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 Mar. 15, 2016

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Legislative & Policy Corner

Time to Schedule Your Conference Hill Visits!
 Now is the time to (re)schedule visits with your Senators and Representatives and this time AMCHP staff wants to make it easier on you – we will schedule the meetings for you!  [more]​

Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act Introduced in House
On Mar. 3, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) introduced the bipartisan Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act. [more]​

Health Reform Implementation 

20 Million People now Covered Under the Affordable Care Act
A new report published on Mar. 3 indicates that an estimated 20 million people have gained health insurance coverage since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010. The report includes those who have gained coverage under the Medicaid expansion and Health Insurance Marketplaces, as well as those newly enrolled in private insurance that allows young adults to stay on their parent's health insurance plans and requires plans to cover people with pre-existing health conditions. [more]

Medicaid Informational Bulletin on Financing Options for Home Visiting
On Mar. 2, the Center for Medicaid & CHIP Services (CMCS) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released a joint informational bulletin about resources and financing options for states to implement home visiting (MIECHV).  [more]

HHS Expands Head Start Funding in Flint, MI
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that Head Start and Early Head Start services will expand immediately in Flint, Michigan, to help children and families exposed to lead in the city's water supply. [more]

CMS Approves Michigan's 1115 Demonstration Waiver Application to Extend Medicaid Coverage and Services to Flint Residents Impacted by Lead Exposure
In recognition of the public health crisis in Flint, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved a waiver application to extend Medicaid coverage to Flint-area residents impacted by lead exposure.  [more]

Get Involved

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 7, 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]

Strengthen the Evidence Base: Communities of Practice (CoP)
Come and join AMCHP's Strengthen the Evidence Base: Communities of Practice (CoP)! The CoPs are broken down by population domain including Child Health, Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN), Cross-cutting/Life-course, and Women's/Maternal Health. The purpose of the CoPs is to provide a space for peer sharing and learning, which could include topics ranging from Evidence Based Strategy Measures (ESM) development to implementation of your plan. [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]

Flint and Lead: The Water-Public Health Connection
APHA and the American Water Works Association will be hosting a webinar on Mar. 16, 2016 from 1:00-2:30 pm EST to discuss the water crisis in Flint, MI. [more]

Zika Preparedness and Response: A Public Health and Legal Perspective
The CDC's Public Health Law Program, the Partnership for Public Health Law, the Network for Public Health Law, the American Bar Association Health Law Section, and the American Health Lawyers Association will be hosting a webinar on Mar. 18, 2016 at 1 pm EST to discuss the role of law and policy in Zika preparedness and response efforts. [more]

National Call for Applications
The National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH) and the National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ) are issuing a call for applications to public health professionals, early educators, community vision programs, eye care professionals, primary health care provider groups, and family advocates to join the quality improvement collaborative, "Improving Children's Vision: Systems, Stakeholders & Support". [more]

Safe Kids Worldwide 2016 Annual Heatstroke Town Hall Meeting
Safe Kids Worldwide will be hosting a webinar on Mar. 29, 2016 from 2-3 pm EST to raise awareness about the threat of heatstroke. [more]

The Occupational (Im)Possibilities in a Segregated Neighborhood: A Matter of Justice in LCHD
The Maternal and Child Health Life Course Research Network will be holding a webinar hosted by Dr. Jyothi Gupta on Mar. 30, 2016 from 12-1 pm EST. [more]

Using the Community Guide for Community Health Improvement
The Public Health Foundation and the Association for Community Health Improvement will be holding a webinar on Mar. 30, 2016 from 1-2 pm EST focused on The Guide to Community Health Preventative Services and how it can support community health improvement efforts.[more]

Informatics Training Opportunity for Current Department of Health Employees
The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) is now accepting applications for the Informatics-Training in Place Program (I-TIPP) until Apr. 1, 2016. I-TIPP is an innovative approach to bring relevant on-the-job training to the existing workforce while they are employed at a health department. This program is designed for individuals with an interest in gaining more training and experience in public health informatics. [more]

Be Recognized at the NACCHO Annual Conference
The NACCHO Annual Conference will take place Jul. 19-21, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ will be the largest gathering of local health department leaders and other public health professionals in the U.S. This year NACCHO will be awarding local health departments. The Local Health Department of the Year Award recognizes and honors the outstanding accomplishments of all local health departments across the country, regardless of size, for their innovation, creativity, and impact on the community. [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]

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 to discuss genetics and Autism Spectrum Disorder. [more]

National MCH Epidemiology Awards
CityMatCH is now accepting nominations for the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Award to be recognized at the 2016 CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference.  [more]

TADPOHLS: Enabling Integrative Longitudinal Studies of Positive Health
The Maternal and Life Course Research Network will be holding a webinar featuring Dr. Margaret Kern on May 3, 2016 from 4-5 pm EST. Dr. Kern and her colleagues developed TADPOHLS (The Anatomy of Developmental Predictors of Healthy Lives Study), a database that categorizes items and constructs from 25 prospective longitudinal studies that have followed participants from adolescence into adulthood. [more]

2016 Breastfeeding Summit: Call for Abstracts
Reaching our Sisters Everywhere, Inc. (ROSE) is currently accepting abstract and poster applications for the 5th Annual Breastfeeding Summit, which will take place on Jul. 28 and 29th, 2016 in New Orleans, LA. Applications must be received by May 16, 2016 by 5 pm EST in order to be considered. [more]

Registration for the 2016 Season of TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer Online Course Now Open
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) TeamSTEPPS training curriculum is available online as an accredited continuing education program, allowing health care providers and staff to become certified as Master TeamSTEPPS Trainers through a web-based course. TeamSTEPPS is an evidence based approach to improve teamwork and communication among health care professionals. [more]

Heart Health 4 Moms: Recruiting Mothers for a Research Study
NACCHO is working with the Preeclampsia Foundation and Brigham & Women's Hospital to recruit new mothers with a pregnancy complicated by preeclampsia into an online research study, Heart Health 4 Moms (HH4M). [more]


Publications & Resources 

General & Maternal Child Health

Opioid Use in the U.S.: An Urgent Public Health Crisis
This archived webinar for the National Institute for Health Care Management featured innovative efforts to reverse opioid abuse trends including payer collaboration with providers and pharmacies to improve access to appropriate pain care, federal actions to reform prescribing practices and expand access to medication-assisted treatment for addiction, interventions to reduce drug abuse among pregnant women and to improve treatment for babies born dependent, and strategies for raising awareness of the risks associated with painkiller addiction. [more]

New Prevention Status Reports
The CDC has recently released a new iteration of the Prevention Status Reports (PSRs). These CDC reports highlight the status of public health policies and practices designed to address 10 public health problems in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Problems include alcohol-related harms; food safety; healthcare-associated infections; heart disease and stroke; HIV; motor vehicle injuries; nutrition; physical activity and obesity; prescription drug overdose; teen pregnancy; and tobacco use.  [more]

Incorporating Nutrition into the Title V MCH Services Block Grant National Performance Measures
Since its original authorization in 1935, Title V of the Social Security Act has been amended several times to reflect an ongoing commitment to improving the health and well-being of our Nation's mothers, children, and their families. The most recent revision was released in October 2014. [more]

MCH Navigator Training Bundles and Topics
The MCH Navigator has developed MCH Bundles, trainings on key MCH and leadership topics, Training Spotlights, in-depth portals to training on specific issues of importance to public health professionals, Training Briefs, and short lists of learning opportunities on MCH topics. [more]

Women's & Infant Health 

Incarcerated and Pregnant: Promoting the Health of Mothers and Babies
The University of Minnesota's Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health has co-created Incarcerated and Pregnant: Promoting the Health of Mothers and Babies. This short video discusses the effects of prison and jail environments on pregnant women, and innovative efforts supporting the health of women and their babies.  [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

Adolescent Health Observance Quick-Guides
The University of Minnesota's Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health and the Minnesota State Adolescent Health Resource Center created "Quick-Guides" to take advantage of 26 specific national health observances to promote adolescent health, especially when using social media.   [more]


On Your Behalf  

  • On Feb. 27, AMCHP hosted an in-person meeting of the Newborn Screening Contingency Plan Advisory Committee in St. Louis, MO. AMCHP staff Lacy Fehrenbach, Kate Taft, and Cori Floyd facilitated group discussions on recommended updates to the existing 2010 Newborn Screening Contingency Plan (CONPLAN). [more]
  • On Mar. 10, Lacy Fehrenbach and Lori Tremmel Freeman, with the help of Christina Ratleff and Megan Phillippi, participated in a quarterly call of the Infant Mortality CoIIN Strategic Partner Committee.  [more]


Career Opportunities

Director of Programs Position at AMCHP
AMCHP is currently seeking a Director of Programs. This position is accountable for resourcing, implementing, and evaluating all activities related to AMCHP's programmatic work. The Director provides leadership and operational management support for all AMCHP's strategic goals and objectives. [more

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Seeking Title V Block Grant Specialist
This position is responsible for leading the coordination of Title V MCH Block Grants/Programs within the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)/Office of Family and Community Health Services (OFCHS). This involves responsibility for the oversight of Title V core funding allocated to local health departments throughout the state. In addition, this position also serves as a lead in the coordination of Title V MCH Block Grant strategic planning and application of reporting activities. [more


Communities Addressing Childhood Trauma (ACT)
Deadline: Apr. 18, 2016
The Department of Health and Human Services is now accepting applications for Communities Addressing Childhood Trauma (ACT). Communities ACT seeks to address unhealthy behaviors in minority youth and provide them with opportunities to learn coping skills and gain experiences that contribute to more positive lifestyles and enhance their capacity to make healthier life choices. [more

Improving the Health of People with Mobility Limitations and Intellectual Disabilities through State-based Public Health Programs
Deadline: Apr. 19, 2016
The CDC and National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities invites eligible states, territories, and tribal governments that work with individuals with mobility limitations and intellectual disabilities to submit grant applications for this funding opportunity. This grant will support a new 5 year initiative to improve the health and quality of life among people with mobility limitations and/or ID through adaptation and implementation of evidence-based strategies. [more

For more funding opportunities, click here.