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 November 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 untapped resources become available.


New From AMCHP

AMCHP 2021 Conference Call for Proposals Now Open

The 2021 AMCHP Annual Conference will be held May 22–25 at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, LA. Currently, AMCHP is planning for an in-person/ virtual hybrid meeting in New Orleans. We will update proposal submitters and the AMCHP membership community if it becomes necessary to alter the conference format due to COVID-19. Click here to learn more. The deadline for proposals is Friday, Dec. 4.


AMCHP Second Leadership Lab Webinar in the 2020–2021 Series: "(Re)Framing and (Un)Doing: Practicing Racially Just and Equitable Maternal and Child Health Leadership" 

Nov. 16, 3-4:30 p.m., ET 

During this webinar, participants will achieve the following objectives:

  • Identify, distinguish, and deconstruct frameworks; cultural competency; health equity; and racial justice
  • Identify ways in which MCH leaders can leverage the prioritization of health equity and cultural competency to advance racial justice
  • Provide examples of explicit antiracism and equity building in MCH practice 

Click here to access the informational flyer. The webinar will be live captioned. Register for the webinar here. Feel free to email if you have additional questions. 

Innovative Approaches to Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Care During COVID-19

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2-3:00 p.m., ET

Register here.

This webinar, hosted by AMCHP and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, will discuss the challenges that COVID-19 has created for accessing and delivering mental health and substance use disorder treatment and highlight two state programs that have used innovations to meet the behavioral health needs of MCH populations. The webinar features Rhode Island's Buprenorphine Hotline and Utah Title V's Tele-mental Health Program.

Speakers include:

Elizabeth Samuels, MD

Consulting Assistant Medical Director, Drug Overdose Prevention Program

Rhode Island Department of Health 


Gwen Latendresse, Ph.D. CNM FACNM

Project Lead, Telemental Health Project

Associate Professor, University of Utah

Associate Dean, Academic Programs University of Utah


AMCHP Seeks Nominees for Awards Honoring MCH Leaders – Nominations Due on Dec. 11

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) is proud to offer everyone who works in maternal and child health (MCH) a chance to recognize outstanding leaders and staff in MCH.


During the 2021 AMCHP Annual Conference, May 22-25, 2021, in New Orleans, LA., AMCHP will present awards to MCH leaders and honor excellence in the field. Nominations for the following awards will be accepted through Dec. 11, 2020. 

  • John C. MacQueen Lecture Award for innovation in the field of maternal and child health. 
  • 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. 
  • Legislative Champions for Maternal and Child Health for efforts by Members of Congress and their staff to improve the health of mothers, children, and families, including children with special health care needs. Please note that only Legislative Committee members may submit nominations for this award. Please contact our policy team for more information. 
  • Merle McPherson Leadership Award for exemplary contributions to further family/state professional collaboration between a state Title V Program and AMCHP. 
  • Vince Hutchins Leadership Award for leadership in promoting a society responsive to the needs of women, youth, and families. 
  • Emerging MCH Professional Award for outstanding state or local MCH professionals under age 45 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. 
  • Ryan Colburn Scholarship Award for a youth-with-disabilities leader to attend the AMCHP Annual Conference, connect with family leaders, and continue to spread Ryan's message of hope. 

For more information on the awards and nomination process, access the AMCHP Awards web page. The web page includes 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. 


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. This knowledge will help us design a responsive resource toolkit that can be used by states and territories to strengthen their efforts in this increasingly important area.


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


We will notify all participants that we select for focus group participation. Note that the focus group will be no longer than 90 minutes, and all participants will be compensated for their time. Please contact Marsha Stepensky with any questions.

AMCHP Early Childhood Roadmap Release

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) is pleased to share its new early childhood resource, "A Roadmap for Collaboration among Title V, Home Visiting, and Early Childhood Systems Programs: Accelerating Improvements in Early Childhood Outcomes." This resource was developed to help understand what helps and hinders collaboration among these Health Resources and Services Administration-funded early childhood programs. The roadmap:

  • Presents the results of a comprehensive environmental scan and qualitative analysis of current priorities and activities among these early childhood programs
  • Offers recommendations for enhancing collaboration among early childhood programs
  • Suggests a flexible framework that states and jurisdictions can replicate
  • Highlights a case study from the Indiana state team that pilot-tested this framework

This roadmap was designed for anyone that oversees or supports Title V, Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting, and Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems programs, but it will also be of use and interest to public health professionals and leaders, state and local maternal and child health staff, students, policymakers, and other stakeholders working with or interested in the early childhood sector. You can access "A Roadmap for Collaboration among Title V, Home Visiting, and Early Childhood Systems Programs: Accelerating Improvements in Early Childhood Outcomes" at


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. 


Legislation and Policy 

Senate Committee Releases Draft FY 2021 Appropriations Bills, Jump-starting Bicameral Negotiations

On Nov. 10, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee's Republican leadership released its proposed text and report language for all 12 appropriations bills for the federal fiscal year 2021 (FY21), jumpstarting negotiations with the U.S. House of Representatives ahead of the expiration of the current continuing resolution on Dec. 11. The Senate draft Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) appropriations bill included $707.7 million for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant. This would be a $20 million increase over the FY20 funding level for Title V but $10.5 million less than the $718.2 million approved by the U.S. House of Representatives in July.


For a more detailed analysis of funding levels for key maternal and child health programs, see AMCHP's funding levels comparison table, which includes funding levels for FY20, the FY21 House Labor-HHS bill, and the FY21 Senate Labor-HHS bill.


Next steps: The latest reporting from Capitol Hill suggests that congressional negotiators will now move to draft an omnibus appropriations bill to wrap up FY21 appropriations in the next month before the current continuing resolution expires. It is still possible that Congress will need more time to finalize all 12 appropriations bills and may need to pass another continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown. In the meantime, AMCHP will be urging policymakers to include at least the House-passed funding level of $718.2 million for the Title V MCH Services Block Grant in the final FY21 appropriations legislation.


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.


National AMCHP Policy Calls 

AMCHP National MCH COVID-19 Townhall Series

Thanks to those of you who joined us on the 16th webinar in this series on Nov. 5. The link to the recording is available hereThe next call in this series is Nov. 19, 2020, from 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 the Health Resources and Services Administration'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

The Central Jersey Family Health Consortium Seeks Participants Ages 13-22 for CJFHC Teen Health Panel

The Central Jersey Family Health Consortium is looking for participants ages 13-22 to participate in CJFHC's upcoming "For Youth by Youth" teen health initiatives panel. The panel will discuss how CJFHC, as a health agency, can best support youth programs encourage youth participation. Selected panelists will receive a $50 gift card. 


For more information, please email by Nov. 25.

Seeking Title V Agency Applications for the Summer 2021 Title V MCH Internship Program

The National Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Workforce Development Center will accept applications for the Title V MCH Internship Program until Nov. 23, 2020. At least nine teams of MCH Trainees will participate in internships in Title V programs over the summer of 2021.


Why apply to host a team of students as part of the Title V MCH Internship Program?

  • Enhance your agency's capacity to complete a project or task
  • Get help in moving a strategy forward, or in making progress on an activity that's been on the 'back burner'
  • Gain student support to design a survey, conduct key informant interviews, complete a literature review, analyze results of focus groups, or develop evidence for a strategic plan
  • Benefit from the leadership and professional development training provided by Internship staff to Title V MCH Interns
  • Learn more about your supervisory style and practice mentoring


  • Title V agencies are eligible to submit an application. If you need help developing your project idea, let us know!
  • Selected agencies must have the capacity to mentor and support a team of two MCH student interns throughout the entire 8-week program.

Click here for more information.


The Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Seeks Public Feedback for Strategic Plan 

The Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) seeks public comments and suggestions as we develop a vision for the future of maternal and child health.


MCHB Strategic Plan

We are developing a new Strategic Plan to provide a roadmap for MCHB's future. The strategic plan will guide MCHB's efforts to advance the health and well-being of mothers, children, and families in the United States. We seek your innovative ideas, experience, and feedback to ensure the strategic plan positions MCHB to: 

  • Respond effectively to future needs of maternal and child health (MCH) populations
  • Accelerate improvement in equitable MCH health and well-being outcomes
  • Incorporate public health advancements
  • Leverage new technologies
  • Translate emerging MCH evidence into practice

Please review our request for information and share your comments. We encourage input from a broad range of stakeholders. Please submit comments to by Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, by 11:59 p.m., ET.

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. The quiz contains seven questions; two 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. 

English Version:

Spanish Version:


Publications and Resources

ACA Open Enrollment Season is Here: Opportunities to Promote Coverage for Parents and Children

Open enrollment runs Nov. 1 through Dec. 15, and we encourage you to use these materials and share them among your networks: a consumer-facing resource and outreach and enrollment information for Title V programs. You can view our webinar on ACA open enrollment season here and access the slide deck here.

New Issue Brief Discusses the Implications of State Medicaid and Title V Programs' Definitions of Child and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) on Delivery of Services and Support 

Federal and state programs can have different definitions for what qualifies as CYSHCN. Program definitions of CYSHCN can have an impact on this population's eligibility for health care services and supports and can also affect access to services and outcome measures. A new issue brief developed by the Catalyst Center at Boston University and National Academy for State Health Policy examines the implications of how state Medicaid and Title V programs define CYSHCN and how those definitions impact the delivery of services and supports to these children. The report analyzes data from seven states (Arizona, Florida, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, and Virginia) and presents state options for defining CYSHCN. Access the link to the issue brief here


Innovation Station

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 U.S. 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. 


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



Free Virtual Skills Institute from the National Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Center 

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

Note: Participants are encouraged to attend all four days because the 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 into their adaptive leadership and resiliency skills when the environment feels challenging.

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


SAVE THE DATE! 7th Annual Conference on Adolescent Health (Virtual Event) Will be Held on May 13–14

The Adolescent Health Initiative (AHI) remains committed to safety and accessibility as the top priorities of the 2021 Conference on Adolescent Health and is excited to announce a completely virtual event on May 13-14, 2021. Each year, 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 AHI's Teen Advisory Council. The conference team is planning a virtual event that has robust opportunities for learning, engagement, and connection. AHI is excited to share updates as they move through the planning process. Participants can expect an interdisciplinary schedule of speakers, opportunities to obtain continuing education credits, exciting new sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities, and even a virtual networking session. Registration for the event will open on Feb. 15, 2021. Feel free to reach out with any questions to



University of South Florida Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities

The University of South Florida College of Public Health's Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Education, Science, and Practice is recruiting for two postdoctoral fellows to contribute to the center's research and teaching needs in MCH and to become prepared for MCH faculty positions and MCH leadership positions at the national and state levels. These are two-year fellowships funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, with particular foci on research pertaining to maternal/infant health, child/adolescent health, women's health, sexual/reproductive health, family/community violence, and unintentional injury. Funders are interested in recruiting individuals from racially/ethnically diverse backgrounds as well as other underrepresented minority backgrounds. For more information and to apply, click here.  



Advancing Population-Based Surveillance of Birth Defects (CDC-RFA-DD21-2101)

Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities 

Deadline: Dec. 8. 2020, 11:59 p.m., ET


This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) solicits non-research, cooperative agreement applications to strengthen the capacity of existing birth defects surveillance programs to respond to emerging threats to mothers and babies as a key component of preparedness, identify and address mechanisms contributing to health disparities, and improve the health outcomes among affected populations. The goal of this effort is to (1) improve birth defects surveillance capacity, including leveraging electronic health records and interoperability capabilities to enhance surveillance of birth defects; (2) improve birth defects surveillance data quality; and (3) use the surveillance data to improve health outcomes of affected populations.. Although CDC has been funding surveillance of birth defects since the 1990s, changes in health risks to mothers and babies and changes in health care management require that birth defects surveillance programs evolve and develop new capacities. The Zika virus outbreak demonstrated the need for more timely surveillance of birth defects and underscored the importance of strengthening state and territorial health department capacity for responding to emerging threats. In addition, the emergence of electronic health records (EHRs) and the capability to electronically exchange health data between systems (i.e. interoperability) using standards, such as HL7, for the exchange of clinical and administrative data is changing the way public health interacts with the medical community to support surveillance. This NOFO consists of three components. 

  • Component A (8 to12 awards): Improve surveillance capacity, improve surveillance data quality, improve knowledge of birth defects epidemiology, improve primary and secondary prevention, and evaluate the effectiveness of activities and disseminate findings. Component A applicants may also apply for optional Component B and/or Component C activities, although this is not a requirement. 
  • Component B (1 to 2 awards): develop interoperability capacity between birth defects surveillance systems and EHRs. 
  • Component C (4 to 12 awards): Link critical congenital heart defects (CCHDs) screening results with surveillance data. Recipients will report individual-level birth defects data and/or CCHD data to CDC. 

For additional information and eligibility requirements, please access You may also contact Bill Paradies at

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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 many of these injuries and deaths could be prevented. This September marked 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 two awardees 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



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