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 Jun. 14, 2016

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Legislative & Policy Corner​

Congressional Action on Zika Proceeding Slowly
The House and Senate appointed members of the conference committee that will work on melding two proposals to fund Zika preparedness and response. The Senate passed $1.1 billion in emergency spending for Zika activities, while the House passed a $622 million package that expires Sept. 30 and is offset with other public health funding. [more]

Key Senate Committee Proposes to Boost Title V Funding by $3.5 Million
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its FY17 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education bill last week.  We are happy to report that the proposed funding for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant is $641,700,000 – an increase of $3.5 million from FY16. [more]

Health Reform Implementation 

CMCS Bulletin on Medicaid Benefits and Zika Virus
On June 1 the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) issued an informational bulletin on Medicaid benefits and the Zika virus. The bulletin informed Medicaid agencies about the flexibilities in the Medicaid program that allow for the prevention and detection of and response to the Zika virus. [more]

Children's Health care Coverage
A new paper by the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute's Center for Children and Families addresses the changes needed for the Health Insurance Marketplace to meet the health care needs of children. This paper reviews benefits on the Health Insurance Marketplace and provides policy options to improve adequacy of coverage. [more]

KFF Study Finds Most ACA Enrollees Unaware of Free Preventative Services Provision
A new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation 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). The study says that among all consumers with ACA-compliant coverage, fewer than half (47 percent) know that preventive services are covered completely by their plans without cost-sharing, while 33 percent think that copays or deductibles apply to preventive services, and 20 percent are not sure. [more]

Get Involved

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]

Nighttime Parenting and Infant Sleep: A Mom-Centered Discussion
On June 21 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET, the UNC Center for Maternal & Infant Health and Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute will host a webinar series focused on the questions that may matter most to women in the months after birth (the fourth trimester). [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]

Epidemiology Support Services
In May 2016, AMCHP created the Epidemiology Support Services (ESS) through support from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention Division of Reproductive Health. [more]

Stay Informed About Adolescent and Young Adult Health
The Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center, funded by HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, has launched its June newsletter: Engaging Youth in Health Care Improvement Efforts! [more]

Strengthen the Evidence Base: Communities of Practice (CoP)
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 sharing and learning among peers, which could include topics ranging from Evidence Based Strategy Measures development to implementation of your plan. [more]

Rethinking the Role of Stress in Development: Emerging Evolutionary Perspectives 
On June 20 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET the Life Course Research Network will host a webinar that explores the influence of stress on development and health from an evolutionary perspective. [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]

Addressing Health Coverage Inequities among Children with Special Health Care Needs New Diversity Training Resource and Virtual Technical Assistance for MCH Training Program Grantees 
On June 22 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET the Division of MCH Workforce Development will host a new MCH Training Diversity Resource webinar. [more]

The Role of State Public Health Agencies in Improving Assisted Reproductive Technology
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials will host a webinar on June 28, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET that focuses on assisted reproductive technology (ART) and the state health departments' role. [more]

Tribal Injury Prevention
On June 29 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET the Children's Safety Network will host a webinar focusing on the previous implementation and evaluation of the Indian Health Service Tribal Injury Prevention Cooperative Agreement. [more]

The National CLAS Standards in Action 
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health will host a webinar on June 30 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET focusing on the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (also known as National CLAS Standards). [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]

2016 Summer Institute in Adolescent Health 
The University of Minnesota School of Nursing will host a summer institute focusing on setting a healthy course for sexuality during the middle school years: one on July 25-27, and another on July 28 for graduate students. [more]

Free MCH Summer Skills Institute
The National MCH Workforce Development Center is offering a free MCH Summer Skills Institute Aug. 22-26 in Chicago! You can choose either a three-day or five-day schedule to enhance your skills and improve effectiveness. [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. SAHM will begin accepting educational and scientific research presentations. [more]

Publications & Resources

General & Maternal Child Health ​

AMCHP Annual Conference Recordings Now Available
If you were not able to attend the AMCHP Annual Conference or missed a session, you will be excited to learn that the AMCHP Annual Conference session recordings are now available online. [more]

Career Opportunities  

AMCHP Searching for Workforce and Leadership Development Program Associate
The Workforce and Leadership Development Program Associate will be a member of the Programs Team and contribute to the advancement of maternal and child health programs by performing a variety of planning and program implementation, research and evaluation projects related to workforce and leadership development. [more]

Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development (DMCHWD) Seeking Fall 2016 Intern
This internship is located in metro-accessible Rockville, Maryland. This is an unpaid practicum experience for graduate students enrolled in schools of public health or other health-related degree programs in the United States. [more]


New Access Points
Deadline: June 17, 2016
The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration is soliciting applications for New Access Points (NAP) grants under the Health Center Program. The purpose of the Health Center Program grant is to support NAPs for the delivery of comprehensive primary health care services to underserved and vulnerable populations. NAPS will increase access to comprehensive, culturally competent, high-quality primary health care services and improve the health status of underserved and vulnerable populations. Health Center Program grants support a variety of community-based and patient-directed public and private nonprofit organizations that serve an increasing number of the nation's underserved. For more information, click here.

Pediatric Anesthesia Safety Initiative
Deadline: June 17, 2016
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now accepting applicants for the Pediatric Anesthesia Safety Initiative (PASI). PASI aims to bridge scientific and clinical gaps in the field of pediatrics to ensure the safe use of anesthetic and sedative agents in children. Specific funding activities include implementation of the Public-Private Partnership's Program (PPP), as well as developing, implementing, and managing a scientific and administrative infrastructure of the PPP to support the creation and execution of a series of projects aligned with the PASI. For more information, click here.

Enhanced State Surveillance of Opioid-Involved Morbidity and Mortality
Deadline: June 27, 2016
This funding opportunity is intended to equip states to improve the timeliness of surveillance of opioid-involved morbidity and mortality. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Injury Center intends to support up to 11 state health departments over a three-year project period, with an average award amount $335,000 each year. A desired outcome of the enhanced surveillance is to provide key stakeholders with more timely data on fatal and nonfatal opioid overdose and more detailed information on risk factors, which can inform prevention and response efforts. Improved quality and timeliness of surveillance data will support and inform ongoing activities to prevent and address prescription drug misuse, abuse and overdose, funded through CDC's existing state programs. For additional information, click here.

Personal Responsibility Education Program Innovative Strategies
Deadline: June 27, 2016
The Youth Services Bureau of the U.S. Administration for Children and Families will accept applications from local organizations and entities to develop, implement and test innovative adolescent pregnancy prevention strategies for the Personal Responsibility Education Program Innovative Strategies. This program provides services to high-risk, vulnerable and culturally underrepresented youth populations. This includes youth in foster care, homeless youth, youth with HIV/AIDS, pregnant and parenting women who are under 21 years of age and their partners, youth who have been trafficked and youth residing in high teen birth rate areas. Projects are required to implement at least three of six adulthood preparation subjects: healthy relationships, adolescent development, financial literacy, parent-child communication, educational and career success, and healthy life skills. For more information, click here.

Dissemination and Implementation of Child Health Quality Measures Cooperative Research Grants
Deadline: June 28, 2016
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality invite cooperative agreement applications to support the dissemination and implementation of a subset of new child health quality measures developed by the Pediatric Quality Measures Program-Centers of Excellence in key pediatric measurement and quality improvement (QI) gap areas through the work of multi-disciplinary partnership teams. These teams include pediatric measure developers, QI and systems experts, state Medicaid/Children's Health insurance Programs, health plans, provider level organizations and key stakeholders. For more information, click here.

For more funding opportunities, click here.