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 Nov. 1, 2016

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Management Minute

Just 'cause you got the monkey off your back doesn't mean the circus has left town. ~ George Carlin

Welcome back – to me! It feels as though I've been on a six-month hiatus and am having some sort of amnesia-like episode. I have been on a lengthy hiatus from writing Management Minute and have plenty of ideas about why. [more]

Health Reform Implementation

Open Enrollment for Plan Year 2017 Launches Nov. 1
The Health Insurance Marketplace will open for enrollments for the 2017 health plan year on 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]

HHS Projects 13.8 Million Plan Selections During 2017 Open Enrollment
An estimated 13.8 million people are expected to select a Marketplace plan during 2017 open enrollment period, a 9 percent increase over 2016, according to the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE). Two-thirds of those making 2017 plan selections are expected to be re-enrollees from 2016 marketplace coverage (9.2 million individuals). [more]

ASPE Details 2017 Marketplace Plan Premiums and Availability
According to the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), benchmark premiums in 2017 will increase on average 22 percent for all states and 25 percent for states using the federally-facilitated marketplace ( [more]

Get Involved

Don't Miss Out on Savings for AMCHP 2017!
Registration is now open for the 2017 AMCHP Annual Conference--the perfect opportunity to connect and network with more than 800 public health officials who share an interest in maternal and child health. [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]

Obesity in Children with ASD
The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development and the Autism Research Institute will co-host a webinar on Nov. 2 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. [more]

Enhance Your Knowledge on Children's Health within Schools
Participate in the following webinars and submit an abstract to share and strengthen your understanding of the correlation between schools and health care. [more]

Care Planning for Children with Special Health Care Needs
The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, Catalyst Center and Family Voices will co-host a webinar on Nov. 9 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. The presentation will discuss the tools needed to create and implement an effective family-centered plan of care for a child with special health care needs. [more]

Innovative Approaches to Prevention of Childhood Obesity
The American Public Health Association, Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health and Tulane Prevention Research Center will co-host a webinar Nov. 9 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. [more]

Help Reduce Disparities in Infant Mortality
The Best Babies Zone (BBZ) Initiative is a place-based, multi-site, multi-sector approach to reducing disparities in infant mortality and birth outcomes by mobilizing community residents and organizational partners to address the social and economic determinants of health. The BBZ Technical Assistance Center is seeking applications for the enrollment of two teams in a new cohort of three Best Babies Zone implementation communities. [more]

CATCH My Breath Program: Policy, Prevention and Implementation
The Coordinated Approach to Child Health will host a webinar Nov. 10 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET. [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]

Engaging Hard-to-Reach Communities
The National Association of County and City Officials will host the third installment in the Public Health Breastfeeding Series on Dec. 5 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. [more]

Call for Public Comments on MCH Bureau
The Health Resources and Services Administration is collecting information to design and implement an evaluation of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau's activities in meeting the goals and objectives of the Autism CARES Act. [more]

Publications & Resources

Zika Corner

Infants Born with Zika Virus Infection and Microcephaly in Puerto Rico
The Journal of the American Medical Association—Pediatrics published a report that discusses the estimation from Centers of Disease Control and Prevention scientists that 5,900 to 10,300 pregnant women may have been infected during the Zika virus outbreak in Puerto Rico in 2016. [more]

Updated Interim Guidance for Managing Infants with Possible Zika Virus Infection
As a result of an American Academy of Pediatrics and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention meeting in July 2016, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published Update: Interim Guidance for the Evaluation and Management of Infants with Possible Congenital Zika Virus Infection—United States, August 2016. [more]

Resource Guide for States and Communities Caring for Infants and Children Affected by Zika Virus
The Health Resources and Services Administration created a publication that focuses on the comprehensive health needs of infants and children affected by the Zika virus. [more]

Epidemiology in MCH
DataSpeak: Utilizing the Title V Information System Data
The archive of DataSpeak on the Title V Information System (TVIS) is now available. [more]

Health Reform Implementation in MCH
Medicaid Managed Care Rules Will Improve Transparency and Accountability
The Center for Children and Families and the National Health Law Program launched a series of briefs that unpack the Medicaid/Children's Health Insurance Program managed care regulations. [more]

Improving Women's Health and Birth Outcomes through Medicaid Incentives
The National Academy of State Health Policy and the National Institute for Children's Health Quality published a new issue brief that details Medicaid models that provide incentives for the use of effective contraception to support healthy and planned births. [more]

Child and Adolescent Health
Supporting Parents of Young Children
The Engineering, Medicine and National Academies of Science published Parenting Matters: Supporting Parents of Children Ages 0-8. The publication reviews research on parenting practices and identifies effective practices. [more]

Bully-Free World
The Bully Project designed a toolkit for parents, teachers and students to help children with special needs confront bullies. [more]

The Correlation Between School Attendance and Chronic Health Conditions
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors published School Attendance, Chronic Health Condition and Leveraging Data Improvement: Recommendations for State Education and Health Departments to Address Student Absenteeism. [more]

Women's & Infant Health

The Importance of the Well-Woman Visit
The recent volume of the Northwest Bulletin: Family & Child Health, a collaboration of the Center of Excellence in MCH at the University of Washington/Seattle and state MCH programs, focuses on the first National Performance Measure (NPM): The Well-Woman Visit. [more]

Career Opportunites

Office of Adolescent Health Seeking Fellows
Two fellowships opportunities are available at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health in Rockville, Md. [more]


Leadership Education in Adolescent Health
Deadline: Nov. 10, 2016
The Health Resources and Services Administration is soliciting applications for the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health Training Program. The purpose of this program is to prepare maternal and child health leaders in adolescent and young adult health within at least five core health disciplines – medicine, nursing, nutrition, psychology and social work – by providing interdisciplinary leadership training to health professionals at the graduate and postgraduate levels. For more information, click here. An archived technical assistance webinar to help applicants understand, prepare and submit grant applications is available.

Sickle Cell Disease Newborn Screening Follow-Up Program
Deadline: Nov. 10, 2016
The Health Resources and Services Administration is accepting applications for the Sickle Cell Disease Newborn Screening Follow-Up Program to provide support for a sickle cell newborn screening technical assistance center (TAC). TAC will improve the care and reduce rates of loss to follow-up of individuals identified with sickle cell disease (SCD) and sickle cell traits through universal newborn screening by supporting the efforts of community-based organizations on SCD education and service coordination. For more information, click here.
Rural Policy Analysis Program
Deadline: Nov. 14, 2016
The Health Resources and Services Administration is accepting applications for the Rural Policy Analysis Program, which supports research and analysis of key policy issues affecting rural communities that inform policymakers. Funded projects should focus on the changing rural environment, and products should achieve the following: facilitate public dialogue on key rural policy issues; identify opportunities for integrating health and human services in rural policy, program and evaluation in a local community context; identify opportunities to demonstrate broad community impact of policies and programs in rural health and human services; and provide timely analysis of policies and regulations that help optimize positive impacts on rural health systems and communities in the form of policy briefs, reports and oral presentations. For more information, click here.

Nursing Workforce Diversity Program
Deadline: Nov. 14, 2016
The Health Resources and Services Administration is soliciting applications for the Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) program. The overall purpose of the NWD program is to increase nursing education opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including ethnic and racial minorities who are underrepresented among registered nurses. For more information, click here.

Nurse Faculty Loan Program
Deadline: Nov. 14, 2016
The Health Resources and Services Administration is accepting applications for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP). The program's purpose is to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty by providing funding to accredited institutions of nursing. The NFLP is a loan forgiveness program designed to prepare and train qualified nurse educators to fill faculty vacancies and increase the number of trained nurses entering the workforce. For more information, click here.

Exploratory and Developmental Grant to Improve Health Care Quality through HIT
Deadline: Nov. 16, 2016
The purpose of this grant is to fund exploratory and developmental research that will contribute to the evidence base of how health information technology improves health care quality. This funding opportunity supports the use of a wide variety of research designs in order to generate information regarding the design and development, implementation, use or impact of health information technology (HIT) on quality. For more information, click here.

Developmental Mechanisms of Human Structural Birth Defects
Deadline: Nov. 16, 2016 (Letter of Intent)
The National Institutes of Health is accepting applications to support innovative, multidisciplinary, interactive and synergistic program projects that integrate basic, translational and clinical approaches to understanding the developmental biology and genetic basis of significant congenital human malformations. Each program project will consist of only three component research projects, as well as associated cores. For more information, click here.

For more funding opportunities, click here.