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AMCHP Working On Your Behalf

  • Several AMCHP staff are out in states across the country this month participating in state block grant reviews as reviewers and observers. Thanks for letting our team learn more about your state and participate in the review process!
  • On Jul. 12-13, AMCHP CEO Michael Fraser visited the New Hampshire and Maine MCH Programs to learn more about work in those states and connect with MCH leaders in Region I. He also met with AMCHP Board members Lisa Bujno, Valerie Ricker and Toni Wall, as well as committee volunteer Patricia Tilley.
  • On Jul. 16-17, AMCHP staff Erin Bonzon and Lauren Ramos participated in the Best Babies Zone All-Site Kickoff Meeting along with partners from UC Berkeley, CityMatCH and National Healthy Start Association. Representatives from the four pilot sites in Oakland, CA, New Orleans, LA, Cincinnati, OH, and Milwaukee, WI met for the first time to share their stories, learn from their peers, and begin the action-planning process. The Best Babies Zone Initiative will work with designated geographic community “zones” in these cities to improve the health and well-being of women, children and families.  
  • On Jul. 17-18, AMCHP CEO Michael Fraser attended the ASTHO Senior Deputies meeting in Boston, MA. The ASTHO meeting convenes the senior leadership of state and territorial health departments. At the meeting, the ASTHO Healthy Babies Challenges was discussed and information on state MCH was shared with participants. 
  • On Jul. 18-19, AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser visited with Sens. Cardin (D-MD), Udall (D-CO) and Hagan (D-NC), Representative Lois Capps (D-CA), and officials from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to discuss the Prevention and Public Health Fund and its importance to maternal and child health. This effort was led by the Trust for America’s Health and CEOs from other prominent public health organizations also joined the meetings. 
  • On Jul. 22, AMCHP CEO Michael Fraser attended the University of Chicago MCH Leadership Retreat and spoke at the opening session. At the meeting, he presented on leadership challenges and opportunities for new and seasoned MCH leaders. 
  • On Jul. 23-24, AMCHP staff Erin Bonzon participated in the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Region V Grantee Meeting, where she spoke about AMCHP, learned from states in the region about their home visiting successes, and provided technical assistance to state grantees.  
  • On Jul. 27, AMCHP staff Carolyn Mullen participated in a meeting with the Coalition for Health Funding at the White House with Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama to discuss sequestration. Valerie thanked the coalition for their work to heighten awareness about the impact sequestration will have on non-defense discretionary spending. Carolyn shared the Friends of MCH fact sheet and sign-on letter with the White House officials.  
  • On Jul. 26, AMCHP staff Carolyn Mullen participated in meeting led by the March of Dimes and the Association of Public Health Laboratories to discuss reauthorization of the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act. Carolyn circulated draft language with the AMCHP Legislative and Finance Committee and will continue to work closely with our members throughout its development. The coalition is in the preliminary stages of drafting the bill and plans to introduce the legislation next spring to coincide with the 50th anniversary of newborn screening.  
  • On Aug. 4-6, AMCHP staff members Erin Bonzon and Piia Hanson attended the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) Fourth National Conference of State/Territorial/Tribal Breastfeeding Coalitions in Arlington, VA. AMCHP staff shared resources and information as exhibitors in the conference exhibition hall and connected with USBC staff and national partners throughout the various conference events. Additionally, Erin Bonzon also attended the USBC membership meeting held in conjunction with the conference. 
  • On Aug. 8, AMCHP staff Carolyn McCoy and Board Member Eileen Forlenza attended the National Committee for Quality Assurance meeting where they convened a consumer panel on adolescent well-care measures. Eileen Forlenza represented AMCHP and provided the important input on family leadership and involvement in the development of these measures.