On Your Behalf

AMCHP working on your behalf 

  • From Oct. 1-2, AMCHP staff cohosted the Region IV, V, VI Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) meeting along with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and Abt Associates in Arlington, VA. This meeting brought together a diverse group of state health officers, state MCH directors, Medicaid directors, and local/regional partners and stakeholders to meet the following objectives: provide a forum to focus on implementation support for CoIIN strategies and state infant mortality plans; identify the successes and challenges of state efforts to date; and inform plans for sustainability of state and regional efforts, as well as the national roll out of the Infant Mortality CoIIN. Additionally, AMCHP Board president, Millie Jones, moderated a session focused on translating successes and lessons learned from states in Regions IV and VI to all states in the three regions.
  • On Oct. 3, AMCHP staff Caroline Stampfel participated in the Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) Case Registry Reverse Site Visit, which was a gathering of CDC grantees and prevention partners who work to collect high-quality information on infant deaths for the purposes of identifying prevention opportunities. Grantees presented information on the characteristics of SUID cases, improvements to their data collection as a result of receiving grant funds and opportunities for improvement. Prevention partners shared strategies they have used to move from SUID data to action, including the use of process improvement at the hospital of birth, distribution of cribs and safe sleep education through law enforcement and fire/EMS personnel and the use of diverse funding (including Title V, injury, and Medicaid overmatch) to promote safe sleep messages.