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 Jan. 6, 2015

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A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Happy New Year! This year marks the year when AMCHP officially conducts its long term planning and we welcome you to continue to engage in meaningful dialogue around our future. As our pre-planning efforts continue, many of you have already taken an opportunity to comment via email and SharePoint. Please continue to do so! We want to capture, catch, arrest, grab, snag, draw, attract, gain, win, hold, grip, captivate, engross, absorb, and occupy your interest and attention in AMCHP’s future. [m​ore]



Outreach and Enrollment
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced that since Nov. 15, 2014 nearly 6.4 consumers "selected a plan in the Federally Facilitated Marketplace or were automatically re-enrolled, with approximately 30 percent of this total comprised of people newly signing up for Marketplace coverage." [more]

King v. Burwell
The US Supreme Court will hear the case on Mar. 4; decision is expected in June. At issue is the legality of the advance premium tax credits (the "subsides"). As written, the Affordable Care Act states that subsidies will be provided only in states that operate their own exchanges. The Obama administration argues that the law always intended to make the subsidies available to all, regardless of whether an exchange was state- or federally run.  [more]

Anti-ACA Legislation in 114th Congress

Repealing the medical device tax 
The ACA includes a 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices. The provision took effect in 2013 and is projected to raise $20 billion between FY 2013 and 2019. The tax has been politically contentious since the ACA took effect. [more]

Repealing the employer mandate
Certain members of Congress are working on legislation to repeal the employer mandate. The ACA requires that firms with 100 or more full-time equivalent employees (FTE) insure at least 70 percent of their full-time workers by 2015, and 95 percent by 2016. [more]

Redefining F-T employment
In an effort support broader employer-based health coverage, the ACA includes a provision that classifies a full-time worker as one who works 30 hours per week. [more]

Medicaid Expansion
The ACA Medicaid expansion is gaining traction in states that have traditionally opposed the legislation. Republican governors in Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, North Carolina and Tennessee are attempting to persuade their legislators to accept federal funding, while Democratic governors in Montana and Pennsylvania will work with Republican-controlled legislatures in a similar vein. [more]

Report: Non-medically Indicated Deliveries Paid by Medicaid
A recent study published in Health Affairs shows that “Nearly 9 percent of the births covered by Medicaid -- or about 160,000 each year    -- were elective deliveries before 39 weeks of gestation, which lead to worse health outcomes for mothers and children and higher costs." [more]

Medicaid payment bump
The ACA provision for a two-year Medicaid primary care payment increase expired on Dec. 31, 2014. The elimination of the payment bump comes at a time of dramatic increase in Medicaid enrollment nationally. [more]



Raising of America: Strengthening Public Health and Community Partnerships to Reduce Disparities in Child Health & Development 
The Raising of America is a documentary series and multimedia initiative that will launch in early 2015 that will reframe the way we look at early child health and development. The documentary, by the producers of UNNATURAL CAUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?,explores how a strong start for all our kids leads not only to better individual life courses (learning, earning and physical and mental health) but also to a healthier, safer, better educated, more prosperous and more equitable America. [more

Special Training on the CDC Maternal Mortality Review Data System at AMCHP Annual Conference
Though maternal death reviews have been in place for over a century, and almost half the states in the United States have a maternal mortality review process, there has never been a standardized data system available to support essential review functions. Join AMCHP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday, Jan. 23 for a two-part training on a new data system developed by CDC personnel that supports centralized analysis and leverages standard data sources for maternal death reviews. Content of the Maternal Mortality Review Data System (MMRDS) was originally developed based on decades of work by the CDC Division of Reproductive Health. The MMRDS standardizes information collected by maternal death reviews and defines a core set of information that all users collect; all in a free software package (Epi Info 7) with strong user support and which is easily adapted by reviews. [more]

Now Available: Application to Participate in the National MCH Workforce Development Center’s Cohort 2 Training
The National MCH Workforce Development Center offers a range of trainings, tools and resources to strengthen MCH workforce capacity to lead through health transformation. The Center offers training in four key areas: access to care, quality improvement, systems integration and change management. State/territory Title V agencies/MCH programs and their partners will have the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and tools in the four key areas and apply them to a current health transformation project of interest. [more

Upcoming CSN Webinar on Injury-related Hospital Admissions Among Children
This Children's Safety Network (CSN) webinar, taking place on Jan. 14 at 3 - 4:30 p.m. EST, will provide information about the proposed new Title V MCH Services Block Grant National Performance Measure (NPM) #7 on reducing injury-related hospital admissions among children and adolescents ages zero through 19, a key measure in improving the health and safety of children and adolescents across the United States. The webinar, “Reducing Injury-Related Hospital Admissions among Children and Adolescents Ages 0-19: The Role of the New Title V MCH Block Grant National Performance Measure on Injury,” will explain the burden of injury-related hospitalizations; introduce the new Title V Performance Measure framework with a focus on NPM-7 and associated National Outcome Measures; provide an overview of specific resources designed to support states that select NPM-7; share CSN resources for understanding the burden of injury-related hospitalizations in your state; and explain how to identify effective strategies for keeping infants, children and adolescents safe. [more]

National Child Health Policy Conference 
Register today for the AcademyHealth 2015 National Child Health Policy Conference (CHPC), being held on Feb. 11 in Washington, DC. The CHPC will feature sessions that highlight the key policy priorities for child health in the evolving health care systems on the federal, state and local levels. Sessions will cover timely policy initiatives for child health while addressing relevant evidence to bridge gaps in child health services research. Speakers will put policy issues and priorities into context specifically for child health experts. With more than 300 attendees and a discussion-focused format, the CHPC offers unique opportunities to gain access to child health policy stakeholders and build your professional network. [more]

Call for Applications: Training Course in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), CDC and CityMatCH are offering a Training Course in MCH Epidemiology on Jun. 1-5 in Baltimore, MD, as part of their ongoing effort to enhance the analytic capacity of state and local health agencies. The training course is an intensive program, combining lectures, discussion, hands-on exercises and opportunities for individualized technical assistance. Content for the 2015 course will include: needs assessment; target setting for performance measurement; program evaluation; statistical and epidemiologic methods: from descriptive statistics to multivariable modeling; and presenting data: linking high quality analysis to reporting. A brief series of webinars prior to the training will set the stage for the onsite training. [more

For more ways to get involved, click here.

General Maternal & Child Health

New NACCHO Report on Local Health Department Capacity Building
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) undertook a multiyear demonstration project in partnership with CityMatCH and AMCHP, to respond to funding cuts and depreciations in the local health department (LHD) workforce by building LHD technical knowledge and leadership capacity to meet the needs of the women, children, youth and families in their communities. The project includes blended learning techniques including in-person capacity building trainings and virtual coaching, networking and peer-to-peer sharing. [more]

NACCHO Releases National Assessment on Disability Awareness in Local Health Departments 
National Assessment of the Knowledge, Awareness, and Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Local Health Departments' Public Health Practices, a new NACCHO research brief, analyzes a survey of LHDs conducted to explore and better understand the ways they include people with disabilities in their programs, products and services. A total of 159 LHDs nationwide completed the survey. [more]

New Affordable Care Act Fact Sheets for Families 
Created by the National Center for Medical Home Implementation and the Catalyst Center, these four fact sheets highlight provisions of the Affordable Care Act which benefit children and youth with special health care needs. Each fact sheet is written in plain language, making the content easy to read and understand. [more]

New Report on Federal Government Hiring of People with Disabilities 
More than 18 percent of U.S. federal government employees hired during FY 2013 were people with disabilities, according to the Report on the Employment of Individuals with Disabilities in the Federal Executive Branch for Fiscal Year 2013 from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. This marks a 1.9 percent increase over FY 2012, and the highest rate of federal hiring of people with disabilities since 1981. [more]

New Family Planning 2020 Progress Report
At the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, leaders from around the world committed to expanding contraceptive access to an additional 120 million women and girls in the world’s 69 poorest countries by the year 2020. Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) is the movement that carries this global effort forward. [more]

Women's & Infant Health

New CDC Data Brief on Maternal and Infant Health Indicators 
Births in the United States, 2013 presents 2013 final birth data on several key demographic and maternal and infant health indicators. Trends in the number of births, general fertility rates, age-specific birth rates and cesarean delivery rates by race and Hispanic origin, as well as trends in preterm births by state and trends in twin births are explored, with special focus on the most current period, 2012-2013. A previous report presented 2013 preliminary data on selected topics. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

Children’s Safety Network Releases Report on Traumatic Brain Injury
Innovative Practices in Traumatic Brain Injury Preventionhighlights efforts to increase collaboration among state injury and violence prevention programs, state MCH programs and others working on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and to promote best practices in the prevention, assessment and management of TBI. The document describes how a year-long community of practice comprising 15 state teams used monthly webinars, a listserv, a web page and state-specific team meetings to meet TBI prevention goals. [more]


CDC Emergency Response and Recovery Branch Accepting Applications for Sexual and Reproductive Health Fellowship
A fellowship opportunity is currently available with the Operational Research & Program Effectiveness Team (ORPET) in the Emergency Response and Recovery Branch (ERRB) of the Center for Global Health (CGH) at the CDC. This project focuses on building CDC capacity for sexual and reproductive health (SRH) programs. The selected participant will develop and support projects that integrate SRH in complex humanitarian emergencies, including material, neonatal, child health and gender-based violence. Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will learn a variety of skills related to the design and analysis of scientific studies in support of: Surveillance, Research and Evaluation; Data Collection and Analyses; and Program Support. [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!


AHA Grants Available to Help Prevent Childhood Obesity 
The American Heart Association (AHA) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have announced the availability of several grant opportunities through the Voices for Healthy Kids program. The program aims to engage, organize and mobilize people to improve the health of their communities and reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. The grants are available in the following priority areas: smart school foods, healthy drinks, marketing matters, active places and active kids out of school. [more]   

Healthy Eating Research Call for Proposals to Fight Childhood Obesity 
Deadline: Jan. 7
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Eating Research Program has issued a new call for proposals. "Healthy Eating Research Special Solicitation" focuses on childhood obesity prevention, especially among the minority groups at highest risk. Obesity prevention efforts are focused in two settings: Healthy Food Retail and Early Care and Education. Approximately $425,000 will be awarded in total. [more]

HRSA National Coordinating Center for the Regional Genetic Service Collaboratives
Deadline: Feb. 2
This program was established to enhance, improve and expand access to quality genetic services over the lifespan, in keeping with the statutory authority Title V, Section 501(a)(2) which requires that HRSA provide for genetic disease testing, counseling and information development and dissemination programs.  The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement for the NCC is to: 1) develop a framework for a national network of regional genetic centers that will serve as a shared resource for providers and patients in each region, assuring that all individuals have access to the same high quality genetic services regardless of where they live; 2) support and coordinate the work of Regional Genetic Service Collaboratives (RCs) and disseminate national collaborative activities that address the infrastructure needs of public health genetic services in each state; and 3) provide a national genetics education and consumer network. [more]

NIH Understanding Infancy and Early Childhood Factors That Influence Obesity
Deadline: Feb. 5
Institutions/organizations should propose to characterize or identify factors in early childhood that may increase or mitigate risk for weight gain and fill risk for development of obesity in children research gaps. Studies should propose research in young children and may also assess factors relevant to families of them. [more]

HRSA Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship Program (NAT)
Deadline: Feb. 26
The purpose of the NAT Program is to provide traineeship support for licensed registered nurses enrolled as full-time students in an anesthesia program.  Traineeships will pay full or partial costs of the tuition, fees, books/e-Books and the reasonable living expenses of the individual trainee during the period for which the traineeship is provided.  NAT funds are awarded to institutions. Complete applications will be submitted via Applicants must provide a brief Work Plan in the Project Narrative. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.


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