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 Nov. 17, 2015

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These volunteer leaders have been elected by you to provide for the care and future direction of AMCHP. This information is meant to provide you with a resource for a new MCH connection, a better understanding of the role of board members, or simply to pique your interest in the work of your peers.

This month, we have the privilege of introducing you to Heather Smith and Mary Ellen Cunningham, both of whom currently serve on the AMCHP Board of Directors. [more]



Health Reform Implementation

Montana Becomes 30th State to Expand Medicaid
On Nov. 2, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved waivers requested by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock as part of the states proposed Medicaid expansion. "This agreement will bring much needed access to healthcare coverage to more than 70,000 low-income Montanans", U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sec. Sylvia Mathews Burwell said in a statement. [more]

2017 Essential Health Benefit Benchmark Plans Selected 
The Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight(CCIIO) recently released the list of 2017 Essential Health Benefit (EHB) benchmark plans for each state and the District of Columbia. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires non-grandfathered health plans in the individual and small group markets to cover essential health benefits, most of which are pertinent to MCH populations throughout the life course. [more]

Supreme Court to Hear More ACA Contraception Cases 
On Nov. 6, the Supreme Court of the United States announced that it would hear another challenge to the Affordable Care Actbirth control benefit. In June of 2014, the Court ruled in favor of closely-held corporations (defined as five or fewer shareholders owning more that 50 percent of the stock), arguing that these employers cannot be required to pay for contraception for their female employees if doing so violates their religious beliefs. [more]

CDC Releases Report on HPV Vaccination Coverage among Female Adolescents
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States, with a reported 79 million persons aged 15-59 years currently infected with HPV. HPV vaccination is an effective primary prevention strategy that can reduce many of the HPV infections that lead to cancer, and is routinely recommended for adolescents aged 11-12 years. [more]



New Webinar Series to Support Implementation of the MCH Block Grant Transformation Taking Action with Evidence: Implementation Roadmaps
AMCHP and the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Strengthen the Evidence Base for MCH are pleased to host a series of webinars to support your next phase of action -- selecting evidence-based or -informed strategies and developing your state-initiated Evidence-based or -informed Strategy Measures (ESMs) that will impact your state selected Title V population-based National Performance Measures (NPMs). [more]

Cultural Humility: Shifting the Care Paradigm 
The National Association of County and City Health Officials will host a webinar on Thursday, Nov. 19 2-3:30 p.m. EST. The webinar will introduce the concept of cultural humility as an approach to support pregnant and postpartum mothers. The webinar will address the need for providers to develop analytic skills that are sensitive to the unique experiences of each mother served. [more]

GSEP Proposal System is Now Open 
The HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau is now accepting submissions for a summer project proposal for the upcoming 2016 Graduate Student Epidemiology Program. The GSEP offers graduate students a unique opportunity to apply their classroom skills to real-world data projects, offering state and local agencies valuable technical assistance as they work to enhance their information systems capacity. [more]

Building Family Engagement Capacity: We need you! 
AMCHP is in the process of re-designing our family engagement Web page into an expanded Web portal for family engagement and we need your help! The Web portal, which was designed based on requests, review and feedback from family leaders and Title V staff, will include new tabs for important information on family leadership, Family Delegates, state information and tools and resources. [more]



General & Maternal Child Health

The Practical Playbook: Public Health and Primary Care
The textbook, The Practical Playbook: Public Health and Primary Care is now available for purchase on Amazon. The Practical Playbook acts as a bridge between primary care and public health by offering professionals in both fields a roadmap for collaboration. It draws on experiences of both public health and primary care professionals to enhance their efforts to improve population health and provide guidance in navigating common pitfalls. [more]

7 Steps to Starting a Successful Fatherhood Program 
The National Fatherhood Initiative presents a free ebook that details the seven steps that are needed in order to establish a successful fatherhood program. Topics discussed in the ebook include assessing the friendliness of the fatherhood program; focusing efforts on the type of fathers the program will serve; selecting the right resources and programs; funding the program; and how to sustain the program. [more]

Women & Infant Health

Born Too Soon: Conversations with Leading Prematurity Experts 
United Health Foundation's America's Health Rankings, which measures states' health by looking at a variety of health indicators, released a Part one of a two-part series of conversations with leading prematurity experts as part of America's Health Rankings Public Health Legacy campaign. [more]


AMCHP is seeking submissions of emerging, promising and best practices in MCH from all states and territories on adolescent/young adult health. Do you have a program that fits?

Submit your innovation today! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To qualify for the best practices fall review please submit your emerging, promising and best practices by Sept. 16.

For more information, contact Ki'Yonna Jones at (202) 266-3049 or visit You can also click hereto refer an innovative MCH program that we should know about!



AMCHP Recruiting Policy Team Intern
AMCHP is seeking a student intern for the fall/winter 2015-2016 semester. The intern will work with the policy team on a variety of projects and initiatives. Potential projects include, but are not limited to: support the policy team in development of and editing written materials, compile information from members related to policy priorities, track member activities related to health reform implementation, and perform related work as assigned. [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 Oct. 21-22, AMCHP staff Treeby Brown and NASHP partner Karen VanLandeghem presented on state use and implementation of the National Standards for Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs at the Systems Integration Academy during the annual NASHP conference.
  • On Oct. 29-30, AMCHP staff Erin Bonzon, Caroline Stampfel, Krista Granger, Megan Phillippi and Temi Makinde attended the convening of 11 state grantees of the Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Quality Improvement Initiative at an in-person meeting in Arlington, VA. Grantees had the opportunity to participate in quality improvement activities, share about the activities that are happening in their states, and hear from various speakers. AMCHP staff provided meeting logistics and facilitation support around quality improvement topics pertinent to state teams moving forward on their work to reduce the prevalence of oral disease in pregnant women and infants through improved access to quality oral health care including preventive services, restorative treatment, and education.
  • On Nov. 2-3, AMCHP staff Treeby Brown, Erin Bonzon, Andria Cornell, Megan Phillippi and Jen Farfalla attended and presented at the annual American Public Health Association meeting. Erin Bonzon presented on AMCHP breastfeeding work at the Martha May Eliot Forum: Collective Impact from Grassroots to Treetops: Building Local, State, and National Programs to Reduce Disparities in Breastfeeding and the work of the Robert Wood Johnson funded AMCHP Birth Outcomes Collaborative at an Improving Pregnancy Outcomes session; Erin Bonzon and Andria Cornell presented the AMCHP Health for Every Mother resource guide and AMCHP work with building state maternal mortality review capacity on at a Perinatal and Women's Health session; Megan Phillippi led a round table session on state opportunities to promote breastfeeding through Title V and the Affordable Care Act; Treeby Brown presented a poster highlighting the National Standards for Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and state use of the Standards; and Jen Farfalla presented a poster highlighting initiatives in Kansas to improve birth outcomes and reduce infant mortality through implementation of recommendations in the Birth Outcomes compendium.



Advances in Neonatal Care Through the Years

This America's Health Rankings infographic the advances that have been made since the late 1800s through today. To learn more and view the full inforgraphic, click here.



Guidelines for Women's Preventative Services 
Deadline: Jan. 4, 2016
HRSA presents this opportunity to improve adult women's health across the lifespan by engaging a coalition of health professional organizations to recommend updates to the HRSA-supported Women's Preventative Services. The aims of this project is to establish a process for developing and regularly recommend updates to the guidelines for women's preventative services; obtain participation by health professional organizations on developing recommended guidelines for women's preventative services; review and synthesize existing guidelines for women's preventative services; and disseminate HRSA-supported comprehensive guidelines for use in clinical practice. [more]

Rural Health Network Development Planning Program
Deadline: Jan. 8, 2016
The HRSA's Network Planning program purpose is to assist in the development of an integrated healthcare network, if the network participants do not have a history of formal collaborative efforts. The Network Planning Program promotes the planning and development of healthcare networks in order to achieve efficiencies... [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.


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