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 January 22, 2021

COVID-19 Resources

New AMCHP Programs to Support MCH/CYSHCN Staff During the COVID-19 Pandemic

AMCHP is pleased to offer two new programs to support MCH/CYSHCN staff and leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. The MCH COVID Coaching Cafés and COVID Leadership Forums begin on January 22nd and January 29th, respectively. Click here to learn more about these unique opportunities or to register!

AMCHP COVID-19 MCH and Community Resource Page

AMCHP is committed to working alongside our federal agency and organizational partners to gather available information, resources, and guidance specific to our MCH population during the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources are on our website ( for your convenience. The site will be updated regularly as untapped resources become available.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources on and and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) continue to provide vital support during this health crisis through timely and relevant information for families and pediatric health care professionals. For families, new resources on are now available. These include tips for parenting in a pandemiccaring for children and youth with special health care needsin-person schoolmasks for children, and more


Recently, the AAP updated guidance related to well-child visitsnewborn screening, and childcare. The guidance reinforces that well-child visits should be consistent with Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents, 4th Edition, and the Bright Futures/AAP Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care (Periodicity Schedule). The AAP continues to respond to COVID-19 inquires through the COVID-19 Inquiry Form. The AAP and content authors coordinate with subject matter experts to ensure all shared information is aligned with up-to-date science, advice, and best practices.


For clinical questions, visit the AAP COVID-19 resources.

For parenting/family questions, visit

For Bright Futures questions, visit Bright Futures.

Questions, comments, or concerns? Contact us at or call 630-626-6783.


AMCHP Annual Conference

AMCHP 2021 Conference — Registration is now OPEN.

AMCHP is planning for an in-person meeting in New Orleans, with a virtual component and registration option. We will update the AMCHP membership community if it is necessary to alter the conference format due to COVID-19. For this reason, payment is not required at the time of registration. Click here for registration info. If you register to attend in person and decide later to attend virtually, we will adjust your registration fee without penalty prior to Mar 26. Please DO NOT book flights/ hotels at this time. Attendees from AMCHP 2020 who transferred their registration to AMCHP 2021 will be contacted separately. For all registration questions, contact Samantha Freemen at


AMCHP 2021- Student and Early Career Professional Proposals- Due Jan. 29

Are you a student or early-career professional? Do you have a passion for maternal and child health or want to learn more about this field? #AMCHP2021 concurrent session, poster, and roundtable presentation submissions are due soon! Click here to learn more!

New From AMCHP 

AMCHP Seeks Nominees for Awards Honoring MCH Leaders – Nominations Extended to Jan. 29!

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) is proud to offer everyone who works in maternal and child health (MCH) a chance to recognize outstanding leaders and staff in MCH. During the 2021 AMCHP Annual Conference, on May 22-25, 2021, in New Orleans, LA., AMCHP will present awards to MCH leaders and honor excellence in the field. Nominations for the following awards will be accepted through Jan 29, 2021.

  • John C. MacQueen Lecture Award for innovation in the field of maternal and child health.
  • Excellence in State MCH Leadership Award for an outstanding state MCH professional whose career has made a significant contribution to the health of women, children, and families in his or her state.
  • Legislative Champions for Maternal and Child Health for efforts by Members of Congress and their staff to improve the health of mothers, children, and families, including children with special health care needs. Please note that only Legislative Committee members may submit nominations for this award. Please contact our policy team for more information.
  • Merle McPherson Leadership Award for exemplary contributions to further family/state professional collaboration between a state Title V Program and AMCHP.
  • Vince Hutchins Leadership Award for leadership in promoting a society responsive to the needs of women, youth, and families.
  • Emerging MCH Professional Award for outstanding state or local MCH professionals under age 45 whose work has made significant contributions to state MCH programs in promoting and protecting the health of women, children, and families in his or her state and/or region.
  • Ryan Colburn Scholarship Award for a youth-with-disabilities leader to attend the AMCHP Annual Conference, connect with family leaders, and continue to spread Ryan's message of hope.

For more information on the awards and nomination process, access the AMCHP Awards web page. The web page includes the nomination form (linked at the end of each award description). Please note that all awards use the same nomination form, but a separate form must be submitted per award.


Request for Applications Open for PRISM (Promoting Innovation in State & Territorial MCH Policymaking) Learning Community! DEADLINE EXTENDED to Jan. 27

AMCHP and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials are currently accepting applications for participation in Cohort Two of the PRISM Learning Community. The Promoting Innovation in State & Territorial MCH Policymaking (PRISM) Learning Community will provide technical assistance and capacity-building to support states in advancing policy solutions that address substance use and mental health disorders in women of reproductive age. State teams will participate in a virtual policy academy in Spring 2021 and benefit from technical assistance and ongoing virtual learning opportunities. Applications are due Wed., Jan 6, 2021. For more information, see the full RFA here.


AMCHP Webinar: COVID-19 & Building and Maintaining Support Networks in a Virtual Environment

AMCHP’s Family and Youth Leadership Committee will be hosting a forum for discussion, via webinar, for families on January 27, 2021 from 2 - 3 pm ET. The focus of the forum is COVID-19 & Building and Maintaining Support Networks in a Virtual Environment.


NOTE: We are hosting this exclusively for families exclusively as a safe space for them to share their stories, experiences, challenges, and needs. Based on that, we are not able to invite other participants.


If you are a family member and interested in joining us, please complete the brief registration here. The agenda and log in information will be sent to you prior to the webinar. Feel free to share this with other families in your network. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me directly:  


AMCHP/ HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau- 2021 Virtual Title V Partnership Meeting Series

This meeting series supports the Title V MCH Services Block Grant Program. Although we are not able to convene in person, we will come together virtually for four 90-minute sessions over four months to learn about topics of importance to your work to support the health of women, infants, children, and youth including those with special health care needs, and families. The sessions will address implementation of Title V programs in the context of COVID-19, the Guiding Principles of evidence-based, family and youth-engaged practice, equity, and social justice frameworks, and leveraging the new Blueprint for CYSHCN and the HHS Maternal Health Plan. Click here for detailed descriptions.


Who should attend

Title V MCH and CYSHCN directors should attend. Other state Title V staff including, but not limited to, family leaders, youth leaders, MCH epidemiologists, SSDI coordinators, Title V program staff, and adolescent health coordinators, are welcome to join.


Will you be recording these?

Yes, we will record the presentation portion of each session and make the recording available for those who have difficulty joining live.


Registration: Registration links and descriptions of each session are listed below and here

  • Session 1: Virtual Title V Partnership Meetings Kickoff: Title V Priorities for 2020-2025 (Jan. 28 at 3:00 PM ET) 

  • Session 2: Virtual Title V Partnership Meetings Session #2: COVID-19 and Title V (Feb. 18 at 3:00PM ET) 

  • Session 3: Virtual Title V Partnership Meetings Session #3: Implementing Title V with MCH guiding principles: Evidence-based, family and youth-engaged practice (Mar. 18 at 3:00 PM) 

  • Session 4: Virtual Title V Partnership Meetings Session #4: National Context for State Action Plans: Reviewing A Blueprint for Change: Guiding Principles for Advancing the System of Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) and Families, and HHS Maternal Health Plan (Apr. 15 at 3:00 PM ET) 

Need to Quickly Translate COVID-19 Public Communications into Other Languages? AMCHP Has You Covered.

Please complete this request form to submit requests to AMCHP for no-cost translations of COVID-19 health education and other public communication materials into languages other than English. Preferred materials are short (1 to 2 pages) and meet the immediate information needs of individuals and families currently being (or potentially could be) served by state/territorial MCH programs. Each request will be reviewed, and the primary contact will be notified of the request status within 1 to 2 business days of receipt. If the request is approved, translated materials will be delivered electronically within 3 to 4 business days of approval. The request form includes a list of available translation languages, space to upload the original document files, and questions about the dissemination and potential reach of translated materials. You must submit a separate form for each translation request. Please contact Dorianne Butler with any questions at  

*Due to high demand and limited funds, we are currently limited to one (1) request per jurisdiction. Please for now select the highest priority and we will notify you if/when we can accept additional requests.

Documents submitted for translation MUST meet the following criteria:

  • Meet the immediate information needs of individuals and families currently being (or potentially could be) served by state/territorial MCH programs. 
  • Be submitted by state/territory Title V MCH programs OR affiliated organizations (i.e., organizations that receive Title V funding)
  • Originate from either the state/territory Title V MCH program OR affiliated organizations.

AMCHP Mental Health Corner

Mental health is an important component to the well-being of women and children. To recognize its importance, we will use this space to highlight resources for MCH professionals to support their own mental health, as well as the mental health of those they serve. Read more about AMCHP’s organizational work on mental health and substance use here.

  • January 18th-22nd is GLSEN's No Name-Calling Week! Check out these resources on ending discrimination, harassment, and bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in K-12 schools and consider what you can do make sure all LGBTQ+ youth are #SafetoBe. 

  • AMCHP's #ScreentoIntervene Adolescent and Youth Adult Behavioral Health Blog highlights ways Title V MCH professionals can support optimal adolescent and young adult wellbeing across the county. In honor of No-Name Calling Week, check out this blog post on Strategies for Improving Emotional Well-Being Among LGBTQ Youth: Stories From the Field of MCH.

  • This resource from Mental Health America – LGBTQ+ Communities and Mental Health – explores the prevalence of mental health challenges in LGBTQ populations and barriers to treatment availability, including stigma and discrimination.

  • The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people under 25. Check out their repository of resources to support LGBTQ youth wellbeing here.

Interested in receiving more information on what’s happening related to mental health/substance use and MCH? Sign-up for the PRISM Digest, our monthly mental health/substance use newsletter, by emailing and check out the #AMCHPMentalHealth hashtag on Twitter to find relevant resources and information on mental health for MCH populations. Have questions or want to learn more? Contact the mental health team at

Board Corner 

Join the AMCHP Board of Directors – 2021 General Election

AMCHP is still accepting nominations for our Family Representative and Region IV positions. Please consider applying for one of these roles on our board of directors. AMCHP is accepting nominations through Jan 29, 2020 for these positions only, for elections to be held in early 2021. Please see our Call for Nominations page for additional information and eligibility requirements. Your help is needed to fill these important roles!


Legislation and Policy

AMCHP Releases MCH Priorities for Biden Administration

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs submitted to the incoming Biden Administration suggested priorities to improve maternal and child health. The brief includes suggested policy steps to improve the health of women, children, and families in the U.S. with an emphasis on eliminating health inequities. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Amy Haddad or Alyson Northrup.

National AMCHP Policy Calls 

AMCHP National MCH COVID-19 Townhall Series

Thanks to those of you who joined us on the 21st webinar in this series on January 21st. The link to the recording is available hereThe next call in this series is February 4th, 2021, 2:00-3:00 p.m., ET. Please use this link to register.  For follow-up materials and resources from previous calls, please be sure to check out AMCHP's COVID-19 page


Get Involved

NIDA and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® 

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism have officially opened registration for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW) 2021. The observance will take place March 22‒28, 2021.

While this school year has brought significant challenges, NDAFW is highly flexible, and groups can register virtual events, in-person events, or both! NIDA will offer activity and event suggestions to assist with your planning. Registration takes only a few minutes. We encourage you to register more than one event.


If your group is looking for activity ideas for youth, consider using NIDA’s Kahoot! games on substance use and brain development. Also, NIDA’s Drugs & Health Blog and associated Teacher’s Guide provide great content ideas and potential activities and discussion questions that can be used for NDAFW events.  

Publications and Resources

U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) & Health and Human Services (HHS) release Dietary Guidelines 

The U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) released the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025. The guidelines provide science-based recommendations designed to foster healthy dietary patterns for Americans of all ages – from birth through older adults. Importantly, this edition expands the guidance, for the first time including recommended healthy dietary patterns for infants and toddlers.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans is the nation’s trusted resource for evidence-based nutrition guidance. The guidelines are designed for use by healthcare professionals and policy makers for outreach to the general public and provide the nutritional foundation for federal nutrition programs. The dietary guidelines should not be considered clinical guidelines for the treatment of disease.

The four overarching guidelines, encourage Americans to “Make Every Bite Count” by:

  • Following a healthy dietary pattern at every life stage.
  • Customizing and enjoying nutrient-dense food and beverage choices to reflect personal preferences, cultural traditions, and budgetary considerations.
  • Focusing on meeting food group needs with nutrient-dense foods and beverages from five food groups – vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy and fortified soy alternatives, and proteins – and staying within calorie limits.
  • Limiting foods and beverages higher in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium, and limiting alcoholic beverages.

For consumers, USDA’s MyPlate translates and packages these principles of dietary guidance for Americans in a way that is handy and accessible. USDA offers the Start Simple with MyPlate campaign and a new MyPlate website to help individuals, families, and communities make healthy food choices that are easy, accessible, and affordable, in addition to helping prevent chronic disease. For more information, visit

New Resources from the Bright Futures National Center

The Bright Futures National Center (BFNC), based at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), continues to develop new resources to improve the delivery of pediatric preventive care in a variety of settings. Visit the website to access resources for states & communities, families, and pediatric health care professionals. The following resources have been recently released:


Promoting Mental Health

This new clinical implementation tip sheet reviews screening recommendations, summarizes age-specific anticipatory 

guidance, and provides additional resources to promote mental health from infancy to adolescence. The full clinical implementation tip sheet series provides practical advice and strategies to integrate Bright Futures approach, tools, and resources into clinical practice.


Promoting Early Hearing Detection and Intervention

The AAP Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) program partnered with the BFNC to create this new clinical implementation tip sheet. Focused on the birth to 6-month period of an infant’s life, this resource provides checklists and screening algorithms to ensure that 

screening, surveillance, referral, and intervention occurs at appropriate times for optimal development.


Bright Futures Presents: Resources, Strategies, and Experiences to Advance NPMs 11 & 12

The BFNC partnered with AMCHP to host a webinar featuring key resources, strategies, and real-world experiences to assist state Title V MCH program's efforts to advance National Performance Measures 11 (Medical Home) and 12 (Transition). Presenters included representatives from the BFNC, state Title V MCH programs, Got Transition, and the National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Med​ical Home. The recorded webinar and related materials are available on the Bright Futures website.

Introducing the Interactive Data Query Tool from The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) Data Resource Center (DRC) for Child and Adolescent Health

The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) congratulates state and territorial Title V programs on completing your five-year needs assessments and your most recent Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant reports/applications and reviews. We know how hard you work, and CAHMI’s Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health (DRC) is designed to help make your work life a little easier with tools like our Interactive Data Query. This powerful tool puts your state’s data on Title V National Performance Measures (NPMs) and National Outcome Measures (NOMs) right at your fingertips. This tool allows you to search NPM and NOM data as measured by the National Survey of Children’s Health, as well as other indicators of child health at the state, regional, and national level and across multiple years. Quick and easy access to these data will inform and enhance your ongoing needs assessment and program planning work. For example, with a few clicks using dropdown menus, you can compare rates of breastfeeding in your state among subgroups including race/ethnicity and household income level; or compare the overall health status among children in your state by age, type of health insurance, special health care needs status, or whether a child has a medical home. Watch a short video tutorial, or jump right in and start exploring the data.


American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Offers Course in Plans of Safe Care for Infants Exposed to Opioids

The AAP course, Plans of Safe Care for Infants Exposed to Opioids, educates pediatricians about best practices in caring for and supporting families affected by prenatal opioid exposure. Advancing the care coordination and patient- and family-centered pediatric medical home framework, the course supports pediatricians in implementing key recommendations outlined in the newly released clinical report, "Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome." The course discusses (1) trends and impact of opioid use disorder (OUD) during pregnancy; (2) practical approaches for addressing social attitudes towards pregnant and parenting women with OUD; and (3) discharge planning to support long-term treatment and recovery for the mother-infant dyad during the transition to community care. This course is free of charge, and it is eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and Maintenance of Certification Part 2 points. Register for the course here.


Innovation Station

New AMCHP Innovation Station Effective Practices Identified

AMCHP is excited to announce that 19 practices were recently accepted to the Innovation Station Database during our Fall 2020 Effective Practices Review! Stay tuned for more information about these practices that will be uploaded to our database in the coming months. Visit our website to learn more about AMCHP’s effective practices continuum and check out all practices in our database. The submission form for the next effective practices review will be released in May 2021. In the meantime, use our minimum criteria checklist to help determine where your practice falls on our practice continuum. Learn more about this opportunity by contacting

Be a Part of the Re-launch of AMCHP’s Replication Projects 

AMCHP is pleased to announce the official launch of our new round of Replication Projects! Do you have a priority or strategy in your State Action Plan that you aren’t sure how to operationalize? Consider participating in AMCHP’s newly redesigned Replication Projects! Every year, AMCHP offers awards for organizations and agencies to replicate evidence-based practices from our Innovation Station Database. Receive tailored technical assistance and support to either build your state’s capacity to implement an Innovation Station practice or begin adapting a practice to your state’s context. AMCHP’s Replication Projects are also an excellent opportunity to strengthen and develop partnerships with community organizations to address priority needs.


Want to Learn More About This Opportunity? 

  • Visit our new site for more information.
  • Listen to the recording from our informational webinar.


AMCHP Innovation Station Webinar on Preparing for Replication: Identifying Core Components

Please join AMCHP on February 4th from 3-4pm EST for a webinar which will focus on how to identify the core components of a practice to prepare for replication. This webinar will cover what core components are, how to identify them, and how to use them to determine how to modify/adapt a practice to your context. Note: This webinar is open to anyone interested in learning more about core components. 

You can register for this webinar by clicking here. For those unable to attend, the webinar will be recorded and posted on our website


SAVE THE DATE! 7th Annual Conference on Adolescent Health (Virtual Event) Will be Held on May 13–14

The Adolescent Health Initiative (AHI) remains committed to safety and accessibility as the top priorities of the 2021 Conference on Adolescent Health and is excited to announce a completely virtual event on May 13-14, 2021. Each year, the event hosts more than 400 attendees from nearly all 50 states and a growing international community. More than half of the sessions at the event are co-facilitated by youth, and the planning of the conference is guided by AHI's Teen Advisory Council.


The conference team is planning a virtual event that has robust opportunities for learning, engagement, and connection. AHI is excited to share updates as they move through the planning process. Participants can expect an interdisciplinary schedule of speakers, opportunities to obtain continuing education credits, exciting new sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities, and even a virtual networking session. Registration for the event will open on Feb 15, 2021. Feel free to reach out with any questions to



HRSA Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS): Health Integration Prenatal-to-Three Program

HRSA is accepting applications for FY 2021 for the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS): Health Integration Prenatal-to-Three Program. The purpose of this program is to build integrated maternal and early childhood systems of care that are equitable, sustainable, comprehensive, and inclusive of the health system, and that promote early developmental health and family well-being and increase family-centered access to care and engagement of the prenatal-to-3-year-old (P–3) population. ECCS efforts aim to increase statewide access to integrated, effective, culturally appropriate, evidence-based early developmental health and family well-being promotion, prevention, and early intervention practices and services during the prenatal and early childhood period.


The full posting is available at  

HRSA expects to award up to 20 ECCS: Health Integration Prenatal-to-Three awards for a five-year project period (8/1/2021—7/31/2026). CLOSING DATE: Mar 15, 2021. Click here to view the TA training webinar.

Please share with your networks and partners. Specific questions can be directed to Ekaterina Zoubak at


Health Resources and Services Administration Encourages State MCH/Title V Agencies and its Close Partners to Apply for Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Grants

Deadline: March 15, 2021

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for the fiscal year 2021 Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems: Health Integration Prenatal-to-Three (ECCS) Program. The purpose of this program is to build integrated maternal and early childhood systems of care that are equitable, sustainable, comprehensive, and inclusive of the health system, and that promote early developmental health and family well-being and increase family-centered access to care and engagement of the prenatal-to-3-year-old (P–3) population. The goals for the ECCS program are to:

  • Increase state-level infrastructure and capacity to develop and/or strengthen statewide maternal and early childhood systems of care.
  • Increase coordination and alignment between maternal and child health (MCH) and other statewide systems that impact young children and families to advance a common vision for early developmental health and family well-being.
  • Increase the capacity of health systems to deliver and effectively connect families to a continuum of services that promote early developmental health and family well-being, beginning prenatally.
  • Identify and implement policy and financing strategies that support the funding and sustainability of multigenerational, preventive services and systems for the prenatal through age 3 (P–3) population.
  • Increase state-level capacity to advance equitable and improved access to services for underserved P–3 populations.  

ECCS efforts aim to increase statewide access to integrated, effective, culturally appropriate, evidence-based early developmental health and family well-being promotion, prevention, and early intervention practices and services during the prenatal and early childhood period. Earlier family engagement in high-quality comprehensive services supports long-term family protective factors, reductions in risks to health and development, and improvements in indicators of health and well-being. HRSA expects to award up to 20 ECCS: Health Integration Prenatal-to-Three awards for a five-year project period from Aug. 1, 2021–July 31, 2026. To apply, click here. If you have questions, feel free to contact Ekaterina Zoubak at 


GLSEN No Name Calling Week- Jan. 18-22

National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Cervical Health Awareness Month

Human Trafficking Prevention Month