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 Nov. 15, 2016

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Health Reform Implementation

Presidential Parity Panel Offers Steps to Treat Mental Illness Like Other Disease
A new report was released by President Obama's Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force, outlining recommendations for improving mental health parity in insurance coverage. [more]

Get Involved

Nominate Your Peers for a 2016 AMCHP Award
AMCHP recognizes leadership in maternal and child health in several ways, including through our annual awards to MCH leaders. These awards will be presented at the 2017 AMCHP Annual Conference. Nominations for the following awards will be accepted until Dec. 5. [more]

Don't Miss Out on Savings for AMCHP 2017!
Registration is 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. Register by Jan. 26 to receive an early bird discount! [more]

AMCHP TV Returns to Annual Conference
AMCHP is excited to announce that AMCHP TV will return to the Annual Conference in 2017. AMCHP TV provides a great platform to engage people about important issues within maternal and child health. [more]

AYAH Center Bulletin: Stakeholder Engagement Strategies
The Adolescent Health and Young Adult National Resource Center has released its November Bulletin: Strategies to Engage Stakeholders to Coordinate Preventive Care and Screenings for Adolescents and Young Adults. [more]

Learn How to Identify and Support Hidden Populations
Family Voices of California will host a webinar on Nov. 16 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET. The presentation will discuss the American Association for Caregiving Youth's model for identifying caregivers through the public school system and supporting the needs of youth and their families. [more]

State ESSA Plans to Support Student Health and Wellness
The Healthy Schools Campaign will host a webinar on Nov. 17 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. CT. [more]

Host a Student Team for the Title V MCH Internship Program
The National MCH Workforce Development Center has extended the deadline for state applications for the Title V MCH Internship Program until Nov. 18. The center will support up to seven teams of MCH students to participate in internships in state Title V programs in 2017. [more]

Healthy Native Youth
The Healthy Native Youth website is a new one-stop-shop for educators and health advocates who want to expand learning opportunities for American Indian/Alaskan Native youth. The site was designed for tribal educators, teachers and parents; it provides training and tools to access and deliver effective, age-appropriate programs. [more]

Participate in the Diversity and Health Equity Peer Learning Collaborative
The Health Resources and Services Administration's Division of MCH Workforce Development is accepting applications for the 2017 Diversity and Health Equity Peer Learning Collaborative. The collaborative will facilitate the sharing and use of information, highlighting successes, challenges and solutions to effectively address diversity and health equity within MCH training programs. [more]

Incorporate Strategies and Lessons into Global Health
Global Health University will host a webinar on Dec. 6 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET. [more]

Submit an Abstract for the 2017 NACCHO Annual Conference
The National Association of County and City Officials (NACCHO) is seeking abstract submissions for the 2017 NACCHO Annual Conference (July 11-13) in Pittsburgh. [more]

Publications & Resources

General & Maternal Child Health

New MCH Digital Library
The Strengthen the Evidence team at Johns Hopkins University recently launched the redesigned Maternal and Child Health Digital Library. [more

Leading Through Health System Change Planning Tool
The new and improved Leading Through Health System Change Planning Tool supports public health departments and their partners in navigating challenges and opportunities introduced by health reform. [more

Health Reform Implementation in MCH
Treatment for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and the EPSDT Benefit
The National Academy for State Health Policy published a brief that provides clarification on the services provided to Medicaid-eligible children with autism and the adherence to the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit. [more

Tools to Support Organizations with Enrolling Remaining Uninsured Children
Children Now released new materials to encourage the remaining uninsured population to enroll. A customizable health coverage outreach poster is available in English, Spanish and Chinese. [more

Child & Adolescent Health

The Neurologist's Role in Supporting Transition to Adult Health Care
The American Academy of Pediatrics has endorsed a consensus statement on the pediatric neurologist's role in helping adolescent patients with neurologic conditions transition to the adult health care system. [more

Gain a Better Understanding of Prader-Willi
The Foundation for Prader-Willi Research created a slide deck to help families educate others on the complexities of Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS). [more

Utilizing Science-Based Approaches
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Reproductive Health released a new resource, Promoting Science-Based Approaches Using Getting to Outcomes (PSBA-GTO). [more

Women's & Infant Health
Updated Recommendation for Safe Infant Sleeping Environments
The American Academy of Pediatrics published SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Death: Evidence Base for 2016 Updated Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment. [more

November is Prematurity Awareness Month
In observance of Prematurity Awareness Month, March of Dimes released the 2016 Premature Birth Report Cards. [more

Birth Control Access Map
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy launched a new map that provides a visual representation of the challenges that millions of women have in accessing the full range of contraceptive methods. [more

The Nutrition and Marketing of Baby and Toddler Food and Drinks
The University of Connecticut Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity published Baby Food Facts. [more

On Your Behalf

In late October, AMCHP staff member Krista Granger presented at the American Public Health Association 2016 Annual Meeting and Expo. Her presentation was entitled “Demonstrating the Value of MCH Programs: Lessons Learned from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs’ Return on Investment Analytic Action Learning Collaborative.” [more]

On Oct. 28, AMCHP staffers Amy Haddad and Kate Taft participated in a convening of the Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment (CHOPT) for the Medicaid initiative in Washington, D.C. CHOPT for Medicaid is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded project led by the Institute for Medicaid Innovation in partnership with the Association of Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) and Medicaid Health Plans of America (MHPA). [more]

AMCHP’s State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) hosted a kick-off meeting Oct. 26-27 in Washington, D.C., for the Innovation in Care Integration for Children and Youth with ASD/DD Community of Learners. The day-and-a-half meeting included discussions about innovative, evidence-informed strategies that state grantees will be implementing (Telehealth, Family Navigator and shared resources); activities on using effective project planning and quality improvement tools; and interactive networking sessions facilitated by AMCHP staff to encourage states to learn from one another and foster working relationships. [more]

Career Opportunities

Education Development Center Seeking Senior Project Director

The Education Development Center (EDC) is seeking a highly-skilled manager with deep expertise in federal home visiting programs and other MCH areas to serve as the full-time senior project director for the Home Visiting—Improvement Action Center Team (HV—ImpACT). [more]

Oregon Center for Children and Youth Searching for CYSHCN Director

The Oregon Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (OCCYSHN) within the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) Institute on Development and Disability is searching for a Title V CYSHCN Director. [more]


Rural Health Network Development Program
Deadline: Nov. 28, 2016
The Health Resources and Services Administration solicits applications for the Rural Health Network Development Program. The purpose of this program is to support mature, integrated rural health care networks that have combined the functions of the entities participating in the network in order to address the health care needs of the targeted rural community. Awardees will address the following statutory charges: achieve efficiencies; expand access, coordinate and improve the quality of essential health care services; and strengthen the rural health care system overall. For more information, click here.

Learning Disabilities Research Centers
Deadline: Nov. 28, 2016 (Letter of Intent)
The National Institutes of Health is accepting applications for the Learning Disabilities Research Centers (LDRCs). The LDRCs will focus on generating new scientific knowledge to inform our understanding of learning disabilities (LDs) and comorbid conditions through synergistic, integrated and team-based transdisciplinary science. This funding opportunity announcement invites both foundational and translational, transdisciplinary research addressing the definition, classification, etiology, diagnosis, epidemiology, early identification, prevention-based approaches and remediation of children, adolescents or adults, identified with or at risk for LDs. For more information, click here.

Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2016
This Department of Housing and Urban Development funding opportunity will select up to 10 communities to participate in the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) to develop and execute a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness. The purpose of YHDP is to learn how communities can approach the goal of preventing and ending youth homelessness by building comprehensive systems of care for young people. For more information, click here.

For more funding opportunities, click here.