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 Jan. 12, 2016

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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 members, or simply to pique your interest in the work of your peers.

This month, we have the privilege of introducing you to Susan Colburn and Mary Frances Kornak, who currently serve on the AMCHP Board of Directors. [more]



Preparing for Hill Day Visits
On Jan. 6, AMCHP hosted a webinar to provide an update on federal legislation, review how to conduct a meeting and logistics for the hill day, and how to build a relationship with a member of Congress. [more]

Appropriations Recap 
Congress passed the FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill to fund the government through Sept. 30, 2016. We are pleased to share that the bill included a $1.2 million increase for theTitle V Maternal & Child Health Services Block Grant to $638,200,000. [more]

Congress Sends ACA Repeal Bill to President
On Jan. 6, the House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal major parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Among other things, the bill would repeal the individual mandate, employer mandate, premium subsidies for exchange plans and Medicaid expansion. [more]

Health Reform Implementation

Marketplace Enrollment Numbers Remain High throughout Open Enrollment Season
Since open enrollment began on Nov. 1, more than 8.5 millionconsumers have signed-up for health coverage through the platform or had their coverage automatically renewed. Of these 8.5 million enrollees, 29 percent are new consumers selecting plans on the marketplace for the very first time. [more]

Administration Issues Executive Actions on Mental Health, Gun Violence 
More than 4 million Americans have been the victim of a crime involving a gun in the last decade, including more than 20,000children under the age of 18 who have died by a firearm. The Obama administration announced a series of executive stepsaimed at curbing gun violence, including broader background checks and the hiring of additional specialists to process those checks. [more]



AMCHP to Launch New Best Practices Category at Annual Conference
Innovation Station, the AMCHP online searchable database for emerging, promising and best practices in MCH, is launching a new practice category: cutting edge. Cutting edge practices are considered emerging innovations of existing or new methods and practices. [more]

Newborn Screening Contingency Plan Survey Now Open for Public Comment
AMCHP is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and the Health Resource Service Administration (HRSA), and an Advisory Committee to update the Newborn Screening Contingency Plan (CONPLAN), with a focus on addressing gaps in laboratory and clinical follow-up. [more]

Infant Mortality CoIIN Virtual Learning Session 3 (VLS 3)
The third learning session for Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network (CoIIN) state teams will occur on Feb. 23 and Feb. 24 from 1:00-4:30 p.m. ESTeach day. Pre-work for the learning session is due Feb. 5. [more]

Seeking Abstracts: Maternal and Child Health Journal
In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Healthy Start Program, the Maternal and Child Health Journal is soliciting abstract submissions to be considered for a thematic issue focusing on the Health Start Program's role in leading community action to improve pregnancy outcomes. All abstract submissions must be related to work completed with the Healthy Start Program and must be connected to improving women's health, promoting quality services, strengthening family resilience, achieving collective impact, or increasing accountability through quality improvement, performance, and evaluation. [more]

Medication Prescribing for Pregnant and Childbearing-aged Women: Resources for the Practicing Clinician
Taking some medications come early in pregnancy can increase the risk for some birth defects and other poor pregnancy outcome. Whereas information available to health care providers to guide and support patients in the decision making process is limited. [more]

2016-2018 Developmental Monitoring within State Systems Grants Request for Applications
Through funding from the CDC National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, AMCHP will facilitate a competitive award process of up to $20,000 to 12 states or territories over the next two years. The purpose of this grant is to increase parent-engaged developmental monitoring by promoting the adoption and integration of Learn the Signs. Act Early. materials and training resources into programs and statewide systems that serve young children and their families, such as Early Head Start/Head Start, child care, home visiting, WIC, Child Find, health care, etc. [more]

Call for Abstracts: 2016 CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference
CityMatCH invites you to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentation in two tracks: scientific research and data or program and policy issues in maternal and child health. This is an opportunity to share your successes, research, results, and lessons learned with national and global audiences. [more]

New Webinar Series to Support Implementation of the MCH Block Grant Transformation Taking Action with Evidence: Implementation Roadmaps
AMCHP and the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Strengthen the Evidence Base for MCH are hosting a series of webinars to support your next phase of action -- selecting evidence-based or -informed strategies and developing your state-initiated Evidence-based or -informed Strategy Measures (ESMs) that will impact your state selected Title V population-based National Performance Measures (NPMs). [[more]



General & Maternal Child Health

Medical Home Modules for Pediatric Residency Education Now Available
A series of five case-based, educational modules on key medical home principles for pediatric residency programs are now available from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Each module, both as a full set and individually, is designed to be incorporated into existing curriculum by residency program directors and faculty. [more]

Women & Infant Health

January is National Birth Defects Month 
Birth defects are common, costly, and critical. Every four and a half minutes, a baby is born with a major birth defect in the United States. The National Birth Defects Prevention Network, in collaboration with many state and local organizations, are working together to increase awareness that birth defects are "Common, Costly, and Critical" and offer actionable steps that professionals, community groups, and the public can take to prevent birth defects. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health 

National Symposium on Children with Complex Health Care Needs
On Dec. 7-8, the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health hosted a gathering of the nation's leading experts in complex health care for children at the National Academies of Sciences in Washington, D.C. Session topics included national health policy for this population, care coordination, self-management, team care, and financing for complex care. [more]

New Epilepsy Resources
The AAP is the coordinating Center for Children and Youth with Epilepsy Center under the HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The Center provides continuous learning opportunities for MCHB grantees, the program's Advisory Committee, as well as other health professionals. [more]



AMCHP Recruiting for Associate Director,  Women's and Infant Health 
This position is accountable for the implementation and evaluation of program activities within AMCHP's Women's and Infant Health Portfolio, which includes four staff and a budget of approximately $1.75M annually from three major grants with Merck for Mothers, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation as well as a few small subgrants. [more]

University of Iowa Seeks Director of the Division of Child and Community Health 
The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Iowa is seeking faculty candidates for Director of the Division of Child and Community Health, which operates Iowa's statewide Title V program for children and youth with special health care needs under the Title V Block Grant, Iowa Department of Health. [more]

Louisiana Office of Public Health Recruiting MCH Epidemiology Program Manager 
The Louisiana Office of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health is located in downtown New Orleans. The MCH Epidemiology Program Manager will be responsible for direct supervision of lower-level epidemiology staff and students, as well as coordination of the State Systems Development Initiative. [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!



Advancing Education Nursuing Traineeship (AENT) Program 
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2016
HRSA is accepting eligible applicants in education programs that provide registered nurses with nurse practitioner and nurse mid-wife education. Such programs may include schools of nursing, nursing centers, academic health centers, state or local governments, and other public or private nonprofit entities authorized by the Secretary to confer degrees to registered nurses for nurse practitioner nurse-midwife education. [more]

Emergency Medicial Services for Children Targeted Issues Program
Deadline: Feb. 29, 2016
HRSA is now accepting applications for the Emergency Medical Services for Children Targeted Issues Program (EMSC). The program works to ensure that critically ill and injured children receive optimal pediatric emergency care. The target goal of the Targeted Issues Program is to support strategies to improve the quality of pediatric care delivered in emergency care settings across the continuum of emergency care through the implementation of pediatric emergency care research and innovative cross cutting projects. [more]

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

Submit your innovation today! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

For more information, contact Ki'Yonna Jones at (202) 266-3049 or visit You can also click hereto refer an innovative MCH program that we should know about!


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