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On Sept. 18, the U.S. Senate approved a Continuing Resolution (CR) that provides ongoing funding for all federal programs including the Title V Maternal & Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant through Dec. 11, 2014.  The bill was previously approved by the House and is expected to be signed shortly by President Obama.  This stop-gap measure is necessary because Congress has not passed any regular appropriations bills prior to the upcoming Oct. 1 start of FY 2015. This bill also includes $88 million in new funding to address the Ebola outbreak in Africa, which necessitated a .06 percent across the board cut to stay within pre-established budget caps.  Our initial analysis shows this will reduce the Title V MCH Block Grant by approximately $350,000, but we will need confirmation and timing logistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Budget office. [more]



Are your peers innovative and outstanding leaders? Nominate them for a 2015 AMCHP award!MB_Sept_22_14_clip_image002.gif
AMCHP recognizes leadership in MCH 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

For more information and the nomination guidelines for these awards, click here.

Please note: All awards use the same nomination form, but a separate form must be submitted per nominee, per award.

Family Engagement Survey Coming this fall!
Families are a critical part of Title V programs.  AMCHP, with support from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), wants to know more about how state Title V programs, both MCH and children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), are involving families in the work of Title V. [more]

Upcoming Healthy People 2020 Webinars
Join Healthy People 2020 for the upcoming spotlight webinar,Healthy People 2020: Promoting and Measuring Well-Being and Health-Related Quality of Life Webinar, on Sept. 25 from 12:30-2 p.m. EST. Health-related quality of life and well-being (HRQOL/WB) is a multidimensional concept that includes domains related to physical, mental, emotional and social functioning. Since people are living longer than ever before, this view helps us to move beyond the narrow and traditional perspective of death and illness measurements of population health to focus on the impact that health status has on quality of life. [more]

Global Health & Innovation Annual Conference 
The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world's largest global health conference and social entrepreneurship conference. This thought-leading conference annually convenes 2,200 leaders, changemakers, students, and professionals from all fields of global health, international development and social entrepreneurship. The 2015 conference will take place Mar. 28-29, 2015 at Yale University in New Haven, CT. [more]

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

  • Using the New England Family Study (NEFS) to Conduct Life Course Analyses, on Oct. 23 from 9-10 a.m. PST. This webinar features Stephen Buka, ScD, presenting on the New England Family Study (NEFS), a 50-year, three-generation longitudinal study of 17,000 infants born in New England in the 1960s. The NEFS is aimed at identifying obstetric and genetic risk factors for neuropsychiatric and other medical disorders with developmental origins, including schizophrenia, bipolar and major affective disorders, substance use, learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and cardiovascular disease. [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 at the 142nd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) in New Orleans, LA, this course willhelp 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 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 the Preventing Chronic Disease journal at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). [more]

Congratulations Family Leaders! 
For more than 15 years, AMCHP has been developing family leaders in the Family Scholars Program. We congratulate and welcome the 2014-2015 cohort of the Family Scholars Program! Scholars and Mentors will participate in 10 months of leadership activities that provide knowledge, tools and resources to enhance their development as family leaders, and to promote policies, programs and systems at the national, state and/or local-level that address important issues impacting the health and well-being of women, children and families, including CYSHCN. [more]



General Maternal & Child Health

Epi Info Web Survey 
The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), in partnership with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is launching Epi Info Web Survey, a survey system that allows the survey designer to collect information from participants over the internet. The ability to distribute and collect surveys remotely is unique to Epi Info 7 and provides survey designers access to a wide variety and number of participants. Participants access the web survey and submit their responses through a web browser or mobile device. [more]

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Publishes 10th Evaluation Highlight 
This Highlight from the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) Quality Demonstration Grant Program, focuses on the roles of North Carolina and Pennsylvania in the evolution of the children’s electronic health record (EHR) format. Both states are using CHIPRA quality demonstration grant funds to test how well the format’s requirements support the provision of primary care to children and how readily the requirements can be incorporated into existing EHRs. [more]

Study Finds MRSA on Common Household Surfaces
Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, found methicillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureus (MRSA) on household surfaces in 46 percent of homes where children had a culture-positive active or recent community-associated MRSA infection. [more].

Women's & Infant Health

National Academy for State Health Policy Releases Prenatal Fact Sheets
This series of fact sheets showcase state policies and programs in four states -- California, Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington -- that support improvement in early entry into prenatal care. The fact sheets also highlight how federally qualified health centers in these states are leveraging the state policies and programs to promote early entry into prenatal care as part of a patient-centered medical home.  [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

New Guide to Evidence-Based Programs for Adolescent Health
This guide for health professionals and communities, released by the Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center, contains an annotated list of resources and accompanying tools for implementing evidence-based adolescent health programs. A Guide to Evidence-Based Programs for Adolescent Health: Programs, Tools, and More, defines evidence-based programs, explains how they are used and identifies limitations of existing programs. [more]

Study Published on Substance Abuse Among High School Seniors
Social Context of Substance Use Among U.S. High School Seniors: A Multicohort National Study aimed to determine the social contexts associated with the past-year substance use (multiple substances, alcohol, marijuana and nonmedical use of prescription opioids, stimulants and tranquilizers) among U.S. high school seniors.Using a secondary analysis of nationally representative survey data from 10 cohorts (2002-2011) of the Monitoring the Future study, researchers found that the social contexts associated with the past-year substance use varied considerably based on the substance used. [more]

New MCH Library Knowledge Path about Adolescent Girls and Women with Mental Health 
This knowledge path aims to bridge the public health and mental health information needs of professionals on approaches to promoting optimal health and wellness for women of childbearing age who experience a mental, emotional or behavioral health condition. The resource covers topics relevant to health promotion and disease prevention for all women, and specifically for women with mental and behavioral health disorders. [more]

New Guide for Strengthening EPSDT and Children's Health Insurance Programs 
This guide, Making Connections: Strategies for Strengthening Care Coordination in the Medicaid Benefit for Children and Adolescents, presents proven strategies for strengthening care coordination to increase the effective use of services covered by Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) and Children's Health Insurance Programs. The guide, produced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, describes four strategies that have been implemented by multiple states and have produced outcomes demonstrating the value of improved care coordination. [more]

CDC Releases Guides for School Health Plan
School Health Index: A Self-Assessment and Planning Guideprovides step-by-step instructions for creating a school health improvement plan. The guides are designed to help communities identify the strengths and weaknesses of school policies and programs for promoting health and safety; develop an action plan for improving student health and safety; and involve teachers, parents, students, and other community members in improving school policies, programs and services. [more]



  • On Sept. 18, AMCHP staff Brent Ewig participated in a briefing at the Urban Institute entitled, How Our Current Budget Priorities Are Shaping Our Children’s Future. The event included the release of Kids Share 2013: Federal Expenditures on Children in 2012 and Future Projections, a seventh annual report, looks comprehensively at federal spending and taxes on children. One of the key findings presented is that over the next decade, outlays on children are projected to decline from 10 percent to eight percent of the federal budget.  To learn more about the Kids' Share project and its findings, please visit the webpage here.
  • ​On Sept. 12, AMCHP policy team members Brent Ewig and Amy Haddad participated in a quarterly strategy meeting on promoting the Prevention Fund convened by the Trust for America’s Health.



AMCHP Seeks 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. [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. This position reports to the associate director, MCH leadership development and capacity building. [more]

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Opens Search Injury Prevention and Adolescent Health Program Manager
This position evaluates work procedures and plans the development and modification of data, policies and procedures for state and federal programs with respect to injury prevention and adolescent health. Responsibilities include working collaboratively with state and federal experts to develop and adapt program initiatives relative to injury prevention and adolescent health, based on best practices supported by research; preparing and reviewing grants and contracting for the delivery of required services including, but not limited to the CDC Rape Prevention and Education Grant and appropriate sections of the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant, Title V MCH Services Block Grant, etc.; and preparing progress reports relative to the above grants and other grants as required; reviewing and presenting injury prevention and adolescent health reports for use by administrators for decision-making and policy development and seeking additional funds to support injury prevention and adolescent program objectives and goals. [more]

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Seeks Family Planning Program Specialist
The family planning program specialist ensures effective state family planning program operations through management of federal and state funding or grants, supervision of staff, evaluation of work procedures and the development and modification of policies, data, procedures and guidelines for the state program. This position works in collaboration with other MCH professionals to ensure coordination of women's health activities, programs and planning. [more]

Oklahoma State Department of Health Seeks Preventive Medical Consultant (Social Work Coordinator) 
This position serves as the Public Health Social Work coordinator and SIDS/Infant Safe Sleep coordinator. Primary responsibilities include coordination of public health social work and outreach services and administration of the Infant Safe Sleep/SIDS Program. Primary responsibilities include coordination of public health social work and outreach services and administration of the Infant Safe Sleep/SIDS Program. [more]

North Carolina Accepting Applications for Women and Children's Health Section Chief
This position provides leadership, medical consultation and direction, overall guidance for policy, planning and accountability for the Section and the programs located within the Section. The position provides development and implementation of appropriate statewide health policy on issues related to women’s and children’s health issues; development of programs and initiatives with local health departments, nonprofits, the business and faith communities to address women’s and children’s health issues; accountability for contracted deliverables, funds spent and improved outcomes in communities; medical direction and consultation to Section programs, all 85 local health departments, related agencies and Section staff; statewide medical and public health leadership outside the Division of Public Health to physicians and other health professionals and their related organizations’ leadership within the Division of Public Health; and representation for the State Health Director when requested. [more]

Ohio State University Opens Search for Disability Health Program Policy Analyst
Ohio State University is seeking a disability health program policy analyst to collaborate in the development of policy initiatives and to fulfill the goals of The Ohio Disability and Health Program at The Ohio State University Nisonger Center and the Ohio Department of Health. [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!



Reducing Disparities in Breastfeeding through Peer and Professional Lactation Support Project
Deadline: Oct. 10
With support from the CDC, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is pleased to offer a funding opportunity for local health departments (LHDs) and community-based public, private, non-profit or faith-based organizations to provide peer and professional lactation support to African American and underserved (e.g. ethnic minority group or low-income) women and infants. The purpose of this project is to increase implementation of evidence-based and innovative breastfeeding programs, practices, and services at the community level, specifically focused on peer and professional lactation support to breastfeeding mothers in predominantly African American communities; and to develop and maintain public health partnerships critical to building community support for breastfeeding. NACCHO will make at least 70 awards available to LHDs, community-based public, private, non-profit, or faith-based organizations, and lactation support providers for a 2-year breastfeeding project. [more]

Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program
Deadline: Oct. 14
The Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP) is a cooperative agreement between MCHB and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Federal grants of $50,000 per year for up to five years are awarded through the program to support community-based child health projects that improve the health status of mothers, infants, children and adolescents. The goal of this program is to promote access to health care for children, youth and their families nationwide and employ preventive health strategies through innovative community driven programs. [more]

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Part C Early Intervention Services (EIS)
Deadline: Oct. 15
The purpose of the RWHAP Part C EIS Program is to provide HIV primary care in the outpatient setting. Funds will support outpatient HIV primary care services targeted to low-income, vulnerable, medically underserved people living with HIV/AIDS including women, infants, children and youth. [more]

MIECHV Competitive Grants
Deadline: Oct. 17
Competitive Grants provide funds to eligible entities that are states and certain territories that continue to make significant progress under the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program toward implementing a high-quality home visiting program as part of a comprehensive, high-quality early childhood system and are ready and able to take effective programs to scale to address unmet need. [more]

National Maternal and Child Health Data Resource Center Cooperative Agreement Program
Deadline: Oct. 28
The purpose of the National MCH Data Resource Center (DRC) Cooperative Agreement Program is to support a diverse population of stakeholders in the valid and standardized use of national, state, and community level data as it relates to the health of women, children and families.  This cooperative agreement program will support the maintenance and expansion of a DRC that highlights, describes, and facilitates access to publicly available data with a focus on increasing access to and timely utilization of MCH data among state and local governments and non-governmental organizations, including HRSA grantees. [more]

MIECHV Formula Grant Program
Deadline: Nov. 3
This program was established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to continue the delivery of voluntary early childhood home visiting program services in response to a statewide needs assessment. This program is being undertaken as part of the shared commitment of HRSA and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to comprehensive family services, coordinated and comprehensive voluntary statewide home visiting programs, and effective implementation of high-quality evidence-based practices. [more]

Partnership for State Title V MCH Leadership Community Cooperative Agreement
Deadline: Nov. 3
The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to support an organization focusing on MCH to improve public health programs and the delivery of MCH services and assure optimal alignment with the transformed Title V MCH Services Block Grant program.  The awardee will support efforts of state Title V MCH programs, led by state MCH and children with special health care needs (CSHCN) directors, to improve the health of all mothers and children by assisting States in developing, implementing and sustaining public health programs and a comprehensive system of care for the delivery of MCH services that are well aligned with the transformed Title V MCH Services Block Grant. [more]

National Technical Resource Center for Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention (Center) 
Deadline: Nov. 10
The purpose of the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) program is to utilize specifically targeted and measurable interventions to increase the number of infants who are followed up for rescreening, referral and intervention after having not passed a physiologic newborn screening examination prior to discharge from the newborn nursery. The focus of the Center will be to provide to state Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs training and technical assistance for planning, policy development, implementing innovations and quality improvement methodology to reduce their loss to follow-up rate/loss to documentation (LTF/D), i.e. the number of infants who do not receive timely and appropriate screening follow-up and coordinated interventions.  [more]

Reducing Loss to Follow-up after Failure to Pass Newborn Hearing Screening
Deadline: Nov. 10
HRSA is soliciting applications for the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program. This announcement solicits proposals for reducing the loss to follow-up of infants who have not passed a physiologic newborn hearing screening examination prior to discharge from the newborn nursery by utilizing specifically targeted and measurable interventions.  [more]

Strengthen Evidence Base for Maternal and Child Health Programs Cooperative Agreement
Deadline: Nov. 10
The purpose of this program is to provide support and resources to assist state Title V MCH programs in developing evidence-based or evidence-informed State Action Plans as well as in responding to the National Outcome Measures, National Performance Measures, State Performance Measures and state-initiated Structural/Process Measures.  [more]

NIH Interventions for Youth Who Misuse/Abuse Prescription Stimulant Medications
Deadline: Nov. 13
This National Insititues of Health (NIH) announcement 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 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]

Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program
Deadline: Nov. 14
Outreach Program is a community-based program targeted to improve outreach and service delivery in local and regional rural communities.  [more]

NIH Initiative to Maximize Research Education in Genomics Diversity Action Plan
Deadline: Sept. 6, 2016
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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