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 November 7, 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 Three 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

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) During Pregnancy: Current Research, Practice Recommendations, and State Policy Considerations

Dec. 3, 2-3 p.m., ET
AMCHP and the Association of State Territorial Health Officials

The AMCHP-ASTHO Promoting Innovation in State MCH Policymaking "PRISM" project is hosting a webinar on the use of MAT among pregnant women in substance use disorder treatment. This webinar will highlight current research and treatment recommendations on the use of MAT among pregnant women, policy considerations, and opportunities for Title V programs to support MAT efforts in states. Register for the webinar here.

Get Involved

"Learn the Signs. Act Early." Ambassador Program Accepting Applications

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), announce a limited funding opportunity for Act Early Ambassadors to work with CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." (LTSAE) program to improve early identification of developmental delays and disabilities in a variety of ways. View the Request for Applications for a program overview, requirements and responsibilities, and important dates.

Note that applicants from Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, and West Virginia are eligible to apply for two available ambassadorships.
Please contact Danielle Webber at or 202-525-9476 if you have additional questions.  

Extended Deadline: CSTE Still Accepting Applications to Host a Fellow in Applied Epidemiology Program and is Including Two New Programs

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. The application deadline has been extended to Nov. 15. 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: 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. 


Supporting Your Collaborative When Planning for Safe Care for Infants with Prenatal Substance Exposure

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare
Nov. 13, 1-2 p.m., ET

Join a live, facilitated discussion hosted by the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) alongside representatives from child welfare and healthcare from several states, who will share their experience and knowledge for serving pregnant and parenting women with opioid and other substance use disorders. Register here.

Key Community Partners in Establishing Breastfeeding Continuity of Care: Community Health Centers

Nov. 12, 2-3 p.m., ET
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

Learn more about the role of community health centers in breastfeeding continuity of care, and hear about four unique organizational breastfeeding support model implementations. You will also hear from two REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) recipients who partnered with health centers to leverage efforts and amplify their impact by working together. Click here to register for this webinar.

Health in Rural America: Innovative Solutions to Address Disparities

Nov. 13, 2-3:30 p.m., ET
The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation

America is facing a complex rural health crisis. This webinar will explore the rural health landscape and federal strategies to improve rural health as well as innovative initiatives to respond to unmet social needs, address provider shortages, and expand telehealth in Arkansas and Texas. The webinar also discusses the impact of rurality on maternal and child health and approaches to managing access issues. Register here.

Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Clinical Preventive Services

Nov. 14, 2019, 12-1 p.m., ET
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

This webinar discusses progress made toward achieving the Healthy People 2020 Clinical Preventive Services Leading Health Indicators. The webinar will focus on colorectal cancer screening and highlight the New York State Department of Health's efforts to implement evidence-based interventions — including policy, systems, and environmental approaches — to increase colorectal cancer screenings and reduce the burden of cancer throughout the state. Register here.

Applying the Latest Research to Prevent Bullying: Empowering Schools to Change Behaviors and Attitudes

Dec. 3, 2019, 2-4 p.m., ET
National Institute of Justice and The Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention

During this webinar, researchers will share information schools can use to address bullying. The webinar will provide teachers with techniques for responding to bullying in the classroom and give students who witness bullying the tools they need to address it. An education professional will moderate the webinar, and participants will have an opportunity to interact with presenters. Click here to register for this webinar.

Publications & Resources

General & Maternal & Child Health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new report on adverse childhood experiences: Vital Signs: Estimated Proportion of Adult Health Problems Attributable to Adverse Childhood Experiences and Implications for Prevention — 25 States, 2015–2017. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can include violence, abuse, and growing up in a family with mental health or substance use problems. Toxic stress from ACEs can change brain development and affect how the body responds to stress. ACEs are linked to chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance misuse in adulthood. However, ACEs are preventable. This Vital Signs report discusses ways to prevent ACEs.


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

On Your Behalf

Several AMCHP staff presented at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa:


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

The 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. 


National Epilepsy Awareness Month
Prematurity Awareness Month


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

2020 Preparedness Summit in Dallas
March 31-April 3
Dallas, Tx.