AMCHP Staff Working On Your Behalf
· On June 19-20, AMCHP staff member Caroline Stampfel attended the 2011 Western Regional Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (MCH EPI) Conference in California. This two-day conference, sponsored by HRSA MCHB, CDC DRH and CityMatCH, provided opportunities for local, state and tribal MCH epidemiologists to learn about the latest and most compelling MCH research findings, network with their peers and participate in professional development.
- On June 21-22, AMCHP staff members Brent Ewig and Kate Howe attended the Alliance for Information on Maternal and Child Health (AIM) meeting in Washington, DC. The MCHB-funded AIM collaborative assists national membership organizations in making well-informed decisions affecting public health policies and programs for women, children and families. AIM grantees shared updates and information about their MCH initiatives and discussed areas for potential collaboration.
· On June 23-25, AMCHP staff member Joshua Brown attended the APHA Mid-year meeting, “Implementing Health Reform: A Public Health Approach” in Chicago, IL. This three-day conference offered the opportunity to learn in an interactive environment what the Affordable Care Act means for public health, wellness and prevention. It also equipped attendees from federal, state, local and tribal agencies and organizations with the tools needed for implementing the provisions of the Affordable Care Act and improving health outcomes in communities across the country.
· On June 25, AMCHP staff member Kate Howe attended a meeting of the Association of State and Territorial Public Health Nutrition Directors (ASTPHND). ASTPHND convened the meeting with partners to discuss their members’ ability to work across agencies to strengthen the nutritional wellbeing of women, children and families. The meeting was in support of a recent “Call to Action to Improve the Nutritional Wellbeing of Women, Children and Families” initiated by ASTPHND’s MCH Nutrition Council.
- On June 29, AMCHP staff member Jessica Hawkins and the Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs (ASIP) hosted a webinar, “Infant Sleep Position and Bedsharing: Using PRAMS to Impact Programs and Policy.” The webinar featured Letitia Williams, MPH, Epidemiologist, PRAMS Project, CDC Division of Reproductive Health; and Danielle L. Broussard, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Chronic Disease Epidemiology Division of Clinical and Administrative Sciences Lead Chronic Disease Epidemiologist Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education at Xavier University of Louisiana. The webinar will be available here in the coming weeks.
- On June 29-30, AMCHP staff member Cristina Sciuto attended the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine’s “Third Annual Summit on Breastfeeding: First Food, The Essential Role of Breastfeeding” in Washington, DC. The summit featured over 20 speakers that covered opportunities in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to help make breastfeeding the norm, best practices in state and local communities to increase rates of breastfeeding, the economic argument for breastfeeding and communications efforts around breastfeeding. The summit was high-energy and left participants with realistic next steps towards improving rates of breastfeeding in the United States.