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 January/February 2015 - A Look Back/A Look Ahead

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By Millie Jones, MPH

Thank you!!!

What an honor to write this thank you note to all of you as I move into my term as AMCHP Past President. I struggle to find the right words that truly capture my gratitude for the opportunity to have served as your 2013-2015 AMCHP President. It has been my pleasure to work with and for you. [more]



Looking Ahead in 2015

By Sam B. Cooper III, LMSW-IPR

I am struggling with all that I want to share in this first Pulse From the President message...Struggling because the months ahead are already packed with opportunities to shape the future of maternal and child health (MCH). State and territorial teams have the final guidance for the Title V MCH Services Block Grant and are in the process of completing the five-year needs assessments and establishing new state priorities that will guide actions through 2020. [more]



By Lori Tremmel Freeman, BS, MBA
Chief Executive Officer, AMCHP

Looking back over my past 10 months with AMCHP, it has been a fulfilling and very rewarding experience working for this great organization. We've had our share of celebrations and our share of introspections around continuing the journey of continuous improvement. If you had a chance to attend the AMCHP business meeting just a few short weeks ago during the AMCHP 2015 conference, you'll recognize some of what is written here and I hope you'll revisit with me our journey. If this is the first time, please enjoy learning more about how AMCHP and I have grown together over the course of 2014. [more]



Women's and Infant Health Team: Building Capacity to Promote Maternal and Infant Health

By The AMCHP Women's and Infant Health Team 
(Andria Cornell, Brittany Argotsinger, Erin Bonzon, Piia Hanson and Megan Phillippi)

The Women's and Infant Health (WIH) program is committed to improving maternal and child health (MCH) programs and enhancing the delivery of MCH services at the national, state and local levels. The program goals are to improve the health of women and infants through increased capacity of Title V MCH programs and coordination between stakeholders. [more]


Child Health Working to Build and Improve Systems

By Kate Taft, MPH 
Senior Program Manager, CYSHCN

A Look Back
In 2014, the AMCHP child health work had a strong focus on resources to help build and improve systems for early childhood development and raise awareness of its impact on life-long health and well-being. Through the State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC), AMCHP developed resources around developmental screening and early identification. This included an environmental scan of related state program activities that broadly describes strategies that state Title V agencies and early childhood programs and partners are using to improve various aspects of the developmental screening process, amidst multiple challenges. [more]


CYSHCN: Defining and Implementing National Standards and Systems

By Meredith Pyle 
Senior Program Manager, CYSHCN

In 2014, AMCHP continued to build capacity to build quality, comprehensive systems of care for CYSHCN. Along with the AMCHP State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) projects (see Child Health feature), AMCHP focused systems-building efforts for CYSHCN on three primary areas: 1) support for state Title V CYSHCN directors; 2) systems development; and 3) partnerships. Two major projects facilitated this work: the Leadership Institute for CYSHCN Directors (LICD) program, and dissemination and implementation of the National Standards for Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs. [more]


Integrating Adolescent Health through AMCHP Programs

By Maritza Valenzuela, MPH 
Senior Program Manager, Adolescent Health, AMCHP

Adolescent Health Environmental Scan
In 2014, AMCHP completed an environmental scan of adolescent health activities in Title V programs, as reported in Title V MCH Services Block Grant reports. The scan analyzed activities related to adolescent health as reported under both national and state performance measures. In January 2014, AMCHP staff presented an overview of the scan at the AMCHP Conference, and in March 2014 AMCHP presented a webinar outlining preliminary findings from the data analysis; the webinar recording is available on the AMCHP website. At the end of 2014 AMCHP published a full report on the environmental scan. [more]


Workforce and Leadership Development: Building MCH Capacity

By The AMCHP Workforce and Leadership Development Team 
(Sharron Corle, Michelle Jarvis, Ki'Yonna Jones and Jessica Teel)

Leadership Development

Family Scholars Program
This year, the Family Scholars Program (FSP) cohort includes six scholars (from Alaska, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Puerto Rico, and Tennessee) and two family mentors (from Iowa and Louisiana). Since the in-person launch of the program year in October, the cohort has participated in four virtual trainings: Policy, Advocacy, and Getting to Know and Educate Your Elected Officials; Social Media; Strengths Based Leadership; and Systems and Systems-building. New leadership topics of interest were identified by the cohort and incorporated into the curricula (topics included emotional intelligence, time management, and systems/systems mapping). [more]



Looking Back, Looking Forward

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

It's time for the annual MCH policy round up -- what went well last year, what's left undone and where do we go from here. From the AMCHP perspective, one of the key highlights came at the end of last year in mid-December when Congress passed a final FY 2015 spending package that included a $3 million increase for the Title V MCH Services Block Grant. The bill provides funding through Sept. 30, 2015. [more]



Life Course Indicators Implementation

By Jennifer Farfalla, MPH 
Analyst for Quality Improvement and Life Course

In the summer of 2013, AMCHP engaged seven state teams (Florida, Iowa, Lousiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska and North Carolina) to identify and finalize a set of indicators that can be used to measure progress in maternal and child health through a life course approach. In the year that followed, AMCHP identified a number of factors that could slow the uptake of the life course indicators by state and local health departments. [more]


AMCHP 2015 Presentations and Recordings Now Available
Thank you to all who joined us in Washington, DC for another exciting and informative AMCHP Annual Conference. To access presentations and handouts from session, click here (use the event code amchp). All presentations that were submitted are loaded in the session descriptions. To access recordings of select AMCHP 2015 sessions, click here. Didn't make it to AMCHP 2015? Check out highlights on AMCHP TV.

Upcoming Obesity/Overweight and Preconception Health Webinar
AMCHP is partnering with the National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative and the National Association of Chronic Disease directors to present a webinar entitled Obesity/Overweight and Preconception Health Part 2: Resources and Strategies for Change on Feb. 18, from 1-2:30 p.m. EST. The purpose of this webinar is to focus attention on the impact of obesity on the health of young women and men and any future children they may have as well as to share ideas and strategies for addressing this public health crisis between maternal and child health and chronic disease partners. [more]

National MCH Workforce Development Center Coffee Talk Series 
This series will be hosted by the National MCH Workforce Development Center Change Management core on three pertinent topics benefiting the Title V workforce. The series will consist of three archived 20-minute videos for AMCHP members to access bi-monthly at their leisure. For the alternating months, AMCHP will host a Twitter chat on the content shared during the preceding month's archived video. The topics and identified speakers for each video/Twitter chat are outlined... [more]

Upcoming Webinar on Integrating Community Health Workers
Staterefor(u)m under the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is hosting a webinar on Feb. 23 at 1:30 p.m. EST entitled Integrating Community Health Worker Models into Evolving State Health Care Systems. As states transform their health systems many are turning to community health workers (CHWs) to tackle some of the most challenging aspects of health improvement, such as facilitating care coordination, enhancing access to community-based services, and addressing social determinants of health. As interest in CHWs continues to rise, so do challenges related to defining roles and scope of practice, training and certification, financing, and integrating CHWs into evolving health care systems. [more]

New Webinar on Building Support for an Equal Opportunity Childhood
Health Equity and Well-Being from the Start: Building Support for an Equal Opportunity Childhood, will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26 from 2-3:30 p.m. EST. The webinar will begin with the introduction of a framework that can be used to explore the relationships between social and economic contexts and inequitable health outcomes. Examples of how two public health departments are addressing health inequities in their states will then be shared. [more]

Now Available: Application to Participate in the National MCH Workforce Development Center's Cohort 2 Training
The National MCH Workforce Development Center offers a range of trainings, tools and resources to strengthen MCH workforce capacity to lead through health transformation. The Center offers training in four key areas: access to care, quality improvement, systems integration and change management. State/territory Title V agencies/MCH programs and their partners will have the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and tools in the four key areas and apply them to a current health transformation project of interest. [more]



New MCH Leaders
See a list of new MCH Leaders. [more]

See statistics on AMCHP in 2014 here.

View and download AMCHP resources from 2014 here.

Meet the AMCHP Board of Directors.

Meet the AMCHP staff.

Click here to see the AMCHP MCH Events Calendar.