation, and evaluation; policy; research; and distracted walking. [more]

National Center for Ease of Use of Community-Based Services Releases Report on Community Health Workers’ Community Outreach to Children with Special Health Care Needs
The report Community Health Workers and Children with Special Health Care Needs, presents findings from an environmental scan to identify programs that are engaging community health workers (CHWs) and/or community outreach strategies to enhance services for CYSHCN from Latino families. The report describes disparities in access to and quality of health services for CYSHCN of Latino backgrounds, interventions to decrease racial and ethnic disparities, CHW deployment, and what CHWs can accomplish. [more]

NACCHO Produces Resources for Including People with Disabilities
The NACCHO Health and Disability Program has developed two new resources to facilitate organizations in including people with disabilities in programs, policies, and services. The first resource is a guide, Strategies for Successfully Including People with Disabilities in Health Department Programs, Plans, and Services, which presents information about the health of people with disabilities, a discussion of the importance of including people with disabilities in public health activities, and strategies for including people with disabilities in health department activities. [more]

NCBDDD Announces New Features and Updates toDisability and Health Data System (DHDS)
The CDC National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), Division of Human Development and Disability recently announced new features and updates to DHDS, an online interactive state-level disability data tool designed to assist partners in the assessment of the health and wellness of people with disabilities. New features have been updated with many enhancements, including the addition of 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data, dual area profiles, and interactive maps for mobile devices. [more]

New Study Finds Youth with Autism More Prone to Overweight and Obesity
The new research article, “Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity in a Large Clinical Sample of Children with Autism”, published in Academic Pediatrics, finds Children with autism and Asperger syndrome had significantly higher odds of overweight and obesity than control subjects. [more]

National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy Releases Brief on Unplanned Pregnancy Among College Students
Pregnancy planning and prevention is not something most colleges have addressed, especially at the community college level. To address this gap, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy has worked with community college leaders to develop and evaluate resources that are now available for any college to use, free of charge, including three short online lessons that have been shown to improve student knowledge, attitude, and behavioral intent when it comes to preventing unplanned pregnancy. [more]

The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured Produces Issue Brief on CHIP
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was established in 1997 to provide coverage for uninsured children who are low-income but above the cut-off for Medicaid eligibility. In 2009, Congress reauthorized and extended federal funding for CHIP, and the ACA extended CHIP funding further, through FY 2015. [more]

New Report on Cigarette Addiction from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Nearly three million children still smoke in the United States, and approximately half of all continuing smokers will die prematurely as a result of their addiction, losing at least a decade of life on average compared to nonsmokers. The report describes key ways in which tobacco companies design and manipulate their products to attract new youth smokers, create and sustain addiction, mislead consumers to think that they are reducing their risk of disease and make it more difficult for users to quit. [more]

Annie E. Casey Foundation Releases 2014 Kids Count Data Book
The data book describes the demographic, social and economic context for changes affecting children, as well as major trends in child well-being since 1990 in each of the four domains covered by the KIDS COUNT index: (1) Economic Well-Being, (2) Education, (3) Health and (4) Family and Community. The report also identifies key policies that have contributed to improvements in child well-being, as well as future challenges. [more]


 
ON YOUR BEHALF
  • On Aug. 3, AMCHP staff members Piia Hanson and Leah Broadhurst presented a poster at the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) National Conference. The poster entitled “Building Innovative Collaborations in Breastfeeding Promotion: How States are Leveraging the ACA and Title V” highlights information presented in the December 2013 issue brief State Opportunities and Strategies for Breastfeeding Promotion through the Affordable Care Act. [more]

 
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

AMCHP Opens Search for Associate Director, Health Reform Implementation (#14-10006)
The associate director, health reform implementation is accountable for the development, implementation and evaluation of program activities within AMCHP’s National Center for Health Reform Implementation through cooperative agreements and grants, including health reform activities that are part of the National MCH Workforce Development Center. The associate director reports to the director of programs and serves as liaison to the policy team. [more]

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. [more]

AMCHP Seeks Senior Program Manager, CYSHCN (#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. This position reports to the associate director, child and adolescent health. [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]

Michigan Department of Community Health Accepting Applications for Epidemiologist
The Michigan Department of Community Health, Life course Epidemiology and Genomics Division, is seeking qualified candidates for the permanent fulltime position, Epidemiologist-Maternal and Child Health- Infant Health. This position will be filled as Epidemiologist -E (P10-P-11) (Entry level) or Epidemiologist-A (P-12) Advanced depending upon the preferred candidate’s qualifications. This position provides epidemiological analysis on all matters concerning perinatal / infant health, and mortality and morbidity prevention to the Life course Epidemiology & Genomics Division (LEGD) of the Bureau of Disease Control, Prevention and Epidemiology. [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]

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]

AMCHP'S CAREER CENTER
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!​


 

FUNDING

Friends of National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) Family Liaison Opportunity
Deadline: Aug. 25
Recognizing the importance of family involvement in program planning and services, the Friends of National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at CDC issued a request for proposals to dedicate efforts for a subcontract with a consultant to engage families who have a member with a disability. The overarching purpose of this Friends of NCBDDD Family Liaison is to enhance the reach of the Friends of NCBDDD. [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]

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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