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 July 2, 2020

We’re all in.


AMCHP’s mission is to lead and support programs nationally to protect and promote the optimal health of women, children, youth, families, and communities. We cannot fully achieve this goal unless we acknowledge that racism is a public health crisis and directly impacts the health outcomes of our communities and those we serve. The physical and mental health of the Black community and other communities of color related to intergenerational and chronic stress caused by individual and systemic racism is well documented. Given the recent events and collective outrage around the murder of George Floyd and others, we are reminded of how urgent this issue is for us as a country. AMCHP is committed to rolling up our sleeves with you to ensure that we are actively working to dismantle racism and bring about real change; change that we can be proud of when our work is referenced in history.

We, in AMCHP, are focused on health equity and must infuse this in all that we do. Although we’ve made progress, there is much more to be done. We will continue to:

  • Value lived experience by engaging with, listening to, and partnering with impacted communities
  • Be truthful about our history and acknowledge the role that we have played in directly or unintentionally enabling and/or supporting systems of inequity
  • Be comfortable with the “un-comfortability” of having difficult conversations that challenge our thinking and stretch us in our approach to dismantling inequitable systems
  • Be bold, brave, and courageous as we lead in this work
  • Hold ourselves and those around us accountable as we work, and sometimes stumble, toward progress

We believe that an important part of the process of reconciliation and improvement requires a close examination of self, an admission of ignorance or error and acknowledging past actions so that we are not destined to repeat them. In that spirit, we acknowledge and regret that we have not achieved our own standards and have not always been an ally to people of color. For example, we recognize that we have used language that characterizes a racial group as “at-risk”, and “vulnerable”, as if the race of a person is the pre-determining factor, as opposed to racism. We have contributed to the invisibility of Indigenous populations of women, their children and youth, their tribes, their birth caregivers, and their histories by existing as an organization for decades and having few longstanding, historical relationships with Indigenous people or organizations. Our membership structure and events, including our annual conference, are not easily accessible for all community-based organizations and has not appropriately prioritized the engagement of their wisdom. We have convened meetings without always thinking intentionally about the racial diversity around the table. These actions and inactions create pain and trauma for communities and have contributed to the problem. For this, we are deeply sorry. We willingly share our truths to provide clarity about our failures and to illuminate how we intend to improve and challenge those around us to do the same.


We are eager to embrace this moment in our country’s history to continue to advance meaningful policy and legislation, as well as impact the hearts and minds of individuals. We are incredibly hopeful about the movement that continues to build around equity as a growing number of people, leaders, and decision-makers are engaging and searching for ways to be a part of the change. Ending centuries of racism will require a commitment of will and a priority of resources on many levels to make the changes we seek.


We’ve seen examples of how MCH leaders are providing direction during these times by advancing policies that dismantle racism and support the inclusion of people with lived experience; examples of co-creating change with Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other communities of color. MCH leaders are beginning by looking within and supporting efforts like racial equity and implicit bias education; sharing best practices around effective community partnership and engagement; continuing to expand knowledge on the history of racism and its impact on health and well-being through reading circles and community conversations; working to assure equitable funding opportunities and distribution processes; and expanding the community of anti-racists, allies on racial disparity, and inequity. As an organization, we have strived to support these collective efforts in addition to bringing forth personal and impactful stories to further educate, drive action, and inform advocacy. However, more can be done.


Our call to action is simple. We invite all of our members, partners, and supporters to “Be all in” for dismantling racism and:

  • Establish honest conversations on racism in your spheres of influence and challenge racial and implicit bias wherever it exists
  • Educate yourselves, your staff and organization members on the implicit bias and the history of racism in our communities and country
  • Examine current and new policies to determine its impact on equity and actively advocate against any policy or program that perpetuates inequity and racial disadvantage
  • Promote life course theory to understand accumulated disadvantage and advantage and encourage efforts that support resilience and restore power to communities of color
  • Engage and partner, with humility and truth, with impacted communities and local organizations to understand their strengths and the impact of past acts of racism
  • Ensure funding/contractual awards, related financial processes, and decision-making are aligned with business practices that optimize inclusion, accessibility, operational transparency, accessibility, and technical/advisory supports for fair and equitable access to resources  

Now is the time. We stand with those who are committed to bringing an end to structural racism. We stand for and with those who have been negatively impacted by this system and we proudly stand with you as we work to ensure optimal health for all women, children, youth, families, and communities. We are in this together. We are all in.


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 (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

AMCHP Joins Ariadne Labs in Supporting the Safer Childbirth Cities Initiative

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) has announced the development and implementation of a Community of Practice in support of the Safer Childbirth Cities initiative, funded by Merck for Mothers and RHIA Ventures.


Safer Childbirth Cities was launched in 2018 by Merck for Mothers, Merck’s $500 million global initiative to help end preventable maternal deaths. Focused on cities across the U.S. with a high burden of maternal mortality and morbidity, Safer Childbirth Cities supports community-based organizations to implement evidence-based interventions and innovative approaches that are tailored to the needs of pregnant women to foster local solutions that help cities become safer – and more equitable – places to give birth. Read the entire release here.


AMCHP and Partners Release New Medicaid Postpartum Toolkit

AMCHP, along with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, March of Dimes, and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, partnered with Manatt Health to develop a suite of resources geared toward both federal and state lawmakers that make the case for extending postpartum coverage. The documents use the latest data to describe the dire state of maternal health in the United States, outline the current coverage landscape for women in expansion and non-expansion states, and highlight key policy considerations for extension efforts.


Minority Mental Health Month #MHEquityHour Twitter Chatmhequityhour.jpg

Join AMCHP and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials for a Twitter chat on July 16, 1:00-2:00 p.m., ET, to commemorate Minority Mental Health Month and discuss the challenges and opportunities to achieving an equitable mental health care system for minority women and children. Let us know if you plan to participate and to receive the questions ahead of the event: https://bit.ly/mhequity

            

Legislation and Policy 

House Passes ACA Enhancement Act

On June 29, the House of Representatives passed H.R.1425, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act, which aims to lower health care costs and make other improvements to the Affordable Care Act. Although this legislation is almost certainly dead on arrival to the Senate, it is noteworthy that the law includes a provision to provide a mandatory 12 months of continuous postpartum coverage under Medicaid. AMCHP is continuing other efforts to keep this and/or similar provisions in proposed legislation. We are striving to ensure that postpartum Medicaid coverage is a priority during the current Congressional session.


Appropriations Outlook

The House Appropriations Committee is slated to begin marking up its FY2021 bills during the week of July 6, while the Senate Appropriations Committee postponed reviewing FY21 bills that had previously been scheduled in June. A continuing resolution looks to be the most likely path forward on FY21 appropriations bills, though AMCHP will keep our members apprised as details on proposed funding levels for our priority programs are released. 


Board Corner 

Open Call for Nominations – Seeking Director-at-Large 

We are currently seeking nominations to fill a Director-at-Large vacancy on the AMCHP Board of Directors. Filling the position requires a special election of the Board, and only current, active (paid) delegates are eligible for this position. The Director-at-Large is an interim position; the selected candidate will serve a less than two-year term, effective immediately. The term will conclude with the 2022 AMCHP Annual Conference. Because this is an interim appointment, the successful candidate will be eligible to run for re-election for up to two additional terms of office if he or she chooses to do so.


To submit a self-nomination for this position, please complete the candidate questionnaire and email it to Nikeisha Ogletree, Associate Director, Human Resources and Administration, nogletree@amchp.org no later than Friday, July 17, 2020. The AMCHP Governance Committee will conduct telephone interviews with candidates on a rolling basis once they receive the full nomination package. The AMCHP Board of Directors will vote on the interim appointment by late July 2020.


National AMCHP Policy Calls 

AMCHP National MCH COVID-19 Townhall Series

Thanks to those of you who joined us on the 7th webinar in this series on June 25th. The link to the recording is available hereThe next call in this series is July 9th, 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.

 

Get Involved

Your Feedback is Needed: Help Inform Planning for the 2021 Annual Conference on Adolescent Health

The Adolescent Health Initiative (AHI) is currently seeking feedback to inform the development of the 2021 Annual Conference on Adolescent Health. Fill out the 5-minute survey here. All interested survey responders will be entered to receive a complimentary conference registration. 

 

The AHI team is working to understand how to best facilitate an accessible event to the multidisciplinary adolescent health community. The feedback received will inform the decision-making process in determining the format and delivery of the upcoming conference, to be held on May 13-14, 2021. 


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 paperwork@hrsa.gov, 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 paperwork@hrsa.gov 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 hereThe submission deadline is August 15, 2020.


Webinars

Community Science: Culture Matters - Creating Culturally Responsive EBPs

Community Science will host a webinar on developing and using evidence-based programs (EBPs) with racially/ethnically diverse populations, including potential challenges when making cultural adaptations. The webinar will feature a Latino youth-serving organization’s experience using EBPs. The webinar will be held on July 8, 2020 at 12:45 pm ET. For more information, click here

 

Hispanic Center: Reimagining Service Delivery for Hispanic Families During COVID-19

The National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families (Hispanic Center) will host a webinar on adapting service delivery and maintaining engagement in programs and services for Hispanic families during COVID-19. The webinar will feature a panel of representatives from family support organizations serving low-income Hispanic families. The webinar will be held on July 9, 2020 at 2 pm ET. For more informationclick 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 one additional 90-minute webinar: 

  • 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!

  

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 

Participants - The 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 Topics - Experts 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 rebecca_greenleaf@unc.edu.


COMING IN THE FALL: Virtual Webinar on Practicing Adolescent-Centered Trauma-Informed Care in a Clinical Setting

Adolescent Health Initiative (AHI)

AHI is pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Connection Session, "Practicing Adolescent-Centered Trauma-Informed Care in a Clinical Setting," which will be completely virtual this fall! 


The 2020 Connection Session is designed for health care professionals who serve adolescents, including physicians, nurses, social workers, health center managers, and other youth-serving community professionals. This interactive event is funded in part through support from the Office of Continuing Medical Education and Lifelong Learning at Michigan Medicine (University of Michigan). Date will be announced soon, followed by registration!

 

Publications and Resources 

Strategies for Improving Emotional Well-Being Among LGBTQ Youth: Stories From the Field of MCH

The latest post in the #ScreenToInteveneForAYAs (Adolescents and Young Adults) blog highlights the efforts of several state MCH programs to improve the emotional well-being of LGBTQ youth in their settings and shares several resources for MCH programs and their partners, including a model school policy for suicide prevention. 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.


Lamaze International White Papers: Lamaze Childbirth Outcomes: A Key Strategy to Improve U.S. Maternal & Childbirth Outcomes and Shared Decision-Making: Evidence-Based Childbirth Educations

Lamaze International recently released white papers on Lamaze Childbirth Outcomes: A Key Strategy to Improve U.S. Maternal & Childbirth Outcomes and Shared Decision-Making: Evidence-Based Childbirth Educations: An Essential Step in Shared Decision-Making for Maternity Care.

 

New Issue Brief: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for Pregnant and Postpartum Women: Opportunities for State Maternal and Child Health Programs

This National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD)-AMCHP issue brief explores SBIRT as an effective intervention for pregnant and postpartum women. This brief provides tips for SBIRT implementation and discusses each component of SBIRT, staff training, billing and reimbursement, and mandatory reporting considerations. MCH leaders and their partners will gain insight from three innovative state examples of SBIRT programs focused on pregnant and postpartum women. 


Innovation Station

AMCHP Unveils a New Implementation Toolkit to Help Title V Agencies Meet National Performance Measure 14 on Smoking in Pregnancy and Household Smoking 

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) released a new implementation toolkit to help Title V agencies meet National Performance Measure (NPM) 14, focused on smoking during pregnancy and household smoking. 


The NPM 14 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). 


Thirteen 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)
  • Injury hospitalization (NPM 7)
  • Physical activity (NPM 8)
  • Bullying (NPM 9)
  • Adolescent well-visit (NPM 10)
  • Transition (NPM 12)
  • Preventive dental visit (NPM 13)
  • Adequate insurance (NPM 15)
  • Medical homes (NPM 11), which was released most recently.

To access the toolkits, click on AMCHP’s Implementation Toolkits page

We 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.

 

On Your Behalf

AMCHP was excited to host a Twitter chat on Tuesday, June 30, on “The Other ‘M’ in MCH” as a forum for discussion on male involvement and engagement in maternal and child health. Thank you to our co-host, the National Healthy Start Association, and to all those individuals and organizations who participated in the chat. If you would like to see the chat questions, responses, and discussion, click here or search on Twitter using #MHM2020Chat. We look forward to continuing this important conversation throughout the year. Follow AMCHP’s Child & Adolescent Health team on Twitter @AMCHP_GrowingUp.


Opportunities

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.


Funding

CDC: Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences Data to Action

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invites applications for Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences Data to Action, a grant designed to address state-specific needs related to the prevention of adverse childhood experiences.

Applications are due July 13, 2020. For more information, 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 dvpinquiries@cdc.gov.


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 grants.gov.


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 ruralopioidresponse@hrsa.gov. To learn more about how HRSA is addressing the opioid epidemic, visit https://www.hrsa.gov/opioids.


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.


Commemorations

Cord Blood Awareness Month

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month  

Minority Mental Health Month

National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month 

Sarcoma Awareness Month  

World Hepatitis Day- July 28