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 Oct. 18, 2016

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Health Reform Implementation​

AHRQ, CMS Award $13 Million to Test and Implement New Children's Quality Measures
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced $13.4 million in funding over four years to six new Pediatric Quality Measures Program (PQMP) grantees focused on implementing new pediatric quality measures developed by the PQMP Centers of Excellence (COE). [more]

New HHS Analysis Shows 2.5 Million Americans Buying Off-Marketplace Individual Health Coverage May be Eligible for Tax Credits
Since the Affordable Care Act became law, millions of Americans have gained coverage or found more affordable options thanks to premium tax credits available through the health insurance marketplace. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released data showing that 2.5 million Americans who currently purchase off-marketplace individual market coverage may qualify for tax credits if they shop for 2017 coverage through the marketplace. [more]

Open Enrollment for Plan Year 2017 Launches Nov. 1
The health insurance marketplace will open for enrollments for the 2017 health plan year beginning Nov. 1. The marketplaces will remain open until Jan. 31. Outside of the open enrollment period, individuals can enroll in marketplace coverage only if they've experiences a qualifying life event triggering a special enrollment period. [more]

Get Involved

AMCHP Extends Deadline for Conference Proposals
The AMCHP Annual Conference is the ideal venue to present your ideas, research, innovative programming, best practices and effective outreach strategies. We invite you to submit a proposal for the 2017 AMCHP Annual Conference (March 4-7) in Kansas City, Mo. The deadline for submissions is now Oct. 25 at 11:59 p.m. ET. [more]

Become a Member of the 2017 Leadership Lab
AMCHP is requesting applications for participation in the 2017 Leadership Lab! [more]

Maximizing Insurance Enrollment in MCH
In partnership with Family Voices, AMCHP is hosting a webinar series to help maternal and child health advocates better prepare for the upcoming open enrollment period. The series, Maximizing Insurance Enrollment in Maternal and Child Health, will feature presentations from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, Enroll America, state Title V agencies and health insurance navigators from the family leader community. [more]

Participate in the Social Determinants of Health Learning Network
AMCHP hosted a virtual Town Hall with Dr. Lu on the Infant Mortality CoIIN: Reflections & Key Updates for the Extension Year Sept. 30. Objectives were to build on the conversations that have taken place, both in-person and virtually, during the IM CoIIN Harvest Meetings; to learn what is working in the IM CoIIN; identify opportunities for improvement and redesign; and to share important updates and changes within the Social Determinants of Health Learning Network (SDOH) learning network. [more]

Stay Informed About Adolescent and Young Adult Health
The Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center, funded by the U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau, published its October newsletter: Improving Health Care Awareness: Models that Engage and Empower Youth and Families.

Promoting Health for Women Living with a Disability
Join the Association of University Centers on Disabilities for a webinar on Oct. 19 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET to learn more about the importance of reducing barriers to health promotion for women living with disabilities. [more]

Domestic Violence and Children
The Childhood Domestic Violence Association will host a webinar on Oct. 20 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET. [more]

Learn How to Build an Effective Youth Program
Child Trends will host a live webcast on Oct. 20 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET to help staff and leaders at youth-serving organizations improve their services. [more]

Engage Fathers in Home Visits
Join the National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) for a webinar on Oct. 25 from 2:00-2:30 p.m. ET. [more]

Address Issues in Your City Through the Lens of Equity
The National League of Cities Institutes for Youth, Education and Families will host a webinar on Oct. 27 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. The presentation will discuss the recent finding that zip codes may be a more important predictor of health than genetics. [more]

Examining the Public Debate on School Food Nutrition Guidelines
Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG) and the Public Health Advocacy Institute (PHAI) will co-host a webinar on Oct. 27 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. to explore how advocates, the food industry, policymakers and others have shaped discussions about school nutrition guidelines since the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act in 2010. [more]

Childhood Lead Poisoning: A Blueprint for Action
The Green and Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) developed a strategic plan that includes broad policy recommendations to marshal the financial resources and regulatory tools to end childhood lead poisoning as a major public health threat in the next five years.[more]

Apply Your Research in Epidemiology to MCH
The Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau is accepting summer proposal project submissions for the 2017 Graduate Student Epidemiology Program. This program offers graduate students a unique opportunity to apply their classroom skills to real-world data projects, and gives state and local agencies valuable technical assistance as they work to enhance their information systems capacity. State or local health departments and tribal epidemiology centers are eligible to propose a project until Nov. 11. [more]

Host a Student Team for the Title V MCH Internship Program
The National MCH Workforce Development Center is accepting state applications for the Title V MCH Internship Program that will take place during the summer of 2017. The center will support up to seven teams of MCH students to participate in internships in state Title V programs. [more]

Publications & Resources

Zika Corner
Interim Guidance for Preconception Counseling and Prevention of Sexual Transmission of Zika
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published new interim guidance that recommends all men with possible Zika virus exposure who are considering attempting to conceive with their partner, regardless of symptom status, wait at least six months after symptom onset (if symptomatic) or last possible Zika virus exposure (if asymptomatic). [more]

Health Reform Implementation in MCH
How are Expectant Moms Faring in the ACA Era?
AMCHP and the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation recently hosted a webinar that explored strategies to connect women to dental coverage and care during pregnancy, highlighted examples of how states and health plans are integrating screenings and referrals into prenatal care, and discussed how educational campaigns are produced to showcase the importance of dental care during pregnancy. [more]

Child and Adolescent Health

Help Improve Your State's Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or Developmental Disabilities Program
Click here to access AMCHP's State Public Health Autism Resource Center infographic!

School-Based Asthma Management Program
The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology published an article about standardizing recommendations for school-based asthma management. [more]

Melatonin and Sleep Problems in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Speaks created a toolkit that provides parents with introductory information on melatonin, a common supplement prescribed by doctors to help improve sleep quality in children with autism. [more]

Teen Births Continue to Decline
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics released a report, Continued Declines in Teen Birth Rates in the United States, 2015. [more]

Vaccination Coverage Among Children in Kindergarten
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published a report in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that highlights the rates of vaccinations in 50 states and the District of Columbia .[more]

Legislation & Policy in MCH
Blueprint for Children: How the Next President Can Build a Foundation for a Healthy Future
A report from the American Academy of Pediatrics provides recommendations for the next administration on improving the health and well-being of children, especially children and youth with special health care needs. [more]

Women's & Infant Health

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month
In observance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month in October, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a feature about infant death from SIDS and other causes, as well as ways for parents and caregivers to reduce risk. [more]

Decrease in U.S. Infant Mortality Rate from 2007-2013
The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology has published a paper by the Centers for Disease and Prevention scientists that examines the U.S. infant mortality rate from 2007-2013. [more]

On Your Behalf

In early October, the Mississippi AYAH Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) team hosted a site visit and meeting with state partners that highlighted potential areas of collaboration to move their work forward around adolescent preventive services and school based health centers (SBHCs). [more]

Career Opportunities

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Seeking Health Policy Fellows

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health Policy Fellowship program is searching for outstanding midcareer health professionals, behavioral and social scientists, as well as others with an interest in health care who possess the skills and commitment to use the fellowship experience to provide leadership in improving health policy at the national, state and local level; bring a depth of expertise and knowledge about health care to the policymaking process; and can offer an informed perspective on important and complex challenges facing policymakers. [more]

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Searching for MCH Epidemiologist

Located in Baltimore, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is seeking a full-time Epidemiologist at the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). This position is responsible for surveillance, investigation and evaluation of MCH program data, as well as related issues for the MCHB. Duties include maintaining and analyzing comprehensive MCH datasets in order to assist with the planning, implementation and evaluation of programs to improve maternal and child health in Maryland. [more]


National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep Program
Deadline: Oct. 27, 2016
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau is accepting applications for the National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep (NAPPSS) Program. The goal of this program is to make safe infant sleep and breastfeeding national norms. Over the next five years, the cooperative agreement recipient will work with public, private and professional organizations through three areas of activity: coalition building and maintenance, implementation of NAPPSS and safe infant sleep bundles. For more information, click here.

Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Deadline: Oct. 29, 2016 (Letter of Intent)
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism seeks to continue to support the previously funded Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, a multidisciplinary consortium of domestic and international projects established to address the prevention of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, the diagnosis of the full range of birth defects associated with prenatal alcohol exposure and ameliorative interventions for affected individuals. The initiative aims to accelerate the translation of key research findings by fostering collaboration and coordinating clinical, basic and translational research. For more information, click here.

2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize
Deadline: Nov. 3, 2016
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize recognizes communities that have placed a priority on health and creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments that will give all people, especially those facing the greatest challenges, the opportunity to live well. The prize elevates the compelling stories of local leaders and community members who are coming together to create conditions for health and prosperity by transforming neighborhoods, schools and businesses. For more information, click here.

For more funding opportunities, click here.