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 Mar. 10, 2015

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Supposing is good, but finding out is better. ~ Mark Twain

In the last Management Minute, I promised to share some highlights from what we've learned so far during our strategic planning member engagement process. To be truthful, it's a bit overwhelming. I'm not going to fulfill my promise completely just yet. You gave us much to think about and to use to get organized for the next iterations of our planning. Trust me, you're helping us 'find out' and not just 'suppose.' But, there are some things that are important for you to know now. [more]



National Day of Action Raises Visibility for Home Visiting Program Reauthorization
On Tuesday Mar. 3, AMCHP joined with dozens of stakeholder organizations in coordinated grassroots and social media action calling on Congress to include an extension of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program as part of the upcoming Medicare "doc fix" bill expected to pass by Mar. 31. [more]

Budget Resolutions Expected Soon
Congressional leaders are expected to soon begin crafting Budget Resolutions, which set broad instructions on spending guidelines for FY 2016. While these resolutions often don't include program level detail, they will set the upper limit caps that each appropriations committee is subject to, so in this sense will provide our first early glimpse into how tough of a budget year should be expected. [more]

Health Reform Implementation

Nonprofit Community Health Needs Assessment & Title V 
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires nonprofit hospitals to complete a community health needs assessment (CHNA) every three years effective Mar. 23, 2012. The flexibility of the CHNA process and the requirement to engage a state health official provides an opportunity for collaboration and coordination of efforts with a state Title V needs assessment process. This type of collaboration may help reduce duplication of efforts and activities within a region. [more]

HHS Final Rule: Benefit & Payment Parameters for 2016
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently issued a final notice for benefit and payment parameters. "This rule seeks to improve consumers' experience in the Health Insurance Marketplace and to ensure their coverage options are affordable and accessible. This rule builds on previously issued standards which seek to make high-quality health insurance available to all Americans. The final notice further strengthens transparency, accountability, and the availability of information for consumers about their health plans (CMS 2015)." [more]

King v. Burwell 
On Mar. 4, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) heard oral arguments in the King v. Burwell case. This case hinges on the legality of the advance premium tax credits (the "subsidies"). As written, the ACA states that subsidies will be provided only in states that operate their own exchanges. The Obama Administration argues that the law always intended to make the subsidies available to all, regardless of whether an exchange was state or federally run. [more]

Health Care Coverage: Upcoming Special Enrollment Period and Form 1095-A 
CMS announced a special enrollment period (SEP) from Mar. 15 to Apr. 30, 2015. This enrollment period is "for individuals and families who did not have health coverage in 2014 and are subject to the fee or "shared responsibility payment" when they file their 2014 taxes in states which use the Federally Facilitated Marketplaces (FFM). This special enrollment period will allow those individuals and families who were unaware or didn't understand the implications of this new requirement to enroll in 2015 health insurance coverage through the FFM. [more]



New Opportunity for Title V Agencies and Partners: AYAH-CoIIN
The Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center (AYAH-NRC) is pleased to announce the opportunity for five state MCH programs to participate with key partners in a new Adolescent and Young Adult Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (AYAH CoIIN). [more]

National MCH Workforce Development Center Coffee Talk Series â€" Coffee Talk 1 Video Now Available!
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. For the alternating months, AMCHP will host a Twitter chat on the content shared during the preceding month's archived video. [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. [more]

2015 CSTE Annual Conference Travel Scholarships Available
AMCHP will provide up to $1,635 in travel scholarships for eight attendees to the MCH Symposium, Unleashing the Potential of Clinical Performance Measure for Maternal and Child Health, and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) conference. Applicants should be epidemiology/data analysis personnel from state MCH Title V programs and will be selected on a first come, first serve basis. [more]

How State and Local Health Departments Can Leverage CDC 2015 Tips Campaign
Media campaigns are part of a comprehensive tobacco prevention and control program. However, funding to support media efforts is often limited. During this webinar, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will share information about the 2015 Tips from Former Smokers Campaign, including a sneak peek of the advertisements, and a health department will describe how to leverage the national media campaign in a state or local setting. [more]

Training on Smoking Cessation for Pregnant Women
The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is offering a workshop in Portland, OR the Smoking Cessation and Reduction in Pregnancy Treatment (SCRIPT) program. This one-day workshop, held Apr. 21, is designed to train health professionals to promote, implement and evaluate the SCRIPT program. [more]

Data Collection and Measurement Issues Webinar
On Mar. 16 at 11 a.m. EST, the Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care is hosting a webinar on Data Collection and Measurement Issues as a part of its regularly scheduled Safety Action Series. Dr. Elliott Main and Dr. William Sappenfield will cover the following information... [more]

Upcoming WAPC Annual Conference
The Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC) Annual Statewide Conference brings together state and nationally recognized perinatal experts to address pertinent and emerging perinatal issues. Conference attendees enjoy the benefits of learning from multidisciplinary presenters and colleagues who share a common goal -- healthy women, infants and their families. [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. 11, AMCHP convened a meeting of the MCHB Autism Screening and Referral, Diagnosis, and Services (SARDS) Expert Workgroup. In partnership with MCHB, AMCHP staff Treeby Brown, Yadashe Belay, Maria Murillo, Meredith Pyle, Kate Taft and Maritza Valenzuela participated in the meeting and provided facilitation for sessions. CEO Lori Freeman provided a welcome on behalf of AMCHP. The goal of the workgroup is to provide recommendations for statewide approaches to improving developmental and autism screening, referral and follow-up, and entry into services. Recommendations from the group also will help inform AMCHP work to provide resources on screening, referral, diagnosis and services that are being developed through the State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC).Resources will be shared through the SPHARC website later this spring.
  • On Feb. 18, AMCHP staff Atyya Chaudhry participated in a dialogue about pregnancy and health care coverage. The discussion centered around a newly released report by Young Invincibles that recommends the need for a special enrollment period for pregnant women. The event included expert panelists from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and March of Dimes.
  • On Feb. 25, AMCHP staff Atyya Chaudhry represented AMCHP at a briefing, Standing Up for Women and Families: Key Policy Priorities for Women in 2015, on Capitol Hill. This briefing was attended by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. The conversation centered around several key priorities for women including paid sick days, paid family/medical leave, end to pregnancy discrimination, access to quality and comprehensive health coverage and care, among others.
  • On Feb. 28-Mar. 3, AMCHP staff Andria Cornell, Piia Hanson, and Megan Phillippi participated in sessions at the 16th Annual National Healthy Start Conference in Washington, DC. This year's conference theme was "Babies, Families, and Communities: Moving from Volume to Value" and sessions focused on the national shift toward a focus on population health and the role of community based programs such as Healthy Start in engaging families in vulnerable communities. AMCHP staff attended sessions aligned with AMCHP priorities including male involvement, addressing social determinants of health and health disparities, and safe sleep promotion. 



DMCHWD Looking for Summer Interns
The Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development (DMCHWD) is seeking intern(s) for Summer 2015. The internship is an unpaid practicum experience for graduate students in good standing at schools of public health or other health-related coursework or training programs in the United States. Students must be enrolled at least half-time in a graduate program (as verified by the student's institution of higher learning). The internship will be located in Rockville, Maryland and is Metro accessible. [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!



NIH Patient Safety in the Context of Perinatal, Neonatal and Pediatric Care
Deadlines: Mar. 16 
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. 16 
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. 16 
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]

CDC Research Grants for Preventing Violence and Violence Related Injury
Deadline: Mar. 16
The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) is soliciting investigator-initiated research that will help expand and advance knowledge in three areas: 1) how best to disseminate, implement, and translate evidence-based primary prevention strategies, programs, and policies designed to reduce youth violence... [more]

MCH Autism Intervention Research Network on Behavioral Health (AIR-B Network) 
Deadline: Apr. 21
This cooperative agreement will support an interdisciplinary, multicenter research forum for scientific collaboration and infrastructure building, which will provide national leadership in research designed to improve the behavioral, mental, social, and/or cognitive health and well-being of children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. [more]

MCH Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P Network)
Deadline: Apr. 21
This agreement supports an interdisciplinary, multicenter research forum for scientific collaboration and infrastructure building, which will provide national leadership in research designed to improve the physical health and well-being of children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental disabilities. Physical health may include, but is not limited to, medical, dental, visual, nutrition and speech/hearing components. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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