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  • On Apr. 18-19, AMCHP staff Lacy Fehrenbach represented AMCHP at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) de Beaumont Foundation Public Health Workforce Development Strategy Meeting. The meeting included representatives from more than 30 stakeholder groups, representing various parts of the federal, state, and local public health workforce, to collectively create a robust workforce strategy to meet public health needs in the next five years. The group identified systems thinking, persuasive communication, and change management as the top three cross-cutting areas for knowledge and skills-building needs across the governmental public health workforce. Seven additional areas were considered and could be addressed in later phases of the project. The development of the strategy will continue virtually through this fall. AMCHP will link this work to that of our Workforce and Leadership Development Committee.
  • On Apr. 23, staff Carolyn McCoy attended a briefing on Capitol Hill presented by The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) entitled “Pregnancy as a Window for Future Health: Maximizing care for pregnant women.” Dr. George Saade, Dr. Michael Lu and Dr. Kathryn Menard presented on how complications during pregnancy provide important indications for the future health of women. By understanding this and then providing a continuum of quality care that is integrated with public health for woman before, during and after pregnancy could dramatically change the trajectory of woman’s health and possible onset of chronic conditions. Dr. Lu also provided insights on how the Affordable Care Act has some key policies to help implement the policy recommendations made by the presenters.
  • On Apr. 24, AMCHP staff Caroline Stampfel represented AMCHP at the Injury and Violence Prevention Network Meeting in Washington, DC; the meeting featured updates from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Center for Injury and Violence Prevention and breakout discussions of violence prevention, unintentional injury prevention, and policy partnership. The Injury and Violence Prevention Network, convened and led by the Safe States Alliance, is a group of national organizations that support injury and violence prevention policies at the national level and advocates for federal funding for injury and violence prevention.