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 Aug. 25, 2015

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"The best way to predict the future is to create it." -- Alan Kay

We are now in the final phases of our nearly year-long strategic planning effort to create the AMCHP 2015-2018 Strategic Plan. With your help, over the last 10 months, we have listened to your inputs, held facilitated conversations, and collected information virtually.

In late June, your extensive feedback culminated in the AMCHP Board of Directors finalizing a draft of the plan through a two-day process. [more]



Health Reform Implementation

ACA Funding for Community Health Centers
Last week, during National Health Center Week, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Burwell announced $169 million in Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding to 266 new health center locations in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to deliver primary health care to communities in need. [more]

Healthier Pregnancy Provider Training
A new initiative, Healthier Pregnancy: Tools and Techniques to Best Provide Affordable Care Act Covered Preventive Services was developed through partnership of several federal agencies. The initiative addresses successful practices in implementing U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations around obesity, alcohol, depression, intimate partner violence, tobacco, and breastfeeding in pre- and perinatal care settings. [more]

Upcoming Webinars
The Office on Women's Health (OWH) has a series of upcoming webinars on health insurance.

  • Got Coverage? Next Steps in Using Your Health Insurance Many people have health insurance but may not know how to use it. [more]



Nominate Your Colleagues for an AMCHP Award 
AMCHP recognizes leadership in maternal and child health in several ways, including annual awards presented to MCH leaders honoring excellence in the field. These awards are presented at the AMCHP Annual Conference, a celebration of maternal and child health programs nationwide. AMCHP is accepting nominations for 2016 through Sept. 18. [more]

Submit Your AMCHP 2016 Session Proposal Today!
We invite you to submit a session proposal for the 2016 Annual AMCHP Conference (January 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]

The Value and Opportunity of Life Course Theory for Collaborations in Chronic Diseases
AMCHP and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors will be sponsoring a two-part webinar. The first webinar, Whose Life Course Is It Anyways?, will occur onAug. 25 from 1-2 p.m. EST. The second webinar,Communicating a Complex Framework for Effective Collaboration, will occur on Sept. 23 from 3-4 p.m. EST. [more]

AMCHP Best Practices Technical Assistance Project: Currently Accepting Applications! 
AMCHP is providing replication stipends to foster connections between states interested in replication or adaptation of a current emerging, promising or best practice in Innovation Station. Technical assistance funds of up to $10,000 (for up to two states) are currently available for replication or adaptation of any practice or specific aspect of a practice in Innovation Station. [more]

Eight States Join Network to Expand Oral Health Access to Pregnant Women and Infants 
Eight new states will be joining a federally funded network to raise awareness and improve access to oral health care for pregnant women and infants. The Maternal and Child Health Bureau announced that the new states will receive grants totaling nearly $2 million to implement new projects that improve access to oral health care for pregnant women and infants. [more]

Help Create the Theme for the 2016 STD Prevention Conference 
The STD Prevention Conference Steering Committee would like your help in selecting the theme of the 2016 STD Prevention Conference to be held in Atlanta, Georgia on Sept. 26-29, 2015. The theme should speak to a personal perspective of STD prevention and provide compelling reasons why STD prevention work needs to continue. [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]

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. 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]

How to Evaluate Public Health Programs 
The Learning Institute of the 143rd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association will be offered on Nov. 1, 2015 in Chicago, IL. The purpose of the course is to teach public health professionals, particularly at the community, local or state levels how to evaluate public health programs. [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 tojfarfall


AMCHP is seeking submissions of emerging, promising and best practices in MCH from all states and territories on child health. Do you have a program that fits?

Submit your innovation today! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To qualify for the best practices fall review please submit your emerging, promising and best practices by Sept. 16.

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 Heal


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]

Women's & Infant Health

Healthier Pregnancy Provider Training 
The Healthier Pregnancy Initiative is designed to help providers and organizations increase the uptake and quality of preventative services for pre and perinatal patients. Healthier Pregnancy offers free continuing education opportunities, tools, and resources for pre and perinatal health care providers to implement efficient and effective screening, intervention, and referral practices for the Affordable Care Act covered preventative services, such as tobacco use counseling, alcohol misuse screening and behavioral counseling, screening for depression and intimate partner violence, screening for management of obesity, and interventions to promote breastfeeding. [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]

For more funding opportunities, click here.


Click here to see the AMCHP MCH Events Calendar.