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 April 2011

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From the President

Evidence-Based Practices

By Stephanie Birch, RNC, MPH, MS, FNP 

Have you ever wondered why you do the things you do? Is it out of habit or out of institutional lore? Is it because your “institution or agency has always done it that way”? Or is there evidence to support what you are doing?  [read more]


From the CEO

Evidence-Based Practices in MCH

By Mike R. Fraser, PhD CAE

 love spring. Everything seems so new, so fresh. The different shades of green are amazing, beautiful flowers seem to pop up everywhere and our special treat in Washington is witnessing the blossoming of our world famous cherry trees. To me, spring is a great time to start something new – a “fresh start” – that often coincides with casting out the old through a ritual known as “spring cleaning.”  [read more] 



The Community Guide Provides Important Resource on Evidence-Based Practices

By Karen VanLandeghem, MPH
Senior Advisor, National Center for Health Reform Implementation, AMCHP

Quality and the need for evidenced-based programming and policymaking continue to be top priorities for states, particularly as many states focus on implementation of the Affordable Care Act and address emergent public health priorities such as accreditation. The Guide to Community Preventive Services (Community Guide), supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is designed to provide needed information to support state and community leaders as they decide on strategies, policies, and programs that are most relevant, effective, and cost-effective for their states, communities and enrolled populations.  [read more]       

The Importance of Sharing Emerging, Promising and Best Practices with the MCH Community

By Darlisha Williams
Senior Program Manager, MCH Epidemiology & Best Practices, AMCHP

As AMCHP staff, one of the most common questions we are asked by both members and partners is: “Are there any promising programs out there relating to X?” Indeed AMCHP members are eager to learn from other states and hear about challenges and lessons learned from their peers. Given limited resources and time, there is a great need to maximize and build on existing knowledge so that one is not constantly “re-creating the wheel.” It is this often stated need to know more which forms the underlying basis of AMCHP’s Best Practices program. We all recognize that there are fantastic public health programs that engage their target audience and lead to positive behavioral change.  [read more]

Success Stories

Compiled by Kate Howe
Program Manager, Child Health, AMCHP

AMCHP’s Innovation Station highlights MCH programs that show evidence of having a positive impact on communities. Since 2006, AMCHP has been collecting emerging, promising and best practices to share with the greater MCH community. The following represents a sample success stories from AMCHP’s growing database! To find out about more programs like these, please visit here.  [read more]



View from Washington

Using Evidence to Drive Policy

By Brent Ewig, MHS
Director of Public Policy & Government Affairs, AMCHP      

In recent years AMCHP’s advocacy work has been substantially shaped by a fascinating dialogue on how to best use evidence to drive policy. We’ve seen up close how politics can challenge the simple notion that we should use evidence to guide policy and have seen an extended debate illustrating how science and politics sometimes clash.  [read more]

Member to Member

Many states are working to implement evidence-based home visiting programs to improve birth outcomes and to support women and families by connecting them to necessary services. One of the challenges to implementing home visiting programs is deciding which home visiting models to use and what is the level of evidence necessary. To get a state’s perspective, we asked a state currently grappling with these issues the following questions: 

·         How do you use evidence to inform program planning, particularly if federal law is restricting what you currently do?

·         How do you proceed with your programmatic work in the absence of strong evidence of its impact? [read more]


Who's New

New MCH Leaders

See a list of PHLI Fellows for 2011-2012 [read more]

AMCHP welcomes new staff. [read more] 


Get Involved

Webcast of the 2011 AMCHP Annual Conference Now Available!
If you missed out on a session at AMCHP’s 2011 Annual Conference, don’t worry! The Maternal and Child Health Bureau has posted an archive of AMCHP’s annual meeting here 

AMCHP March for Babies Walk
Join AMCHP Steps for Babies and participate as part of AMCHP’s team to raise awareness of prematurity and support the Maryland National Capital Area chapter of the March of Dimes. The walk is scheduled for Saturday, May 7 at the Nationals Park in Washington, DC. If you can't walk with us, please help by donating to our team. With your help we already raised $1,000 at the AMCHP Annual Conference – but we haven’t reached our goal yet! You can join AMCHP’s team and also contribute visiting our team page. Thank you for helping us give all babies a healthy start! 

April is Autism Awareness Month
Please join AMCHP in celebrating National Autism Awareness Month! This month provides a special opportunity to increase public awareness of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), which are estimated to affect 1 in 110 children in the Unite States. Be sure to check out AMCHP’s State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) for announcements and upcoming state activities. The Autism Society, Autism Speaks and Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (ITAC) websites also provide important information regarding Autism Awareness Month.  

Evidence-Based Interventions for Children with Autism Conference
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Section of Developmental-Behavioral and Rehabilitative Pediatrics along with Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Partners for Inclusive Communities, Interdisciplinary Leadership Education Excellence in Caring for Children with Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) and the Arkansas Department of Human Services will jointly sponsor the “Team Up 2011: Evidence Based Interventions for Children with Autism Conference.” The conference will be held in Little Rock, Arkansas on May 19–21, at the Holiday Inn Airport and the speakers include experts from across the country. To learn more and to register, visit here 

Call for Nominations for the 2011 MCH Section Awards
Each year the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Section recognizes leaders in the maternal and child health field at the Martha May Eliot Luncheon at the APHA Annual Meeting. At the luncheon, APHA also presents the prestigious Association-wide Martha May Eliot Award that honors an individual with exceptional achievement in the field of maternal and Child Health. This year, the MCH section is seeking nominations for the following awards:

·         The Young Professional Award

·         The Effective Practice Award

·         The Outstanding Leadership/Advocacy Award

·         The MCH Section Distinguished Service Award

The deadline to complete the nomination forms is April 30. To learn more, visit here 


Data and Trends

See a map of best practice program submissions by state here. 



View and download resources on Evidence-Based Practices here.


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