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Final 2 NPM Implementation Roadmaps Scheduled February 1 to 10
AMCHP and the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Strengthen the Evidence Base for MCH are pleased to host 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).

Each webinar in the series will focus on one of the 15 NPMs. The series will take place through February. The first webinars are scheduled as follows:

  • Taking Action with Evidence: Implementation Roadmap NPM #15

            Date: Wednesday, Feb. 3

           Time: 4:00-5:00 PM EST


  • Strengthen the Evidence Base, National Performance Measure Webinar, NPM #12—Transition

              Date: Wednesday, Feb. 10

              Time: 4:00-5:00 PM Eastern

More information about the series and registration links for each webinar are posted to the MCH Block Grant Transformation Resources page on the AMCHP website. We will update this site on a rolling basis and provide reminders in Member Briefs.

Keeping Our Children Safe in a Changing World
The Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, February 3 from 4:00-5:00 pm EST. The webinar will help parents and caregivers define the need for resources to prepare children and youth to make the best decisions when they are on their own to stay safe in unexpected crisis events; describe real concerns of parents and youth in today's world; identify current and upcoming resources to help teach children, parents, and communities what to do in a crisis; and discuss gaps in resources and opportunities for future collaboration in resource development. To register, click here.

Newborn Screening Contingency Plan Survey Now Open for Public Comment
AMCHP is partnering with CDC, APHL, and 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. We are seeking input from State/Territorial Newborn Screening Programs, State Public Health Laboratories, Title V MCH and CYSHCN Programs, Preparedness Programs, Primary Care Providers, Specialists, Hospitals, Local Health Departments, Families, Consumers, and other stakeholders. Please feel free to distribute the public comment survey link to any audience you feel is applicable.  We also encourage state programs to coordinate with one another to develop a robust survey response. The survey will be open January 12 to February 15. To access the public comment survey, click here.  For questions and concerns, please contact Cori Flyod at or call 202-266-3046.

Infant Mortality CoIIN Virtual Learning Session 3 (VLS 3)
The third learning session for Infant Mortality CoIIN state teams will occur on Tuesday, February 23 and Wednesday, February 24 from 1:00-4:30 pm EST each day. Pre-work for the learning session is due Friday, February 5. The registration deadline for VLS 3 is Friday, February 19. For more information, click here.

2016-2018 Developmental Monitoring Within State Systems Grants Requests 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. AMCHP will provide ongoing technical assistance, disseminate resource materials and link grantees to other states and experts in early identification of developmental delay. For more information and to apply, click here. Applications are due Feb. 29, 2016, and the applicant informational conference call will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. EST. Please RSVP to if you plan to participate on the call. For additional questions, contact Kate Taft, senior program manager, children and youth with special health care needs, at or (202) 266-3056, or Cori Floyd, program associate, child and adolescent health, at or (202) 266-3046.

Call for Abstract: 2016 CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference 
City MatCH 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. The deadline to submit an abstract is Feb. 19, 2016. To apply, click here. Please contact Carol Gilbert at /402-552-9589 or Maureen Fitzgerald at  402-552-9585 for any questions or concerns. The deadline to apply for a Travel Sponsorship Application is March 15, 2016. To apply, please click here.

2016 Training Course in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the CDC, and CityMatCH are offering a training course in MCH Epidemiology as part of their ongoing effort to enhance the analytic capacity of state and local health agencies. The course is an intensive program, combining lectures, discussion, hands on exercises, and opportunities for individualized technical assistance. Several post-training webinars will serve to build upon and extend the content of the in-person training. Applications are due no later than 11:59 pm PST on Feb. 19. For more information and to apply, click here.

Free Webinar on Improving Healthcare Quality for Children in Medicaid and CHIP
This webinar on Feb. 11 at 2:00pm ET will highlight promising practices and key lessons learned over the course of the 5-year Quality Demonstration Grant Program. Topics will include supporting primary care practice quality improvement and transformation; enhancing States' capacity to report quality measures; improving service systems for youth with serious emotional disorders; and building partnerships and capacity to leverage and sustain ongoing quality improvement. To register, click here.

Opportunity to Improve the Quality of Children's Healthcare through Customized Technical Assistance
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), in partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is offering technical assistance and peer-to-peer learning opportunities to support State health care quality improvement projects for children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP. The goal of this "knowledge transfer" opportunity is to leverage lessons learned from the CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grant Program, which is the largest Federal investment ever made to identify effective, replicable strategies for enhancing the quality of health care for children enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP. The program aims to help participants apply lessons from the Demonstration to save time and resources and increase the potential for successful outcomes for children. Please submit an Expression of Interest Form by Feb. 25. For more information, click here.

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