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 Feb. 24, 2015

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For any movement to gain momentum, it must start with a small action. This action becomes multiplied by the masses, and is made tangible when leadership changes course due to the weight of the movement's voice. 
~ Adam Braun

This quote speaks to me because I have felt so energized and invigorated recently -- by attending our amazing annual conference and being part of the incredible energy and positivity emanating from our members and partners and by the lively participation and engagement of AMCHP members in our strategic planning conversations. I have felt empowered by the voices of all of you, individually and collectively, and the sheer force of the momentum felt. [more]



Speaking of Sequestration...
AMCHP is a member of the Coalition for Health Funding, which has joined forces with an even broader coalition called NDD United (NDD stands for Non-Defense Discretionary programs). We recently joined on to a letter signed by more than 2,100 national, state and local organizations to Congress and the president urging them to work together to replace sequestration with a balanced approach to deficit reduction. The letter emphasizes 1) the importance of NDD programs, 2) the harmful effects of budget cuts to date, and 3) the equal importance of both defense and nondefense programs in America's security at home and abroad, and thus the need for equal sequestration relief. [more]

Appropriations Season is Underway
Following release of the president's budget proposal on Feb. 2, AMCHP has turned its full attention to Capitol Hill to make our case with Congress for increased funding of the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant. Between now and the end of March, AMCHP will be conducting meetings with the staff of all key health appropriators and other MCH champions in support of our request for $639 million for FY 2016. [more]

Save the Date -- National Day of ACTION Supporting MIECHV Extension on Mar. 3
AMCHP continues to play a leadership role in a broad coalition of national organizations supporting the extension of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, which is again facing a Mar. 31 deadline for reauthorization. We will be joining forces through this coalition to mobilize action on Mar. 3 to raise visibility of this critical program and reach policymakers with messages on why an expeditious extension is needed. [more]

Health Reform Implementation

New Report on Informed Decision Making & Health Insurance 
The National Partnership for Women & Families recently released a report, Supporting Informed Decision-Making in the Health Insurance Marketplace: A Progress Report, identifying how marketplace websites can better assist consumers in making informed decisions about health care plans. The report is consumer-informed and highlights four key areas of marketplace websites that are important for consumer decision making including enhanced anonymous browsing; direct access to key plan features; useful plan display and availability of consumer tools; and easy website navigation and links for assistance. [more]

Open Enrollment 
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the second year of open enrollment closed with approximately 11.4 million consumers selecting plans or being automatically re-enrolled in existing plans. While open enrollment on the marketplace closed on Feb. 15, enrollment for Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is open year-round. [more]

Pregnancy and Healthcare Coverage
A new report by Young Invincibles, Without Maternity Coverage: The Need for Special Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplaces during Pregnancy, recommends that pregnancy be included as a qualifying life event eligible for a special enrollment period in the marketplace. The report stresses the importance of maternity care throughout pregnancy, identifies health insurance plans that may not include maternity coverage, and discusses policy implications and recommendations for a special enrollment period. [more]

Legislation to Extend CHIP for four years 
Last week, bills were introduced in the Senate (S. 522) and House (H.R. 919) to extend CHIP funding through 2019. Millions of children depend on CHIP for health care coverage. In the words of the American Academy of Pediatrics, "CHIP was designed with children in mind. In fact, CHIP finances health insurance for more than 8 million U.S. children in working families. Since its bipartisan beginning 17 years ago, the program has worked together with Medicaid to cut the child uninsurance rate in half, offering children timely access to high-quality, affordable health insurance. [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 sessions, 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. Didn't make it to AMCHP 2015? Check out highlights on AMCHP TV. [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]

Upcoming Infant Mortality CoIIN Learning Session
The Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) is a platform designed to accelerate improvement in priority strategy areas through collaborative learning, quality improvement and innovation, and to drive forward our common agenda of ensuring every child reaches his or her first birthday and beyond. Learning Sessions are designed to bring states together to learn from experts and colleagues through plenary sessions, interactive small group meetings, and team time. The Safe Sleep Learning Session, will be held on Feb. 25-26 from 12-5 p.m. EST. [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]

EMPower Breastfeeding Initiative Hospital Recruitment Webinars, from CDC and the EMPower Team
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched EMPower Breastfeeding: Enhancing Maternity Practices (EMPower), a three-year hospital-based quality improvement initiative focusing on maternity practices. Developed in partnership with Abt Associates, Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, Center for Public Health Quality, and Baby-Friendly USA, EMPower is designed to support 100 hospitals in the achievement of Baby-Friendly USA designation. [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 Guide to Public Health Careers Available
Public health professionals are involved in everything from identifying diseases to creating public policy to helping refugees integrate into new communities. According to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), there are 10 common areas of study for those entering the field. These areas can lead to careers such as health educators and community outreach workers, but the health department is not the only place hiring public health majors. [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. 10 AMCHP director of policy Brent Ewig was invited to give a guest lecture to the MCH Policy Analysis class at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University. Focusing on the history, current challenges and opportunities with the Title V MCH Services Block Grant program, it was a wonderful opportunity to expose students to potential careers in state or federal MCH programs.



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]

Texas Seeks Public Health Nurse
The Public Health Nurse Ill oversees MCH programs for the state and performs advanced nursing activities in a consultative, advisory, educational, and administrative capacity for the Office of Title V & Family Health under the general direction of the Director. Responsibilities include planning, implementing, and evaluating activities; such as, managing and overseeing sensitive and confidential mortality and morbidity record reviews and management and oversight of the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force as described by Senate Bill 495, 83'd Legislature, Regular Session, 2013. [more]

DC Opens Bureau Chief of Child Adolescent and School Health Position
The Child Adolescent and School Health Bureau (CASHB) is responsible for planning, promoting and coordinating a state based system of comprehensive health services for parents, children of all ages, including children with special health care needs, and families in both the public and private sector. The incumbent works under the general supervision of the supervisory medical officer (SMO) for the Community Health Administration [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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