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 Sept. 6, 2016

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​Health Reform Implementation

Vermont Creates Special Health Coverage Enrollment Period for Pregnancy
A new special enrollment period that took effect July 1 extends opportunities for pregnant women to enroll into a health plan through Vermont Health Connect, the state-based health care exchange. [more]

HHS Analysis: Consumers will have Affordable Health Coverage Options Next Year
Since the Affordable Care Act became law, health care prices have risen at the lowest rate in 50 years. A new analysis by the Department of Health and Human Services finds that consumers would continue to have affordable coverage options even if all Marketplace final health insurance premium rates were to increase by double digits next year. [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! Thank you in advance for your interest, ongoing support and representation of your state or region. [more]

Apply for 2016-17 Best Practices Technical Assistance Replication Project
AMCHP has released the request for applications (RFA) for the 2016-17 Best Practices Technical Assistance Replication Project. This technical assistance project is a part of AMCHP's strategic goal to improve maternal and child health (MCH) outcomes by sharing effective and promising practices with state and territorial MCH programs. [more]

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 at 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET. While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) 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]

Time to Renew Your AMCHP Membership!
The 2016-17 membership year is approaching! Watch your mail for AMCHP membership renewal packets, which AMCH has sent to all state and territorial agencies, as well as associate, alumni/retired and student members. The packets include an invoice and other documents regarding your membership. [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. [more]

Stay Informed About Adolescent and Young Adult Health
In honor of National Immunization Month in August, read an insightful case study in the latest publication of Adolescent and Young Adult Health Center Bulletin about a national initiative to improve HPV immunization coverage. [more]

Gain New Insight on How to Increase Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment in Hispanic Communities
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month in September, the Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign will host a webinar on Sept. 14 from 2:00-3:15 p.m. ET that addresses the low rates of uninsured Hispanic children and families in the U.S. Presenters will discuss strategies to increase Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program enrollment for Hispanic children. [more]

Learn How to Intervene and Prevent Bullying
Join the Children's Safety Network and members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Committee to learn more about the biological and psychosocial effects of peer victimization in a webinar on Sept. 14 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will focus on the findings, conclusions and recommendations on the report, Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy and Practice. [more]

Join CDC's Session on Screening for Hearing Loss and Heart Disease
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Grand Rounds series will present Beyond the Blood Spot: Newborn Screening for Hearing Loss and Critical Congenital Heart Disease, on Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. For non-CDC staff interested in viewing the session, a live external webcast will be available via webcast links. [more]

Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators?
Join Healthy People 2020 for a webinar on Sept. 22 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET to learn how one community organization is working to improve reproductive health. [more]

Publish Your Work in Pediatrics Journal
The American Academy of Pediatrics journal, Pediatrics, has introduced a new section devoted to family partnerships. These articles are designed to highlight how health care professionals, patients and families can work together to improve child and adolescent health. [more]

Publications & Resources

Zika Corner

CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Updated Interim Guidance
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report has published Interim Guidance for the Evaluation and Management of Infants with Possible Congenital Zika Virus Infection-United States, August 2016. The revised guidance updates recommendations for the initial evaluation and testing of infants with confirmed or possible congenital exposure to Zika infection and establishes recommendations for the outpatient management and follow-up of infants with laboratory evidence of congenital Zika virus infection, with or without apparent associated birth defects. [more]

Infants Born with Congenital Zika Virus in Puerto Rico
The Journal of the American Medical Association — Pediatrics published a new article, Estimating the Number of Infants That May Be Born with Congenital Zika Virus Infection and Microcephaly Following the Zika Outbreak in Puerto Rico, 2016. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scientists estimated that 5,900 to 10,300 pregnant women may be infected during the Zika virus outbreak in Puerto Rico in 2016 in the absence of effective interventions. [more]

General & Maternal Child Health

Stop the Clot, Spread the Word Campaign
The National Blood Clot Alliance has launched new content for Stop the Clot, Spread the Word campaign with the Division of Blood Disorders at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. The campaign is designed to increase awareness about life-threatening blood clots. This year, the campaign aims to sharpen people's awareness about the increased risk for blood clots if they are about to be hospitalized or have recently been discharged from the hospital. [more]

Make Health Care Safer by Combatting Sepsis
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new Vital Signs report about sepsis. While sepsis begins outside the hospital for nearly 80 percent of patients, CDC found that seven in 10 patients with sepsis had recently interacted with health care providers or had chronic diseases requiring frequent medical care.[more]

Child and Adolescent Health
Towards Healthy Schools
Towards Healthy Schools: Reducing Risks to Children is the fourth in a series of triennial state reports from Healthy Schools Network and its partners in the Coalition for Healthier Schools. The report provides up-to-date information on key characteristics of schools, staff and poverty levels. [more]

Women's & Infant Health

CDC Grand Rounds — Public Health Strategies to Prevent Preterm Birth
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report has issued a publication on the CDC Grand Rounds session, Public Health Strategies to Prevent Preterm Birth. [more]

Can Breastfeeding Protect Against Childhood Obesity?
The National Academy of Medicine published a discussion paper that examines if breastfeeding protects against the risk of childhood obesity. [more]

On Your Behalf

  • Throughout the month of August, AMCHP staff members were honored to participate in Title V Block Grant reviews across the country as reviewers and observers. [more]
  • In late August, AMCHP staff members Caroline Stampfel, Jen Farfalla, Ki’Yonna Jones, Stacy Collins and Atyya Chaudhry supported the National MCH Workforce Development Center’s 2016 MCH Summer Skills Institute: Advancing Health Transformation Outcomes. [more]


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 opportunities, click here.