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AMCHP 2019 — Key Updates

Early Bird Deadline One Day Away!
Start 2019 by planning to join more than 900 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!

Click on Full Schedule to view sessions by track, course name, date, title, speaker, or keyword. Learn more about the conference. 

Johnson, Crear-Perry Lead Maternal Mortality Discussions at AMCHP 2019
Charles S. Johnson IV and Joia Crear-Perry will lead powerful discussions on combating maternal mortality at the opening session of AMCHP 2019. [more]

Attend AMCHP's Annual Business Meeting
All AMCHP members, partners, and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to attend the AMCHP Annual Business meeting on Tuesday, March 12, 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m., in Salon A at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter during the Annual Conference. [more]

New From AMCHP

Strengthening Partnerships: Equipping MCH Programs with Accountability Strategies
Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
Feb. 14, 2-3 p.m. ET
Focuses on the importance of fostering a strong relationship between maternal and child health (MCH), Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, and related programs within a state. [more]

AMCHP Forms Team to Help Agencies Address Challenges in Mental Health
To strategically align and prioritize mental health activities at AMCHP with the needs of its members, AMCHP has created an internal mental health team. The team will leverage AMCHP's position as a Title V membership organization along with its expertise in creating and supporting jurisdiction-wide collaborations in order to address common challenges in mental health. [more]

Innovation Corner 

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? [more]

Replication Project RFA Now Open
Would you like the opportunity to replicate an effective practice in AMCHP's Innovation Station? Consider applying for the Best Practices Technical Assistance Replication Project. [more]

New Practices in AMCHP's Innovation Station
AMCHP is pleased to announce that new practices have been added to the Innovation Station Database following a recent review held by the Best Practices Committee. [more]

Legislation and Policy

AMCHP's 2019 Legislative Agenda Focuses on MCH Priorities
AMCHP's Board of Directors recently approved AMCHP's 2019 Federal Policy Agenda. [more]

Get Involved

Vote for Board of Directors
The 2019 AMCHP Board of Directors Election began on Jan. 23 and will conclude at 5 p.m. ET on March 1. Candidate profiles from the open call for nominations are posted on this link to provide background for voting. [more]

Call for Applications: Training Course in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology
The U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and CityMatCH will again offer a Training Course in Statistics and Epidemiological Methods as part of their ongoing effort to enhance the analytic capacity of state and local health agencies. [more]


Measuring Health Development of Children and Youth: EDI in U.S. Cities
Life Course Research Network
Feb. 12, 1 p.m. PT
Explores how of the Early Development Instrument (EDI) is being used in cities and provides on-the-ground experiences from those employing EDI systems and data in their communities though public policy interventions.

Strengthening Partnerships: Equipping MCH Programs with Accountability Strategies
Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
Feb. 14, 2-3 p.m. ET
Focuses on the importance of fostering a strong relationship between maternal and child health (MCH), children and youth with special health care needs, and related programs within a state. The discussion will include expert speakers who will share their perspectives on how these relationships can be beneficial for the upcoming Title V Needs Assessment as well as other Title V Block Grant activities. AMCHP will introduce a tool developed to identify strengths and areas of needed growth across partners serving MCH populations.

Telehealth Training Models for the Health Workforce
U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration
Feb. 20, 2-3:30 p.m. ET
Highlights telehealth training programs and resources, including opportunities to optimize telehealth -technology, identify telehealth strategies and models in hard-to reach populations, and highlight successful telehealth training models.

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

Too Much Medicine: Addressing Inappropriate Care
The National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation
Discusses the problem of unnecessary medical treatment and solutions to address it, including statistics on inappropriate care and prescribing patterns; an intervention to incorporate clinical measures of appropriateness into assessments of physician performance; and how BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee engages physicians to measure and improve appropriateness of care in cardiology practices.

Publications and Resources

Workforce Development

Updated U.S. Health Workforce Chartbook and State Profiles
This updated U.S. Health Workforce Chartbook provides estimates for 35 health occupations, including physicians, nurses, dentists, counselors, and laboratory technicians, with information on demographics, workforce settings, and geographic distribution. HRSA also updated the U.S. Health Workforce State Profiles as a companion to the chartbook.

Women and Infant Health

Go Beyond the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act to Save Women's Lives
The lives of women across U.S. depend on success of the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act, but the new law itself is not enough! Saving lives requires thoughtful implementation and more policy changes, say AMCHP's Theresa Chapple-McGruder and co-authors in this Health Affairs blog

Public Health Surveillance of Prenatal Opioid Exposure in Mothers and Infants
This article by leaders at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Director Dr. Robert Redfield, Dr. Margaret A. Honein, and Dr. Coleen Boyle) highlights the importance of monitoring and protecting infants affected by opioid exposure during pregnancy.  They call for public health action to build the evidence base and define the full range of health effects related to opioid exposure during pregnancy.

Gastroschisis Trends and Ecologic Link to Opioid Prescription Rates
This article in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the proportion of babies born with gastroschisis was higher in counties with high opioid prescription rates compared to counties with low opioid prescription rates (2006-2015).

 Oral Health Toolkit Aims to Help Pregnant Women
Coinciding with National Children's Dental Health Month (February), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention partnered with the American Academy of Pediatrics to produce an Oral Health Toolkit for medical and dental providers who care for pregnant women. The materials raise awareness about the importance of oral health as part of prenatal care, and support clinicians in talking with pregnant women about their oral health and the future oral health of their babies.

Child & Adolescent Health

Evidence-informed Afterschool Programs Decrease Youth Substance Abuse and Problem Behaviors
This brief identifies community and school, peer, parent, and individual factors that increase the likelihood that afterschool programs will support positive youth development, and offers recommendations to strengthen factors that decrease youth substance abuse and problem behaviors.

Federal Awards Support Technology-Based Solutions for Care Coordination
Seven organizations won awards in the Care Coordination for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Challenge sponsored by the U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The winners proposed technology-based solutions designed to help families of CSHCH care needs coordinate care for their children. Awardees next will develop prototypes and begin small-scale testing. See the winners

Healthy Teen Network Seeks Proposals for Annual Conference
The Healthy Teen Network is accepting workshop and poster proposals for its annual conference on Oct. 28-30 in New Orleans, La. Deadlines vary.

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. [more]

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. [more]


Transforming Health Care for Children and Youth with Epilepsy Synopsis 1
Health Resources and Services Administration
Deadline: April 11 

Networks for Oral Health Integration within the Maternal and Child Health Safety Net Synopsis 2
Health Resources and Services Administration
Deadline: April 29

ERA Evaluation of Return to School Programs for Traumatic Brain Injury Synopsis 2
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Deadline: April 30

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