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 Aug. 23, 2016

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​Health Reform Implementation

New AMCHP Fact Sheet: Section 1332 of the ACA: An Opportunity for Innovation in MCH
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made health insurance increasingly available to millions of women, children and families, many whom have never been covered before. The ACA contains a number of mandatory provisions pertaining directly to maternal and child health (MCH) populations, including coverage of maternity services, as well as well-woman and well-child visits without cost-sharing. [more]

August is National Breastfeeding Month!
Happy National Breastfeeding Month! The Affordable Care Act includes several provisions related to breastfeeding promotion, including free lactation support and assistance for communities in promoting breastfeeding. [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 

Preparing Adolescents with Asthma and Allergies for Transitions to Independent Living
Join the American Academy of Pediatrics for a free webinar on Sept. 1 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET to educate practitioners about adolescent transitions from their medical homes. [more]

Trauma-Informed Approaches to Domestic Violence Exposure, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resiliency
On Sept. 7 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET, the Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody, in collaboration with Futures Without Violence, will host a webinar. The session will explore the latest thinking about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and childhood exposure to domestic violence. [more]

Present Your Research in Adolescent Health
The University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) Adolescent Health Initiative (AHI) has issued a call for breakout sessions, oral research sessions and poster presentations for the 2017 Annual Conference on Adolescent Health in Ypsilanti, Mich. [more]

Online Zika Course: What Pediatricians Need to Know
The American Academy of Pediatrics is hosting a free course that provides an important overview of the Zika virus, including its origins and how it entered the Western Hemisphere. [more]

Online Training for Health Professionals on E-Cigarettes and Pregnancy
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Division of Reproductive Health has created a new training for health professionals on e-cigarettes and pregnancy. E-cigarettes and Pregnancy is a free interactive presentation on electronic nicotine delivery systems and their potential health effects during and after pregnancy; it discusses effective tobacco cessation treatments. [more

Schedule a SCRIPT Workshop in Your Organization
The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) has launched the Smoking Cessation and Reduction in Pregnancy Treatment (SCRIPT) Program. SCRIPT is an evidence-based program designed as a component of a patient education program for prenatal care providers. SOPHE offers a one-day, interactive workshop session that includes substantial role play, screening and counseling practice, and planning techniques to introduce SCRIPT into your organization. [more]

Publications & Resources

Best Practices/Innovation Station

New Arrivals at Innovation Station
Innovation Station is AMCHP's searchable database of cutting-edge, emerging, promising and best practices in MCH. The database provides an opportunity for professionals to enhance the MCH field by sharing successful programs and challenges, lessons and information for policymakers and public health advocates. [more]

Zika Corner
Prolonged Detection of Zika Virus RNA in Pregnant Women
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a new peer reviewed paper in Obstetrics & Gynecology. The report highlights the experience of five pregnant women infected with the Zika virus who had evidence of the virus in their blood longer than is typically expected. [more]

Contraceptive Use Among Non-Pregnant Women at Risk for Unintended Pregnancy and Female High School Students, in the Context of Zika Preparedness
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report examines data utilized by CDC scientists from four state-based surveillance systems to estimate contraception use for non-pregnant and postpartum women. [more]

Health Alert Network Message
The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has identified an area with local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission in Miami. Additional guidance can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) website. [more]

General & Maternal Child Health

National Immunization Awareness Month
The National Public Information Coalition created a communications toolkit to promote the importance of immunizations during National Immunization Awareness Month (August). The 2016 edition of the toolkit contains key messages, vaccine information, sample news releases and articles, and links to web resources from CDC and other organizations. [more]

Health Reform Implementation in Maternal and Child Health

New State Data Chartbook about Health Coverage
The Catalyst Center has designed a State-at-a-glance chartbook. This is a compilation of data on carefully selected indicators of health coverage and financing for children and youth with special health care needs for all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. [more]

Decreasing Unintended Pregnancy Opportunities Created by the ACA
Women of all ages are more likely to choose and continue using highly effective contraceptive methods when the contraceptive methods and accompanying services (including patient education and counseling) are provided without cost. [more]

Child and Adolescent Health

Early Learning Systems Building: Leveraging Child Care and Referral
This archived webinar, hosted by the National Center for Early Childhood Quality Assurance, provided an overview of child care resources and referral in evolving learning systems and examined trends and innovations at the state and local levels. [more]

New Report Examines health of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative has prepared a chartbook, Experience Matters: A View into the Health and Wellbeing of U.S. Children and Families with Autism Spectrum Disorder, that provides a national portrait of children with Autism, and looks at how they receive their diagnoses and how the disorder affects their daily lives. [more]

Women's & Infant Health

Gestational Diabetes Collaborative: Better Data, Better Care
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Divisions of Diabetes Translation and Reproductive Health partnered with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors to create a report that serves as a multistate collaboration to identify gaps in gestational diabetes (GDM) data, conduct quality improvement strategies/interventions to improve documentation, increase postpartum glucose testing and promote education about GDM. [more]

Resources for Providers to Boost Breastfeeding Support
National Breastfeeding Month (August) provides a great opportunity to call attention to the health care system and how it can be improved to support breastfeeding mothers. The National Institute for Children's Health Quality has complied five resources to show why breastfeeding is important and how providers can assist every mother who chooses to breastfeed. [more]

Career Opportunities

AMCHP Seeking Program Manager for Evidence-Based Practice
This position contributes to the development, implementation and evaluation of program activities related to evidence-based practice and supports AMCHP’s Best Practices Innovation Station and Replication Initiatives. The program manager will assist in the tracking, analysis and reporting of national and state programs affecting child health. [more]


Global Network for Women's and Children's Health Research Data Coordinating Center
Application Deadline: Aug. 30, 2016
The National Institutes of Health is accepting applications from institutions and organizations to participate with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver 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.
NIH Initiative to Maximize Research Education in Genomics Diversity Action Plan
Deadline: Sept. 6, 2016
The National Institutes of Health presents this funding opportunity to facilitate the training of individuals at all career levels (undergraduate, graduate, post-baccalaureate, postdoctoral and faculty) from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in scientific disciplines relevant to genomics. It will enable them to pursue genomics research that spans all areas of interest to National Human Genome Research Institute later in their careers. To learn more, click here.

Developing Goals and Strategies to Improve the Care of Children with Chronic and Complex Health Conditions
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2016
The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health seeks applications for grants to develop single-topic issue briefs that describe goals and processes to improve aspects of the systems of care for children in the United States with chronic and complex health conditions. The briefs will provide specific, scalable recommendations for action related to practice, research, programs and policy. For more information, click here.

For more funding opportunites, click here.