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 On Your Behalf

AMCHP Presents on Impact of Federal MCH Legislation on States
AMCHP Director of Policy and Government Affairs Amy Haddad presented at the inaugural meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Fellows program on Jan. 26 to discuss the impact of federal MCH legislation on states.

State & National Leaders Convene to Address Maternal and Child Lead Exposure
AMCHP hosted the second learning session for the Maternal & Child Environmental Health Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network (MCEH CoIIN), which is designed to decrease maternal and child morbidity and mortality associated with exposure to lead. The session (Jan. 23-24) brought together over 70 individuals representing nine state teams, national and federal maternal and child health experts, partner organizations, and other key stakeholders to explore methods to improve systems of coordinated care, identify ways to integrate quality improvement tools, review steps for accelerating improvement and measuring change, and discuss policies and practice implications.

Working with our partners at the National Institute for Children's Health Quality, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, the National Academy for State Health Policy, and the National Environmental Health Association, AMCHP staffers facilitated the sessions – Kate Taft, Shanel Tage, Michelle Jarvis, Maura Leahy, Paige Bussanich, Anna Corona, Stacy Collins, Sarahna Moyd, Brianna Lewis, and Iliana White. AMCHP and its partners will continue to provide technical assistance and resources while fostering engagement and networking among the state teams. 

Rural Health Summit
AMCHP Government Affairs Specialist Alyson Northrup represented AMCHP at a Rural Health Summit on Jan. 28, hosted by U.S. Health Resources Services Administrator George Sigounas and attended by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan. Sigounas convened this roundtable meeting to discuss how to improve the health of the approximately 60 million people living in rural areas. 

Northrup highlighted work being done by the maternal and child health (MCH) workforce to improve the health of MCH populations in rural areas, including Utah's Quality Improvement in Maternity Care via Project ECHO and Washington State's Creating Connections Strategic Plan: Moving Toward Telehealth Services for Children with Autism and Other Development Disabilities.