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 Jul. 14, 2015

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These volunteer leaders were 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 role of board member, 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 Board of Directors: Kris-Tena Albers and Millie Jones. For more information about Kris-Tena and Millie, please visit AMCHP Board Member biographies here. [more]



Senate Appropriations Update
As we reported in the last Member Briefs, the Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations bill proposes a $21.7 million reduction to the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant, with report language directing a $5,369,000 increase to the state grant portion of the grant and the balance of reductions from the Special Programs of Regional and National Significance (SPRANS) line. [more]

Health Reform Implementation

Final Rule: Coverage of Certain Recommended Preventive Services without Cost Sharing
On Jul. 10, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Labor, and the Department of Treasury finalized two interim rules, one on coverage of contraceptives by religious organizations and another on preventive services coverage generally. The interim rule on contraceptive coverage "establishes an alternative way for eligible organizations that have a religious objection to covering contraceptive services to seek an accommodation from contracting, providing, paying, or referring for such services. [more]

King v Burwell
On Jun. 25, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled in favor of the Affordable Care Act. The ruling upholds the availability of premium tax credits to qualifying individuals in federally facilitated marketplaces. This ruling preserves coverage for millions of women and approximately 700,000 children. [more]

Mental Health and Role of States 
A new report by the PEW Charitable Trusts, Mental Health and the Role of States, seeks to understand the mental health challenges the country faces and the state's role in addressing challenges. This report is intended to help federal, state, and local policymakers working to address the country's mental health challenges to better understand their prevalence, treatment, and funding trends. [more]

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Awards
The HHA Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) recently announced more than $85 million in grant funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs. The grants went to nonprofit organizations, school districts, universities among others. [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!

Making Room for Moms: Building Lactation Space and Implementing a Model Policy in State Health Departments
AMCHP in partnership with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) will host a national webinar, "Making room for Moms: Building Lactation Space and Implementing a Model Policy in State Health Departments" on Tuesday, Jul. 21, from 2-3 p.m. EST. This webinar will highlight state efforts to implement a model policy to support breastfeeding mothers at work, and include advice and photos on how state health departments developed lactation rooms to support their new moms. [more]

Final Oral Health Across the Lifespan Webinar 
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]

CMS Connecting Kids to Coverage Campaign: Conducting Culturally Competent Outreach and Enrollment
Successfully enrolling diverse populations in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) begins with a commitment to understanding how to work with people with varying cultural backgrounds, effectively and with sensitivity. [more]

Navigating the Affordable Care Act -- Help for Families of Children with Special Health Care Needs
On Monday, Jul. 20, at 1 p.m. EST, a free webinar will be offered where experts from the Catalyst Center and theNational Center for Medical Home Implementation will discuss, based on recently developed plain language fact sheets, how the following ACA provisions can help families raising children with special health care needs... [more]

National MCH Workforce Development Center Coffee Talk Series -- Don't Miss the Jul. 22 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]

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. [more]

Webinar: Public Health Efforts to Prevent Child Maltreatment   
Child maltreatment places a significant burden on children, families, and communities. According to HHS, an estimated 679,000 children are found to be victims of abuse or neglect each year. Local Health Departments (LHDs) provide essential programs and services that improve the health and safety of communities. [more]

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]

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 -- 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, 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

From Theory to Management: Recommended State MCH Life Course Indicators 
In May 2012, AMCHP developed a project to expand indicators for use at state or local level to access, monitor, and evaluate the application of life course principles to public health. An extensive framework established by a national expert panel, teams of program leaders, epidemiologists, and academicians from seven states proposed indicators to be considered. [more]

Women's & Infant Health

NAMD AMCHP Issue Brief on Low-risk, Primary Cesarean Births in Medicaid 
Low-risk, Primary Cesarean Births in Medicaid: NAMD/AMCHP Issue Brief, developed by the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) in partnership with AMCHP, lays out key background information and the elements of state strategies to address the excessive use of C-sections for low-risk, first time mothers. It is important to note that this resource seeks to provide a high-level review of state options and does not offer a comprehensive analysis of this topic. [more]



  • On Jun. 14, AMCHP staff Kate Taft and Krista Granger presented a poster on Building Comprehensive Developmental Screening Systems through State and Community Engagement: Highlights from an Environmental Scan at the CSTE Annual Conference. The poster provides information on the methods and findings of an environmental scan that exhibits the current state of developmental screening activities in the United States, including common strategies and opportunities for improvement. Results will be further used to inform technical assistance opportunities to help states build and improve developmental screening and early identification systems. Additional resources on this continued work can be found here.



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!



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. [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]

For more funding opportunities, click here.


Click here to see the AMCHP MCH Events Calendar.