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 March/April 2016- Emerging Issues in MCH

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By Eileen Forlenza

Wow – what a fantastic annual conference this month in DC. Considering the collaborative effort required to reschedule from the original January date – I would indeed classify this conference as outstanding! [more]


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

This issue of Pulse is an inaugural theme focused on Emerging Issues. By definition, the word 'emerging' according to Merriam-Webster is "newly created or noticed and growing in strength or popularity: becoming widely known or established." Similarly, the word 'issue' means "something that people are talking about, thinking about, etc.: an important subject or topic." [more]


An Increasing Awareness of Maternal Mental Health 

By Michelle Eglovitch, MPH
Program Associate, Women's & Infant Health, AMCHP

 Carolyn McCoy, MPH
Senior Policy Manager, Health Reform Implementation, AMCHP

The mental and emotional wellbeing of expectant and new mothers, troubling rates of maternal depression and anxiety, as well as their effect on mothers, families, and communities, is a growing national concern. Maternal mental health encompasses mental health disorders during and after pregnancy, including mood/depression and anxiety disorders (collectively referred to as Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, or PMAD). [more]

Healthy Homes-Healthy Children: A Holistic Approach 

By Ruth Ann Norton
President and CEO of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative

The past few months have reawakened us to the continuing threat from lead poisoning. The horrifying scope of the crisis in Flint, Michigan, where the city water supply was contaminated with high levels of lead, has shocked the nation. Sadly, similar problems are confronting cities and communities across the country. [more]

Congenital Syphilis on the Rise 

By Michelle L. Allen
Maternal and Child Health Director, Georgia Department of Public Health

William (Bill) Smith
Executive Director, National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) and Senior Faculty Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy, University of New Mexico

For the first time in nearly a decade, all three commonly reported sexually transmitted infections (STIs) – chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis – are on steep inclines.  The resurgence of syphilis, in particular, has been quite significant with three straight years of double digit increases. [more]

Emerging Technologies in Autism Treatment, Training, and Systems Building: Snapshots from Autism CARES Grantees

By Cori Floyd
Program Associate, Child & Adolescent Health, AMCHP

Ben Kaufman, MSW
Acting Director of MCH Technical Assistance, Association of University Center on Disabilities (AUCD)

 Kate Taft, MPH
Senior Program Manager, CYSHCN, AMCHP

Through its implementation of the Autism CARES legislation, HRSA-MCHB funds grantees to improve autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities (ASD/DD) service delivery and to enable all infants, children and adolescents who have, or are at risk for developing, ASD/DD to reach their full potential. [more]

Emerging Issues Committee Spotlight

By Ki'Yonna Jones, MPH
Program Manager, Workforce & Leadership Development, AMCHP

The Emerging Issues Committee uses the eyes, ears and experience of Title V professionals throughout the country to assist AMCHP in responding to emerging maternal and child health issues that impact its members. [more]

Human Trafficking and Access to Health Care

By Atyya Chaudhry, MPP
Policy Analyst, Health Reform Implementation, AMCHP

Human trafficking takes many forms, ranging from forced prostitution to exploitation of laborers. Because of the various forms of human trafficking, anyone can be affected, including the populations primarily served by Title V programs: women, children, adolescents, and their families. [more]

Responding to the MCH Side of the Opioid Epidemic

By Amy Haddad
Associate Director, Government Affairs, AMCHP

By now, too many of us have personally experienced the toll of the opioid epidemic in our community, our family or our circle of friends.  Seventy-eight Americans die every day from an opioid overdose and one infant is born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) every 25 minutes. [more]


The Massachusetts Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Sarah Stone, CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellow

Co-authored by Alicia Fraser, Mariya Fishbeyn, Paul Hunter, Susan E. Manning,  Carolyn Weber

Exposure to lead is a pervasive public health problem that disproportionately affects racial and ethnic minorities and low income families. Childhood lead exposure is especially concerning due to the deleterious neurotoxic effects lead has on cognitive, physical, and behavioral development. Despite the U.S. ban on household lead-based paint in 1978, and the phasing out of leaded gasoline in the 1970s - 1980s, lead persists in our environment. [more]


Suffering in Silence: My Journey with Postpartum Depression

By Kristen Marshall, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

I wanted to have a baby so badly. After a few months of temperature charting and overall obsessing about getting pregnant, I was thrilled when those two pink lines showed up on the test. [more]


​Emerging Issues Added to the Public Health Appropriations Mix

By Brent Ewing, MHS
Director, Public Policy & Government Affairs Team, AMCHP

Every winter, AMCHP gears up our advocacy machine to be prepared to push for the highest possible appropriation for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant and other critical MCH programs. [more]

Who's New

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

Get Involved 

WSSDOM Series 
AMCHP is pleased to present a new MCH Workforce Development Solutions Series Domain (WSSDOM). This new series will provide a platform for AMCHP members to learn more about successful workforce development solutions to address issues such as staffing, organizational design, accreditation, and work process re-design (e.g., due to health transformation), share innovations, and identify best practices. The MCH WSSDOM series consist of 45-minute live interactive webinars. The next  topic is listed below:

  • Resiliency: Tips and Tricks on How to Keep Staff Morale High

Success of an organization/department depends on the employees who work there. The morale among staff must be high to have outstanding staff performance. Sometimes when organizational changes occur, the morale can decrease. Dr. Kris Risley, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago will provide tips and tricks to keep staff morale high by using appreciative inquiry and positive questions to bring out the best of the organization/department/team on May 12, 2016 from 1-2 pm EST.  Dr. Risley will also discuss the importance of emotional intelligence and the impact you have on your organization/department. Click here to register.

Strengthen the Evidence Base: Communities of Practices (CoP)
Come and join AMCHP's Strengthen the Evidence Base: Communities of Practice (CoP)! The CoPs are grouped by population domain including Child Health, Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN), Cross-cutting/Life-course, and Women's/Maternal Health. The purpose of the CoPs is to provide a space for peer sharing and learning, which could include topics ranging from Evidence Based Strategy Measures (ESM) development to implementation of your plan. As a participant, we encourage active contributions within the CoPs by responding to discussion questions, posting your own questions and resources, and engaging with other participants. To sign up, click here. For questions or additional assistance, please contact Krista Granger at or Sarah Beth McLellan at

For more ways to get involved, click here.


To view the latest MCH infographics, click here.


To view the latest MCH publications related to emerging issues in MCH, click here.


Meet the elected AMCHP Board of Directors. [more]


Meet the AMCHP staff. [more