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 Jun. 2, 2015

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How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon? -- Dr. Seuss

I hear it all of the time -- from business colleagues, from friends, from family, from kids, from myself -- we are all so busy. We cannot get everything done. We offer apologies for the delays. We shuffle and reprioritize. We cannot believe how fast time passes. Our kids grow up too soon. Our parents get older too fast. WE celebrate another birthday when it feels as though the last one just happened. [more]



Health Reform Implementation

Access to Preventive Services
The U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued a press release highlighting key findings from the Assistant Secretary of Planning & Evaluation (ASPE) Data Point report. According to the press release, approximately 137 million individuals with private insurance have access to free preventive services. [more]

CMS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking -- Medicaid & CHIP 
Fresh off the press, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 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]

Marketplace Navigators
As a reminder, 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. The funding announcement expands the project from one year to three years and a total of up to $67 million. Applications are due by Jun. 15. [more]

Medicaid Benefit Designs
A new report by The Commonwealth Fund reviews benefit design choices made by states that expanded Medicaid by the end of 2014. The analysis found that the majority of expansion states offered selected benchmarks with generous coverage for newly eligible adults, "eliminating the distinction between coverage levels for newly eligible adults and those for traditional adult beneficiaries, such as pregnant women, parents and guardians, or beneficiaries with disabilities..." [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 2015, 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 about how this group of professionals views association membership... [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 -- 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]

Apply Today for TeamWork: Leadership for Healthy States
TeamWork: Leadership for Healthy States, a year-long program previously known as the Excellence in State Public Health Law Program, is an initiative led by the Aspen Institute and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Applications are now being accepted for the program, which seeks to strengthen relationships within and across branches of government, build understanding of population health issues, and open channels of communication and problem solving. [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]


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

Essential Health Benefits AMCHP Fact Sheet
Despite the health reform law requiring coverage of preventive services and many other benefits, the implementation of these provisions remains a challenge. Several organizations have been monitoring the status and regulation of health reform provisions, including tobacco cessation, women's coverage, birth control, and most recently breastfeeding. [more]

CDC Digital & Tech Tools for Prevention Programs
CDC has several tech-tools that are up-to-date, science-based, and provide accurate information on HIV, STDs, viral hepatitis, and TB. Rapid advances in technology and digital tools are changing the face of public health; using these tools helps you uncover accurate, science-based data for your program planning needs. [more]

Women's & Infant Health

New AMCHP Maternal Health Guide Now Available
AMCHP released a new publication for MCH programs and their partners, Health for Every Mother: A Maternal Health Resource and Planning Guide for States. The new guide: Synthesizes maternal health recommendations from state and national consensus statements into six core elements of a comprehensive maternal health initiative. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Resources
To celebrate Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, CDC recently released a Vital Signs report, Preventing Teen Pregnancy: A Key Role for Health Care Providers. The report discusses long-acting reversible contraception and the important role health care providers can play in teen pregnancy prevention. [more]



  • On May 21-22, AMCHP staff Maria Murillo and Kate Taft participated in the Northeast Regional Screening, Referral and Response Conference in Hartford, CT. The overall goal of the conference was to exchange national and state information on developmental screening, referral and response to referral and to use knowledge to enhance state autism plans. This event was organized by the Learn the Signs. Act Early. Ambassadors in each participating state (CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, RI and VT). AMCHP staff helped facilitate meeting logistics and state action planning, and Kate Taft presented on data from an environmental scan on developmental and autism screening, as well as upcoming resources for the new Title V national performance measure related to developmental screening. This meeting was supported by AMCHP, the Connecticut Department of Public Health the Rhode Island Department of Health, and Association of University Centers on Disabilities, in partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration/Maternal and Child Health Bureau and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More information about the meeting can be found here.



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... [more]

AMCHP Seeking Organizational Performance & Member Services Intern
As a member of the organizational performance and member services team, the intern supports our member services and publication activities. The intern will assume responsibility for a wide range of projects and functions, requiring professionalism and task orientation. AMCHP seeks a student intern for summer 2015. [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 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]

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... [more]

NIH Initiative to Maximize Research Education in Genomics Diversity Action Plan
Deadline: Sept. 6, 2016
NIH present this funding opportunity to facilitate the training of individuals at all careers levels (the undergraduate, graduate, post baccalaureate, postdoctoral and faculty levels) from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in scientific disciplines relevant to genomics to enable them to pursue genomics research that spans all areas of interest to National Human Genome Research Institute later in their careers. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.


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