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 Feb. 11, 2015

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AMCHP Hill Day Recap and Next Steps
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Hill Day and Congressional Reception in conjunction with the AMCHP annual conference! We were honored to be joined by five senators and representatives, most notably our honorees Sens. Grassley (R-IA) and Menendez (D-NJ). We've gotten some great feedback and welcome your suggestions on how we can improve our Hill days in the future. [more]

President's FY 2016 Budget Released
On Feb. 2, Pres. Obama released his FY 2016 budget. In case you missed it, here is the AMCHP legislative alert highlighting some key programs including a proposal to level fund the Title V MCH Services Block Grant at $637 million. The next step is for Congress to release its own budget resolution and subsequent appropriations bills, though that process is likely to take several months. [more]

ACE Kids Act Reintroduced
The Advancing Care for Exceptional (ACE) Kids Act of 2015 (HR 546/S 298) was reintroduced in late January in both the House and the Senate. This legislation aims to improve care coordination for children with medical complexity on Medicaid by creating coordinated care networks across state lines anchored in children's hospitals. [more]

Health Reform Implementation

Open Enrollment 
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 9.5 million consumers are signed up for health insurance through the Marketplace. Continue being a champion for open enrollment! Open enrollment runs through Feb. 15. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has developed a research-based, consumer-focused website to help direct individuals and families to health care coverage options. [more]

2014 Annual Report on the Quality of Care for Children in Medicaid and CHIP
HHS released their annual report exploring several domains and activities in efforts of achieving a high quality system of care for children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health insurance Program (CHIP). [more]

Breastfeeding Support 
Dr. Nancy Lee, Director at the Office of Women's Health, wrote a helpful blog post on tips to support nursing moms and introduced a new website on breastfeeding and employer solutions. This website has lots of helpful information and resources. [more]

New Reports on Loss of CHIP Coverage 
Two new reports focus on children in Arizona who lost CHIP coverage. The reports focused on the impacts of the cuts on families and lessons learned for the future. [more]

Indiana Medicaid Expansion 
Indiana has joined 27 states and the District of Columbia in expanding Medicaid under the ACA. The expansion could bring coverage to approximately 350,000 uninsured individuals in the state. Enrollment began immediately after federal approval of the expansion plan for coverage beginning Feb. 1. [more]



AMCHP 2015 Presentations and Recordings Now Available
Thank you to all who joined us in Washington, DC for another exciting and informative AMCHP Annual Conference. To access presentations and handouts from session, click here(use the event code amchp). All presentations that were submitted are loaded in the session descriptions. To access recordings of select AMCHP 2015 sessions, click here. [more]

Upcoming Obesity/Overweight and Preconception Health Webinar
AMCHP is partnering with the National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative and the National Association of Chronic Disease directors to present a webinar entitledObesity/Overweight and Preconception Health Part 2: Resources and Strategies for Change on Feb. 18, from 1-2:30 p.m. EST. [more]

National MCH Workforce Development Center Coffee Talk Series 
This series will be hosted by the National MCH Workforce Development Center Change Management core on three pertinent topics benefiting the Title V workforce. The series will consist of three archived 20-minute videos for AMCHP members to access bi-monthly at their leisure. [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]

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. [more]

Leveraging Public Health & Primary Care Collaborations to Promote Flu Immunizations in Pregnant Women 
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is convening a webinar Feb. 18, from 3-4 p.m. EST to share best practices and useful resources for state health department and healthcare provider partnerships to promote flu immunizations in pregnant women. [more]

Upcoming Webinar on Integrating Community Health Workers
Staterefor(u)m under the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is hosting a webinar on Feb. 23 at 1:30 p.m. EST entitled Integrating Community Health Worker Models into Evolving State Health Care Systems. As states transform their health systems many are turning to community health workers (CHWs) to tackle some of the most challenging aspects of health improvement, such as facilitating care coordination, enhancing access to community-based services, and addressing social determinants of health. [more]

New Webinar on Building Support for an Equal Opportunity Childhood
Health Equity and Well-Being from the Start: Building Support for an Equal Opportunity Childhood, will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26 from 2-3:30 p.m. EST. The webinar will begin with the introduction of a framework that can be used to explore the relationships between social and economic contexts and inequitable health outcomes. [more



General Maternal & Child Health

AMCHP Guide for Senior Managers Now Available!
The guide is organized into chapters dedicated to the "big picture," or the theoretical framework on maternal and child health in Title V programs as well as information on the day-to-day operational aspects of Title V programs. Many new Title V (MCH and CYSHCN) directors refer to this resource as their "go to" document for their first six months on the job.[more]

Needs Assessment Trainings Archives Now Available!
Did you miss one of the AMCHP Title V five year needs assessment trainings? If so, don't worry, all archives and resources are available on the AMCHP website. Please be on the lookout for our fourth training in the series in March around selecting state priorities. To assist states or jurisdictions in preparing their assessments AMCHP designed a series of virtual trainings to provide guidance on the needs assessment process. [more]

New MCH Navigator Self-Assessment Tool
The MCH Navigator has developed a new online self-assessment tool to support the Title V workforce in the states and the MCH community broadly. This new tool help identify your strengths and learning needs in the 12 MCH Leadership Competencies, matches your learning needs to appropriate trainings, and provides a customized learning plan to track your progress over time and guide you, your staff, and/or department in professional development activities. [more]

Building Your Medical Home: An Introduction to Pediatric Primary Care Transformation
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation presents a new resource that provides direction, resources, and tools to pediatric medical home clinicians and practices seeking to advance their knowledge and understanding of the medical home concept as it relates to practice transformation. The resource provides resources and strategies for starting medical home transformation, integrating key functions of a medical home into practice, and sustaining changes. [more]

Women's and Infant Health

New CDC Resource on the Impact of Disasters on Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Infants
To promote consistency in the study of the impact of natural and manmade disasters on pregnant and postpartum women and infants, the CDC Division of Reproductive Health (DRH) Emergency Preparedness and Response Program recently released a list of common post-disaster epidemiologic indicators. [more]

AMCHP is seeking submissions of emerging, promising and best practices in maternal and child health from all states and territories on child health. Do you have a program that fits?

You'll have a chance to:

  • Share successes with your peers
  • Enhance the MCH field
  • Contribute to program replication
  • Get expert feedback from the Review Panel
  • Receive national recognition

The online submission process is simple and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, contactKi'Yonna Jones at (202) 266-3049 or

You can also click here to refer an innovative MCH program that we should know about!



  • On Feb. 3, AMCHP staff Andria Cornell presented opportunities for clinical and public health partnerships to improve maternal health outcomes at the "Putting the M Back in Maternal-Fetal Medicine" special session hosted in conjunction with the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Annual Meeting. Among the presentations provided, panel members described opportunities to advance review of maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity and sustain maternal quality collaboratives (with examples from California, North Carolina, and Illinois). Ms. Cornell's comments focused on raising awareness of the Title V MCH Services Block Grant and the spirit of its recent transformation, as well as key findings and insights from the AMCHP Every Mother Initiative and the maternal health compendium currently under development.



AMCHP Seeks Analyst for Adolescent Health
The analyst for adolescent health, child and adolescent health (CAH) is a member of the program team and contributes to the advancement of maternal and child health outcomes by performing a variety of planning and program implementation, research and evaluation projects related to the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center (AYAH-NRC). General responsibilities include contributing to the development, implementation and evaluation of program activities related to advancing the health and well-being of adolescents and young adults (ages 10-24), collaboration with AYAH-NRC partners, AMCHP members and staff; serving as a liaison to federal project officers; and project promotion. [more]

AMCHP Accepting Applications for Program Associate, Women's and Infant Health
The program associate, women's and infant health (WIH) is a member of the program team and contributes to the advancement of MCH programs by performing a variety of planning and program implementation, research and evaluation projects. This position supports and assists the WIH team in the development, implementation and evaluation of program activities related to MCH and women's and infant health. This position also contributes to the collection of state best practices (Innovation Station), newsletter development, and implementation of communication strategies (MS SharePoint, listserv, social media). [more]

Kansas Department of Health & Environment Seeks Advanced Epidemiologist
This position serves as team leader in assessment and monitoring of maternal and child health issues to identify and address problems and for priority setting, planning and policy development particularly for the Medicaid population. Develops frameworks, methodologies, and tools for standardized MCH data. Implements population-specific accountability for MCH components of data systems. Leads the development and conduct of epidemiological studies for program planning or to address important and practical MCH public health problems. [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!



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. [more]

MCHB Children's Safety Network Program
Deadline: Mar. 2 
The purpose of this cooperative agreement program is to reduce fatal and serious injuries among infants, children and youth by 100,000 over the next three years by increasing the adoption of effective child safety interventions at the national, state and local levels. [more]

NIH Patient Safety in the Context of Perinatal, Neonatal and Pediatric Care
Deadlines: Mar. 5 (R01) and Mar. 16 (R21, R03)
A wide range of collaborative research projects related to patient safety in the context of perinatal, neonatal and pediatric care both in routine hospital settings and in the intensive care units related to: The epidemiology of various domains of medical errors and consequent patient harm; Assessing the factors at various levels that contribute to such errors; and Intervention strategies at individual, systems, and institutional levels to help reduce and eliminate medical errors is encouraged. [more]

NIH Pregnancy in Women with Disabilities
Deadline: Mar. 5 (R01) and Mar. 16 (R21)
Grant applications should propose to investigate the incidence, course, and outcomes of pregnancy among women with disabilities. Areas of interest also include studies to inform counseling and strategies for addressing barriers to prenatal care, and management of pregnancy, the puerperium, and the transition to parenthood in order to optimize outcomes for women with physical, intellectual and developmental, and/or sensory disabilities and their families.[more]

NIH Studies in Neonatal and Pediatric Resuscitation
Deadlines: Mar. 5 (R01) and Mar. 16 (R21, R03)
Grant applications should propose to stimulate research on a wide range of topics related to neonatal and pediatric resuscitation. It is anticipated that the results from well-conducted studies will enable translation of knowledge into evidence-based resuscitation practices ensuring optimal short- and long-term outcomes for all newborn infants and children. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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