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 Sept. 22, 2015

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What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. -- Zig Ziglar

Following last month's Management Minute column, we continue in this issue to share the finished work on the strategic planning effort. [more]



AMCHP Issues Legislative Alert on Budget Scenarios
Last Friday, AMCHP issues a detailed alert providing the latest details on the hazy year end budget showdown along with a request for your help in briefly documenting how unpredictable federal budgeting creates state inefficiencies and distracts from your mission to improve MCH. [more]

Early Hearing Defection & Intervention, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Bills Pass House 
On Sept. 8, the House of Representatives passed two public health bills of interest to the MCH community. HR 1344, the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Reauthorization Act would reauthorize the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program through 2020. [more]

AMCHP Joins Call for Congress to Raise the Caps 
On Sept. 10, AMCHP joined a coalition of more than 2,500 organizations in a letter calling on Congress to end harmful cuts to non-defense discretionary programs and to raise the budget caps currently in place. [more]

Health Reform Implementation

Navigator Grants
A few weeks ago, HHS announced $67 million in grant awards to 100 organizations that will serve as federal Navigators using The 2015 grants awards will last for three years. Navigators will be working day in and day out to give people the kind of face-to-face application and enrollment help that makes them more likely to get covered. More information is available here. [more]

ACA Funding for Health Centers
On Sept. 15, HHS Secretary Burwell announced approximately $500 million in Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding to increase access to primary care services. The awards include approximately $350 million for 1,184 health centers to increase access to services such as medical, oral, behavioral, pharmacy, and vision care. [more]

Essential Health Benefits-Opportunity for Title V Expert Engagement
In our last Member Briefs, we reported that states have submitted proposed Essential Health Benefit (EHB) benchmark plans for 2017 (available here). There is a public comment period for these plans (ending at 11:59 p.m. EST, Sept. 30) that offers an opportunity for Title V programs to engage in the transformation of the health care delivery system. [more]



Register Today for AMCHP 2016!
Don't miss out on an amazing opportunity to connect and network with more than 800 public health officials who share an interest in maternal and child health. The AMCHP 2016 Annual Conference will be held Jan. 23 to 26, at the Hyatt Regency Washington in Washington, DC. [more]

Open Call for AMCHP Committee Volunteers
A benefit of being an active AMCHP member is the opportunity to participate as a volunteer leader on AMCHP Association Committees. AMCHP committees assist the organization in carrying out its mission, goals, and strategic plan. As a member of a committee, you will be playing an important role in the development of AMCHP program and policy activities. [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 â€" 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]

National MCH Workforce Development 
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]

Obesity in Early Childhood Years: State of the Science and Implementation of Promising Solutions Workshop
The Institute of Medicine will hold a workshop in Washington, DC on Oct. 6, 2015 that will highlight the science and recent developments in the understanding of emerging modifiable factors associated with the risk of early childhood obesity, including maternal health. [more]

Overweight/Obesity Prevention, Treatment, and Maintenance from Childhood to Adulthood: Discussing Review-level Evidence Webinar 
Health Evidence will host a webinar on Oct. 14, 2015 from1-2 p.m. EST that will examine a series of five reviews on overweight and obesity prevention, treatment, and weight maintenance strategies among children, youth, and adult populations. [more]

CCPH 14th International Conference Call for Proposals 
The Community-Campus Partnership for Health (CCPH) is convening their 14th annual International Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana on May 11-14, 2016 and is themed, "Journey to Justice: Creating Change Through Partnerships." [more]

Prematurity Conference Prevention
March of Dimes is hosting conferences in Crystal City, Virginia on Nov. 17-18, 2015 about enhancing prematurity prevention efforts in the United States through the sharing of information about the design, implementation, programs, policies, and other activities to prevent premature births. [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]

Women's & Infant Health

Health Plan Strategies for Improving Pediatric Preventative Care Webinar Archive 
Co-hosted by the National Academy for State Health Policy and NIHCM Foundation with support of the HRSA, this webinar explored health plan strategies for improving pediatric preventative care by promoting Bright Futures guidelines through provider networks and directly to members. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

Adolescent Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines 
The California Department of Health designed guidelines to assist Adolescent Family Life Program case managers in improving nutrition, physical activity, and healthy eating practices of clients. The guidelines include topics for case managers as well as handouts and web resources. [more]

Adolescence: Preparing for Lifelong Health and Wellness Webinar Archive 
In this session of Grand Rounds, the CDC explored adolescent health and how families, community organization, schools, and government agencies can work together to encourage adolescents to avoid risk and adopt health-promoting behaviors. [more]



  • On Sept. 9-10, AMCHP staff Lori Freeman, Temi Makinde and Megan Phillippi coordinated logistics and participated in the convening of the three Best Babies Zone sites and the Policy Corps team in Cincinnati, OH to provide a national policy update and facilitate site peer-to-peer conversations around the sustainability and future of the place-based initiative. Current Best Babies Zone includes the Price Hill neighborhood in Cincinnati, OH, the Hollygrove neighborhood in New Orleans, LA, and the Castlemont neighborhood of Oakland, CA.Click here to learn more about Best Babies Zone.



Washington State Department of Health Recruiting Health Service Consultant IV
The health services consultant IV (quality improvement coordinator) supports the department's mission by assisting rural hospitals and other health care providers to improve the health care they provide to rural residents by participating in the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Program (MBQIP) and population health improvement initiatives. [more]

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Service Seeking PRAMS Project Coordinator 
The PRAMS project coordinator is responsible for overseeing and coordinating all aspects of the CDC Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring Systems (PRAMS) grant collaboration with internal and external partners. This position oversees data collection and management procedures of the state PRAMS survey, including ensuring the quality and timeliness of the data and preparation and dissemination of reports. [more]

Division of Research Director Position in the Office of Epidemiology and Research at the Maternal and Child Health Bureau 
The Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Epidemiology in Rockville, MD is seeking a supervisory health care administrator. Duties include supervising an interdisciplinary staff of professionals, identifying and establishing long and short-range research objectives; develop and establish national program policies; organize and stimulate new research efforts; and identify growing needs and establish priorities for MCH research. [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!



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. The program will support centers that integrate clinical and basic research to conduct studies on the mechanisms underlying the onset and progression of diseases of interest, including asthma, rhinitis (allergic and non-allergic), chronic rhinosinusitis, atopic dermatitis, food allergy, and drug allergy. [more]

National Institutes of Health Research and Training in Child Abuse and Neglect
Deadline: Oct. 19
The National Institutes of Health requests that multidisciplinary centers serve as the Capstone for research and education in child maltreatment and as a resource for the field. Centers will conduct innovative and high-quality research, propose dissemination and outreach core, and be encouraged to disseminate information to the broader community. [more]

Center of Disease Control Population-Based Surveillance of Birth Defects and Data Utilization for Public Health Action
Deadline: Oct.26 
The CDC is providing funding to improve population-based birth defects surveillance and translate the data collected for public health action to understand the impact of birth defects on communities, drive prevention strategies, improve referral services, and link and evaluate health outcomes. This will enhance state population-based surveillance of major birth defects and to use the data for public health action. [more]

Health Resources and Services Administration- MCH Research
Deadline: Nov.6
The R40 MCH Research Program from the Health Resources and Services Administration supports research on critical issues affecting MCH. Research will advance knowledge, and will result in health services improvements. It will strengthen and expand topics addressed by the MCH Block Grant National Performance Priority Areas and populations served. [more]

For more funding opportunities, click here.


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