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 April 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 new resources become available.

An Open Forum: Drawing on our Strengths to respond to COVID-19

Please join AMCHP and a panel of experts in an open-forum discussion on the strengths and challenges impacted individuals are currently facing in the COVID-19 pandemic. Our conversation will focus on exploring the impact of this pandemic on our way of life and how Title V MCH programs can work together with impacted leaders to take steps towards creating meaningful change.

When? Thursday, April 23, 2020 3-4pm EST

Register here: 

Safe States COVID-19 Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Hub

Safe States just launched the COVID-19 Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Hub to support Injury and Violence Prevention professionals and advance the practice, as our nation continues to respond to the rapidly changing environment. During these unprecedented times, we must come together to support one another to minimize the anticipated short- and long-term impacts of injuries and violence in the communities we serve. Together, we can ensure that practices we know to prevent injuries and violence and support resilient, healthy communities, remain part of the ongoing conversation. If you have tips, tools, or resources related to the COVID-19 response to share, please contact to have them added.

The National Academy for State Health Policy- COVID 19 State Action Center and CYSHCN Blog

The National Academy for State Health Policy has created a COVID 19 State Action Center to share resources related to COVID-19, as well as a blog sharing “State Medicaid Strategies to Maintain Access to Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs during the Pandemic.”

New from AMCHP

AMCHP and the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center Unveil New Implementation Toolkit to Help Title V Agencies Meet National Performance Measure 13 on Preventive Dental Visits for Pregnant Women, Children, and Adolescents

In partnership with the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, AMCHP has released a new implementation toolkit to help Title V agencies meet National Performance Measure (NPM) 13, which focuses on preventive dental visits.

The NPM 13 toolkit is part of a series of toolkits that provide evidence-based and evidence-informed practices, publications, and other resources geared toward each NPM. The information within the toolkits can be implemented at the state, territory, and community levels. Toolkits include implementation-focused resources and guidance from AMCHP, including AMCHP’s Innovation Station, with contributions from Title V agencies and other partners in maternal and child health (MCH) and links to the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors’ website and the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center’s website for additional resources.

Six toolkits on the well-woman visit (NPM 1), breastfeeding (NPM 4), developmental screening (NPM 6), bullying (NPM 9), the adolescent well visit (NPM 10), and transition (NPM 12) are located on AMCHP’s Implementation Toolkits page.

We hope these toolkits will encourage Title V programs to learn from one another and share their strategies and resources to rove MCH practice across the country.

DEADLINE FAST APPROACHING: AMCHP Survey on the Title V Block Grant Guidance 

Hello AMCHP Members!

AMCHP is gathering your input and feedback on the Title V MCH Services Block Grant Guidance. The guidance is in the process of revisions according to its usual three-year cycle. Please share your perspectives on the guidance using this Survey Monkey form. The form will provide the following prompts:

  • What parts of the current Title V MCH Services Block Grant Guidance would you like to see updated or changed? What types of changes would best serve your program?
  • What parts of the current Title V MCH Services Block Grant Guidance would you like to stay the same? What is working well for your program?
  • What concerns do you hope the new current Title V MCH Services Block Grant Guidance will address?
  • Other comments/feedback on the Guidance

The deadline for completing the survey is midnight April 30, 2020.

Questions? Contact Caroline Stampfel:

Board Corner

Virtual AMCHP Annual Business Meeting to be Held May 7

All AMCHP members, partners, and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to attend the next Virtual AMCHP Annual Business meeting. Please join us as we recognize transitioning Board Members and welcome 2020 Officers, hear about the year ahead and the State of the Association. The call is scheduled for Thursday, May 7 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET. Please register here to join us!

National AMCHP Policy Calls 

AMCHP National MCH COVID-19 Townhall Series

Thank you to those of you who joined us on the 2nd webinar in this series on April 16th. The link to the recording is available here. For follow-up materials and resources from the call, please be sure to check out AMCHP's COVID-19 page.

This series will continue to provide an opportunity for our members to hear about the current state-of-play related to COVID-19 and national policy as well as other pressing policy updates, as needed. We will be joined by leaders from HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control. AMCHP (and our federal agency partners) are very interested in talking with you to share information to assist in your planning around COVID-19, as well as to hear about your evolving needs and/or stories from the field.

The next call in this series is April 30th 2:00-3:00 PM EST. To join the call, you will need to register individually. Please use this link to register, if you haven’t already.

Get Involved

Virtual Screening of the New Documentary of Autism Goes to College Recording and Screening on April 23

In partnership with College Steps, AMCHP’s State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) hosted a virtual screening of the new documentary, Autism Goes to College, for Autism Acceptance Month. The documentary features the story of five students on the spectrum who take us on campus and into their lives, offering an eye-opening look at what a growing number of neurodiverse young adults are bringing to their communities. If you missed the screening of the film or are interested in seeing it again, here are two ways to do so:

  • View the recording of our screening and Q&A with local autistic college students herePRO-TIP: If you receive an error message upon clicking the link, you may need to log out of Office 365 to view the recording.

  • Join the Search Center at the University of California Riverside and its Partner Network, including AMCHP's SPHARC as they host a LIVE Facebook Event to screen the film. Cast from the documentary will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening! Access the full flyer here and register for the event here


Join the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) for the last 2 of a 4-part webinar series. These webinars review what we currently know on disability inclusion as it relates to the emerging COVID-19 issue:

  • Session 3: Advice from People Who Have A Disability on Dealing with COVID-19
    Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
    April 29, 2020, 4-5:30, p.m. ET
    Hear from self-advocates and allies on how to deal with COVID-19 as they share tips and strategies on handwashing, mental health, nutrition, and exercise. This webinar (free of charge) will discuss steps to take when working with personal care attendants and direct support providers and what social distancing means in your friendships and relationships. Register here.

  • Session 4: Advice on Your Questions
    Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
    April 30, 2020, 4-5:30, p.m. ET
    Join this webinar (free of charge) for an open question and answer session, with a panel of representatives from the medical field, self-advocates, caregivers, and federal partners. Register here.

Family Voices Leadership in Family and Professional Partnerships (LFPP) Family Engagement Convening—Virtual Workshops 

Family Voices Leadership in Family and Professional Partnerships (LFPP) is pleased to reschedule the in-person Family Engagement Convening as a live virtual event through Zoom! LFPP offers this opportunity to bring together family leaders, Title V professionals, and other stakeholders to participate in seven more sessions. 

Join us to learn successful strategies and best practices on ways to improve engagement of families, particularly those from medically underserved populations; emergency responsiveness in times of crisis; organizational development; assessment of family engagement; and more. Dynamic and experienced presenters will deliver an exciting agenda of relevant presentation topics. Click here to register for all sessions.

Session Schedule (subject to change):

  • Tues., April 28, 3-4:15 p.m., ET: For Family Organizations: Visioning, Managing, and Succession Planning 
    Led by three Family-to-Family program directors, this session offers tips and strategies for setting the vision of the organization, managing your team, and succession planning for future leadership. 

  • Thurs., April 30, 3-4:15 p.m., ET: Family Organization/Title V Engagement in Block Grant Development 
    Learn about the longstanding partnership between Hawaii’s Family-to-Family Health Information Center and their state Title V organization. Presenters will share their experiences, lessons learned, and specific strategies they used to engage families and family organizations in the development of their block grant.

  • Tues., May 5, 3-4:15 p.m., ET: Sustaining the Relationship: Family Organizations and State Title V Collaboration in Block Grant Implementation 
    This presentation will tell the story of New Jersey’s longstanding collaboration with their family organization [State Parent Advisory Network (SPAN)] in block grant implementation. Presenters will summarize Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) guidance on family and family organization engagement at all stages of the block grant, including implementation, as well as the essential public health functions of MCH programs; will share New Jersey Title V strategies to engage families and family organizations in block grant implementation; and will discuss SPAN’s role in block grant implementation across domains and core public health functions. Presenters will share tips and lessons learned from years of partnering.  

  • Thurs., May 7, 3-4:30 p.m., ET: Family-to-Family Health Information Centers in an Emergency Environment: On the Ground Response to Sustainable Preparedness
    This session focuses on the capacity of Family-to-Family Health Information Centers to create and implement a sustainable emergency preparedness and response plan. A panel of Family-to-Family Health Information Centers will discuss how their organization is responding to the current pandemic as well as their responses to past local and national emergency situations. Topics will include communications, infrastructure, and organizational change, and the role of formal and informal partnerships. Breakout sessions on topics of interest will follow the presentations. 

  • Tues., May 12, 3-4:15 p.m., ET: Family-to-Family Health Information Centers Question and Answer/Technical Assistance Panel
    (Note: For Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2Fs) and Family Voices Affiliate Organizations (FVAOs) only.) 
    This audience-directed session is an opportunity to get your questions answered by our expert panel representing MCHB, F2Fs, affiliate organizations, and Family Voices National. Please submit your questions in advance to Lisa Maynes at

  • Thurs., May 14, 3-4:15 p.m., ET: Assessing Family Engagement in Individual and Systems-Level Initiatives
    Family Voices will present two assessment tools: the Family-Centered Care Assessment Tool and the Family Engagement in Systems Assessment Tool. Using actual examples, you will hear from states about how they have used these tools to support, enhance, and promote meaningful and sustainable family engagement.

  • Tues, May 19, 3-4:30 p.m., ET: Building Partnerships to Reach Underserved Populations
    Having difficulty reaching and supporting underserved populations? This webinar features three states that share their successful experiences in developing relationships with underserved populations. Presenters from Title V organizations and Family-to-Family Health Information Centers will share meaningful partnerships they have developed with each other and other partners, strategies employed, and key components that were drivers of progress. 

Center of Excellence for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) and Children’s Equity Project: Webinar Series- April 30–July 30, 2020

Equity in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Webinar Series 

This webinar series aims to promote equity through IECMHC by building awareness of the impact of institutional racism and other forms of bias that affect the experiences of children and families from disadvantaged communities. The series identifies policies that support more equitable systems and strengthens culturally responsive IECMHC practices that reduce disparities and improve child outcomes. 

The series will consist of four 90-minute webinars, as follows: 

  • How Did We Get Here: An Overview of the Root Causes of Disparities in Child Outcomes, and the Role of Child-Serving Systems
    April 30, 2020, 12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m., ETRegister here


  • Culture, Identity, and History as Sources of Strength and Resilience for Tribal Communities
    May 28, 2020, 12:30 p.m.‒2:00 p.m., ETRegister here


  • Culture, Identity, and History as Sources of Strength and Resilience for African American Children and Families 
    June 25, 2020, 12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m., ETRegister here


  • Culture, Identity, and History as Sources of Strength and Resilience for Latino Children and Families 
    July 30, 2020, 12:30 p.m.- 2:00 p.m., ETRegister here

The content of each webinar serves as a building block for the next in the series. Space is limited. Register today!


Mental Health and COVID-19: How the Pandemic Complicates Current Gaps in Care and What Can Be Done

Trust for America’s Health 

May 6, 2020, 23:30 p.m., ET

The ongoing pandemic has created new challenges and aggravated existing obstacles to mental health care and well-being. Individuals, families, and communities are grappling with financial insecurity, increased difficulty accessing mental health and substance use treatment, and an elevated level overall stress and anxiety. This pandemic also threatens to widen existing disparities in access, treatment, and recovery for mental illness and substance use disorders. This situation culminates into a possible “second wave” of rising mental anguish, addiction, and social dislocation. Attendees will learn about current advocacy efforts to improve the mental health system, specialized resources that have been released to respond to the epidemic, and other needs. This free webinar is recommended for advocates and practitioners in the public health and mental health fields. Register here.

Publications and Resources

Title V: Your Help is Needed to Count all Kids in the U.S. Census!

AMCHP recognizes that state health departments are working around the clock during the COVID crisis. Given the importance of the census and the long-term implications for funding and resources that MCH populations rely on, AMCHP encourages all our partners to promote the 2020 census through their social media channels. Access these ready-to-use Tweets and Facebook posts here:  

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 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.

New Post Alert: #ScreenToInterveneForAYAs (Adolescents and Young Adults) 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 (MCH) 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 Vermont MCH team has leveraged the Title V Block Grant framework to prioritize AYA 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

Deadline to Submit to Innovation Station Has Been Extended!

Do you have an effective or innovative MCH practice you’d 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 by May 1, 2020. For those who are unable to submit at this time, we encourage you to consider submitting for our fall review in October. 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.


Call for Proposals: Global Ideas for U.S. Solutions: Cities Taking Action on Health, Equity, and Climate Change 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

Deadline: April 30, 2020

Through a $3 million funding opportunity, RWJF seeks to bring the most impactful ideas from across the globe to U.S. cities to address the intertwined issues of health, equity, and climate change. 

Climate change threatens all of the factors that shape our health, including the quality of our air, food, and water. This environmental problem magnifies the inequities that prevent all people from having a fair opportunity to live a healthier life.


RWJF seeks applications from a wide range of city leaders, including chief planning officers, city health officials, and the organizations that work with them. The goal is to learn from and adapt ideas from abroad to help mitigate the unequal health harms of climate change in U.S. cities. Learn more about eligibility and application requirements.  

Rural Tribal COVID-19 Response Program Funding Opportunity

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Deadline: May 6, 2020

HRSA received $15 million through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to allocate to tribes, tribal organizations, urban Indian health organizations, and health service providers to tribes. The funding will provide support for tribes to prevent, prepare, and respond to COVID-19 in rural communities. Tribes can request up to $300,000 in funding for COVID-19 related activities. Note that the System for Award Management (SAM) registration requirements will be relaxed for this funding opportunity for applicants at the time of submission in Current registrants in SAM, with active registrations expiring before May 16, 2020, will receive a one-time extension of 60 days. New applicants may submit an application without a valid SAM registration. If applicants have any questions or concerns regarding their submission, please contact

To access frequently asked questions regarding HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy’s response to COVID-19, click here


National Minority Health Month

STD Awareness Month

National Infertility Awareness Week (April 19-25)

National Infant Immunization Week (April 27-May 4)