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AMCHP Working On Your Behalf
- On Feb. 13, AMCHP staff CEO Mike Fraser moderated a session on state best practices for MIECHV program implementation at the Pew Charitable Trusts National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting Programs in Washington, DC. AMCHP staff Erin Bonzon, Carolyn McCoy and Megan Phillippi participated in various summit sessions on Feb. 13-14. One of the main focuses of the summit was the implementation of quality home visiting programs and showing the value in the great investment the country has made in this program. During the conference, a representative from the White House announced the intention of President Obama to further the work in early childhood programs by investing in universal preschool, expanded home visiting and quality child care programs. Also, Dr. Cano from MCHB announced the implementation of a home visiting COIN effort. AMCHP will have more details as they become available.
- AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser and Board Members Debra Waldron and Sam Cooper participated in a MCHB-funded Technical Expert Panel on Title V and the Affordable Care Act. The Panel will share recommendations and input with HRSA contractors working to establish the role of Title V Post-ACA implementation.
- On Feb. 26, AMCHP staff Carolyn Stampfel and Dr. Bill Sappenfield from the University of South Florida presented an update on the Life Course Metrics Project on the MCHB DataSpeak Web conference "From Theory to Data to Practice – Practical Applications of The Life Course Approach." The purpose of this project is to identify a set of indicators that can be used to measure progress using the life course approach. AMCHP is working with state teams to develop these metrics, which will be made available for public comment this spring.
- On Feb. 26, AMCHP staff Brent Ewig and Carolyn McCoy attended a reception in the U.S. Capitol hosted by the Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) to honor program graduates. Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-CA) stopped by and provided enthusiastic and encouraging support for home visiting, and touted its impact on society and improvement of the lives of children, mothers and families in the United States. Leadership from NFP also provided highlights from a new report commissioned by PEW Home Visiting Campaign that shows the average government savings of $29,605 per family serviced by NFP.
- On Feb. 27, AMCHP staff Kate Howe, Lacy Fehrenbach and Mike Fraser participated in the National Birth Defects Prevention Network Partnership Breakfast in Atlanta. The meeting is an annual opportunity for partners to coordinate activities and share information on birth defect prevention policy and programs nationwide.
- On Feb. 27-29, AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser participated in a Kellogg Foundation Summit on Breastfeeding in Atlanta. Mike presented on a concurrent panel highlighting current state breast-feeding practice and ACA related breastfeeding policy changes.