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 Jul. 28, 2015

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"Focus on the promise of the future rather than the mistakes of the past." -- Marshall Goldsmith

This past week, I had the pleasure of participating with the senior AMCHP staff leadership (directors and associate directors) in our Summer Retreat. We had decided earlier in the year that it would be good for us to leave the office for a day in the summer to focus on leadership development activities, to consider the work done to date on the AMCHP strategic plan, and to set a plan in motion to bring to life the Board and membership's vision, mission, goals and objectives for AMCHP. [more]



Health Reform Implementation

Medicaid Programs 50th Anniversary 
Jul. 30 marks the 50th anniversary of the Medicaid programs. AMCHP recognizes Medicaid as the foremost safety net program for maternal and child health populations. Medicaid has been instrumental in providing access to coverage and delivering health care to millions of vulnerable women, children, and families. [more]

Health Affairs -- July Issue
In recognition of the Medicaid 50th anniversary, Health Affairs July issue focuses on Medicaid and the evolving delivery system. This issue focuses on several populations and topics including the role of Medicaid in community health centers, state examples of incentive payments, Medicaid and mental health and addiction services, among others. [more]

Enhancing the State Health Insurance Marketplaces 
The National Health Council (NHC) developed state-specific progress reports to assess health insurance markets across the states. These reports show the variability across the insurance marketplaces and identify states where changes could improve access to coverage and care for patients. [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!

Submit Your AMCHP 2016 Session Proposal Today!
We invite you to submit a session proposal for the 2016 Annual AMCHP Conference (Jan. 23 to 26). The theme for the 2016 conference is The Future is Now: Integrating MCH Transformations. The AMCHP Annual Conference is the ideal venue to present your ideas, research, innovative programming, best practices, and effective strategies to MCH and other public health practitioners, directors of state programs, federal officials, advocates, family leaders, researchers, and health care providers. [more]

National MCH Workforce Development Center Coffee Talk Series 
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]

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... [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]

Do you have a great infrographic? AMCHP is now featuring infographics from our members in Member Briefs! To have an infographic featured, please e-mail a submission


AMCHP is seeking submissions of emerging, promising and best practices in MCH from all states and territories on child. 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

Young American Engagement Toolkit 
A new toolkit by Enroll America focuses on health coverage outreach and enrollment for young Americans. The toolkit provides an overview on this population and discusses effective ways to reach the population. The toolkit also provides an overview of pathways to coverage for young Americans. [more]

Women's & Infant Health

Life Course Indicators in Relation to Homelessness
AMCHP recently completed a Life Course Indicator initiative to help states assess the variety of external factors that impact the lives of its citizens. A major life course indicator is if an individual experienced homelessness as a child, which can impact their health as an adult. [more]



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!



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]

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]

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.