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 Apr. 7, 2015

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"Torture the data, and it will confess to anything." --Ronald Coase, Economics, Nobel Prize Laureate

In this issue, we're taking a temporary hiatus from our strategic member engagement activities while we continue to work behind the scenes to analyze the inputs and data to date and make sense of using the results to craft our next strategic plan. In a few weeks, we'll circle back and share and summarize what we have learned. [more]



Final Vote on MCH Program Extensions Set for Week of Apr. 13
On Thursday, Mar. 26, House lawmakers passed a bill in a bipartisan vote of 392-37 to end the "sustainable growth rate" used to calculate doctor's payments for Medicare. This bill also includes 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) and Family to Family Health Information Centers (F2Fs), all at current funding levels. [more]

Save the Date for May 5 AMCHP National MCH Policy Update Teleconference
Please 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]

Health Reform Implementation

Dear Colleague Letter, WIC Funding 
On Mar. 23, more than 100 members of Congress signed aDear Colleague letter requesting funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The letter was sent to the House Committee on Appropriations. The letter highlights the importance of this program that supports the health and well-being of low-income women and children. [more]

Well-Woman Visits 
The National Women's Law Center (NWLC) has publishedresources on making the most of the well-woman visit. Following the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the well-woman visit was included in Qualifying Health Plans (QHP) as a preventive service women that is not subject to copayment or coinsurance. [more]

Community Benefit 
The Hilltop Institute has conducted a survey of community benefit laws at the state level "through the lens of the ACA." The state profiles are organized by the community benefit requirements in the ACA. As state policymakers and community stakeholders assess their state's community benefit landscape in the wake of national health reform, the profiles provide a contextual basis for consideration of these policies against those of other states and federal community benefit benchmarks. [more]

State Health Insurance Marketplace Plans & Tobacco Cessation 
A new report by the American Lung Association found that the majority of state marketplace plans do not cover the tobacco cessation medications required by federal guidelines. After the passage of the ACA, QHPs sold on the marketplace were required to cover a set of essential health benefits (EHB). One of the EHBs is the inclusion of preventive services that are given an A or B rating by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). [more]

Pregnancy Coverage & Access 
A few weeks ago, several members of Congress wrote a letter to HHS Sec. Burwell, dated Mar. 12, 2015, expressing the need for a special enrollment period for pregnant women. The members of Congress noted that pregnancy should be considered a qualifying life event that triggers special enrollment, similar to the birth or adoption of a child. [more]

Special Enrollment Period 
As a reminder, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a special enrollment period (SEP) that ends 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]

Affordable Care Act
The ACA, signed into law on Mar. 23, 2010, is approaching its five-year anniversary. HHS recently announced that approximately 16.4 million people have gained insurance since its passage. This is the largest reduction in the uninsured in nearly four decades, according to Sec. Burwell. The reductions are due in large to several provisions of the ACA, including the expansion of Medicaid, allowing young people to stay on their parents insurance until age 26, and affordable health care options through the Health Insurance Marketplace. [more]



Join the NPHW Twitter Chat on Apr. 9
National Public Health Week (NPHW) is Apr. 6-12, bringing together communities across the United States to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. On Apr. 9 from 2-3 p.m. EST, the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) will host a #NPHW Twitter chat with partners... [more]

A Primer on Maternal Levels of Care for MCH Programs 
On Apr. 16 from 1-2:30 p.m. EST, AMCHP will host a 'primer' on levels of maternal care as part of the 'Women's Health Info Series' webinars. Join national experts as they provide an overview of the recently released Obstetric Care Consensus, jointly developed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. [more]

Title V Five-Year Needs Assessment Training Part 4: Strategies for Identifying Priorities
The AMCHP Title V Five-Year Needs Assessment Training Series continues! By now, we're all aware of the transformation of the Title V Block Grant -- are you ready? On Apr. 16 from 3-4 p.m. EST, AMCHP is hosting part 4 of its needs assessment virtual trainings on strategies for identifying state priorities. [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 -- 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 (NCMHI) 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]

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

MCH Navigator Self-Assessment Tool Now Online
The new MCH Navigator online self-assessment tool is now online. This tool helps 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]

Two New Articles on the Block Grant Transformation
The Maternal and Child Health Journal includes two new articles on the Title V MCH Services Block Grant transformation. The first article, "Transformation of the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant," describes the 21-month process to engage input from MCH stakeholders and other national, state and local MCH leaders, families and other partners to improve, innovate, and transform the Title V MCH Services Block Grant. [more]

RWJF Releases 2015 County Health Rankings
The 2015 County Health Rankings examine 30 factors  that influence health -- including adult obesity rates, physical inactivity rates, access to exercise opportunities, and a food environment index that measures both food insecurity and access to healthy food. [more]

New ASTDD Brief on Oral Health National Performance Measures
The measures and the process states use for the application, needs assessment, and reporting for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) block grant has changed. There are numerous opportunities to promote and integrate oral health into a state's MCH needs assessment, Title V application, and Title V reporting. [more]

New Family Involvement Resources on DMCHWD Web Site
Family involvement and leadership is an important component of all programs within DMCHWD. The Division of MCH Workforce Development (DMCHWD) recently added new resources to their new Family Involvement page, highlighting the importance of family involvement and family-centered care within the MCH field. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

New Resource on Applying Life Course to CYSHCN Pediatric Care
The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health recently released Promoting Children's Long-Term Health and Functioning: Applying a Life Course Approach to Pediatric Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs. Life Course Theory, which promotes a life-span approach to an individual's health, is taking hold in adult medicine, but adoption has been slow in pediatric practices. [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. This position supports and assists the HRI team in the development, implementation and evaluation of program activities related to MCH and health reform. [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 closer together... [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. [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... [more]

OAH Pregnancy Assistance Fund Program 
Deadline: May 18 (Letters of Intent Due Apr. 17)
The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) has developed the Pregnancy Assistance Fund grant program to support for expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers and their families in states and tribes. The grant program has many aims, some of which include: improve MCH outcomes, improve pregnancy planning and birth spacing... [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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