AMCHP and NIHCM Webinar- Maternal Health in Crisis

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Maternal Health in Crisis: Ensuring Nationwide Access to Maternity Care Providers

August 22, 2017 | 03:00 PM-04:30 PM ET


Nearly half of all U.S. counties lack a practicing OB-GYN, and the shortage is expected to grow, with projections showing as many as 8,800 fewer OB-GYNs practicing than will be needed in 2020. Maternity workforce shortages and maldistribution are of particular concern for the Medicaid program, which covers about half of all births in the U.S. Meanwhile, American women are dying from pregnancy-related complications at a higher rate than in any other developed country—a problem that’s exacerbated by limited access to providers.

This webinar, presented by the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and NIHCM Foundation with support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, will explore the following:

  • The dynamics behind maternity workforce challenges, particularly in rural and other underserved areas
  • An example of a public-private collaboration to connect Medicaid mothers-to-be with prenatal care and resources like transportation to doctor visits
  • How financial incentives can be used to encourage medical professionals to specialize in maternal health and to work in underserved areas


3:00-3:05 Welcome AMCHP & NIHCM Foundation

3:05-3:20 Addressing the Shortage of Maternal Care Providers § Lisa Kane Low, PhD, CNM, FACNM, President, American College of NurseMidwives

3:20-3:35 Challenges & Opportunities for the Rural Obstetric Workforce § Katy B. Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA, Associate Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management; Director of Research, Rural Health Research Center; University of Minnesota School of Public Health

3:35-3:50 The Ob-gyn/Maternity care workforce in the US § Mallory Schwarz, Federal Affairs Manager, American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists

3:50-4:05 Maternity Management for Medicaid Mothers-to-be § Ashlyn Christianson, Public Health Manager, Government Programs, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

4:05-4:30 Audience Questions & Answers


Register for the Webinar Here


August 11, 2017 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

Black Mamas Matter Alliance Webinar

Join Black Mamas Matter Alliance in their discussion of Reproductive Justice and Black Women’s Maternal Health!


August 7, 2017 at 10:37 am Leave a comment

HRSA Spring Practicum Opportunity- Maternal and Child Health


The Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development (DMCHWD) is recruiting graduate students and undergraduate seniors interested in becoming leaders in Maternal and Child Health for a Winter/Spring 2018 Practicum/Internship experience.

Intern(s) selected to work with DMCHWD will have the opportunity to help shape their experience based on interest areas. Possible focus areas may include:

  • Trainee Engagement: Develop and sustain activities that encourage networking and engagement of current and former MCH trainees.
  • Emerging Issues: Report and track emerging issues in Zika, audiology, transition, and autism.
  • MCH Training Program Data: Analyze quantitative and qualitative data and produce summary reports.
  • Communications: Contribute to the continued implementation of DMCHWD’s communications plan.
  • MCH Workgroups and Committees: Participate in cross-cutting DMCHWD and Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) efforts, including topics around workforce development, autism, and children and youth with special health needs.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Graduate students must be enrolled at least half-time in a graduate program as verified by the student’s institution of higher learning.
  • Undergraduate seniors must be enrolled at least half-time in an undergraduate program as verified by the student’s institution of higher learning. Current juniors/”rising” seniors may apply for a summer internship, assuming they will enter their fourth year in the fall.
  • Post-graduate students will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • An applicant must be a United States citizen or foreign national having in his/her possession a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States.

Internship Requirements:

  • The internship is located in Rockville, Maryland and is Metro accessible.
  • This is an unpaid experience. Students are responsible for all costs associated with the internship, including room/board, transport, and other living expenses.
  • A 200-hour (6- to 8-week) minimum commitment is strongly preferred.


Applications are accepted on a “rolling” basis, though all applications for Winter/Spring 2018 should be submitted by 11:59 P.M. ON 9/8.

Questions? E-mail Samantha Croffut at

For More Information on this Opportunity please click Here

August 4, 2017 at 10:28 am Leave a comment

Job Opportunity- National Maternal Child Health Workforce Development Center (WDC)


Position Type: Permanent Staff

Working Position Title: Knowledge Management and Communications Coordinator

The individual in this position serves as the Knowledge Management and Communications Coordinator for the National Maternal Child Health Workforce Development Center (WDC). S/he is responsible for planning and implementing a comprehensive knowledge management and communications strategy to ensure WDC activities, results and resources are clearly documented and disseminated. This position supports efforts of the WDC to increase visibility and share knowledge with all stakeholders and broad MCH audiences. The Knowledge Management and Communications Coordinator is responsible for product development and dissemination (briefs, case studies, brochures, website, journal publications, knowledge management platform), knowledge management (information retrieval, organization, storage, access) and communications training.

This is a 3-year time-limited position with possibility of extension based on funding and performance.

Strong writing, editing, analytical and interpersonal skills. Ability to document and disseminate activities and results using traditional communication strategies as well as academic knowledge management tools. Demonstrated ability to create persuasive and clear communications in all forms, traditional and electronic, and with varying audiences. Experience with information retrieval, organization, storage, and access. Demonstrated ability to work autonomously with initiative, critical and creative thinking. Demonstrated skills in managing small and large projects with multiple internal and external partners. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a variety of individuals including faculty, staff, students, external stakeholders, as well as maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, professional staff and researchers. Ability to prioritize, focus and achieve results in a fast-paced and complex university environment. Experience with various computer software including standard Office programs, web design, graphic design and content management systems.

For more information or to apply,

August 2, 2017 at 1:23 pm Leave a comment

AMCHP 2018 Conference Proposal Submissions


Call for Proposals: The 2018 AMCHP Annual Conference

Feb. 10-13, Crystal City, Va.

DeadlineFriday, Sept. 111:59 p.m. ET

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) invites you to submit a proposal for the 2018 AMCHP Annual Conferencewhere the theme is Staying Focused: The Enduring Commitment of MCH to Families and Outcomes.

Tracks for this year’s conference include:
·       Adolescent Health (includes youth development and transition)
·       Advocacy
·       Child Health
·       CYSCHN
·       Epidemiology/Data, Assessment and Evaluation (includes Health Outcomes: Impact of Investment/ROI, etc.)
·       Family and Youth Engagement (includes fatherhood involvement, family-centered care)
·       Health Care Financing and Coverage (includes Health Reform)
·       Life Course Approach
·       MCH Block Grant Transformation
·       MCH Systems Building
·       Women’s and Infant Health
·       Workforce Development and Leadership

The AMCHP Annual Conference is the ideal venue to present your ideas, research, innovative programming, best practices and effective outreach strategies to MCH and other public health practitioners. Our audience includes directors of state programs, federal officials, advocates, family leaders, researchers and health care providers. We encourage proposal submissions to include any aspects related to family and youth engagement and involvement. Reviewers will give special consideration to proposals that include family or youth as presenters and/or panelists, especially for the Family and Youth Engagement and the Adolescent Health tracks. 

Click here for complete information about submitting your session proposal and for the online submission system. The deadline for submissions is FridaySept. 1. You will receive notification of the status of your submission by Friday, Oct. 13. 

If you have questions about the session proposal submission process, please contact Corey Siembeida at or (703) 964-1240, ext. 20.

July 31, 2017 at 9:52 am Leave a comment

The Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies Job Opening


Job Opening: Media & Communications Coordinator 

Status: Full Time, Salaried position available immediately 

Job Summary: IWES is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as the Media & Communications Coordinator who will be responsible for the coordination and support of all media and communications related activities and events. This includes earned media, digital communications, film production and social marketing campaigns. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain and regularly update the IWES website, which includes but is not limited to: 1) monitoring the site for outdated content, 2) working with the web designer to add new content and keep it up to date and 3) taking photographs and coordinating bios from new staff
  • Maintain the IWES communications work plan and ensure communications staff are aware of upcoming deliverables
  • Coordinate the internal communications request process, which includes but is not limited to: 1) keeping track of requests in an online database, 2) coordinating requests from IWES staff members, 3) monitoring the timely completion of requests
  • Maintain a database of all IWES press (paid and earned media) including news articles, interviews and radio or television appearances
  • Coordinate media-related events such as film screenings, panels, community gatherings and launch events
  • Maintain communication with traditional media outlets (such as TV stations, billboard companies, and radio stations) to promote IWES’ work
  • Support and coordinate IWES film projects including but not limited to: 1) videography, 2) coordinating with cast/crew/subjects of projects; 3) photography; and 4) editing
  • Assist in the supervision of volunteers and interns involved in IWES media projects, as necessary
  • Provide support to Program Staff in planning, implementation and development of media-related program activities


  • Graduate degree in fine arts, marketing and/or communications, journalism or equivalent
  • 2-3 years’ experience in film production, film editing and social media marketing/management
  • Experience with basic film equipment (i.e. camera, sound, tripod, etc.)
  • Experience with photography
  • Proficiency in current versions of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Experience with applicable media, editing and graphic software (i.e. Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop)
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills, preferably including experience in cross-cultural exchanges
  • Ability to work non-traditional hours, particularly to participate in media productions, as needed (limited requirement)
  • Interest in community-based film projects and an understanding of new media and film trends
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Sensitivity to cultural, racial and sexual diversity
  • Willingness and experience working with youth, particularly youth of color
  • Spanish language skills – a plus
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Commitment to organizational mission

Apply NOW
Position available immediately. Starting salary commensurate with experience; excellent benefits.

How to Apply
Mail/Fax/Email cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references to:
Human Resources, Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies
935 Gravier Street, Suite 1140 | New Orleans, LA 70112 | 504.599.7712 |

July 28, 2017 at 10:51 am Leave a comment

APHA- Public Health Fellowship in Government


The Fellowship in Government provides a unique public policy learning experience, demonstrates the value of science-government interaction and enhances public health science and practical knowledge in government. APHA is looking for candidates with strong public health credentials and an interest in serving as a staff person in the U.S. Congress. The fellowship is based in Washington, D.C.

The fellow will have the option of working in the House or Senate on legislative and policy issues such as creating healthy communities, improving health equity, addressing environmental health concerns, population health or the social determinants of health. Much of the work developing public policy happens at the staff level, where these critical issues are not well understood or incorporated into the discussion. The fellow will have the opportunity to make an impact and improve the health of the public.

The fellowship aims to:

  • Establish and nurture critical links between federal decision-makers and public health professionals;
  • Educate public health professionals about the legislative process and the skills necessary to be successful, including the ability to translate complex public health issues into legislative, regulatory and policy initiatives;
  • Increase the visibility and impact public health professionals in the policy arena;
  • Increase attention to and focus on the social determinants of health and the goal of improving health equity and creating healthy communities;
  • Support the inclusion of sound public health science in policy; and
  • Create a culture of policy engagement for public health professionals.

Deadline for the application is August 14th

APPLY Today!


July 24, 2017 at 1:35 pm Leave a comment

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