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- On Oct. 27-28, AMCHP staff Brent Ewig and Andria Cornell attended the Fourth National Conference of the Centering Healthcare Institute (CHI). Brent presented in a breakout session entitled National Initiatives to Improve Birth Outcomes: Where Does Centering Fit In? where he described activities at the national, regional and state level to reduce infant mortality and improve birth outcomes and facilitated discussion of how centering sites can become involved in and leverage partnerships with these efforts. Andria shared resources and information as an exhibitor and connected with CHI staff, centering sites and national partners to learn more about opportunities to leverage CenteringPregnancy and CenteringParenting in an era of state health reform.
- On Oct.30, AMCHP staff Treeby Brown, Alma Reyes and Kate Taft visited with MCHB's Autism team to share upcoming AMCHP activities around autism and discuss shared priorities and opportunities for partnership.
- On Nov. 2-6, AMCHP staff Tegan Callahan, Piia Hanson, Andria Cornell, Lacy Fehrenbach, Brent Ewig and Karen Van Landeghem participated in sessions and connected with partners at the conference of the American Public Health Association. Tegan and Andria presented on separate panels sharing the final set of State MCH Life Course Indicators. The panels were entitled Social Determinants in Maternal and Child Health and Today's Challenges, Tomorrow's Promise: Children with Special Healthcare Needs Worldwide respectively. Piia presented lessons learned from states working on racism and infant mortality on a panel entitled, SIDS, Infant Mortality and Preterm Birth. Karen presented on a panel entitled, Implementing the Affordable Care Act: The Changing Role of Public Health: Countdown. Andria also presented a poster entitled, Role of State Public Health MCH Programs in Maternal Mortality Review.
- On Nov. 5, AMCHP staff Carolyn McCoy attended the Women and Health Care Coalition meeting in Washington, DC. It is a standing meeting where various stakeholder groups and nonprofits working toward improving health systems for women meet to discuss current policy topics that could impact the health of women. At this meeting, Anton Gunn, Director of External Affairs in the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs at HHS spoke to the group about the recent bumpy start for the federal marketplace website and how HHS is working to improve it. Leni Preston from Maryland Women’s Coalition also provided insight on how Maryland’s outreach and enrollment efforts are going in Maryland.