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 Aug. 11, 2015

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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 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 AMCHP Board of Directors: Toni Wall and Marilyn Hartzell. For more information about Toni and Marilyn, please visit AMCHP Board Member biographies here. [more]



Public Health Bills Advance in Energy and Commerce Committee
On Jul. 29, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed several public health bills by bipartisan voice vote. HR 1344, the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Reauthorization Act would reauthorize the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program through 2020. [more]

Health Reform Implementation

Domestic Violence Special Enrollment Period 
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) recently announced the renewed availability of a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for victims of domestic abuse or spousal abandonment. The recent regulations expand eligibility for an SEP to include any member of a household who is a victim of domestic abuse, including unmarried and dependent victims within the household, as well as victims of spousal abandonment, including their dependents. [more]

Depression Screening for Pregnant Women & New Moms
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) isrecommending depression screening for all women who are pregnant or within a year of giving birth in a new proposal. The perinatal depression screening recommendations are aligned with recommendations from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG). [more]

Celebrating & Promoting Breastfeeding 
Aug. 1 to 7 was world breastfeeding week and the month of August is breastfeeding month. Breastfeeding is recognized as the best source of nutrition for most infants and strategies to support breastfeeding mothers and babies are some of the most effective measures to protect and promote the health of all infants. [more]



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]

MCH Workforce Development Center Applied Methods for Health Transformation Course 
Are you interested in contributing to state and national health reform implementation, as well as expanding your leadership skills? If so, we invite you to register for the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill fall 2015 Applied Methods for Health Transformation Implementation online course. [more]

Webinar: Ensuring Bright Futures for Our Nation's Children
Each year millions of children miss screenings, immunizations and well visits despite the lifelong benefits of preventive care in childhood. The Affordable Care Act expands coverage of all preventive services recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics in the Bright Futures guidelines. [more]

Call for Applications: Innovative and Promising Practices in Pediatric Medical Home Implementation
Are you working with practices, families, states, and/or other organizations to implement pediatric medical home? Showcase your work through the National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) by completing an application for innovative promising practices in pediatric medical home implementation. [more]

For Public Comment: USPSTF Released Draft Recommendation Statement and Draft Evidence Review on Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children 
The USPSTF recently posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on screening for autism spectrum disorder in young children. Both are available for review and public comment from Aug. 4, 2015 through Aug. 31, 2015. [more]

National MCH Workforce Development Center Coffee Talk Series -- Don't Miss the Final Presentation! 
This series, hosted by the National MCH Workforce Development Center Change Management, concludes with the final topic -- managing change. The series consists of an archived 20-minute video for AMCHP members to access at their leisure and an AMCHP-hosted Twitter chat on the content shared during the archived video. Click here to learn more about each talk and to register! [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. [more



General Maternal & Child Health

Project Leadership: Effecting Change, One Parent at a Time
Children with special health care needs and their families rely on a complex web of services, systems and programs, yet their voices often go unheard when policies are being developed. With funding from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, Family Voices of California has developed Project Leadership, a training curriculum aimed at increasing the capacity of families to engage in public policy advocacy. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

Expanding Access to Health Care Services and Work-Based Experiences for Youth with Chronic Health Conditions and Disabilities
In celebration of the ADA, the Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) released a Transition QuickGuide, which aims to help youth and young adults in planning and managing their health care and career needs. [more]

Realizing the Promise of Telehealth for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Families of children with special health care needs are painfully acquainted with the frequent difficulty of gaining access to specialty care, especially in rural areas. One emerging solution is the use of telehealth technology to allow for remote appointments. [more]



  • On Jul. 24 and 25, AMCHP staff Lori Freeman, Erin Bonzon, Caroline Stampfel, Andria Cornell, Piia Hanson, Megan Phillippi, and Temidayo Makinde attended the Infant Mortality CoIIN Learning Session 2 in Boston, MA. AMCHP staff provided technical assistance to state and teams to assess progress across six learning networks and identify opportunities for continued improvements and innovations toward reducing infant mortality. AMCHP staff also hosted an exhibit table to share resources to support improved maternal and infant health outcomes. Piia Hanson and Megan Phillippi presented storyboards highlighting the work of the Safe Sleep and Social Determinants of Health learning networks.
  • On Jul. 26, AMCHP staff Megan Phillippi attended the educational briefing "Tackling Health Disparities in Children: The Role of Medicaid and CHIP in Reducing Disparities" organized by Childhood Asthma Leadership Coalition. This briefing highlighted the latest data on how children of color are faring as well as an overview of Medicaid and CHIP in Reducing Disparities" organized by the Childhood Asthma Leadership Coalition. This briefing highlighted the latest data on how children of color are faring as well as an overview of Medicaid and CHIP, with a focus on how these programs have been working to reduce health disparities. Panelists shared best practices as well as areas where disparities continue to persist, especially in relation to asthma prevalence and management.


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!



AMCHP Recruiting for Senior Program Manager, Women's and Infant Health
This position develops, implements and evaluates program activities related to women's and infant health (WIH). The senior program manager will assist in the tracking, analysis, and reporting on national and state programs impacting WIH and will partner with relevant federal agencies such as MCHB and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other national organizations and groups concerned with women's health, maternal health and infant health. [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]

AMCHP Accepting Applications for Analyst for Adolescent Health
The analyst, child and adolescent health is a member of the program team and contributes to the advancement of maternal and child health outcomes by performing a variety of planning and program implementation, research, and evaluation projects related to the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center (AYAH-NRC). [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]

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]

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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