View From Washington
By Brent Ewig, MHS
Director of Policy, AMCHP
Spring has finally arrived in our nation’s capital! Along with the cherry blossoms and warmer weather, we finally have a reprieve from the long winter of budget discontent and a small ray of good news to share. On Apr. 10, President Obama released his fiscal year 2014 federal budget proposal, which proposes $639 million for the Title V Maternal and Child (MCH) Services Health Block Grant. This amount represents level funding with fiscal year 2012 and is an increase over the estimated final fiscal year 2013 levels when factoring in sequestration and other across the board cuts. [more]
REAL LIFE STORIES
Transitioning into Adulthood: Can You Hear Me?
By Millicent Bright
Intern, Women's and Infant Health Team, AMCHP
Youth engagement in programs, practices, and policies that affect them is critical in promoting positive youth development and empowerment. Capitalizing on the strengths and unique contributions of all youth, programs can establish a comprehensive youth system that efficiently supports the development, health, and well-being of youth and young adults. For this real life story, AMCHP sought out feedback from three transitioning youth with special health care needs (YSHCN). Their feedback provides important perspectives on essential health care needs and services that most impact their transition to adulthood. [more]
Innovation Station Highlight: Emerging Practices in Youth Leadership Development
By Kate Howe, MPH
Program Manager, Child Health, AMCHP
The Rhode Island Dare to Dream Youth Leadership Development Initiative is an emerging practice in the AMCHP Innovation Station that promotes youth leadership and development. Dare to Dream is grounded in the idea that all youth, including those with disabilities, need to participate in positive youth development activities and acquire leadership skills to be contributing members of society. Youth, especially those with disabilities, need to gain self-esteem and leadership skills, including self-determination and self-advocacy, for this to be effective. However, the opportunities for youth with disabilities to access positive youth development and leadership activities are limited. [more]
Virginia Department of Health PAF Initiatives
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Child and Family Health Services Pregnancy Assistance Fund Grant (PAF) initiative provides support to male and female students ages 18-29 enrolled in Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) who are pregnant or parenting young children under five. Student-parents participating in campus- based PAF programs are connected with a myriad of health, social services and educational resources and services that make it more likely they will continue to focus their energy on completing school while balancing their paramount responsibilities as a parent. [more]
Bringing Youth Voices to MCH Programs: Models of Youth Engagement
By Maritza Valenzuela
Program Manager, Adolescent Health, AMCHP
Positive youth development is an evidence-based public health strategy for developing inherent strengths and assets in young people that support healthy behavioral development. While the merits of youth engagement are understood, few resources exist that provide guidance on internal policies and procedures that support youth involvement and leadership development in office settings. Engaging youth in MCH work is the key to developing future MCH leaders. [more]
MEMBER TO MEMBER
We asked AMCHP members: How has the adolescent health framework changed over the time that you have been doing this work/been in your position?
Robert Nystrom, MA
Section Manager, Adolescent, Genetics & Reproductive Health, Center for Prevention & Health Promotion, Oregon Public Health Division
When I first arrived at the Oregon Public Health Division in 1994 as School-Based Health Center program coordinator, one of the first people I met was a seasoned professional working on ‘teen pregnancy prevention.’ The conversation was a typical one at that time -- we talked about ‘risk,’ ‘negative outcomes’ and ‘dangers.’ Fast forwarding to 2013 finds Oregon contributing to Public Health Reports Special Supplement Number 1, Understanding Sexual Health, with an original article titled, Shifting the Paradigm in Oregon from Teen Pregnancy Prevention to Youth Sexual Health. Instead of talking about what youth should ‘not do’ or avoid to ‘stay out of trouble,’ the dialogue has shifted to ‘how can we best support all youth to be safe and realize their human potential.’ [more]
New MCH Leaders
See a list of new MCH Leaders. [more]
Global Look at Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Strategies for Success
The Office of Adolescent Health invites you to attend its free webcast -- A Global Look at Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Strategies for Success -- on May 2 from 2-3 p.m. ET. Hear from Robert W. Blum, MD, MPH, PhD, an expert in adolescent health and teen pregnancy, about how teen pregnancy outcomes in the United States compare globally, and what we can learn from teen pregnancy prevention efforts abroad. Dr. Blum will also answer some commonly asked questions concerning teen pregnancy prevention. [more]
Archive of 2013 AMCHP Annual Meeting is Now Available!
Archived material from the 2013 AMCHP annual meeting, Advancing the Maternal and Child Health Vision: Quality, Leadership and Action, is now live and available. The archive includes viewable presentations, resources, and tools from the plenary sessions, skills-building workshops, and power sessions. [more]
National Premature Infant Health Coalition Summit
This year, the National Premature Infant Health Coalition Summit will take place May 4 -11, both in-person and virtually for ease of participation across the country! Events are completely free and open to parents, providers, policymakers and anyone with an interest in issues surrounding prematurity. Activities taking place throughout the week include webinars, a live Facebook chat, a networking reception, and an NPIHC team in the March For Babies! [more]
DATA AND TRENDS
See statistics on AMCHP in 2012 here.
View and download AMCHP resources from 2012 here.
Board of Directors
Meet the AMCHP Board of Directors.
Meet the AMCHP staff.
3rd Annual APA Conference on Advancing Quality Improvement Science for Children’s Health Care Research
National Premature Infant Health Coalition Summit
Washington, DC (virtual and in-person)
Third Annual Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grantee Conference
National Harbor, MD
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists Annual Conference
Third National Cribs for Kids Conference
NACCHO Annual 2013
Leadership, Legacy, & Community: A Retreat to Advance MCH Scholarship & Practice
Oak Brook, IL