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 March 12, 2020

Annual Conference Postponed

Dear AMCHP 2020 Attendee,

First, thank you for your support and patience as we've been thoughtfully navigating the current environment resulting from the COVID-19  pandemic. We have appreciated all of your notes and words of encouragement.

Out of concern for the health and safety of both our attendees and their families and due to travel restrictions brought on by the  Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are postponing our annual conference scheduled for March 21-24, 2020 in Crystal City, VA. In addition to protecting our meeting participants and their families, rescheduling non-essential gatherings and/or travel is also done to slow the spread of this disease and protect the health system which will otherwise be overwhelmed. Your health is our top priority. We intend to reschedule and will be sharing updates in the coming weeks.

Please know that we are working quickly through the complex logistics of the cancellation/postponement. We expect you will have many questions regarding registration and refunds. We are sorting through that now and expect to address this in the coming weeks. We ask for your patience during this process.

HOTEL: If you have reserved a hotel room directly with the hotel, please be sure to cancel your reservation.  The Crystal Gateway Marriott may be reached at (703) 920-3230. If you are a sponsored traveler working with an AMCHP team member your room cancellations will be done for you, but you should connect with your AMCHP team member to confirm.

TRAVEL: Likewise, if you are a sponsored traveler, your arrangements will be cancelled for you, but you should still connect with your AMCHP team member to confirm. If you made travel arrangements directly with an air carrier or train line, please contact them directly.

HILL DAY: If AMCHP scheduled any Hill Day visits for you, they are being canceled on your behalf.

The AMCHP Annual Conference is our premier gathering and the planning and preparation of this event is immense and involves many dedicated MCH professionals. We are so very disappointed that we will not meet in our Nation's Capital next weekend, but the safety and well-being of our members, attendees and staff must be taken into account above everything…and we look forward to seeing you in the near future.


Jonathan Webb, MPH, MBA
Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP)

New From AMCHP

Leadership Lab to Offer Two More Leadership Development Trainings
The Leadership Lab will be offering two more leadership development trainings for the 2019-2020 programming year. These trainings are offered in place of the typical cohort structure and are open to anyone interested in the designated topic for each training.

AMCHP will host the last training in 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.

Legislation and Policy

Eighty Organizations Join AMCHP in Support of Increased Funding for Title V
AMCHP was proud to have the support of 80 organizations that signed a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to request a minimum of $715 million for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant in fiscal year 2021. Although Congress is entering this appropriations season with a tight overall budget, we hope this strong show of support will result in increased funding for the MCH Block Grant! Read the letter here.

Board Corner

Vote for Board of Directors
The 2020 AMCHP Board of Directors election began on Feb. 5, 2020, and will conclude at 5 p.m., ET, on March 16, 2020. Candidate profiles from the open call for nominations are posted on this link; see their responses to the questionnaire as background information for voting. Please check your email (as well as the spam folder). All voting delegates received a SurveyMonkey link via email on Feb. 5 to cast their votes electronically. If you have not received an email or have any problems with voting, please contact Nikeisha Ogletree, Associate Director, Human Resources and Administration.   Voting for the next cohort of AMCHP leadership is a key benefit of AMCHP membership. Please exercise your important right to vote.

National AMCHP MCH Policy Calls 

AMCHP National MCH Policy Calls
Get up to date on federal MCH policy. The next event in the All-Member National MCH Policy Call series will take place on April 2, 2020, 2-3 p.m., ET. Register here.

In addition to our standard policy updates, the April 2 policy call will feature guest speaker Dorothy Cilenti, DrPH, MPH, MSW, Director/Principal Investigator of the Maternal Health Learning and Innovation Center, to discuss the Health Resources and Services Administration's State Maternal Health Innovation program and the Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies program.

Get Involved

Request for Information on Out-of-State Provision of Medicaid Services for Children with Medically Complex Conditions – Due March 23

On January 21, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a Request for Information on "Coordinating Care from Out-of-State Providers for Children with Medically-Complex Conditions." CMS is seeking public comments on:

  • Best practices for using out-of-state providers in coordinating care for children with medically complex conditions.
  • How care is coordinated for such children when that care is provided by out-of-state providers including when care is provided in emergency and non-emergency situations.
  • Processes for screening and enrolling out-of-state providers, including efforts to streamline these processes or reduce the burden of these processes on such providers and states.

Comments are due on March 23, no later than 11:59 pm EST, and can be submitted HERE.

Request for Applications Open for PRISM (Promoting Innovation in State & Territorial MCH Policymaking) Learning Community!
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and AMCHP are accepting applications for organizations seeking to participate in Cohort Two of the PRISM Learning Community. The Promoting Innovation in State & Territorial MCH Policymaking (PRISM) Learning Community will provide technical assistance, capacity-building, and peer learning to help states advance policy solutions that address substance use and mental health disorders in reproductive-age women. State teams will participate in a Fall 2020 Policy Academy in Washington, D.C. Each will benefit from in-state technical assistance and ongoing virtual learning opportunities. Applications are due April 17. For more information, see the full RFA here.

Publications and Resources 

Title V:  Your Help is Needed to Count all Kids in the U.S. Census! 
AMCHP is pleased to release a package of materials to promote an accurate count of all children in the 2020 U.S. Census. Census results determine the allocation of billions of dollars in federal funds.  It is critical to achieve an accurate count of children so that your state and local communities receive a fair share of funding to support MCH populations. Children are routinely undercounted in the decennial census. 

The AMCHP 2020 Census package ( includes three resources:

  • Counting Kids in the 2020 Census –a fact sheet for MCH programs and advocates
  • 2020 Census Social Media Resource Guide
  • Parent fact sheet: "Shape Your Children's Future – Include Them in the Census! (English and Spanish)

We encourage you to disseminate these resources broadly. Please direct any questions to Jess Cohen

New PRAMS Data Are Available to Researchers by Request 
Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) State-level 2018 Data. PRAMS provides data on maternal attitudes, experiences and behaviors around the time of pregnancy. PRAMS is currently funded in 50 sites and covers about 83 percent of all live births in the United States, including 47 states, New York City, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico. Learn more.

Check out the #ScreenToInterveneForAYAs: Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health Blog!
The #ScreenToInterveneForAYAs blog has published several new posts in a series highlighting the state-level efforts of various Maternal and Child Health Programs toward improving the rates of depression screening with an appropriate follow-up plan among AYAs.  Check out the latest post in the series, to learn how the Wisconsin team is leveraging their state's Child Psychiatry Consultation Program to support primary care physicians in caring for their AYA patients' emotional well-being.  Sign up here to receive updates from the #ScreenToInterveneForAYAs blog. To write a guest blog post or if you have any questions, please contact Anna Corona.

Innovation Station 

Now Accepting Submissions to AMCHP's Innovation Station: Due April 17innovation station.png
Do you have an effective or innovative MCH practice you would like to have featured in AMCHP's Innovation Station? AMCHP is currently accepting submissions for its spring best practices review. Submit your practice by completing the submission form. For additional resources to help you submit your practice, visit the Submit a Best Practice page, or contact Lynda Krisowaty

On Your Behalf

AMCHP 2019-2020 Fiscal Year Membership Dues
AMCHP memberships are vital for individuals, organizations, state, and territorial programs with an interest in maternal and child health. Membership due notices have been distributed for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. If you have not yet had the chance to submit payment for your dues, click here for payment options.


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