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  • On Mar. 18, AMCHP CEO Michael Fraser and AMCHP staff Brent Ewig and Lacy Fehrenbach met with several key leaders at MCHB, including David Heppel, director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Health, and Trina Anglin, director of adolescent health; Judith Theirry, branch chief in the Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems; Hani Atrash, director of the Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services and David de la Cruz, deputy director of that division; and Bonnie Strickland, director of the Division for Children with Special Health Care Needs. Mike, Brent and Lacy discussed potential impacts of the sequester to state MCH programs, and how AMCHP and HRSA can work together to support Title V programs to improve adolescent health, implement home visiting, reduce infant mortality, and improve health and services for children and youth with special health care needs, respectively, as we move forward with Affordable Care Act implementation and approach 2014.
  • On Mar. 19-21, AMCHP staff Caroline Stampfel and Megan Phillippi assisted in the facilitation of small group work at the Maternal Mortality Initiative meeting sponsored by the CDC Division of Reproductive Health. AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser provided partnership updates at the opening day of the meeting regarding AMCHP efforts to break down public health silos and the focus on life course in improving maternal health outcomes. The goal of the Maternal Mortality Initiative is to develop recommendations and standards to strengthen existing and guide new maternal death review processes. This meeting covered the review process: panel composition (members), information used for the summary, the case review process, making recommendations, and translation into actions. Participants met in their topic specific subgroups with members from state and city teams. In addition, state and city team leads shared best practices and lessons learned from working with their reviews
  • On Mar. 20, AMCHP staff Lacy Fehrenbach participated in the inaugural meeting of the National Advisory Committee to the National Center for the Review and Prevention of Child Deaths. The advisory committee developed a blueprint for action to leverage partnerships with and expertise of the organizations represented on the committee to translate child death review data to action that prevents future child deaths.
  • On Mar. 21-22, AMCHP staff participated in the MCHB Region V Infant Mortality Summit in Chicago, IL. AMCHP staff Lacy Fehrenbach, Piia Hanson and Kate Howe facilitated state work group meetings and provided onsite meeting support and logistics. AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser delivered an opening plenary talk. The summit served as the launching point for a collaborative and multi-state initiative that aims to improve infant health outcomes and to reduce infant mortality and prematurity across the nation, particularly among disparate populations. AMCHP members from Regions V participated on state teams to identify strategies and outcomes to reduce infant mortality in their states, and share best practices, challenges and lessons learned.
  • On Mar. 27. AMCHP staff Lacy Fehrenbach and Kate Howe represented AMCHP on the ASTHO Tobacco Issues Forum. Currently, the forum is finalizing an issue brief focused on smoking cessation before, during, and after pregnancy and exploring opportunities to comment to the Food and Drug Administration on the need to prohibit menthol as a characterizing flavor for cigarettes.
  • On Mar. 27, AMCHP staff Julio Arguello Jr. hosted a webinar with partners on Social Media 101. The purpose of this webinar was to help State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) grantees understand the basics of Social Media and provide a step by step demonstration on how to set up a Facebook and Twitter profile.