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Board Corner

New Board President Shares Her Path in MCH & Priorities for AMCHP
Hello, maternal and child health community! I am so honored to be serving as president of the AMCHP board of directors. I'd like to share a little about where I come from professionally and where we intend to guide the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs in the coming year. [more]

Board Members Elected
AMCHP is pleased to share the results of the 2019 board election and recent special interim elections. Each of the volunteer elected members share their personal vision for AMCHP as they begin their new leadership terms. [more]

New from AMCHP

Here to Help You: Meet AMCHP's Newest Staffers!
The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs is proud to announce that these dedicated professionals have joined us in our mission improve the health of women, children, youth, and families, including those with special health care needs. Learn about their backgrounds, areas of special interest, and contact information. They would love to hear from you! [more]

Legislation and Policy

House Appropriations Committee Takes Up FY20 Funding Bills
The House Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) considered appropriations legislation this week for federal fiscal year 2020 (FY20). [more]

House Committee Requests Briefings from Federal Agencies on Maternal Mortality
The House Energy and Commerce Committee sent letters to six federal agencies on Apr. 24 requesting briefings on efforts the agencies are taking – or could take – to address the rates of maternal mortality and morbidity in the United States. [more]

AMCHP Endorses Bill to Reauthorize Autism CARES Act
Earlier this week, AMCHP endorsed a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Autism CARES Act. The bill – the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act of 2019 (Autism CARES Act of 2019) – was introduced in the Senate as S. 427 and in the House of Representatives as H.R. 1058[more]

AMCHP Endorses Bill to Reauthorize Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act
As members of the House of Representatives get ready to introduce a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act, AMCHP has endorsed the final text of the legislation to extend several federal newborn screening programs. [more]

Get Involved


Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI)
Maternal and Child Health Life Course Research Network
May 8, 1-2 p.m. PT
The MDI is a self-report questionnaire that asks children in middle childhood about their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. The MDI is one of the first survey of its kind to gather information about the lives of children both in school, in the home and in the community, from their own perspectives. The webinar will include information on the development of the MDI and provide examples of the ways that educators and communities have used MDI data to make positive change for children. 

Publications and Resources

Workforce Development

Public Health Workforce: Threatened By Mass Extinction? 
This podcast, from the American Journal of Public Health, tackles a major crisis occurring in the governmental public health workforce, as well as in state and local health departments. [more]

Women and Infant Health

Save the Date: Release of New CDC Vital Signs Report on Pregnancy-Related Deaths
On May 7, 2019, CDC will release a Vital Signs report showing that pregnancy-related deaths happen before, during, and up to a year after delivery. [more]

Sleep-Related Infant Suffocation Deaths Attributable to Soft Bedding, Overlay, and Wedging
Unintentional suffocation is the leading cause of injury death among infants under one year old in the United States. In a new report in Pediatrics, CDC scientists and colleagues investigated infant suffocation deaths in CDC's Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) Case Registry from 2011 through 2014. [more]

General & Maternal Child Health

CDC Report:  Increase in Measles Cases — United States, January 1–April 26, 2019
As of April 26, 2019, CDC had reported 704 cases of measles in the United States since the beginning of 2019, representing the largest number of cases reported in the country in a single year since 1994, when 963 cases occurred, and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000. View the full report.

Online Modules to Identify and Address Human Trafficking
According to the latest research, eight out of 10 victims of human trafficking were seen by a healthcare provider. Our sister agency (the Administration for Children and Families) has created a training (SOAR) for health care providers to identify and address human trafficking. Participants can get CEUs as well.

Best Babies Zone Initiative to Move to CityMatCH
The Best Babies Zone (BBZ) Initiative, currently affiliated with the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, will relocate to CityMatCH at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in May 2019. [more]

Experiences of Community Doulas Working with Low-Income, African American Mothers
study published in the journal Health Equity set out to learn from doulas the components of their services that might best serve low-income, African American women, and to show the significance of doulas in helping these women have healthy, positive, birth experiences. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

Confidentiality Guides for Adolescent and Young Adult Health (AYAH) CoIIN States
Beginning in 2016, the Center for Adolescent Health & The Law, with support from the AYAH National Resource Center, developed comprehensive confidentiality guides for each of the states involved with the Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Networks (CoIINS). [more]