On Your Behalf

AMCHP Working On Your Behalf

  • On Apr. 10-11, AMCHP staff Melody Cherny and Tegan Callahan participated in a State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) Peer-to-Peer Exchange in New Jersey, along with State Autism Planning and Implementation Grantees from Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Ohio and Tennessee. The exchange was hosted by the New Jersey State Autism Implementation Grant team and focused on the role of families in developing systems of care across the six core outcomes for children and youth with special health care needs, particularly those with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). On Apr. 10, the group participated in a Community of Care Consortium Summit, which examined New Jersey's performance on the six core outcomes. More than 100 individuals participated in the summit, including representatives from autism centers of excellence, early intervention, HMOs, families and family organization, hospitals and Federally Qualified Health Centers. On Apr. 11, the group visited the Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health, a regional autism clinical enhancement program, and participated in a facilitated discussion around the role families in building systems of care for children and youth with ASD. For more information about the exchange, please contact Melody Cherny or visit amchp.org/spharc.