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 On Your Behalf

In late October, AMCHP staff member Krista Granger presented at the American Public Health Association 2016 Annual Meeting and Expo. Her presentation was entitled “Demonstrating the Value of MCH Programs: Lessons Learned from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs’ Return on Investment Analytic Action Learning Collaborative.” For more information on AMCHP’s Return on Investment Analytic Action Learning Collaborative, click here.

 On Oct. 28, AMCHP staffers Amy Haddad and Kate Taft participated in a convening of the Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment (CHOPT) for the Medicaid initiative in Washington, D.C. CHOPT for Medicaid is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded project led by the Institute for Medicaid Innovation in partnership with the Association of Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) and Medicaid Health Plans of America (MHPA). Haddad and Taft participated in several roundtables to discuss what is working well and to identify opportunities for improvement in childhood obesity initiatives. They also met several families who have been engaged in innovative programs led by Medicaid health plans around the country.

 AMCHP’s State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) hosted a kick-off meeting Oct. 26-27 in Washington, D.C., for the Innovation in Care Integration for Children and Youth with ASD/DD Community of Learners. The day-and-a-half meeting included discussions about innovative, evidence-informed strategies that state grantees will be implementing (Telehealth, Family Navigator and shared resources); activities on using effective project planning and quality improvement tools; and interactive networking sessions facilitated by AMCHP staff to encourage states to learn from one another and foster working relationships. AMCHP staffers Kate Taft, Cori Floyd, Krista Granger and Michelle Jarvis facilitated the meeting, and AMCHP Board President Eileen Forlenza presented a plenary discussion on family engagement. State leaders connected with one another and with national partners, and identified potential technical assistance opportunities and activities to work on collaboratively as part of the ongoing Learning Community.