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 December 23, 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.

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  

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.


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 Have questions or want to learn more? Contact the mental health team at


Board Corner 

Join the AMCHP Board of Directors – 2021 General Election

AMCHP is 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, 2020 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

AMCHP Releases MCH Priorities for Biden Administration

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs has released suggested priorities for the incoming Biden Administration. The maternal and child health priorities include policy steps to improve the health of women, children and families; as well as reduce health inequities in the United States. Read more here

Congress Finally Passes Funding Bill, COVID-19 Relief

On Dec. 21, the House and Senate reached a long-awaited deal and passed an end of year bill that included funding for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2021, additional stimulus funding in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, health extenders, and several other legislative provisions. The President is expected to sign the bill into law soon. We are pleased to report that the bill includes a $25 million increase for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant for a total of $712.7 million in FY21!

  • A summary of the COVID relief provisions can be found here.
  • Bill text can be found here.
  • Detailed funding charts for FY21 Labor, Health and Human Services programs can be found here:
    • HRSA Maternal and Child Health is on page 146; and
    • CDC funding begins on page 150.  

Next Steps on Maternal Health and other Legislation

Unfortunately, the end-of-year bill omitted a number of funding and policy priorities that the maternal and child health community had hoped would make it into the final bill, including the following: emergency funding for the Title V MCH Services Block Grant and MIECHV; the Helping MOMS Act to give states the option to extend postpartum Medicaid coverage to 12 months postpartum; and the Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act, which would have authorized a number of programs aimed at improving maternal health outcomes. 


Congressional leaders and President-elect Biden, however, have indicated that they intend to continue working on a follow-up emergency relief bill to address unresolved issues. AMCHP staff will continue in our advocacy efforts to ensure that our maternal and child health legislative priorities remain front and center for the new Congress and the Biden-Harris Administration. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Amy Haddad or Alyson Northrup.


National AMCHP Policy Calls 

AMCHP National MCH COVID-19 Townhall Series

Thanks to those of you who joined us on the 19th webinar in this series on December 17th. The link to the recording is available hereThe next call in this series is January 7th, 2020, 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.


Get Involved

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. 


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Publications and Resources

December Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health Blog Emphasizes the Importance of Self-Care for the Adolescent Health Workforce

This month's post in the adolescent and young adult (AYA) behavioral health blog, #ScreenToInterveneForAYAs takes a break from the typical content related to AYA mental health to underscore the value of self-care for the Adolescent Health workforce. The post highlights Tina Palmer’s (State Adolescent Health Coordinator for Iowa) “2020 story” along with her strategies for self-care to manage the stress of the year. Read the December 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 (


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 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 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 TA in the form of quarterly webinars which will focus on specific tools and trainings aligned with the Implementation Stages Framework. Check 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 Available: Child Trends’ Elevating the Need for Health-Education Coordination: Bridging Together Title V and IDEA to Best Support Children with Disabilities”

The recording of the webinar can be found here. Please feel free to share the recording—CC will be added this week. Lastly, if you haven’t already, please take a moment to complete this brief evaluation


AMCHP/ HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau- 2021 Virtual Title V Partnership Meeting Series

This meeting series supports the Title V MCH Services Block Grant Program. Although we are not able to convene in person, we will come together virtually for four 90-minute sessions over four months to learn about topics of importance to your work to support the health of women, infants, children and youth including those with special health care needs, and families. The sessions will address implementation of Title V programs in the context of COVID-19, the Guiding Principles of evidence-based, family and youth-engaged practice, equity and social justice frameworks, and leveraging the new Blueprint for CYSHCN and the HHS Maternal Health Plan. Click here for detailed descriptions.


Who should attend? 

Title V MCH and CYSHCN directors should attend. Other state Title V staff including, but not limited to, family leaders, youth leaders, MCH epidemiologists, SSDI coordinators, Title V program staff, and adolescent health coordinators, are welcome to join.

Will you be recording these?

Yes, we will record the presentation portion of each session and make the recording available for those who have difficulty joining live.


RegistrationRegistration links and descriptions of each session are listed below and here

Session 1: Virtual Title V Partnership Meetings Kickoff: Title V Priorities for 2020-2025 (Jan. 28 at 3:00 PM ET)

Session 2: Virtual Title V Partnership Meetings Session #2: COVID-19 and Title V (Feb. 18 at 3:00PM ET)

Session 3: Virtual Title V Partnership Meetings Session #3: Implementing Title V with MCH guiding principles: Evidence-based, family and youth-engaged practice (Mar. 18 at 3:00 PM) 

Session 4: Virtual Title V Partnership Meetings Session #4: National Context for State Action Plans: Reviewing A Blueprint for Change: Guiding Principles for Advancing the System of Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) and Families, and HHS Maternal Health Plan (Apr. 15 at 3:00 PM ET)


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



Health Resources and Services Administration Encourages State MCH/Title V Agencies and its Close Partners to Apply for Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Grants

Deadline: March 15, 2021


The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for the fiscal year 2021 Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems: Health Integration Prenatal-to-Three (ECCS) Program. The purpose of this program is to build integrated maternal and early childhood systems of care that are equitable, sustainable, comprehensive, and inclusive of the health system, and that promote early developmental health and family well-being and increase family-centered access to care and engagement of the prenatal-to-3-year-old (P–3) population. The goals for the ECCS program are to:

  • Increase state-level infrastructure and capacity to develop and/or strengthen statewide maternal and early childhood systems of care
  • Increase coordination and alignment between maternal and child health (MCH) and other statewide systems that impact young children and families to advance a common vision for early developmental health and family well-being
  • Increase the capacity of health systems to deliver and effectively connect families to a continuum of services that promote early developmental health and family well-being, beginning prenatally
  • Identify and implement policy and financing strategies that support the funding and sustainability of multigenerational, preventive services and systems for the prenatal through age 3 (P–3) population
  • Increase state-level capacity to advance equitable and improved access to services for underserved P–3 populations.   

ECCS efforts aim to increase statewide access to integrated, effective, culturally appropriate, evidence-based early developmental health and family well-being promotion, prevention, and early intervention practices and services during the prenatal and early childhood period. Earlier family engagement in high-quality comprehensive services supports long-term family protective factors, reductions in risks to health and development, and improvements in indicators of health and well-being. HRSA expects to award up to 20 ECCS: Health Integration Prenatal-to-Three awards for a five-year project period from Aug. 1, 2021–July 31, 2026. To apply, click here. If you have questions, feel free to contact Ekaterina Zoubak 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 Safe Toys & Gifts Month