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 Dec. 15, 2015

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Health Reform Implementation
More Women are Getting Breast Cancer Screenings under Medicaid Expansion
According to a new study by the Radiological Society of America, low-income women living in Medicaid expansion states are more likely to get screened for breast cancer than low-income women living in non-expansion states. Using data from the 2008 and 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and adjusting for age, education, income and race, the analysis showed that low-income women in expansion states had a similar likelihood of being screened to those in non-expansion states in 2008. [more]

Rise in Early Cancer Detection is Linked to Affordable Care Act 
Studies have shown that women with health insurance are far more likely to receive the recommended health screenings that lead to early cancer detection. Starting in 2010, a provision of the Affordable Care Act allowed dependents to stay on their parents' health insurance until age 26, resulting in a substantial drop in the number of uninsured young adults. [more]

Deadline Approaches to Apply for Coverage Beginning Jan. 1, 2016
The third season of open enrollment opened on Nov. 1, 2015. Consumers interested in enrolling in coverage that begins Jan. 1, 2016, must select a plan by Dec. 15. Applications submitted after the Dec. 15 deadline will result in coverage beginning Feb. 1, 2016. Consumers can get connected to coverage through a navigator organization or by visiting or calling 1-800-318-2596. [more]



Register Today for AMCHP 2016! Early Bird Rates End Dec. 18!
Don't miss out on an amazing opportunity to connect and network with more than 800 public health officials who share an interest in maternal and child health. The AMCHP 2016 Annual Conference will be held Jan. 23 to 26, at the Hyatt Regency Washington in Washington, DC. Early-bird registration rates end this week, don't miss out -- Register today!

2016-2018 Developmental Monitoring Within State Systems Grants Request for Applications 
Through funding from the CDC National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, AMCHP will facilitate a competitive award process of up to $20,000 to 12 states or territories over the next two years. The purpose of this grant is to increase parent-engaged developmental monitoring by promoting the adoption and integration of Learn the Signs. Act Early. materials and training resources into programs and statewide systems that serve young children and their families, such as Early Head Start/Head Start, child care, home visiting, WIC, Child Find, health care, etc. [more]

Call for Abstracts: 2016 City MatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference 
CityMatCH invites you to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentation in two tracks: scientific research and data or program and policy issues in maternal and child health.  This is an opportunity to share your successes, research, results, and lessons learned with national and global audiences. The deadline to submit an abstract is Feb. 19, 2016. [more]

HSIP Host-Site Applications Needed 
Health Systems Integration Program (HSIP) is an opportunity for health systems capacity building between public health and clinical care partners. The HSIP fellowship places public health practitioners with a background in epidemiology and informatics at health departments for a one-year program. Fellows have a master's degree or higher with a commitment to working in applied public health. [more]

NACCHO Call for Abstracts 
The 2016 NACCHO Annual Conference theme is "Creating a Culture of Health Equity." The conference provides attendees the opportunity to share the latest research and ideas, network, and test their assumptions about issues and topics that specifically concern their organizations. The deadline to submit an abstract for next year's conference is Friday, Dec. 18 at 11:59 p.m. PST. [more]

Don't Miss Tomorrow's Final MCH Coffee Twitter Chat 
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! Successful collective impact efforts require a few key conditions -- among them a united plan among the many individuals and organizations that impact the issue as well as collaboration among the many key players. [more]

Webinar Series Supporting MCH Block Grant Transformation Implementation 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]



General & Maternal Child Health

Pediatric Medical Home Implementation Resource Tutorials Available for Viewing 
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) created video tutorials describing three popular resources available to assist with implementation of pediatric medical home: the "Building Your Medical Home" online resource guide, the new NCMHI website, and a collection of state-based pediatric medical home resources created in collaboration with the National Academy for State Health Policy. [more]

ASTHO Releases U.S. Affiliated Pacific Island Profile Report 
ASTHO released the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI) Profile Report, which releases data collected from the five territories and freely associated states that responded to the 2012 ASTHO Profile Survey. The first section of the report compares the activities performed by the five responding jurisdictions, while the second section provides a profile of each of the five responding jurisdictions. [more]

America's Health Rankings Annual Report
America's Health Ranking recently published statistics and data from states to investigate what actions public health leaders can take in the future, and how to make their communities and states better. This serves as guide to assist leader on program implementation within their states. [more]

New Data from Pilot Project Looking at Younger Children with ASD
A new CDC report, published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, suggests that progress has been made in identifying children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at younger ages. The earlier children are identified as having ASD, the sooner they can get services they need to help them reach their full potential. [more]

Women & Infant Health

ASTHO Issue Brief Discusses How States are Increasing Access to Progresterone to Prevent Preterm Births 
ASTHO published a new brief which discusses the importance of 17-alpha hydroxyprogesterone caproate, or 17P, in preventing recurrent preterm birth. [more]



  • On Dec. 1, AMCHP staff Erin Bonzon participated in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Conference in Baltimore, MD. This learning event brought together national health care leaders from across CMS, HHS, and other key public and private stakeholder organizations to foster collaboration, share, learn from existing models of success, and provide training and resources required for the implementation of successful healthcare quality improvement efforts across the nation. The CMS Maternal & Infant Health Initiative was highlighted throughout the conference. This initiative collaborates with states to promote coverage of women before and after pregnancy, strengthens technical assistance to enhance provider service delivery, and expands beneficiary engagement in their care through enhanced outreach and partnership with other federal agencies.
  • On Dec. 7, AMCHP staff Erin Bonzon was a panelist on the Lamaze International Roundtable on Childbirth Education. The roundtable brought stakeholders and experts together to discuss the role that evidence-based childbirth education has in supporting initiatives to improve healthy birth outcomes for all women in the United States, such as increasing patient engagement, shared decision making, quality improvements, and cost efficiencies. As a respected stakeholder and voice on maternal and child health issues, AMCHP will continue to work with Lamaze International to improve outcomes for women and their babies.



MCHB Seeks Integrated Services Branch Chief in Division of Services for CSHCN 
As a Supervisory Public Health Analyst, you will lead, direct, and administer the implementation of core programs to facilitate the development of community-based systems of services for children with special health care needs (CSHCN). [more]

Massachusetts Looking for Director of Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention
The Epidemiologist directs the Massachusetts Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention including oversight of the Birth Defects Monitoring Program and Center research and evaluation activities. [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... [more]

Rural Health Network Development Planning Program
Deadline: Jan. 8, 2016
The HRSA 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 health care networks in order to achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve quality of essential health care services; and strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. [more]

Advancing Education Nursuing Traineeship (AENT) Program 
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2016
HRSA is accepting eligible applicants in education programs that provide registered nurses with nurse practitioner and nurse mid-wife education. Such programs may include schools of nursing, nursing centers, academic health centers, state or local governments, and other public or private nonprofit entities authorized by the Secretary to confer degrees to registered nurses for nurse practitioner nurse-midwife education. [more]

Emergency Medicial Services for Children Targeted Issues Program
Deadline: Feb. 29, 2016
HRSA is now accepting applications for the Emergency Medical Services for Children Targeted Issues Program (EMSC). The program works to ensure that critically ill and injured children receive optimal pediatric emergency care. The target goal of the Targeted Issues Program is to support strategies to improve the quality of pediatric care delivered in emergency care settings across the continuum of emergency care through the implementation of pediatric emergency care research and innovative cross cutting projects. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.


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