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On Feb. 11, AMCHP convened a meeting of the MCHB Autism Screening and Referral, Diagnosis, and Services (SARDS) Expert Workgroup. In partnership with MCHB, AMCHP staff Treeby Brown, Yadashe Belay, Maria Murillo, Meredith Pyle, Kate Taft and Maritza Valenzuela participated in the meeting and provided facilitation for sessions. CEO Lori Freeman provided a welcome on behalf of AMCHP. The goal of the workgroup is to provide recommendations for statewide approaches to improving developmental and autism screening, referral and follow-up, and entry into services. Recommendations from the group also will help inform AMCHP work to provide resources on screening, referral, diagnosis and services that are being developed through the State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC). Resources will be shared through the SPHARC website later this spring.
On Feb. 18, AMCHP staff Atyya Chaudhry participated in a dialogue about pregnancy and health care coverage. The discussion centered around a newly released report by Young Invincibles that recommends the need for a special enrollment period for pregnant women. The event included expert panelists from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and March of Dimes.
On Feb. 25, AMCHP staff Atyya Chaudhry represented AMCHP at a briefing, Standing Up for Women and Families: Key Policy Priorities for Women in 2015, on Capitol Hill. This briefing was attended by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. The conversation centered around several key priorities for women including paid sick days, paid family/medical leave, end to pregnancy discrimination, access to quality and comprehensive health coverage and care, among others.
On Feb. 28-Mar. 3, AMCHP staff Andria Cornell, Piia Hanson, and Megan Phillippi participated in sessions at the 16th Annual National Healthy Start Conference in Washington, DC. This year's conference theme was "Babies, Families, and Communities: Moving from Volume to Value" and sessions focused on the national shift toward a focus on population health and the role of community based programs such as Healthy Start in engaging families in vulnerable communities. AMCHP staff attended sessions aligned with AMCHP priorities including male involvement, addressing social determinants of health and health disparities, and safe sleep promotion.