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 May 7, 2020

AMCHP Awarded Federal Grant for COVID-19 Response

Association to Receive $4 million to Expand Telehealth Access and Infrastructure

May 6, 2020 – (Washington, D.C.) – The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) has been awarded $4 million from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). These funds were made available through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s (MCHB) to increase access to telehealth services for medical providers and families in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The MCHB award will fund efforts through four recipients, including AMCHP, to combat COVID-19 through telehealth, policy reform and access in key areas of maternal and child health- the special needs population, pediatric care, maternal health care, and state public health systems. AMCHP will dedicate funding to the expansion and accessibility of telehealth and distant care services for providers, pregnant individuals, children, adolescents, and families. “This funding will also help clinicians use telehealth nationally by streamlining the process to obtain multi-state licensure,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar.

 “As leaders in state government and maternal and child health (MCH) programs, AMCHP and our members can quickly identify needs and put systems in place to expand the telehealth capacity of our members and their programs to best serve women, children, families and youth, including those with special health care needs”, said AMCHP CEO Jonathan Webb. 

 AMCHP’s funding will be used to expand telehealth access and improve telehealth systems, improve access to quality health care at reduced costs for women, children, youth, and families, particularly in rural areas, and educate both patients and providers. This funding will build on successful telehealth models and support innovations in the response to COVID-19. AMCHP’s project will have a special emphasis on newborn screening and evidence-based early childhood home visiting services.

The four recipients of MCHB awards include AMCHP, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP); Family Voices, and the Gillings School Department of MCH at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The awards are funded through the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. AMCHP is excited to partner with MCHB and all the amazing thought leaders that have received funding. 

To learn more about telehealth, please visit

COVID-19 Resources

AMCHP Urges Congress to Support These Priorities for Maternal and Child Health in the Next COVID-19 Relief Package

AMCHP is urging Congress to provide additional financial support for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant, the CDC’s Surveillance for Emerging Threats to Moms and Babies Initiative, Maternal, and Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV). Click here to learn more about this significant request. 

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.

Opportunities for Health Insurance Coverage During COVID-19 Pandemic

Eleven states and the District of Columbia opened a special enrollment period for their state-based marketplace, which allows individuals without insurance to sign up for health care coverage during this pandemic. Health insurance is also available through the Marketplace ( to people who lose job-based coverage. Both the state-based and federal Marketplaces will evaluate individuals and their families to determine whether they are eligible for Medicaid. As a result of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, states may not disenroll anyone, including pregnant and postpartum women who were enrolled in Medicaid as of March 18, 2020, or anyone newly enrolled during the public health emergency.

COVID-19 Demographic and Economic Resources

The U.S. Census Bureau released a new resource page “COVID-19 Demographic and Economic Resources” to assist and inform decision making related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This interactive data hub centralizes released data from the American Community Survey and the County Business Patterns program. To access this website, click here

SAVE THE DATE: May 29th COVID-19 Webinar for Families 

The AMCHP Family and Youth Leadership Committee will host a forum via webinar on May 29 at 2 p.m., ET, to discuss COVID-19. Family leaders who are interested in joining in this webinar, please click here to complete a brief registration. You will receive the agenda and log in information prior to the webinar.

National AMCHP Policy Calls 

AMCHP National MCH COVID-19 Townhall Series

Thank you to those of you who joined us on the 3rd webinar in this series on April 30th. 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 and Prevention. 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 May 14, 2-3:00 p.m., ET. To join the call, you will need to register individuallyPlease use this link to register, if you haven’t already.


Supporting Adolescent Health and Development: What Decision Makers Need to Know 

This webinar is based on findings from two recent reports from the National Academies: The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth (2019), and Promoting Positive Adolescent Health Behaviors and Outcomes: Thriving in the 21st Century (2020). The webinar will highlight opportunities for policymakers to promote positive adolescent development, optimize adolescent outcomes, and address the needs of this increasingly diverse population. Click here to register.

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 remaining sessions.

Remaining Sessions in the Schedule (subject to change):

  • 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 three remaining 90-minute webinars, as follows: 

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

New Issue Brief: “Bright Futures: How Title V Programs Evolve from Guidelines to Action”

AMCHP, in partnership with AAP’s Bright Futures National Center, has released an issue brief highlighting the ways in which State Title V programs are incorporating implementation of the Bright Futures Guidelines into their Title V action plans. Dive into the issue brief here to learn how Mississippi, North Carolina, and Wyoming State MCH programs are leveraging the guidelines to advance NPMs 6 (Developmental Screening), 10 (Adolescent Well Visit), and 12 (Transition). 

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 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

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health is essential for the well-being of mothers, children, youth, families, and communities. This year’s mental health month theme is #Tools2Thrive and AMCHP highlights three Innovation Station practices that are related to mental health. The practices include: 

  • BRIGHT Intervention (Building Resilience through Intervention: Growing Healthier Together) (a Massachusetts emerging practice) 
  • Iowa’s 1st Five Healthy Mental Development Initiative (an early childhood promising practice).
  • Health Screening Services for Expectant and Parenting Student Parent Programs at Colleges and Universities (a Minnesota cutting-edge practice). 

Click here for more details on these practices and opportunities to replicate tools. 

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.


The Society of Family Planning Research Fund provides grants for research on abortion and contraception. Funding opportunities aim to advance the following two strategies in their strategic plan:

  • To build and support an inclusive, multidisciplinary, diverse, and well-connected community of scholars and partners who have a shared focus on the science and clinical care of family planning 

  • To support and advocate for the production of research that will have an impact. 

The grant opportunities are as follows: 

Society of Family Planning Research Fund 

Deadline: June 17, 2020

This grant will provide dedicated support to researchers of color. Awardees will receive 20 percent protected time, funds for a career development activity, stipends for two mentors, participation in the Changemakers cohort, Society of Family Planning membership dues for two years, full accommodations to attend the 2020 and 2021 Society of Family Planning Annual Meeting, and attendance at a private networking event at the annual meeting.

Deadline: June 17, 2020

This grant will support trainees as they establish a family planning research portfolio. Awardees will receive funds for a research project, funds to publish one open-access publication, participation in the Emerging Scholars cohort, Society of Family Planning membership dues for the year of the award, full accommodations to attend the 2020 and 2021 Society of Family Planning Annual Meeting, attendance at a private networking event at the annual meeting, and a stipend for an Society of Family FP-matched mentor.