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 May 31, 2016

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​Legislative & Policy Corner

Congress Recesses for Memorial Day Break Without Agreement on Zika Funds
Last week Congress recessed for a week long break before making any reported progress on finding agreement between the Senate passed $1.1 billion emergency supplemental appropriation and the House passed a $622 million package to address Zika. [more]

Healthy Start Reauthorization Introduced
On May 26, Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH), Evan Jenkins (R-WV), and John Yarmuth (D-KY) introduced the Healthy Start Reauthorization Act of 2016. [more]

Health Reform Implementation

HHS Finalizes Rule Banning Discrimination in the Health Care System
On May 13, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule to advance health equity and reduce health care disparities. Under the rule, individuals are protected from discrimination in health care on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex, including discrimination based on pregnancy, gender identity and sex stereotyping. [more]

KFF Study finds Most ACA Enrollees Unaware of Free Preventive Services Provision
A new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) examines the coverage rates and satisfaction of consumers enrolled in the non-group health insurance market, including both Affordable Care Act (ACA) and ACA-compliant plans (private plans sold outside of the Marketplace that follow all ACA coverage guidelines). [more]

Health Affairs Reports State Variations in Uninsurance Rates More Prominent than Ever
A new analysis from Health Affairs concludes that giving states the option to expand Medicaid has increased the already disparate variation in uninsurance rates among the states. [more]

Health Coverage Rates Improving for Lower Income Children
A new study from the Urban Institute reports that during 2014, 91 percent of children who were eligible for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) were enrolled. In 2013, that figure was 88.7 percent and only 81.7 percent in 2008. Medicaid and CHIP are both federal-state health coverage programs for lower-income residents, but CHIP provides coverage for kids whose families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. [more]

Get Involved

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, D.C., on April 5 and 6, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau is hosting several learning labs, each focusing on a population health domain. The labs will build on the work at the Technical Assistance Meeting to provide ongoing technical support in the development of Evidence-Based or -Informed Strategy Measures (ESMs) to address each of the National Performance Measures (NPM). [more]

Applications Open for the 2016 MCH Epi Pre-Conference Trainings
AMCHP and CityMatCH will offer four two-day training options Sept. 12-13 for those wishing to build their skills in the areas of Medicaid claims analysis, data communication, spatial thinking and evidence-based public health. [more]

Workforce Development Series Focuses on 'Bench Strength'
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), to share innovations and to identify best practices. The WSSDOM series consist of 45-minute live interactive webinars. [more]

2017 Board Nominations
On behalf of the AMCHP Board of Directors and Governance Committee, the following vacancies will be open for nominations on June 15. [more]

AMCHP Partners with the Campaign for Dental Health
AMCHP recently signed on as a supporting partner for the Campaign for Dental Health! The Campaign for Dental Health! The Campaign for Dental Health is a network of local and national organizations, scientists, children's and health advocates working to promote and defend community water fluoridation (CWF). [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), recently launched a newsletter -- and Member Briefs subscribers will automatically receive it. [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 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 development to implementation of your plan. [more]

Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine Educational Presentation Submissions
The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) 2017 Annual Meeting will take place in March 2017 in New Orleans, LA. SAHM will begin accepting educational and scientific research presentations. [more]

Upcoming Webinar  
Join BUILD Initiative and other partners of the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance for the last installment of the 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]

Summer Learning: Promising Practices and Innovation Strategies
The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment will host a webinar on June 2, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will bring awareness to the summer "opportunity gap", which contributes to gaps in achievement that persist and widen over time, particularly for low-income students.  [more]

Perinatal Quality Collaboratives
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention will host a webinar on June 2, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET focusing on the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health-a National Collaborative to Reduce Maternal Mortality and Severe Morbidity. [more]

Local MCH Response to Zika
City MatCH will host a webinar on June 6, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. CT. The webinar will discuss how health departments are preventing and mitigating the effects of Zika, how they're communicating about Zika, and how the departments are using data to have the most impact with their programming. [more]

Changing Practice: How to Understand and Address Social Factors that Shape Child Health
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation will host a webinar on June 8, from 11:00 am-12:00 p.m. CT. The webinar will focus on the importance and prevalence of social factors in impacting a child's health; describe the role of the pediatric medical home in identifying and addressing the social factors affecting child health outcomes; and discuss tools and strategies that can assist pediatric medical homes with identifying and addressing social needs that affect children's health and development. [more]

Using Community Assessment to Advance Cultural Competence and Racially Equitable Outcomes for Young Children and Their Families
The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance and the BUILD Initiative will host a webinar on June 10, from 2:00-3:15 p.m. ET. The webinar will focus on the components and development of community assessments and how state, territory, tribal leaders and early childhood program directors can use community assessment data to identify and assist underserved populations and those in the greatest need of early education services. [more]

Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes
City MatCH is accepting applications for the Third Cohort of the Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes. Seven Teams will gain the opportunity to be a part of this high-visibility, national movement of urban communities instilling a data-driven focus on public health strategies to reduce inequities in birth outcomes. [more]

Addressing Health Coverage Inequities among Children with Special Health Care Needs
On June 20, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET the Catalyst Center will host a webinar focusing on health care coverage and financing for children and youth with special health care needs to address inequities (CYSHCN). [more]

The ACE Study: Implications for MCH Policy and Practice
Maternal and Child Health Journal is soliciting manuscript submissions based on the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study, for an issue dedicated to enhancing knowledge of the study and its implications across the field. [more]

Free MCH Summer Skills Institute
The National MCH Workforce Development Center is offering a free MCH Summer Skills Institute in August. You can choose either a three-day or five-day schedule to enhance your skills and improve effectiveness. All activities will focus on advancing block grant strategies and outcomes in the health transformation environment.  [more]

Publications & Resources 

 Zika Corner

Impact of the Redirection of Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Funding
The National Association of County and City Health Officials, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, and the Association of Public Health Laboratories partnered to conduct an impact assessment survey on recent cuts to Public Health and Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) grants. [more]

Workforce Development
Engaging Senior Leadership in Your Quality Improvement (QI) Work
The National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ) partnered with the Public Health Quality Improvement Exchange to conduct a free webinar about engaging senior level staff in quality improvement work. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

Experience Matters: A View into the Health and Wellbeing of US Children and Families with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI), Autism Speaks, and Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health recently published a chartbook that identifies the face of ASD, the role of parents and health care providers, and school and social wellbeing. [more]

Proceedings for the 2015 Symposium: Designing Systems That Work for Children with Complex Health Care Needs
The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health released the session recordings from their national symposium that took place in Dec. 2015. [more]

Friends of MANSEF Transition Toolkit
The Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities (MANSEF) strives to promote quality services for children and youth with disabilities throughout the state of Maryland. The Friends of MANSEF (FOM) is a group of parents who serve as an advisory capacity to the MANSEF Board of Directors. [more]

Women's & Infant Health

Maternal and Family Interview Module: Keys to Success for the Interview Process
The National Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Program (NFIMR) recently launched a new one hour, online module that is designed to provide basic information on maternal interviews and to expand the skill set of FIMR coordinators and interviewers. [more]

Preventing Preterm Birth Through Progesterone: How Medicaid Can Help Increase Access
NICHQ and the National Academy for State Health Policy developed a report that details the effectiveness of progesterone in preventing preterm births for at-risk women, the current barriers to progesterone access and how certain state Medicaid agencies are creating new reimbursement models to make it more readily available. [more]

On Your Behalf 

  • On May 15, AMCHP staff members Andria Cornell and Jeanette Kowalik participated in the ACOG-CDC Maternal Safety and Mortality Meeting in Washington, DC. [more]
  • On May 17, AMCHP staff members Megan Phillippi, Jeanette Kowalik, and Andria Cornell attended a Capitol Hill briefing hosted by the National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health. [more]
  • On May 17-19, AMCHP staff Atyya Chaudhry and Brent Ewig, attended and exhibited at the National Network of Public Health Institutes annual conference. [more]

Career Opportunities

Association of Public Health Laboratories Seeking Director of Environmental Health Programs
The Director of Environmental Health Programs provides strategic direction for the Environmental Health Program. The Director envisions ways to improve the environmental health system through public health and environmental laboratories. [more]

Child Trends Searching for Early Childhood Senior Research Scientist
The Early Childhood Senior Research Scientist is responsible for planning and executing major social science research projects in consultations with other colleagues and/or other organizations. Other duties include designing research approach and selecting appropriate quantitative or other tools of analysis. [more]


Preventing Teen Dating and Youth Violence by Addressing Shared Risk and Protective Factors
Deadline: June 6, 2016
The purpose of this funding opportunity from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration is to assist in funding local health departments in communities with demonstrated high rates of violence to implement the best available strategies to prevent youth violence and teen dating violence. As a result of the program, communities will decrease the burden of youth violence and teen dating violence, and address shared risk and protective factors for multiple forms of violence. For more information, click here.

Resiliency in Communities After Trauma and Stress
Deadline: June 7, 2016
The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year 2016 Resiliency in Communities After Trauma and Stress (ReCAST Program) grants. This program is designed to assist high-risk youth and families and to promote resilience and equity in communities that have recently faced civil unrest, through implementation of evidence-based, violence prevention and community youth engagement programs, as well as links to trauma-informed behavioral health services. The goal of the ReCAST program is for local community entities to work together in ways that lead to improved behavioral health, empowered community residents, reductions in trauma and sustained community change. For more information, click here.

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Building Care and Prevention Capacity: Addressing the HIV Care Continuum in Southern Metropolitan Areas
Deadline: June 12, 2016
The Health and Human Resources Administration solicits applications for fiscal year (FY) 2016 to support a single organization that will serve as the Coordination and Technical Assistance Center (CTAC) for a new Secretary's Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF) program entitled Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Building Care and Prevention Capacity: Addressing the HIV Care Continuum in Southern Metropolitan Areas.  The purpose of this program is to implement innovative models of service delivery that result in improvements in RWHAP Part A jurisdictions' HIV care continuum for minority populations.   The CTAC will provide technical assistance (TA) and service delivery funding to one subrecipient in each of four different RWHAP Part A jurisdictions located in the southern United States. For more information, click here.
Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) Cooperative Agreement for All-Hazards Public Health Emergencies: Zika 2016
Deadline: June 13, 2016
This funding opportunity announcement outlines CDC guidance, technical, and financial assistance in response to a potential outbreak of Zika virus disease (ZVD) in the continental United States, Hawaii, and U.S. territories and freely associated states. CDC is providing $25 million in funding to 53 state, territorial, and local health departments based on current Zika virus transmission at the time of this announcement, jurisdictions likely to become affected, and evidence of historical arboviral patterns, to support accelerated public health preparedness planning and operational readiness for responding to Zika. The funding is intended to address planning and operational response gaps for ZVD and to assure state, local, and territorial operational readiness for ZVD. For more information, click here.

For more funding opportunities, click here.