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 June 27, 2017

Board Corner

It is our pleasure to share the results of the 2017 board of directors election and the recent special interim elections. [more]

Legislative & Policy Corner

Senate Repeal and Replacement Bill
How will maternal and child health fare under the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, unveiled by the U.S. Senate last week to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act? [more]

Congress Behind Schedule in Drafting FY 2018 Appropriations Bills
Neither the House nor Senate Labor-HSS Appropriations Subcommittees have released draft bills that are normally available at this time in the appropriations cycle. [more]

July All-Member Call
The next event in the All-Member National MCH Policy Call Series will take place Thursday, July 6 at 2:00 p.m. ET. [more]

Get Involved

AMCHP's QI eLearning Series Continues!
AMCHP, in partnership with Population Health Improvement Partners (Improvement Partners), is hosting a Quality Improvement eLearning Series for Title V staff to build capacity to apply QI tools and concepts to their work. [more]

Addressing Infant Mortality
The six-part webinar series will give public health professionals an opportunity to hear experts and influencers in the MCH field share examples and best practices to reduce infant mortality. [more]

Tools and Tactics for Trusted Adults
This webinar will present research from a year-long effort to better understand how to support transition-age youth in foster care in avoiding unplanned pregnancy. The presentation will include testimonies from the field. [more]

Screening for Diabetes Mellitus after Pregnancy
The Women's Preventive Services Initiative is holding a public comment period until June 30. [more]

Participate in the Children's Healthy Weight CoIIN
The Children's Healthy Weight Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) is recruiting state teams to learn more about the project. The Children's Healthy Weight CoIIN will support states' efforts to promote nutrition, physical activity, and breastfeeding in the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Program. [more]

 Marketing the Well-Visit
The goal of the Marketing the Well-Visit Learning Community webinar series is to provide thought-provoking ideas and concepts from commercial marketers to approaches to engaging young people in health. [more]

Improvements in Infant Health
Presenters in this webinar will discuss how public health professionals can improve the efficiency of newborn screening. [more]

Improving Early Childhood Development
Webinar on clinical-community partnerships and how technology can improve early childhood development. [more]

Best Fed Beginnings
In this webinar, co-authors of a new Pediatrics journal article, "Best Fed Beginnings: A Nationwide Quality Improvement Initiative to Increase Breastfeeding", will share insights and analysis on the initiative's major achievements. [more]

Join the MCH Measurement Research Network
The Child and Adolescent Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) is leading the Maternal and Child Health Measurement Research Network, which aims to advance the availability and effective use of valid and actionable maternal and child health measures to ensure data-driven innovation and shared accountability for improving outcomes and systems performance. [more]

​Your Voice: Call for Volunteers for AMCHP Committees 

AMCHP is seeking volunteers for all of its committees, including Governance, Annual Conference Planning, Best Practices, Emerging Issues, Family and Youth Leadership, Legislative and Healthcare Financing, and Workforce and Leadership Development.

Won't you please think about contributing your time and expertise to your professional organization? 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. Please complete this brief survey to let us know of your interest.

Publications & Resources

Zika Corner
Evaluation of Placental and Fetal Tissue Specimens for Zika Virus Infection
CDC scientists analyzed Zika pathology testing in 2016 from pregnancies in the states and Washington, D.C., finding that tissue testing is a valuable tool to identify Zika cases when blood tests from a pregnant woman were not definitive for Zika. [more]

General & Maternal Child Health
The Opioid Epidemic, MCH, and Title V
As the nation's maternal and child health professionals witness the impact of the opioid epidemic on children and families, AMCHP released an issue brief to help them understand and combat the crisis. [more]

AMCHP/ASTHO Opioid Webinar Archive
On May 9, AMCHP and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) partnered to host a webinar, Public Health Approaches to Address the Opioid Epidemic: Cross-sector Collaboration in Maternal And Child Health. The webinar focused on prevention efforts and cross-sector collaborations. [more]

Stories from the Front Lines of the Opioid Crisis
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is participating in a national listening tour on the opioid epidemic to hear from families and communities affected by the crisis, and is publishing a blog series based on his tour. [more]

Epidemiology and MCH
2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book
The Annie E. Casey Foundation published a new KIDS COUNT Data Book, which focuses on trends in child well-being between 2010 and 2015. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health 

Standards for Systems of Care for CYSHCN Streamlined and Updated
The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs released an updated version of the National Standards for Systems of Care that strive to serve the nation's 11 million children and youth with special health care needs. [more]

Women's & Infant Health 

Website Seeks to Strengthen Maternal Mortality Reviews to Reduce Pregnancy-Related Deaths
AMCHP has launched a website to promote the maternal mortality review process as the gold standard for measuring and reducing pregnancy related death. Review to Action advances the measurement of pregnancy-related deaths and the translation of maternal mortality review findings into population-based solutions and interventions, and serves as a resource for best practices in maternal mortality review.

DRH Updates Webpage on Severe Maternal Morbidity 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Reproductive Health updated its webpage on severe maternal morbidity (SMM) to provide the most current information about trends in SMM in the U.S. [more]

On Your Behalf 

Newborn Screening 

Kelly Umaña attended the Beyond the Blood Spot: Education and Engagement Summit held in Washington, D.C. Kelly presented on the AMCHP best practices continuum and Innovation Station. [more


Data Best Practices 

AMCHP’s epidemiology and evaluation team hosted an initial Data Best Practices Work Group meeting on June 15 with seven experts in epidemiology, implementation science, and data use. [more]

Title V in School 

Iliana White co-presented with Danielle Lampton and Jitoria Jones of the Mississippi Department of Health at the National School-Based Health Care Convention in Long Beach, Calif. [more


Translational Research in Pediatric and Obstetric Pharmacology and Therapeutics
The National Institutes of Health
Deadline: July 7
For translational and clinical research, as well as clinical trials, that advance knowledge about the underlying mechanisms of drug action, response, and safety of women and children during pregnancy and lactation, with a goal of improving the safety and effectiveness of drugs for pediatric and obstetric patients.

Improving Outcomes for Children Affected by Substance Abuse
Administration for Children and Families
Deadline: July 10
Targeted grants will be awarded to regional partnerships that provide, through interagency collaboration and integration of programs and services, activities and services that are designed to increase the well-being of, improve permanency outcomes for, and enhance the safety of children who are in out-of-home placements or are at risk of entering out-of-home placements as a result of a partner's or caretaker's substance abuse.

National Training and Development Initiative for Foster/Adoptive Parents
Administration for Children and Families
Deadline: July 10
Will award one cooperative agreement to an organization to develop a state-of-the-art foster/adoptive parent training program to include intensive preparation and development components that reflect the capacities required of successful foster/adoptive parents.

For more funding opportunities, click here