On Your Behalf

AMCHP Working On Your Behalf

  • On Jun. 18, AMCHP staff Lauren Ramos, Brent Ewig and Erin Bonzon participated in the AMCHP/ National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Executive Committee Meeting. Leaders from the two executive committees convened to enhance shared understanding of key MCH and chronic disease issues and trends and to identify potential areas of collaboration between MCH and chronic disease programs.

  • On Jun. 25, AMCHP staff visited the DC Developing Families Center. The DC Developing Families Center provides a continuum of services for women and their families in Ward 5 of the District of Columbia. AMCHP staff learned about resources such as the Center’s family-centered health care and birthing center, the early childhood development program and family support services. This site visit provided AMCHP staff with an opportunity to learn more about a local maternal and child health agency as see MCH best practices in action.

  • On Jun. 27, AMCHP staff members Carolyn McCoy, Carolyn Mullen, and intern Vidya Venkataraman attended the Children’s Budget Summit. The Summit, hosted by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and First Focus, was a discussion on the state of children and children’s health in 2012 budget and appropriation. Congresswoman DeLauro spoke about the state of children and families in Connecticut, while First Focus President, Bruce Lesley explained key features and findings of the organization’s Children’s Budget 2012 analysis. Recommendations of the analysis included reauthorizing CHIP, passing the Children’s Budget Act and creating a National Children’s Ombudsman, among others. The keynote speaker for the event was New York Times Columnist, David Brooks.

  • AMCHP staff Lauren Raskin Ramos participated in two advisory committees related to national initiatives to improve birth outcomes. On Jun. 28, Lauren represented AMCHP at the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission  Advisory Group to provide recommendations to Congress on reducing c-sections and elective deliveries before 39 weeks in Medicaid. On Jun. 29, Lauren represented AMCHP at the National Governors Association Advisory Committee on a project to reduce premature births in states.

  • On Jun. 29, AMCHP staff Erin Bonzon and Tegan Callahan visited the North Carolina Division of Public Health, Women’s Health Branch to learn more about North Carolina preconception health related programs. The site visit also included visits with partners at University of North Carolina Cecil G. Sheps Center, the State Center for Health Statistics, and the Preconception Health Coalition Leadership Team. AMCHP staff will use the best practices and lessons learned in North Carolina to develop future resources and presentations on promoting women’s wellness through preconception health data and initiatives.

  • On Jul. 10-11, AMCHP staff attended the HHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (SACIM) in Bethesda, MD. AMCHP staff observed the MCHB presentation of a preliminary framework for a national strategy on infant mortality, the SACIM member discussion of their upcoming recommendations and presentations on National Healthy Start programs and other stakeholder initiatives to reduce infant mortality. In addition, Lauren Raskin-Ramos presented to the SACIM on current AMCHP initiatives to improve birth outcomes and reduce infant mortality. AMCHP members Melinda Sander and Ruth Ann Shepherd represent Title V on the committee.