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New From AMCHP

AMCHP Seeks Nominees for Awards Honoring MCH Leaders, Workers

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) is proud to offer everyone who works in maternal and child health (MCH) a chance to recognize outstanding leaders and staff in MCH.

During the 2020 AMCHP Annual Conference, March 21-24 in Crystal City, Va., AMCHP will present awards to MCH leaders and honor excellence in the field.

 Nominations for the following awards will be accepted through Oct.18, 2019:

  • John C. MacQueen Lecture Award for innovation in the field of maternal and child health.
  • Excellence in State MCH Leadership Award for an outstanding state MCH professional whose career has made a significant contribution to the health of women, children and families in his or her state.
  • Legislative Champions for Maternal and Child Health for efforts by Members of Congress and their staff to improve the health of mothers, children and families including children with special health care needs. Please note that only Legislative Committee members may submit nominations for this award. Please contact our policy team for more information.
  • Merle McPherson Leadership Award for exemplary contributions to further family/state professional collaboration between a state Title V Program and AMCHP.
  • Vince Hutchins Leadership Award for leadership in promoting a society responsive to the needs of women, youth and families.
  • Emerging MCH Professional Award for outstanding state or local MCH professionals under age 45 for whose work has made significant contributions to state MCH programs in promoting and protecting the health of women, children and families in his or her state and/or region.
  • Ryan Colburn Scholarship Award for a youth-with-disabilities leader to attend the AMCHP Annual Conference, connect with family leaders and continue to spread Ryan's message of hope.

Get information on the awards and nomination process on the AMCHP Awards web page, including the nomination form (linked at the end of each award description). Please note that all awards use the same nomination form, but a separate form must be submitted per award.

Annual Conference

Get Workshop & Poster Proposals In – Deadline Nears!

Don't miss the chance to present your work at AMCHP's 2020 Annual Conference – the deadline to submit for poster and session presentations is Friday, Oct. 4.

The theme for the 2020 conference – to be held March 21-24 in Crystal City, Va. – is The Power of Connections: Building Equity for Healthy Generations. Submissions can be submitted under any of 14 subject-focused tracks.

The AMCHP Annual Conference is the ideal venue to present your ideas, research, innovative programming, best practices and effective outreach strategies to nearly 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.

Submitters with complete submissions by the deadline will be notified of their session status by the end of November. For more information, go here.

 AMCHP 2020 Website Opens!

The official website for AMCHP's Annual Conference is open! See registration rates and the basic schedule, and make hotel reservations. Registration will open soon!

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

Congress Passes Short-Term Continuing Resolution to Fund Government, President Expected to Sign Bill

On Sept. 26, the U.S. Senate passed a Continuing Resolution (“CR”) to maintain current government spending levels until Nov. 21. The U.S House of Representatives passed the bill last week. With Senate passage, the CR heads to the president, who is expected to sign the bill into law before the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. This short-term spending bill will avert a government shutdown at the end of the month and give Congress eight weeks to approve the 12 appropriations bills for fiscal year 2020 before again facing the possibility of a government shutdown.

Senate Appropriations Committee Releases FY20 Labor-HHS Funding Bill

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee released the text and report language for its fiscal year 2020 (FY20) Labor-Health and Human Services (Labor-HHS) appropriations bill last week. Typically, the committee releases the bill text only after the committee considers the bill. The release of the bill text without committee consideration tells us that the Senate will likely forego formal committee proceedings on the bill and send it straight to the Senate floor for a vote.

The Senate Labor-HHS bill contains lower overall funding levels compared with the version passed by the House of Representatives in June. This lower overall funding level impacts many funding lines. For example, the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant is level-funded at $678 million for FY20 in the Senate bill, whereas the House version included a $34 million increase for Title V for a total of $712 million in FY20. Both chambers still have to come together to negotiate a final bill. AMCHP will continue advocating that Congress support an increase to the Title V MCH Block Grant at the House-passed level of $712 million for FY20.

Congress Passes Autism CARES Act Reauthorization

Last week, Congress passed a bill to reauthorize the Autism CARES Act, which was set to expire on Sept. 30. The president is expected to sign the bill into law before the end of the month. The reauthorization continues the activities authorized under the Autism CARES Act of 2014 through fiscal year 2024. The bill also increases the authorized funding levels in the Autism CARES Act and places a new emphasis on improving lifespan services and reducing disparities.

Reauthorization of the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act Still Pending

A bill to reauthorize the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act (H.R.2507/S.2158) is still awaiting final passage in the U.S. Senate. Authorization for federal newborn screening programs expires on Sept. 30. The House passed its version of the reauthorization bill in July 2019. As we get closer to the end of the month, it becomes increasingly likely that the authorization of these programs will lapse. However, federal funding will continue to flow at the currently authorized levels.

The advocacy coalition that supports the reauthorization bill, including AMCHP, continues to push for Senate passage as soon as possible. AMCHP joined several partner organizations in posting an ad this week in the Washington, D.C., magazine Politico urging Congress to act now to pass the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act. You can contact your federal representatives using the March of Dimes outreach tool, which prepopulates a message that you can edit as you see fit and sends an e-mail from you to your members of Congress urging passage of the bill.

Appeals Court Hears Oral Arguments in Title X Family Planning Program Lawsuits

On Sept. 23, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California heard oral arguments from nearly two dozen states, the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), Planned Parenthood, the American Medical Association, and other groups challenging the Trump administration's Title X rule as well as the government lawyers defending the rule. According to an analysis of the hearing published in Modern Healthcare, the 11-judge panel did not appear ready to freeze implementation of the Title X rule, as the plaintiffs have asked. No ruling was issued from the bench. Visit NFPRHA's Title X landing page for the latest updates on the pending court cases.

Federal Actions on E-Cigarettes

Beyond the public health response, federal agencies and members of Congress have responded to the growing number of vaping-related illnesses and deaths in several ways. A short summary of recent federal actions is below. For the latest information, please join AMCHP's Oct. 3 national MCH policy webinar for a presentation on the federal policy landscape related to e-cigarettes from our partners at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

  • On Sept. 25, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing, "Sounding the Alarm: The Public Health Threats of E-Cigarettes," that examined the public health impacts and regulatory authorities related to e-cigarette manufacturing, marketing, sale, and use.
  • On Sept. 24, the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform's Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy held a hearing, "Don't Vape: Examining the Outbreak of Lung Disease and CDC's Urgent Warning Not to Use E-Cigarettes," that examined the outbreak of lung illnesses associated with using e-cigarette products; the causes of the outbreak; the CDC and state health officials warning against the use of e-cigarettes; and CDC reports that youth use of e-cigarettes has risen again.
  • On Sept. 23, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a proposed rule that would instruct the agency to consider public health risks for the whole population in deciding whether to authorize e-cigarette products.
  • On Sept. 20, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators sent a letter to FDA Acting Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless urging him to remove all pod- and cartridge-based e-cigarettes from the market immediately unless or until such products can be proven to benefit the public health.
  • On Sept. 11, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced that the FDA is finalizing plans to remove all flavored e-cigarette cartridges from the market.

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 the U.S. 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.


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.


General & Maternal Child Health

State Strategies to Address Opioid Use Disorder

State Strategies to Address Opioid Use Disorder Among Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Infants Prenatally Exposed to Substances, Including Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, analyzes data from 12 states to identify strategies, barriers, and facilitators for capacity-building as it relates to preventing opioid overdoses and related harms for pregnancy and postpartum women and infants.

Rankings Released on Health of Women and Children

The United Health Foundation released the 2019 America's Health Rankings Health of Women and Children Report. AMCHP is proud to have played a part in this important report: Program Director Caroline Stampfel and Associate Director of Epidemiology and Evaluation Cheryl Clark serve on the Health of Women and Children Advisory Committee, which advises on data and measures used in this and other reports pertaining to women and children.

Women's & Infant Health

ACOG Unveils Maternal Immunization Patient Education Resources

 The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is excited to share new maternal immunization patient education resources. Through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ACOG developed these infographics and corresponding text on prenatal influenza and Tdap immunization for use on practice websites, patient portals, and social media pages.

UNC Launches Postpartum Health Information Hub

The 4th Trimester Project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Schools of Medicine and Social Work has launched NewMomHealth, a hub of evidence-based, expert-written, reality-centered postpartum health information. This new resource was designed to help the four million new mothers in the United States each year navigate the physical, emotional, and relational joys and challenges of early motherhood.

Child & Adolescent Health

Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight Launches Podcast

In partnership with Bright Futures, the American Academy of Pediatrics' Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight has created a pilot podcast series called Conversations About Care. The focus of the series is to highlight pragmatic and lively conversations between health care providers.  In Episode 1 – Picky Eating, a primary care pediatrician from Kentucky and Chair of the Section on Obesity discusses challenges and solutions to addressing picky eating with patients and families, and highlight resources.

Innovation Station

Now Accepting Submissions to AMCHP's Innovation Station

Do you have an effective or innovative MCH practice you'd like to have featured in AMCHP's Innovation Station? AMCHP is currently accepting submissions for its fall best practices review. Submit your practice by completing the submission form by Oct. 18.  For additional resources to help you submit your practice, visit the Best Practices page or contact Lynda Krisowaty  at  


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 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.

Advancing State and Urban Maternal and Child Health 

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 Recovery Month

Suicide Prevention Month

Newborn Screening Awareness Month



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.