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  • On Feb. 25, AMCHP staff Brent Ewig, Erin Bonzon, Carolyn McCoy, and Andria Cornell participated in the W.K. Kellogg Foundation congressional briefing, Health and Responsibility of Growth for Children: Infant Comorbidity and Mortality, in Washington, DC. The briefing was cohosted by AMCHP, the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and the American Public Health Association, with sponsorship from the Congressional Asian and Pacific American Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. The briefing featured presentations from leaders in efforts to improve infant health outcomes, and included a lively discussion on opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. AMCHP connected with partners and distributed resources, including the AMCHP Compendium on Improving Birth Outcomes and the recently released Issue Brief on State Opportunities and Strategies for Breastfeeding Promotion through the Affordable Care Act.
  • On Feb. 27-28, staff member Kate Taft represented AMCHP at the “Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) Stakeholders Meeting: State Implementation” in Silver Spring, MD. Jointly sponsored by NewSTEPs (Newborn Screening Technical assistance and Evaluation Program) and the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association, the purpose of the meeting was to share solutions for CCHD newborn screening implementation among state newborn screening programs and pertinent stakeholders in order to support ongoing state implementation of screening and to facilitate quality data collection and interpretation across the United States. Goals included providing input and expert guidance on implementation of CCHD; identifying Quality Improvement initiatives in CCHD implementation; and developing a toolkit of solutions to common barriers identified in CCHD newborn screening implementation.
  • AMCHP staff Carolyn McCoy attended a Hill briefing entitled, ”Standing Up for Women and Families in 2014.” The briefing opened with remarks from Sen. Warren, Reps. DeLauro and Edwards with messages about the importance of not only the physical but economic health of women and families in the United States a critical need for the physical and economic health of the United States entirely. Speakers discussed legislation such as Women’s Health Protection Act, the Peace Corps Equity Act, the Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act, the Healthy Families Act, the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. Pollster Diane Feldman also presented on the public support for legislative policies that promote women and families.