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 May 3, 2016

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Board Corner

These volunteer leaders were elected by you to care for AMCHP today and guide it into the future. Here they share information about themselves to give you a new MCH connection and a better understanding of the board members' roles, or simply to pique your interest in the work of your peers. This month we have the privilege of introducing you to Karin Downs and Cate Wilcox, who were elected to the AMHCP Board of Directors earlier this year. [more]

Legislative & Policy Corner

Congress Recesses for a Week Without Acting on Zika
Last week Congress departed for a one-week recess without taking action on the supplemental request for emergency funding to address Zika virus preparedness. [more]

House Committee Passes Dozen of Bills Addressing Opioid Abuse
On Thursday, April 28, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a package of twelve bills addressing the opioid crisis – including several focused on pregnant women or neonatal abstinence syndrome.  At one point during their consideration, it appeared the committee was interested in lowering the authorization level of the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant to comply with a House rule requiring any new funding authorizations to be offset by decreases in existing program authorizations. [more

Health Reform Implementation  

CMS Issues Guidance on "Free Choice of Provider" Requirement under Medicaid
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a letter to all state Medicaid directors reiterating that providers may not be excluded from participating in Medicaid for reasons other than being unable to perform covered medical services or being unable to bill for those services.  [more

CMS Releases Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care Final Rule
On April 25, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Managed Care Final Rule, the first major update to Medicaid and CHIP managed care regulations in more than a decade.  [more

HHS Grants $5 million to Puerto Rico to Fight Spread of Zika Virus
On April. 26, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it will grant $5 million to 20 health centers in Puerto Rico  to combat the spread of the Zika virus. [more]   

California Medicaid to Extend Coverage to Undocumented Children
Starting May 1, roughly 170,000 undocumented children in California will gain access to a full range of health services, following an unprecedented expansion that provides full scope Medicaid coverage to all low-income children in the state regardless of immigration status. Home to more immigrants than any other state, California will join Washington, Illinois, New York, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., in providing state-financed, full-scope Medicaid services to undocumented low-income children. [more]   

Get Involved  

The New Round of 2016-18 LTSAE Grantees are Here!
Please join us in celebrating the new round of 2016-18 LTSAE grantees! The grantees are California, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and the Virgin Islands. [more]

Save the Date: Evidence Based or Informed Strategy Measures (ESM Learning Labs)
In follow-up to the State Title V Technical Assistance Meeting that took place in Washington, DC on April 5th and 6th, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is planning to host six learning labs (one per population health domain) during the month of May. [more]

Stay Informed About Adolescent and Young Adult Health
A new service is on the way to help you stay up-to-date on adolescent and young adult health topics and resources: The Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center (AYAH Center), funded by HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), is launching a newsletter this week -- and Member Briefs subscribers will automatically receive it.  [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.  [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. [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). [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. The learning objectives for this webinar include understanding the types of data readily available in electronic health records (EHRs) that support child health research activities; recognizing the challenges with cleaning and organizing electronic health data before statistical analyses can be performed; and gaining a practical understanding of how researchers working with the American Academy of Pediatrics are using data from an EHR "supernetwork" to conduct cutting-edge research. [more]

How to Participate in National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month 
Please join the U.S. Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) in recognizing May as National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. Every May, the nation celebrates the progress made and renews its commitment to teen pregnancy prevention. Significant declines in teen birth rates have occurred in all 50 states and among all racial and ethnic groups. Nevertheless, with persisting disparities, there is more work to be done. [more]

CDC Hosts Zika Action Plan Teleconference Series
As a follow up to the April 1 Zika Action Plan (ZAP) Summit in Atlanta, GA, CDC will host a series of six teleconferences to address the most common challenges that jurisdictions are facing in implementing Zika Action Plans.  The events will cover communications, vector surveillance/control, pregnancy and birth defects, epidemiology, sexual transmission/pregnancy planning, and laboratory capacity/test interpretation. More information will be provided for each topic as dates are finalized.  [more]

Maternal and Child Health Life Course Network Webinars

The Maternal and Child Health Life Course Research Network will host the upcoming webinar: [more]

Evidence to Prevent 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]

Changing Community Perception: How to Build Cultural Competence and Humility
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) in the American Academy of Pediatrics is hosting a three-part webinar series that will provide pediatric clinicians, Title V programs, families, and other tools, resources, and strategies, to enhance the patient and family experience in the pediatric medical home. [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]

Reducing Disparities in Teen Birth Rates: A National Snapshot from CDC and Examples from the Field
On May 19, 2016 from 1-2 pm ET, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will highlight the findings from the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) that was released on April 28 on reductions in teen birth rates and persistent disparities. [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]

The ACE Study: Implications for MCH Policy and Practice
The Maternal and Child Health Journal is soliciting a call for manuscript submissions based on the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study. This issue of the Journal is intended to provide a forum to enhance knowledge of the study and its implications across the field. Topics of interest include: the aims and findings of the ACE Study; the implications of the study and use of its findings to shape MCH practice in clinical, program, and policy settings; the importance of the study in relation to life course theory and social determinants of health; the strengths and limitations of the study as a basis for action to improve MCH outcomes; adoption of a trauma informed approach on an agency or community wide basis; and the strengths and limitations of the study in relation to efforts to eliminate inequality in MCH health outcomes. [more]

Publications & Resources   

Zika Corner

Zika Key Messages Guide
This document contains information related to Zika, including transmission, testing for pregnant women and children, and the associated birth defects. [more]

MMWR on Ongoing Zika Virus Transmission in Puerto Rico
CDC has released MMWR Update: Ongoing Zika Virus Transmission – Puerto Rico, November 1, 2015-April 14, 2016. [more

CDC Publishes New Report on Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus
Zika virus infection has been linked to increased risk for Guillain-Barré syndrome and adverse fetal outcomes, including congenital microcephaly. [more]

CDC Publishes Report on Preparing for Local Mosquito-Borne Transmission of Zika Virus
Widespread Zika virus transmission in the Region of the Americas since 2015 has heightened the urgency of preparing for the possibility of expansion of mosquito-borne transmission of Zika virus during the 2016 mosquito season. [more]

Women's & Infant Health 

National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month Supporter Toolkit
The HHS Office of Adolescent Health designed a toolkit for organizations to become involved in supporting National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health 

Telehealth and Autism Treatment, Training and Systems Building
The recording and slides from SPHARC's Autism Awareness Month webinar, Telehealth and Autism Treatment, Training and Systems Building, are now available. The webinar provided an overview of policy issues related to telehealth, laws and regulations, and examples from CARES grantees of using telehealth/telemedicine to increase access to behavioral health services and to provide parent coaching as an alternative to long waiting lists for services. [more]

Making Strides: State Report Cards on Support for Walking, Bicycling and Active Kids and Communities
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership developed state report cards which provide a snapshot of how supportive each state is of walking, bicycling and physical activity for children and adults as of 2016. [more]

On Your Behalf

  • On April 17, AMCHP staff Krista Granger and Megan Phillippi facilitated an in-person learning session for the National Learning Network for Perinatal and Infant Oral Health, in partnership with the Children's Dental Health Project (CDHP), the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD), the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), and the National Improvement Partnership Network (NIPN). [more]

Career Opportunities

AMCHP Seeking Meetings & Membership Associate
The Membership and Meetings Associate is a member of the Communications and Membership Team performing a range of responsibilities related to AMCHP's membership services and annual conference. Responsibilities include the execution of all membership operations, including ensuring efficient, responsive and cost-effective processes and procedures. [more]

AMCHP Searching for Communications Associate
The Communications Associate is a member of the Communications and Membership Team and performs a range of responsibilities related to publications development, print and online content, and media. General responsibilities include substantive editing, copyediting and proofreading publications intended for broad distribution to state public health professionals; providing desktop publishing and graphic design expertise; developing and maintaining AMCHP web pages; development and oversight of social and other media campaigns; and implementing and enforcing quality-control processes for colleagues. [more]


Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Center Program
Deadline: May 5, 2016
HRSA presents a funding opportunity for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Workforce Development Center Program. The purpose of the MCH Workforce Development Center Program is to support workforce development for State Title V program leaders and staff to meet current public health MCH policy and programmatic imperatives around health transformation, including ongoing transformation of the Title V Block Grant and continued implementation of health reform at the state and national levels. The MCH Workforce Development Center will focus on systems integration; change management and adaptive leadership; and evidence-based decision-making. The awardee will be responsible for coordinating and implementing a national training strategy to address all three key issues within the Center's purview. For more information, click here.
HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention NCIPC: Core State Violence and Injury Prevention Program
Deadline: May 8, 2016
The overall purpose of this funding is to: 1) decrease and prevent injury and violence related morbidity and mortality and 2) increase sustainability of injury prevention programs and practices. This will be achieved through support to state health departments (SHDs) in the implementation, evaluation and dissemination of programs, practices and policies with the best available evidence. To learn more, click here.

Bridging the Word Gap Research Network
Deadline: May 9, 2016
This funding opportunity will establish and maintain a national interdisciplinary research network designed to reduce the vocabulary word gap between children from low socio-economic status (SES) families as compared with children from higher-SES families. The research network will foster scientific collaboration, with a focus on research designed to develop and test interventions to improve early language exposure, vocabulary acquisition, and language development for children from lower SES backgrounds, including dual language learners. For more information, click here.
Innovation in Care Integration for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities
Deadline: May 10, 2016
This announcement from HRSA calls for applications for a funding opportunity that supports the implementation of innovative, evidence-informed strategies to integrate care at a system-level within a state for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD), with special emphasis on medically underserved populations. The target population for this program is all children and youth within a state at risk/or diagnosed with ASD or DD. Awardees will implement innovative, informed models of family support and navigation, shared resources and telehealth and/or telemedicine health information technologies. To learn more, click here.

Strategic Approaches to Improving Access to Quality Health Care for Children and Youth with Epilepsy
Deadline: May 12, 2016
HRSA presents this funding opportunity to facilitate the delivery of quality health care for children and youth with epilepsy (CYE) by implementing evidence-based and innovative models of telehealth and/or telemedicine using health information technologies; implementing the Got Transition Six Core Elements Framework to help you successfully transition from pediatrics to the adult system of health care; and facilitating outreach and education regarding epilepsy among pertinent stakeholders. The goal of this initiative is to utilize quality improvement methods and measure outcomes to improve access to coordinated and comprehensive quality care for CYE, with an emphasis on populations experiencing health disparities and CYE residing in underserved and/or rural communities. For further information, click here

Life Course Research Network
Deadline: May 17, 2016
HRSA is accepting funding applications for the Life Course Research Network (LCRN). The life course theory posits the multiple determinants, such as healthcare, nutrition, stress and supports, and environmental exposures, as critical drivers for MCH outcomes. The LCRN is designed to accelerate the translation of the life course theory to MCH practice and policy, as well as to foster its rapid adoption into clinical and public health settings through systems integration and collaboration among entities interested in improving MCH outcomes. The cooperative agreement will establish and maintain an interdisciplinary, multi-site research network. For more information, click here.

Coordinating Center for Strategic Approaches to Improving Access to Quality Health Care for Children and Youth with Epilepsy
Deadline: May 17, 2016
The purpose of this award is to provide support and technical assistance to grantees receiving funding from HRSA/MCHB through the Strategic Approaches to Improving Access to Quality Health Care for Children and Youth with Epilepsy announcement. The awardee is expected to conduct ongoing assessments and evaluations of the grantees' outcomes and objectives, including data collecting analysis, and timely provision of performance improvement data feedback to the grantees. For more information, click here.

2016 Children's Healthy Weight Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN)
Deadline: May 17, 2016
The purpose of this program is to increase the proportion of children and young adults (ages birth to 21 years old) who fall within a healthy weight range by helping states adopt evidence-based or evidence-informed policies and practices related to nutrition, physical activity and breastfeeding that support healthy weight behaviors. The Children's Healthy Weight CoIIN will support implementation of the Title V Block Grant Transformation by supporting states' efforts to address the new National Performance Measures (NPMs) by accelerating improvement and innovation in integrating and translating evidence-based or evidence-informed strategies into practice through collaborative learning in order to achieve the greatest impact at the state level. The Children's Healthy Weight CoIIN will align with and synergize with other MCHB investments, including Healthy Start, Home Visiting and Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems to support states in areas related to nutrition, physical activity and breastfeeding, and will build on lessons learned from MCHB Pediatric Obesity Mini CoIIN. For more information, click here

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program States/Territories Part B Supplemental Grant Program
Deadline: May 17, 2016
The purpose of this program is to supplement the HIV care and treatment services provided by the States/Territories through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part B (RWHAP) and AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Base funds. The amount of funding is determined by the applicant's ability to demonstrate the need in the State/Territory based on an objective and quantified basis. The RWHAP Part B Supplemental funding is used to assist States and Territories in developing and/or enhancing access to comprehensive continuum of high quality care and treatment services for low-income individuals and families living with HIV. For more information, click here.

Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program-Innovation Awards
Deadline: May 17, 2016
The purpose of this HRSA funding opportunity is to fund the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovations of Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) awardees that strengthen and improve the delivery of MIECHV-funded coordinated and comprehensive high quality voluntary early childhood home visiting services to eligible families. The goals of the MIECHV program are to:  strengthen and improve the programs and activities carried out under Title V of the Social Security Act; improve coordination of services for at-risk communities; and identify and provide comprehensive services to improve outcomes for eligible families who reside in at-risk communities. For more information, click here.

For more funding opportunities, click here.