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AMCHP Mentioned in Essence Article on MOMMIES Act
In a recent article on Essence magazine's website, AMCHP is included in a list of "women's, reproductive rights, and maternal health groups" in support of the MOMMIES Act, which seeks to expand coverage for pregnant women covered by Medicaid.  

Legislation and Policy

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, June 6, from 2-3 p.m. ET. 

House Appropriations Committee Approves FY20 L-HHS Bill, Includes $27.3M Increase for Title V
On May 8, the House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2020 (FY20) Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) bill, which includes $705 million for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant. [more]

House Members Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Reauthorize Newborn Screening Programs
On May 15, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) introduced a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act along with her colleagues Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), and Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.). [more]

Members of House, Senate Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Raise Tobacco Age to 21
On April 30, bipartisan members in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate introduced legislation to raise the minimum legal tobacco sale age to 21. [more]

Get Involved

Join 22 By 22
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials is looking for organizations to join the 22 by 22 campaign, an initiative urging Congress to increase funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 22 percent by fiscal year 2022 (FY22). [more]

Applications Open for Best Babies Zones Initiative
Selected applicants will serve as leads to promote place-based, community-driven, multi-sector strategies to address the social, structural, and economic determinants of inequities in birth outcomes and promote health equity. Download the application for more information.

Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes
Teams will gain the opportunity to be a part of this high-visibility, national movement of urban communities instilling a data-driven focus on public health strategies to reduce inequities in birth outcomes. [more]

Webinars

Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Maternal, Infant, and Child Health
Healthy People 2020
May 23, 12-1 p.m. ET
Will discuss progress made toward achieving the Healthy People 2020 Maternal, Infant, and Child Leading Health Indicators, as well as national and state efforts to reduce infant deaths and preterm births. 

Publications and Resources

Women and Infant Health

Vital Signs: Pregnancy-Related Deaths Happen Before, During, and Up to a Year After Delivery
According to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vital Signs report, each year more than 700 women in the United States die during pregnancy, delivery, or up to a year postpartum, with three out of every five of these deaths being preventable.

Advancing Health Equity: Addressing the Role of Structural Racism
Recent attention from the media and lawmakers has helped publicize the Black maternal health crisis, but the existence of pervasive racial and ethnic disparities in many other health indicators for African Americans, Native Americans, Latinx, and Asians/Pacific Islanders in the United States demonstrates that health inequities go beyond maternal mortality. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

Resources for National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month 
National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month highlights the historic declines in the rates of teen births in the United States. [more]

Policy

Eliminating Racial Disparities in Maternal and Infant Mortality
This report, from the Center for American Progress, provides a comprehensive policy framework to eliminate racial disparities in maternal and infant mortality.

On Your Behalf

AMCHP Staff Participate in Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance Meeting
AMCHP Government Affairs Specialist Alyson Northrup and Women's and Infant Health Program Analyst Nadia Laniyan attended the inaugural meeting of the newly-formed Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance on behalf of AMCHP on May 14. [more]