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 Mar. 29, 2016

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Board Corner

In the issue of Board Corner, we'd like to take the opportunity to remind members of the upcoming AMCHP Annual Business Meeting as well as new opportunities available on the AMCHP Board of Directors. [more]​

Legislative & Policy Corner

Conference Hill Visits!
It's not too late to schedule visits with your Senators and Representatives! We encourage you to conduct your visits on Thursday Apr. 7 or Friday Apr. 8, however you may use any available time while you are in Washington, DC. [more

48 Organizations Sign Letter in Support of Title V MCH Block Grant Appropriations
AMCHP was joined by 47 leading national organizations serving women, children, and families in sending a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees in support of $650 million for the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant in FY 2017 [more

Health Reform Implementation   

Final Rule: Application of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorder Parity Requirements to Medicaid Managed Care, CHIP, and Benchmark Coverage
On Mar. 29, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a rule to strengthen access to mental health and substance use services for people with Medicaid or Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage, aligning with protections already required of health plans in the commercial market. [more

Final Enrollment Data for Open Enrollment 2015-2016
The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) released a final enrollment report showing Health Insurance Marketplaces nationwide signed up 4.9 million new customers for 2016 coverage during the third Open Enrollment period. [more

CMS to Host Connecting Kids to Coverage Webinar
On Apr. 5, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host a webinar, "School-Based Outreach Strategies to Reach Medicaid & CHIP-Eligible Students." By integrating health insurance enrollment efforts into school activities, including communication to school-based health centers and extracurricular programs, this partnership can strengthen the connection between schools and healthcare, and ultimately enroll more students in Medicaid and CHIP. [more

Get Involved

AMCHP is pleased to present a new MCH Workforce Development Solutions Series Domain (WSSDOM). This new series will provide a platform for AMCHP members to learn more about successful workforce development solutions to address issues such as staffing, organizational design, accreditation, and work process re-design (e.g., due to health transformation), share innovations, and identify best practices. [more

Request for Letters of Intent: Data Translation and Date Linkages Projects
AMCHP released a Request for Letters of Intent for two new technical assistance projects, provided with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Reproductive Health (DRH), to assist MCH epidemiology and program staff strengthen key MCH partnerships: a) Data Translation: MCH Data Communication Partnerships and b) Data Linkage: Phase I – MCH and Medicaid Data Partnerships. These two projects aim to foster key sustainable partnerships and communication within multiple arenas to create an MCH workforce that can produce data-informed, evidence-based programs and policies. [more]

Spring Seminar Series for Title V Professionals: Health Transformation in MCH
The University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and the National MCH Workforce Development Center designed a free online eight week Spring Seminar Series for Title V professionals. [more]

Strengthening the Evidence Base: Communities of Practice (CoP)
Come and join AMCHP's Strengthen the Evidence Base: Communities of Practice (CoP)! The CoPs are grouped 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]

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!   [more]

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

Children with Special Healthcare Needs and Disaster Preparedness
The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health will be hosting a webinar series featuring subject matter experts in disaster medicine and public health.  [more]

Informatics Training Opportunity for Current Department of Health Employees
The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) is 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]

Youth and Young Adult Tobacco Use Trends: What We Know and What It Means
The Truth Initiative will host a webinar on Apr. 6, 2016 from 2-3 pm EST. The webinar will review 2015 data on youth and young adult tobacco use in the U.S. Key data points from the nation's tobacco use survey will be presented, as well as a discussion on the trends in this generation of youth and young adult tobacco use behaviors. [more]

Be Recognized at the NACCHO Annual Conference
The NACCHO Annual Conference will take place Jul. 19-21, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ. It will be the largest gathering of local health department leaders and other public health professionals in the U.S. This year NACCHO will present awards to local health departments.  [more]

20th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect Call for Abstracts
The Children's Bureau's Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (CB/OCAN) within the HHS Administration on Children, Youth, and Families will be holding the 20th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN) on Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. OCAN is welcoming submission of abstracts that address a wide range of topics of interest and importance to those engaged in promoting the well-being of families and children.  [more]

Maternal and Child Health Life Course Network Webinars
The Maternal and Child Health Life Course Research Network will host two upcoming webinars. [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]

Genetics and ASD Webinar
The Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health and the Autism Treatment Network will  host a webinar on Apr. 27, 2016 from 2-3 pm EST to discuss genetics and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). [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]

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]

Publications & Resources 

Workforce Development

Title V Training Collaboration Fact Sheet
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Division of MCH Workforce Development released the fact sheet, MCHB Graduate Education Programs Support Title V Block Grant Transformation: Collaboration to Advance Shared Goals. [more]

Women's & Infant Health

The Safe Deliveries Roadmap: Improving Care for Mothers and Babies in the Pacific Northwest
This archived webinar reviews the Safe Deliveries Roadmap, a quality improvement plan for advancing prenatal care in the Pacific Northwest. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

AAP Introduces Online Motor Delay Tool 
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently launched Physical Developmental Delays: What to Look for, an interactive online tool for parents of children under the age of 5 to use when they are concerned about their child's motor development. [more]

Addressing Disparities in Early Childhood
Archived videos and presentation slides are now available for the CDC's Public Health Grand Rounds, Addressing Disparities in Early Childhood.  [more]

Raising of Ameria Video Streaming
In honor of the Week of the Young Child, National Public Health Week, and National Child Abuse Prevention Month, all five episodes of The Raising of America will be available for free streaming beginning Apr. 1 until Apr. 17, 2016.  [more]

Zika Virus Public Information and Resources

This new resource on Zika summarizes the most relevant to state and territorial MCH leaders. It is sourced and prioritized through AMCHP's ongoing dialogue with CDC, HRSA, and other national non-profit organizations through activities including a weekly Zika Partner Call with the CDC Emergency Operations Center that AMCHP President-Elect Dr. Michael Warren and staff participate, periodic all-state calls/webinars hosted by the CDC, the release of new or updated guidance, ASTHO Affiliate Council meetings, and key advocacy coalitions of which we are part. [more]

On Your Behalf   

  • From Mar. 9-11, Iliana White and Elliane Yashar of the Child & Adolescent Health team attended the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. [more]
  • On Mar. 15, Lacy Fehrenbach participated in the inaugural meeting of Advisory Committee to the newly funded National Center for Fatality Reviews and Prevention, which supports child death review (CDRs) and fetal/infant mortality reviews (FIMR) and reaches out to other review programs to collectively use the power of reviews to improve the lives of not only infants and children but their families and communities. [more]
  • On Mar. 16-17, Jennifer Farfalla, Lacy Fehrenbach, Lori Tremmel Freeman, Krista Granger, Megan Phillippi, and Christina Ratleff attended the AMCHP Birth Outcomes Collaborative Meeting in Charleston, SC funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. [more]
  • On Mar. 18, Lori Tremmel Freeman participated in a quarterly call of the ASTHO Affiliate Council and was confirmed as the incoming Vice-Chairperson of the Affiliate Council. [more]
  • From Mar. 20-22, AMCHP staff members Megan Phillippi and Christina Ratleff hosted an exhibit and participated in sessions of the 11th Annual Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference (BFIC) in Chapel Hill, NC. [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


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.