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 July 30, 2020

COVID-19 Resources

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.

New from AMCHP

Check out the Updated AMCHP 2020 Virtual Conference Site!


Registration is open for AMCHP’s 2020 Virtual Conference — the perfect opportunity to connect and network with public health officials who share an interest in maternal and child health.

Check out the updated AMCHP 2020 Conference website to see the full conference schedule, poster sessions, Continuing Education credit information and 2020 AMCHP Award Winners!


The theme for the conference – to be held virtually on August 4-6, 2020 – is The Power of Connections: Building Equity for Healthy Generations. Here are just some of the many reasons to register for the AMCHP 2020 Virtual Conference:

  • Gain a firsthand opportunity to learn about changes occurring in the MCH field, such as federal and state policies and health systems transformation.
  • Conference workshop topics will include ensuring equity in systems and services, building and strengthening partnerships, and practicing effective family and youth engagement.
  • Exchange best practices and resources with other MCH professionals, creating stronger and bolder ideas for the future.
  • Workshops and interactive posters featuring a mix of topics and content.
  • Timely themed live-streamed plenary sessions led by association leadership.
  • Discussion and small-group networking video groups with speakers, AMCHP staff and fellow attendees.
  • Continuing education (CE’s) credits (CDC CE for Physicians, Nurses, Health Educators, Public Health Examiners and other Professionals)
  • All content will be recorded for access on demand for up to one year by registered participants after the conference. ​

*During the conference, please post your pictures and videos during the conference using the hashtag #AMCHP2020Click here to register. We can’t wait to see you virtually!

Now Available for Viewing: #MHEquityHour Twitter Chat Discussion 

AMCHP was excited to host a Twitter chat on Thursday, July 16, in recognition of Minority Mental Health Month. The Twitter chat discussed the challenges and opportunities to achieving an equitable mental health care system for minority women and children. Thank you to our co-host, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and to all the individuals and organizations who participated in the chat. If you would like to see a recap of the chat questions, responses, and discussion, click here or search on Twitter using #MHEquityHour. We look forward to continuing this important conversation throughout the year. Follow AMCHP’s Health Systems Transformation team on Twitter @AMCHP_Transform.

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. This is an interim director-at-large position with a term of less than one year effective immediately and concluding with the 2021 AMCHP 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, no later than Friday, August 21, 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 early September 2020. 

Your Voice: Call for Volunteers for AMCHP Committees 

AMCHP is seeking volunteers for all of its committees, including Governance, Annual Conference Planning, Best Practices, Health Equity, Family Leadership, Education, and Development (Family LEAD – formerly FYLC), Legislative and Healthcare Financing, and Workforce and Leadership Development.

Won't you please think about contributing your time and expertise to your professional organization? This is a terrific way to enhance the benefits of your membership in AMCHP and your career, while also contributing to the success of the organization. Please complete this brief survey to let us know of your interest. 

National AMCHP Policy Calls 

AMCHP National MCH COVID-19 Townhall Series

Thanks to those of you who joined us on the 9th webinar in this series on July 23rd. The link to the recording is available hereThe next call in this series is August 13, 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

Deadline Today, July 31! MCH Leaders: Please Participate in the Building New Foundations: Prenatal to 5 Survey

To identify the important ways that maternal and infant/child health, early care and education, home visiting, and other early childhood and family-focused systems and services are responding, the BUILD Initiative is conducting a scan of public sector leaders, policy analysts and advocates, service providers, and other key informants working in states, communities, and nationally to:

  • Understand bright spots among changes
  • Capture new ideas to strengthen and build new foundations for services and systems.  

Click here to take the survey. If you have any questions, contact Michelle Stover Wright at

Make a Difference by Signing the Call for Birth Justice and Accountability

Every Mother Counts announced that an open letter, authored over the past week by a coalition of reproductive justice leaders, advocates, and allies, was published in the national edition of The New York Times. The letter called for birth justice and accountability. This letter is in response to the following critical statistic:

In the U.S., women are more likely to die from complications of pregnancy and birth than in any other high-resource country. Black and Indigenous women are 2 to 3 times more likely than white women to die. 

To sign the call for accountability, please click here.

Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI) Public Comment Opportunity Extended to August 10

The Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI) has extended its public comment period for new topics, preventing obesity in midlife women. Public comment is an opportunity for broad public input that increases the transparency and quality of our program. The comment period for the new topic is July 13 –August 10, 2020. All comments must be submitted by 2:59 p.m., ET on the final day of the comment period. Comment Today.

Help the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Spread the Word to “Keep up the Rates”

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is recruiting public health organizations to join as partners to share resources and help reach target populations in a new national campaign, "Keep Up the Rates". The campaign encourages all individuals to receive recommended vaccines that may have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Routine vaccinations have declined significantly across all populations–from young children to older adults–with demand plummeting as much as 95 percent for some vaccines. Some of the key campaign messages are as follows: 

  • Life-saving vaccines should no longer be delayed.
  • Vaccines are one of the most valuable public health tools to prevent a variety of diseases across the lifespan.
  • Amid COVID-19, outbreaks of other infectious diseases will strain the capacity of U.S. hospitals.
  • Immunization protects entire communities. Individuals who are not able to get vaccinated due to underlying heath conditions rely on community immunity to protect them. If communities are not up to date on recommended vaccines, vulnerable populations are left at greater risk of exposure to serious infectious diseases.

Joining the campaign is cost-free. NFID needs partners to help amplify the campaign messages by:

  • Sharing campaign content via social media channels
  • Incorporating campaign content into existing communications
  • Providing their logo to include on the NFID Keep Up the Rates webpage

To join the campaign and learn more, visit For additional information, contact David Lumbert at

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, 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. For 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 hereThe submission deadline is August 15, 2020.


Virtual Webinar on Practicing Adolescent-Centered Trauma-Informed Care in a Clinical Setting 

Adolescent Health Initiative (AHI)

Oct. 6, 11:30 a.m., to 4 p.m., ET

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). Register here.  

Publications and Resources 

Fact Sheets Now Available on Social Determinants of Health Resources to Support Screening and Referrals for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and their Families

Developed by the National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home, in partnership with the National Academy for State Health Policy, this fact sheet series discusses​ social determinants of health (SDoH) screening and referrals for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families. The fact sheets discuss opportunities for collaboration and partnership between Medicaid, Title V Maternal and Child Health / CYSHCN programs, and pediatricians. State-level case studies provide innovative and replicable strategies for implementing SDoH screening and community referrals. Click on the following links to access the fact sheets:

New Case Study on AMCHP’s Collaboration Home Page: Title V Diverse Partnerships & Collaborations

This case study highlights partnership models for addressing inequities and increasing access to the resources needed to promote health and well-being through four examples of Title V collaborative initiatives. These partnerships also provide examples of effective strategies that state MCH programs can use to meet their national performance measures, as required by the Title V MCH Block Grant. Check out this and other case studies exploring Title V partnerships, the Collaboration Laboratory webinar series, tip sheets, the Legacies in Leadership video series, return on investment learning modules, and more on the collaboration home page.


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.

Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program is Seeking Proposals for Innovative, Community-Based Initiatives to Increase Access to Preventive Care and Services in Underserved Communities 

Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the Academy of Pediatrics 

Deadline: October 6, 2020

The Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program is a cooperative agreement between the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and the American Academy of Pediatrics. This program awards federal grants up to $50,000 a year for up to five years to support innovative, community-based initiatives to improve the health status of infants, children, adolescents, and families in rural and other underserved communities by increasing their access to preventive care and services. MCHB is especially interested in proposals for projects that address the goals, objectives, guidelines, and materials of its Bright Futures for Infants, Children and Adolescents initiative to improve the quality of health promotion and prevention services for families and communities. Applicants are required to apply online through the website. To apply for this funding opportunity, click here


National Breastfeeding Month

National Immunization Awareness Month

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination

Maternal Vaccines: Part of Healthy Pregnancy

National Girlfriends Day: Health and Safety Tips

World Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 1–7)

National Health Center Week (Aug. 9–15)