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 Aug. 9, 2016

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Legislative & Policy Corner

Advocacy Work on Zika Continues Despite Congressional Recess
Although Congress is officially on recess, AMCHP is actively engaged with its partners to keep the pressure on for members to act immediately upon their return to pass emergency funding to address the Zika virus.​ [more]

Health Reform Implementation

Medicaid Helps Families by Helping More Moms Get Care for Maternal Depression
The Center for Law and Social Policy and the Georgetown Center for Children and Families recently released a report on the opportunity to improve children's health by identifying and treating maternal depression.​ [more]

HRSA Awards More Than $149 Million to Grow the Nation's Primary Care Workforce
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced more than $149 million in new awards through 12 workforce programs to prepare the next generation of skilled, diverse primary care providers to serve communities in need across the country. [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. [more​]

Learn About Epi Support Services
Through support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Reproductive Health, AMCHP created Epidemiology Support Services (ESS). [more​]

Give Feedback on Preconception Health Indicators
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in partnership with AMCHP, will hold a meeting on the preconception health indicators at the 2016 MCH Epi Conference in Philadelphia on Sept. 14 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. ET. The objective is to receive feedback on the recommended preconception health indicators and to describe the prioritization process. [more​]

Join the Collective Impact Learning Collaborative
In January 2016, CityMatCH launched the first of three cohorts to participate in the Collective Impact Learning Collaborative. This project involves 30 cities (10 per year for three years). [more​]

Equity in MCH is Focus of Next Learning Network Call
CityMatCH will host the third and final call for the 2016 Learning Network Series on Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. CT. This call will focus on taking the equity lead in our institutions. [more​]

National Breastfeeding Month 2016
This year's National Breastfeeding Month theme focuses on reflecting back and looking forward in celebration of the five-year anniversary of The Surgeon General Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding (SGCTA). Join the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) to highlight the successes of the past five years and shape our collective direction for the next five. [more​]

Webcast Focuses on Preventing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will present a new installment of Public Health Grand Rounds on Aug. 19 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. The presentation will discuss primary prevention and public health strategies to prevent neonatal abstinence syndrome. [more​]

Discuss Report about Bullying Prevention Law and Policy
The Children's Safety Network will host a webinar on Aug. 24 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET, to highlight the new report, Preventing Bullying through Science, Policy, and Practice. [more​]

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​]

CityMatCH would like to know what your health department is doing to engage adolescents and young adults in preventative health care services. How is your health department incorporating positive youth development and engagement strategies into this work? [more​]​

Publications & Resources

Zika Corner
Zika Topic of the Week
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will release weekly topics related to Zika prevention. This week's topic is mosquito control. [more]

Local MCH Response to Zika
City MatCH facilitated a learning network call that focused on how health departments are preventing and mitigating the effects of Zika, how they are communicating about Zika and how they are using data to achieve impact. [more​]​​

General & Maternal Child Health
U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2016
The United States Medical Eligibility Criteria (MEC) includes evidence-based recommendations for using specific contraceptive methods by women and men who have certain characteristics or medical conditions. [more​]

U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use, 2016
The United States Selected Practice Recommendations (SPR) provides evidence-based recommendations for common, but sometimes complex, questions regarding initiation and use of specific contraceptives. [more​]

New Reports Shed Light on Family Engagement in Title V

Families play an increasingly important role in helping to improve maternal and child health programs to serve low-income families and children with special needs, according to new reports by the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs. [more​]

Women's & Infant Health

Expansion of PRAMS and Release of New Data
The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Safe Motherhood and Infant Health Initiative. It was developed to reduce infant morbidity and mortality by providing data that was not available on pregnancy and the first few months after birth. ​[more​]​

On Your Behalf

In late July, AMCHP and NASHP co-chaired the National Standards for Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Work Group Meeting in Washington, D.C. [more]

In July 2016, the State Adolescent Health Resource Center (SAHRC) and AMCHP hosted new state adolescent health coordinators in Minneapolis, Minn., for an orientation training. [more​]​

Career Opportunities

HRSA Seeking MCHB Global Public Health Analyst
Located in Rockville, Md., the Health Resources and Services Administration is searching for MCH analysts in the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). Analyst positions are available in the Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs, the Division of MCH Workforce Development, the Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services, the Office of Epidemiology and Research, the Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Health, and the Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems.​ [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. The fellow will have the option of working in the U.S. House or Senate on legislative and policy issues such as creating healthy communities, improving health equity, and addressing environmental health concerns, population health or social determinants of health. [more​]

ASTHO Seeking Fellows
The Association of State and Territorial Programs, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health, is accepting applications for 2016-2017 Environmental Public Health Tracking: Peer-to-Peer Fellowship Program. Designed to enhance capacity of states and territories not currently funded as part of the CDC's National Tracking Network. [more​]

Division of MCH Workforce Development Rolling Internship Recruitment Process
The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking interns with an interest in maternal and child health to work in the Division of MCH Workforce Development. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for fall, winter/spring and summer terms. [more​]​


MCH Field-Initiated Innovative Research Studies
Deadline: Aug. 19, 2016
The Health Resources and Services Administration is accepting applications for MCH Field-Initiated Innovative Research Studies (FIRST). The program supports innovative, translational and applied research on critical issues affecting maternal and child health, including services for children with special health care needs. The program is designed to promote innovation in the field by supporting the exploration of new ideas and interventions. Research should advance the current knowledge pool and, when implemented in states and communities, should result in health services improvement. Findings from the research supported by the MCH FIRST program are expected to help explore and develop new ideas and interventions that strengthen and expand topics addressed by the MCH Block Grant National Performance Domains and the populations they serve. For more information, click here.

MCH Secondary Data Analysis Research
Deadline: Aug. 19, 2016
The Health Resources and Services Administration is accepting applications for MCH Secondary Data Analysis Research (SDAR) Program. The MCH SDAR Program supports applied maternal and child health research that exclusively conducts secondary analysis of existing national databases and/or administrative records. These projects should have the potential to improve health services and delivery of care for maternal and child health populations. Findings from the research supported by SDAR are expected to strengthen and expand topics addressed by the new MCH Block Grant National Performance Domains and the populations they serve. For more information, click here.
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 willing 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.

For more funding opportunities, click here​.