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 Apr. 19, 2016

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Legislative & Policy Corner

AMCHP Pushes for Zika Preparedness Funds
On Apr. 5, AMCHP joined with 67 leading maternal and child health and public health organizations leaders in Congress urging "in the strongest terms to immediately provide emergency supplemental funding to prepare for and respond to the Zika virus here in the United States. We also urge that Congress provide new funding rather than repurpose money from other high priority programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal agencies that ensure our health security and public health preparedness." [more

Hill Day Follow Up
Thank you to everyone who participated in Hill visits while they were in town for the AMCHP annual conference.  Personal contact with your elected officials and their staff is key to ensuring our messages are being received. [more

Appropriations Action
Although we still anticipate that Congress will ultimately pass a continuing resolution to fund the government through after the elections, the Appropriations Committees are already hard at work to set the bill writing process in motion!  On April 14 the Senate announced its allocations for each of the subcommittee bills, and the Labor, Health & Human Services, and Education Subcommittee (where the Title V MCH Block Grant is housed) received a slight decrease in funding of 0.16% compared to last year. [more

Health Reform Implementation

CMS Releases New Guidance to Improve Access to Long-Active Reversible Contraceptives
On Apr. 10th the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an Informational Bulletin that describes emerging payment approaches several state Medicaid agencies have used to optimize access and use of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). [more

CMS Finalizes Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Rule
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 private health plans. [more

Upcoming Webinar From Families USA: The Role of Enrollment Assisters in Public Policy
Insurance navigators and enrollment assisters have important roles to play in educating public officials and advocating on behalf of health care consumers. Families USA is offering a webinar on Thursday, Apr. 28th from 2:00-3:00 PM EST with tips on how to educate public officials and others about the importance of outreach and enrollment in specific communities.  [more

 Get Involved

Telehealth and Autism Treatment, Training, and Systems Building
On Apr. 20, 2016 from 2-3 pm EST, AMCHP will host a webinar on that will provide an overview of policy issues related to telehealth-including, laws, regulations, and examples from the Autism CARES grantees on how they are using telehealth/medicine to increase access to behavioral health services and to provide parent coaching as an alternative to long waiting lists for services. [more]

In App Session Evaluation Reminder
As a user of the 2016 AMCHP Annual Conference app, you have access to electronic session evaluations for the sessions listed below. If you attended any of these sessions, please take a moment to complete the session evaluations in the app. The session evaluations will be available until Friday, April 22, 2016. [more]

WSSDOM Series 
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. The MCH WSSDOM series consist of 45-minute live interactive webinars. [more]

Strengthen the Evidence Base: Communities of Practices (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]

Continuing Education for CME, CNE, CECH, and CPH
Continuing Education for the AMCHP Annual Conference 2016 is available through the CDC Training and Continuing Education Online system (CDC TCEO). Online evaluations must be completed by May 16, 2016 to receive credit for continuing education or a certificate of completion. [more]

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

Upcoming Webinar Series
Join Child Trends and other partners of the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance for a webinar series focused on evaluating quality initiatives, especially those related to the Child Care and Development Fund. Topics include evaluation basics, data collection and analysis, as well as evaluation timing and reporting. [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]

Addressing Lead Exposure in Our Communities  
The American Public Health Association (APHA) will host a webinar on Apr. 26, 2016 from 1-2 pm EST. This webinar will provide information about lead exposure, focus on community solutions to lead exposure, and provide tools for preventing lead exposure in the home. Healthy homes interventions will be highlighted and there will be ample opportunity for discussion. [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

Playground Safety: Having Fun and Staying Safe
The National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) will host a webinar on Apr. 27, 2016 from 3-4 pm EST to highlight Playground Safety Week. NPPS will share information related to advocating for SAFE (Supervision, Age Appropriate, Fall Surfacing, Equipment Maintenance) inclusive and high quality play areas that support child development and reduce unintentional childhood injuries. [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

Secondary Use of Electronic Health Data for Child Health Research: Opportunities and Challenges Webinar  
EnRICH (Research Innovations & Challenges) will be hosting a webinar on May 5, 2016 from 1:30-2:30 pm EST.  [more

Evidence to Prevent Early Childhood Obesity
Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national program. The program supports research on environmental and policy strategies with strong potential to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among groups at the highest risk for obesity: black, Latino, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander, and children who live in lower-income communities (urban, suburban, and/or rural). [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

Continuing Education Course
The University of Minnesota's School of Public Health will host the National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course from Jul. 27-29, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN. [more

Share Your Story!
The Well-Woman Project seeks to understand the things that affect your health and your ability to seek and receive care, especially for preventative health checkups, or other doctor visits. If you would like to share your story on the barriers to access healthcare or what it means to be a healthy, tell the Well-Woman Project for a chance to win a $50 gift card. [more]   

 Publications & Resources

Workforce Development 

How to Use Administrative Data and Other Sources to Evaluate What is Working
Child Trends and other partners of The National Center on Childhood Quality Assurance hosted a webinar that provided an introduction to evaluation planning and will offer a template to guide State's efforts. [more

Title V Information System Web Reports is Now Available
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau is pleased to announce that TVIS (Title V Information System) is now available to the public. [more

Women's & Infant Health

Exploring Topics Within MCH
The University of Minnesota's Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health's newest volume of Healthy Generations "MCH Professionals Making a Difference for Families, Children, Youth, Women, and Priority Populations" is now available. Healthy Generations is published 2 to 3 times a year. Each issue focuses on a specific MCH theme and contains articles about current research, programs, policies, and resources. [more

Child & Adolescent Health

New CDC Report: Prevalence and Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years
The CDC/NCBDDD's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network released a new report on the prevalence and characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among children. [more

Special Supplement on ASD
April is Autism Awareness Month and Pediatrics has published a special supplement on health care and medical treatment of children and adolescents with ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders. [more

 On Your Behalf

  • On Mar. 18, Brent Ewig, AMCHP Director of Policy and Government Affairs participated in a meeting of the MCHB supported network of Pediatric Pulmonary Centers, providing an overview of the status of SPRANS funding within Title V MCH Block Grant advocacy and the broader policy forces shaping MCH. [more]


 Career Opportunities

AMCHP Searching For Associate Director of Epidemiology and Evaluation
The Associate Director of Epidemiology and Evaluation is accountable for the development, implementation and evaluation of program activities related to maternal and child health data and assessment through cooperative agreements and other funding sources. The Associate Director leads the Epidemiology and Evaluation Team and contributes to the advancement of MCH programs by building capacity, providing support, and enhancing the skills and competencies needed by MCH epidemiologists and data staff in states. [more

Department of Health and Human Services Seeking Public Health Analyst
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is the primary Federal agency for improving access to healthcare by strengthening the healthcare workforce, building healthy communities, and achieving health equity. This position is location in Rockville, MD. [more


Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network Program
Deadline: Apr. 26, 2016
HRSA is announcing a new funding opportunity that will establish and maintain a national scientific and clinical research network that will promote and coordinate research activities in departmental, behavioral, and psychosocial aspects in pediatric care to improve clinical services, health, and related outcomes for children and adolescents with autism, as well as other developmental disabilities. The Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network supports the design and implementation of interdisciplinary research studies that focus on transition of research practice; provide the mentoring environment to train a new generation of developmental behavioral researchers, and foster the implementation of multi-site research studies. For more information, click here.

Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network Coordination Center (ECCS CoIIN CC)
Deadline: Apr. 29, 2016
This funding opportunity is presented by HRSA. The ECCS CoIIN CC purpose is to manage, coordinate, and execute a CoIIN approach to assist the recipients of the ECCS Impact grant funding goals of reducing health disparities by enhancing early childhood systems building and coordination, and demonstrating improved outcomes in population-based children's developmental health, family well-being, and indicators during the period of this cooperative agreement. For more information, click here.

Click here for more funding opportunities.