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 Nov. 3, 2015

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There is no perfect strategic decision. One always has to pay a price. One always has to balance conflicting objectives, conflicting opinions, and conflicting priorities. The best strategic decision is only an approximation -- and a risk. -- Peter Drucker

In this column of Management Minute, we begin to wrap up our work on the strategic planning effort. You may recall that in September, the broader goals of AMCHP were shared, as well as the trends describing significant shifts that are occurring now, and some general assumptions about our future. [more]



Budget Deal Signed into Law
On Nov. 2, President Obama signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which would lift the debt ceiling and raise the budget caps through March 2017. Most notably, this deal would provide equal sequester relief to defense and non-defense discretionary (NDD) spending. This law will increase discretionary spending by $80 billion over two years with offsets coming from a combination of a one-year extension of mandatory spending sequestration, selling oil reserve and airwaves spectrum, and some changes to entitlements to improve program integrity. [more]

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Bill Passes Senate
On Oct. 23, the Protecting Our Infants Act passed the Senate. This bill would require the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to report on prenatal opioid abuse and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS); require the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to review its activities related to prenatal opioid use and NAS and develop a strategy to address gaps in research and programs... [more]

Health Reform Implementation

ACA Helps Bring Child Uninsured Rate Down To New Record Low
According to a new analysis of the 2014 American Community Survey data, the rate of uninsured among children has dropped to a historic low of 6 percent following implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2014. The analysis, published by the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, found that this improvement was widespread with 25 states recording statistically significant declines in the number of uninsured children in 2014. [more]

Lactation Counseling is a Free Preventative Health Service for Women
There have been many lingering questions about coverage of preventive services under the ACA. Several questions involve coverage of lactation counseling. The health law mandates that all non-grandfathered health plans and insurers provide a list of lactation counseling providers within their network; they must cover out-of-network lactation counseling providers without cost sharing if none are available in network. [more]

CMS Releases Marketplace Affordability Snapshot
The next open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace begins on Nov. 1, 2015 for coverage starting on Jan. 1, 2016. According to a new HHS analysis, roughly eight out of 10 returning consumers will be able to buy a plan with premiums less than $100 dollars a month after tax credits; and about seven out of 10 will have a plan available for less than $75 a month. [more]

Open Enrollment 2016-How MCH Leaders Can Get to the Table 
The Health Insurance Marketplace will begin accepting applications for 2016 coverage on Nov. 1, 2015. This application and plan selection period will remain open until Jan. 31, 2016 (Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are open for enrollment year-round). [more]

Planning Grants for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics 
Recently, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), awarded $22.9 million to states in efforts to improve behavioral health in their communities by providing community-based mental health and substance use disorder treatment. [more]



Bridging the Word Gap 
Children from low-income families are exposed to 30 million fewer words than their higher-income peers before the age of three. This is known as the "word gap," a major issuing facing our nation today. This gap in parent/caregiver talk is associated with later disparities in school readiness and academic achievement. [more]

Applications Open for the 2016 Ryan Colburn Award!
Ryan Colburn was an amazing young man with varied interests ranging from singing in a choir to sports (he was an avid Auburn and Atlanta Braves fan and played the outfield in Miracle League Baseball). He touched the hearts and lives of all he came in contact with his contagious personality and unforgettable smile. [more]

MCH Paired Practica Program Summer 2016 -- Seeking Agency Applications 
The National MCH Workforce Development Center, in cooperation with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Howard University, and UCLA will host an MCH Paired Practica Program this summer. Through the program, graduate students will be paired with undergraduate students from Howard University and UCLA to work on projects identified by state Title V programs that relate to health transformation. [more]

National MCH Workforce Development Center Coffee Talk Series -- Don't Miss the Final Presentation! 
This series, hosted by the National MCH Workforce Development Center Change Management, concludes with the final topic -- managing change. The series consists of an archived 20-minute video for AMCHP members to access at their leisure and an AMCHP-hosted Twitter chat on the content shared during the archived video. [more]

Webinar Series to Support Implementation of the 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 announce 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]

Webinar- Neurodevelopmental and Psychosocial Issues in Children with CHD: Expected Not Accepted 
Children with congenital heart defects (CHDs) are living longer, have increased risk of neurodevelopmental and psychosocial issues, and are more likely to receive special education services. Early deficit identification through screening can help children achieve optimal outcomes. [more]

Now Accepting Applications: Emerging MCH Leadership Graduate Student Scholarship
AMCHP and Go Beyond MCH are offering a graduate student scholarship. This scholarship is designed to assist one graduate student per year in furthering their education while sponsoring their attendance at the AMCHP Annual Conference to hone their leadership skills and connect them with existing leaders within MCH. [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]



Women's & Infant Health

National Action Plan to Promote Safe Sleep 
The National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Infant Sleep officially released the National Action Plan to Increase Safe Infant Sleep on a webinar hosted by HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The webinar discussed how the plan was developed, the NAPPSS Coalition Members involved, ways the plan will be implemented, and how their work relates to the plan. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

Health Plan Approaches to Childhood Injury Prevention
Injury is the number one killer of children and teens in the United States. Many of these injuries are preventable through education and low-cost interventions such as childproof locks and safety seats. [more]

Diagnostic Experiences of Children with ADHD
The CDC examined the diagnostic experiences of children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Studies have shown that one in three children were diagnosed before age 6, an age at which there are few diagnostic tools available to support diagnosis. [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!



Health Resources and Services Administration- MCH Research
Deadline: Nov. 6
The R40 MCH Research Program from the Health Resources and Services Administration supports research on critical issues affecting MCH. Research will advance knowledge, and will result in health services improvements. It will strengthen and expand topics addressed by the MCH Block Grant National Performance Priority Areas and populations served. [more]

Improving Timeliness in Newborn Screening
Deadline: Nov. 9
State newborn screening (NBS) programs are encouraged to identify areas to improve timeliness in the NBS system. NewSTEPs 360 aims to support states through technical and financial means to achieve timely reporting of results in 95 percent of newborns that received dried-blood spot (DBS) NBS. [more]

National Centers for Translational Research in Reproduction and Infertility
Deadline: Nov. 12
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), through the Fertility and Infertility Branch (FIB), provides funding for a limited number of research centers in the reproductive sciences. These centers provide an arena for multidisciplinary interactions among basic and clinical scientists interested in establishing high quality translational research programs in the reproductive sciences. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.


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