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... where leaders, researchers, and practitioners in maternal and child health share stories about policies and practices to promote the health of all families.
I've had the privilege of working, living, or playing in all but two of the 50 states, as well as in several of the U.S. territories (Micronesia, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam). I have seen firsthand how, collectively, we in the United States represent diverse and culturally rich communities unlike anywhere else on the planet. Together those of us working in maternal and child health make a difference for the women, children, and youth (including those with special health needs), and families of this nation and its territories.
Youth and Adults, Better Together
The Texas Youth Action Network was honored to lead the youth program entitled "Youth and Adults, Better Together" at the 2019 AMCHP Conference in San Antonio. It was an incredible opportunity to meet new people, learn how positive youth development looks outside our home state of Texas, and interact with smart and energetic young people from across the country, from Alaska to Puerto Rico.
||A Mom, a Sick Boy, and a Search for Work-Life Balance
"Mommy, I don't feel good." Those five words strike fear into the heart of every mother. I feel my older son's forehead; it's so hot I nearly jerk my hand back. So many thoughts and emotions strike in quick succession: worry that he's sick (again); concern for how high this fever might be; scouring my brain to detect other symptoms; wondering if his brother has it, too; making plans to call the doctor and school – and, because this is a weekday morning and I'm fully dressed for the office, now comes that sinking feeling so common among working parents, a feeling stirred by the silent question: "Whose work is more important today?"
As more and more maternal and child health professionals strive to advance equity in perinatal health through programmatic and social change, it's fair to wonder what core values are necessary to support those efforts. We got some answers in a packed room at the AMCHP Annual Conference, when Aza Nedhari and Erin Snowden of Mamatoto Village in Washington, D.C., presented its perinatal health worker model. In the session, "Perinatal Health Workers: An Innovative Approach to Maternal Health Service in Communities of Color," Nedhari and Snowden focused on the role their perinatal health workers play in providing wrap-around services to Medicaid-eligible black women to reduce disparities in infant and maternal health outcomes disproportionately experienced by black women in Washington. Among the values Nedhari emphasized, "not replicating models that perpetuate poverty."