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 December 5, 2019

Annual Conference

Register for AMCHP 2020!

Registration is now open for AMCHP's 2020 Annual Conference — the perfect opportunity to connect and network with nearly 1,000 public health officials who share an interest in maternal and child health. The theme for the conference—to be held March 21-24 in Crystal City, Va.—is The Power of Connections: Building Equity for Healthy Generations. Register by Feb. 21 to receive an early bird rate. For additional information, please contact Samantha Freeman. We look forward to seeing you! 

New From AMCHP

Leadership Lab to Offer Three Leadership Development Trainings

AMCHP is excited to share that the Leadership Lab will be offering three leadership development trainings for the 2019-2020 programming year. These trainings are offered in place of the typical cohort structure and will be open to anyone interested in the designated topic for each training.

AMCHP will offer these trainings in December 2019, February 2020, and 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 at

Legislation and Policy

Federal Government Operating on Temporary Funding Measure Set to Expire Dec. 20

On Nov. 21, Congress passed and the President signed into law a short-term funding bill known as a continuing resolution (CR) that averted a government shutdown and extended federal funding at the fiscal year 2019 levels through Dec. 20, 2019. The one-month CR also extended through Dec. 20 funding for several health programs whose authorization had expired, including community health centers, National Health Service Corps, special diabetes programs, and the personal responsibility education program, among others.

Congress now has two weeks remaining in the current CR to reach an agreement on the 12 appropriations bills that fund the federal government. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), the highest-ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS), recently said he thinks Congress can successfully negotiate and pass a final Labor-HHS bill (which funds the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant) among a handful of other appropriations bills prior to the Dec. 20 deadline. For any full-year appropriations bills not approved by Dec. 20, Congress will likely pass an additional short-term funding measure to allow for additional time for negotiations.

Get Involved

Your Voice: Call for Volunteers for AMCHP Committees 

AMCHP is still seeking volunteers for the following committees: Family and Youth Leadership, Legislative and Healthcare Financing, and Workforce and Leadership Development. Check out our committee's page to learn more.

Register to Attend the 2020 Preparedness Summit in Dallas

Registration is now open for the 2020 Preparedness Summit, to be held March 31-April 3, 2020, in Dallas. The theme, Fixing Our Fault Lines: Addressing Systemic Vulnerabilities, will focus on methods to identify systemic weaknesses and highlight tools and policies that can empower all communities, and particularly the ones that are most vulnerable, to address those weaknesses and become more resilient. 


Bright Futures and Oral Health: Strategies for Promoting Oral Health Within the Well-Child Visit

Dec. 11, 2019, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., CT (12-1 p.m., ET
AMCHP is excited to host an upcoming webinar in partnership with the Bright Futures National Center and the Section on Oral Health at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The webinar will provide attendees with important insights related to the promotion of oral health within the well-visit, and review strategies for overcoming common barriers. Presenters from AMCHP,  the AAP's Section on Oral Health, and Bright Futures will highlight valuable resources that will assist states and communities in reaching their oral health promotion goals. Register here for the webinar.  

Addressing Food Insecurity with Adolescent Patients

Dec. 19, 2019, 1-2:00 p.m., ET
Food insecurity affects our adolescent patients, but may often go unnoticed in health care settings. This interactive webinar addresses how providers and health care professionals can better understand the unique challenges faced by adolescents. It also examines the role health care professionals and providers play in helping connect patients to food and community nutrition resources. This webinar is sponsored by [or conducted] the Adolescent Health Initiative, the Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools, and Food Gatherers. Register by Dec. 17 to reserve your spot!


The Adolescent Health Initiative's (AHI) call for nominations for the 2020 Excellence in Adolescent Health Award is now open! AHI accepting nominations through Jan. 31, 2020 for individuals or teams doing excellent work in the field of adolescent health.

Emerging Need:  Recruiting State Officials to Participate in Beta Testing for a New Data Visualization Tool on the Relationship Between High School Educational Opportunity and Adolescent Life Expectancy

Educational attainment is one of the strongest predictors of health, and the association between education and life expectancy has grown over the past 20 to 25 years. To help education and health policymakers better understand this linkage and its implications for local communities, Child Trends is building a new data visualization tool that shows the relationship between high school educational opportunity and adolescent life expectancy. The tool will feature maps to help policymakers examine conditions within their own communities. To gauge the usefulness of this tool for policymakers, state officials can volunteer to participate in a one-on-one, 30-minute videoconference to test the tool and provide input and feedback. Sessions are available Dec. 9, 2019, and Dec. 10, 2019, from 9 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., ET. Interested volunteers should contact Emily Fulks to register.

On Your Behalf

Several AMCHP staff presented at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Conference in Washington, DC:


Call for Applications: Apply for Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) Community Impact Contracts (CIC)-Strategic, Timely, Actionable, Replicable, Targeted (START) Round 5

Local collaborations are invited to submit applications for a funding program that supports activities that build capacity to share and use multi-sector data to improve community health, equity, and lasting systems change. If your community has identified an opportunity to advance your data sharing efforts that is strategic, timely, actionable, replicable, and targeted, this program is for you! Up to 15 CIC-START contracts are available.  Review the call for applications to see if your community is a good fit. Apply for DASH CIC-START programs here. Application deadline is Dec. 6, 2019.

Funding Opportunity for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Surveillance

The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) has announced a funding opportunity for NAS surveillance. This funding opportunity will provide a mechanism for state, local, tribal, and territorial public health organizations or agencies with public health authority to conduct population health surveillance using the CSTE NAS Standardized Case Definition (Tier 1) while leveraging existing surveillance infrastructure. The deadline to apply is Jan. 21, 2020. Click here for more information.  

Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Residency Training in Primary Care (PCTE-RTPC) Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration
Deadline: Jan. 24, 2020
To enhance accredited residency training programs in family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, or combined internal medicine and pediatrics in rural and/or underserved areas, and encourage program graduates to choose primary care careers in these areas. 



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AMCHP 2020 Annual Conference
March 21-24
Crystal City, Va. 

2020 Preparedness Summit in Dallas
March 31-April 3
Dallas, Tx.