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 January/February 2016 - A Look Back/ A Look Ahead

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By Sam B. Cooper III, LMSW-IPR


I spent this last weekend at one of the beautiful state parks in central Texas. The cinderblock cabin was right on the lake’s edge, and I had an opportunity to think about the last year and the changes that are the constant of our lives. [more]




Twenty-six years ago I sat in the NICU of Colorado’s Children’s Hospital wondering how/if my fragile newborn baby Holly would live one more day. In the midst of the ambiguity, there was one certainty – her life was giving new purpose to my life. [more]




The age-old saying, time flies when you’re having fun, certainly applies as we look back at 2015. This position with AMCHP and all that goes with it including working with our members, a super-talented and dedicated staff, and amazing partners is incredibly fulfilling, rewarding, and exhilarating (oh, and FUN!).  [more]



Women's and Infant Health: Health Equity in 2016

By the AMCHP Women's and Infant Health Team ( Erin Bonzon, Andria Cornell, Megan Phillippi, and Christina Ratleff)  

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]

Workforce and Leadership Development: Building upon Family Engagement and Best Practices

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

In October, AMCHP launched our new leadership development program: the Leadership Lab. The Leadership Lab (Lab) seeks to build the leadership capacity of multiple levels of Title V staff: family leaders, epidemiologists, directors and next generation leaders. The Lab requires a 10-month commitment by participants from December 2015 through September 2016. [more]

Health Reform Implementation: Looking Back, Looking Forward

By the AMCHP Health Reform Implementation Team (Stacy Collins, Atyya Chaudhry, Emily Eckert, and Carolyn McCoy)

Through national policy and program efforts, AMCHP's Health Reform Implementation (HRI) team continues to advance its goal of ensuring that health reform promotes the well-being of Title V's core constituencies - women, children, including children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), and families. [more]

Epidemiology and Evaluation: Celebrating One Year

By the AMCHP Epidemiology and Evaluation Team (Jennifer Farfalla, Krista Granger, Alexandra Harris, and Caroline Stampfel)

Support for MCH Epidemiology at AMCHP expands: Epidemiology and Evaluation Team celebrates one year!

As we reflect back on 2015, we also celebrate a milestone. In November of 2015, Epidemiology and Evaluation completed its first year as a team at AMCHP. In that year, we also received funding for a new five-year cooperative agreement from CDC, "Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology: National and State Coalition Building to Improve Outcomes."  [more]

A View from Washington: Look Behind/ Look Ahead

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

The year 2015 was marked by continued divisiveness in our nation's capital and an outbreak of intense campaigning that will culminate in the selection of a new president in just ten months.  Before considering what AMCHP is doing to prepare for the FY 2017 appropriations season and the next administration, it is worth looking back to celebrate two substantial maternal and child health policy wins in 2016.[more]



See a list of new MCH leaders and AMCHP staff. [more]



Infant Mortality CoIIN Virtual Learning Session 3 (VLS 3)

The third learning session for Infant Mortality CoIIN state teams will occur on Tuesday, February 23 and Wednesday, February 24 from 1:00-4:30 pm EST each day. Pre-work for the learning session is due Friday, February 5. The registration deadline for VLS 3 is Friday, February 19. For more information, click here. [more]

2016-2018 Developmental Monitoring Within State Systems Grants Requests for Applications
Through funding from the CDC National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, AMCHP will facilitate a competitive award process of up to $20,000 to 12 states or territories over the next two years. The purpose of this grant is to increase parent-engaged developmental monitoring by promoting the adoption and integration of Learn the Signs. Act Early. materials and training resources into programs and statewide systems that serve young children and their families, such as Early Head Start/Head Start, child care, home visiting, WIC, Child Find, health care, etc. AMCHP will provide ongoing technical assistance, disseminate resource materials and link grantees to other states and experts in early identification of developmental delay. For more information and to apply, click here. Applications are due Feb. 29, 2016. For additional questions, contact Kate Taft, senior program manager, children and youth with special health care needs, at or (202) 266-3056, or Cori Floyd, program associate, child and adolescent health, at or (202) 266-3046. [more]

Call for Abstracts: 2016 CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference

City MatCH invites you to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentation in two tracks: scientific research and data or program and policy issues in maternal and child health.  This is an opportunity to share your successes, research, results, and lessons learned with national and global audiences. The deadline to submit an abstract is Feb. 19, 2016. To apply, click here. Please contact Carol Gilbert at /402-552-9589 or Maureen Fitzgerald at  402-552-9585 for any questions or concerns. The deadline to apply for a Travel Sponsorship Application is March 15, 2016. To apply, please click here. [more]



View complete listing of AMCHP publications from the past year.[more]



View the latest MCH infographics. [more]



Meet AMCHP's Board of Directors. [more]



Meet the AMCHP staff.  [more]