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  • Several AMCHP staff participated in block grant reviews across the country as reviewers and observers. Thank you for letting our team learn more about your state and participates in the review process! Below are some of their experiences:

    “The District of Columbia block grant review, which took place at the DC Community Health Administration offices, was a wonderful opportunity to learn about the many exciting programs and initiatives DC has undertaken to improve the health of women, children, and families. In addition to their work towards achieving accreditation and Healthy People efforts, DC is looking to incorporate more of a life course approach to their MCH work.” Caroline Stampfel, Senior Epidemiologist, Women's & Infant Health along with observer, Megan Phillippi, Program Associate, Women's & Infant Health

    “I appreciated the opportunity to participate in Maryland's block grant review on Aug. 20 as an observer.  Two notable items I learned were the infant mortality rate has reached a record low for the state as well as the great work Maryland is doing in the areas of children and youth with special health care needs population and family involvement.” Jessica Teele, Program Manager, Workforce & Leadership Development  

    “I traveled to Kansas City, MO to review for Kansas, and had the opportunity the following day to observe Iowa’s review. It was great to meet more members in Region VII and be part of a robust review where 10 staff from the Kansas MCH department participated! In addition to the overall demonstrations of strong leadership in both states, I was thrilled that many advances in adolescent health programming were highlighted.” Maritza Valenzuela, Program Manager, Adolescent Health

    “As the staff regional liaison to Region VIII, I am working my way to reviewing all the states in that region.  As the second least populated state in the country, North Dakota's Title V program is small and mighty. Besides doing an incredible job working to better build relationships and serve their American Indian population, North Dakota also is doing a wonderful job with family involvement. You should see their Title V program fact sheets - well done! Additionally, North Dakota is currently experiencing an energy production boom. They are second in oil production behind Texas, and it was interesting to learn about the impacts of the boom on all aspects of state infrastructure, including population, housing transportation, workforce, schools and health. Lastly, as one of a number of states applying for accreditation, it will be interesting to learn more about (and share) their experiences in that adventure.” Sharron Corle, Associate Director, Workforce & Leadership Development
  • AMCHP staff Brent Ewig and Carolyn Mullen participated in a meeting hosted by the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Attendees at this meeting included public health advocates, state public health employees and federal staff. The meeting was focused on the role of public health and health reform; improving clinical and community linkages; leveraging programs to increase update of clinical preventative services; and enhancing provider readiness. Proceedings from this meeting will be publicized on the ASPE website in the near future and will be used to inform future budgeting decisions.
  • AMCHP staff Lacy Fehrenbach, Brent Ewig and Carolyn Mullen attended the “Champions for Change” event at the White House which recognized leaders in public health for their efforts to improve the health and well-being of the population. Click here to learn more.
  • AMCHP staff Carolyn Mullen participated in a lobby day to discuss the impact of sequestration and urge members of Congress to replace sequestration with a balanced approach to address the deficit. During this lobby day, she met with the following offices: Sen. Coburn (R-OK): Sen. Ayotte (R-NH); Sen. Cornyn (R-TX); Sen. Durbin (D-IL); Sen. Grassley (R-IA); and Sen. Hagan (D-NC).
  • AMCHP staff Carolyn Mullen met with Rep. DeLauro (D-CT) and Sen. Coons (D-DE) who are both members of the Appropriations Committees to discuss the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant, its importance and the impact sequestration is having on state maternal and child health programs.