On Your Behalf
AMCHP Working On Your Behalf
- On Nov. 2, AMCHP staff Piia Hanson, Tegan Callahan, and Carolyn McCoy visited the California Department of Public Health and met with representatives of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV), as well as staff from the California Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Program. The purpose of this visit was to hear about the California experience implementing the MIECHV program, discuss opportunities to leverage preconception health data – including the Core State Preconception Health Indicators – to help promote the concept of healthy women among California maternal and child health stakeholders, and learn more about the California Pregnancy Associated Mortality Review program. In addition, AMCHP staff shared insights from other states and communities and collected best practices from California to promote to additional programs.
- On Nov. 7, AMCHP staff Tegan Callahan participated in the Kansas March of Dimes Perinatal Conference in Overland Park, Kansas. Tegan delivered a presentation entitled, “Forging Comprehensive Initiatives to Improve Birth Outcomes & Reduce Infant Mortality” to 250 conference attendees from public health and health care services agencies throughout Kansas. The presentation focused on using the AMCHP Compendium on Infant Mortality as a resource to assess, determine gaps, and enhance current efforts to comprehensively address infant mortality and other poor birth outcomes.
- On Nov. 8 and 9, AMCHP staff Erin Bonzon, Tegan Callahan and Michael Fraser participated in the initial meeting of the new CDC Maternal Mortality Review Initiative in Atlanta, GA. AMCHP staff participated in discussion on how to enhance maternal death review across the United States and helped to staff small work groups who were assigned the task of developing standard guidance for all maternal death review programs on data linkages and case ascertainment.
- On Nov. 14-15, AMCHP staff Michael Fraser, Erin Bonzon, Brent Ewig, Carolyn Mullen, Carolyn McCoy, Piia Hanson and Andria Cornell attended an in-person meeting of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (SACIM). The primary focal point for the meeting included a presentation and review of near-final draft recommendations for a national strategy to reduce infant mortality. Exactly five months earlier, HHS Secretary Sebelius announced the Administration’s intention to launch a national strategy, and charged the committee to craft these recommendations. Committee members heard expert presentations and engaged in nuanced dialogue to further refine the recommendations, intended to be delivered to the secretary later this fall. The second day of the meeting included a discussion of health equity as an organizing framework for the recommendations, and featured updates of activities from SACIM external partners. AMCHP CEO Michael Fraser presented on the unique federal-state partnership and investment that is Title V, and the role of state MCH leaders in MCH as collaborators in the SACIM work. AMCHP will share the SACIM recommendations with all members once the committee finalizes the plan and the secretary approves it.