AMCHP Working On Your Behalf
- On Nov. 18, AMCHP staff Carolyn Mullen presented at the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) Annual Project Director and Project Manager meeting of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Genetics Collaboratives about implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The HRSA Genetics Collaboratives and their National Coordinating Center work to improve access to local genetic and newborn screening services, information, and resources for individuals and families with heritable disorders.
- On Nov. 18, AMCHP staff Tegan Callahan and Caroline Stampfel conducted a site visit with members and staff at the Florida Department of Health. They spoke with Title V staff in the Department of Health, as well as key partners, including Medicaid and community partners, in order to capture lessons learned and opportunities around preconception health measurement and translating assessment data into programmatic and policy action. This site visit informs a larger initiative AMCHP is launching to provide states more support around preconception health measurement.
- On Nov. 22, AMCHP staff Lauren Raskin Ramos and Kate Howe presented during an Action Call webinar for the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) Collaborate for Healthy Weight project. They presented on AMCHP and its efforts to help states improve their capacity to address healthy weight. The presentation focused on the AMCHP Best Practices program and included an overview of two Innovation Station programs related to healthy weight and how quality improvement and evidence-based practices were used to address obesity in Latino populations. The presentation is available here.
- On Nov. 29, AMCHP staff Brent Ewig and Carolyn Mullen provided an update on implementation of the Affordable Care Act to the Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau as part of their “popcorn forum” learning series.
- On Nov. 30, AMCHP staff Tegan Callahan, Alma Gomez and Piia Hanson attended a briefing on the dissemination of the Smoking Cessation and Reduction in Pregnancy Treatment (SCRIPT) program at the offices of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). SCRIPT is an evidence-based program to reduce smoking among pregnant women. This meeting served as the launch for the SOPHE SCRIPT initiative, which provides training on the SCRIPT intervention. AMCHP staff had the unique opportunity to give feedback in developing a strategy to ensure more communities have access to SCRIPT.