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 Mar. 1, 2016

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Management Minute

However long the night, the dawn will break. ~ African Proverb

As promised earlier this month, I'd like to share a brief update on the reschedule of the AMCHP Annual Conference. First, let me say, the quote and this column are really about perseverance. [more]


Legislative & Policy Corner

Zika Emergency Funding Outlook
Last week President Obama submitted to Congress a $1.9 billion emergency funding request to address the Zika virus. The request includes funding for a wide range of activities to prevent, detect and respond to the Zika virus including international assistance, vaccine and diagnostics development and emergency funding to states and US Territories. [more]

Congress Continues Tackling the Opioid Epidemic
This week the Senate will begin debate on the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act ("CARA") that would provide a series of incentives and resources designed to tackle the opioid epidemic.  [more]

Health Reform Implementation
On February 24th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new verification process for health care consumers who enroll in marketplace coverage through a Special Enrollment Period (SEP).  [more]


Get Involved

 AMCHP 2016 Annual Conference Update
We are pleased to announce that the 2016 AMCHP Annual Conference has been rescheduled for Apr. 6-9, 2016 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC! The AMCHP Annual Conference is an essential part of the maternal and child health field and a signature event for our members and other constituents to network, share best practices, and meet with federal and other crucial partners. [more]

Join AMCHP for the 2016 March for Babies Campaign
Once again, AMCHP is supporting our partners at the March of Dimes by raising funds and participating in the Maryland-National Capital Area March for Babies on May 8, 2016 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC! Last year, the AMCHP team raised over $2,000 for stronger and healthier babies. This year our fundraising goal is $3,000.  [more]

DHPE Leap Webinar Series: Lupus and Pregnancy
The Directors of Health Promotion and Education will be hosting a webinar on Lupus and pregnancy on Mar. 16, 2016 from 11 am-12 pm EST.  [more]

MCH Symposium Call for Abstracts 2016
The Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Program, CDC, in partnership with AMCHP and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) is announcing a special call for abstracts for presentation at the MCH Symposium during the 2016 CSTE Annual Conference.  [more]

Young Invincibles Special Enrollment Webinar Series
Young Invincibles will be hosting a webinar on Mar. 2, 2016 at 2 pm EST to discuss health insurance coverage for young adults. [more]

Reducing Teen Substance Misuse: What Really Works
The Big Initiative, National Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), and NORC at the University of Chicago will be hosting a free webinar on Mar. 9, 2016 from 3-4:30 pm EST. [more]

Approaches to the Community Access, Participation, and Engagement for Children with Developmental Disabilities and their Families 
The Maternal and Child Health Life Course Research Network will be hosting a webinar on Apr. 20, 2016 from 12-1 pm EST. [more]

EnRICH Webinar: Introduction to Instrumental Variables-Based Methods for Casual Inference in Health Research
The latest EnRICH (Research Innovations and Challenges) Maternal and Child Health Research Program webinar will take place on Mar. 14, 2016 from 2-3:30 pm EST. [more]

Genetics and ASD Webinar
The Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health and the Autism Treatment Network will be hosting a webinar on Apr. 27, 2016 from 2-3 pm EST.  [more]

Online Continuing Medical Education (CME) Course on Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition Available
The Health Care Transition for Adolescents and Young Adults CME course is sponsored by the Health Services for Children with Special Needs, the National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health/Got Transition, and the District of Columbia Department of Health. [more]


Publications & Resources

General & Maternal Child Health
Updated Interim Guidelines for Healthcare Providers Caring for Infants and Children with Possible Zika Virus Infection
The CDC has updated its interim guidelines for caring for infants and children with possible Zika virus infection as of Feb. 2016. [more]

Title V National Outcome and Performance Measures Data Query
In order for to make it easier for states to access and interactively explore and compare National Outcome Measures and National Performance Measures data findings from the National Survey of Children's Health, and the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs, the Child and Adolescent Health Initiative developed an online tool. [more]

Implementing Care Coordination in Your Program or Community
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation has released a Care Coordination guide that includes a collection of tools and resources for pediatric clinicians, state agencies, and family advocates looking to implement care coordination. [more]

Women & Infant Health

Infants and Toddlers in the District of Columbia: A Statistical Look at Needs and Disparities
This report reviews the challenges facing the District's youngest children and their families. [more]

Twenty States Receive Funding to Improve Newborn Screening and Timeliness
The NewSTEPs 360 Program, a collaboration between the Colorado School of Public Health and the Association of Public Health Laboratories, has selected 20 states that will endeavor to improve newborn screening and save the lives of babies who are born with serious and rare conditions. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

Bullying Prevention Training Course
HRSA has officially launched the online Bullying Prevention Course. This is a self-directed course that features the latest research on bullying prevention and quizzes throughout the course to test your knowledge and ability to earn course credits quickly and easily. [more]

Introduction to Child Welfare Funding and How States Use It
Child Trends recently published a report that examines key child welfare financing decisions based on interviews with child welfare agency officials in 10 states. [more]


On Your Behalf

  • On Feb. 18-19, AMCHP staff members Lori Freeman, Christina Ratleff, and Megan Phillippi participated in the convening of current and future sites of the Best Babies Zone initiative in Oakland, California. [more]


Career Opportunities

Internship Opportunity with Population Health Improvement Partners
Population Health Improvement Partners helps health-focused organizations and coalitions build organizational and community capacity to improve and sustain population health. Population Health Improvement Partners is currently accepting applications for the Cappie L. Stanley Population Health Improvement Internship for summer 2016. [more

National Center for Health Statistics Searching for Statistician (Demography)
The National Center for Health Statistics, Division of Vital Statistics, and Reproductive Statistics Branch is seeking a Statistician (Demography) in Hyattsville, MD. [more]

National Institute of Child Health & Human Development Recruiting Postdoctoral Fellows
The Epidemiology Branch of the Division of Intramural Population Health Research at the National Institute of Child Health &Human Development (NICHD) is recruiting post-doctoral fellows. Candidates approved to work in the United States with a doctoral degree in epidemiology or closely related field, or a medical degree and advanced graduate training in epidemiology and biostatistics within the past five years are invited to apply. [more]

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Executive Director Search
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) located in Arlington, VA is searching for an Executive Director. Responsibilities include providing strategic vision and leadership for ASTHO's staff, programs, and expansion, and the execution of its mission, including its role in supporting its members in successfully improving population health across the nation. [more]



Pediatric Diagnostic Biomarkers for Active Pulmonary TB Disease
Deadline: Mar. 11, 2016
The Department of Health and Human Services is now accepting applications for this funding opportunity. The purpose of this program is to support projects that identify and/or validate biomarkers or biomarker combinations leading to improved diagnosis of active pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) in children, including HIV infected children. [more

Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Impact (ECCS Impact)
Deadline: Mar. 15, 2016
HRSA is accepting applications for Early Comprehensive Childhood Systems Impact (ECCS Impact). The purpose of this program is to enhance early childhood systems building and demonstrate improved outcomes in population-based children's developmental health and family well-being indicators using a Collaborative Innovation and Improvement Network (CoIIN) approach. [more]