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 October 8, 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

Increasing Public Health Preparedness Capability Among MCH Programs—Seeking Young Adults to Share their Experiences

AMCHP, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is working on a project to learn more about the needs of the maternal and child health workforce in preparing for and responding to all types of public health emergencies – including but not limited to COVID-19. The insights and experiences of young people accessing services and programs are extremely valuable, as it will help us design a responsive resource toolkit that can be used by states/territories to strengthen their efforts in this increasingly important area.

If you are a young adult (between the ages of 18-25) and interested in this opportunity, please complete the following 1-minute survey:

If selected to participate, the focus group will be no longer than 90 minutes and you will be compensated for your time. Please contact Marsha Stepensky ( with any questions.

Board Corner 

AMCHP Will Host Call for Family Leaders Only – Wed., Oct. 14

The family representatives on AMCHP’s Board are hosting a call exclusively for family leaders to discuss the topic of “Family Participation in the Title V Block Grant and Needs Assessment.” AMCHP requests that family leaders come to the call prepared to actively participate in this discussion. AMCHP wants family leaders to bring their thoughts, challenges, experiences, and proposed solutions to the AMCHP Board to help ensure a broader and more diverse family perspective is heard from our family leaders across the country.

The call will take place on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 1 p.m., ET. If you are a family leader and interested in joining us, please complete the brief registration here by COB Monday, October 12. The log-in information will be sent to you prior to the webinar. NOTE: This call is for family leaders only, so please only share or disseminate this invitation to family leaders. For additional information please contact Michelle Crawford

Nominations Due Oct. 30 for the AMCHP Board of Directors – 2021 General Election 

AMCHP member delegates are encouraged to consider applying for one of several open positions on our board of directors. AMCHP is accepting nominations through Oct. 30 for elections to be held in February 2021. Please see our Call for Nominations page for additional information. Your help is needed to fill these important roles!

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 13th webinar in this series on September 24th. The link to the recording is available hereThe next call in this series is October 8, 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

March of Dimes Needs Your Input for 2020 Prematurity Report Cards – Opportunity to Showcase Strengths and Successes in Your Communities

The March of Dimes is offering an opportunity to highlight your state’s initiatives to improve birth outcomes as part of their 2020 Prematurity Report Cards. The State Spotlights highlight the actions that your state is taking to improve maternal and child health. Please see attachment for an example. The deadline for completing the State Spotlights is October 12, 2020.

The March of Dimes is also coordinating with AMCHP and Title V Directors. You may delegate your state Title V MCH Director or another designee to complete the questionnaire on your behalf.

We understand that most work this year has been related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Prematurity Report Cards often generate media attention. Therefore, this opportunity can serve as an opportunity to showcase the strengths and successes in your communities.

Please contact Christi Mackie, Chief Program Officer, Community Health and Prevention ( or Ellen Pliska, Sr. Director, Family and Child Health (, if you would like us to facilitate a call with the National March of Dimes. 

Family Voices Needs Your Input- Family Telehealth Readiness Quiz

As part of the CARES Telehealth grant award, HRSA has asked Family Voices to assemble a national picture of family readiness for telehealth. To gather the snapshots around the land, they have developed a Family Telehealth Readiness Quiz. It's just 7 questions; 2 are optional, and they do not request identifying information. 

Feel free to disseminate the surveys in your state to Title V Directors, CYSHCN Directors and family advocate networks for their consideration and sharing. Family Voices is happy to share a report once the "picture" develops. 

NOTE- there is no deadline or closing date for the quiz as they want to continually gather as many responses as possible. 

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Publications and Resources

September Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health Blog Recognized Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

As September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the September adolescent and young adult (AYA) behavioral health blog, #ScreenToInterveneForAYAs, aimed to increase awareness around suicide prevention and presents mental health and suicide prevention resources that maternal and child health (MCH) professionals can share and amplify year-round.

Read the September #ScreenToInterveneForAYAs blog post to:

  • Find out how South Carolina’s MCH program is working collaboratively to promote AYA mental health
  • Learn about resources designed for (and in some cases by) AYAs that elevate AYA behavioral and mental health and raise awareness about suicide prevention
  • Discover suicide prevention resources for specific AYA populations, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth; Black youth; Native American youth; Latinx youth; and Asian American youth

Sign up here to receive updates from the #ScreenToInterveneForAYAs blog. To write a guest blog post or if you have any questions, please contact Anna Corona (

Bright Futures & Title V: Curated Resources for Implementation

AMCHP and the AAP’s Bright Futures National Center have developed a curated list of key resources for Title V programs looking to leverage Bright Futures resources to advance their national performance measures. Check out the list here: Please email Anna Corona, AMCHP’s Program Manager for Child & Adolescent Health, if you have questions or related technical assistance requests. 


Special Supplement of the Maternal and Child Health Journal and Companion Videos Shed Light on Programs for Expectant and Parenting Teens

A special supplement of the Maternal and Child Health Journal and companion expert interviews reveal important new insights about programs for expecting and parenting teens funded through the Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF). With support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Population Affairs (OPA), Mathematica’s evaluation of PAF grantees has examined the effectiveness of three programs designed to delay subsequent pregnancies, improve contraception use, and encourage expecting and parenting teens to remain in school and ultimately graduate. To highlight this new journal supplement, Senior Researcher Susan Zief, who led all PAF evaluation activities, asked the following experts to dig deeper into the findings: 

National Survey of Children’s Health Data with 2019 updates

The National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), updated with data from 2019, was released on October 5, 2020, which is also National Child Health Day. The NSCH is the only national and state‐level survey on the physical, emotional, and behavioral health and well‐being of U.S. children ages 0 through 17 years old, their families, and their communities. The NSCH serves as a powerful tool to provide accurate, reliable, and comprehensive data to researchers, policymakers, and state-level decision makers for child health populations. Stay tuned for announcements at and/or follow @HRSAgov on social media to view announcements, tweets, and posts about the 2019 NSCH release on October 5!

Innovation Station

AMCHP’s Innovation Station accepting submissions for Fall 2020 Effective Practices Review

Have a practice in your state that is meaningfully impacting the wellbeing of the women, children, and/or their families? Think others could benefit from learning about or replicating this practice? Submit your practice to AMCHP’s Innovation Station database, an online peer-reviewed repository of successful evidence-based/-informed MCH practices from across the US. Use our minimum criteria checklist to help determine where your practice falls on our evidence-based practices continuum, and access our submission form by visiting our effective practices page. All applications must be emailed to Laura Powis at by COB October 30th. Check out our orientation webinar to learn more about our submissions process, or email with any questions. We hope you consider submitting a practice to help us share effective MCH practices nationwide! 

Call for Innovation Station Reviewers 

We invite you to participate as a reviewer for AMCHP’s Innovation Station, an online resource that provides professionals tools and resources to search for, implement, and share practices and strategies that are making an impact in maternal and child health (MCH). In particular, the Innovation Station database helps MCH professionals access practice-based evidence and learn from successful MCH programs across the US. By reviewing practices from the field and providing your input on their development, implementation, and evaluation, you will help to build and strengthen the MCH evidence base. 

Interested in being a reviewer for Fall 2020? Please fill out this survey by October to tell us a bit more about your expertise and availability, and register for our orientation webinar on 10/19 from 3-4pm EST. 

Want more details? See our list of Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.

New Effective Practices Identified and Featured in AMCHP’s Innovation Station

Congratulations to Innovation Station’s newest effective practices! Check out the 20 practices accepted to AMCHP’s Innovation Station Database during our Spring 2020 Review by clicking here


Webinar Recording: Integrating the National Standards: Strategies for Building Equitable Systems of Care for CYSHCN through the Title V Needs Assessment

Recording can be accessed here:

This webinar, hosted by the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP), in partnership with the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) and the Lucille Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, featured a brief overview of the National Standards and its alignment with the Title V Needs Assessment and Action Plan Development. Resources (e.g. the toolkit) and few examples of how states have used the National Standards will be introduced. State Title V leaders from 3 states (Florida, Louisiana, and Minnesota) share their perspectives on the utility of the National Standards and its accompanying tools to support states’ recognition of stakeholder assets, and identification of the needs for CYSHCN and their families (particularly in regards to inequities) to inform the strategic state priority setting process for the Title V Needs Assessment. Panelists offered lessons learned to inform the ongoing needs assessment process as well as continued utilization of the National Standards tools, which can be accessed via the National Standards toolkit.

Stopping Suicide: A Population Approach to Preventing Suicide (one remaining of a three-part Zoom series)

Boston University of Public Health

Oct. 15, 4:30-6 p.m., ET


Starting on October 1, the Boston University School of Public Health began hosting a virtual three-part Public Health Conversation titled Stopping Suicide: A Population Health Approach to Preventing Suicide. This series of panels will address the daunting public health challenge of suicide prevention. Experts will discuss the causes and potential ways to prevent suicide, to improve the health of populations. Click here for details and Zoom registration information. 

Improving Care for Children with Chronic and Complex Needs: A Look at the National Care Coordination Standards for Children and Youth with Special Health Care (CYSHCN) Needs

National Academy for State Health Policy

Oct. 21, 2-3 p.m., ET

This webinar will discuss the need for new National Standards for CYSHCN as well as the core elements of the standards. A group of national experts, including state Medicaid agency officials, health services researchers, families of CYSHCN and others have informed the Care Coordination Standards. The webinar will also discuss the structures and processes needed to deliver high-quality, family-centered, and equitable care for this population. State health officials from the national work group will highlight their experiences in implementing care coordination programs. They will also describe how states can use the National Care Coordination Standards for CYSHCN to improve care coordination for children with chronic and complex conditions. Speakers include:

  • David Bergman, MD, Emeritus Faculty, General Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Cara Coleman, JD, Program Manager, Family Voices
  • Jeffrey Brosco, MD, State Title V CYSHCN Director, Florida Department of Health, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Miami
  • Wendy Tiegreen, MSW, Director, Office of Medicaid Coordination & Health System Innovation, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities 

Click here to register. 

“Hidden Consequences: How the COVID Pandemic is Impacting Children” Webinar Series ―THREE REMAINING WEBINARS 

Join the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE), in collaboration with ASPR’s Pediatric Centers of Excellence, to participate in this webinar series.

Topics will include impacts on child health and wellness, child emotional and social effects, the impact of COVID-19 on children with special healthcare needs, and how secondary/other disasters may affect children during the pandemic. 

Child Emotional and Social Effects 

The second webinar in this series will focus on the emotional and social effects of COVID-19 on children. Panelists will discuss food and financial insecurity, racial disparities, the impact of social determinants on children’s health, return to school and daycare, and alternate childcare. This webinar will take place on Fri., Oct. 16, 2020, 1-2:15 p.m., ETRegister today

The Effects of Secondary Disasters on Children 

The third webinar in this series will focus on how secondary disasters may affect children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists will discuss sheltering in place versus mass sheltering; family preparedness considerations; wildland fire preparedness and response; the potential impact associated with the 2020-2021 influenza season; planning for pediatric surge; multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C): epidemiology, clinical features, laboratory findings and outpatient approach; and pharmacy and supply chain considerations. This webinar will take place on Fri., Oct. 23, 2020, 1-2:30 p.m., ETRegister today

Impact of COVID-19 on Children with Special Health care Needs 

The fourth and final webinar in this series will focus on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children with special health care needs. Panelists will discuss related programs, the impact of COVID-19, and social determinants on this population of children, behavioral health/ psychological effects, child neglect/abuse, and secondary disaster preparedness planning considerations. This webinar will take place on Thurs., Oct. 29, 2020, 1-2 p.m., ET. Register today.

TWO REMAINING WEBINARS — 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.

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.

COMING IN NOVEMBER: Free Virtual Skills Institute from the National Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Center 

Tues., Nov. 10 and Thurs., Nov. 12, 2-5 p.m., ET

Tues., Nov. 17 and Thurs., Nov. 19, 2-5 p.m., ET

Note: Participants are encouraged to attend all four days because content will build on previous sessions.

The National Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Center is presenting a Virtual Skills Institute entitled “Operationalizing Your Title V Action Plan During Times of Uncertainty.” The 2020 Institute will build upon highly successful Skills Institutes held in prior years. It is designed for state and jurisdictional Title V professionals and their partners. Gather a team of colleagues who are ready to turn your Title V Block Grant Action Plan into reality and join Center experts on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons over two consecutive weeks. Engage with speakers and other participants via the online platform. Participants will also have optional opportunities to connect with Center experts between the sessions for tailored support. Participants will meet with their colleagues and Center experts to achieve the following objectives: 

  • Think strategically about launching their Title V Five-Year Action Plan
  • Strengthen the transition from planning to action
  • Leverage the financial and human resources and assets they have to achieve maximum impact

Lean in to their adaptive leadership and resiliency skills when the environment feels challenging.

To learn more and register, visit the November 2020 Skills Institute website.


Pennsylvania Department of Health is Seeking Grant Applications to Improve MCH Workforce Development Capacity on Public Health Concepts and Topics through Educational Sessions

Pennsylvania Department of Health/Bureau of Family Health

Deadline: Oct. 15, 2020, 1:30 p.m., ET

The Pennsylvania Department of Health/Bureau of Family Health is soliciting MCH workforce development grant applications from institutions and organizations. The Department will fund grants to develop and deliver online and in-person educational sessions for the MCH workforce. The goal is to improve capacity around public health concepts and topics, including health equity and the social determinants of health, among Department staff and partners. The anticipated grant agreement term is Jan. 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023 subject to the availability of funding. Pending availability of funds, the Department may award one grant agreement for a maximum of $1,200,000.00 and not to exceed $400,000 per state fiscal year (July 1-June 30).  For more information regarding the RFA 67-106, click here

CDC Research Awards Seek to Understand Causes of Firearm Violence, Find Solutions

Every day in the United States, about 109 people die from a firearm-related injury. For every firearm death, at least two nonfatal firearm injuries are treated in emergency departments. Yet, we know that that many of these injuries and deaths could be prevented. This September marks an important milestone in progress toward prevention, as CDC awards funding for research to understand and prevent firearm violence. 

Sixteen awardees will receive support as part of the competitively funded RFA-CE-20-006: Research Grants to Prevent Firearm-Related Violence and Injuries (R01) and 2 will receive support as part of the competitively-funded RFA-CE-20-002: Grants to Support New Investigators in Conducting Research Related to Preventing Interpersonal Violence Impacting Children and Youth. A summary of the awards is below. This research is an important step toward keeping individuals, families, schools, and communities safe from firearm violence and its consequences. 

Please visit CDC’s Firearm Violence Prevention Funded Research page for more information


ADHD Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Down Syndrome Awareness

Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 4-12)

Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 6–12)

World Mental Health Day (October 10)

International Day of the Girl (October 11)