AMCHP Participates in the MCH Life Course Research Network Meeting
On May 17-18, AMCHP Director of Program Lauren Raskin Ramos participated in the MCH Life Course Research Network (LCRN) kick-off design meeting. Supported by MCHB, and housed at the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities, the MCH LCRN is intended to enable the production, translation and application of life course health development research that can inform MCH programs, policy, and practice, and ultimately improve the lifelong health of individuals and populations. By connecting MCH and life course stakeholders including researchers, practitioners, consumers, advocates, policymakers and funders, the network aims to develop and advance an MCH-focused life course research agenda. AMCHP will continue to share updates on the LCRN through this newsletter.
AMCHP Staff Working On Your Behalf
- On May 18, AMCHP Director of Policy Brent Ewig presented to the annual conference of the National Network of Public Health Institutes on “State MCH Perspectives on the Affordable Care Act.”
- On May 18, AMCHP CEO Michael R. Fraser, PhD, CAE, presented to the New York-Mid-Atlantic Consortium for Genetics and Newborn Screening Services Summit in Baltimore, MD. The topic was Opportunities for MCH leaders in the Affordable Care Act.
- On May 19, AMCHP hosted representatives from the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities who were in Washington to meet with partners and share information on plans to consolidate several of the Center’s programs.
- On May 24, AMCHP Director of Policy Brent Ewig presented to the Maternal and Child Health Leadership Institute Fellows on “Nine Numbers that Will Shape Your Future in MCH.”
- On May 24, AMCHP staff Kate Howe and Caroline Stampfel attended the CDC’s National Environmental Public Health Tracking Partner Meeting hosted by the American Public Health Association (APHA). As participants, AMCHP staff learned more about the network and provided input into how the Tracking Network and Program can be a resource for AMCHP members.
- On May 25, AMCHP CEO Michael R. Fraser, PhD, CAE, met with MCH and other department of health staff members at the Hawaii Department of Health, including AMCHP Board Member Loretta Fuddy. We discussed current MCH opportunities and challenges, including the FY2011 and FY2012 budgets and the Affordable Care Act.
- On May 25, the Public Health Leadership Initiative held a Child Maltreatment Prevention Toolkit Testing Focus Group to review draft resources and tools for state health departments to use to assess capacity and enhance efforts in primary prevention of child maltreatment. AMCHP member Karin Downs (MA) participated to provide a Title V/MCH perspective, as well as AMCHP staff Kate Howe.