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 Jun. 30, 2015

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We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. -- Winston Churchill

National Volunteer Week was created in 1974 by then-President Nixon. Since then, volunteerism in America has really expanded and taken off. The Baby Boom generation is 40 percent more likely to volunteer than the same age groups were in 1989 and nearly two-thirds of Generation Y employees would like to use their business skills in their volunteer efforts. [more]



Update on Proposed Medicaid/CHIP Managed Care Regulation
A few weeks ago, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed regulation entitled Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Programs; Medicaid Managed Care, CHIP Delivered in Managed Care, Medicaid and CHIP Comprehensive Quality Strategies, and Revisions Related to Third Party Liability available here. [more]

Appropriations Committees Propose MCH Cuts
On Thursday Jun. 25, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 16-14 to approve the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill, which would cut overall spending from the FY 2015 enacted level by nearly $4 billion to $153 billion. [more]

Health Reform Implementation

In Case You Missed It: King vs. Burwell
AMCHP CEO Lori Freeman issued a statement regarding the ruling in the King v. Burwell case:

"AMCHP welcomes today's Supreme Court ruling that preserves coverage for millions of low and moderate-income women and families who receive subsidized coverage through the federal health insurance Marketplace..." [more]

Special Enrollment Period -- Pregnancy 
New York State Senate & Assembly passed a bill to amend current insurance law to allow pregnancy to be added as a qualifying life event. Qualifying life events, such as birth of a child, change job status, change in marital status, etc., can prompt a special enrollment period (SEP). An SEP allows an individual to sign up for Affordable Care Act marketplace plans outside of the traditional open enrollment period. [more]

Essential Health Benefits -- Benchmark Selection
On Feb. 20, 2015, CMS issued a final notice for benefit and payment parameters. The rule seeks to ensure coverage options in the Health Insurance Marketplace are affordable, accessible, and of high quality. In addition, the rule further strengthens transparency and accountability. [more]



Will YOU volunteer for your professional organization? This is a terrific way to enhance the benefits of your membership in AMCHP and your career, while also contributing in a real way to the success of the organization.

The AMCHP Governance Committee is currently accepting nominations for 2016 AMCHP board 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, 2015 to be considered further. Your organization NEEDS your expertise, experience and input. You would be surprised at how much you'll get from the experience in return for some of your time. It is DOABLE!

RFA Released for AMCHP Life Course Indicators Intensive Technical Assistance 
On Jun. 22, AMCHP released a request for applications (RFA) for a second cohort of Life Course Indicators Intensive Technical Assistance projects. This RFA, which is focused on using the indicators, will support up to four state teams to calculate and communicate a subset of the life course indicators. [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]

Family Engagement in Title V
Want to know more about what AMCHP learned about family engagement in Title V programs? Save-the-date: Friday, Jul. 24, from 2-3 p.m. EST to hear more about the results from the AMCHP Family Engagement Survey. Register here! [more]

Oral Health Across the Lifespan 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]

MCH Workforce Center Cohort 4 Application Deadline Extended
The National MCH Workforce Development Center has extended its deadline for applications to its Cohort 4 training and practice laboratory program. Consider working with the Center to enhance the capacity of your workforce to implement new Title V action plans with skills in systems integration, change management, and quality improvement. [more]

Text4baby Kicks Off 2015 Enrollment Contest
The 2015 Text4baby State Enrollment Contest â€" launched in honor of Mother's Day and National Women's Health Week â€" 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. The purpose of this course is to teach public health professionals, particularly at the community, local or state levels how to evaluate public health programs. [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, 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

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]



  • On Jun. 16-17, AMCHP staff Maria Murillo and Kate Taft helped facilitate the 2015 State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) Peer-to-Peer Exchange on "Considering Culture in Autism Screening and Systems of Care." Hosted by the Massachusetts HRSA Autism Planning Grant team and Act Early State team, the meeting was held at the Boston Children's Museum and brought together seven state teams (CT, IA, MA, ME, MN, NH and VA) to brainstorm and problem solve educating parents from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds about healthy developmental milestones in young children and reducing early identification barriers for autism and other developmental disorders. The meeting included a training on the Considering Culture in Autism Screening curriculum, sharing strategies and models of intervention, and creating action plans inspired by the wisdom shared from the state efforts. More information on this meeting and prior Peer-to-Peer Exchanges can be found on theSPHARC website.



AMCHP Recruiting for Associate Director, Finance & Accounting
The associate director of finance & accounting has overall responsibility for financial management, financial reporting, ongoing development and monitoring of control systems, and regulatory compliance. [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... [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. [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. [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. [more]

Asthma and Allergic Diseases Cooperative Research Centers
Deadline: Oct. 2
The purpose of this announcement is to invite applications from single institutions or consortia of institutions to participate in the Asthma and Allergic Diseases Cooperative Research Centers (AADCRC) program. [more]

National Centers for Translational Research in Reproduction and Infertility
Deadline: Nov. 12
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), through the Fertility and Infertility Branch (FIB), provides funding for a limited number of research centers in the reproductive sciences. These centers provide an arena for multidisciplinary interactions among basic and clinical scientists interested in establishing high quality translational research programs in the reproductive sciences. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.


Click here to see the AMCHP MCH Events Calendar.