General Maternal & Child Health
Essential Health Benefits AMCHP Fact Sheet
Despite the health reform law requiring coverage of preventive services and many other benefits, the implementation of these provisions remains a challenge. Several organizations have been monitoring the status and regulation of health reform provisions, including tobacco cessation, women's coverage, birth control, and most recently breastfeeding. Several states are now starting to select their new or revised benchmark plans for health care plan year 2017. The selection of benchmarks will clarify the scope of essential health benefits (EHBs) that are covered along with other provisions and benefits of the law. Recognizing the importance of health reform benefits for MCH populations, AMCHP developed a brief fact sheet on opportunities for Title V programs and the EHBs. This fact sheet provides a quick guide on the opportunities to engage in the EHB process and what to look for. Is your state MCH program already engaging in this process or thinking to engage? AMCHP would love to hear about this, please contact Atyya Chaudhry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-775-1474.
CDC Digital & Tech Tools for Prevention Programs
CDC has several tech-tools that are up-to-date, science-based, and provide accurate information on HIV, STDs, viral hepatitis, and TB. Rapid advances in technology and digital tools are changing the face of public health; using these tools helps you uncover accurate, science-based data for your program planning needs. The available CDC widgets, apps, data tools and online health assessments are designed to be easily accessible when you need them. Data mapping is made easier with the NCHHSTP Atlas, Youth Online, and YRBS Data Widget. Check out the Latent TB Infection (LTBI) and STD Treatment (Tx) Guide mobile app that were created to save time for the busy health professional. Whether you are a novice or expert, CDC also provides trainings and webinars to learn the basics and how to apply these resources in your work, strengthen your data analysis skills and discover new ways to reach your audience. To learn more, click here.
Women's & Infant Health
New AMCHP Maternal Health Guide Now Available
AMCHP released a new publication for MCH programs and their partners, Health for Every Mother: A Maternal Health Resource and Planning Guide for States. The new guide:
- Synthesizes maternal health recommendations from state and national consensus statements into six core elements of a comprehensive maternal health initiative
- Includes assessment and planning tools to support partner engagement
- Offers a menu of strategies, innovations, and ideas to consider, supported by national implementation resources and examples from more than 30 states
All Title V MCH directors will receive copies of the guide by mail, and AMCHP staff are happy to discuss opportunities to use the guide with your team. Contact Brittany Argotsinger, email@example.com, for more information or additional copies. Partners are welcome to request copies, too, and we look forward to putting you in touch with Title V leaders in your state. The full guide is available for immediate download from the AMCHP website here.
Child & Adolescent Health
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Resources
To celebrate Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, CDC recently released a Vital Signs report, Preventing Teen Pregnancy: A Key Role for Health Care Providers. The report discusses long-acting reversible contraception and the important role health care providers can play in teen pregnancy prevention. While rates of births to teens continue to decline, in 2013, teens ages 15 to 19 delivered more than 273,000 infants. This is still of great concern to all of us. This Vital Signs report was created to help the nation's communities continue the dialogue about teen pregnancy and its burden on our nation's youth. To view the full report, click here. For more information about teen pregnancy prevention, click here.