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 Sept. 20, 2016

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Board Corner

You elected these volunteer leaders to guide AMCHP now and into the future, and they’d like to share something with you about themselves. They hope to give you a new MCH connection and a better understanding of board member's roles, and to pique your interest in the work of your peers.

This month, we have the privilege of introducing you to board member Donna Johnson, who was elected this year to serve on the AMCHP Board of Directors as a member at large. She has been an AMCHP member since 2011. [more]

Legislative & Policy Corner

Still Awaiting Action on Zika Funding and Continuing Resolution

Congress is still negotiating a package for emergency funding to address the Zika virus as well as a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded past the fiscal year’s end on Sept. 30. Points of contention include the length of time the CR would last (probably to Dec. 9) and whether there should be fiscal offsets to cover Zika funding. [more]

Public Health Bills Pass Key House Health Subcommittee

On Sept. 13 the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health advanced several public health bills of interest to the MCH community. The next step for all three pieces of legislation is passage by the full Energy and Commerce Committee, then by the House of Representatives. Given the short Congressional calendar left for the remainder of the year, it is unclear if all of these bills will get passed. However, advancing them with bipartisan support this year may improve the chances of these bills becoming law in the future. [more]

Homeland Security Committee Passes Bill to Support Parents Traveling with Breastmilk and Formula

On Sept. 13, the House Homeland Security Committee passed the Bottles and Breastfeeding Equipment Screening (BABES) Act, sponsored by Rep. Jaime Herrera-Beutler (R-Wash.), Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.), and Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.). [more]

Health Reform Implementation

CMS Awards Consumer Assistance Funds to Support Health Marketplace Enrollment

With open enrollment for 2017 only a few weeks away (Nov. 1), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services  announced $63 million in Navigator grant awards to returning and new organizations. [more]

Health Reform: Beyond the Basics Webinar Series Returns

To prepare for the upcoming open enrollment period, the Health Reform: Beyond the Basics project is presenting a reprisal of its four-part webinar series on key topics for those helping people sign up for marketplace coverage. [more]

HHS Awards $350,000 to American Academy of Pediatrics to Help Children Affected by Zika

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a $350,000 supplement to a one-year cooperative agreement with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help expand capacity to care for children who are or may be impacted by the Zika virus. [more]

Get Involved

How Can Community and Public Health Partnerships Benefit Children and Families?

On Sept. 21, from 2:00-3:15 p.m. ET, AMCHP, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Violence Prevention, the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Healthy Heartlands Collaborative will co-host a webinar. The presentation will highlight successful examples of how state and local communities have used the documentary, The Raising of America, to build strategic partnerships and implement policy, systems and environmental changes to improve child health development. [more]

Pregnancy and Oral Health in the ACA Era — How are Expectant Moms Faring?

AMCHP and the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation will co-present a webinar on Sept. 27 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET. While the Affordable Care Act has improved health care coverage for pregnant women overall, limitations in benefits, access and education continue to keep many women from receiving dental services. [more]

Share Your Thoughts in a Virtual Town Hall

AMCHP will host a virtual Town Hall on the Infant Mortality CoIIN: Reflections and Key Updates for the Extension Year, on Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. ET. Please join us on this call with Dr. Michael Lu, associate administrator of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, along Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Learning Network Co-Chairs Alethia Carr and Kay Johnson. [more]

Time to Renew Your AMCHP Membership!

The 2016-17 membership year is approaching! Check your mail for AMCHP membership renewal packets, which AMCHP has sent to all state and territorial agencies, as well as associate, alumni/retired and student members. [more]

Present Your Research at the 2017 AMCHP Annual Conference

The AMCHP Annual Conference is the ideal venue to present your ideas, research, innovative programming, best practices and effective outreach strategies. We invite you to submit a proposal for the 2017 AMCHP Annual Conference (March 4-7) in Kansas City, Mo. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 20 at 11:59 p.m. ET. [more]

Call for Volunteers Now Open for AMCHP Committees

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

September is Sexual Health Awareness Month

The Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center, funded by the Human Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, has released its September newsletter in alignment with Sexual Health Awareness Month. [more]

Gain Insight on How to Improve Health and Wellness in Schools

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) will host a webinar on Sept. 27 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET that will provide an overview of school improvement plans (SIP) and highlight the opportunity to leverage these plans to strengthen student health and wellness. [more]

Tips for Implementing Smart Snacks in Schools

Join Action for Healthy Kids and the School Superintendents Association for a webinar on Sept. 28 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET to learn more about Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School (Smart Snacks) and putting the new requirements in action. [more]

Learn More About Advances in Autism Research

The Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P), funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, collaborates with the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) to conduct research on evidence-based interventions to improve the physical health and well-being of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. The AIR-P/ATN holds a monthly webinar series, Advances in Autism Research and Care (AARC) for network members, various autism and pediatric organizations, collaborators, primary care providers and autism advocates. Save the dates for the AIR-P/ATN's fall webinars. [more]

Comment on Women's Preventative Health Care Services

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is soliciting public comment on draft recommendations for women's preventative health care services, including Women's Preventative Services Guidelines. [more]

Publications & Resources

Zika Corner
Hearing Loss in Infants with Microcephaly

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a new resource in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. [more]

Updated Guidance for Health Care Providers Caring for Infants Born to Mothers with Zika Infection

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published an article in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that discusses updated recommendations for the initial laboratory testing and evaluation of infants with possible congenital Zika virus infection. [more]

Key Zika Considerations for Health Care Settings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a new fact sheet to help health care professionals prepare for patients with Zika coming to clinics, hospitals or physician's office. [more]

Epidemiology & Maternal and Child Health

New Data and Surveys Available

The Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health has provide four new downloadable datasets from the National Health Interview Survey-Child and Family Core (NHIS-Child). Conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics, the NHIS Child and Family Core includes questions on the health status, health care access and utilization, family resources, health care costs, food security and mental health of children ages zero to 17. [more]

General & Maternal Child Health
Improve Your Health Care from Your Phone

In July the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2016 (U.S. MEC) and U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use, 2016 (U.S. SPR). These recommendations are intended to assist health care providers when they counsel women, men and couples about contraceptive method choice, and to provide evidence-based guidance to reduce medical barriers to contraception. [more]

Prevent Youth Violence in Your Community

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention invites health professionals to visit Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE), a resource for practitioners and their team members to create, edit and save a customized youth violence prevention plan. [more]

Solutions for Improving Food Security

A new brief from the Children's HealthWatch analyzes how the high costs associated with raising a child with disabilities can strain the family budget and lead to trade-offs between basic needs. [more]

New Resources for Pediatric Residency Programs and Educators

The American Association of Pediatrics has released five case-based educational modules on key medical home principles for pediatrics residency programs. [more]

A Silent Epidemic

National Public Radio created an interactive infographic about the prevalence of mental health problems among the nation's students. [more]

Women's & Infant Health

Take Action During Infant Mortality Awareness Month

September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month, and the National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ) and the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality are continuing their efforts to bring awareness to the high infant mortality rates in the United States. [more]

Responding to Reproductive Health in Emergency Preparedness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Reproductive Health has developed a new online course for federal, state, local public health and other health professionals. [more]

Safe Sleep and Skin-to-Skin Care in Newborns

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently published a clinical report for birthing centers and delivery hospitals caring for healthy newborns to assist in the establishment of appropriate skin-to-skin care and safe sleep policies. [more]

Career Opportunities

AMCHP Seeks Child Development Program Manager

This position contributes to the development, implementation and evaluation of program activities related to child health and development, with a focus on autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. The program manager will assist in tracking, analyzing and reporting on national and state programs impacting child health and will partner with relevant federal agencies, such as the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [more]


2017 APIC Graduate Student Award

Deadline: Sept. 27, 2016
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) seeks applications for the APIC Graduate Student Award. The award supports infection prevention and evidence-based implementation science. This award is given to a student seeking to complete a master's or doctoral degree. For the purpose of this funding opportunity, implementation science is defined as research that creates new knowledge and identifies how best to design, implement and evaluate quality improvement initiatives. The most competitive applications will focus on implementation science, demonstrating its value and implications for infection prevention and quality efforts across clinical settings. For more information, click here.

Improving the Coordination and Documentation of Enrollment into Early Intervention for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children through Parent Engagement

Deadline: Sept. 30, 2016
The Disability Research and Dissemination Center presents a funding opportunity to help increase parental and public awareness about the importance and benefits of signing a release to share early intervention information with state Early Hearing Detection and Intervention programs as well as engaging and supporting families in the intervention process. For more information, click here.

Using Existing Early Intervention Data to Assess Outcomes Among Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

Deadline: Sept. 30, 2016
The Disability Research and Dissemination Center presents a funding opportunity to assess the outcomes for deaf or hard-of-hearing children identified through state early intervention programs by using existing intervention and educational data sets. For more information, click here.

For more funding opportunities, click here.