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 September/October 2016: Consumer and Community Engagement

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From the President of the Board

By Eileen Forlenza

Families of children who have been marginalized have a rich history in our country of changing the conversation in many fields. Civic engagement is the bedrock of our democracy and the cornerstone of our Constitution. [more]

Innovative Initiatives to Engage Communities in Colorado 

By Anne-Marie Braga, MSSW, LCSW
Population and Community Health Manager - Children, Youth and Families Branch, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment 

I’m not going to lie: Community engagement is tough. It can be inconvenient and uncomfortable at times – especially when engaging a new community that is very different than your own. However, community engagement is necessary... [more]

First Person: A Family Representative Visits the Hill

By Tiffany Earnhardt
Parent Advocate - North Carolina

I had always thought that my voice never counted, and that no one would ever hear what I had to say or even care if they did hear me. That changed when I joined the Hill Visit during the 2016 AMCHP Annual Conference. [more]

A View From Washington

By Brent Ewig
Director - Public Policy & Government Affairs, AMCHP  

It is a great relief to again share the news that Congress recently passed a $1.1. billion Zika package. Clearly, the immediate imperative for MCH leaders is to help deploy these resources in the most efficient and expeditious manner to protect mothers and babies from the Zika virus. [more]

Republican and Democratic Visions for Health Care in 2017: Impliciations for MCH Populations

By Elise Aliotti
Policy Intern, AMCHP

In anticipation of the upcoming presidential election and change in administration, the Republican and Democratic parties have released their blueprints for improving the nation’s health care system. [more]


The Raising of America 

By AMCHP Staff

In the year since its release, the Raising of America documentary and resources have been used by hundreds of organizations to spark new conversations and change through community engagement. [more]

The Affordable Care Act and Community Benefit

By Atyya Chaudhry
Senior Program Manager - Health Reform Implementation, AMCHP

Keeping communities healthy and strong is one goal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The various reforms and provisions collectively work to improve the health and well-being of the individuals and families that form communities. [more]

The Value of Community Partnerships in Outreach and Enrollment

By Emily Eckert
Program Analyst - Health Reform Implementation, AMCHP

Although the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a national law, successful implementation of the law has required the strong support of state and local advocates. [more]

West Virginia Engaging School-Based Youth Coalitions in Program Development

By Patty McGrew
Director - Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health’s Adolescent Health Initiative, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

The AHI focused on obtaining statewide input from youth and parents to guide program efforts in order to increase adolescent well-visits and decrease bullying (particularly cyberbullying). Adolescent and parent survey tools were developed based on feedback from four youth test groups. [more]

Black Mamas Matter: Centering Human Rights and Racial Justice in Maternal Health 

By Pilar Herrero
Human Rights Fellow - Center for Reproductive Rights

and Katrina Anderson
Interim Director - U.S. Human Rights and Foreign Policy, Center for Reproductive Rights

In June 2016, the Center for Reproductive Rights released a new resource on maternal health called Black Mamas Matter: A Toolkit for Advancing the Human Right to Safe and Respectful Maternal Health Care. The toolkit is part of a broader effort to use the human rights framework to eliminate profound racial disparities in U.S. maternal mortality. [more]

Success Story: Accelerating Successful Youth Engagement in Wyoming 

By Elliane Yashar
Program Analyst - Child and Adolescent Health, AMCHP

Although we may be fully aware of the numerous benefits around youth engagement, it can be challenging to start implementing programs and activities when we are dealing with budget cuts, staffing shortages and other impending priorities. [more]

Focus Groups in Action: Iowa’s Progress

By Addie Rasmusson, MA
Community Health Consultant - Iowa Department of Public Health 

and Cori Floyd
Program Associate, Child and Adolescent Health - AMCHP 

In the spring of 2016, Iowa conducted focus groups with adolescents and parents of adolescents to identify levels of awareness about the existence of adolescent well-visits and their content, as well as barriers to and motivators for a well-visit. [more]

Member to Member

Why is it important to engage community partners in developmental screening? [more]


AMCHP 2017 Annual Conference
March 4-7, 2017
Kansas City, Mo. 

Adverse Childhood Experiences Awareness to Action 
2016 Conference
Oct. 19-21, 2016
San Francisco, Calif.

2016 Northeast Epidemiology Conference 
Oct. 20-21, 2016
Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 

American Public Health Association 2016 Annual Meeting and Expo
Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2016
Denver, Colo. 

National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health Annual Conference
Nov. 10-13, 2016
Phoenix, Ariz.

Healthy Teen Network 2016 Conference
Nov. 16-18, 2016
Las Vegas, Nev. 

Association of University Centers on Disabilities 
2016 Conference
Dec. 4-7, 2016
Washington, D.C.

Zero to Three Annual Conference 2016 
Dec. 7-9, 2016
New Orleans, La.

University of Michigan’s 24th Annual Primary Health Care of Women Conference 
Dec. 15-16, 2016
Ann Arbor, Mich. 

15th Annual Family Voices of California Health Summit & Legislative Day
Feb. 27, 2017
Sacramento, Calif.

Who’s New in MCH

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

AMCHP Board of Directors and Staff

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


Standards of Quality Youth-Centered Care

By Elliane Yashar
Program Analyst - Child and Adolescent Health, AMCHP

Learn effective strategies for providing quality youth-centered care. [more]

3 Ways SPHARC Can Help Improve Your State’s ASD/DD Program

By Cori Floyd
Program Associate, Child and Adolescent Health - AMCHP 

Learn how the State Public Health Autism Resource Center can help improve your Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or Development Disabilities program. [more]

Get Involved 

Become a Member of the 2017 Leadership Lab!
AMCHP is requesting applications for participation in the 2017 Leadership Lab! The Leadership Lab is built upon peer-to peer collaboration. Participants will spend 10 months (January through October 2017) engaging in self-directed learning modules, creating an individual development plan, participating in quarterly webinars and much more. Applicants are able to tailor their learning by applying to participate in one of the following Cohorts: Family Leaders, New Directors, Next Generation MCH/CYSHCN Leaders or the Epi-Net P2P. Applications are open from Tuesday, Sept. 20 and are due by Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to sharpen and build upon your skills, share best practices and strategies and enrich the MCH workforce. Please visit us on our website for additional information.  

Present Your Research at the 2017 AMCHP Annual Conference
The AMCHP Annual Conference is the ideal venue to present your ideas, research, innovative programming, best practices and effective outreach strategies. We invite you to submit a proposal for the 2017 AMCHP Annual Conference (March 4-7) in Kansas City, Mo. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 20 at 11:59 p.m. ET. You will receive notification of the status of your submission by Dec. 1. If you have questions about the session proposal submission process, contact Corey Siembeida at or (703) 964-1240, ext. 200. For more information, please visit the 2017 AMCHP Annual Conference homepage.

Maximizing Insurance Enrollment in MCH 
In partnership with Family Voices, AMCHP is hosting a webinar series to help maternal and child health advocates better prepare for the upcoming open enrollment period. The series, “Maximizing Insurance Enrollment in Maternal and Child Health,” will feature presentations from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the Center Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, Enroll America, state Title V agencies and health insurance navigators from the family leader community. The next installments in the series are listed below:
  • Strategies to Enroll Hard-to-Reach Populations - Oct. 25 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET
  • Strategies to Address Challenging Enrollment Situations - Nov. 9 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET
For more information, please contact Maria Isabel Frangenberg at or Emily Eckert at Follow the conversation on Twitter using #EnrollMCH, and be sure to tweet at @FamilyVoices and @DC_AMCHP.