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New From AMCHP

Annual Conference Theme: The Power of Connections!

The Power of Connections: Building Equity for Healthy Generations.
That's the theme for AMCHP 2020, crafted by a planning committee of AMCHP members and approved by the board of directors! Join nearly 1,000 maternal and child health leaders in Crystal City, Va., March 21-24 to learn the latest on MCH issues, research, and policy, and to network with colleagues from across the nation. Watch Member Briefs and here for information soon about submitting workshop proposals!

Annual Conference Call for Proposals on the Way!

AMCHP plans to issue its workshop call for proposals for its 2020 annual conference during the week of Aug. 26! Watch your inbox for the announcement. 

AMCHP Congratulates States that Win New Federal Grants to Support Maternal Mortality Reviews

Washington, D.C. – The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) congratulates the 25 states that earned the first wave of grants awarded through the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act to support maternal mortality review committees (MMRCs).  The grants, announced Aug. 15 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), provide between $150,000 and $600,000 to each state through the Enhancing Reviews and Surveillance to Eliminate Maternal Mortality (ERASE MM) Program, which was authorized by the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act, sponsored by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO). Read AMCHP's brief story about the grants and the issue.

New Telehealth Fact Sheets: Tips and Guidance for Beginning and Developing Telehealth Programs

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) just released a set of telehealth fact sheets as part of an update to its State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) "Easy to Use Services" resource bundle.  These four dynamic implementation resources provide need-to-know information, tips, and guidance to those who seek to implement a telehealth program serving maternal and child health populations in their state. These new fact sheets serve as a resource for public health professionals to consider when starting a telehealth program, selecting a telehealth provider, and selecting Telehealth technology, in addition to broad Telehealth policy considerations and issues. Access them here.

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.

Follow AMCHP Teams on Twitter!

Get engaged about National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and follow our team accounts on Twitter @AMCHP_Workforce, @AMCHP_GrowingUp, @AMCHP_EpiEval, @AMCHP_Innovate, @AMCHP_Advocacy, and @AMCHP_Transform!

Board Corner 

Join the AMCHP Board of Directors!

AMCHP member delegates are encouraged to consider applying for one of several open positions on our board of directors. AMCHP is accepting nominations through Sept. 30 for elections to be held in January. Please see our Call for Nominations page for additional information. Your help is needed to fill these important roles!

Legislation and Policy

Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds - Rule Change

On Aug. 13, the Trump administration announced a rule change to the Public Charge Inadmissibility Rule. The rule will expand the Department of Homeland Security's ability to deny entry or green cards to legal immigrants based on their use of services such as SNAP, Medicaid, and multiple housing programs. These changes will affect individuals that currently have green cards and individuals that are working to adjust or extend their non-immigrant status while living in the US. AMCHP joined several organizations in issuing a statement in response to the rule expressing concern about the likelihood of creating barriers and confusion about participating in public services, gaining access to healthcare, and ultimately put families and children at risk of healthy development and stability.  We will continue monitoring any updates concerning the proposed changes.  

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, September 5 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. 


Holding the Gains: Lessons Learned on Sustainability from HRSA State Autism Grantees 

Aug. 27,  2-3:00 p.m.
This webinar will feature expert speakers who will share their perspectives as Health Resources and Services Administration’s State Autism grantees on best practices and lessons learned for sustainability. Strategies that will be discussed include getting connected with Title V and engaging in diverse and sustained partnerships with maternal and child health programs, family leaders and self-advocates, and local health departments.  

Innovation Station

Innovation Station Update: August

August is National Breastfeeding Month. With the theme "Support Changes Everything", this month recognizes the importance of systems, policy, and practice change to support breastfeeding. Click here to learn more about Innovation Station practices and resources to support breastfeeding. You can also follow us on Twitter @AMCHP_Innovate to stay up to date on strategies to search for, implement, and submit MCH practices! 

Publications & Resources 

Child & Adolescent Health

New AAP Promising Practice and Podcast! Multidisciplinary Care Coordination Training for Children with Medical Complexity: The Arizona Experience.

Developed as part of the American Academy of Pediatrics National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home Promising Practices in Pediatric Medical Home Initiative, this profile describes how a pediatric medical center and state Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Title V/Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) program in Arizona collaborated to implement care coordination for children with medical complexity and their families. A pre-recorded, audio only podcast includes a conversation with leaders from the Arizona experience regarding multidisciplinary care coordination training for children with medical complexity (CMC). State MCH Title V/CYSHCN programs, pediatricians, families, and other pediatric stakeholders can learn practical, replicable strategies about care coordination implementation.

 Improving Racial Equity in Fatality Report

Fatality review methodologies offer unique strategies for analyses of individual and community factors that significantly affect health disparities. Many of these community factors are not discoverable through analyses of vital statistics and other population-based data.

Career Opportunities

Apply to be a "Certified Designated Organization" to assist people in applying for insurance through the ACA

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Deadline: 9/16/19

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Federally-facilitated Exchange (FFE) Navigator Program, and the Application Link is now live to apply to be a "Certified Designated Organization" to assist people with getting insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).   Note:  CMS does not certify assister organizations in states operating State-based Marketplaces (SBMs) or State-based Marketplaces using the Federal Platform (SBMs-FP).


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.

Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America
Health Resources and Services Administration
Deadline: Oct. 15
The purpose of this initiative is to focus resources in 48 counties, Washington, D.C., San Juan, Puerto Rico (PR), and seven states to implement effective and innovative strategies, interventions, approaches, and services to reduce new HIV infections in the United States.
Building the Capacity for Adolescent-Centered Health Care in Rural and Underserved Communities in HHS Region V
The Adolescent Health Initiative
Deadline: Oct. 18
As part of HRSA Health Tomorrows, AHI will be expanding our work throughout the Midwest to build the capacity of pediatric practices in rural and underserved communities to provide youth-friendly health care services for adolescents through engagement in our evidence-based Adolescent-Centered Environment Assessment Process (ACE-AP).
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.

The Health Resources and Services Administration
Deadline: Nov.15
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for the fiscal year 2020 Advancing State and Urban Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program. The purpose of this program is to strengthen state and urban MCH programs’ capacity to deliver quality public health and health care services to improve MCH outcomes. Through this program, the recipients are expected to support state Title V and urban MCH leaders across the country to achieve national impact.



National Breastfeeding Month

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month

Immunization Awareness Month

Children's Eye Health and Safety Month

Psoriasis Action Month


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.