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 Dec. 1, 2015

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Success is about dedication. You may not be where you want to be or do what you want to do when you're on the journey. But you've got to be willing to have vision and foresight that leads you to an incredible end. -- Usher

I've come a long way as a Mom -- my children would be so impressed with my use of an actual Usher quote in Management Minute! Seriously, Usher's words are actually quite poignant and useful in the context of this column as we finish our series of articles on the 2016-2018 AMCHP Strategic Plan. [more]



Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Bill Sent to President
On Nov. 16, the Protecting Our Infants Act passed the House paving the way for the President's signature. This bill would require the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to report on prenatal opioid abuse and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)... [more]

Congressional Caucus on Maternity Care Formed
A new bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Maternity Care was recently formed in the House of Representatives. Spearheaded by Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), the Caucus seeks to raise awareness about important and timely maternity care-related issues, and highlight challenges facing America's maternity care system. [more]

Health Reform Implementation

CMS to Grant $32 Million to Connect Kids to Coverage 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced $32 million in available funds to support state efforts to help eligible children sign-up for health coverage under Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and help them stay covered for as long as they qualify. [more]

CMS Issues New Network Adequacy Regulations 
On Nov. 20, CMS issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for its 2017 Benefit and Payment Parameters (BPP) rule. The NPRM includes a number of network adequacy regulations that are particularly relevant to MCH populations, including the imposition of various continuity-of-care requirements in the federally-facilitated Marketplace. [more]

CMS Issues Clarification on 2016 New Essential Community Provider Payment Notice
On Nov. 20, CMS issued clarification on the final 2016 payment notice for Essential Community Providers (ECP). The clarification states that CMS will not be moving forward with efforts to support further ECP category disaggregation for children's hospitals, rural health clinics, free-standing cancer centers, community mental health centers, and hemophilia treatment centers at this time. [more]



Don't Miss the Final MCH Coffee Twitter Chat: Managing Change -- Dec. 16
Join Brenda Jones, DHSc, RN, MSN, WHNP-BC , hospital field surveyor, The Joint Commission, ( former IL Title V director) on Dec. 16 from 3-4 p.m. EST for a Twitter chat on managing change. Managing change is not an easy task -- especially some of the "moving the needle" efforts currently gearing up in Title V programs! [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]

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]

National Symposium: Designing Systems That Work for Children with Complex Health Care Needs
The Lucile Packard Foundation of Children's Health will be sponsoring a live webcast on Monday, Dec. 7 at 11:30 a.m. EST and Tuesday, Dec 7 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. EST. This webcast will bring together top national experts to consider how to improve the organization and financing of children's health care, particularly with complex conditions. [more]


Congratulations to the recipients of the AMCHP Best Practices Technical Assistance Replication Project: Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Washington State Department of Health (WA DOH).

The Best Practices Technical Assistance Replication Project is part of an AMCHP strategic goal to improve maternal and child health outcomes by sharing effective and promising practices with state and territorial MCH programs. Recipients are awarded $10,000 each to replicate a component of a current Innovation Station practice. This year, both recipients selected the same Innovation Station Emerging practice to replicate the SPAN Parent Leadership Development program. [more]



General & Maternal Child Health

Title V Block Grant State Action Plan Tables Now Posted
The Maternal Child Health Bureau is pleased to announce that the Title V State Action Plan Tables, submitted by the state/jurisdictional Title V programs in their FY 2016 MCH Block Grant Applications/ FY 2014 Annual Reports, are now available. [more]

Women's & Infant Health

Pregnancy in America: How Care Has Changed Since 1915
United Health Foundation's America's Health Rankings,, which measures states' health by looking at a variety of health indicators, released a blog post and infographic detailing the changes in pregnancy-related care since 1915 as part of its America's Health Rankings Public Health Legacy campaign. [more]



  • On Nov. 17-18, AMCHP staff Lori Freeman and Erin Bonzon participated in the March of Dimes Prematurity Prevention Conference 2015 in Crystal City, Virginia. The conference theme was quality improvement, evidence and practice. A primary focus of the conference was describing the roadmap devised to lower the U.S. preterm birth rate from its current 9.6 percent to 5.5 percent by 2030. The interventions of focus include birth spacing and interconception care; group prenatal care; elimination of non-medically indicated early elective deliveries; smoking cessation; access to progesterone shots for women with a previous preterm birth; low-dose aspirin to prevent preeclampsia; vaginal progesterone and cerclage for short cervix; and reduce multiple births conceived through assisted reproductive technology. The March of Dimes proposes to activate the roadmap in 16 high burden and high volume states and Puerto Rico beginning in 2017; and continues to focus on its Prematurity Campaign nationally and globally. During the conference, AMCHP was publicly recognized for its partnership with the March of Dimes, by Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA, former Surgeon General of the United States during the keynote luncheon. AMCHP, along with eight other national partners, comprise the March of Dimes Prematurity Partners. AMCHP also serves on the planning committee for the Prematurity Prevention Conference.



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!


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.

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



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]

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]

For more funding opportunities, click here.


Click here to see the AMCHP MCH Events Calendar.