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AMCHP 2019 — Key Updates

Catch the Early Bird Deadline!
Start 2019 by planning to join more than 800 maternal and child health (MCH) leaders, researchers and advocates at the AMCHP Annual Conference March 9-12 in San Antonio, Texas. Register by midnight Feb. 8 to receive the early registration discount!

Annual Conference Sessions Announced
The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs released the schedule of workshops and skills-building sessions at the AMCHP 2019 Annual Conference,  building around the conference theme, "Investments in MCH: Strengthening Families and the MCH Workforce." [more]

New From AMCHP

Tools for Measuring How We Work Together 
Do you need active collaboration to achieve your maternal and child health goals? Join AMCHP for this webinar about using the Wilder Collaboration Factors Inventory. [more]
Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
Jan. 14, 2-3 p.m. ET

Enabling Change: Improving Readiness and Implementation Capacity for New Family Engagement Practice
Preparing for effective implementation of a practice is a key step that is often under-addressed or skipped altogether. Of the four Active Implementation Stages, Installation can be one of the more challenging. [more]
National MCH Workforce Development Center and AMCHP  
Jan. 18, 2-3:30 p.m. ET

Join Needs Assessment Technical Assistance Activities
View a schedule of events that will be supported by AMCHP, HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and partners at the MCH Workforce Development Center.

Legislation and Policy

Partial Government Shutdown Persists
The government has been in partial shutdown since Dec. 22. While most programs under the auspices of the Department of Health and Human Services are unaffected, the WIC program, which is funded through the Department of Agriculture, is impacted by the shutdown. We would like to share with you this latest update from our colleagues at the National WIC Association. [more]

President Signs into Law 3 MCH bills
At the end of the 115th Congress, President Trump signed into law three bills to improve the health and well-being of maternal and child health populations: the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act (H.R. 1318/S. 1112); the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act (H.R. 315 / S. 783); and the Prematurity Research Expansion and Education for Mothers who deliver Infants Early (PREEMIE) Reauthorization Act (H.R. 6085/S. 3029). AMCHP endorsed and actively supported each of these bills. [more]

President Signs Criminal Justice Reform Bill with MCH Provisions
President Trump signed criminal justice reform legislation, known as the First Step Act, into law on Dec. 21. Among other provisions, the law bans the shackling of pregnant and postpartum women in custody in the federal prison system. [more]

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, Feb. 7, from 2-3 p.m. ET. 

Get Involved

Collaboration Will Aim to Improve Depression Screening, Care for Adolescents and Young Adults
The Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center (AYAH-NRC) announces the opportunity for state public health systems and local primary care practice networks to participate in the newest Adolescent and Young Adult Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (AYAH CoIIN). [more]

Nominations Open for 2019 Excellence in Adolescent Health Award
The Adolescent Health Initiative is accepting nominations for individuals or teams doing excellent work in the field of adolescent health. [more]
Deadline: 5 p.m., Jan. 25. Learn more.

Boost Workforce Skills: Join MCH Workforce Development Center's New Cohort
Implementing the transformed Title V Block Grant isn't easy: From state action plans to Evidence-based or -informed Strategy Measures, there are numerous challenges to navigate. That's why the National MCH Workforce Development Center invites state/jurisdictional Title V agencies to submit applications for its upcoming cohort learning opportunity. [more]

CityMatCH Calls for Conference Abstracts
CityMatCH issued a call for abstracts for the 2019 CityMatCH Maternal and Child Health Leadership Conference, Sept. 23-25 in Providence, R.I. Deadline March 1.


Introducing the Blueprint for Complex Care: Opportunities to Advance the Field
National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs
Jan. 22, 2-3 p.m. ET
Presenters will outline the goals of the Blueprint for Complex Care, discuss how it was developed, and outline recommendations for building the field.

A New Approach to Assessing Family Engagement in Health Care Systems
Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health
Jan. 23, 1-2 p.m. ET
Discusses four domains of family engagement: representation, transparency, impact, and commitment, share models of success, and discuss common barriers to incorporating meaningful family engagement in systems-level initiatives. Features AMCHP President Susan Chacon.

Publications and Resources

General & Maternal Child Health

Quit & Stay Quit Monday Program Enhancement Guide
This guide helps organizations and health professionals understand the Quit and Stay Quit Monday approach, how to leverage Mondays in smoking cessation programs, and measure for success.

Child & Adolescent Health

Parent Survey: Most Valuable Components of a Medical Home
This issue brief from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health reports on a statewide survey of parents in California about which of these medical home components they most value, and how satisfied they are with the care their child receives.

The Major Causes of Death in Children and Adolescents in the United States
This report from the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation details the 10 leading causes for the 20,360 deaths of children and adolescents in the United States in 2016. The analysis includes trends and comparisons among countries.