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New From AMCHP

AMCHP Unveils New Autism Learning Module

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP), in partnership with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), is pleased to share the e-Learning module, "Autism CARES Act 101." This free, self-paced module addresses key facets of the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support (CARES) Act, including grassroots and legislative origins, how it has evolved since 2006, and resulting federally-funded programming. It also delves into the impact that the Autism CARES Act has had on services and systems that support autistic individuals and their families.

The module features brief video interviews with self-advocates, researchers, and public health professionals about their varied experiences supporting and/or implementing legislative priorities. This resource was developed to help orient CARES grantees, and educate public health professionals and leaders, state/local Title V staff, students, policymakers, and other stakeholders impacted by autism and other developmental disabilities. You can access the Autism CARES Act 101 module at

AMCHP Releases New Infographic

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs released a new infographic analysis of the maternal and child health workforce, based on the Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS) 2017 results. To review the key findings around the demographics, training needs, and turnover rates, click here.

Watch for AMCHP's New Strategic Plan

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) will soon release its new strategic plan, A Bridge for Action, which will guide its work with leaders in the field to improve maternal and child health (MCH). The 2019-21 plan lays out strategies for AMCHP to strengthen the infrastructure of the maternal and child health field and to improve health supports for women, children, and families in several critical areas for AMCHP members. The strategies focus on such areas as workforce development, investments in MCH, evidence-based policies, family and youth engagement, substance abuse and mental health, and supports for children and youth with special health care needs. Watch for the announcement on AMCHP's home page and on Twitter @DC_AMCHP and Facebook.

Your Voice: Call for Volunteers for AMCHP Committees 

AMCHP is seeking volunteers for all of its committees, including Governance, Annual Conference Planning, Best Practices, Health Equity, Family and Youth Leadership, Legislative and Healthcare Financing, and Workforce and Leadership Development.

Won't you please think about contributing your time and expertise to your professional organization? This is a terrific way to enhance the benefits of your membership in AMCHP and your career, while also contributing to the success of the organization. Please complete this brief survey to let us know of your interest.

Board Corner 

2019 Board Nominations

AMCHP is seeking nominations from Region V to fill a vacancy on its Board of Directors. This is considered a special election of the board, and only current, active delegates from Region V are eligible for this position. This is an interim regional director position with a term of one year effective immediately and concluding with the 2020 AMCHP Annual Conference. Because this is an interim appointment, successful candidates will be eligible to run for re-election for up to two additional terms.

This process will remain open through Friday, June 28. The AMCHP Governance Committee will subsequently conduct telephone interviews with candidates on a rolling basis upon receipt of the full nomination package through early July. The AMCHP Board of Directors will vote on the interim appointment by late July.

See the regional director position description. A candidate questionnaire must be submitted in order to be considered.

Legislation and Policy

Budget Deal Paves the Way for Appropriations Legislation

On July 22, congressional leaders and the Trump administration struck a deal on top-line federal budget numbers for fiscal years (FY) 2020 and 2021 as well as an agreement to raise the debt ceiling until July 31, 2021. This agreement, if signed into law, would pave the way for Congress to move forward with passing appropriations legislation for FY20. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to pass the budget deal this week with the U.S. Senate expected follow with passage next week.

As we have previously reported, the House passed its FY20 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (L-HHS) appropriations legislation in June 2019, including an increase of $34 million for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant. With the budget deal in hand, we have heard that the Senate is aiming to mark up its version of the L-HHS appropriations legislation the second week in September. That will leave little time to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the L-HHS appropriations legislation prior to the end of FY19 on Sept. 30. As a result, Congress will probably need to pass some form of continuing resolution of FY19 funding levels prior to Sept. 30 in order to give itself enough time to conclude negotiations and pass the final FY20 appropriations legislation into law.

In Another Reversal, Title X Final Rule Now in Effect

After much back and forth in the courts, the Trump administration announced on July 15 that it would immediately begin enforcing new regulations for the Title X Family Planning Program that bar grantees from providing or referring for abortion services. According to recent reporting, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Population Affairs  provided written guidance to Title X grantees on July 20 to clarify requirements and timelines for complying with the Title X Final Rule. According to these reports, grantees have until Aug. 19 to submit an action plan for compliance, until Sept. 18 to meet most of requirements of the Final Rule, and until March 2020 to comply with the provision of the Final Rule that requires full physical and financial separation between a clinic's abortion providers and other services.

Some grantees have announced they will not accept Title X funding if the Final Rule is enforced. Cases challenging the Final Rule continue to make their way through the federal court system. As these cases proceed, there may be further changes to the status of the Final Rule. For the latest updates on this topic, we encourage you to visit the Title X landing site of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association.

Public Health Reauthorization Bills Make Progress

On July 24, the House of Representatives passed several bills to reauthorize critical public health programs, including Autism CARES, Newborn Screening Saves Lives, and Emergency Medical Services for Children. The U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce recently approved several additional bills to renew the authorizations of Community Health Centers, Family to Family Health Information Centers, the Personal Responsibility Education Program, and the Sexual Risk Avoidance (abstinence-only education) program. In the Senate, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions approved bills to reauthorize several of these programs in June 2019 and continues to prepare bipartisan legislation for committee consideration of the remaining programs. Given this progress, Congress is expected to pass these bills before the authorizations for the programs expire on Oct. 1.

House Committee Approves Child Product Safety Bills

On July 17, the House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved three bills to ensure safe sleep and safe home environments for infants and children. The Stop Tip-overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth (STURDY) Act (H.R. 2211) would require the Consumer Product Safety Commission to establish a consumer product safety rule for free-standing dressers in order to protect children from death or injury related to dressers that tip over. The Safe Sleep for Babies Act of 2019 (H.R. 3172) would prohibit the sale in the U.S. of inclined sleepers designed to provide sleeping accommodations for infants aged up to one year. This bill was introduced in response to the Consumer Products Safety Commission recall of Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleepers due to reports of infant deaths. The Safe Cribs Act of 2019 (H.R. 3170) would prohibit the sale of crib bumpers. AMCHP will monitor these bills for future congressional action.

Get Involved 

Get Up-To-Date on Federal MCH Policy

The next event in the All-Member National MCH Policy Call series will take place on Thursday, Aug. 1, from 2-3 p.m. ET. 

Call For Proposals

The Adolescent Health Initiative issued a call for proposals for breakout sessions, oral presentations, and poster presentations for the 7th Annual Conference on Adolescent Health.

The conference, on April 20-21, in Detroit, will feature sessions on clinical care, innovative programming, quality improvement, substance abuse, sexual and mental health, and other related topics within adolescent health. Conference attendees include a multi-disciplinary audience of physicians, nurses, health educators, social workers, researchers, and other professionals and students in the field. 


Knitting a Lactation Safety Net: Marshaling Community Resources

National association of County and City Health Officials

July 31, 2 p.m. ET

Final module of a four-part series explores the richness and diversity of community-to-community linkages to advance breastfeeding continuity of care.

Moving the Needle on Health Equity: Two Experts Share Successful Programs and Lessons Learned

National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ)

Aug. 21,  1-2 p.m. ET
Interested in learning how children's health programs and organizations can move the needle on health equity? This webinar will share strategies from two health equity experts: Arthur James, M.D., and Denise Evans, M.M., M.A. Attendees will gain insight on successful programs that have addressed health equity, lessons learned on what led to those programs' successes, and strategies that programs and organizations can use to champion health equity in their work. 

Innovation Station

Innovation Station Update: July

This July, we are bringing awareness to the unique issues faced by children and youth with special health care needs.

Read more about AMCHP's ongoing work to optimize health for children and youth with special health care needs here and check out relevant Innovation Station practices by clicking this link

Publications & Resources 

Women and Infant Health

NFP Launches App to Help Moms, Nurses Reach Goals

To see one way that maternal and child health-focused programs leverage technology to help the people they serve meet their goals, read about the Goal Mama, a new goal-setting app from the Nurse-Family Partnership for use by its nurses and mothers.

FDA Updates Fish Advice for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Mothers and Young Children

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protect Agency updated their advice regarding eating fish – advice that can help women who are pregnant or may become pregnant, as well as breastfeeding mothers and parents and caregivers feeding children ages 2 and older, make informed choices.

Child & Adolescent Health

Colorado and Boston Hospitals Lead National Network to Improve Health of Children and Youth with Special Needs

A new research network for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCNet), led by researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Children's Hospital Colorado and Boston Children's Hospital, will lead, promote and coordinate national research activities to improve their systems of care.

CYSHCNet has relationships with Family Voices, the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, the American Academy of Pediatrics, state Medicaid programs, and the Children's Hospital Association, as well as research networks working in other areas of child and adolescent health. These stakeholders and others have collaborated to create a national research agenda for CYSHCN, which will be published later this year. In collaboration with CHA, the network hosts teams working on secondary database projects related to important health system topics for CYSHCN, including emergency and urgent care, transition to adulthood, disability and Social Security Income, multimorbidity, neonatal care, post-acute care, and chronic medication use.

On Your Behalf 

Ten Years of Autism CARES Act Programs: Improving the Lives of People with ASD/DD, their Families, and Communities
More than 150 grantees representing over 45 states attended the 2019 Autism CARES meeting in Washington, D.C., on July 18 and 19. The bi-annual meeting was led by The Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) in close partnership with AMCHP and a dynamic planning committee.

This meeting was an opportunity for MCHB-funded CARES legislation grantees (representing research, training, and state implementation stakeholders) to share information about activities within their respective networks, discuss emerging trends, and facilitate meaningful collaboration. The meeting was organized around three strands: Increasing Equity, Improving Systems Performance, and Achieving Population-Level Outcomes, which were explored through poster symposia, concurrent presentations, and small group discussions on emerging issues. More information on the meeting, including presentation materials, can be found here. AMCHP staff Paige Bussanich, Maura Leahy, Kate Taft, and Shanel Tage helped plan and execute the meeting on behalf of the State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC)


CMS Funding Opportunities to Increase Medicaid Provider Capacity to Deliver SUD Treatment and Recovery ServicesCenters for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Deadline: Aug. 9
To increase the capacity of Medicaid providers to deliver substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery services. Up to five states that receive planning grants will be selected to implement 36-month demonstration projects and receive enhanced federal reimbursement for increases expenditures for SUD treatment and recovery services.
Maternal Nutrition and Pre-pregnancy Obesity: Effects on Mothers, Infants and Children
National Institutes of Health
Deadline: Oct. 13
To improve health outcomes for women, infants and children, by stimulating interdisciplinary research focused on maternal nutrition and pre-pregnancy obesity. Maternal health significantly impacts not only the mother but also the intrauterine environment, and subsequently fetal development and the health of the newborn.
Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program
Health Resources and Services Administration
Deadline: Oct. 28
To inform and educate the public about services offered through the RESEP program; disseminate information on radiogenic diseases and the importance of early detection; screen eligible individuals for cancer and other radiogenic diseases; provide appropriate referrals for medical treatment; and facilitate putative applicants in the documentation of Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) claims.



National Breastfeeding Month

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month

Immunization Awareness Month

Children's Eye Health and Safety Month

Psoriasis Action Month


Region 8 Summit-Healthy Transitions: Partnering with Youth and Young Adults 

July 30-31, 2019

Salt Lake City, Utah 

9th Annual Integrative Medicine for the Underserved Conference

Aug. 22-24

Santa Clara, Calif.

2019 National Prevention Network Conference

Aug. 27-29

Chicago, Ill.

United States Conference on AIDS (USCA)


Washington, D.C.

Safe States Alliance 2019 Injury and Violence Prevention Conference

Sept. 11-13

Atlanta, Ga.

Healthy Teen Network Annual Conference

Oct. 28-30

New Orleans, La. 

2019 American Public Health Association Meeting and Expo

Nov. 2-6

Philadelphia, Pa.

AMCHP 2020 Annual Conference

March 21-24

Crystal City, Va.