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  • AMCHP staff Maritza Valenzuela and Piia Hanson facilitated the kickoff meeting of a new project in partnership with the State Adolescent Health Resource Center: the Comprehensive Adolescent Health Systems Collaboration and Innovation Network (CAHS-CoIN). From Jun. 11-13, seven state teams met in Minneapolis, MN to strategize about ways to advance systems that support adolescent health in their states. Participants received training on collective impact principles directly from staff of the social impact firm FSG, were trained in Technology of Participation (ToP) Facilitation Methods, discussed the status of adolescent health systems-building in their states, shared resources, and strategized on how to support each other in ongoing state initiatives.
  • On Jun. 13, AMCHP convened the national work group 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, DC to discuss developing 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 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. Overall, there was widespread agreement among work group members about the need for system standards. Discussion centered on the content of such standards, the need for linking them to quality metrics, and their implementation at the state and local levels. Work will be conducted over the summer and early fall to incorporate the recommendations of the national work group into a final document for endorsement and eventual national dissemination in December 2013. For more information about this work, contact Karen VanLandeghem, senior advisor.
  • AMCHP staff Carolyn McCoy attended a meeting at the White House on the implementation of the ACA. The meeting was focused on federal efforts and strategy for outreach and enrollment into health insurance plans as well as partnership opportunities for organizations in the states and communities to bolster the campaign. Senior Advisor to The President, Valerie Jarrett emphasized that the open enrollment period begins Oct. 1, 2013 and runs for six months. The White House and HHS are open and excited about opportunities to partner with organizations to inform communities on the importance of signing up for health insurance during the open enrollment period. If your organization is interested in getting involved, please contact the HHS Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs.
  • From Jun. 9-12, AMCHP staff Michael Fraser, Caroline Stampfel and Tegan Callahan participated in the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) annual meeting in Pasadena, California.  Caroline helped moderate a day-long symposium on Innovative Data Approaches in Maternal and Child Health and delivered an oral presentation on Assessing Collaboration Between Maternal and Child Health and Chronic Disease Prevention Programs Working on a Joint Gestational Diabetes Mellitus Project; Michael and Caroline jointly delivered an oral presentation on Making the Connection: How to Effectively Link Maternal and Child Health Data and Policy to Improve Maternal and Child Health Practice; and Tegan delivered an oral presentation on From Theory to Measurement: Proposed State Life Course Metrics
  • AMCHP staff Caroline Stampfel and Andria Cornell participated in the Fifth Annual Summit on Breastfeeding convened by the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine on June 19-20, 2013 in Washington, DC. In a session on national level leadership, Caroline shared what AMCHP does on behalf of our members to support breastfeeding promotion and shared state examples of how Title V supports MCH programs that promote breastfeeding.