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 August 13, 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

Your Feedback on the AMCHP 2020 Virtual Conference is Requested 


Watch the AMCHP 2020 Virtual Conference Replay!


Thank you for attending AMCHP’s 2020 Virtual Conference — it was an energizing three days of networking, informative workshops and virtual sessions. We are gearing up for AMCHP 2021- call for proposals coming soon.


Please provide your feedback via the conference evaluation sent to your email. For any questions or comments contact Courtney Salley (


* To receive continuing education (CE) for WC4426 – AMCHP’s 2020 Virtual Conference please remember to visit TCEO and follow these 9 Simple Steps before September 7, 2020.


Watch the AMCHP 2020 Virtual Conference "On Demand" to access all recorded content – conference workshops, posters, and plenary sessions for 1 year. If you attended AMCHP 2020, you already have access to “on-demand” content. (New Registrants: $250 members/ $330 non-members).


Here are just some of the many reasons to register for the AMCHP 2020 Virtual Conference, The Power of Connections: Building Equity for Healthy Generations:

  •  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.
  • Workshops and interactive posters featuring a mix of topics and content.
  • Timely themed plenary sessions led by association leadership.
  • Continuing education (CE’s) credits (CDC CE for Physicians, Nurses, Health Educators, Public Health Examiners and other Professionals)
  • All recorded content can be accessed on demand for up to one year by registered participants after the conference. ​

New Webinars and Issue Briefs on Promoting Healthy Beginnings with Title V: Preterm Birth Priming and Planning 

AMCHP, in partnership with birth equity thought leaders, created a series of webinars and corresponding issue briefs about anti-racist strategies for preterm birth prevention for Title V MCH programs. Visit the project webpage for access to the resources.

Legislation and Policy 

House Passes Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill with Increases for Maternal and Child Health Programs

On July 31, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the fiscal year 2021 (FY21) Labor-Health and Human Services-Education (Labor-HHS) appropriations bill with proposed increases for maternal and child health programs as follows:

Health Resources and Services Administration Title V MCH Block Grant

$30.5 million increase over FY20 level for a total of $718,200,000


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Safe Motherhood

$10 million increase over the FY20 level for a total of $68,000,000

 (The entire $10 million increase is directed toward a maternal mortality review committee activity.)


CDC National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

$2 million increase over the FY20 level for a total of $162,810,000


The bill also includes $24.425 billion in emergency spending to address the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency. For additional details on the House-passed FY21 Labor-HHS appropriations bill, please click here.


Next steps

As we caution every year, this was only one step in the appropriations process. Although the House has passed its version of FY21 Labor-HHS appropriations legislation, the Senate has essentially put their mark-ups on hold. We anticipate that a continuing resolution will be needed to continue government funding at current levels through November or December of this year.


For questions or additional information, please feel free to contact Amy Haddad, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, and Alyson Northrup, Associate Director for Government Affairs.

AMCHP Releases Updated Tracker of Federal Legislation to Improve Maternal Health

Together with the National Partnership for Women & Families and Every Mother Counts, AMCHP released an updated summary of federal legislation to improve maternal health. This new resource includes a description and status update for 27 bills introduced so far this Congress. Please feel free to share this resource widely.

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

Mental Health Resource Follow-up from AMCHP 2020 Virtual Conference

If you attended the AMCHP 2020 Plenary Session Inside a Teen’s Mind: Empower Youth Empower Youpanelist Izzy Gonzalez referenced a list of mental health resources. Below is the list of resources compiled by Ms. Gonzalez, for addiction, mental health disorder, and crisis intervention support. 


  • Check out this link for 30 grounding techniques to calm down from distressing thoughts.


  • Call 877-RECOVERY or 877-732-6837. Addiction Specialists are available 24/7.
  • Click here for more information on dissociation that can arise during treatment and sobriety. 

Disassociation and Dissociative Disorders 

  • Click here for more information on prevalence, forms of the disorder, and treatment. For more information on dissociation and dissociative disorders, click here
  • To learn about the signs and how to cope with this disorder, click here

Crisis Intervention

  • Crisis Text Line: If you are in a crisis, text HOME to 741741 (U.S and Canada)
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness Helpline (NAMI): 800-950-6264
  • National Domestic violence hotline: 1-800-572-7233
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): 866-615-6464
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255. The helpline is open 24/7, and a live online chat is available as well.
  • Mental Health America Hotline: Text MHA to 741741. Mental Health America is a nationwide organization that provides help through this text line. You will be linked to someone who can guide you through a crisis or just provide information.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 800-662-4357
  • The Samaritans: 1-212-673-3000. This New York–based organization operates a 24-hour crisis hotline for anyone in the area. Even if you’re not in crisis but feel like you need emotional support, this hotline can help.
  • Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255. Text a message to 838255. Operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), these services aid veterans and their families who may be in crisis by connecting them with VA responders.

State of New Jersey Crisis Intervention

  • 2nd Floor Youth Help Line of New Jersey: 1-888-222-2228 
  • New Jersey Department of Children and Families: Child abuse hotline: 1-877-652-2873
  • New Jersey Department of Children and Families: Children’s System of Care: 1-877-652-7624

Online Talk Therapy


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.

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


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.

DEADLINE APPROACHING (AUGUST 15) 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.

Call for Proposals Now Open for the 7th Annual Conference on Adolescent Health Scheduled for May 2021

Each year, the Annual Conference on Adolescent Health brings together an interdisciplinary community of health care professionals to share research and best practices aimed at improving adolescent-centered care. The event hosts more than 400 attendees from nearly all 50 states and a growing international community. More than half of the sessions at the event are co-facilitated by youth, and the planning of the conference is guided by the Adolescent Health Initiative's (AHI) Teen Advisory Council.


 AHI is working on planning an event that best meets the needs of the adolescent health community. In efforts to support the attendee base's diverse experiences, AHI is still determining whether the event will be in-person or virtual. The AHI Team plans to provide an official update in the Fall.

If the event is held in person, it will be in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Call for Proposals is now open! Share your program, practices, or research with an audience of 400 leading adolescent health care professionals. Submit a proposal for the 2021 Conference on Adolescent Health today.

AHI is currently accepting submissions for breakout sessions, oral presentations, and poster presentations.

To learn more about the submission process, or review the proposal questions in advance, check out our Call for Proposals Submission Guide.


AMCHP-ASTHO Virtual Learning Session: Adolescent Health & Mental Health Care

August 25, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. ET

The sixth webinar in the PRISM virtual learning series will focus on adolescent mental healthcare during COVID-19. Speakers will discuss multiple facets of adolescent mental health, and how states can improve mental healthcare services for this population. Speakers include:

  • Marissa Howdershelt, Member of Mental Health America’s Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council and Student at University of California, Riverside 

  • Dr. Andrew Hsi, MPH, MD 
    Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine and Pediatrics at University of New Mexico
    Principal Investigator of FOCUS and ADOBE Programs, UNM Health Sciences Center 

  • Angela Kimball, National Director of Advocacy & Public Policy, National Alliance on Mental Illness 
Join us for this event by registering here

WPSI Webinar on Telehealth and Preventive Care During COVID-19

Join the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI) on August 19th, 2020 at 1:30 pm – 1:45 pm ET for Telehealth and Preventive Care During COVID-19: A WPSI Webinar. Guest speaker, Dr. Diana Ramos, is an adjunct Associate Clinical Professor at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Dr. Ramos has countless years of experience in telemedicine and has received numerous innovation awards for developing online tools to improve women’s health. Dr. Ramos will be discussing how to continue providing preventive care during these unprecedented times and which well-woman care services can be facilitated through telemedicine. Register here

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Join the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) for the Leadership Check-Up Series: Developing Your Resiliency as a Public Health Professional, a special webinar offering from ASTHO and the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Behavioral Health Training Institute (BHTI). This is a three-month-long webinar series, held on Thursdays.  


As our nation struggles with COVID-19, public health professionals working on the front lines leading activities may be feeling angry, confused, stressed, and dismayed. Join national behavioral health and resilience experts for 60-minute sessions of conversation, reflection, and nourishment to help you continue the vital work of responding to COVID-19. Please register using the links below to receive the virtual connection information.


Crisis Leadership and Resiliency: A Trauma-Informed Approach to COVID-19 Response

Aug. 20, 1-2 p.m., ET

Speaker: Elizabeth Guroff, MA, LCMFT, Director, Trauma-Informed Services, National Council for Behavioral Health

This workshop identifies public health leadership strategies to minimize the impact of anxiety on staff, as well as techniques to promote resiliency and self-care in a trauma-informed way. Register here.


Avoiding COVID-19 Burnout: Self-Care and Resiliency for Public Health Leaders

Sept. 10, 3-4 p.m., ET


  • Joan Kenerson King, RN, MSN, Integrated Health Senior Consultant, National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Elizabeth Guroff, MA, LCMFT, Director, Trauma-Informed Services, National Council for Behavioral Health

General concerns and anxieties can be difficult to manage during the best of situations, but what happens when you are trying to manage them as a leader amid a public health crisis? Learn about the range of individual and collective responses to trauma and practice strategies to effectively respond to stress and engage in self-care. Register here.


What Can We Learn from Crisis? Leadership, Post-Traumatic Growth and COVID-19

Sept. 24, 2020, 3-4 p.m., ET


  • Joe Parks, MD, Medical Director, National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Elizabeth Guroff, MA, LCMFT, Director, Trauma-Informed Services, National Council for Behavioral Health

Our nation is experiencing a collective traumatic event, yet how we each manage this time will determine its individual and collective long-term impact. Explore the concept of post-traumatic growth and how to harness it to emerge from this crisis in a positive direction, both personally and professionally. Register here

Systematic Racism, Health Disparities, and COVID-19: Leading through Complex Trauma with Resilience and Hope

Oct. 8, 2020, 3-4 p.m., ET


  • Linda Henderson-Smith, PhD., LPC, Director, Children and Trauma-Informed Services, National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Elizabeth Guroff, MA, LCMFT, Director, Trauma-Informed Services, National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Amelia Roeschlein, DSW, MA, LMFT, Consultant, Trauma-Informed Services, National Council for Behavioral Health

How do seemingly unrelated but overwhelming global events connect to create complex trauma? How do we reckon with systemic racism, health disparities, COVID-19, and the unprecedented social and economic stress impacting individuals, families, and communities across cultures, generations, genders, and racial groups? Learn about the tools for supporting individuals as they develop healing and resiliency around complex trauma. Register here.


Mental Health First Aid: A Primer for Public Health Professionals and Communities

Oct. 22, 2020, 3-4 p.m., ET

Speaker: Elizabeth Guroff, MA, LCMFT, Director, Trauma-Informed Services, National Council for Behavioral Health


Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course on mental health and substance-use issues. More importantly, however, it is a tool that public health leaders across the United States have begun to engage in early detection and intervention around the signs and symptoms of specific illnesses. The primer provides concrete tools and engagement with local mental health resources, national organizations, support groups, and online tools for mental health and addiction treatment and support. Register here.


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.  


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


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National Health Center Week (Aug. 9–15)