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Dear MCH Leaders,
I hope you and your family are well and prospering during this time of transition to our nation’s “new normal” of teleworking and social distancing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus has quickly changed the way we do business, interact with each other, engage with our families, and has introduced an amount of uncertainty into our lives in a way that we have not seen in recent memory. In the midst of it all, however, I am thankful for so many things, including being reminded of the things that are truly important in life and being surrounded by people like you whose tireless efforts and professionalism will help us all to come out on the other end of this situation much stronger.
My prayers are with those who have been impacted by this virus and those frontline healthcare professionals who are making unimaginable sacrifices to keep us all safe. A heartfelt thank you for what you’re doing every day in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
AMCHP is committed to working alongside you (our members) and those in the maternal and child health space to GROW through this. We are truly stronger together. There are a number of questions that we are receiving regarding; 1) resources and guidance specific to our MCH population, 2) self-care suggestions for caregivers and families who may feel isolated due to social distancing requirements, 3) potential impact to grant deliverables and 4) Title V reporting implications. We are hoping to help address these questions in the following ways:
LINK TO RESOURCES - We’ve been developing resources to help address these issues, as well as working with our federal agency and organizational partners to gather available information/resources and will be posting them to our website (www.amchp.org/covid-19) for your convenience. The site will be updated regularly as new resources become available.
COVID-19 TOWNHALL SERIES - We (and our federal agency partners) are very interested in talking with you to share information to assist in your planning around COVID-19, as well as to hear about your evolving needs and/or stories from the field. We will be scheduling a regular call for this purpose, which will begin on Thursday, April 2 at 2pET. It will be merged with AMCHP’s regular Monthly Policy call. More info to come. Please use this link to register, if you haven’t already. http://amchp.adobeconnect.com/eu5otjhvuwvu/event/registration.html
Please let us know how we may be of further assistance during this time.
Again, we are so thankful for you and consider it a privilege to work alongside you during this time. Please accept our virtual high-five from DC! We looking forward to working through this with you.
Jonathan Webb, MPH, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
No longer considered a high-stakes experiment, the 10-year-old Affordable Care Act (ACA) is now well established in the U.S. health care system. Few health care laws have been as politically polarizing and controversial as the ACA. However, 10 years after passage, the law’s positive impact on the health and well-being of the nation’s women, children, and families is undeniable. The maternal and child health (MCH) community celebrates the following achievements.
Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grants provide health care and public health services for women, children, and families. Other grants and cooperative agreements focus on specific issues for women and children. Building collaborations across funding streams can result in improved outcomes for projects and improve the effectiveness of services for women and children.
A fair and accurate 2020 Census is essential for ensuring that the government can allocate appropriate federal funding for programs and services that support maternal and child health. In 2010, more than 10 percent of all children younger than 5 were missed. Young children are undercounted in the census at a higher rate than any other age group, and young black and Hispanic children are especially at risk of being missed. The main cause for the undercount is confusion. The impact of failing to count young children in the census stretches is long term: children, their families, and their communities are negatively affected for 10 years.
If you are reading PULSE, there is no question that we have a common goal. That goal, broadly, is to "improve the health of women, children, youth, and families, including those with special health care needs." It is a lofty goal and one that requires a multi-pronged approach. Health has many facets. The one area that tends to be overlooked is the emotional side of caregiving.
Do you feel like you know everything you need to know about the “how-to” of collaboration? If you had the chance, what would you ask an experienced Title V director about the value of collaboration between Title V and other programs and partners? What about measurement—do you know the science behind why collaborations work (or do not) and how to quantify it? Have you ever had to convince someone of the value of Title V programs, but did not have the data or stories to back you up?