On Your Behalf

AMCHP Working On Your Behalf

  • On Apr. 17, AMCHP staff Carolyn McCoy attended a Futures without Violence “Ideas to Action: Prevent and Intervene in Domestic and Sexual Violence through Health Systems” meeting. The meeting brought together leaders in the field including representatives from HHS, CDC, the Office of the Surgeon General, and violence prevention and health promotion non-governmental organizations. Attendees identified policy priorities to “turn the tide on the public issue of interpersonal and domestic violence.” The results of this meeting will be shared with attendees to gather comments and reach consensus on an “Ideas to Action” blueprint.
  • On Apr. 17, AMCHP staff Alma Gomez, Kate Howe and Lauren Raskin Ramos, in partnership with the Division of Human Development and Disability/National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities/CDC, facilitated a workgroup meeting on “Improving Preventive Health Care Services for Women with Disabilities: A Toolbox” in Washington, DC. AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser provided welcoming remarks. The purpose of the meeting was to build on ongoing U.S. efforts to improve preventive health care services for women with disabilities by creating a toolbox for use by state and local program planners and providers in health promotion and health services, clinical service providers, community programs, and women with disabilities. The meeting brought together key stakeholders to help inform and lay the groundwork for development of an online “toolbox” of resources. More information will soon be available on the AMCHP website.
  • On Apr. 18, AMCHP staff Maritza Valenzuela attended a Capitol Hill briefing on “Improving Outcomes for Children by Meeting the Needs of Teen Parents.” The event was sponsored by the Congressional Baby Caucus, Zero to Three, National Crittenton Foundation, and Georgetown Center on Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) was in attendance, as well as staff of Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO). A panel of teen mothers spoke about their experiences and the support structures that helped them have healthy babies and become self-sufficient. Staff from Florence Crittenton and the Connecticut State Department of Education spoke about their programs that serve young parents and their children.