From the President

By Stephanie Birch, RNC, MPH, MS, FNP

Attention to reducing the rates of Infant Mortality has gained some ground over the last couple of years thanks to the focused attention of AMCHP, the Association for State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the March of Dimes all working together to support state and local maternal and child health (MCH) programs in this work. This key indicator enables state MCH programs to utilize and highlight the capacity, knowledge and resources that they have and the work they do in partnership with other state and local agencies and health care providers on this complex and multifaceted issue. Interventions to reduce infant mortality and utilization of data surveillance systems provides opportunities for states to fully implement preconception and interconception interventions using the life course theory model and measure their progress. It is imperative for state MCH programs to share the work they are doing and the outcomes achieved with funders and partners. It is important for us to highlight that this work would likely not be done without the ongoing financial support of the Title V MCH Services Block Grant! To the extent you are able, I encourage all of you as MCH leaders to look for opportunities to share the work your state and local MCH agencies are doing and share the role that the Title V MCH Block Grant plays in this work.

In this issue, you will find more details on AMCHP and partner projects, as well as projects being spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its agencies.