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 Jul. 26, 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 board members Shirley Payne and Gina Pola-Money, who were elected in 2016 to serve on the AMCHP Board of Directors.​ [more]

Legislative & Policy Corner

House Energy and Commerce Committee Holds Hearing on Revised Draft of ACE Kids Bill
On July 7 the Subcommittee on Health within the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on the revised draft of the Advancing Care for Exceptional (ACE) Kids Act. [more]

Bill Addressing Opioid Epidemic Signed into Law
On July 23 the president signed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act into law. The law addresses maternal and child health advocates' concerns with the opioid epidemic by providing states with grants for substance abuse treatment programs for pregnant and postpartum women while extending eligibility for these programs to women in prison. [more​]

Health Reform Implementation

2017 Assister Certification Training Now Available
As of July 11 the 2017 Assister Certification Training is available for use on the CMS Enterprise Portal. The training will be hosted by the Marketplace Learning Management System (MLMS); the web-based training platform for assisters providing application and enrollment assistance to consumers in Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces (FFMs), including State Partnership Marketplaces (SPMs) and certain State-based Marketplaces using the Federal Platform (SBM-FPs). [more​]

AMCHP Releases Medicaid Parity Fact Sheet
AMCHP's Health Reform Implementation team recently released a fact sheet, Mental Health Parity for Medicaid & CHIP Populations. This resource is designed to help MCH professionals understand the final rules released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding parity requirements for Medicaid and CHIP plans. [more​]

Urban Institute: Changing 'Family Glitch' Reduces Family Health Costs
More than six million people live in a family that is affected by the "family glitch" – meaning that one family member has an employer offer of single coverage deemed to be affordable and therefore all family members are ineligible for tax credits for marketplace coverage. These families are paying premiums that can amount to 15.8 percent of their household incomes. [more​]

National Governors Association Responds to Opioid Epidemic
The National Governors Association recently released a report, Finding Solutions to the Prescription Opioid and Heroin Crisis: A Road Map for States.​ [more​]

Get Involved

Call for Volunteers Now Open for AMCHP Committees

Volunteers are needed across all of our association committees including Governance, Annual Conference Planning, Best Practices, Emerging Issues, Family and Youth Leadership, Legislative and Healthcare Financing, and Workforce and Leadership Development. [more]

Nominations for Open for AMCHP Board of Directors
The AMCHP Board of Directors and Governance Committee announces that the following vacancies are open for nominations as of June 15, 2016, for elections to be held in December 2016. Nominations will remain open from June 15, 2016, through September 15, 2016, unless further notice is provided. AMCHP member delegates are encouraged to consider applying. Your help is needed to fill these important positions! ​​[more​]

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 in completing one of the following projects around breast-feeding accommodation and support. [more​]

Title V Workforce Assessment: We Want Your Input
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​]

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​]

Coordinating Care for Children in Families with Complex Social and Health Needs
The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health and the Catalyst Center will host a webinar on July 27 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET. The webinar will cover issues related to the lives of children and youth with chronic or complex medical conditions, which often are complicated by psychosocial issues and family problems such as poverty, poor prenatal health, substance abuse, domestic violence and homelessness. [more​

DataSpeak: Making the Best Use of the Title V Information System Data
The Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau will host a DataSpeak program on the Title V Information System (TVIS) on July 27 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will present an orientation to the new TVIS Web Reports webpage, which includes prepopulated, downloadable graphs, financial information and the ability to view multiple years of data. [more​]

Loss, Grief and Adjustment for Parents of Children with Special Needs
Parent to Parent of New York State will host a webinar on July 27 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. ET. Powerful and intense feelings are natural and common responses to parenting a child with exceptional needs. The webinar will provide an overview of common emotions experienced by parents and discuss how, by sharing and acknowledging these emotions, parents can find the inner strength needed to face and embrace their role as a parent of a child with special needs. [more​]

Timeliness in Newborn Screening Webinar Series
The New York-Mid-Atlantic Consortium for Genetic and Newborn Screening Services will host a webinar series on Timeliness in Newborn Screening. [more​]

Consequences of Bullying
The Children's Safety Network will host a webinar on July 28 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET to discuss a new report, Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy and Practice. [more​]

Call for Submissions to Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine Educational Presentation
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​]

Fulbright U.S. Scholars Program Offers Awards in Medical Sciences, Public Health
The Fulbright U.S. Scholars Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/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. [more​]

Overview of Perinatal Mood Disorder Treatment: Guidelines and Clinical Pearls
The Centers of Disease Control, MCH Epidemiology Grant Rounds will host a webinar on Aug. 3 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. The presentation will provide an overview of the different types of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, recommendations for and implementation of screening in clinical settings and latest research on prescribing psychotropic medications for pregnant and lactating women. [more​]

Zika Virus and Implications for Tribal Partners
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Indian Health Service (IHS) will co-host a webinar for tribal partners during the IHS Clinical Rounds on Aug. 4 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET. The webinar is designed to provide health care providers with clear information to effectively counsel and manage patients, including pregnant women. [more​]

Preventing Adolescent Dating Abuse: Research and Practice
The Children's Safety Network will host a webinar on Aug. 10 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET. The presentation will provide an overview of the issue of adolescent dating abuse, describing how the field has grown and changed in the past 20 years, including how dating itself has changed. [more​]

Infant Mortality CoIIN Thematic Webinar
On Aug. 16 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET, National Institute for Children's Health Quality, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Kansas will host a webinar on neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). ​[more​]

Abstract Submissions for GHIC 2017
Unite for Sight is accepting abstract submissions for the 2017 Global Health and Innovation Conference. Only three types of abstracts will be accepted. Professionals and students may submit the following abstracts. [more​]

Call for Nominations: 2016 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards
The Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards honor individuals making significant contributions to improving the lives of people with disabilities.[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​]​

Publications & Resources

Best Practices/Innovation Station

AMCHP Releases New Video on Capturing Best Practices in Maternal and Child Health
During the 2016 AMCHP annual conference, AMCHP staff conducted video interviews with three members on the importance of capturing best practices in maternal and child health. ​[more]

Zika Corner
Interim Guidance for District and School Administrators in the Continental United States and Hawaii
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new resource that serves as a guide for kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) district and school administrators for public health actions pertaining to Zika virus infection. ​[more​]

Providing Family Planning Care for Non-Pregnant Women and Men in the Context of Zika 
​The Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Population Affairs designed a toolkit to help providers of family planning services in a variety of educate their non-pregnant clients about the risk of Zika infection. ​[more​]

Workforce Development
New MCH Publication from the University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota's Center for Leadership in Maternal and Child Public Health recently published MCH Professionals Making a Difference in Government, Health Care Services, Research, Policy and Academia, the second of a two-part series that commemorates the Center's 60th anniversary and celebrates 15 years of its publication, Healthy Generations. ​​[more​]

General & Maternal Child Health
 Language Access in Primary Care
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation and the National Center for Cultural Competence published a resource that emphasizes the importance of a language access programs, especially in pediatrics.​ [more​]

Tennessee: Advancing the Medical Home Model in Pediatrics
In December 2014, Tennessee was awarded a two-year, $75 million State Innovation Model (SIM) testing grant to transform the state's health care system. ​[more​]

Health Reform Implementation in Maternal and Child Health
Children's Health Coverage: The Role of Medicaid and CHIP and Issues for the Future
This issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation examines the importance of Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). ​[more​]

State Pediatric Medicaid and CHIP Medical Homes Initiative: At-a-Glance Table
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation, in partnership with the National Academy for State Health Policy, recently updated its State At-a-Glance table. ​[more​]

Strategies to Increase Access to LARC in Medicaid
The National Academy for State Health Policy and National Institute for Children's Health Quality published a new issue brief that details the use of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) in preventing unplanned pregnancies, the current availability and education of women, barriers to prescribing LARC and potential Medicaid reimbursement models to improve LARC access. ​[more​]

Child and Adolescent Health
School-Based Health Centers to Promote Healthy Equity
The Community Preventative Services Task Force created a resource that recommends the implementation and maintenance of school-based health centers in low-income communities, based on sufficient evidence of effectiveness in improving educational and health outcomes. ​[more​]

New Resources on Drowning Prevention
SafeKids Worldwide released two new reports. ​[more​]

Evaluation Findings from the Office of Adolescent Health
The results of the first set of evaluation findings from the Office of Adolescent Health's Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program grantees are now available. ​[more​]

Teen Nutrition: Making Healthy Food Choices Easy
The American Public Health Association published Healthy You: a set of free and easy-to-understand tip sheets that provide information on a wide variety of health topics. ​[more​]

Safe Routes to School—By the Numbers
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership, with support from the American Public Health Association, has released a new report, Safe Routes to School — By the Numbers. ​[more​]

Addressing Health Coverage Inequities Among CSHCN in Your State
The Catalyst Center recently hosted a webinar for MCH leaders and other stakeholders to become acquainted with their Inequities Tutorial.​ ​[more​]

On Your Behalf

​In late June, AMCHP staff members Caroline Stampfel, Jennifer Farfalla, Krista Granger and Andria Cornell traveled to Anchorage, Alaska, for the 2016 Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Annual Conference.​ [more]​

Career Opportunities

AMCHP Seeking Health Reform Implementation Senior Program Manager
The Senior Program Manager, Health Reform Implementation (HRI) is a member of the Program Team and contributes to the advancement of MCH programs by performing a variety of planning and program implementation, research and evaluation projects. This position supports and assists the HRI team in the development, implementation and evaluation of program activities related to MCH and health reform.​ [more]


Pediatric Audiology Competitive Supplement to Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities
Deadline: July 28, 2016
The announcement solicits applications for the Pediatric Audiology Competitive Supplement to Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program. This supplement will support the clinical and leadership training of pediatric audiology trainees within LEND programs with the specific goals of: strengthening the focus on screening, treatment and follow up in infants and young children confirmed to be deaf or hard-of-hearing with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or related neurodevelopmental disabilities (DD); increasing the number of pediatric audiologists with clinical and leadership skills, utilizing these unique skills in delivering care to infants and young children with ASD and/or other DD to work across disciplines to better serve children and families; and enhancing the systems' capacity to increase enrollment of infants/children with ASD and/or other DD confirmed to be hard of hearing into early intervention programs. For more information, click here.
Community Access to Child Health Planning, Implementation and Resident Grants
Deadline: July 29, 2016
The American Academy of Pediatrics has created a funding opportunity to award up to $10,000 to individual pediatricians and fellowship trainees to plan innovative, community-based child health initiatives that will ensure children have medical homes, are immunized and have access to health care services not otherwise available in their communities. Resident grants will also be awarded up to $2,000 on a competitive basis for pediatric residents to plan and/or implement community-based child health initiatives. Projects must also include planning activities or demonstrate completed planning activities and might include implementation activities. For more information, click here.

Global Network for Women's and Children's Health Research Data Coordinating Center
Letter of Intent Deadline: July 30, 2016
Application Deadline: Aug. 30, 2016
The National Institutes of Health is accepting applications from institutions and organizations willing to participate with the Eunice Kennedy Schriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The selected institution or organization will function as the Data Coordinating Center under a cooperative agreement in an ongoing multicenter, international research network designed to perform randomized clinical trials using common protocols to reduce the major risk of maternal, neonatal, infant and early childhood mortality. For more information, click here.

Improving Timeliness in Newborn Screening
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2016
State/territorial newborn screening programs (NBS) can apply to NewSTEPs 360 to participate in continuous quality-improvement activities and may choose to apply for funding to support NBS timeliness activities. Two funding mechanisms are available: state applications, which allow individual NBS programs to apply up to a total of $80,000 over two years, and group applications, which call for collaborations between states/territories to apply for up to $100,000 over two years, to address a shared timeliness concern. For more information, click here.

Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program
Deadline: Aug. 2, 2016
The Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) is soliciting applications for Healthy Tomorrows Partnership with Children Program (HTPCP). The purpose of this grant program is to increase the number of innovative, community-initiated programs that employ preventive health strategies and promote access to health care for children, youth and their families nationwide. This program most closely supports HRSA's goals to improve access to quality health care and services, to build healthy communities and to improve health equity. HTPCP funding supports projects that provide clinical or public health services — not research projects. Applications must represent either a new initiative within the community or an innovative, new component that builds upon an existing community-based program or initiative. For more information, click here.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
Deadline: Aug. 8, 2016
The National Institutes of Health is accepting applications for awards that will enhance the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the research training of predoctoral students from underrepresented population groups in the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforces. Predoctoral students will receive mentored research training from faculty while conducting research projects in scientific, health-related fields. The training will enhance their potential to develop into independent research scientists. Get more information.

For more funding opportunites, click here​.