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 December 11, 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 DEADLINE EXTENSION- Due Dec 30

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 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 2021 Conference — Registration is now OPEN

AMCHP is planning for an in-person meeting in New Orleans, with a virtual component and registration option. We will update the AMCHP membership community if it is necessary to alter the conference format due to COVID-19. For this reason, payment is not required at the time of registration. Click here for registration info. If you register to attend in person and decide later to attend virtually, we will adjust your registration fee without penalty prior to Mar 26. Please DO NOT book flights/ hotels at this time. Attendees from AMCHP 2020 who transferred their registration to AMCHP 2021 will be contacted separately. For all registration questions, contact Samantha Freemen at


Request for Applications Open for PRISM (Promoting Innovation in State & Territorial MCH Policymaking) Learning Community! Due Jan 6

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 Seeks Nominees for Awards Honoring MCH Leaders – Nominations Extended to Jan 29!

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, on 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 Jan 29, 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 Mental Health Corner

Mental health is an important component to the well-being of women and children. To recognize its importance, we will use this space to highlight resources for MCH professionals to support their own mental health, as well as the mental health of those they serve. Read more about AMCHP’s organizational work on mental health and substance use here.

The holiday season can be a time of joy and togetherness, but it is also very common for people to experience an increased sense of stress, loneliness, and isolation during this time of year. The COVID-19 pandemic presents new challenges related to mental health that may be exacerbated during the holiday season and as COVID-19 cases and related deaths spike across the country. At AMCHP, we want to highlight the following resources that offer tools to manage emotional and mental health during this holiday season.

  • Holiday Support Resources: Mental Health America’s list of free resources is a useful guide during the holiday season and all year-round. Stress, Depression, and the Holidays: Tips for Coping: Check out these strategies from the Mayo Clinic to prevent and manage holiday stress and depression.
  • Healthy Holidays: This compilation of articles from Mental Health First Aid explores topics such as supporting loved ones with mental illness and substance use disorder.
  • Handling Stress During the Holiday Season: This article from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) California offers practical tips to promote mental wellness during the holidays.
  • Surviving Painful Holiday Emotions: This NAMI article provides strategies to cope with painful emotions. A full list of NAMI’s articles related to holiday stress is available here.

Interested in receiving more information on what’s happening related to mental health/substance use and MCH? Sign-up for the PRISM Digest, our monthly mental health/substance use newsletter, by emailing jcohen@amchp.orgHave questions or want to learn more? Contact the mental health team at


Mental Health America (MHA) Recently Released Report on Young People’s Perspectives on Mental Health and Current Challenges  

MHA’s new report, Young People’s Mental Health in 2020: Hope, Advocacy, and Action for the Future, shares the perspectives of 1,906 14-24-year-olds who completed MHA’s Young People’s Mental Health Survey through an online screening program, Highlights from the survey include:

  • Access to mental health professionals and mental health breaks as part of work or school were the top resources young people requested to support their mental health.
  • Only 24 percent think training adults would help them with their mental health challenges, versus 47 percent who want to learn more about how to help their own mental health.
  • 45 percent of 14–18-year-olds are not hopeful about the future, and more than half of LGBTQ+ teens are not hopeful about the future.
  • Only 1 in 4 young people think they can make a change in mental health in their communities.
  • The top ways young people want support to make a difference include support for their own mental health, opportunities to learn about mental health, connection to a mental health advocacy community, and training to support their peers’ mental health.

The report also includes several examples of youth-led or youth-driven initiatives leading the way in addressing the needs identified in the survey. You can download the report here. For more information about young people’s perspectives and mental health leadership, check out MHA’s new website on Young Leaders in Mental Health. Questions? Contact Kelly Davis at


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 (


Board Corner 

Join the AMCHP Board of Directors – 2021 General Election

We are still accepting nominations for our Family Representative and Region IV positions. Please consider applying for one of these roles on our board of directors. AMCHP is accepting nominations through Jan 29 for these positions only for elections to be held in early 2021. Please see our Call for Nominations page for additional information and eligibility requirements. Your help is needed to fill these important roles!


Legislation and Policy

Congress Expected to Pass One-Week Continuing Resolution to Buy Time

As of this writing, Congress is expected to pass a one-week continuing resolution to keep the federal government funded before the current continuing resolution expires on Dec 11. This would give Congress until Dec 18 to reach agreement on a legislative package dubbed a “stimnibus” (stimulus + omnibus). The “stimnibus” would combine a COVID relief stimulus bill, the federal fiscal year 2021 appropriations omnibus legislation, and several outstanding legislative measures, including health care extenders legislation and possibly maternal health legislation. Stay tuned for a legislative alert with updates.


AMCHP Leads 115 National Organizations Urging Passage of Maternal Health Bills This Year

As Congress nears the end of the 116th Congress, AMCHP led a national sign-on letter to Congressional leadership urging passage of the bipartisan Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act (H.R. 4995) and the Helping MOMS Act of 2020 (H.R. 4996) before the end of the year. The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed these bills in September 2020. AMCHP is hopeful that Congress will include this legislation in a year-end legislative package. This legislation would increase access to maternity care in rural and underserved areas, help maternity care providers and hospitals implement clinically proven best practices, support state efforts to extend Medicaid coverage for women to one-year postpartum, and make progress in the work needed to eliminate racial and ethnic inequities in maternal health outcomes.


HHS Releases Action Plan and Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Improve Maternal Health

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a 184-page report, “Healthy Women, Health Pregnancies, Healthy Futures: Action Plan to Improve Maternal Health in America,” which lays out the department’s steps to make the U.S. one of the safest countries in the world for women to give birth. To accompany the action plan, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a call to action to improve maternal health. Taken together, the documents outline HHS’ vision for partnering with stakeholders to reduce the maternal mortality rate in the U.S. by 50 percent in five years, among other targets.


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 18th webinar in this series on Dec 3. The link to the recording is available hereThe next call in this series is Dec.17, 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 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.


Need to quickly translate COVID-19 public communications into other languages? AMCHP has you covered.

Please complete this request form to submit requests to AMCHP for no-cost translations of COVID-19 health education and other public communication materials into languages other than English. Ideal materials are short (1 to 2 pages) and meet the immediate information needs of individuals and families currently being (or potentially could be) served by state/territorial MCH programs. Each request will be reviewed and the primary contact will be notified of the request status within 1 to 2 business days of receipt. If the request is approved, translated materials will be delivered electronically within 3 to 4 business days of approval. The request form includes a list of available translation languages, space to upload the original document files, and questions about the dissemination and potential reach of translated materials. You must submit a separate form for each translation request. Please contact Dorianne Butler with any questions at   


For Health Care Professionals: Use these Adolescent Health-Centered Social Media Templates to Promote your Clinics and Professional Accomplishments 

Adolescent Health Initiative has created a series of adolescent health-centered templates to use on Instagram, Facebook, or LinkedIn stories to promote adolescent health. These templates were created with the intention to support health care professionals in promoting their adolescent-centered work.


We hope you will join us in launching our adolescent-centered social media templates on Friday, Dec 4, 2020. These new templates feature practical prompts that health care professionals can use to promote their clinic, professional accomplishments, and attract new clients. If you interested in using these templates, please contact Rachel Brauer at Adolescent Health Initiative, Michigan Medicine. Thanks in advance for your support and collaboration!

Introducing the Interactive Data Query Tool from The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) Data Resource Center (DRC) for Child and Adolescent Health

The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) congratulates state and territorial Title V programs on completing your five-year needs assessments and your most recent Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant reports/applications and reviews. We know how hard you work, and CAHMI’s Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health (DRC) is designed to help make your work life a little easier with tools like our Interactive Data Query. This powerful tool puts your state’s data on Title V National Performance Measures (NPMs) and National Outcome Measures (NOMs) right at your fingertips. This tool allows you to search NPM and NOM data as measured by the National Survey of Children’s Health, as well as other indicators of child health at the state, regional, and national level and across multiple years. Quick and easy access to these data will inform and enhance your ongoing needs assessment and program planning work. For example, with a few clicks using dropdown menus, you can compare rates of breastfeeding in your state among subgroups including race/ethnicity and household income level; or compare the overall health status among children in your state by age, type of health insurance, special health care needs status, or whether or not a child has a medical home. Watch a short video tutorial, or jump right in and start exploring the data.


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.


Innovation Station

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

AMCHP is pleased to announce the official launch of our new round of 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 (TA) 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 structureThe 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 TA in the form of quarterly webinars which 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? 

  • Visit our new site for more information.
  • Listen to the recording from our informational webinar.
  • Register for our next application support webinar. Preparing for Replication: Identifying Core Components will take place on Jan. 28, 3–4 p.m., ET. This webinar will cover what core components are, how to identify them, and how to use them to determine how to modify/adapt your selected Innovation Station practice to your context. You can register for the webinar here.

If you have any questions or need help getting started, please contact



In Case You Missed It: Webinar Recording and Materials Available: (Re)Framing and (Un)Doing: Practicing Racially Just and Equitable MCH Leadership

In this Leadership Lab webinar, presenters critically examined frameworks and concepts related to health and racial equity, and their journeys to practicing equitable leadership in MCH. Click here to access the post-captioned recording, transcript, presenter slides, Q&A, and a list of additional resources.


NACCHO and CDC Navigating Lactation Support Programs in COVID-19 Webinar on Dec 16

The COVID-19 pandemic has paved the way for innovative thinking on how to better utilize technology to promote, protect and support chest/breastfeeding in the community. With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NACCHO’s Building REACH Community Continuity of Care project grantees have shifted their work plans to continue building internal continuity of care within their organization, while ensuring easy access to chest/breastfeeding care for families who needed the most.


Join us on Wednesday, Dec 16, at 2:00 PM ET for a webinar to learn more about how two federally qualified health centers and a community-based organization successfully adjusted their plans during the pandemic to continue serving families and were able to sustain new activities. No cost 1.5 continuing education credits for lactation support providers (CERPs) are pending approval. Register here.


AMCHP Innovation Station Webinar on Preparing for Replication: Identifying Core Components

Please join AMCHP on Jan. 28, 3–4 p.m., ET for a webinar that will focus on how to identify the core components of a practice in order to prepare for replication. This webinar will cover what core components are, how to identify them, and how to use them to determine how to modify/adapt a practice to your context. Note: This webinar is open to anyone interested in learning more about core components. 

Register for this webinar by clicking here. For those unable to attend, the webinar will be recorded and posted on our 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



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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