Maternal and Child Environmental Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network
On March 12, AMCHP convened a meeting of the steering committee for the Maternal & Child Environmental Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (MCEH CoIIN). The meeting brought together national and federal experts, partner organizations, key stakeholders, and other thought leaders to provide expertise to help CoIIN states build capacity across systems that are integral to addressing lead exposure and care coordination for children. With our partners at the National Institute for Children's Health Quality, AMCHP staff Kate Taft, Stacy Collins, Paige Bussanich, Anna Corona, Michelle Jarvis, Caroline Stampfel, and Iliana White facilitated the meeting to inform the development of key resources for state teams on promising practices, policies, strategies, and measures, such as change packages and driver diagrams. Click here for more information about the MCEH CoIIN.
Annual Friends of NIDCR Patient Advocacy Council Visit
AMCHP's Paige Bussanich, senior program manager for children and youth with special health care needs, attended the annual FNIDCR (Friends of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research) Patient Advocacy Council visit to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. The visit consisted of presentations from the directors of the NIDCR Extramural Research Programs and Intramural Clinical Research Center Programs, and a round-table discussion focused on strengthening the partnership between patient advocates and NIDCR staff. Read more about the event here.
The Act Early Program
AMCHP's Paige Bussanich, senior program manager for children and youth with special health care needs, and Anna Corona, program analyst for child and adolescent health, represented AMCHP's State Public Health Autism Resource Center at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Learn the Signs. Act Early. (LTSAE) ambassador training in Atlanta, Ga., from March 14-15. As part of the LTSAE initiative, AMCHP supports Act Early State Systems grants that are designed to strengthen state and community systems for early identification and coordination of services for children with ASD/DD. Read more about this project here.