Dear AMCHP Members, Partners, and Supporters,
I have been struggling to process the events of the past week but felt it necessary to share a few of my thoughts (as raw as they might be). As a black male in this country, I am tired, angry, disappointed, but unfortunately not surprised. We are all flawed and as such, no matter how optimistic I try to be, I expect people to be people and I know that change takes time. I spend a lot of time on my knees in prayer for the protection of my people, the sustained and meaningful engagement of our allies, and for opened hearts and minds of those who are willingly or unintentionally contributing to the problem.
I don't know if I have much to add to what has already been said by others in my community or in leadership positions, but I will say that I am tired and angry. We've witnessed this time and again, we've had these conversations before, we've expressed this outrage before..and I am happy to keep dialoguing, but action must be present in all we do. We must understand the urgency. Until our country changes, people that look like me and my family will continue to die unnecessarily...and that is UNACCEPTABLE!
I am so thankful for each and every one of you and your commitment to this work. Although we (the collective) are angry and frustrated when we see undeniable reminders of where we are as a country with instances like the killing of George Floyd, we must not get discouraged. It will be because of people like us...like you, that things will change. We must continue to press on. "Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning."
To all of you on this email, I am so grateful for your support in this fight. As we work towards much-needed policy and system change, I also implore us to aggressively push for individual change as well. What we're seeing today will take re-programming as a country; it's a heart thing. It will take us seeing each other differently...TRULY. In that spirit, I urge you to challenge racism and personal bias wherever it exists. If you are at Thanksgiving and a relative/friend offers a comment that feels racially insensitive or makes a comment based on racial bias or assumption, we need you to challenge it and be willing to challenge yours
Given the position we're in and the responsibility we've been afforded as decision-makers, or to influence decision making, it is incumbent upon us to lead. A wise Jamaican grandmother once told me, "that you are judged by the company you keep." Those words have stuck with me. If our system is one that is racist and discriminating, we will be judged by what we did when presented with the opportunity to change.
While I don't condone violence or the destruction of property, I feel the pain and frustration of a people whose voices have gone unheard and who have long waited for justice that has been ever-evasive; people who understand that inaction or delay could mean the lives of someone they love. I pray for the safety of all involved in these protests.
Thank you for all you do, your concern and attention to this issue and for your consistent desire to bring about real change. I consider you all brothers and sisters in this fight.
To my fellow brothers and sisters of color, we are a strong and proud people with a rich history. We are standing on the shoulders of the giants who have paved the roads for us to be where we are today. We will continue to fight for those that will come behind us. That is who we are. That is what we do.
We need you...all of you, if we are going to bring about much-needed change.
I pray for our country. We have to do more. We expect better. People's lives are literally at stake.
We must press on!
Jonathan Webb, MBA, MPH
Chief Executive Officer
Youth Reinforcing the Importance of Physical Distancing
When the stay-at-home order started in Minnesota, many people noticed that the physical distancing messages were not reaching everyone, especially youth. The Youth Coordinating Board (YCB), Minneapolis Youth Congress, Minneapolis Health Department, City of Minneapolis, and school-based Clinics collaborated to disseminate more information to youth. Together, they created a video series answering important questions about COVID-19 in short bursts. These videos are available on the YCB's YouTube page:
Opportunities for Health Insurance Coverage During COVID-19 Pandemic
Eleven states and the District of Columbia opened a special enrollment period for their state-based marketplace, which allows individuals without insurance to sign up for health care coverage during this pandemic. Health insurance is also available through the Marketplace (http://healthcare.gov) to people who lose job-based coverage. Both the state-based and federal Marketplaces will evaluate individuals and their families to determine whether they are eligible for Medicaid. As a result of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, states may not disenroll anyone, including pregnant and postpartum women who were enrolled in Medicaid as of March 18, 2020, or anyone newly enrolled during the public health emergency.
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 (www.amchp.org/covid-19) for your convenience. The site will be updated regularly as new resources become available.
Resources Regarding Separation of Mothers and Newborns
Through AMCHP’s partnership with the Maternal Health Learning & Innovation Center, we are pleased to share with you this list of resources on issues regarding the separation of newborns from mothers with COVID-19 as well as related resources on considerations for pregnant women.
American Academy of Pediatricians
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Every Mother Counts
Harvard Medical School: Trends in Medicine
March of Dimes
National Academy for State Health Policy —State Examples
New York Department of Health
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health
New from AMCHP
Interest Survey: To Recruit for Discovery Team to Formulate a New Committee Focused on Youth-Engaged Work
As part of our commitment to support and model youth-engaged work, AMCHP will establish a new committee led by youth and young adult leaders to be included in its Board of Directors infrastructure. We are looking for a few interested youth and adult champions willing to assist and offer insight on the process to formulate this committee, including establishing a charter and bylaws. Please complete the brief interest survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/amchpyouthcommittee. Feel free to share with youth groups that currently work with your MCH programs and initiatives.
AMCHP Response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ RFI on Rural Maternal and Infant Health
AMCHP responded to the CMS’ RFI on rural maternal and infant health by identifying barriers, opportunities for improvement, successful initiatives, & ways HHS/CMS can support. See our full response here.
Legislation and Policy
Bipartisan Members of Congress Call for Greater Title V Support in Wake of COVID-19
Led by Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), 82 bipartisan members of Congress sent a letter to House of Representatives leadership urging them to include increased funding for the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant in the next COVID-19 relief package. Recognizing the unique impact that the current pandemic has on MCH populations and the critical role Title V has in addressing the impact, now and into the future, the Representatives acknowledged that the MCH Block Grant’s flexibility makes it an easily deployable source of support for states to meet locally identified needs and foster positive MCH health outcomes. You can read the letter here. We at AMCHP encourage you to thank your Member of Congress if they signed the letter!
National AMCHP Policy Calls
AMCHP National MCH COVID-19 Townhall Series
Thanks to those of you who joined us on the 5th webinar in this series on May 28th. The link to the recording is available here. The next call in this series is June 11th, 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.
This series will continue to provide an opportunity for our members to hear about the current state-of-play related to COVID-19 and national policy as well as other pressing policy updates, as needed. We will be joined by leaders from HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. AMCHP (and our federal agency partners) are very interested in talking with you to share information to assist in your planning around COVID-19, as well as to hear about your evolving needs and/or stories from the field.
Partnership for Male Youth – Call for Submissions for Mental Health Writing Fellows Program
The Partnership for Male Youth is pleased to announce its Young Male Mental Health Writing Fellows Program. Under a competitive system, selected Fellows ages 18 to 25 will create a collection of stories, drawing on personal experiences, news, and culture that will amplify their voices and perspectives on young adult male mental health. The collection will be posted online on an interactive text and video platform, designed to encourage other young males to respond to the stories.
Statistically, young men have been reluctant to speak out about their battles with mental health. This program aims to open dialogue among male youth themselves about how they can safeguard their mental health. A secondary objective is to educate the public about the mental health challenges young males face.
Participants can submit an already completed essay or submit a pitch. We can also provide a brief instructional guide on how to put together a personal essay. Grants for up to $500 will be awarded for the best submissions For more information, click here.
Making Connections: The Critical Role of Family-Centered Care in Addressing Social Determinants of Health for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN): Webinar Series
National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home, Bright Futures National Center, and the Screening Technical Assistance and Resources Center
June 18, 2020, and June 23, 2020, 12-1 p.m., ET
The National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home (NRC-PFCMH), in partnership with Bright Futures National Center and the Screening Technical Assistance and Resource (STAR) Center, is hosting this two-part educational webinar series. The goal of the series is to provide state Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) / CYSHCN programs, pediatricians, families, and other stakeholders with information about the impact of social determinants of health (SDoH) on CYSHCN and their families, including implementation strategies for state programs. The series will discuss the role of these groups and state systems in addressing SDoH for CYSHCN by using components of the medical home model. View more information about the series here. Register for the June 18 webinar here, and register for the June 23 webinar, here.
Center of Excellence for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) and Children’s Equity Project: Webinar Series- April 30–July 30, 2020
Equity in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Webinar Series
This webinar series aims to promote equity through IECMHC by building awareness of the impact of institutional racism and other forms of bias that affect the experiences of children and families from disadvantaged communities. The series identifies policies that support more equitable systems and strengthens culturally responsive IECMHC practices that reduce disparities and improve child outcomes.
The series will consist of two remaining 90-minute webinars, as follows:
- Culture, Identity, and History as Sources of Strength and Resilience for African American Children and Families
June 25, 2020, 12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m., ET | Register here
- Culture, Identity, and History as Sources of Strength and Resilience for Latino Children and Families
July 30, 2020, 12:30 p.m.- 2:00 p.m., ET | Register here
Space is limited. Register today!
Publications and Resources
New Case Studies Highlight Use of the National Standards for Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) for Care Coordination and Family Leadership
The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, in partnership with the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) and with support from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, has released two new implementation resources to be used with the National Standards for Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs .
The National Standards set the core components for the structures and processes of effective systems of care for the approximately 20 percent of U.S. children up to age 18 who have a chronic and/or complex health care need. Creating a comprehensive, high-quality system of care for these children has been one of the most challenging areas for state health leaders and other stakeholders, such as state Title V CYSHCN programs, health plans, private insurers, state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program agencies, pediatricians and family physicians, and families.
Rhode Island’s Title V Program shared how they used the National Standards to improve care coordination. In Iowa, the Title V program used the National Standards to build family leadership and partnership. To learn more about the work Rhode Island and Iowa have done, click here.
New Data Source: Young Adult Emotional Well-Being During COVID-19
The latest post in the #ScreenToInteveneForAYAs (Adolescents and Young Adults) blog highlights a new data source from the U.S. Census Bureau that includes items to gauge the state of emotional well-being among adults living in the U.S during the pandemic. Read the post to learn: (1) how self-reported emotional well-being of young adults (18 to 29 years old) compares to all adults surveyed and (2) to find resources on centering young adults in your response efforts. Sign up here to receive updates from the #ScreenToInterveneForAYAs blog. To write a guest blog post or if you have any questions, contact Anna Corona.
On Your Behalf
AMCHP #SexEdForAll# Twitter Chat Question, Responses, and Discussion Points Available for Viewing
AMCHP was enthusiastic to host a #SexEdForAll Twitter chat on May 27. Thank you to our co-host, the State Adolescent Health Resource Center, and to all individuals and organizations who participated in the chat. If you would like to see the chat questions, responses, and discussion, click here. We look forward to continuing this important conversation throughout the year. Follow AMCHP’s Child & Adolescent Health team on Twitter @AMCHP_GrowingUp.
The Society of Family Planning Research Fund provides grants for research on abortion and contraception. Funding opportunities aim to advance the following two strategies in their strategic plan:
To build and support an inclusive, multidisciplinary, diverse, and well-connected community of scholars and partners who have a shared focus on the science and clinical care of family planning
To support and advocate for the production of research that will have an impact.
The grant opportunities are as follows:
Society of Family Planning Research Fund
Deadline: June 17, 2020
This grant will provide dedicated support to researchers of color. Awardees will receive 20 percent protected time, funds for a career development activity, stipends for two mentors, participation in the Changemakers cohort, Society of Family Planning membership dues for two years, full accommodations to attend the 2020 and 2021 Society of Family Planning Annual Meeting, and attendance at a private networking event at the annual meeting.
Deadline: June 17, 2020
This grant will support trainees as they establish a family planning research portfolio. Awardees will receive funds for a research project, funds to publish one open-access publication, participation in the Emerging Scholars cohort, Society of Family Planning membership dues for the year of the award, full accommodations to attend the 2020 and 2021 Society of Family Planning Annual Meeting, attendance at a private networking event at the annual meeting, and a stipend for an Society of Family FP-matched mentor.
Center for Disease Control
Firearm Injury Surveillance Through Emergency Rooms
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Violence Prevention
Deadline: July 8, 2020
This grant is expected to fund seven recipients to improve the timeliness of surveillance of emergency department (ED) visits for nonfatal firearm injuries. Timely state- and local-level data on ED visits for nonfatal firearm injuries are now limited. The collection of near-real-time data on ED visits for nonfatal firearm injuries overall and by intent (intentional self-directed, unintentional, and assault-related) at the state- and local-level could improve state and local practitioners’ ability to identify and respond to emerging public health problems.
The goal of this funding opportunity is for recipients to improve the timeliness of surveillance of ED visits for nonfatal firearm injuries. Collaboration will include sharing data to improve syndrome definitions, data collection methods, analysis of surveillance data, and presentation and dissemination of findings. This funding opportunity will serve as a pilot to demonstrate the feasibility of monitoring nonfatal firearm injuries using syndromic surveillance data. It will result in tools and methods that state and local health departments across the nation can use to rapidly track and respond to firearm injuries. For more information about the CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention or to speak with one of our staff, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month
Men’s Health Month
National Safety Month
National HIV Testing Day
National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day (June 27)