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  • On Feb. 28, AMCHP staff Sanaa Akbarali, Lacy Fehrenbach, and Kate Howe participated and helped organize the “State Newborn Screening and Birth Defects Program Roles in Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Defects (CCHD)” meeting in Atlanta, GA. Co-hosted by AMCHP and CDC, the meeting brought together state newborn screening and birth defects program representatives to dialogue about key components for successful collaboration in critical congenital heart disease screening and implementation. The goal of the meeting is to inform an issue brief on the topic, which AMCHP and CDC will work on together, to broadly disseminate as a resource to all states over the coming months.
  • On Feb. 28, AMCHP staff Piia Hanson attended the Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership, Healthy Start and Head Start Consortium General Meeting, Building the 0-8 Pipeline: Exploring Educare, Early Childhood and Perinatal Models in New York, NY. The focus of the meeting was to discuss early childhood education from a life course perspective that integrates evidence-based preconception and perinatal program models with innovative Birth to 5 programs that ensure children enter school with a solid foundation and on a path towards college and career readiness.
  • On Mar. 1, AMCHP staff Megan Phillippi participated in discussions on communicating and implementing the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended guidelines for pregnancy weight gain and potential partnerships to engage women and their health care providers in adopting the guidelines at the Leveraging Action to Support Dissemination of Pregnancy Weight Gain Guidelines Workshop in Washington, DC. For more information about IOM pregnancy weight gain resources, click here
  • On Mar. 2, AMCHP staff Brent Ewig provided an MCH policy update to the mid-year meeting of the American Public Health Association MCH section.
  • On Mar. 6, AMCHP staff Piia Hanson attended the IOM and National Research Council workshop on Research Issues in the Assessment of Birth Settings in Washington, D.C. The workshop featured presentations from invited speakers and discussions that highlighted research findings that advance our understanding of the effects of maternal care services in different types of institutional settings on maternal labor, clinical and other birth procedures, and birth outcomes.
  • On Mar. 12, AMCHP staff Kate Howe presented on the Collaborate for Healthy Weight Action Call on National and State Resources to Promote Healthy Weight. The webinar focused on a variety of national and state resources that can be used to promote healthy weight in communities, including AMCHP resources such as the Innovation Station, publications and an upcoming issue brief on the role of Title V in promoting healthy weight. The call also featured the work of New York and the collaboration between the Bureaus of Maternal and Child Health and Chronic Disease. The recording and presentations are available online here.