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 June 18, 2020

COVID-19 Resources

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

CDC Interim Guidance for Immunization Providers: Safe Vaccine Administration during COVID-19 Pandemic

CDC has issued “Interim Guidance for Immunization Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic” to help immunization providers, in a variety of clinical settings, plan for the safe vaccine administration during the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance will be updated as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. Highlights include: 

  • Considerations for routine vaccination of all recommended vaccinations for children, adolescents, and adults, including pregnant women
  • General practices for the safe delivery of vaccination services, including considerations for alternative vaccination sites
  • Strategies for catch-up vaccinations

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 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

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“The Other ‘M” in MCH” Twitter Chat in Honor of Men’s Health Month — Learn More about the Important, Yet Overlooked, Roles Men Play in Maternal and Child Health

Mark your calendars for June 30 from 1-2 p.m., ET! AMCHP is excited to host a Twitter chat to close out Men’s Health Month. The chat questions will be released soon and shared via social media and on the AMCHP website. “The Other ‘M” in MCH” chat will focus on male involvement in maternal and child health (MCH). The chat will be a forum to discuss the often overlooked, but important roles males play in MCH. Questions will center around how we can better engage and include males, especially men with marginalized identities. The chat also will examine how MCH can promote positive health narratives about boys and men. RSVP for the Twitter chat here. Please contact Maura Leahy ( if you have any questions.

Power to Decide “Advancing Contraceptive Access” Toolkit Webinar on June 29, 2020

Please join Power to Decide and their partners, the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and R Street Institute (R Street), for a webinar on Power to Decide's new Advancing Contraceptive Access Toolkit. This digital toolkit focuses on state-level policy change to support contraceptive access, and currently focuses on three policy options: pharmacist prescribing of contraception, coverage for an extended supply of contraception, and protecting contraceptive coverage. The toolkit, which will continue to be updated and expanded, provides a variety of materials for elected officials, public health officials, and advocates. During the webinar, panelists from Power to Decide will walk attendees through the digital toolkit to introduce them to the various resources contained inside. Panelists from AMCHP and R Street will share how expanding contraceptive access at the state level aligns with each of their organization's focus and how the tools and resources could be used by their members/network. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. Register here.

National AMCHP Policy Calls 

AMCHP National MCH COVID-19 Townhall Series

Thanks to those of you who joined us on the 6th webinar in this series on June 11th. The link to the recording is available hereThe next call in this series is June 25th, 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 the Health Resources and Services Administration'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.

Get Involved

Health Resources and Services Administration is Soliciting Public Comments for the Federal Register Notice for the Revised Title V MCH Services Block Grant to States Program Application/Annual Report Guidance and Forms

The Office of Management and Budget has completed the clearance process for an update of the current Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant Application/Annual Report Guidance. (The current one expires on Dec 31, 2020.) The Federal Register Notice published on June 15, 2020, announced the Agency’s plans to submit an Information Collection Request to the OMB for the revised Title V MCH Services Block Grant to States Program Application/Annual Report Guidance and Forms. Please view the published Federal Register Notice here.  

Please submit your comments to, or mail them in hard copy form to:

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Information Collection Clearance Officer
Room 14N136B
5600 Fishers Lane

Rockville, MD 20857

All comments must be received by August 14, 2020. If you would like additional project information or a copy of the proposed data collection plan and draft reporting instruments, contact the HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer at or 301-443-1984.

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. The submission deadline is August 15, 2020.


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: 

  • 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!

Supporting Families During COVID-19 and Emergencies

Alimentación Segura Infantil and HealthConnectOne

June 25, 2020 (in English), and June 26, 2020 (in Spanish), 1-2 p.m., ET

Led by Alimentación Segura Infantil (ASI) in Puerto Rico, these webinars are designed to help birthing families navigate these challenging times through a grassroots peer-to-peer approach. ASI is a nonprofit organization that focuses on obtaining food security for infants and young children and addressing the systemic barriers that affect equitable access before, during, and after emergency situations. The organization trains community members to become specialists in lactation and infant feeding during emergencies and times of stability. The webinar topics include:

  • Importance of continuity of support from trusted peers in the community during pandemics and other emergencies
  • Importance of community-rooted support for birthing parents and lactating parents
  • Impact of COVID-19 and emergency situations on lactation and birthing families 
  • Inspiration for and by leaders of color and Latinx

Register for the June 25 webinar (in English) here. Register for the June 26 (in Spanish) webinar hereSpace is limited; register today!


Join the National Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Center for a Summer Seminar Series Each Wednesday in July!

Maternal and Child Health Graduate Education Programs to Educate the Next Generation of MCH Leaders 

ParticipantsThe Summer Seminar Series is open to students enrolled in any of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau-funded Graduate Education Programs to Educate the Next Generation of MCH Leaders: 

  • Centers of Excellence 
  • Public Health Catalyst
  • Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) 
  • Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAD)
  • Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics 
  • MCH Nutrition
  • Pediatric Pulmonary Centers 

The webinars are also open to MCH professionals interested in lifelong learning!

Dates/Times and TopicsExperts from the National MCH Workforce Development Center will discuss core topics critical to increasing workforce capacity for MCH professionals. Participants will learn how to navigate an increasingly complex health landscape. 

In each of summer seminar series webinars, experts will introduce the core areas of MCH Workforce Development Center focus, teach a tool to aid thinking and skill-building in this area, and share how the topic and tool have been used with state Title V MCH programs. Topics are as follows for each webinar:

  • Change Management, July 8, 2:00 p.m., ET, register here  
  • Systems Integration, July 15, 2:00 p.m., ET, register here
  • Evidence-Based Decision Making, July 22, 2:00 p.m., ET, register here

For more information, contact

Publications and Resources 

MotherToBaby Blog: “Pregnancy and Protests: Tear Gas, Pepper Spray, and Other Worries

As protests continue to affect cities and towns from coast to coast, MotherToBaby teratogen information specialists have started receiving questions about exposures during pregnancy related to protesting. In response, our latest Baby Blog addresses these common concerns. This Pregnancy and Protests blog was written by Chris Stallman, a certified genetic counselor at our MotherToBaby Arizona affiliate. Click here for the English version, and here for the Spanish version. 

Green Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) Recently Released Healthy Homes Month Communications Kit  

June is National Healthy Homes Month! Organized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Healthy Homes Month is an opportunity for individuals, organizations, industry, and government to come together to promote safe and healthy homes.


This year's theme is "Healthy Housing for All." GHHI aims to raise awareness about the importance of healthy home practices; improve understanding of healthy homes topics, resources, and interventions; and elevate the work of GHHI’s partners nationwide.


To get the word out, GHHI will be sharing information across its website and social media platforms throughout the month. View the Healthy Homes Month Communications Kitwhich has draft content and graphics to use in newsletters, on your website, or across social media. Feel free to share these resources widely throughout your networks to promote #HealthyHomes4All.


To join the conversation online, use #HealthyHousing4All across your social media platforms to help others in your network connect with GHHI posts and those of other healthy housing advocates. 


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.

Innovation Station

AMCHP and the National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home Will Unveil a New Implementation Toolkit on June 19th to Help Title V Agencies Meet National Performance Measure 11 on Medical Homes

The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), in partnership with the National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home, will release a new implementation toolkit to help Title V agencies meet National Performance Measure (NPM) 11, focused on medical homes.

The NPM 11 toolkit is part of a series of toolkits that provide evidence-based and evidence-informed practices, publications, and other resources geared toward each NPM. The information within the toolkits can be implemented at the state, territory, and community levels. Toolkits include implementation-focused resources and guidance from AMCHP, including AMCHP’s Innovation Station, with contributions from Title V agencies and other partners in maternal and child health (MCH).

Twelve toolkits have already been published on the following topics: 

  • Well-woman visit (NPM 1)
  • Perinatal regionalization (NPM 3)
  • Breastfeeding (NPM 4)
  • Safe sleep (NPM 5)
  • Developmental screening (NPM 6)
  • Physical activity (NPM 8)
  • Bullying (NPM 9)
  • Adolescent well-visit (NPM 10)
  • Transition (NPM 12)
  • Preventive dental visit (NPM 13)
  • Adequate insurance (NPM 15). 
  • Injury hospitalization (NPM 7) 

To access the toolkits, click on AMCHP’s Implementation Toolkits pageWe hope these toolkits will encourage Title V programs to learn from one another and share their strategies and resources to improve MCH practice across the country.


Division Chief, Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MCAH), California Department of Health

The Division Chief has a major leadership role in California with regards to strategic planning, implementation, and oversight of public health approaches to improve maternal, child, and adolescent health in the state, using a life course theory approach to promote resiliency and reduce health disparities for this population. The Division Chief manages and provides oversight and policy direction of the Division of MCAH in the Center for Family Health. This individual serves as California’s Title V MCAH Director and provides direction to the programs and projects related to the Title V Grant program. In addition, the Division Chief integrates the goals of the California Home Visiting Program as well as other federal- and state-funded activities that serve families in California. He or she also ensures that data related to MCAH population indicators are reported accurately, that the Maternal Infant Health Assessment (MIHA) remains highly reliable and relevant, and that all programs have necessary evaluation and performance measures to ensure their effectiveness. To learn more about this position and how to apply, click here.


Firearm Injury Surveillance Through Emergency Rooms

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 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

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (RCORP-NAS)

Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy 

Deadline: July 20, 2020

HRSA will award approximately 30 grants to rural consortia to reduce the incidence and impact of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).

Successful RCORP-NAS award recipients will receive up to $500,000 over a three-year period of performance to conduct a combination of prevention, treatment, and recovery activities designed to improve systems of care, family supports, and social determinants of health. The focus of these grants is primarily opioid use disorder (OUD); however, applicants may also choose to address additional substances of concern or substance use disorders (SUDs) among the target population. The target population is pregnant women, mothers, and women of childbearing age who have a history of, or who are at risk for, SUD/OUD, and their children, families, and caregivers who reside in rural areas. View the funding opportunity on

An informational webinar will be held on Tuesday, June 23 at 2:00 p.m., ET for interested applicants. Please refer to page ii on the notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) for the dial-in and webinar playback information. For questions related to the NOFO, contact To learn more about how HRSA is addressing the opioid epidemic, visit

Community Collaborations to Study COVID-19 Testing Disparities

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities 

Deadline: August 7, 2020

Through its Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics for Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) initiative, the National Institutes of Health aims to understand the factors that lead to COVID-19–related health disparities, in order to implement effective interventions. As part of this initiative, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) is supporting two-year community-engaged testing research projects. These projects will examine SARS-CoV-2 infection patterns and efforts to increase access and effectiveness of testing among underserved populations.

This testing research project funding opportunity will supplement relevant active research grants and cooperative agreements with community collaborations or partnerships to support COVID-19 testing among underserved and/or vulnerable populations.

NIMHD encourages investigators to participate in this important public health activity and welcomes inquiries about this funding opportunity. Review the funding opportunity announcement for more information on eligibility and application submissions.

Request for Proposals for Second Cohort of “Safer Childbirth Cities” Supporting Locally Created Solutions to Improve Maternal Health and Reduce Disparities During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

Merk for Mothers 

Deadline: August 24, 2020

This initiative aims to support community-based organizations in U.S. cities with a high burden of maternal mortality and morbidity. This initiative implements evidence-based interventions and innovative approaches to help these places become safer – and more equitable – places to give birth. In 2020, the initiative aims to expand to new geographical areas. This second cohort of grantees aims to improve maternal health outcomes and promote health equity in their communities. The goal is to catalyze solutions that will have the greatest impact on vulnerable populations in maternal health. To learn more about Safer Childbirth Cities and the application process and eligibility criteria, click here.


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)