Legislative & Policy Corner
Congress Passes CR, Yet Another Government Shutdown Averted
With only minutes to spare, the Senate passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) before the midnight deadline on Dec. 9. The House had passed the bill on Dec. 8. The CR lasts through Apr. 28 and continues level funding for most government programs with a 0.19% across-the-board cut. The CR also includes $500 million in funding for states to address the opioid crisis and $170 million in funding to address the Flint water crisis. [more]
21st Century Cures Act Passes Congress, Also Addresses Opioid Crisis and Mental Health Reform
Last week, the House and Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act, which was combined with other bills to address the opioid crisis and mental health reform. The Cures section of the bill is aimed at encouraging medical innovation through increased investment at NIH and streamlining drug and device approval processes. This section also includes a provision supported by AMCHP to create a task force charged with identifying and addressing gaps in knowledge and research regarding safe and effective therapies for pregnant and lactating women. [more]
Nominate Your Peers for a 2016 AMCHP Award
AMCHP recognizes leadership in MCH in several ways, including awards presented to MCH leaders to honor their excellence in the field. These awards will be presented at the 2017 AMCHP Annual Conference. Nominations for the following awards will be accepted until Dec. 16. [more]
Don't Miss Out on Savings for AMCHP 2017!
Registration is now open for the 2017 AMCHP Annual Conference. This is 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]
Managing Children with Medical Complexities
The American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Children with Disabilities will host a webinar on Dec. 15 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. CT. The presentation will describe the population of children with medical complexities and provide strategies on how pediatricians can optimize medical and health outcomes for their patients and their families. [more]
Don't Miss the Next Webinar Installments on Issues Involving Developmental Disabilities
The University of Southern California University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Children's Hospital Los Angeles hosts monthly webinars to educate and explore current issues affecting people with developmental disabilities and their families. [more]
Learn How to Improve Worksite Support for Breastfeeding Mothers
The Center for Public Health Continuing Education and the University of Albany School of Public Health will host two webinars in the Prevention Agenda Webinar Series on improving worksite breastfeeding for mothers. [more]
How are States Leveraging Medicaid to Expand Health Services in Schools?
The Healthy Schools Campaign will host a webinar on Dec. 15 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. CT to provide an overview on the Promising Futures Learning Collaborative's work with state teams to expand health services in schools and leverage funding through Medicaid. [more]
Updated AAP Safe Sleep Guidelines Now Available
Join the Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network for a webinar on Dec. 20 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. [more]
Moving the Needle on Maternal Health
The Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau will host the next installment in DataSpeak, a series of online conferences that feature special topics related to MCH data, on Dec. 20 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET. [more]
HomVEE Releases Call for Studies
On behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Mathematica Policy Research is seeking studies for the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) review of the evidence base for home visiting programs. The studies will be used to help inform policy, new initiatives and program direction at the federal level. [more]
Submit an Abstract on Women's Health
The Academy of Women's Health is accepting abstracts for the 25th Anniversary Congress on Women's Health. Abstracts should reflect current and emerging issues in women's health and sex differences including basic, clinical, translational, behavioral, epidemiologic, disparities and health services research. [more]Enhance Your Understanding of Adverse Childhood Experiences
Futures Without Violence is offering a free online course on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). [more]
Publications & Resources
New NPM Resources:
Visit the AMCHP website to check out the new State Action Plan NPM Resource Sheets based on the updated state action plans. In addition to summaries of strategies for each state-selected measure, the resource sheets also feature best practices from Innovation Station that are directly related to the NPM as well as resources highlighted on webinars and through technical assistance. [more]
Epidemiology in MCH
Data Resources for Analyzing Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health released a new resource to aid researchers, public health practitioners and policymakers with data on health and health care disparities and social determinants of health. [more]
Health Reform Implementation in MCH
State Statutes and Regulation on Dietary Treatment of Disorders Identified Through Newborn Screening
With support from the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, the Catalyst Center updated a chart that provides information about state-specific legislation. [more]
Putting Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health at the Heart of Universal Health Coverage
This archived webinar from the Core Group presented the recent report published by Save the Children and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. [more]
Child & Adolescent Health Implementing Evidence-based Bullying Prevention Programs in Schools
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention published the School-Based Bullying Prevention I-Guide (Implementation Guide). [more]
Innovative Strategies Communities Use to Improve Young Child Wellness
Grantees of Project LAUNCH, a federal funded initiative by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that focuses on the health of children from birth to age 8, published Implementation of Young Child Wellness Strategies in a Unique Cohort of Local Communities. [more]
Recognition and Management of Medical Complexity
Published in Pediatrics, this report acknowledges that pediatricians, payers and policymakers should recognize children with medical complexity. [more]
Ensuring Quality and Accessible Care for Children with Disabilities
This publication is a result of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's forum on promoting children's cognitive, affective and behavioral health. It summarizes a workshop that explored the needs and challenges faced by children with disabilities and complex conditions, as well as their families. [more]
Understanding the Effects of Trauma on Health
This fact sheet from Advancing Trauma-Informed Care, a national initiative led by the Center for Health Care Strategies, examines the causes of trauma and how it can impact childhood health. [more]
Youth and Young Adult E-Cigarette Use Poses a Public Health
A new report from the U.S. Surgeon General raises public health concerns about e-cigarette use among U.S. youth and young adults. The publication reports that youth and young adults are uniquely vulnerable to the long-term consequences of exposing the brain to nicotine, and it concludes that youth use of nicotine in any form is unsafe. [more]
Using Business to Advance Adolescent Health
This archived webinar from the American Public Health Association features business representatives, youth and development partners highlighting challenges facing adolescent health. [more]
AMCHP Searching for CYSHCN Senior Program Manager
This position develops, implements and evaluates program activities related to children with special health care needs (CYSHCN), including those with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. The senior program manager will track, analyze and report on national and state programs impacting CYSHCN and will partner with relevant federal agencies such as the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [more]
AMCHP Seeking Adolescent Health Intern
AMCHP seeks a graduate student to serve as the adolescent health intern for the winter/spring 2017 semester. The intern will work with the child and adolescent health team on a variety of projects and initiatives. [more]
Planning and Developing Infrastructure to Improve the Mental Health and Wellness of Children, Youth and Families in American Indian/Alaska Natives Communities
Deadline: Dec. 20, 2016
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for the Planning and Developing Infrastructure to Improve the Mental Health and Wellness of Children, Youth and Families in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Communities (Circle of Care VII) grants. These grants are intended to increase the capacity and effectiveness of mental health serving AI/AN communities. Circle of Care grantees will focus on reducing the gap between the need for mental health services, as well as the availability and coordination of mental health, substance use and co-occurring disorders in AI/AN communities for children, youth, young adults and their families. For more information, click here.
Rural Health Network Development Planning Program
Deadline: Jan. 3, 2017
The Health Resources and Services Administration calls for applications for the Rural Health Network Development Planning Program (Network Planning). The purpose of the Network Planning program is to assist in the development of an integrated health care network, specifically for entities that do not have a history of formal collaborative efforts. The Network Planning Program promotes the planning and development of health care networks to achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate and improve quality of essential health care services; and strengthen the rural health care system. For more information, click here.
The MCH Adolescent and Young Adult Health Research Network
Deadline: Jan. 6, 2017
The Health Resources and Services Administration is soliciting applications for the MCH Adolescent and Young Adult Health Research Network. The purpose of this cooperative agreement opportunity is to support the creation and/or maintenance of a transdisciplinary, multisite research network that will accelerate the translation of developmental science into MCH practice, promote scientific collaboration and develop additional research capacity in the fields of adolescent and young adult health. One institution serves as the primary awardee and oversees and facilitates all Network activities. For more information, click here.
Reducing Health Disparities Among Minority and Underserved Children
Deadline: Jan. 7, 2017
This initiative encourages research to reduce health disparities among children. Targeted areas of research include biobehavioral studies that incorporate multiple factors that influence child health disparities, including biological, lifestyle, environmental, social, economic, institutional, cultural and family; studies that target the specific health promotion needs of children with a known health condition and/or disability; and studies that test and evaluate the comparative effectiveness of health promotion interventions conducted in traditional and nontraditional settings. For more information, click here (R01) or here (R21).
Chronic Illness Self-Management in Children and Adolescents
Deadline: Jan. 7, 2017
The purpose of this announcement is to encourage research to improve self-management and quality of life in children and adolescents with chronic conditions. For more information, click here (R01) or here (R21).
Pregnancy in Women with Disabilities (R01)
Deadline: Jan. 7, 2017
This National Institutes of Health funding opportunity encourages research project grants investigating the incidence, course and outcomes of pregnancy among women with disabilities. Areas of interest also include studies to inform preconceptionally and antenatal counseling and strategies for addressing barriers to prenatal care, management of pregnancy, the puerperium and the transition to parenthood to optimize outcomes for women with physical, intellectual and developmental and/or sensory disabilities and their families. For more information, click here.
Deadline: Jan. 7, 2017 (Letter of Intent)
This funding opportunity from the National Institutes of Health seeks applications that propose basic and/or translational research studies regarding the developing neurovascular unit, perinatal stroke injury/repair response, and/or stroke related etiologies and risk factors are requested. Applications that address research vascular, hemostatic, hematopoietic and/or immune cell activities in the developing brain are preferred. The intent is to stimulate research that will identify therapeutic targets in perinatal stroke. For more information, click here.
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