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 Aug. 25, 2014

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Further Citizenship and/or Immigration Status Documentation Needed for Federally-Facilitated Marketplace Enrollment
Individuals who have applied for insurance coverage in the federally-facilitated marketplace (in states that are not running their own exchanges) may have received requests for follow-up information to prove citizenship or immigration status. While most of these cases have been resolved, it is estimated that there are as many as 300,000 cases that are still unresolved and require follow-up action by the applicants. If applicants receive a letter requesting further documentation, they should provide it immediately or risk being deemed ineligible for insurance coverage and subsidies. [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.
AMCHP is now accepting nominations for the following:

  • John MacQueen Lecture Award for innovation in the field of maternal and child health
  • Excellence In State MCH Leadership Award for an outstanding state MCH professional whose career has made significant contributions to the health of women, children and families in their state
  • Merle McPherson Leadership Award for exemplary contributions to further family/state professional collaboration within a state Title V Program and AMCHP
  • Vince Hutchins Leadership Award for leadership in promoting a society responsive to the needs of women, children, youth and families
  • Young MCH Professional Award for significant contributions to state MCH programs in promoting and protecting the health of women, children, and families in their state and/or region [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 (CYSHCN) 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. [more]

Resources for National Suicide Prevention Week
National Suicide Prevention Week (Sept. 8-14) and World Suicide Prevention Day (Sept. 10) are approaching, and resources are available from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center to support events and observances in your state. In the days following the death of actor and comedian Robin Williams by suicide, calls to national suicide hotlines and visits to support websites spiked, and it seems likely that this year’s awareness events will receive increased attention and have the potential to reach wider audiences. [more]

AAP to Hold Webinar 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 Communication, Care Coordination and Co-management session will confirm the importance of a medical home and its role in working with patients and families. [more]

8th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference and Call for Session Proposals
The 8th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference (COC), invites persons and organizations engaged in researching, developing, implementing and evaluating policy and environmental strategies to reduce childhood obesity to submit proposals for consideration for inclusion in the 8th Biennial COC program. The conference will take place on Jun. 29 through Jul. 2, 2015 in San Diego, CA. [more]

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 Heads Up campaign, which is focused on protecting kids and teens from concussion and other serious brain injuries. [more]

CEHN 2015 Research Conference and Call for Abstracts
The theme for the 2015 Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) Research Conference, taking place Feb. 4-6, 2015 in Austin, TX, is “Children: Food and Environment.” This conference will explore the interaction between food and environmental factors that affect children's health, including micro-level factors such as nutrient-mediated microbiome effects and macro-level influences such as contaminants rising from modern food production practices. [more]

Upcoming Healthy People 2020 Webinars
Join Healthy People 2020 for two upcoming spotlight webinars:

  • Healthy People 2020: Prevention and Population Health Education Across the Health Professions Webinar, on Sept. 9 from 1- 2:30 p.m. EST. Join Healthy People 2020 and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research to learn about the role prevention and population health can play in advancing interprofessional education. [more]

Upcoming LCRN Webinars
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, ON, the Tamarack Institute will hostits 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 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 (APHA) 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 theMaternal and Child Health Journal, while Dr. Posner is the editor-in-chief of the Preventing Chronic Disease journal at CDC. [more]

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Child & Adolescent Health

New Report on the Assessment of Title V Workforce Needs
The National Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Workforce Development Center has recently completed an assessment of Title V workforce needs specific to health transformation and the four key focus areas of the Center: Access to Care, Quality Improvement, Systems Integration and Change Management. A variety of data sources were used to inform this report, including AMCHP member surveys, Block Grant applications and key informant interviews with Title V and MCHB staff. [more]

National Partnership for Women and Families Releases Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act
For more than 20 years, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has guaranteed that people who work for employers with 50 or more employees within a certain radius can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in a year to care for new children. Employees and employers often have questions about how the FMLA works and whether adjustments to the law have been made since its passage. [more]

Archive Now Available for New Grantee Orientation Webinar
On Jul. 31, the Division of MCH Workforce Development (DMCHWD) held a New Grantee Orientation Webinar.  The webinar provided an overview of MCHB strategic priorities, DMCHWD within the context of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and MCHB, the current DMCHWD investments and reporting requirements and key deadlines for DMCHWD grantees. [more]

New Knowledge Path on EPSDT and Medicaid at the MCH Library at Georgetown University
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]

Archive Now Available for EnRICH Webinar on MCH and GIS
The archive for the May 2014 EnRICH webinar on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis is now available. This webinar sought to briefly introduce several broad applications of GIS and spatial analysis in MCH research and surveillance; develop a conceptual understanding of what “space” means in MCH research; and link this conceptual understanding with several statistical approaches to the analysis of spatially referenced data. [more]

Women's & infant Health

New Review Article on Infant Nighttime Care 
Translating Research-Based Knowledge about Infant Sleep into Practice summarizes current research and addresses the controversies and conflicting outcomes reported in infant nighttime care. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

Genetics in Primary Care Institute Releases Toolkit on Pediatric Patients with Genetic Conditions
This toolkit for primary care practices provides information and resources on identifying and caring for children and adolescents with genetic conditions. Topics include collecting family health history, identifying clients with suspected genetic conditions and providing appropriate and coordinated care for clients with genetic conditions. [more]

New Resource about Environmental Health in Early Care and Education
Caring for Our Children: Environmental Health in Early Care and Education, developed by AAP, APHA and the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education, is a compilation of best practices for environmentally-healthy early care and education programs. The resource describes a collection of 123 nationally recognized health and safety standards that have the greatest impact on environmental health in early care and education settings. [more]

Child Trends Releases Report on Measuring Students’ Social and Emotional Skills
Measuring Elementary School Students' Social and Emotional Skills: Providing Educators With Tools to Measure and Monitor Social and Emotional Skills and Academic Success contains potential tools to assess and monitor the extent to which organizations are improving low-income students’ social and emotional skills associated with success. [more]

New MCHB Chartbook on Key Indicators of Child Health
The MCHB recently released The Health and Well-Being of Children: A Portrait of States and the Nation 2011-2012. The Chartbook features the latest data from the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children's Health and provides both national and state-level estimates for key indicators of child health and factors that may impact the well-being of children, including medical home access, adequate insurance, family interactions and parental health, school and after-school experiences and neighborhood amenities and safety. [more]

Archive Now Available for AAP Symposium on Child Health, Resilience & Toxic Stress
On Jun. 17, AAP hosted a daylong Symposium on Child Health, Resilience & Toxic Stress in Washington, DC. The event convened federal policymakers, national thought leaders and partner organizations to discuss the emerging science demonstrating the impact of toxic stress on a child's lifelong health. The Symposium also helped create consensus on a broad, implementable vision to strengthen federal policies and funding to address toxic stress and early childhood adversity. [more]



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 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]

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. Anticipated starting date is August 2015. [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. [more]

NIH Obstetric-Fetal Pharmacology Research Centers
Deadline: Sept. 15
The purpose of this FOA is to announce the competition of the Obstetric-Fetal Pharmacology Research Centers (OPRC) - a specialized cooperative multicenter program in the obstetric pharmacology research. The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) proposes to fund a limited number of research centers which will provide an arena for multidisciplinary interactions among basic and clinical scientists interested in establishing high quality translational research programs in the area of obstetric pharmacology. The centers will also serve as national resources for clinical pharmacological research in women during normal and abnormal pregnancies. [more]

NIH Interventions for Youth Who Misuse/Abuse Prescription Stimulant Medications
Deadline: Nov. 13
This FOA solicits U01 applications conducting either hypothesis-driven or hypothesis-generating controlled research to build an evidence base to address the problem of prescription stimulant medication (PSM) misuse in youth. Specifically this FOA solicits research applications that develop and test the efficacy of interventions to either prevent or reduce the misuse and diversion of PSMs among high school students and/or college students. [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]

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