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 May/June 2016 - Health Equity in MCH

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By Eileen Forlenza

Growing up, my friends and I spent our summers playing sandlot ball, diving for pennies at the local pool and catching lightning bugs in Mason jars. At the time, I thought it was a pretty “All-American” childhood experience. I was naive.. [Read more]


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

It has been encouraging to see health equity and social justice emerge as a necessity to advance current public health initiatives. Interventions can and do often improve certain health outcomes; yet, there is new willingness to recognize that unless... [Read more]

A View from Washington

By Brent Ewing, MHS
Director, Public Policy & Government Affairs Team; AMCHP 
AMCHP continues to play a lead role in a broad coalition of nearly 80 MCH and public health-related groups advocating the urgent need for Congress to resolve differences and pass an emergency supplemental appropriation... [Read more]


Prosecuting Drug-Dependent, Pregnant Women Hurts Families

By Emily Eckert
Program Associate, Health Reform Implementation, AMCHP

​More than 800 women have been jailed for drug dependency issues in the last decade alone. ​These indictments are part of a broader national initiative to curb opioid use and reduce the rate of infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome. The number of babies born with NAS in the United States has risen in recent years, with one study reporting that the rate of neonatal intensive care unit admissions for newborns with NAS increased from seven cases per 1,000 admissions in 2004 to 27 cases per 1,000 admissions in 2013. [Read more]

Medicaid Expansion: Through a Health Equity and Economic Justice Lens

By Stacy Collins, MSW
Associate Director, Health Reform Implementation; AMCHP

Traditionally, Medicaid coverage has been limited to pregnant women, young children, and disabled and elderly adults. Through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), states have the option to expand Medicaid coverage to all adults with incomes at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty line (FPL). [Read more]

Facilitating Access to Health Care for Justice-Involved Populations

By Atyya Chaudhry, MPP
Policy Analyst, Health Reform Impementation; AMCHP

The incarceration rate in the Unites States is one of the highest in the world. The majority of incarcerated individuals are adult males who are African-American or Hispanic, but the incarceration rate of female adults is on the rise. [Read more]

LGBT Bathroom Bills and Adolescent Health

By Michelle Eglovitch, MPH
Program Associate, Women’s and Infant Health; AMCHP 
LGBT youth are more likely than their straight peers to experience challenges such as violence and bullying and are more likely to be depressed, have suicidal ideation and behaviors and to attempt suicide. Research shows that transgender youth in particular are already at a high risk for self-harm behaviors: Forty-one percent of transgender individuals attempt suicide at some point in their lives... [Read more]

Paid Family Leave and Health Equity

By Kate Taft, MPH
Senior Program Manager, Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs; AMCHP

By Carolyn McCoy, MPH
Senior Policy Manager; AMCHP

The ability for someone to take time away from work either for their own or a family member’s health needs should not put her/him at economic risk. This time off is especially important for parents at the time of birth or placement of a child into the family. For mothers after birth, it is a time of healing and bonding... [Read more]

Member to Member: Doula Care and Health Equity

The powerful impact doulas have on birth outcomes for both mother and baby has been well-documented in recent years, making this a pivotal moment for doulas and those of us who work with doulas. [Read more]

Children’s Mental Health and Parity 

​By Renée Speh
NAMI IA Children’s Mental Health Committee

If you haven’t found an organization that fits your needs, you can start one. That’s what some Iowa parents did two years ago, when we founded the National Alliance on Mental Illness Iowa Children’s Mental Health Committee. We are now leading the charge... [Read more]

​Coalition Grows to Extend Life Expectancy in Missouri and Kansas

By Eva Creydt Schulte, MA, Diaconal Minister
President and CEO, Communities Creating Opportunity, Kansas City (Missouri and Kansas)
How do we know whether our economy is moral or not? Simple: we judge the standard of living and length of lives lived.  In Missouri, we are losing life expectancy in one-quarter of our counties. In fact, girls in our state no longer outlive their mothers. [Read more]

Building a Movement to Improve Low-Income Communities and the Lives of Their Residents: An Update on the History and Focus of the Build Healthy Places Network​
The nearly one-fifth of Americans who live in low-income communities have fewer opportunities to achieve healthy and rewarding lives. Many of the root causes of poverty and poor health are the same... [Read more]

Gestational Diabetes: Consequences and Solutions

By Cynthia S. Shellhaas, MD, MPH

 Because gestational diabetes is most commonly associated with immediate complications, the emphasis is often on managing the disease during pregnancy, but up to 70 percent of women with gestational diabetes will develop Type 2 diabetes mellitus in their lifetime. [Read more

Revealing the Scope of Severe Maternal Morbidity in New York City

By Deborah L. Kaplan, DrPH, MPH, R-PA
Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 

By Sang Hee Won, MPH
​Project Director, Severe Maternal Morbidity Surveillance Project, Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health, New York City Of Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 

There are likely many contributors to the disparities in severe maternal morbidity, including a woman’s health prior to becoming pregnant, obesity, access to care and factors associated with poverty, including structural racism, inadequate housing... [Read more]


Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health Begins Disparity Bundle Development

By Jeanne Mahoney 
Senior Director, AIM Program, and Senior Director – Providers’ Partnership, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists   

An exciting initiative is moving forward to empower every state, perinatal quality collaborative, hospital network/system, birth facility and maternity care provider to save women from mortality and preventable severe complications during pregnancy, labor and delivery. [Read more]​

Teen Pregnancy Initiatives Show Historic Outcomes

By Iliana White, MPH, CHES, CPH
Senior Program Manager, Adolescent Health; AMCHP 

Our efforts are clearly paying off: May’s opening of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month coincided with some encouraging news from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. [Read more]

Data and Trends

By Christina Ratleff
Senior Program Manager, Women’s & Infant Health; AMCHP

​How can we advance equity in birth outcomes? This infographic presents the latest data on addressing the social determinants of health. Click here.​


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