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 January 16, 2020

Annual Conference

AMCHP 2020 is 10 Weeks Away- Register Today!

Registration is now open for AMCHP's 2020 Annual Conference — the perfect opportunity to connect and network with nearly 1,000 public health officials who share an interest in maternal and child health. The theme for the conference—to be held March 21-24 in Crystal City, Va.—is The Power of Connections: Building Equity for Healthy Generations. Register by Feb. 21 to receive an early bird rate. For additional information, please contact Samantha Freeman. We look forward to seeing you!

New From AMCHP

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI): Check out the #ScreenToInterveneForAYAs: Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health Blog!

The #ScreenToInterveneForAYAs blog is the place to go to peruse the latest happenings, news, and resources related to the AYA Behavioral Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN). The latest blog post kicked off a series that will unpack the measurement framework that the state CoIIN teams use to assess their progress toward improving the rates of depression screening with an appropriate follow-up plan among AYAs over the duration of the CoIIN and beyond.  Follow this series over the next two months to learn how participants are measuring and advancing their quality improvement efforts at the state system-level.  Sign up here to receive updates from the #ScreenToInterveneForAYAs blog. To write a guest blog post or if you have any questions, please contact Anna Corona.

Leadership Lab to Offer Two More Leadership Development Trainings

The Leadership Lab will be offering two more leadership development trainings for the 2019-2020 programming year. These trainings are offered in place of the typical cohort structure and are open to anyone interested in the designated topic for each training.

AMCHP will offer these last two trainings in February and April 2020. A save-the-date notice and registration link will be sent after topics, presenters, and specific dates are identified; please be alert for more information. If you have questions, contact Michelle Crawford at

Legislation and Policy

President Trump Signs Fiscal Year 2020 Omnibus Appropriations Bills into Law

On Dec. 20, President Trump signed into law all 12 appropriations bills for fiscal year 2020 (FY20) in two omnibus legislative packages. This legislation included full-year funding for FY20 and closed the book on appropriations for the current fiscal year through Sept. 30, 2020. A summary of key maternal and child health provisions in the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and related agencies, as well as links to the bill text and report language, are available on AMCHP's website.

President Trump Signs into Law 12 Weeks Paid Parental Leave for Federal Employees

On Dec. 20, President Trump signed into law the annual defense bill, known as the National Defense Authorization Act, which included a provision to provide 12 weeks of paid parental leave for federal workers beginning on Oct. 1, 2020. The new leave policy would apply to most, although not all, of the more than 2.1 million federal employees in the United States. Employees will have access to paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child, but not for medical reasons. For example, they cannot access paid leave to care for a sick loved one or to recover from an illness.

Congress and Trump Administration Take Actions to Address Youth Tobacco Use

As part of the fiscal year 2020 (FY20) appropriations omnibus legislation, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law a federal policy to raise the age to purchase tobacco to 21 years old across the country. Specifically, it is now unlawful for a retailer to sell a tobacco product to any person younger than 21 years of age. This new federal standard took effect when the FY20 omnibus appropriations legislation was signed into law on Dec. 20, 2019, although the implementing federal regulations will be updated over the next nine months.

Separately, the Trump Administration released on Jan. 2 a new guidance document for the tobacco industry related to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) enforcement priorities for electronic cigarettes. The new guidance is intended to combat the use of e-cigarettes by youth. Under the new guidance, the FDA has effectively banned the sale of most flavored, cartridge-based e-cigarettes, although there are several key exceptions to the ban. First, the ban does not apply to menthol and tobacco flavors. Second, the ban does not apply to non-cartridge-based e-cigarette products, for example, e-liquids and refillable pod systems, which are increasingly popular with youth and will continue to be available in various flavors under FDA's new guidance.

Several public health organizations expressed concern over the exceptions included in the FDA guidance, including the American Academy of PediatricsAmerican Heart AssociationAmerican Lung AssociationCampaign for Tobacco-Free KidsCancer Action Network American Cancer Society, and Truth Initiative.

House Passes Drug Pricing Legislation, Bill Includes Provision to Double the Funding for Home Visiting Program

On Dec. 12, the U.S. House of Representatives passed, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R. 3), a high-profile bill supported at this point by only Democrats to lower the cost of prescription drugs in the United States, among several other health policy provisions. Among the provisions included in H.R. 3 is the Home Visiting to Reduce Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Act, which was a stand-alone bill (H.R. 4768) introduced earlier in 2019 by Rep. Danny Davis [D-Ill.].

As shared in a previous edition of Member Briefs, the Home Visiting to Reduce Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Act would double the amount of funding annually appropriated to the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program by fiscal year 2022 and prioritize the additional funding to address high rates of maternal mortality and morbidity and other state-identified needs. Specifically, the bill would maintain the currently appropriated level of MIECHV funding at $400 million per year for each of fiscal years 2017-2020, increase the annual funding level to $600 million for fiscal year 2021, and increase the annual funding level to $800 million for fiscal year 2022. The bill would also double the MIECHV tribal set-aside from 3 percent to 6 percent beginning in fiscal year 2021. On Oct. 23, AMCHP joined 28 national organizations in sending a letter to Rep. Davis in support of the legislation.

AMCHP continues to support this increased investment in the MIECHV program and is working to build bipartisan support for this proposal in the U.S. Senate.

Get Involved 

Your Voice: Call for Volunteers for AMCHP Committees 

AMCHP is still seeking volunteers for the following committees: Family and Youth Leadership, Legislative and Healthcare Financing, and Workforce and Leadership Development. Check out our committees' page to learn more.

Early Childhood Education Providers, Systems Leaders, And Communities: Your Input is Needed for an Early Relational Health Survey

The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) and Senior Fellow, David W. Willis, MD, are conducting a baseline survey across early childhood systems and sectors on the topic of Early Relational Health (ERH). ERH is an emerging framework that elevates the primacy of relational experiences as foundational for life-long health, learning, and social-emotional wellbeing and has relevance for the pediatrics, public health, infant-child mental health, early learning, and child welfare fields, and for early childhood community systems. CSSP's ERH Initiative is reaching out to early childhood providers, systems leaders, and communities to get a better sense of current ERH-related activities, best practices, and interests.  The survey will help generate a briefing on the implementation and readiness landscape, upon which future activities can be built.  Please share your thoughts about ERH by completing this short survey, by Jan. 22. For more information on CSSP's ERH initiative, please contact David W. Willis, MD.  

Your Input is Requested: What has the Affordable Care Act Meant to You?

2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the ACA. AMCHP's Health System Transformation Team is collecting testimonials from state Title V staff on how the law has affected them and the MCH populations they serve. Please send your two to three sentence response by Jan. 24 to Stacy Collins.

AMCHP National MCH Policy Calls

Get up to date on the federal MCH policy. The next event in the All-Member National MCH Policy Call series will take place Feb. 6, 2020, 2-3 p.m., ET. Register here.

Feds Seek Information about Family Caregiving Challenges

The national Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage Family Caregivers Act (the RAISE Act) became law in January 2018. This law requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop and maintain a national strategy to recognize and support family caregivers and to organize an Advisory Council to make recommendations. To prepare for the Advisory Council's initial report to Congress, the Department of Health and Human Services is asking individuals and organizations to submit information on the challenges faced by caregivers. This information will guide the department as they develop the national family caregiving strategy. Your insights are valued; please submit them on this form by Feb. 7, 2020.

Register to Attend the 2020 Preparedness Summit in Dallas  

Registration is now open for the 2020 Preparedness Summit, to be held March 31-April 3, 2020, in Dallas. The theme, Fixing Our Fault Lines: Addressing Systemic Vulnerabilities, will focus on methods to identify systemic weaknesses and highlight tools and policies that can empower all communities, and particularly the ones that are most vulnerable, to address those weaknesses and become more resilient. 

Register to Attend the 7th Annual Conference on Adolescent Health in Detroit – Now a Two Full Days Event!

The Adolescent Health Initiative (AHI) has announced that registration for the 2020 Conference on Adolescent Health is officially open. Join more than 400 adolescent health professionals across the country on April 20-21, 2020 in Detroit for dynamic breakout sessions, poster sessions, youth-led sessions, and networking events. The conference is designed for physicians, nurses, social workers, dieticians, public health professionals, and others who work with adolescents in a health care capacity. In  addition, the AHI call for nominations for the Excellence in Adolescent Health Award is now open. View the agenda, register, learn about sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities, and/or nominate a colleague or yourself for the excellence award by clicking here.


PRISM Virtual Learning Webinar 

Jan. 21, 2020, 1-2:00 p.m., ET
Please join AMCHP and ASTHO for the fourth virtual learning session in the PRISM learning community! The topic is "Use of Telehealth for Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Maternal and Child Health Populations." Telehealth involves the use of digital communication technologies to provide long-distance clinical health care and health education. Health care providers and public health agencies are utilizing telehealth to provide easier and more accessible care to patients. Telehealth can improve access to substance use disorder treatment, including medically-assisted treatment, in maternal and child populations. This three-part presentation will increase attendees' knowledge of telehealth continuity of care and will focus on the four modalities of telehealth and how they can be leveraged to improve care. Telehealth and behavioral health experts will present on how they have used telehealth in their organizations for provider workforce development and to improve health outcomes for maternal and child populations. Register here.

Developing the Roadmap to Improve Data on the Health of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Interest Network
Jan. 21, 2020, 4–5:00 p.m.., ET
This webinar will update participants on the status of improved data on the health of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is designed to solicit participant input to shape the next roadmap. For more information and to register, click here.

Social Determinants of Health: Technology and Workforce Approaches

The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation
Jan. 27, 2020, 1-2:30 p.m., ET
The social determinants of health are defined as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, which influence health outcomes. Recognizing that addressing unmet social needs can have an outsized impact in improving health, leaders are leveraging technology and nonmedical professionals to meet people where they are. This webinar will explore national initiative that brings together public health stakeholders to implement and sustain social determinants of health efforts; an innovative federal model testing whether addressing health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries improves outcomes; how a health plan is partnering with social workers to help patients with housing, transportation, utilities, and more. Register here.

From Awareness to Action: Strategies for Combating Racism in Health Systems

National Institute for Children's Health Quality
Feb. 13, 2020, 3-4 p.m., ET
This webinar addresses the start of racial disparities in health outcomes for moms and babies and the disturbing differences in care that families of color have received. While the need to combat racism is undeniable, especially for those working in public health and health care, individuals need strategies too. This webinar will focus on providing strategies and guidance that individuals can use to identify and address racism and racial bias. This webinar is designed to help participants understand and contextualize three levels of racism; apply a racial equity lens to collective impact-based health improvement initiatives using guiding questions; and identify key strategies for designing intentional, action-oriented, and strengths-based approaches to start and sustain an equity-focused organizational culture shift. Click here for more information and to register.


The Adolescent Health Initiative's (AHI) call for nominations for the 2020 Excellence in Adolescent Health Award is now open! AHI accepting nominations through Jan. 31, 2020 for individuals or teams doing excellent work in the field of adolescent health.

Innovation Station

January is Birth Defects Prevention Month

Women can increase their chances of having a healthy baby by taking preventive measures through prenatal care. This month, AMCHP highlights three Innovation Station practices addressing access to healthcare. Click here to read more.

On Your Behalf

AMCHP 2019-2020 Fiscal Year Membership Dues

AMCHP memberships are vital for individuals, organizations, state and territorial programs with an interest in maternal and child health. Membership due notices have been distributed for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. If you have not yet had the chance to submit payment for your dues, click here for payment options.


Funding Opportunity for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Surveillance

Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
Deadline: Jan. 21, 2020
This funding opportunity will provide a mechanism for state, local, tribal, and territorial public health organizations or agencies with public health authority to conduct population health surveillance using the CSTE NAS Standardized Case Definition (Tier 1) while leveraging existing surveillance infrastructure. Click here for more information.  

Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Residency Training in Primary Care (PCTE-RTPC) Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration
Deadline: Jan. 24, 2020
To enhance accredited residency training programs in family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, or combined internal medicine and pediatrics in rural and/or underserved areas, and encourage program graduates to choose primary care careers in these areas. 


Cervical Health Awareness Month
National Birth Defects Prevention Month


AMCHP 2020 Annual Conference
March 21-24
Crystal City, Va. 

2020 Preparedness Summit in Dallas
March 31-April 3
Dallas, Tx.