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 Jun. 28, 2016

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Board Corner

2017 AMCHP Board Nominations Now Open!

On behalf of the AMCHP Board of Directors and Governance Committee, the following vacancies are now open for nominations as of June 15, 2016, for elections to be held in December 2016. ​[more]

Legislative & Policy Corner

Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act passes House Committee on Energy and Commerce
On June 16, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce passed H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. This legislation would authorize grants through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for infant and early childhood mental health programs as well as education programs for mental health clinicians who work with children. [more]

Health Reform Implementation

CMS Announces $32 Million to Increase Number of Children with Health Coverage
​The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that it will provide $32 million in awards to help 38 community organizations in 27 states enroll eligible children in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as part of the Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign. [more]

CMS Announces $22 Million in ACA Funding for State Insurance Departments
​The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the availability of $22 million in funding to state insurance regulators to use for issuer compliance with Affordable Care Act key consumer protections. [more]

HHS Awards $156 Million to Health Centers to Expand Oral Health Services
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced nearly $156 million in funding to support 420 health centers in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to increase access to integrated oral health care services and improve oral health outcomes for patients. [more]

Gains Cited in HHS Report, "The Affordable Care Act: Promoting Better Health for Women"
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistance Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) has released a new report focusing on improvements in access, affordability and quality of care for women since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. ​[more]

CMS Releases Guidance to Increase Access to Family Planning Services and Supplies
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance encouraging states to offer all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods through Medicaid and proposing actions that would eliminate existing barriers to accessing same-day, long-acting retroactive contraception (LARC) methods. [more]​

Get Involved ​

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]

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 at advancing block grant strategies and outcomes in the health transformation environment. [more]

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

Stay Informed About Adolescent and Young Adult Health
The Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center, funded by the 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, 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]

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, which aimed to enhance the capacity of American Indian/Alaskan Native tribes to build sustainable injury prevention programs children and youth during 2011-2015. [more]

The National CLAS Standards in Action
The 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]

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program: A Case-Study in Evidence Based Policymaking
The National Conference of State Legislators' National Legislative Program Evaluation Society, its Research and Committee Staff Section and its Health Program will co-sponsor a webinar on June 30 at 4 p.m. ET. The webinar will focus on the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPP), which is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Adolescent Health. [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 two summer institutes 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]

NQF Seeking Comments on Perinatal and Reproductive Health Measures
The National Quality Forum (NQF) is soliciting public comments on draft measure recommendations for the Perinatal and Reproductive Health Standing Committee. NQF endorsement provides powerful encouragement for broader use in quality improvement and performance measurement, and it is often a condition for inclusion in the Medicaid child and adult core quality sets. [more]

The Development of Self-Regulation: Foundational Skills for Children's Health and Well-Being
The Life Course Research Network will host the latest webinar in The State of Life Course Health Development Research series on July 11 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET. [more]

Fulbright U.S. Scholars Program
The Fulbright U.S. Scholars Program offers teaching, research, or combination teaching and research awards in over 125 countries for the 2017-18 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. [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]

Scientific Writing for Peer Reviewed Publications for Public Health Professionals 
The Learning Institute of the American Public Health Association 2016 Annual Meeting will offer a short course to help public health practitioners turn their work into manuscripts for publication. [more]

Using Text4Baby for Zika Preparedness 
Summer is here, and active Zika transmission could become a reality in the United States. Text4baby —the largest mobile health initiative in the nation — can help reach women in your state with important information on Zika. [more]

Ask-A-Colleague: Developing a Bold Strategy to Reudce Disparities 
The New York City Department of Health is requesting information on successful strategies and programs to reduce severe maternal morbidity (SMM) and infant mortality (IM), including work in the areas of women's health, toxic stress and trauma. ​[more]​

Publications & Resources

Zika Corner

Adverse Outcomes of Pregnancies Affected by Zika
Starting on June 16, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting poor outcomes of pregnancies with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infections for the 50 states and the District of Columbia. [more]

Zika: CDC Interim Response Plan
This resource explains the Centers for Disease Control's response plan for the first locally acquired cases of Zika virus infection in the continental United States and Hawaii. [more]

Workforce Development

Including People with Disabilities: Public Health Workforce Competencies
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities released a new resource that outlines recent advances in knowledge and practice skills that public health professionals need to include people with disabilities in core public health functions: assessment, policy development and assurance. [more]

General & Maternal Child Health

Roots of Health Inequity
The National Association of County and City Health Officials is offering a free online learning collaboration open to any professional interested in addressing the root causes of health inequity. This resource offers knowledge to address systemic differences in health and wellness that are actionable, unfair and unjust. [more]

Men's Health Month
In observance of Men's Health Month in June, the Centers for Disease Control's Division of Reproductive Health and the Office of Population Affairs released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Male Attendance at Title X Family Planning Clinics — United States, 2003-2014. The report analyzes data from the 2003-2014 Family Planning Annual Reports to examine men's use of services at Title X Family Planning Program sites and characteristics of male family planning users. [more]

Paternity Leave Helps Everyone
The United States is one of the few advanced nations with no dedicated leave for fathers. In observance of Father's Day, Richard Reeves from the Brookings Institution argues that provision of paternity leave is the first step toward overcoming gender inequality in the workplace and home. [more]

Health Policy in Maternal Child Health
Putting Evidence to Work in State Health Policymaking: Home-Visiting Programs
The National Conference of State Legislatures blog series, Putting Evidence to Work, is designed provide information for state policymakers looking for ways to invest in programs that have documented evidence of their effectiveness. [more]

Putting Evidence to Work in State Decision Making for Health: Teen Pregnancy Prevention
This installment of the National Conference of State Legislatures blog series discusses methods for teen pregnancy prevention, including policy informed by scientific evidence, that might be a factor behind recent reductions in teen pregnancy rates and that can help to narrow the disparities in teen births between groups. [more]

Women's & Infant Health

First National Consumer Preconception Health Resource and Social Campaign
The National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative launched a new resource center that serves as a clinically-reviewed hub for overall health improvement. The resource features one-click, easily-sharable facts and multimedia that encourage positive daily choices before pregnancy. [more]

HIV Prevention Toolkit
The Office of Women's Health (OWH) and the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy recognize that gender-related issues are a key driver of this epidemic among women and girls. OWH developed the HIV Prevention Toolkit: A Gender-Responsive Approach. [more]

On Your Behalf​

From June 15 to June 17, AMCHP staff members Cori Floyd and Kate Taft facilitated the 2016 SPHARC Peer-to-Peer Exchange and grantee meeting in Richmond, Virginia. AMCHP CEO Lori Freeman delivered opening remarks at the grantee meeting; Amy Haddad, Michelle Jarvis and Sarah Beth McLellan presented and facilitated sessions. [more]


Child Care and Development Block Grant Implementation and Evaluation Planning Grants
Deadline: July 8, 2016
The Administration for Children and Families plans to solicit applications for Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Implementation Research and Evaluation Planning Grants. These cooperative agreements would support CCDF Lead Agencies by developing rigorous, high-quality research and evaluation plans of the implementation of policies in response to the goals of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014. Projects should be led by CCDF Lead Agencies, but grantees are expected to work with researchers either within their organization or through a partnership with an outside research organization such as a university or research firm. Provisions of interest include expanding the supply and access to family child care, infant/toddler care and care during non-traditional hours; establishing a state system of support for career pathways and professional development for child care and family child care providers; and establishing policies and procedures that fully implement 12-month eligibility to support continuity of care. For more information, click here.

Investigator-Initiated Research Grants
Deadline: July 11, 2016
The National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation is accepting letters of inquiry for the 2016-17 funding cycle for innovative investigator-initiated research. Funds will be divided among four to five studies in the areas of health care financing, delivery, management and/or policy. The program seeks timely, significant, high-impact projects with potential to inform improvements to the U.S. health care system. For more information, click here.

For more funding opportunities, click here​.