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Annual Conference

Register for AMCHP 2020!
Registration is now open for AMCHP's 2020 Annual Conference — the perfect opportunity to connect and network with nearly 1,000 public health officials who share an interest in maternal and child health. The theme for the conference – to be held March 21-24 in Crystal City, Va. – is The Power of Connections: Building Equity for Healthy Generations. Register by Feb. 21 to receive an early bird rate. For additional information, please contact Samantha Freeman. We look forward to seeing you!

Get Workshop & Poster Proposals In – Deadline Nears!
Don't miss the chance to present your work at AMCHP's 2020 Annual Conference – the extended deadline to submit for poster and session presentations is Friday, Oct. 11. Submissions can be submitted under any of 14 subject-focused tracks. Those who complete submissions by the deadline will be notified of their session status by the end of November. For more information, go here.

New from AMCHP

AMCHP Launches Blog on Adolescent and Young Adult Health
AMCHP is excited to announce the launch of a new blog, titled #ScreenToIntervene." Supported by the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center, this is a space for state Title V maternal and child health professionals and their partners to learn about efforts to build better preventive care systems for optimal adolescent and young adult well-being across the country.

As you navigate the blog, you'll see short posts that include food for thought, resources, reflections, and stories related to the work being done by Title V to support optimal emotional wellness among AYAs. Share your reactions, ideas, and feelings by tweeting us (@AMCHP_DC) and using the hashtag, #ScreenToIntervene. If you'd like to submit a post, contact Anna Corona (

Leadership Lab to Offer 3 Leadership Development Trainings
AMCHP is excited to share that the Leadership Lab will be offering three leadership development trainings for the 2019-2020 programming year. These trainings are offered in place of the typical cohort structure and will be open to anyone interested in the designated topic for each training. AMCHP will offer these trainings in December 2019, February 2020, and April 2020. A save the date notice and registration link will be sent after topics presenters and specific dates are identified; please be alert for more information. If you have questions, contact Michelle Crawford at

Legislation and Policy

Appropriations Status Check
There has been no real movement on the appropriations front since President Trump signed a continuing resolution into law on Sept. 27 to avert a government shutdown and maintain fiscal year 2019 funding levels for an additional eight weeks. The current continuing resolution expires on Nov. 21. Congress has yet to pass any of the 12 appropriations bills for fiscal year 2020 into law.
Congress returns to session on Oct. 15 with just six weeks left to either complete its fiscal year 2020 appropriations work or pass another stop-gap funding measure to give itself additional time to finalize negotiations. During this time, AMCHP will continue advocating for Congress to support an increase to the Title V MCH Block Grant at the House-passed level of $712 million for fiscal year 20.

Authorization of Newborn Screening Programs Expires, But Funding Continues
Authorization for federal newborn screening programs expired on Oct. 1, though federal funding will continue to flow at the currently authorized levels. 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. The House passed its version of the reauthorization bill in July. 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.

Get Involved

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, AMCHP will present awards to MCH leaders and honor excellence in the field. Nominations for the following awards will be accepted through Oct.18:

  • 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 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.
Your Voice: Call for Volunteers for AMCHP Committees 
AMCHP is still seeking volunteers for the following committees: Governance, Family and Youth Leadership, Legislative and Healthcare Financing, and Workforce and Leadership Development. Check out our committees page to learn more!
Join Children and Youth with Epilepsy Advisory Committee
The American Academy of Pediatrics' Children and Youth with Epilepsy Advisory Committee (CYE AC) for the National Coordinating Center for Epilepsy is accepting applications from young adults with epilepsy to serve as representatives. The CYE AC includes health care professionals, such as physicians and nurses, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and other young adults/family liaisons. Deadline: Oct. 18. Learn more.
Register to Attend the 2020 Preparedness Summit in Dallas
Registration is now open for the 2020 Preparedness Summit, to be held March 31-April 3, 2020, in Dallas. The theme, Fixing Our Fault Lines: Addressing Systemic Vulnerabilities, will focus on methods to identify systemic weaknesses and highlight tools and policies that can empower all communities, and particularly the ones that are most vulnerable, to address those weaknesses and become more resilient. 


MCH Epidemiology Virtual Roundtable Series: A Conversation with Jason Salemi
The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
Oct. 15, 12-1:15 p.m. ET

You are invited to the first of the AMCHP MCH Epidemiology Virtual Roundtable Series: A Conversation with Jason Salemi, PhD, MPH. Dr. Salemi of Baylor College of Medicine will share his journey from epidemiology graduate student to his current status as an impactful leader. Participants will engage in an interactive discussion with Dr. Salemi about how his mission to "Ensure Science Matters" has impacted himself, others, and wider communities within and connected to the field of maternal and child health epidemiology and beyond. Get more information and register.  For questions Cheryl Clark at

Addressing Gaps in Health Care for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Oct. 15, 1-2 p.m. ET

Approximately 6.5 million people in the United States have an intellectual disability (ID). Yet people with intellectual disabilities report difficulty finding able and willing health care providers. This Ground Round session will discuss efforts to improve health outcomes for people with ID, and how data from states can monitor and improve the health of people with ID.
The Next Steps to Improving Home Health Care for Children with Medical Complexity
The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health
Oct. 23, 10:30 a.m. PST

More children are living with serious chronic conditions than ever before, which means home health care is essential to supporting their care. Addressing workforce issues, from competitive wages and better training, to telemedicine, and alignment with adult-focused care initiatives can help alleviate undue family hardship. Join this discussion of potential solutions from the perspectives of parent advocates, home health care providers, pediatricians, and state officials.
Addressing Health Disparities in the LGBTQ+ Community
National Center for Health Care Management Foundation
Oct. 23, 12:30-2 ET
Explores the demographics and health care needs of the LGBTQ+ population, barriers to high quality health care for LGBTQ+ people and proposed solutions, a toolkit designed to train medical school students and current providers on clinical skills for inclusive care, and new national survey data on LGBT teen mental health and the role of crisis responders in supplementing the health care system.
The Futures Initiative: Revisiting the 10 Essential Public Health Services
Oct. 28, 3-4 p.m. ET
The Public Health National Center for Innovations (PHNCI) and the de Beaumont Foundation

The Futures Initiative is aimed at bringing the Essential Services national framework in line with current and future public health practice. To understand how the field views and uses the 10 EPHS, PHNCI and the de Beaumont Foundation are engaging in a series of data collection efforts to solicit input from the field, including live crowdsourcing and other in-person events, an online questionnaire, key informant interviews, and a virtual townhall series.

Publications & Resources

Women's and Infant Health
Trends in Hepatitis C Infection by Opioid Use Disorder Status Among Pregnant Women at Delivery Hospitalization — United States, 2000–2015.
This report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed hospital discharge data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project and determined that opioid use disorder and HCV infection rates significantly increased during this time period among women delivering in hospitals in the United States. HCV infection rates significantly increased during this time.

Innovation Station

AMCHP Invites Feedback on Innovation Station Resources
The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs wants your feedback to help improve its Innovation Station resources and Replication Projects. Fill out the surveys!
Innovation Station Identifies New Best Practices! 
Click here to see our list of Best Practices accepted in Spring 2019. Please stay tuned for promising, emerging, and cutting-edge practices to come.

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 

On Your Behalf

Toolkit for Youth Engagement
At the CityMatCH Maternal and Child Health Leadership conference in September, AMCHP Youth Engagement Specialist Iliana White shared the experiences of the AMCHP Youth Engagement Community of Practice and the online toolkit developed from the lessons learned and shared. See the presentation.

Using Data and QI to Address Equity
Also at CityMatCH, staff Paige Bussanich and Anna Corona presented on “Using Data and Quality Improvement to Address Health Equity for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities,” which centers on two of the main takeaways from the 2019 State Public Health Autism Resource Center grantee meeting.

Maternal and Child Environmental Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network
On Sept. 18-19, AMCHP hosted the third learning session for the Maternal & Child Environmental Health Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network (MCEH CoIIN). The session brought together over 75 individuals representing nine state teams, national and federal maternal and child health experts, partner organizations, and other key stakeholders.

The goal of the CoIIN is to decrease maternal and child morbidity and mortality associated with exposure to lead. Participants discussed the overall progress of the CoIIN, shared lessons learned as well as obstacles faced, and created strategies and plans for the next project period.

With our partners at the National Institute for Children's Health Quality, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, National Academy for State Health Policy, and National Environmental Health Association, AMCHP staff – Kate Taft, Shanel Tage, Michelle Crawford, Maura Leahy, Stacy Collins, and Caroline Stampfel – facilitated the meeting to explore methods to hold gains and sustain improvements, share lessons learned through their CoIIN work, discuss strategies for engaging families and telling your story, and action plan for the final MCEH CoIIN project year and beyond.

State teams from Alabama, Louisiana, and Michigan also participated in Capitol Hill visits, connecting with their representatives in Congress and educating them on the topic of lead exposure in MCH populations and the work they are doing in their states through the MCEH CoIIN. AMCHP and its partners will continue to provide technical assistance and resources while fostering engagement and networking among the state teams. More information about the MCEH CoIIN can be found here.


Director of State Adolescent Health Resource Center
The full-time director of the State Adolescent Health Resource Center, at the University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics, will manage, oversee and provide services as part of a national adolescent and young adult health technical assistance and training center. This work supports maternal and child health professionals working in state/territorial public health agencies across the U.S. (specifically within Title V MCH Block Grant programs) to improve health and health care for young people. This person will collaborate with partners from academic and national organizations to assist state public health professionals in improving access and quality of health care for youth ages 10-25. Learn more and apply by Oct. 18 at the University of Minnesota human resources website; refer to posting 333351. 


Increasing Disability Inclusion in the MAPP Process 
National Association of County and City Health Officials
Deadline: Oct. 15
In partnership with the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability, NACCHO is offering a funding opportunity for local health departments to include people with disabilities in their community health assessment and community health improvement plan efforts using the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) framework and the new MAPP Resource Guide for Disability Inclusion.
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.

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.



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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.