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 Jul. 12, 2016

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Management Minute


I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.   

– William Shakespeare

Each year around this same time I enjoy reminding us all about the amazing power of volunteers. Across the country and around the world, nonprofit organizations like AMCHP rely heavily on their volunteer workforces to contribute critical thinking, expertise and information that help to enhance and grow their professional fields. [more​]

Legislative & Policy Corner

House Subcommittee Approves Critical Spending Bill ​
On July 12 the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies released details on the FY17 spending bill that it passed on July 7. The bill proposes to continue current funding levels for the Title V MCH Block Grant at $638.2 million. ​ [more]

House Passes Bill to Address Opioid Epidemic

On July 8 the House of Representatives passed an agreement on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which reflects a compromise between the House and Senate on initiatives to address the opioid epidemic. [more]

House Passes Mental Health Legislation

On July 6 the House of Representatives passed HR 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. by a vote of 422-2. This comprehensive legislation includes several provisions aimed at improving children’s mental health. [more]

Health Reform Implementation

Report Finds One in Five Parents of Young Children Were Uninsured in 2014

A new report from the Urban Institute found that the share of parents with young children who did not have health insurance increased from 19.4 percent in 1997 to 22.8 percent in 2013,then fell to 18.8 percent in 2014. [more]

Urban Institute Report Focuses on the ACA and Fathers

A new report from the Urban Institute examined data from the National Health Interview Survey in order to assess the Affordable Care Act's impact on fathers.​ [more]

CMS Releases March 31 Effectuated Enrollment Snapshot

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that on March 31, approximately 11 million consumers had "effectuated" Health Insurance Marketplace coverage – which means 11.1 million individuals paid their premiums and had an active policy as of that date. [more]

Vermont Becomes the Fourth State to Allow Dental Therapists to Provide Dental Care

Gov. Peter Shumlin was joined by legislators, advocates and dental professionals as he signed a bill into law extending licenses for dental therapists to offer some of the most needed dental procedures, such as fillings and simple extractions. [more]​

Get Involved 


Request for Applications: AMCHP Workplace Breast-feeding Support Project

With support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, AMCHP has committed to partnering with state Title V programs (or organizations working in partnership with their state Title V programs to promote breast-feeding initiation and duration) to provide technical assistance that enables the state to complete one of the following projects around breast-feeding accommodation and support. [more]

Title V Workforce Assessment Coming Soon

AMCHP is conducting an analysis of Title V workforce needs across state MCH programs. The survey will be used to identify current and future workforce needs, along with potential skills gaps and the impact of retiring workers leaving the Title V workforce. [more​]

Board Nominations

On behalf of the AMCHP Board of Directors and Governance Committee, the following vacancies are open for nomination​. [more​]


Time to Renew Your AMCHP Membership!

The 2016-17 membership year is approaching! AMCHP is now mailing membership renewal packets to all state and territorial agencies, organizational associate members and individual associate members. [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​]

Join a Community – Strengthen the Evidence Base in MCH

Join AMCHP's Strengthen the Evidence Base: Communities of Practice (CoP)! The purpose of the CoPs is to provide a space for sharing and learning among peers, which could include topics ranging from developing evidence based strategy measures to implementing a plan. [more​]

Connect with Colleagues About Epidemiology

AMCHP is pleased to announce the launch of the MCH Epi Community of Practice (CoP)! This CoP provides a space for MCH epidemiologists to collect and share state MCH epi practices and resources. The goal is for participants to increase their MCH epi capacity by helping one another overcome problems, test ideas, catalog acquired knowledge and enhance professional networks. [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, published its July newsletter: Improving Systems of Care for Youths and Young Adults through the ACA!​ [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 accept educational and scientific research presentations. [more​]

Fatherhood Engagement in Community Action

The Community Action Partnership and the National Fatherhood Initiative will host a webinar on July 21 from 2:00-3:15 p.m. ET. Research shows that higher levels of father involvement help to reduce poverty and crime and improves the well-being of children and families. [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​]

Request for Applications: Mental Health Assessment and Treatment of Infants, Young Children and Families

The Zero to Three Policy Center and partners are pleased to announce a technical assistance opportunity for state teams to connect and develop strategies to advance state policy related to financing infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) assessment and treatment. The request for applications is open to all states. [more​]

Federal Panel on Autism Seeks Public Comment

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) is looking for input from people with autism, their family members, service providers and advocates as it prepares to revise its strategic plan and update government priorities on autism research, services and policy for the first time in 10 years. [more​]

The Parent Experience of Advocating for Children with Special Needs

California State University–East Bay is conducting a survey on the parental experience of advocating for children with special needs. The results will be used to inform the services and policies that serve this population.​ [more​]​

Publications & Resources

Zika Corner
CDC Begins Reporting Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes of Women Affected by Zika Virus During Pregnancy

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported on the poor outcomes of pregnancies with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection. [more]

Workforce Development
Diversity and Health Equity in the Maternal and Child Health Workforce: A Resource Guide to Key Strategies and Actions for MCH Training Programs

The Division of MCH Workforce Development presents Diversity and Health Equity in the Maternal and Child Health Workforce, a new MCH training diversity resource designed to share strategies and other information intended to support diversity efforts.​ [more​]


MCH Workforce Development Strategic Plan: 2015 Highlights

The Division of MCH Workforce Development uses a nationally focused multiyear strategic plan to guide its work in advancing four goals related to maternal and child health workforce development: workforce development; diversity and health equity; interdisciplinary practice; and science, innovation and quality improvement. [more​]

General & Maternal Child Health

CDC Awards $30 Million to State and Injury Prevention Programs

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded $30 million to 23 state health departments over the next five years as part of the Core State and Violence Injury Prevention Program (Core SVIPP). The program will support states in the implementation, evaluation and dissemination of strategies to address pressing injury and violence issues, including child abuse and neglect. [more​]

Child and Adolescent Health
Attacking Childhood Asthma: Care Coordination

The Health and Wellness Alliance for Children published a new white paper describing how care coordination played a key role in reducing pediatric asthma emergency room visits by 49 percent in Dallas. [more​]

New Emergency Preparedness Curriculum for Families of Children with Special Needs

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center worked with an advisory committee of parents of children with special needs to create a curriculum that increases preparedness knowledge and allows for successful planning. [more​]​

On Your Behalf

In late June, AMCHP Board President Eileen Forlenza and staff member Iliana White attended the National Summit on Preventing Youth Violence in Baltimore. [more​]

Career Opportunities​

 DMCHWD Searching for a Public Health Analyst

Located in Rockville, Md., the Division of MCH Workforce Development  is accepting applications for a public health analyst. The selected individual will serve as an expert in the development, implementation and evaluation of complex, interrelated public health programs involving governmental organizations from multiple sectors at the community, state, national and/or international levels. [more]

Public Health Fellowship in Government

The American Public Health Association (APHA) is accepting applications for the 2017 APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government. Candidates must have strong public health credentials and be able to spend one year in Washington, D.C. [more​]



Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

Deadline: July 14, 2016
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accepting applications for a funding opportunity that serves to continue providing financial and technical assistance to state and territorial health departments to maintain behavioral surveillance through the BRFSS and increase the use of BRFSS data by health departments to inform public health actions to improve health. For more information on the application process, click here.
Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Payment Program

Deadline: July 15, 2016
The Health Resources and Services Administration solicits applications for the Children's Hospitals Graduate (CHGME) Medical Payment Program. Federal funding for graduate medical education is primarily provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The purpose of the CHGME Payment Program is to compensate for the disparity between the level of federal GME funding for freestanding children's teaching hospitals and funding for other types of teaching hospitals. For more information, click here.

Funds for a Training and Technical Assistance Project to Support Title X Family Planning

Deadline: July 18, 2016
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office for Population Affairs (OPA) is accepting applications to fund a Family Planning National Training Center for Service Delivery Improvement (FPNTC-SDI) through a cooperative agreement. The overarching goal of OPA is to improve reproductive health outcomes for men, women and adolescents by reducing teen and unplanned pregnancies, supporting optimal birth spacing, lowering the rates of STDs and improving birth outcomes. The FPNTC-SDI will contribute to these goals by supporting the sustained delivery of quality family planning services. For more information, click here.

For more funding opportunities, click here​.