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Legislation and Policy

AMCHP Releases Summary of Key MCH Provisions in FY20 House Funding Bill
AMCHP's government affairs team compiled a detailed summary of key maternal and child health (MCH) provisions included in the fiscal year 2020 House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) bill. [more]

Senate Committee Releases Bill to Lower Health Care Costs, Includes Provisions to Reduce Maternal Mortality
On May 23, the leadership of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (Senate HELP Committee) released the bill textand section-by-section summary of the Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019, a bipartisan discussion draft of legislation to reduce health care costs and improve health outcomes. The discussion draft included five titles focused on ending surprise medical bills, reducing the price of prescription drugs, improving transparency in health care, improving public health, and improving the exchange of health information. [more]

House Committee Holds Hearing on Racial Disparities in Maternal Mortality
On May 16, the House Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing titled "Overcoming Racial Disparities and Social Determinants in the Maternal Mortality Crisis." [more]

AMCHP Joins Letter that Supports Title X Appropriations, Opposes Title X Final Rule
On May 28, AMCHP joined an organizational sign-on letter led by the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association to the leadership of the Senate Appropriations Committee urging strong support for the Title X Family Planning Program in the Senate's fiscal year 2020 (FY20) appropriations legislation. [more]

On Your Behalf

2019 Peer-to-Peer Exchange: Using Data and Quality Improvement to Improve Health Equity in Autism Care
Over 60 attendees from 9 states participated, either in-person or virtually, in the 2019 SPHARC Peer-to-Peer Exchange in Madison, Wisc. on April 16-17. [more]

2019 Convergence Telehealth Summit
AMCHP Autism Community of Learners supported 10 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) state autism grantee team members from Delaware, Washington, and Wisconsin to attend the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center's 2019 Convergence Telehealth Summit on March 31 – April 2. [more]

Get Involved


Adult Health: The Role of Paid Family and Medical Leave
The Urban Institute
May 31, 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET
To explore the impact that paid leave has on improving adult health outcomes.

Vaccine Preventable Disease Outbreaks and Challenges in Vaccination
Region IV Public Health Training Center
June 3, 12-1:30 p.m. ET
Will describe recent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, explore trends in national vaccination rates, and discuss challenges in vaccination. Participants will also receive tips for communicating about vaccines with parents and receive resources for parent and health care professional education.

Healthy People 2020 and 2030, Conversation and Cup of Joe
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
June 4, 2-3 p.m. ET  
Learn about current efforts to implement Healthy People 2020, as well as what to expect during the transition from Healthy People 2020 to Healthy People 2030.

Youth and Young Adult Engagement in the Title V Needs Assessment 
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs and the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center
June 5, 2-3:30 p.m. ET 
To discuss approaches to engaging youth and young adults in the Title V Needs Assessment. Participants will learn about Colorado and Puerto Rico's strategies for youth engagement, hear representatives from Puerto Rico's Youth Advisory Council discuss their involvement in the Title V Needs Assessment, and join a guided Q & A session.

What Do You Mean? Unblurring the Lines Between Consent, Assault & So Much More
The Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential
June 11, 4-5 p.m. ET
To educate youth-serving professionals on consent components of effectively communicated consent and boundaries, as well as the importance of educating youth on the right to refuse sexual contact and what refusal can look like.

Children's Environmental Health: More Than Smoke and Mold
Region IV Public Health Training Center 
June 13, 12-1 p.m CT
Will provide information on common sources of environmental hazards in the air, water, homes, and schools. Participants will also learn to communicate evidence-based advice to their communities to support healthy environments.

Innovation Station

As you may know, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. At AMCHP, we are highlighting the work that MCH professionals are doing to promote mental health across the nation.

Check out the list of Innovation Station Practices below to learn more about a few of our mental health-related practices... [more]

Publications and Resources

Women and Infant Health

Recorded Diagnoses of Depression During Delivery Hospitalizations in the United States, 2000–2015
In a new report in Obstetrics and Gynecology, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scientists and colleagues describe U.S. rates of depression at delivery hospitalization and how patterns vary by state and characteristics, such as age, race or ethnicity, and type of insurance, from 2000 to 2015.

America's Future Depends on the Health of Mothers and Their Kids
Dr. Michael Warren wrote commentary on National Women's Health Week, which was published by The Hill. Dr. Warren is associate administrator of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration and former president of the AMCHP board of directors.

Work Supports for Reducing Maternal Mortality: The Role of Paid Family and Medical Leave
The Institute for Women's Policy Research and the University of California-Berkeley, in partnership with the African American Policy Forum, present the recording of a webinar exploring the impact that paid leave has on reducing maternal mortality, especially for Black women.

General & Maternal Child Health

Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released this week's influenza surveillance report.

Study Suggests E-Cigarette Flavorings May Pose Heart Risk
The Associated Press summarized findings from a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, which found that flavoring in e-cigarettes may increase risk for cardiovascular disease. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

Work Supports for Child Health: The Role of Paid Family and Medical Leave
The Institute for Women's Policy Research and the University of California-Berkeley have released the recording of a webinar exploring the impact that paid leave has on reducing infant mortality and improving child health outcomes.