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 November 25, 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 Joins 350 Organizations to Call for White House Office on Children and Youth

AMCHP joined 350 organizations and leaders to express support for a White House Office on Children and Youth. This office is critical to elevate the needs of children, youth, and their families by addressing COVID-19, health equity, and poverty. Establishing a White House Office on Children and Youth will bring sustained attention to research and policy recommendations, enhance alignment and coordination of federal programs and investments, and ultimately set our country on a trajectory of wellbeing, prosperity, and thriving for the future. You can read more at


Request for Applications Open for PRISM (Promoting Innovation in State & Territorial MCH Policymaking) Learning Community!

AMCHP and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials are currently accepting applications for participation in Cohort Two of the PRISM Learning Community. The Promoting Innovation in State & Territorial MCH Policymaking (PRISM) Learning Community will provide technical assistance and capacity-building to support states in advancing policy solutions that address substance use and mental health disorders in women of reproductive age. State teams will participate in a virtual policy academy in Spring 2021 and benefit from technical assistance and ongoing virtual learning opportunities. Applications are due Wed., Jan. 6, 2021. For more information, see the full RFA here.

AMCHP 2021 Conference — Call for Proposals Due Dec. 4

The 2021 AMCHP Annual Conference will be held May 22–25 at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, LA. At this time, AMCHP is planning for an in-person meeting in New Orleans. We will update proposal submitters and the AMCHP membership community if it is necessary to alter the conference format due to COVID-19. Click here to learn more. 


The theme this year is Global Meets Local: A Global Approach for Local Outcomes. The COVID 19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of working collaboratively with others from around the globe, to solve issues that are common to all of us. To help you better understand the conference theme, we invite you to view the following short videos featuring AMCHP staff members and youth leaders:

  • What global health means to AMCHP: Click here
  • How we envision conference as a "transnational learning experience": Click here
  • Example topics that align with the theme: Click here
  • More on global-to-local research: Click here

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.


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 17th webinar in this series on November 19th. The link to the recording is available hereThe next call in this series is Dec. 3, 2020, 2:00-3:00 p.m., E.T. 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.


Get Involved

The Central Jersey Family Health Consortium (CJFHC) Seeks Participants Ages 13 through 22 for Its 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 and encourage youth participation. Selected panelists will receive a $50 gift card. 


For more information, please email by Nov. 25.


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 Fri., 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.


American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Offers Course in Plans of Safe Care for Infants Exposed to Opioids

The AAP course, Plans of Safe Care for Infants Exposed to Opioids, educates pediatricians about best practices in caring for and supporting families affected by prenatal opioid exposure. Advancing the care coordination and patient- and family-centered pediatric medical home framework, the course supports pediatricians in implementing key recommendations outlined in the newly released clinical report, "Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome." The course discusses (1) trends and impact of opioid use disorder (OUD) during pregnancy; (2) practical approaches for addressing social attitudes towards pregnant and parenting women with OUD; and (3) discharge planning to support long-term treatment and recovery for the mother-infant dyad during the transition to community care. This course is free of charge, and it is eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and Maintenance of Certification Part 2 points. Register for the course here.


Introducing the Infantile Spasms Action Network (ISAN)

The ISAN is a collaborative advocacy group of 30 international organizations that have joined together to inform families, physicians, and caregivers about the signs of Infantile Spasms (IS). Infantile Spasms are a rare but serious seizure type that can cause catastrophic, permanent damage to a child's developing brain. It is estimated that worldwide, a baby is diagnosed with IS every 12 minutes. Early diagnosis is key.


To help people remember how to recognize the subtleties of IS, ISAN developed the 'STOP' mnemonic:


See the signs - Take a video - Obtain diagnosis - Prioritize treatment


For more information on ISAN and the signs of IS, go to #ISAW2020


"Best Practices and Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide" 

Media and online coverage of suicide should be informed by best practices. State public health leaders can use this new resource when they respond to inquiries related to suicide. Some suicide deaths may be newsworthy. However, the manner in which media cover suicide can influence behavior negatively by contributing to contagion, or it can positively influence behavior by encouraging help seeking. For more information on the important role that media plays in preventing suicide and for specific information on safe reporting of suicide, click here. These Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide were developed by leading experts in suicide prevention and in collaboration with several international suicide prevention and public health organizations, schools of journalism, media organizations, and key journalists as well as Internet safety experts. The recommendations are based on more than 50 international studies on suicide contagion.


November Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health Blog Looks at Impacts of COVID-19 on Adolescent Mental Health

This month's post in the adolescent and young adult (AYA) behavioral health blog, #ScreenToInterveneForAYAs, highlights a recent New York Times' article that looks at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adolescent mental health. The article summarizes the results of two surveys, both of which measured the impact of the pandemic on adolescent mental health. However, the outcomes were surprisingly different. The blog post delves into that data, discusses how the impacts of the pandemic on AYA mental health differ based on context and other roots causes of health, and presents implications for Title V and public health professionals.


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


NEW AMCHP & Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) Issue Brief: Promoting Access to Care for Women of Reproductive Age with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders in Rural Communities

This AMCHP-GHPC issue brief describes current challenges for women of reproductive age in accessing mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) services in rural communities. Opportunities for care delivery innovation are highlighted, including state efforts to increase access to medication-assisted treatment for pregnant and postpartum women in rural areas. The brief also explores promising policy opportunities and strategies for Title V to increase access to mental health and SUD care for women in rural communities. See the issue brief here.


Innovation Station

Be a Part of the Re-launch of AMCHP's Replication Projects!

Do you have a priority or strategy in your State Action Plan that you aren't sure how to operationalize? Consider participating in AMCHP's newly redesigned Replication Projects! Every year, AMCHP offers awards for organizations and agencies to replicate evidence-based practices from our Innovation Station Database. Receive tailored technical assistance and support to either build your state's capacity to implement an Innovation Station practice or begin adapting a practice to your state's context. AMCHP's Replication Projects are also an excellent opportunity to strengthen and develop partnerships with community organizations to address priority needs.


Format and structure: The project offers two tracks depending on an organization's level of readiness to replicate a practice. The Capacity-Building Track focuses on capacity building and developing the infrastructure necessary to implement a chosen practice, and the Implementation Track provides support to begin actual implementation of a practice. Both tracks will be structured as cohorts with participants receiving group technical assistance in the form of quarterly webinars that will focus on specific tools and trainings aligned with the Implementation Stages FrameworkCheck out our infographic to learn more.


Want to learn more about this opportunity? Please register for our Enhancing Your Program's Impact: AMCHP's Replication Projects informational webinar on Dec. 3 from 3 to 4 p.m., ET by clicking here. The webinar will be recorded and posted on our website for those unable to attend.



In Case You Missed It: Webinar Recording: Innovative Approaches to Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Care During COVID-19

This webinar, hosted by AMCHP and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, discussed the challenges that COVID-19 has created for accessing/delivering mental health and substance use treatment and highlighted two state programs that have innovated to meet the behavioral health needs of MCH populations. State programs featured include Rhode Island's Buprenorphine Hotline and Utah Title V's Tele-mental Health Program. Watch the recording here and access materials from the webinar here.


Bright Futures Presents: Resources, Strategies, and Experiences to Advance National Performance Measures 11 & 12

Dec. 9, 2020

1:15 p.m.–2:45 p.m., ET

 Please join us for a 90-minute webinar to learn about key resources, strategies, and real-world experiences to assist your state Title V MCH program's efforts to advance National Performance Measures 11 (Medical Home) and 12 (Transition). Presenters include representatives from the Bright Futures National Center, state Title V MCH programs, Got Transition, and the National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home. Register here:


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



National Epilepsy Awareness Month

National Family Caregivers Month

Prematurity Awareness Month

National Homeless Youth Awareness Month

Infantile Spasms Awareness Week, Dec. 1–7