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 Apr. 21, 2015

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Welcome to a new feature of Member Briefs. As your president, I have the privilege to be able to work with an outstanding group of board members. These volunteer leaders were elected by you to provide for the care and future direction of AMCHP.

I want to use the space on this and future editions of Member Briefs to introduce you to your AMCHP Board of Directors. [more]



Save the Date: May 5 AMCHP National MCH Policy Update Teleconference
Mark your calendars now for a May 5 teleconference from 2:30-4 p.m. EST. AMCHP will provide an analysis of MCH program reauthorizations; updates and next steps for the budget and appropriations process; and current topics related to the ACA, including the upcoming expected decision in the King v. Burwell case. [more]

In Case You Missed It -- MCH Program Extensions Becomes Law
On Apr. 14, the U.S. Senate passed legislation to repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) for doctors providing Medicare services. The bill also provides a two-year extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program; the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP); Community Health Centers (CHCs); and Family to Family Health Information Centers (F2Fs) -- all at current funding levels. [more]

Health Reform Implementation

U.S. Supreme Court Cases
Young V. UPS: In late March 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) sent the case back to a lower court (4th Circuit Court of Appeals) to provide Peggy Young another opportunity to prove she was discriminated against under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The case involves a former UPS driver, Peggy Young, who sued UPS for pregnancy discrimination when she was denied accommodations during her pregnancy to preserve her health. [more]

Special Enrollment Period (SEP)
This is a friendly reminder that the SEP ends on 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 that use the federally facilitated marketplaces (FFM). [more]

Understanding Health Insurance & Benefits
Many individuals may be gaining access to health insurance for the first time. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) developed tools and resources in their initiative, from Coverage to Care, that helps people understand their benefits and connects them to primary and preventive care. Gaining coverage is the first step, understanding how to utilize that coverage comes after. [more]



Are you a Next Generation MCH Professional (age 45 or <)? Are you interested in helping shape AMCHP membership efforts related to your peer group? Join us in the virtual world by participating in the AMCHP Next Generation MCH Professionals Open Calls! 
The next generation of MCH professionals can be characterized as a "force to be reckoned with" based on the numbers alone -- by the end of 2014, half of the employees in the world will be those born after 1980. Understanding what motivates or drives the behavior of this segment of the MCH workforce, then, is of critical importance and AMCHP wants to know... [more]

Now Available: Application to participate in the National MCH Workforce Development Center Training -- Cohorts 3 and 4
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. [more]

MCH PHLI Recognized by Leadership 500 Excellence Award Committee
Congratulations to the Maternal and Child Health Public Health Leadership Institute (MCH PHLI) at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, named a top-15 educational program by the 2015 Leadership 500 Excellence Award committee. [more]

National MCH Workforce Development Center Coffee Talk Series -- Check Out the Coffee Talk 2 Video! 
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]

Beyond Practice: Fostering Diverse Partnerships for Successful Care Coordination
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation is hosting the second webinar in a three-part series focusing on implementation and evaluation of pediatric care coordination on Apr. 22 from 11 a.m. to noon CST. [more]

Upcoming Webinar on Comprehensive Care and Development for Children with ASD/DD
As part of its Autism Awareness Month activities, the State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) will host a webinar that highlights programs to improve ASD/DD screening, early identification and evaluation services. The webinar will take place on Apr. 28 from 1-2 p.m. EST ... [more]

PHIT 2015 Scholarships Now Available
The annual Public Health Improvement Training (PHIT) on Jun. 9-10, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana, will provide hands-on training workshops and networking opportunities for public health practitioners to be able to initiate and apply performance improvement skills. PHIT partial scholarship applications are now being accepted through Apr. 30 based on financial need.  [more]

Does Your Hospital Need Help Improving Its Breastfeeding Rates?
The National Institute for Children's Health Quality Improving Performance on Breastfeeding Measures group coaching program provides hospitals direction on how to hardwire change to improve perinatal care. Topics include breastfeeding & supplementation policies, measurement and using data to drive change. [more]

Don't Miss the CSTE Annual Conference
The 2015 Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Annual Conference in Boston will span from Jun. 14-18 with 240 sessions on emerging topics. In addition to the wide array of rapid-fire, breakout, and plenary sessions, you'll have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities. [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!



General Maternal & Child Health

Mobilize Your City, County or State Around Responsible Fatherhood
Father absence affects every aspect of community health and causes poor outcomes for children in the areas of education, mental and physical health, relationships, and more. Mobilizing a community around fatherhood gets at the heart of the matter of father absence, and creates fundamental change for the future. [more]

Women's & Infant Health

New AMCHP Resource: Preconception Issue Brief 
AMCHP developed an issue brief focusing on preconception health and health care. Despite improvements in the past few decades, infant and maternal deaths remain high in the United States. Preconception health and health care provide an opportunity to care for the health of a woman before she becomes pregnant in efforts to improve birth outcomes for mother and child. [more]

ZERO TO THREE Policy Brief on Innovative Infant-Toddler State Policies
ZERO TO THREE has revised and re-released the 2009 publication A Place to Get Started: Innovation in Infant and Toddler State Policies. As public awareness of the importance of the earliest years grows, states are considering many possible ways to improve and better coordinate services for infants and toddlers and their families. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

CDC Releases a New Vital Signs Report on Preventing Teen Pregnancy
According to the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vital Signs report, teen births continue to decline in the United States, but still more than 273,000 infants were born to teens ages 15 to 19 in 2013. Childbearing during the teen years can carry health, economic, and social costs for mothers and their children. [more]

New Publication from the National Evaluation of the CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grant Program
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality published the 11th Evaluation Highlight from the CMS-funded CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grant Program, now available on the national evaluation website under "What We Learned." [more]



  • On April 2, AMCHP staff Erin Bonzon and Sharron Corle facilitated a dialogue with the Louisiana Title V Five Year Needs Assessment Strategic Advisory Group. Data from the Louisiana needs assessment efforts as well as an internal capacity assessment was presented and discussed. The workgroup engaged in consensus building and priority needs selection activities around each of the six MCH population health domains.



AMCHP Recruiting for Grants & Contracts Administrator
The grants & contracts administrator joins the AMCHP finance team and reports to the senior accountant. This position will perform the full range of duties associated with all aspects of internal reporting associated with grants and programs; serve as the primary financial liaison with program staff and will assist program staff and development efforts with financial information and calculation needs. [more]

AMCHP Seeks Senior Program Manager for Adolescent Health
This position supports the child and adolescent health team in the development, implementation and evaluation of program activities related to adolescent health; assumes the lead for specific projects within the AMCHP adolescent health portfolio; and develops and maintains partnerships with relevant federal agencies and other national organizations, coalitions and groups concerned with adolescent health. [more]

AMCHP Accepting Applications for Program Associate, Health Reform Implementation
The program associate, health reform implementation (HRI) 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. [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!



Aetna Foundation Launches 2015 GoLocal: Cultivating Healthy Communities Grants Program 
In recent years, the Aetna Foundation has placed increased emphasis on supporting local programs that improve access to locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables in underserved communities. Beyond bringing a richer array of nutritious foods to people, these programs by nature bring communities... [more]

NPHPRC for Children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder or Tourette Syndrome
Deadline: May 11
The purpose of the National Public Health Practice and Resource Centers (NPHPRC) on Health for Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Tourette syndrome (TS) is to fund centers that have the capacity to develop and provide health promotion programs and health communication and education resources for both professionals and the public regarding ADHD or TS. [more]

CDC Teen Pregnancy & Vulnerable Populations
Deadline: May 15
The CDC has announced the availability of funding to work with publicly funded health centers to reduce teen pregnancy among youth from vulnerable populations. The grant program is a five year initiative with the following aims: 1) enhance publicly funded health center capacity to provide youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services and 2) increase the number of youth accessing sexual and reproductive health services... [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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