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AMCHP Working On Your Behalf   

  • On Nov. 29 and 30, AMCHP staff member Caroline Stampfel participated in a symposium on the timeliness of vital events convened by the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems.
  • On Nov. 30, staff member Carolyn McCoy attended the Alliance for Health Reform Medicaid Expansion Briefing: "What's at Stake for States?" The briefing provided a wide variety of information about the potential financial impact on states that expand their Medicaid programs, the role of the federal government in the expansion, what the expansion will mean for providers on the ground level and what will it mean for the safety net population. For more information, the transcript and video recording of the briefing, click here and for the Kaiser Family Foundation report, click here.
  • On Dec. 3 and 4, AMCHP staff Tegan Callahan, Caroline Stampfel and Andria Cornell worked with AMCHP consultant Dr. William Sappenfield to host a meeting of the Life Course Metrics State Teams at the AMCHP offices in Washington, DC. State Team members from Florida, North Carolina, Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan, Massachusetts and Louisiana met to conduct screening on proposals for state life course indicators. 
  • On Dec. 6, AMCHP staff Tegan Callahan delivered a presentation on “State Efforts to Promote Healthy Babies” to the National Conference of State Legislators Fall Forum in Washington, DC. 
  • On Dec. 6, AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser and AMCHP staff member Erin Bonzon participated in the National Maternal Health Initiative Partnership Meeting. The initiative is led by HRSA MCHB and partners include American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), AMCHP, CDC, and Merck & Co. Inc. AMCHP will continue to collaborate with these partners to develop and implement a national comprehensive initiative to strengthen state and local systems capacity and infrastructure to promote, protect and improve maternal health by: strengthening state maternal mortality surveillance, ensuring quality and safety in maternity care, supporting state- and community-based systems and strategies and providing a platform for collaborative learning and sharing best practices.
  • On Dec. 11, the AMCHP Women’s and Infant Health Team hosted preconference trainings at the 18th annual MCH Epidemiology Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Preconference session topics included: Intermediate Spatial Analysis, Quality Improvement for Public Health, Leadership and Communication, and Scientific Writing. 
  • On Dec. 12 -14, AMCHP staff members Erin Bonzon, Tegan Callahan, Piia Hanson and Caroline Stampfel participated in the 18th Annual Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Conference co-hosted with the 2012 CityMatCH Urban MCH Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Caroline delivered an oral presentation on Developing a Standard Approach to Examine Infant Mortality, Tegan delivered an oral presentation on Building a Comprehensive Initiative to Improve Birth Outcomes and Reduce Infant Mortality: Seven Recommendations, and Piia presented a poster describing state level efforts on Optimizing Health Reform to Improve Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes and an oral presentation on Taking the First Steps: Experiences of Eleven Community/State Teams Addressing Racism’s Impact on Infant Mortality.