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 April 9,2020

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 our website for your convenience. The site will be updated regularly as new resources become available.

Title V COVID-19 Discussions

In response to a request for a space where Title V Directors can share resources and discuss questions and challenges related to the COVID-19 response as peers, AMCHP has created a SharePoint site with listserv capabilities - Title V COVID-19. This website is an interactive space where members can post questions on the Discussion Board and receive feedback from peers. You can also upload resources to share with each other. Participation is completely optional. To get the best experience out of using this website, please review the instructional document or brief intro video. If you have any questions or challenges navigating the site, please reach out to Jessica Stieger or Brianna Lewis for assistance. To request to join here.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- MMWR Report on COVID 19 in U.S. Children

The latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on Coronavirus Disease 2019 in U.S. Children has been released. This latest report suggests that children who contract COVID-19 are less likely to show symptoms or get hospitalized. See the full MMWR here.

Ensuring Civil Rights for People with Disabilities through the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Guidance

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) OCR issued a bulletin on March 28 “to ensure that entities covered by civil rights authorities keep in mind their obligations under laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, and exercise of conscience and religion in HHS-funded programs.” The Center for Public Representation (CPR) has released a report on how states and health care providers can apply the guidance provided by HHS. See the full report 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 IVP 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

Survey Available: AMCHP Values Your Feedback 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 will be addressed in the new current Title V MCH Services Block Grant Guidance?
  • Other comments/feedback on the Guidance

The deadline for completing the survey is midnight April 30, 2020. Questions? Contact Caroline Stampfel:

Virtual Screening of the New Documentary of Autism Goes to College on April 14

The State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC), in partnership with College Steps, is excited to announce that it will be hosting 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. 

WHEN? Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m., ET 

WHERE? Information for joining the virtual screening and discussion will be sent once you register. 

Register here: 

ALL are invited! Title V MCH & CYSHCN leaders, autistic individuals and their families, students and peer mentors, public health professionals, and others wanting to learn more about supporting and accepting autistic individuals.

Questions? Please contact Paige Bussanich at

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.

National AMCHP MCH Policy Calls

AMCHP National MCH COVID-19 Townhall Series

Thank you to those who joined us on the first webinar in this series on April 2, 2020. The link to the webinar recording is available here. We apologize for the technical difficulties that occurred at the beginning of the call, which prohibited some people from being able to join us. We assure you we have upgraded our capacity so that everyone can participate in the upcoming call.

This series will continue to provide our members an opportunity to hear about the current state-of-play related to COVID-19 and national policy as well as other pressing policy updates, as needed. Leaders from the Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will join us on the next webinar. AMCHP (and our federal agency partners) are very interested in talking with you to share information to help you plan around COVID-19. We also want to hear about your evolving needs and/or stories from the field.


The next call in this series is April 16, 2020, 2:00-3:00 p.m., ET. Please use this link to register.

Get Involved

Black Maternal Health Week, April 11-17 

AMCHP is proud to participate in Black Maternal Health Week 2020 in the following ways:

  • Virtual celebrations for #BMHW2020 will begin on April 13 with a Tweet Chat with Black Mamas Matter Alliance. 
  • On April 14, AMCHP will feature Maternal Mortality Review Committees from our online platform,
  • On April 16, AMCHP will feature black women and organizations we partner with. 

Please join us on our Twitter and Instagram as we celebrate Black Maternal Health Week! 


CANCELLED: The 7th Annual Conference on Adolescent Health in Detroit, Michigan April 20-21, 2020 The Adolescent Health Initiative (AHI) was disappointed to have to cancel this year’s event due to federal and state government as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations. AHI is grateful for its community of health care professionals who are actively working to create a safe and supportive environment for patients and community members. AHI is offering attendees the opportunity to transfer their registration to AHI’s 2021 7th Annual Conference on Adolescent Health on May 13-14 in Ann Arbor, Michigan on the University of Michigan’s campus. 


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.


Join the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) for a 4-part webinar series, as we review what we currently know on disability inclusion as it relates to this emerging issue.

Session 1: Advice from Medical Providers

Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET

Hear from experts on steps to prevent COVID-19 for people across the lifespan who have a disability. Discussion will include staying safe and receiving community-based services and supports, as well as tips for wellness and what to do in case someone with a disability becomes ill. Register today!

Save the Date: Family Voices Leadership in Family and Professional Partnerships (LFPP) Family Engagement Convening- Live virtual events from April 21-May 14, 2020 (Registration coming soon)

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 eight sessions delivered over a months’ time. 

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. We have an exciting agenda of relevant presentation topics to be delivered by dynamic and experienced presenters. 

Session Schedule - Subject to change:

  • APRIL 21: Opening Welcome from Family Voices and MCHB; Virtual Convening Orientation 
  • APRIL 23: Title V and Family Organizations Partnering to Reach and Serve Underserved Populations
  • APRIL 28: Family Organization Strategic Planning and Staff Development
  • APRIL 30: Family Organization/Title V Engagement in Block Grant Development 
  • MAY 5: Family Organization/Title V Engagement in Block Grant Implementation 
  • MAY 7: F2Fs in an Emergency Environment: On the Ground Response to Sustainable Preparedness
  • MAY 12: F2F Question and Answer/Technical Assistance Session
  • MAY 14: Family Engagement Assessment at the Individual and Systems Level

Please contact with any questions

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

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

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. Register here

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 is designed 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., ET | Register 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., ET | Register 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., ET | Register here

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

Publications & Resources

Former AMCHPer Emily Eckert and Meredith Yinger share “Five Things State Medicaid Agencies Should Do Now to Improve Care For Pregnant and Postpartum Women Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic”

For more than 30 years, the United States, through the Medicaid program, has recognized pregnancy as a critical event that requires immediate access to care to ensure positive infant and maternal health outcomes. Facilitating this access is particularly relevant as our nation grapples with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Click here to read more.

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 of 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 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.

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! innovation station.png

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. 


National Public Health Week (April 6-12)

Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17)

National Minority Health Month

STD Awareness Month