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New From AMCHP

AMCHP Issues Call for Proposals for 2020 Annual Conference!

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs has released its Call for Proposals for poster and session presentations at its 2020 Annual Conference, to be held March 21-24 in Crystal City, Va.!

The AMCHP Annual Conference is the ideal venue to present your ideas, research, innovative programming, best practices and effective outreach strategies to 1,000 practitioners and leaders working in maternal and child health. Our audience includes directors of state programs, federal officials, advocates, family leaders, researchers, and health care providers.

The theme for the 2020 conference is The Power of Connections: Building Equity for Healthy Generations. Submissions can be submitted under any of 14 subject-focused tracks.

The submission deadline is Friday, Oct. 4, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Submitters with completed submissions by this deadline will be notified of their session status by the end of November. For more information, go here.

New Mental Health/Behavioral Health Track at the AMCHP 2020 Annual Conference!

New this year, AMCHP has added a Mental Health/Behavioral Health Track to its conference to showcase relevant, timely information, as well as emerging approaches in mental health/substance use disorder education, prevention and treatment. 

Are you working to improve mental health/behavioral health outcomes for MCH populations?  Consider submitting a proposal to highlight your efforts and support the launch of this inaugural track. 

Get more information on the AMCHP conference.

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

AMCHP Believes New Public Charge Final Rule Will Not Apply to Title V

Based on our understanding at AMCHP, the Trump administration's new Public Charge Inadmissibility Rule, set to go into effect Oct. 15, will not consider whether an individual benefits from services funded by the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant. The new rule will, however, expand the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's ability to deny entry or green cards to legal immigrants based on their use of services such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), 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 nonimmigrant status while living in the U.S.

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 health care, and ultimately put at risk the healthy development and stability of families and children. We will continue monitoring updates concerning the proposed changes.  

AMCHP Endorses Traveling Parents Screening Bill

AMCHP recently endorsed the Traveling Parents Screening Consistency Act of 2019 (H.R. 3246/ S. 2381), a bipartisan bill to require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) practices for screening breast milk, formula, and juice at airport security checkpoints. These liquids are permitted in quantities larger than the typically allowed 3.4 ounces. However, parents report having to dump these liquids or being unnecessarily delayed when bringing these items through security. T

The report required by the study would assess the TSA's consistency in screening infant foods and breast pump equipment and make recommendations to ensure that traveling families are not unnecessarily burdened during airport screening. The bill sponsors are Reps. Van Taylor (R-Texas) and Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), and Sens. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and Doug Jones (D-Ala.). The act builds off legislation that Rep. Jaime Herrera Beulter (R-Wash.) passed in 2016,  the Bottles and Breastfeeding Equipment Screening Act, which AMCHP also supported.

AMCHP Endorses Three Child Safety Bills

AMCHP recently joined an organizational sign-on letter in support of three bills that would protect children from products that pose risks of injury and fatality. The bills, which have passed the House Committee Energy and Commerce, include:

  • The Safe Sleep Act (H.R. 3172), which would ban infant inclined sleep products, which are incompatible with American Academy of Pediatrics safe sleep standards and have been linked to the deaths of at least 50 infants;
  • The Safe Cribs Act (H.R. 3170), which would ban crib bumper pads, which are also inconsistent with safe sleep and pose a risk of suffocation; and
  • The STURDY Act (H.R. 2211), which would create a mandatory standard to help prevent furniture tip-overs, which cause one child fatality every 10 days on average.

House Committee Holds Hearing on Legislation to Improve Maternal Health

On Sept. 10, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Health Subcommittee held a hearing titled, "Improving Maternal Health: Legislation to Advance Prevention Efforts and Access to Care." The hearing considered several bills introduced this Congress to address maternal mortality and improve maternal health, including:

  • H.R. 1897, the "Mothers and Offspring Mortality and Morbidity Awareness Act" or "MOMMA's Act"
  • H.R. 1551, the "Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act"
  • H.R. 2902, the "Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies Act" or the "Maternal CARE Act"
  • H.R. 2602, the "Healthy MOMMIES Act"

AMCHP has endorsed each of these bills. For a list of hearing witnesses and a summary of each bill to be considered, please see the committee's hearing memo. AMCHP's bill tracker of maternal mortality legislation also includes summaries of these bills.

Bipartisan Members of Congress Introduce Bill to Address Maternal Mortality

On Aug. 30, a bipartisan group of members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the Excellence in Maternal Health Act of 2019 (H.R. 4215). This bill mirrors the maternal health provisions included in the Lower Health Care Costs Act (S. 1895), which passed the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions in June 2019. Those provisions include authorizations of funding for: 1. the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health grant program; 2. a grant program and a study related to health care provider training to reduce and prevent discrimination (including training related to implicit biases) in the delivery of prenatal, labor, delivery, and postpartum care; 3. perinatal quality collaboratives; and 4. maternal health homes. These provisions were also included in the bills considered by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Sept. 10.

Surgeon General Issues Advisory on Marijuana Use's Impact on the Developing Brain

On Aug. 29, Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued an advisory regarding the health risks of marijuana use in adolescence and during pregnancy. The purpose of the advisory was to raise awareness of the known and potential harms of marijuana use on developing brains. The advisory stated, "No amount of marijuana use during pregnancy or adolescence is known to be safe." It included plain language summaries of the published research regarding the impacts of marijuana use during pregnancy and adolescence as well as resources for parents, parents-to-be, youth, health care providers, states, and communities. The advisory called on everyone to play a part to protect youth from the risks of marijuana, including through science-based messaging campaigns and targeted prevention programs.

Get Involved 

Federal/State Partnership and Technical Assistance Meeting: Registration and Room Block OPEN, TRAVEL STIPENDS AVAILABLE

We are excited to share that registration for the State/Federal Partnership and Technical Assistance Meeting is open. The link below will bring you to the registration page. At the end of registration, you will find a link to book your hotel reservation. The link is also provided below, in case you are not prepared to book your hotel when you complete registration. Please feel free to pass along this information to others who may be interested in attending.

Stipends available: AMCHP is offering travel stipends for state participants! Title V/MCH and CYSHCN directors* are eligible for up to two nights of hotel coverage (Sunday and Monday nights). Other attendees can request coverage for any two nights of their hotel stay between Sunday and Wednesday (Oct. 20-23). Please indicate on the registration that you are interested in a stipend, and you will receive confirmation of your eligibility.

* This meeting fulfills the "Partnership Meeting" requirement for your Title V Block Grant award.

Registration link:

If you have difficulty accessing the meeting registration form, contact Janelle Murray,

Hotel Reservation

Hyatt Regency Crystal City
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202

Hotel rooms are being held for the 2019 State Federal Partnership and Technical Assistance Meeting at the government per diem rate of $251/night.
Participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservation (regardless of stipend status.) We will send out the hotel link in several communications if you do not want to book your room at the time of registration.

Hotel Reservation Link
Reservations must be made no later than Monday, Sept 30.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Questions about registration and housing: Laura Palmer: Questions about the meeting activities: Janelle Murray:

Applied Epidemiology Fellowship (AEF)

Designed to give recent public health graduates on-the-job training at health departments in preparation for a career as an epidemiologist at the state or local level. Under the guidance of experienced mentors, fellows are expected to develop applied epidemiologic skills through training at the health department. The fellowship is open to recent graduates with master's and doctoral degrees who have academic training in epidemiology.

Fellows are supported by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding and are matched to a program area within the health department. State/local health departments can apply to host more than one fellow, but a separate application must be completed for each position.

Call For Proposals on Adolescent Health Conference

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. 


25th National Health Equity Research Webcast

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Sept. 13, 2-4:00 p.m.

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from national leaders and to engage in a moderated question-and-answer session on the topic: Structural Racism.

Sharing Your Achievements in MCH: An Overview of AMCHP's Best Practices Submission Process, Fall 2019

Sept. 16, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Do you have a program or practice that is working well in your state, territory, or community? Submit it to AMCHP's Best Practices Committee and share your success with the MCH field. Each year, AMCHP's Best Practices Committee reviews practice submissions from across the U.S. and designates accepted practices as Cutting-Edge, Emerging, Promising, or Best Practices. Accepted practices are showcased on our online Innovation Station Database, where they help to advance MCH practice and contribute to the evidence base.

This webinar will provide a brief overview of the Innovation Station Database as well as discuss the benefits of submission. The rest of the webinar will focus on the practice submission process along with tips and tricks for completing your submission. If you have any questions, contact Lynda Krisowaty or Alyssa Bosold

Pregnancy-Associated Suicide in California, 2002-2012: Findings from in-depth case reviews and recommendations for prevention

California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative
Sept. 18, 12-1:15 p.m.

Reviews key findings, quality improvement opportunities, and recommendations for prevention. While rare, pregnancy-associated suicide is a tragic event that serves as a call to action for public health professionals and maternity care clinicians.

Webinar: Building Partnerships Between State MCH Directors and State Dental Directors to Improve Oral Health

Thursday, September 19, 1:00–2:30 p.m. (eastern)
Register Here

During this webinar, presenters and participants will engage in discussion about the important relationship and partnership between the state MCH director and state dental director to improve the oral health and overall health of the MCH population. Directors from Georgia's and Iowa's MCH programs and oral health programs will share effective strategies and their experiences working together to include oral health in the state's Title V 5-year needs assessment and integrate findings into the MCH state action plan. They will also share strategies by the programs in Georgia and Iowa to address the national performance measure on oral health (NPM 13) to increase preventive dental visits for pregnant women (13.1) and preventive dental visits for children and adolescents, ages 1–17 (13.2).

Meeting the Promise of Paid Leave

The National Partnership for Women & Families
Sept. 19, 3-4 p.m

Highlights new findings on the use of state-paid leave programs and best practices in paid leave implementation.

Keeping Medicaid's Promise for Children with Special Health Care Needs

Oct. 2, 3-4:30 p.m.

Learn how can state Medicaid agencies, families, advocates, providers, and other stakeholders partner to improve access to services for Medicaid-enrolled children with special health care needs.

Innovation Station

September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month

Newborn Screening promotes early detection and treatment of fatal and disabling conditions. This month, AMCHP highlights Florida's Newborn Screening Results online access system, an Innovation Station Emerging Practice. Click here to read more.

Call for Innovation Station Reviewers

AMCHP invites you to participate as a Reviewer for AMCHP's Innovation Station. By reviewing practices from the field and providing your input on their development, implementation, and evaluation, you will help to build and strengthen the MCH evidence base.

Interested? Please fill out this survey to tell us a bit more about your expertise and availability, and we'll be in touch.

Want more details? See our list of Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.

Publications & Resources 

Women and Infant Health

Bringing Postpartum Depression Prevention Closer to Home

A study funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute compares the effectiveness of prevention programs led by lay home visitors and mental health professionals that teach mothers-to-be the skills to improve their moods and bond with their babies.


Collaboration Among Medicaid and Early Care and Education Policy Makers

Synthesizes lessons from Nemours' technical assistance to three states that brought together Medicaid with early care and education partners to plan pilot projects aimed at better meeting the needs of families served by both systems. The Maryland Toolkit for Medicaid shares sample documents developed through the project that could be used as templates for similar cross-sector projects in other states. 


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.




2019 CityMatch Conference

Sept. 23-25

Providence, R.I.

A Healthy Start for Every Child: How the Environment Influences Health & Development 

Sept. 24

Washington, D.C.

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.