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AMCHP Attends White House Event on Autism Awareness
On April 25, Senior Advisor to President Obama Valerie Jarrett and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, spoke to an audience of parents, advocates and experts at an Autism Awareness Month Conference at the White House. AMCHP staff, Treeby Brown, participated in the Conference.   

AMCHP CEO Presents at a Rhode Island Meeting
On April 27, AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser, PhD, CAE, attended a meeting convened by the Rhode Island Parent Information Network in Providence, RI, to speak at a plenary session on health reform, along with Meg Comeau from the Catalyst Center, Janis Guerney from Family Voices and Julie Beckett from CDC. 

AMCHP Participates in an Autism Awareness Month Event in NJ
On April 29, the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), Autism Speaks and the Autism Society hosted an Autism Awareness Month Event in New Brunswick, NJ titled, “Autism Spectrum Disorders: Understanding an Urgent Public Health Concern.” Representatives from federal, nonprofit, medical, academic, advocacy and parental organizations attended the event. The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services hosted an afternoon program which focused on state-specific issues related to autism spectrum disorders. AMCHP members, Gloria Rodriguez and Pauline Lisciotto from the New Jersey Department of Health participated in the event. AMCHP staff, Melody Gilbert participated in the event and shared AMCHP resources at the exhibit. The event was part of NCBDDD’s 10 Years of Service activities. 

AMCHP Participates in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (MCH EPI) Grand Rounds Webinar
On Wednesday, May 4, AMCHP staff Sharron Corle participated on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s MCH EPI Grand Rounds webinar, “Public/Private Partnerships: The Future Model for Teen Pregnancy Prevention.” The webinar discussed ways in which the private business and philanthropic sector together with nonprofits could help create a new model of investment that will support a more high-performing nonprofit sector. AMCHP discussed the role of state MCH programs in teen pregnancy prevention, provided a brief overview of the national picture by highlighting recent state-level examples of public/private partnerships related to teen pregnancy prevention, and dialogued on how this particular model might be translated on the national level. Brian Castrucci, the Georgia MCH Director, was also on the webinar and presented an overview of the state perspective and role in public/private partnerships.