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Registration Opens for AMCHP 2019!
Registration is now open for the 2019 AMCHP Annual Conference — the perfect opportunity to connect and network with more than 800 public health officials who share an interest in maternal and child health. The Annual Conference will be held March 9-12 in San Antonio, Texas. [more]

AMCHP Award Nominations Open
AMCHP prides itself on recognizing leadership in maternal and child health in various ways. During the 2019 AMCHP Annual Conference, scheduled for March 9-12 in San Antonio, Texas, AMCHP will present awards to MCH leaders and honor excellence in the field. [more]


Former AMCHP Board President Named as New MCHB Associate Administrator
Dr. Michael D. Warren, M.D., former president of the board of the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, will become the associate administrator of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on Oct. 15. [more]


AMCHP Seeks Applications for the 2019 Leadership Lab
The Leadership Lab is a unique developmental activity for state and territorial Title V staff who want to pursue greater leadership responsibility. [more]

SPHARC FACT SHEET 10 2 18 MB.pngIntroducing SPHARC's Newest Fact Sheet – Your Guide to Navigating the Title V Early Childhood Data Integration Toolkit
AMCHP is proud to announce the release of its newest fact sheet, which provides a quick summary of the Title V Data Integration Toolkit and how Title V program staff can use it. [more]

AMCHP is Looking for Volunteers to Join its Best Practices Committee
As a committee member, you will be part of a team working to advance the field of maternal and child health through evidence and innovation. [more]

AMCHP Virtual Learning Events
AMCHP is excited to host one introductory discussion and six virtual learning events focusing on partnerships and collaborations and featuring our diverse team of subject matter experts. [more]


House Committee Holds Hearing on Maternal Mortality Bill
On Sept. 27, the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled "Better Data and Better Outcomes: Reducing Maternal Mortality in the U.S." to consider a discussion draft of H.R. 1318, the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act. [more]

President Trump Signs FY19 Appropriations Legislation Into Law
On Sept. 28, President Trump signed appropriations package H.R. 6157 into law, ensuring federal funding for the Department of Health and Human Services (among other departments) through fiscal year 2019. [more]

AMCHP Issues Statement on Public Charge Draft Proposed Rule
AMCHP issued the following statement in response to news about a draft proposed rule to change the definition of public charge when applying for legal permanent residency in the United States. [more] 

House Passes Opioids Legislation with MCH Provisions
On Sept. 28, the House passed H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, to further address the opioid crisis. [more]
House Passes Emergency Preparedness Legislation with MCH Provisions
On Sept. 25, the House passed H.R. 6378, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018 by voice vote. [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, Oct. 4, from 2-3 p.m. ET.


First Women-Centered Postpartum Self-care Website
The 4th Trimester Project is partnering with the Global Health Foundation to lay the foundation for creation of the first woman-centered website to address postpartum self-care questions and needs. 


Violence as a Public Health Issue
Department of Health and Human Services
Oct. 3, 1-2 p.m. ET
Highlights the Health Resources and Services Administration strategy to address intimate partner violence, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public health approach to violence prevention and the community-based approach for violence prevention.

Protective and Risk Factors in Low-Income Hispanic Children's Early Home Environments
Institute for Research on Poverty
Oct. 3, 2-3 p.m. ET
Discusses how the early home environments of low-income Hispanic children may contribute to variability in developmental outcomes and how it matters for our understanding of children's lives.

Promising Practices for Integrating Addiction Treatment and Opioid Use Disorder Registration
Department of Health and Human Services
Oct. 9, 2-4 p.m. ET
Highlights innovative resources, guidelines, and trainings for health professionals to combat the opioid epidemic.

Lessons Learned Beyond Zika: Responding to Crises from a Maternal and Child Health Perspective
Oct. 10, 2:30-4 p.m. ET
Takes a critical look at the response to the Zika virus and what this may mean for public health crises in the future.

Women in Health IT at the Forefront of Addressing the Opioid Crisis
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
Oct. 12, 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET
Ties the opioid crisis with the women in health IT community to bring awareness to women's voices in addressing the crisis.
Developing Data-sharing Agreements Between Researchers and State Agencies
Child Care Administrative Data Analysis Center
Oct. 16, 3-4:30 p.m. ET
Provides an overview of a new resource about how to develop a data sharing agreement between a research team and a state agency to use state-level early care and education administrative data.

You Can Engage Families in Your Needs Assessment! Here's How!
Family Voices and AMCHP
Nov. 8, 1-2 p.m. ET
Discusses engaging families, and understanding the value of the family perspective, in the needs assessment. [more]

Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
National Network of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives 
Discusses the benefits of universal screening for opioid use in the prenatal period and identify best practices of caring for a mother during the prenatal period.

Addressing Social Determinants of Health: Connecting People with Complex Needs to Community Resources
Center for Health Care Strategies
Discusses strategies for addressing social determinants of health through screening approaches. [more]  


National Standards for CYSHCN Toolkit
The National Standards for Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) define a comprehensive, coordinated, and family-centered system of care for CYSHCN. [more]
The Forgotten Frontier: Nursing Done in Wild Places
This article from the U.S. National Library of Medicine features reports and documentaries that captured the care provided. [more] 
Opioid-Affected Births to Rural Residents
This study from the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center examines rates of diagnosis of maternal opioid use disorder and infant neonatal abstinence syndrome for rural residents at time of childbirth.

2017 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report
This U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality report tracks more than 300 health care measures. [more] 

Best Practices/Innovation Station
Now Accepting Submissions to AMCHP's Innovation Station
Do you have an effective or innovative MCH practice you'd like to share and include in AMCHP's Innovation Station? AMCHP is accepting submissions for its fall best practices review. Submit your practice by completing the online submission form by Oct. 12. For additional information and resources to submit your practice, visit the Best Practices page or contact Lynda Krisowaty

Family & Community Engagement
Patient and Family Advisory Council Annual Reports
This archive of annual reports for patient and family advisory programs highlights best practices for patient and family advisory councils. [more]  

Workforce Development
American Academy of Pediatrics Reaffirms Care Coordination Policy Statement and Offers Implementation Resource for Pediatric Clinicians
This document has laid the foundation for various care coordination tools and resources developed collaboratively by the National Center for Care Coordination Technical Assistance and the National Center for Medical Home Implementation.
General & Maternal Child Health

New Model to Address Impact of the Opioid Crisis for Children
The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced a new innovation center payment and service delivery model as part of a multi-pronged strategy to combat the nation's opioid crisis.

Neighborhood Navigator Tool
This tool developed by the American Academy of Family Physicians helps address social determinants of health. [more] 
Child & Adolescent Health
Advancing the Medical Home Model for Children and Youth
In Virginia, the National Center for Medical Home Implementation and the National Academy for State Health Policy are collaborating on the development of state profiles designed to highlight public programs. [more]  

Infographic: Medicaid and Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
The Catalyst Center at Boston University published this new infographic that discusses the impact of Medicaid on children and youth with special health care needs and their families. [more]

Transition Planning Among US Youth With and Without Special Health Care Needs
This new study published in Pediatrics, authored by staff from Got Transition, discusses transition planning among children and youth with and without special health care needs.
Women's and Infant Health
Why Are So Many Women Dying In Childbirth?
A Charlotte Talks radio forum examines maternal mortality and explores underlying contributors and potential solutions to address this public health crisis.

National Network of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives
This new network provides resources and expertise to nationwide state-based perinatal quality collaboratives with the goal of deepening and accelerating improvement efforts for maternal and infant health outcomes.
Taking on a Leading Cause of Maternal Death: Improving Postpartum Hemorrhage Care
An article from the National Institute for Children's Health Quality offers insight and initial findings on evidence-based strategies that hospitals can implement to reduce maternal mortality.


Behavioral Health Virtual Job Fair
Department of Health and Human Services
Oct. 17, 6:45 – 10:15 p.m. ET
Gathers employers from all over the United States, which will all be available in a single virtual space.


Systems for Action: Systems and Services Research to Build a Culture of Health
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Deadline: Oct. 10
Supports research on the implementation and impact of mechanisms to align the multiple delivery and financing systems supporting a culture of health with a focus on health equity.

Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Program
Whole Kids Foundation
Deadline: Oct. 15
Supports planning, construction, and operation of edible garden projects for K-12 schools and nonprofit organizations that engage children in grades K-12.

Preschool Development Grant Birth through 5
Department of Health and Human Services
Deadline: Oct. 15
Seeks to assist states in providing struggling children an equal opportunity to a quality educational foundation that will prepare them to grow, learn, and succeed, and in helping improve the transitions from the early care and learning setting to elementary school.