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 Sept. 8, 2015

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Health Reform Implementation

Proposed Essential Health Benefit Benchmark Plans 
A set of essential health benefits (EHBs) are required of all plans sold on the Health Insurance Marketplace or all new non-grandfathered plans sold outside of the Health Insurance Marketplace. [more]

ACA Funding to Help Consumers Sign-up for Insurance
Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded $67 million in ACA funding to help consumers sign-up for affordable Health Insurance Marketplace coverage in 2016. Awarded to 100 organizations located in 34 states that operate Federally Facilitated Marketplaces and State Partnership Marketplaces, the three year-long Marketplace Navigator grants will fuel efforts to help consumers enroll in a health plan that fits their budget and best meets their family's needs. [more]

Medicaid Expansion
Alaska expanded their Medicaid program effective Sept. 1, 2015. It is estimated that expanding Medicaid will bring $146 million to the state in its first year and provide health care to more than 20,000 working Alaskans. [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. At the same time, volunteering on an AMCHP committee offers you rich professional development opportunities and potentially provides a future pathway toward greater leadership roles in this organization. All interested members may serve up to two consecutive one year terms. [more]

How Title V Programs Can Participate in Your States' Public Health Accreditation Process
This is a "don't miss" opportunity! Having a say in your state's public health accreditation process is extremely beneficial. Not only will participating in this process definitely result in a win-win for addressing issues that are important to your programs, it will advance the overall quality and performance within your respective public health departments. So far, approximately nine states have completed the accreditation process, and many other states are currently going through the Public Health Accreditation process for their state public health departments. [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]

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]

Progress on the Redesign of the NSCH and Data Resource Center
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is pleased to announce the next DataSpeak webinar titled "Progress on the Redesign of the NSCH and the Data Resource Center." The program will take place on Sept. 10 from 2 to 3 p.m. EST. The webinar will focus on the rationale, design, and programmatic implications of redesigning the National Survey of Children's Health. [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. This course is targeted toward graduate students in an MCH Training Program and individuals who are currently or formally affiliated with an MCH training program. [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. All the Center's offerings leverage transformative activities happening in states and territories as a result of Title V, health care and Medicaid reforms. [more]

Text4baby Kicks Off 2015 Enrollment Contest
The 2015 Text4baby State Enrollment Contest â€" launched in honor of Mother's Day and National Women's Health Week â€" 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. The main focus of the course will include summative evaluations, including outcome and impact evaluations. This course will cover the importance of developing logic models of inputs, activities, outputs, and outcomes. [more]

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!


Infographic Spotlight: California Lifetime Risks of Heart Disease after Pregnancy Complications

The goal of this infographic is to increase women's awareness that having certain complications in pregnancy or postpartum (after having a baby) can increase their lifetime risk of CVD. Women can lower their risk by engaging in healthy activities and making sure to get regular checkups with a health care provider who knows their history. To learn more and view the inforgraphic (in English and Spanish),click here.


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

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]



Iowa Department of Public Health Accepting Applications for Management Analyst 3
This position is open for the Data Management Program. This person will help direct the Iowa Public Health Tracking Portal, as well as work with the IDPH Data and Informatics Community of Practice, and work to implement recommendations from the Data Management evaluation. This position is housed within the IDPH in the Bureau of Planning Services under the Director's Office. [more]

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]

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. [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.