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 May 5, 2015

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"Management has a lot to do with answers. Leadership is a function of questions. And the first question for a leader always is: 'Who do we intend to be?' Not 'What are we going to do?' but 'Who do we intend to be?' -- Max DePree

This quote from Max DePree led me to reflect that we might have gotten the titling of the Management Minute column all wrong. Maybe it should be called Leadership Minute. Of course, that is not as catchy of a title. And, the fact is, managing is quite often easier to do for the most part than leading. Setting about doing things feels good to people and gives a sense of accomplishment. [more]



Don't Miss Today's AMCHP National MCH Policy Update Teleconference
Today from 2:30-4 p.m. EST, AMCHP will host a policy teleconference to 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. To register for the call, click here .

Congress Close to Finalizing a Joint Budget Resolution
As of press time there are reports that the House and Senate are near final agreement on a unified budget resolution. As a reminder these resolutions are largely symbolic and do not have the force of law, but are important in the sense they describe priorities and governing philosophies. [more]

Health Reform Implementation

Recent Report on Medicaid Expansion 
A recent report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) examined Medicaid expansion in eight states. According to the report, those eight states that expanded Medicaid are realizing budget savings and revenue gains as a result of the expansion. [more]

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]

Special Enrollment Period (SEP)
CMS provided an SEP for tax season that ended Apr. 30. This allowed individuals facing financial penalties to sign up for health insurance after the marketplace open enrollment. In estimates from last week, approximately 68,000 people gained insurance during this period. [more]

King V. Burwell 
AMCHP has provided updates on the Supreme Court case, King V. Burwell through our Member Briefs. 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. [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]

National MCH Workforce Development Center Coffee Talk Series -- Don't Miss the May 13 Twitter Chat! 
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]

Webinar: Hearing and Vision Services for Children 
The National Network for Public Health Law is hosting a webinar on Thursday, May 14 at 1 p.m. EST entitled "Hearing and Vision Services for Children: Efforts to Ensure Broad Implementation through Medicaid." This webinar will focus on the role that Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) can play in addressing children's vision and hearing problems. [more]

Announcing Call for Abstracts and Save-the-Date: ACEs Southeastern Summit
The Adverse Childhood Experiences Southeastern Summit 2015: Building Resilient, Interdisciplinary Workforces, Communities & Families will be held Sept. 24-26 in Asheville, North Carolina. This conference will focus on the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on early childhood development, long-term health behaviors and health outcomes in adulthood. [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

Better Health Through Equity 
A publication by the American Public Health Association,Better Health Through Equity, provides case studies in reframing public health work into a health equity framework. This publication provides case studies from several states and highlights several initiatives that have implications for the health of MCH populations. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

New Data Resources on Children with ASD and their Families 
The growing population of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families have unique health, educational, and developmental needs and experiences, distinct from both the larger population of U.S. children and from CYSHCN. [more]

DRC Releases New National Health Interview Survey Data Query 
DRC recently released a new data queries on its website. This allows you to query the 2011/12 National Health Interview Survey data query on children and their families (NHIS-Child), which includes questions on health status, health care access and utilization, and family resources and health care costs. [more]



  • On Apr. 13-15, AMCHP staff Meredith Pyle presented at the Alabama Partners In Care Summit. The annual summit brings together families and state Title V children and Youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) program leaders and staff, along with other CYSHCN stakeholders from across the state. Meredith presented a full day of training for the stakeholder group on the National Standards for Systems of Care for CYSHCN, as Alabama prepares to use the standards to design improvements to care coordination and other efforts for CYSHCN across the state.
  • On Apr. 22, AMCHP staff Meredith Pyle joined family leader and executive director of The Parents' Place of Maryland, Josie Thomas, to present a guest lecture on translating research into policy and practice for CYSHCN at the state level. The lecture was part of a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health graduate seminar course on child health, taught by Peter van Dyck, retired associate administrator for Maternal and Child Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration.



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]

For more funding opportunities, click here.



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