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 Legislative & Policy Corner

Tracking Developments with Ebola and Enterovirus
AMCHP continues to closely follow developments with both the Ebola virus and the Enterovirus. We have been actively engaging with our Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) contacts around these issues and below again are links to the best CDC resources. We also are keeping in touch with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and other partners, and as always appreciate hearing from you if there are ways we can better support you. We recognize these issues are usually led by your colleagues in infectious disease but if you have information on how your state maternal and child health (MCH) program may be preparing, contributing or responding we are happy to collect examples and share back. We also will continue to actively share additional resources or new information that may be impactful to states as it becomes available.

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AMCHP Featured at Back to Back Congressional Briefings
On Oct. 9, AMCHP Board Member Dr. Lauri Kalanges gave a presentation on behalf of AMCHP as part of a congressional briefing entitled "Who's Caring for Half of America? Ob-Gyns are Women's Primary Care Physicians." The briefing was co-hosted by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health and AMCHP. More than 50 people were in attendance, including key congressional staff, to learn about the role of Ob-Gyn's and other women's health providers as primary care providers. Dr. Kalanges gave an overview of Title V programs and shared many examples of public health-primary care collaboration to improve women's health. The panel also included presenters on the primary care components of Ob-Gyn residency training, the perception female patients have of their women's health providers as primary care providers, a non-physician provider perspective on how those trained in women's health issues serve as primary care providers for women, and information about proposed legislation that would allow Ob-Gyn's to qualify for Medicaid payment rate increases for primary care services. Dr. Kalanges' slides can be found here.

On Oct. 10, AMCHP Director of Policy Brent Ewig was a panelist for a congressional briefing sponsored by the National Health Policy Forum looking at the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. This forum session reviewed the purpose of and requirements for MIECHV grants to states, examined how evidence has been used to design and implement the program, and described how MIECHV funds have been used to expand and improve home visit­ing services at the state level. Fellow panelists included Deborah Daro, PhD, senior research fellow, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and Sunday Gustin, RN, MPH, administrator, Early Childhood Services, New Jersey Department of Children and Families. Additional background and copies of the presentations are available here.