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 October 24, 2019

Annual Conference

Register for AMCHP 2020!

Registration is now open for AMCHP’s 2020 Annual Conference — the perfect opportunity to connect and network with nearly 1,000 public health officials who share an interest in maternal and child health. The theme for the conference—to be held March 21-24 in Crystal City, Va.—is The Power of Connections: Building Equity for Healthy Generations. Register by Feb. 21 to receive an early bird rate. For additional information, please contact Samantha Freeman. We look forward to seeing you!

New From AMCHP

Leadership Lab to Offer 3 Leadership Development Trainings

AMCHP is excited to share that the Leadership Lab will be offering three leadership development trainings for the 2019-2020 programming year. These trainings are offered in place of the typical cohort structure and will be open to anyone interested in the designated topic for each training. 

AMCHP will offer these trainings in December 2019, February 2020, and April 2020. A save-the-date notice and registration link will be sent after topics, presenters, and specific dates are identified; please be alert for more information. If you have questions, contact Michelle Crawford at

Legislation and Policy

Rep. Danny Davis Introduces Bill to Increase Home Visiting Funding, Improve Maternal Health

On Oct. 21, Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) introduced H.R. 4768, the Home Visiting to Reduce Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Act. Rep. Davis serves as chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means’ Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support, which has jurisdiction for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. The bill would double the amount of funding annually appropriated to the MIECHV program by fiscal year 2022 and prioritize the additional funding to address high rates of maternal mortality and morbidity and other state-identified needs. Specifically, the bill would maintain the currently appropriated level of MIECHV funding at $400 million per year for each of fiscal years 2017-2020, increase the annual funding level to $600 million for fiscal year 2021, and increase the annual funding level to $800 million for fiscal year 2022. The bill would also double the MIECHV tribal set-aside from 3 percent to 6 percent beginning in fiscal year 2021. On Oct. 23, AMCHP joined 28 national organizations in sending a letter to Rep. Davis in support of the legislation.

Get Involved

Selected AMCHP Awards Nominations Still Open

Do you know any maternal and child health (MCH) professionals who deserve special recognition for their work? Although the annual AMCHP Awards nomination deadline has closed, a few select awards are still open for nominations. AMCHP invites you to nominate someone for these coveted awards, which will be presented during the 2020 AMCHP Annual Conference, March 21-24 in Crystal City, VA. Nominations for the following awards will be accepted through Nov. 4:

  • Emerging MCH Professional Award for outstanding state or local MCH professionals under age 45 for whose work has made significant contributions to state MCH programs in promoting and protecting the health of women, children and families in his or her state and/or region.  Regions II, IV, VI and VIII are open for nominations.

  • Excellence in State MCH Leadership Award for an outstanding state MCH professional whose career has made a significant contribution to the health of women, children and families in his or her state.

  • Merle McPherson Leadership Award for exemplary contributions to further family/state professional collaboration between a state Title V Program and AMCHP.

Get information on the awards and nomination process on the AMCHP Awards web page, including the nomination form (linked at the end of each award description). Please note that all awards use the same nomination form, but a separate form must be submitted per award.

CSTE Accepting Applications to Host a Fellow in Applied Epidemiology Program

The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) is accepting new applications from state and local public health agencies to host a fellow in the Applied Epidemiology Fellowship program for two years, beginning in July 2020. The fellowship will provide recent public health graduates on-the-job training at health departments to prepare for careers as epidemiologists at the state or local level. Application deadline is Nov. 1. To find out more about the program and its requirements and the application process, click here. 

Your Voice: Call for Volunteers for AMCHP Committees 

AMCHP is still seeking volunteers for the following committees: Governance, Family and Youth Leadership, Legislative and Healthcare Financing, and Workforce and Leadership Development. Check out our committees page to learn more!

Register to Attend the 2020 Preparedness Summit in Dallas

Registration is now open for the 2020 Preparedness Summit, to be held March 31-April 3, 2020, in Dallas. The theme, Fixing Our Fault Lines: Addressing Systemic Vulnerabilities, will focus on methods to identify systemic weaknesses and highlight tools and policies that can empower all communities, and particularly the ones that are most vulnerable, to address those weaknesses and become more resilient.


The Futures Initiative: Revisiting the 10 Essential Public Health Services

Oct. 28, 3-4 p.m. ET
The Public Health National Center for Innovations (PHNCI) and the de Beaumont Foundation

The Futures Initiative is aimed at bringing the Essential Services national framework in line with current and future public health practice. To understand how the field views and uses the 10 Essential Public Health Services, PHNCI and the de Beaumont Foundation are engaging in a series of data collection efforts to solicit input from the field, including live crowdsourcing and other in-person events, an online questionnaire, key informant interviews, and a virtual townhall series.

Publications & Resources

General & Maternal & Child Health

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Released Communicating in a Crisis: Risk Communication Guidelines for Public Officials

SAMHSA has published a new guide for public officials as well as others involved in disaster and emergency communications on how to communicate effectively, work with the media, use social media, and address errors and control rumors.

Health Systems Transformation in MCH

CCHP Released Its Updated 50 State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies Report

An updated fall 2019 version of Center for Connected Health Policy's (CCHP's) State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies report is now available. This report offers policymakers, health advocates, and other interested health care professionals a detailed compendium of state telehealth laws, regulations, and Medicaid policies. The report also includes an executive summary, which summarizes CCHP's findings along with an "At a Glance" infographic and chart that highlights key data points from the report. CCHP's online interactive map tool has also been updated with all of the newest information from this update.

Women's and Infant Health

FDA Warns Women Against Using Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Products While Pregnant or Breastfeeding 

The Acting Associate Commissioner for Women's Health shared an announcement issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about the many potential negative health effects from using marijuana and other products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. For more information, read the full Consumer Update.

CDC's Division of Reproductive Health Developed a New Tool that Estimates Chances of Having a Live Birth Using In Vitro Fertilization

The In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Success Estimator Tool will help estimate the chance of having a live birth using IVF—the most common type of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). This new tool can be used by patients and clinicians to enhance patient counseling and communication. Additional resources and information related to ART success rates and surveillance can also be found on the CDC website

Workforce Development

Title V MCH Summer 2020 Internship Program Seeking State Applications

The National MCH Workforce Development Center is now seeking state applications for the 2020 Title V MCH Internship Program. Do you have a project that you have been trying to launch, but you have not had the time to work on it? Is there an activity you would implement or resources you would create, if only you had extra staff to help?  If so, consider hosting a Title V MCH Internship team during Summer 2020!  For more information, please visit the Center website


Research Specialist

The Texas A&M Public Policy Research Institute is seeking to hire a Research Specialist knowledgeable about  evidence-based practices in youth development and youth-related programming to join the team implementing the Texas Youth Action Network (TYAN).  TYAN is a statewide demonstration project to help organizations seeking to integrate youth voices into organizational planning and policy-making through youth-adult partnerships.  The ideal applicant will build on experience in youth development and youth service programs to identify and deliver individualized training and technical assistance solutions to help organizations resolve challenges and increase youth engagement capacity.  The Research Specialist will help implement the TYAN model that is being evaluated and will also perform basic to intermediate research under the supervision of the principal investigator with support from team members. Learn more about this position and apply at the Texas A&M University jobs website.   

Senior Research Associate

The Texas A&M Public Policy Research Institute is looking for a creative team player to develop and implement an integrated communication strategy for the Texas Youth Action Network. The Senior Research Associate will organize and maintain a comprehensive website and social media presence, conduct outreach through conference exhibits, cultivate a network of organizations promoting youth voice and youth empowerment, and help with the specific communication needs of other project teams. This position requires good organizational skills; experience with multiple communications platforms and marketing approaches; and knowledge of publishing, graphics, website, and presentation software. Learn more about this position and apply at the Texas A&M University jobs website.


Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program
Health Resources and Services Administration
Deadline: Oct. 28
To inform and educate the public about services offered through the RESEP program; disseminate information on radiogenic diseases and the importance of early detection; screen eligible individuals for cancer and other radiogenic diseases; provide appropriate referrals for medical treatment; and facilitate putative applicants in the documentation of Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) claims.

Advancing State and Urban Maternal and Child Health 
The Health Resources and Services Administration
Deadline: Nov.15
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for the fiscal year 2020 Advancing State and Urban Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program. The purpose of this program is to strengthen state and urban MCH programs' capacity to deliver quality public health and health care services to improve MCH outcomes. Through this program, the recipients are expected to support state Title V and urban MCH leaders across the country to achieve national impact.

Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Residency Training in Primary Care (PCTE-RTPC) Program
Health Resources and Services Administration
Deadline: Jan. 24, 2020
To enhance accredited residency training programs in family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, or combined internal medicine and pediatrics in rural and/or underserved areas, and encourage program graduates to choose primary care careers in these areas. 



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Healthy Teen Network Annual Conference
Oct. 28-30
New Orleans, La. 

2019 American Public Health Association Meeting and Expo
Nov. 2-6
Philadelphia, Pa.

AMCHP 2020 Annual Conference
March 21-24
Crystal City, Va.