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AMCHP Staff Working On Your Behalf 

·         On May 23-26, AMCHP staff Jessica Hawkins attended the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s American Healing Conference in North Carolina. This two-day conference provided opportunities for exchange around systems change, policy, community mobilization and action-oriented research strategies to foster more equitable outcomes in education, health and economic security for vulnerable children and their families.  

·         On June 1, AMCHP staff Joshua Brown presented a webinar to the Genetics Alliance for their “Genetics Day on the Hill 2011,” where he spoke about advocating for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant. Genetic Alliance is the world’s leading nonprofit health advocacy organization committed to transforming health through genetics and promoting an environment of openness centered on the health of individuals, families and communities. 

  • On June 7, AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser met with Dr. Mary Wakefield, HRSA Administrator, to discuss the HRSA process for recruiting a new MCHB Associate Administrator and discuss the FY 2011 and FY 2012 budgets for Title V. 
  • On June 8, AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser and Brent Ewig, AMCHP’s Director of Policy met with Andrew Rein, CDC’s Associate Director for Policy, and Ed Hunter, CDC’s Washington Office Director, to discuss the agency’s FY 2011 and FY 2012 budgets and opportunities to support MCH through new funding in the Affordable Care Act. 
  • On June 9, AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser met with CDC Director Tom Frieden, at a Campaign for Public Health Roundtable. The Roundtable focused on support for prevention and the CDC budget in FY 2011 and FY 2012.
  • On June 12-14, AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser, along with AMCHP staff members Sharron Corle, Kate Howe, Jessica Hawkins, Lissa Pressfield, Lauren Raskin Ramos, Cristina Sciuto and Karen VanLandeghem attended the 3rd National Summit on Preconception Health and Health Care hosted by the Florida Department of Health and the National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative steering committee. Both state and federal initiatives, infant mortality initiatives, the importance of including men in the preconception health conversation, the importance of partnerships and collaboratives, and the roles of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and clinicians in the campaign to address preconception health were highlighted and discussed over the two days. Additionally, AMCHP staffers participated in a World Café, the output of which will be shared with an advisory group to determine next steps in the campaign to advance preconception health in the United States.
  • On June 12, with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, AMCHP held a “Thought Leaders Roundtable” to bring together representatives from Florida, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Alaska, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Reproductive Health (CDC-DRH) and National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (CDC-NCBDDD), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the Association of Women’s Health Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), CityMatCH and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Center for Maternal and Infant Health to discuss opportunities in health care reform to advance preconception health in states. An action report and white paper outlining recommendations identified during the Roundtable will be drafted in the coming months. Cheri Pies, MSW, DrPh, Clinical Professor at the University of California-Berkeley School of Public Health, facilitated the meeting with the support from AMCHP staffers Karen VanLandeghem and Cristina Sciuto.
  • On June 13, AMCHP staff members Sharron Corle and Jessica Hawkins presented findings from the Preconception Health and Adolescents Action Learning Collaborative (PHA ALC) along with ASTHO partner Ellen Schleicher-Pliska. Missouri, Oregon, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Utah worked for 18 months to develop innovative strategies to bridge the gap between women’s and adolescent preventive health efforts, with particular emphasis on preconception health. Strategies included developing recommendations for addressing preconception health in youth and adolescents with disabilities and conducting focus groups to develop “Reproductive Life Plan” tools, among others. A representative from the South Carolina team presented the interactive website launched in South Carolina to engage adolescents in taking charge of their reproductive health. The website can be accessed here.

  • On June 12-16, AMCHP Senior Epidemiologist Caroline Stampfel attended the 2011 Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.This annual meeting of epidemiologists was attended by over 1,000 people and had numerous poster and breakout sessions featuring cutting edge work in MCH epidemiology.