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 Jun. 16, 2015

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This month, we have the privilege of introducing you to two additional AMCHP leaders that currently serve on the Board of Directors: Susan Chacon and Linda McElwain. For more information about Susan and Linda, please visit AMCHP Board Member biographies here.

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 pique your interest in the work of your peers. [more]



Health Reform Implementation

King v Burwell 
AMCHP is closely monitoring the Supreme Court case, King v. Burwell. This case hinges on the legality of the advance premium tax credits (the "subsidies"). As written, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) states that subsidies will be provided only in states that operate their own exchanges. Currently 34 states are operating a federally facilitated exchange. [more]

FAQs -- ACA Implementation
On May 11, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) released the 26th set of FAQs regarding implementation of the ACA. This FAQ clarifies questions regarding the coverage of preventive services such as BRCA testing, coverage of contraceptives, well-woman preventive care for dependents, clarification on sex-specific recommended preventive services, among others. [more]

Medicaid Managed Care
CMS recently announced a notice of proposed rulemaking to modernize Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) managed care regulations. The proposed rule would strengthen the delivery of quality care at the state level and in a cost-effective manner. [more]

CHIPRA Highlight 
In the May 2015 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Evaluation Highlight, authors discussed: How Are CHIPRA quality demonstration states improving perinatal care? This highlight discussed two states in specific, Florida and Illinois, and their efforts in "developing and implementing initiatives to improve the quality and outcomes of perinatal care." [more]



Looking to get more involved with AMCHP? Check out these exciting opportunities and make the most of your membership!

Board Nominations: The AMCHP Governance Committee is currently accepting nominations for 2016 AMCHP Board of Director positions. These leadership positions guide, direct, inform and contribute to moving AMCHP strategic directions and goals forward. More information about these positions, necessary qualifications and the nominations process may be found on the AMCHP website or by clicking here. We ask that all nominations be forwarded to the Governance Committee by Jul. 31 to ensure that the committee has ample time to review all candidate materials. 

New Release Webinar: Developmental Screening Title V National Performance Measure Resources 
As part of the recent transformation of the Title V MCH Services Block Grant, a new set of National Performance Measures (NPMs) were developed in partnership with states, families and other stakeholders. The new three-tiered performance measurement system includes national outcome measures (NOMs), NPMs and evidence-based/informed strategy measures (ESMs). [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]

National MCH Workforce Development Center Coffee Talk Series -- Check Out Video 3 Today! 
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]

Oral Health Across the Lifespan Three-Part Webinar Series
Research shows that oral health can have both good and poor impacts on our overall health. Poor oral health care can lead to a wide range of oral diseases, from cavities to cancer. In some populations, there is limited access to oral healthcare and these populations have unique needs that continue to be overlooked due to the lack of understanding of current recommendations. [more]

MCH Navigator Monthly MCH Leadership Competencies Series Starts in July
Beginning in July 2015, the MCH Navigator will conduct a monthly series that explores each of the 12 MCH Leadership Competencies, provides learning opportunities and implementation strategies, and culminates in an interactive learning session with an expert from the field. [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

Scientific Writing for Peer Reviewed Publications for Public Health Professionals The Learning Institute of the 143rd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association will offer a pre-conference course on Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST at McCormick Place in Chicago. The purpose of this Institute is to help public health practitioners turn their work into manuscripts for publication. [more]

How to Evaluate Public Health Programs 
A short course will be offered by the Learning Institute of the 143rd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association on Nov. 1 from 8-11:30 a.m. CST at McCormick Place in Chicago. [more]

Prematurity Prevention Conference 2015
Participants from multiple disciplines will examine ways to enhance prematurity prevention efforts in the United States by sharing best practices for designing, implementing and evaluating programs and policies. [more]


AMCHP is seeking submissions of emerging, promising and best practices in MCH from all states and territories on women's 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, contact Ki'Yonna Jones at (202) 266-3049 or visit

You can also click here to refer an innovative MCH program that we should know about!



General Maternal & Child Health

The ACA: A Working Guide for MCH Professionals
These National MCH Workforce Development Center modules provide the building blocks for current and future MCH professionals to learn the basics of the ACA and its implications for Title V programs. The first three modules provide an overview of the ACA and its implications; the final three modules address new and expanded ways individuals can access health care coverage and provide an explanation of the covered services. [more]

Women's & Infant Health

Maternity Leave and Workplace Breastfeeding
Mandating Paid Maternity Leave for America's Working Mothers: Improving the Health and Economic Stability for Families discusses the importance of paid maternity leave policies, while Supporting Breastfeeding in the Workplace presents a guide to the why and how of implementing breastfeeding support policies. These policy briefs were developed by participants of the Emerging Leaders in MCH Nutrition Training Institute. [more]



AMCHP Seeking Senior Program Manager, CYSHCN
This position develops, implements and evaluates program activities related to children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). The program manager will assist in the tracking, analysis, and reporting on national and state programs impacting CYSHCN and will partner with relevant federal agencies such as the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and CDC, and other national organizations and groups concerned with child health, adolescent health, and CYSHCN. [more]

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Accepting Applications for MCH Epidemiologist
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Maternal & Child Health Epidemiology Section is seeking qualified candidates for the permanent fulltime position, Epidemiologist-Maternal and Child Health-Preventable Mortality. This is a new position and provides epidemiological support to the Bureaus of Family, Maternal and Child Health; Local Health and Administrative Services; and Disease Control, Prevention and Epidemiology in areas of prevention of maternal mortality, youth suicide and sleep-related infant mortality. [more]

MCHB Opening for Director, Division of MCH Workforce Development
The Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development plans, directs, coordinates, monitors and evaluates national programs related to professional and public education activities focusing on the promotion of health and prevention of disease among women of reproductive age, infants, children, adolescents, and their families, with special emphasis on the development and implementation of family-centered, comprehensive systems of care for such population. [more]

Public Health Nurse Supervisor Opening in Walla Walla, WA 
Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is seeking a public health nurse supervisor. Your nursing experience in assessment and counseling will improve the health and well-being of maternal and pediatric clients. You will work with infants and prenatal and postpartum moms in the Washington State First Steps and Oregon Maternity Case Management programs. [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!



HHS New Pathways for Fathers and Families
Deadline: Jul. 7
HHS, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA) is announcing its intent to competitively award demonstration projects that support activities promoting responsible fatherhood as enacted by the Claims Resolution Act of 2010. The Responsible Fatherhood initiative is designed to help fathers establish or strengthen positive parental interaction by providing activities that develop and improve relationship, communication and parenting skills, and contribute to the financial well-being of their children by providing job training and other employment services. [more]

AAPD Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Grant
Deadline: Aug. 3
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children program supports community-based initiatives providing Dental Homes to children whose families cannot afford dental care. It provides one-year matching grants of up to $20,000, supporting community-based initiatives in the United States that provide dental care and serve as a dental home to underserved/limited access children. [more]

RWJF Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity
Deadline: Jul. 1 (Concept papers), Sept. 9 (Invited full proposals)
This national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supports research on environmental and policy strategies with strong potential to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among groups at highest risk for obesity. Findings are expected to advance RWJF efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic, eliminate disparities, and help all children achieve a healthy weight. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.


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