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 Sept. 8. 2014

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"Undertake something that is difficult; it will do you good. Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow." - Ronald E. Osborn

It's the often dreaded performance planning and appraisal time at AMCHP as I write this Management Minute.

I never quite understood why so many supervisors and staff alike abhor the thought of conducting performance reviews. And, this dislike seems prevalent no matter what the organization, its current well-being, culture or management practices. Aside from the fact that the process can consume some time, there is no time better spent in my opinion. Taking a breather periodically to conscientiously think about the myriad of past accomplishments and to seriously consider and address ongoing challenges is HELPFUL. Planning for the future to build on past accomplishments and to address ongoing or new challenges is CATHARTIC. It provides direction, a sense of purpose. Yes, we are all in the driver seat and do have some control over what happens next and what does not.

The quote in this Management Minute is something that I truly live by and hope to instill in others with whom I work. I hope you will consider it for yourself and those with whom you work closely.

Is it scary undertaking extremely difficult tasks that sometimes you do not feel equipped to handle? You bet! I have spent many days and nights over the years thinking to myself "what in the world did you get yourself into here...lady you are out of your league." In moments of self-doubt, my survival instinct kicks in and thoughts quickly move from questioning to action. Do you learn something new each time you shrug off that security blanket to explore a new potential area of achievement? Always. Is it always about the outcome? Rarely. The benefit and value often resides in the journey itself and the learning opportunities along the way. [more]



AMCHP Comments on MCH Transformation
AMCHP submitted comments on Aug. 26 to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the (MCHB) commending them for their leadership and providing feedback on efforts to transform the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant.[more]

Update on FY 2015 Federal Funding
Congress is returning to Washington, DC this week after an extended August recess, and action on FY 2015 federal funding is expected to be a top priority. Current indications are that Congress is likely to pass a largely clean continuing resolution (CR) that will provide flat funding for most federal programs into mid-December. [more]



Nominate Your Peers for a 2015 AMCHP Award 
AMCHP recognizes leadership in maternal and child health (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 [more]

2014-2015 AMCHP Best Practices Replication Technical Assistance Project: Request for Applications 
As part of an overall strategic goal to improve MCH outcomes by sharing effective and promising practices with state and territorial MCH programs, AMCHP is pleased to provide a third round of replication stipends to foster connections between states interested in replication or adaptation of a current emerging, promising or best practice in Innovation Station. [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]

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. The policy, regulatory and future research implications will be explored. [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. Participants will learn how to access resources for developing curricula and collaborative learning experiences to improve prevention and population health education across various health professions. [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. [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. [more]

Collective Impact Summit 
On Oct. 6-10 in Toronto, ON, the Tamarack Institute will hostits 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. [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 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 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]



General Maternal & Child Health

New Oral Health Pocket Guide for Health Professionals 
This Pocket Guide, produced by the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, is designed to help health professionals implement specific oral health guidelines during pregnancy and postpartum, infancy, early childhood, middle childhood and adolescence. [more]

TEDMED Live Streaming and On Demand
TEDMED is the operated health and medicine edition of the world-famous TED conference, dedicated to "ideas worth spreading." TEDMED seeks to host an inclusive global dialog among all cultures and walks of life to create a "big picture" for science, health and medicine. It's the first step toward inspiring breakthrough thinking and insights for the health of our planet's 7 billion people. [more]

Need to learn more about Access to Care? Visit the MCH Navigator's New Training Spotlight 
This Spotlight focuses on promising practices and pressing issues that will support MCH professionals facilitate greater health care access for all and remain on course for a healthier tomorrow. These trainings support the National MCH Workforce Development Center as it offers state and territorial Title V leaders training, collaborative learning, coaching and consultation in implementing health reform in four core areas: access to care, quality improvement, systems integration and furthering change management that will lead health transformation for MCH populations. [more]

Women's & Infant Health

Best Practices Guide for Implementation of Newborn Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding in Electronic Health Records
This guide, produced by the United States Breastfeeding Committee, provides an overview of the factors, programs and regulations supporting exclusive breast milk feeding data documentation, measurement and reporting in electronic health records (EHRs) during the birth of a newborn. The guide is designed for software designers, analysts, developers and implementers, as well as clinicians implementing standards-based EHRs. [more]

National Quality Forum Produces Publication on Early Elective Delivery
This document, Playbook for the Successful Elimination of Early Elective Deliveries, provides guidance on and strategies for reducing rates of early elective delivery (EED). Topics include the current landscape for eliminating EED, barriers to reducing EED and strategies to overcome them, challenges and barriers to monitoring performance and progress toward eliminating EED, key strategies to promote readiness for EED activities and measurement guidance. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

Back to School Toolkit 
This toolkit from the Coalition for Healthier Schools provides resources on indoor environmental quality and children's health and ways to improve the school environment. The toolkit includes information on buying healthy products, what to look for on a school tour, an indoor air quality and pest management checklist, information on best practices and regulations, a green cleaning checklist and related research and federal resources. [more]

NAHIC Publication on Adolescent Health Programs
The new National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center (NAHIC) publication, A Guide to Evidence-Based Programs for Adolescent Health Programs, Tools, and More, provides an annotated list of resources for identifying evidence-based practices, and will assist communities and practitioners in locating effective interventions. [more]

New GHSA Report on Traffic Safety for Teens
This Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report,Distracted & Dangerous: Helping States Keep Teens Focused on the Road, looks at nearly two dozen state policy, enforcement and education initiatives to help keep teen drivers' focus off their smartphones and on the road. GHSA worked with a panel of teen driver experts to identify the featured programs, which were submitted through a survey of State Highway Safety Offices. [more]

NCHS Releases National and State Patterns of Teen Births in the United States, 1940-2013
This report by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) presents trends from 1940 through 2013 in national birth rates for adolescents, with particular focus on births to adolescents ages 15-19 and for the period since 1991. The percent changes in rates for 1991-2012 and for 2007-2012 are presented for the United States and for states. Preliminary data for 2013 are shown where available. Contents include tabular and graphical descriptions of the trends in adolescent birth rates by age group, race, and Hispanic origin. [more].



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. 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. [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. [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!



  • On Aug. 28, AMCHP staff Caroline Stampfel presented information on the Life Course Indicators as a Hot Topic in Public Health to the new class of Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists Applied Epidemiology Fellows. Fellows are placed in state and territorial health departments for two years to gain experience in applied epidemiology. There are six fellows from this class placed in MCH programs. [more]



NIH Obstetric-Fetal Pharmacology Research Centers
Deadline: Sept. 15
The purpose of this announcement 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 also will serve as national resources for clinical pharmacological research in women during normal and abnormal pregnancies. [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 AAP. 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]

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]

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]

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]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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