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  • On Nov. 12-13, AMCHP staff Treeby Brown and Veronica Helms represented AMCHP and helped facilitate select sessions at the High Expectations: Community Health Workers and Hispanic CSHCN Meeting in Washington, D.C. Convened by the National Center for Ease of Use of Community Based Services, discussion centered on successful models and strategies utilizing community health workers to increase access to medical homes and reduce disparities for Hispanic CSHCN and their families. Various groups convened at the meeting, including the AAP, MCHB, health plans and state representatives from New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Washington, Indiana and the District of Columbia.

  • On Nov. 20, AMCHP convened the second work group meeting of the National Consensus Framework for Improving Quality Systems of Care for CYSHCN project with support from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. More than 40 national and state experts representing Title V programs, Medicaid, CHIP, provider groups, families, health plans and others met in Washington, D.C. to discuss the final draft of comprehensive standards for systems serving children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). The purpose of this project is to reach national consensus on a set of standards that could be used by state Title V programs, Medicaid and CHIP programs, health plans, provider groups, family advocates and others to improve systems of care for this population of children. Discussion centered on the finalization of the standards, endorsement and national consensus and standard implementation at the state and local levels. Work will be conducted throughout this month to incorporate the recommendations of the national work group into the final document for endorsement and national dissemination. For more information about this work, contact Karen VanLandeghem.

  • On Nov. 21-22, AMCHP staff Andria Cornell participated in the Public Health Data Standards Consortium annual business meeting. This meeting brought together federal, state and local health agencies, professional associations, academia, public and private sector organizations, international members and individuals to discuss the changing health information technology standardization landscape, workforce challenges and strengthening the public health voice in standards development and deployment. AMCHP provided input on the role of standards-based data sharing across sectors in MCH epidemiology and data capacity, and connected with state partners leveraging standards for MCH-related programs and services, including MIECHV and Race to the Top. 

  •  On Dec. 2, AMCHP staff Lacy Fehrenbach participated in the March of Dimes Prematurity Partners Steering Committee meeting in Washington, D.C. The committee reflected on the success of Prematurity Awareness Month and World Prematurity Day in November and discussed opportunities to work together on timely issues including neonatal abstinence syndrome, timeliness of newborn screening and dental care for pregnant women. 

  • On Dec. 4, AMCHP staff attended a Capitol Hill briefing, Learning Begins at Birth…Or Even Before! sponsored by the Congressional Baby Caucus. The chair of the Congressional Baby Caucus, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro provided introductions and support for this important work while former Sen. Chris Dodd, Ross Thompson, Ph.D. from University of California, Davis, and Tammy Mann, Ph.D. Campagna Center in Alexandria, VA presented on the importance of early childhood programs and systems to support our nation’s children in reaching their full potential. The briefing also provided background on the Strong Start for America’s Children Act of 2013 (H.R. 3461 and S. 1697) and its components: access to prekindergarten, early learning quality partnerships and child care.