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AMCHP Unveils New Implementation Toolkits to Help Title V Agencies Meet National Performance Measures

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) released two new implementation toolkits to help Title V agencies meet National Performance Measures (NPMs) 4 and 10, focused on promoting breastfeeding and the adolescent well-visit.The toolkits provide evidence-based and -informed practices, reports, publications, and other resources that are geared toward each NPM and can be implemented at the state, territory and community levels. The toolkits include implementation-focused resources and guidance from AMCHP, including AMCHP's Innovation Station, with contributions from Title V agencies and other partners in MCH.

The first three toolkits on the Well Woman Visit (NPM 1), Developmental Screening (NPM 6), and Bullying (NPM 9) can also be found on AMCHP's Implementation Toolkits page. Stay tuned for an additional toolkit on Transition (NPM 12). 

AMCHP hopes these toolkits will encourage other Title V programs to share their strategies and resources to improve maternal and child health practice across the country.

Health Leaders Convene to Address Maternal Health Care Challenges in Rural Communities

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) joined health leaders from around the country this week in calling for increased investments and innovations to improve maternal health outcomes in America’s rural communities.

Jonathan Webb, CEO of AMCHP, stressed a multi-pronged approach, including stronger community engagement, exploring cultural and historical factors that affect access to and usage of health systems, new ways to incentivize providers in rural areas, and technological investments to bolster remote services. Read this short story summarizing the event.

Apply for the Emergency Preparedness and Response Action Learning Collaborative

AMCHP is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support states in ensuring that the needs of maternal and child health populations are incorporated in planning, preparedness, and response efforts in the event of a natural or manmade emergency. AMCHP and the CDC  are working with Hawaii, New Jersey, and Texas, and are learning from their experiences with emergencies ranging from floods to volcano eruptions. We are accepting applications for round two of the project. The deadline for verbal commitment is July 16, and the deadline for submissions of letters of intent is Aug. 2, 5 p.m. ET. Learn more about the collaborative in this infographic and see how to apply.

Volunteer to Help Shape AMCHP's Annual Conference

AMCHP is seeking volunteers for its Annual Conference Planning Committee, to help us build an educational and dynamic conference that elevates the work of all in the maternal and child health field. This is a terrific way to enhance the benefits of your membership in AMCHP and your career, while also contributing to the success of the organization. Complete this brief survey to let us know of your interest.

Board Corner 

2019 Board Nominations

AMCHP is seeking nominations from Region V to fill a vacancy on its board of director. This is considered a special election of the board, and only current, active delegates from Region V are eligible for this position. This is an interim regional director position with a term of one year effective immediately and concluding with the 2020 AMCHP Annual Conference. Because this is an interim appointment, successful candidates will be eligible to run for re-election for up to two additional terms.

This process will remain open through Friday, June 28. The AMCHP Governance Committee will subsequently conduct telephone interviews with candidates on a rolling basis upon receipt of the full nomination package through early July. The AMCHP Board of Directors will vote on the interim appointment by late July.

See the regional director position description. A candidate questionnaire must be submitted in order to be considered.

Legislation and Policy

AMCHP Submits Comments on Senate Committee Bill to Lower Health Care Costs, Reduce Maternal Mortality

As reported in the last edition of Member Briefs, a recently-released bipartisan discussion draft of a bill to lower health care costs and improve health outcomes from the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee included five sections to reduce maternal mortality and eliminate disparities in maternal health outcomes. AMCHP joined the March of Dimes, Preeclampsia Foundation, and Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in submitting a comment letter to the committee leadership in support of the maternal health provisions of the Lower HealthCare Costs of 2019 discussion draft. HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) indicated that he hopes the committee will send the bill to the Senate floor for consideration by the full Senate by the end of July.

House Committee Holds Hearing on Bills to Reauthorize Health Programs, Including Family-to-Family Health Information Centers

On June 4, the Health Subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing, "Investing in America's Health Care," that covered several health care bills, including one to reauthorize the Family-to-Family Health Information Centers program. The Family-to-Family Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 2822) is a bipartisan bill to renew funding for family-to-family information centers through fiscal year 2024 without making any changes to the program. The current authorization of funding for the program expires at the end of September. Other bills considered during the hearing included legislation to renew funding for community health centers, the National Health Service Corps, and the Special Diabetes Program, among others.

Emergency Preparedness Bill Passes Congress, Includes MCH Provisions

On June 4, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2019 (S. 1379), sending the bill to the President to sign the bill into law. The bill reauthorizes the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (commonly known as "PAHPA") through fiscal year 2023. PAHPA provides authority to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to carry out its emergency preparedness and response activities.

The reauthorization bill included several provisions to improve emergency preparedness and response activities for maternal and child health populations. For example, it includes a continuation of the work of the Children's Preparedness Unit at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  to ensure the needs of children are taken into consideration when preparing for and responding to public health emergencies. The bill also reauthorizes the National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters through 2023 and requires the committee to include at least one member with expertise in children and youth with special health care needs, as well as at least one member with expertise in the needs of parents or family caregivers of children with disabilities. The president is expected to sign the bill into law.

Get Involved 

Webinars

Overcoming Opioids: Paths to Progress

NIHCM Foundation

June 13, 2-3:30 p.m. ET

Discusses ongoing efforts to increase access to evidence-based treatment and guide people on a path to recovery.

Walking the Walk:  An Asset-Based Approach to Adolescent Health

American Public Health Association

June 18, 12-1 p.m. ET

Uses examples from the field to highlight how positive youth development approaches can be applied by organizations, systems and communities to improve adolescent health.

Publications & Resources 

General & Maternal Child Health

Locations Added to CDC's GetTested Website

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Prevention Information Network has expanded the GetTested website, which now includes thousands of organizations that offer HIV, STD, and viral hepatitis testing and/or vaccines. Expanding the list of service providers to include CVS, Wal-Mart, and Kroger, in addition to free and low-cost service providers, makes it easy for users to find more testing and vaccine services nearby.

Child & Adolescent Health

Assessment of State Adolescent Health Coordinators and Programs

Results of an assessment of State Adolescent Health Coordinators and programs, conducted between February and April 2019 as part of the National Network of State Adolescent Health Coordinators annual membership outreach.

On Your Behalf 

New Hampshire Developmental Screening Stakeholders Meeting

AMCHP staff Paige Bussanich and Anna Corona presented during New Hampshire's Developmental Screening Stakeholders meeting. The virtual presentation featured an overview of Title V activities related to National Performance Measure 6 as well as a discussion of State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) resources. Although data presented are specific to New Hampshire, this presentation can be used in many different settings. SPHARC would be happy to provide technical assistance to your state or territory related to NPM 6. Contact Bussanich at pbussanich@amchp.org.

Learn the Signs. Act Early. Ambassador Training

The Association of University Centers on Disability, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently facilitated a training in Atlanta for their newest cohort of Learn the Signs. Act Early. (LTSAE) Ambassadors.  On May 1, AMCHP staff Paige Bussanich and Anna Corona presented to the LTSAE Ambassadors about the importance of partnering with state Title V for their efforts to integrate developmental monitoring materials across state systems. The presentation also discussed sustaining state system integration efforts through the lens of effective implementation strategies. For questions on the content of these presentations, contact  Corona at acorona@amchp.org.

10th Annual Help Me Grow National Forum

AMCHP staff Paige Bussanich represented AMCHP at the 10th Annual Forum in Buffalo, N.Y., on May 6-8. This forum facilitated a national dialogue around ensuring comprehensive systems that support early detection, referral, and linkage to services for vulnerable young children and families. The presentation featured an overview of Title V activities related to National Performance Measure 6, with a specific focus on the State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC)Title V Data Integration Toolkit. SPHARC would be happy to provide technical assistance to your state or territory related to data integration. Contact Bussanich at pbussanich@amchp.org.

Funding 

Intent to Publish Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study Funding Opportunity

National Institutes of Health

Deadline: July 1

Notice of intent to publish a funding opportunity for a Data Analysis, Informatics, and Resource Center to oversee and manage procedures and activities for a nationwide, multisite longitudinal cohort study that examines brain and behavioral development from late childhood.

State Maternal Health Innovation Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Deadline: July 15
To support states and other stakeholders in reducing maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity through capacity building assistance to recipients and other HRSA-funded grantees as they implement innovative and evidence-informed strategies.

Calendar 

June

Mental Health America 2019 Annual Conference

June 13-15 

Washington, D.C.

National Opioid Leadership Summit
June 25 

Sacramento, Calif.

Healthy Teen Network Annual Conference

Oct. 28-30

New Orleans, La. 

2019 American Public Health Association Meeting and Expo

Nov. 2- 6

Philadelphia, Pa