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 August 27, 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 untapped resources become available.

New from AMCHP

Deadline for Continuing Education Credits: Sept. 7

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.

Board Corner 

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 10th webinar in this series on August 13th. The link to the recording is available hereThe next call in this series is August 27, 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

Bright Futures is Soliciting Public Comments for the Federal Register Notice on Proposed Updates to the Bright Futures/American Academy of Pediatrics

A Federal Register Notice has been posted that seeks public comment on proposed updates to the Bright Futures/AAP Periodicity Schedule. The public comment period is open for 30 days. The Bright Futures National Center welcomes you to provide comments as an individual or on behalf of an organization. This review is web-based only. Provide comments on the Public Comment Webpage:

We are unable to process hard copy comments. Note that the Bright Futures Periodicity Schedule Workgroup will take all comments into consideration but will not provide individual responses to comments. All comments must be received no later than September 21, 2020.

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

Publications and Resources

Preparing for the 2020-2021 School Year: Advice from Students on Caring for their Well-Being in the Distance Learning Setting

The latest post in the #ScreenToInteveneForAYAs (Adolescents and Young Adults) blog summarizes practical advice from two student leaders working to reduce mental health stigma among their peers on how to care for the emotional well-being of students as middle and high schools gear up for a virtual Fall semester. 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.

Black Families Face Delays in Getting Autism Diagnoses

A small, new study underscores how African-American families with autistic children have difficulty getting a timely diagnosis. Research has shown that Black autistic kids, on average, get diagnosed later than their white peers. Data from nearly 600 Black families with an autistic child revealed that these families first raised the topic with a health care provider 3 years prior to getting a formal diagnosis. Parents also reported having to visit multiple providers before getting a diagnosis and that a shortage of providers in their area contributed to the delay. Most children in the study sample were diagnosed when they were older than 4 years. When a diagnosis occurs this late, several early interventions for autism cannot be implemented. Although the findings are correlational, the authors of an editorial related to this study stating that “the confluence of findings are suggestive of structural racism leading to inequity.” 

Innovation Station

Sharing Your Achievements in Maternal and Child Health: An Overview of AMCHP’s Evidence-Based Practices Submission Process

Do you have a program or practice that is working well in your state, territory, or community? Submit it to AMCHP’s Innovation Station and share your success with the MCH field. Each year, AMCHP reviews submissions from across the United States and designates accepted practices as Cutting-Edge, Emerging, Promising, or Best Practices. Accepted practices are showcased on our online Innovation Station Database to help advance MCH practice and contribute to the evidence base. To learn more, please join us for our Innovation Station Fall 2020 Review Orientation Webinar on Sept 22, 1-2 p.m. This webinar will provide a brief overview of the Innovation Station Database as well as discuss the benefits of submission. The rest of the webinar will focus on the practice submission process along with tips and tricks for completing your submission. Register here! If you have questions, contact Laura Powis.



National Prenatal-to-3 Research to Policy Summit

All early childhood stakeholders, including policy leaders, advocates, researchers, and funders from across the county are invited to join the virtual National Prenatal-to-3 Research to Policy Summit. The Summit is presented by the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center at The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

11:00 am - 2:00 pm Central Time

Virtual and Free Register Now 

The theme of the inaugural 2020 National Prenatal-to-3 Research to Policy Summit is Building a State Policy Roadmap to Strengthen the Earliest Years. The Summit will bring the early childhood field together to: 

  • learn about the newest findings on the science of the developing child
  • discuss how policy choices can lead to or reduce racial disparities
  • launch the first and much anticipated 2020 Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap, paired with custom state Roadmaps and online data interactives
  • hear from state leaders about using the evidence-driven Roadmap to strengthen prenatal-to-3 systems of care in their state

Preventing Suicide through Empowerment of Youth with Disabilities

Presenters: Kara Ayers & Leah Smith

Sep 17, 2020 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

According to recent reports from the CDC, suicide rates among our nation’s youth have increased 56% since 2007. Further reports show that youth with disabilities are 4 times more likely to have suicidal ideation than their nondisabled peers. In an effort to address this at-risk but underserved population, we have developed curriculum that will give young people the tools to navigate the ableism and stigma they experience as a person with a disability. We plan to discuss this curriculum along with our current work through the Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities, focused on the medical discrimination that people with disabilities often face when seeking mental healthcare in times of crisis. Register here

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.


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.  

ICYM (In Case You Missed It): Webinar Recordings are Now Available on Archive!

Addressing the Social Determinants of Health for Children with Special Health Care Needs

Recordings from a recent two-part webinar series entitled “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)” are now available, along with slide decks, a resource list, and a question-and-answer document. The National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Homes, in partnership with Bright Futures National Center and the Screening Technical Assistance and Resource Center, produced the series. The goal was to provide information about the impact of social determinants of health on CSHCN and their families.

Measuring Health Equity 

Children’s Hospital of Minnesota developed a dashboard to track and display inequities in patient care. Speakers discussed using these types of data to develop quality improvement initiatives to address structural racism.


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: Oct. 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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