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 May 19, 2015

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As mentioned in the April Board Corner, these volunteer leaders have been elected by you to provide for the care and future direction of AMCHP. This information is meant to provide you with a resource for a new MCH connection, a better understanding of the board member roles, or simply to peak your interest in the work of your peers.

This month, we have the privilege of introducing you to two additional AMCHP leaders that currently serve on the AMCHP Board of Directors: Valerie Ricker and Michael Warren. For more information about Valerie and Michael, please visit AMCHP Board Member biographies here. [more]



AMCHP Policy Call Recording Available
In case you missed it, a recording of the May 5 AMCHP all member MCH policy update teleconference is posted here.

Congress Passes Final Budget Resolution
In early May, Congress finalized a concurrent resolution on the FY 2016 budget that was worked out by a House-Senate conference committee. The resolution calls for repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as well as deep cuts in Medicaid, and "domestic discretionary" programs, including most health and education programs funded through the appropriations process. [more]

Health Reform Implementation

Marketplace Navigators 
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the federal grant opportunity for Navigators for the third year of open enrollment. This grant is for Navigators in federally facilitated or state-partnership marketplaces. [more]

Essential Health Benefits 
Several organizations are monitoring the implementation of health reform provisions. Recently, we reported on the findings from an American Lung Association on the varying availability of tobacco cessation medications in marketplace plans. In addition, the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) has been monitoring and reporting on health plan violations in the ACA, especially as they pertain to women's health. [more]

Montana Medicaid Expansion
Recently, Montana Governor Steve Bullock, signed a bill extending health care coverage to thousands of individuals. This bill, known as the HELP Act, not only expands Medicaid but also assists Medicaid recipients in finding work and developing job skills. [more]

Community Health Center Grant Opportunity 
Earlier this month, HHS announced ACA funding for new community health centers. According to HHS Secretary Burwell, there is "approximately $101 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 164 new health center sites in 33 states and two U.S. territories for the delivery of comprehensive primary health care services in communities that need them most..." [more]

Connecting Kids to Coverage 
The Connecting Kids to Coverage campaign under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently had a twitter storm reminding us all that Medicaid and CHIP are open year round. They have a wide variety of resources for partners and organizations to promote enrollment year-round. [more]

Celebrating 50 Years of Medicaid 
AMHP recognizes Medicaid as the foremost safety net program for maternal and child health populations. Medicaid has been instrumental in providing access to coverage and delivering health care to millions of vulnerable women, children, and families. Our state and territorial members have a long, working relationship with Medicaid -- as partners, stakeholders, and colleagues. [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. 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]

Attention MCH and CYSHCN Directors: Survey on Care Coordination Activities
Through a cooperative agreement with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the National Center for Medical Home Implementation -- housed in the national American Academy of Pediatrics -- recently partnered with Richard Antonelli, MD, FAAP and Boston Children's Hospital (BCH) on an initiative focused on care coordination in pediatrics. [more]

RFA Released for AMCHP ROI Analytic ALC Second Cohort
On May 13, AMCHP released a request for applications (RFA) for the second cohort of the Return on Investment Analytic Action Learning Collaborative (ROI Analytic ALC).This RFA, which is focused on the economic analysis of programs related to child and adolescent health, will support up to four state teams to calculate and communicate an economic analysis of an existing child and adolescent health program. [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]

Beyond Implementation: Capturing the Value of Care Coordination
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation is hosting the third and final webinar of a free three-part series focusing on implementation and evaluation of pediatric care coordination. This webinar, to be held May 28 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. CST, will describe the value of measuring and evaluating care coordination activities within the context of improved patient experience, improved health of populations, and decreased cost of health care. [more]

Call for Nominations for the 2015 Bonnie StricklandChampion for Children's Vision Award
Prevent Blindness and the National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH) are seeking nominations for the inaugural 2015 Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children's Vision Award. The award recognizes significant efforts by an individual or group of individuals to improve public health approaches for children's vision and eye health at the state or national level. [more]

Text4baby Kicks Off 2015 Enrollment Contest
The 2015 Text4baby State Enrollment Contest -- launched in honor of Mother's Day and National Women's Health Week -- has begun. The contest is open to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The top states to enroll the highest percentage of mothers in Text4baby between May 10 and Oct. 17, 2015 will be recognized. [more]

Special Issue Call for Papers: Postpartum Health and Wellness
The Maternal and Child Health Journal is soliciting manuscript submissions to be considered for an upcoming issue on the theme of postpartum health and wellness. This important period in the reproductive life continuum provides a critical link between prenatal care and women's preventive health care as well as an essential opportunity to guide and support maternal role attainment, breastfeeding, mental health and healthy parenting. [more]



General Maternal & Child Health

CDC Releases New CHSI 2015 Web Application
The redesigned CDC Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015 online web application is live and ready to use! CHSI is an interactive online tool that produces health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States. Each profile includes key indicators of health outcomes, which describe the population health status of a county and factors that have the potential to influence health outcomes, such as health care access and quality, health behaviors, social factors and the physical environment. [more]

CDC Tips from Former Smokers Campaign Releases New Stories
Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, killing more than 480,000 Americans each year. Smoking causes immediate damage to your body, which can lead to long-term health problems. For every smoking-related death, at least 30 Americans live with a smoking-related illness. [more]

Women's & Infant Health

New AMCHP Maternal Health Guide Now Available
In 2013, AMCHP launched the Every Mother Initiative with generous funding support from Merck for Mothers. This new guide, Health for Every Mother: A Maternal Health Resource and Planning Guide for States, complements our existing Every Mother efforts by providing you and your partners with tools to develop a comprehensive maternal health initiative in your state. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

CSN Releases 2014 Bullying Prevention Environmental Scan
Bullying is a major public health concern. According to the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, a biennial survey of students in grades 9-12 that is conducted by the CDC, 20 percent of students reported being bullied on school property and 15 percent reported being electronically bullied in the 12 months preceding the survey. State public health agencies can and do play an important role in bullying prevention. [more]



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]

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!



  • On Apr. 28, AMCHP staff Krista Granger led a roundtable discussion at the National Oral Health Conference to describe AMCHP interest and involvement in improving perinatal oral health. Roundtable participants learned about the current work with three states, New York, Connecticut and West Virginia, within the Perinatal & Infant Oral Health National Initiative to improve access to and utilization of quality oral health care for pregnant women and infants in order to reduce health disparities. Another major topic of discussion included the importance of oral health education within home visiting programs.
  • On Apr. 29 - May 1, AMCHP staff Andria Cornell presented the AMCHP Every Mother Initiative at the 2015 Safe States Alliance Annual Meeting, "Creating a Culture of Safety: It Takes All of Us" in Atlanta, GA. During the meeting, Andria raised awareness of maternal deaths from injury-related causes within broader maternal mortality reduction efforts, shared specific activities by Every Mother-participating states related to preventing death from substance abuse, intimate partner violence, and suicide, and met new partners doing exciting and complementary work, including through participation in the National Violent Death Reporting System.
  • On May 3, AMCHP staff Erin Bonzon and Andria Cornell participated in the ACOG-CDC Maternal Safety/Maternal Mortality Meeting in San Francisco, CA. The daylong program featured updates from numerous partners on implementing activities to address obstetric emergencies, injury-related deaths, and severe maternal morbidity, as well as discussion panels on patient interaction, racial disparities, and special considerations for rural and frontier facilities. AMCHP staff presented on key considerations in forming multidisciplinary teams for statewide efforts to improve maternal health.



Aetna Foundation 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 -- people of all ages come together to plan and nurture gardens, take part in farming activities and visit markets where a full array of fruits and vegetables is available. [more]

SUID Case Registry
Deadline: May 31
The Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Case Registry (SUID-CR) is a surveillance system that compiles information on unexpected infant deaths from various data sources. States use the SUID-CR for surveillance, program planning, modifying public health practice and policy for state maternal and child health programs, public health and medicolegal evaluation, and reporting on Title V Performance Objectives for federally-funded MCH programs. [more]

Surveillance of Congenital Heart Defects Across the Lifespan
Deadline: Jun. 1
This will expand the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities programs conducting birth defects surveillance with a focus on congenital heart defects (CHDs) among individuals of all ages. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.


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