AMCHP is For Babies
On Saturday, May 3, AMCHP staff will participate in the 2014 March for Babies in Washington, DC to support the March of Dimes in improving the health of babies. Click here to support our team, AMCHP Steps for Babies!
VIEW FROM WASHINGTON
The Path to Home Visiting Program Reauthorization
By Brent Ewig, MHS
Director, Policy & Government Affairs, AMCHP
At the end of March, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed the so called 'Doc Fix' bill that includes a six month extension for the MIECHV program. This represents a solid interim victory and reflects the work of a broad coalition of stakeholders. Thanks to each of you that participated in the National Day of Action and weighed in with elected officials. This step reflects nascent bipartisan support to continue this vital program to improve outcomes for vulnerable families. It provides Congress additional time to consider a longer-term reauthorization before Mar. 31, 2015 -- the new expiration date. [more]
New MCH Leaders and AMCHP Staff
See a list of new MCH Leaders. [more]
Title V Five Year Needs Assessment Virtual Training -- Part 2: Nuts and Bolts on Using Data
Title V legislation requires each state and jurisdiction to conduct a statewide, comprehensive needs assessment every five years. Hard to believe that the time has come for Title V programs to prepare for the next comprehensive needs assessment! The needs assessment process can be a useful tool for strategic planning, strategic decision making and resource allocation. It also provides a way for Title V programs to benchmark where they are and assess progress over a five-year period. To assist states or jurisdictions in preparing their assessments AMCHP is hosting a series of virtual trainings to provide guidance on the needs assessment process. The second webinar, The Nuts and Bolts on Using Data, is scheduled for Thursday, May 1 from 3-4 p.m. EST. [more]
Building and Retaining a Resilient MCH Workforce for Tomorrow
Several forces, such as full implementation of the Affordable Care Act and enduring budget cuts, deficits and hiring freezes, are having a huge impact on the knowledge and skills needed for a competent public health workforce. To continue to effectively meet the needs of children, families and communities they serve, building and retaining a resilient MCH workforce has become especially critically important for state Title V programs. In order to support state efforts to maintain a talented workforce, AMCHP is hosting the Building and Retaining a Resilient MCH Workforce for Tomorrow webinar on May 15 at 2 p.m. EST. [more]
Save the Date: Linked by Life Webinar
The Linked by Life webinar titled "Wisconsin: Turning the Ship Towards Implementing Life Course Theory, Social Determinants of Health and Preconception Care," jointly sponsored by the Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) will take place May 6 from 2-3:30 p.m. EST. The webinar will illustrate how the Wisconsin Department of Health Services adopted and executed life course theory to expand preconception care throughout the state, connect MCH and early childhood modes of care while addressing the social determinants of health. [more]
Save the Date: Upcoming Webinar on the MCH Navigator!
The MCH Navigator, funded by MCHB at Georgetown University, is a learning portal that provides access to state and local MCH professionals for free, providing competency-based online trainings to meet professional development needs and ensure that the Title V workforce has the knowledge and skills to address the needs of the MCH Community. On May 21 from 1-2 p.m. EST, John Richards, research director for the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University will provide an overview of new and familiar features of the new Navigator website, and will explain how professionals can access learning opportunities directly through the site and how departments and organizations can use the Navigator to encourage and track staff development. [more]
DATA AND TRENDS
See an infographic of the ACA through the life course here.
View life course resources here.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Meet the AMCHP Board of Directors.
Meet the AMCHP staff.
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