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Title V Technical Assistance Meeting

 Welcome to Pulse

...  where leaders, researchers, and practitioners in maternal and child health share stories about policies and practices to promote the health of all families.

Health Equity and Social Justice

Stories in this issue center on issues of health equity and social justice within the MCH field.


In the Fight Against Opioids, Don't Forget Our Youth 

The fastest growing drug problem among youth is the abuse of prescription drugs, including opioids that are medically prescribed. According to the U.S. Department of Health’s  2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 3.6 percent of teens ages 12-17 had misused opioids in the previous year. [more]

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Disability Rights and Sexual Health

People with disabilities require information and tools on sexual and reproductive health in order to make healthy choices and prevent illnesses so they, too, can lead full lives. [more]

house-3028985_1280.jpgHousing Stability: Medicaid's Potential for Addressing a Powerful Determinant of Health

As the largest single funding source for health care in the U.S., Medicaid can play a high-impact role in addressing the social determinants of health, including housing. [more]

usa_blank.jpgAddressing Health Equity in Region IV

Read two distinct examples of how Title V leaders in Mississippi and North Carolina are working to address the health disparities in their states by engaging with partners within and outside of public health. [more]

chainlink-690503_640.jpgImproving Health Equity for Justice-Involved Women and Families

Women are the fastest growing segment of the jail population. Most crimes committed by women are nonviolent, drug-based, and/or poverty driven. A woman’s path into the justice system is often very different from that of a man and likely includes intimate partner violence, sexual abuse, and substance abuse. [more]

children-450925_1920.jpgHealth Equity in Action: The Learning and Action Tool for State Health Departments

The tool was designed to encourage reflection and discourse about the capacity of state public health departments to address social determinants of health and advance health equity, and to support departments in building competencies to advance health equity. [more]

iStock_000000513861Large.jpgHow We Can Really Advance Health Equity: Tools from the National MCH Workforce Development Center

A well-trained MCH workforce is critical to meet the public health challenges of the future and improve health and equity outcomes among MCH populations. The Center makes health equity a strategic priority, recognizing that to achieve better health and better care, the public health workforce must address the root causes of poor health across the life course. [more]

steinar-engeland-128831.jpgOvercoming CoIIN Fatigue to Tackle a Core MCH Challenge

There's some good news: we're finding that the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network approach really works when applied to the right challenge, and I'm going to tell you about how we're applying it to one of the most fundamental challenges in MCH – addressing social determinants of health. [more]

3914092475_10190621a6_o.jpgA View From Washington

As we closed out 2017, I think we can all agree that dysfunction had become the new normal in Washington. Congress has yet to complete its work on pressing issues such as fiscal year 2018 appropriations and reauthorizing a slew of health programs that expired in September. [more]


Innovation Station Spotlight

This column highlights emerging, cutting-edge, and best practices from AMCHP's Innovation Station. [more]

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From the President

I remember as a pediatric resident participating in a poverty simulation sponsored by a local university here in Nashville. Before I attended, I can recall thinking, "I know about poverty. I take care of lots of kids and families who are poor." Turns out I had no idea what being poor was like. At all. [more]

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Over the years, many organizations have sought to define health equity through improved definitions, graphics, and stories. Despite these efforts, health equity remains complex by nature and is still not often understood in its fullest context. [more]

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Meet the AMCHP staff and elected Board of Directors. [more]