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 On Your Behalf

  • From Mar. 9-11, Iliana White and Elliane Yashar of the Child & Adolescent Health team attended the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. SAHM is an organization dedicated to improving the health of adolescents and young adults though advocacy, clinical care, health promotion, health service delivery, professional development and research. "Youth in Context" was the overarching theme of the conference, which refers to how brain development, social interactions, environment, and healthcare contribute in different ways and degrees to the well-being of this population. Plenaries, workshops, and special interest group meetings focused on a wide range of topics, including homeless & vulnerable youth, teen pregnancy prevention, YSHCN, school health services, reproductive health, positive youth development, impact of law on adolescent health outcomes, and federal investments in AYA health. A number of presenters were Title V staff, stakeholders, or project officers. AMCHP's partners from the Adolescent & Young Adult National Resource Center were also in attendance, including presentations from Drs. Charles Irwin and Claire Brindis of UCSF in the workshop, Young Adults and the ACA
  • On Mar. 15, Lacy Fehrenbach participated in the inaugural meeting of Advisory Committee to the newly funded National Center for Fatality Reviews and Prevention, which supports child death review (CDRs) and fetal/infant mortality reviews (FIMR) and reaches out to other review programs to collectively use the power of reviews to improve the lives of not only infants and children but their families and communities.  The Advisory Committee includes representatives from a wide swath of agencies engaged in health and safety and leaders in fatality reviews from several states and cities. The committee heard about the status of FIMR and CDR in the US and about Center initiatives. Then worked to generate ideas to better translate data from reviews into national action, maximize partnerships at the national level to support reviews, and improve the center's services and resources.
  • On Mar. 16-17, Jennifer Farfalla, Lacy Fehrenbach, Lori Tremmel Freeman, Krista Granger, Megan Phillippi, and Christina Ratleff attended the AMCHP Birth Outcomes Collaborative Meeting in Charleston, SC funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Approximately 70 representatives from thirteen states attended the meeting to develop knowledge of quality improvement, health equity, and economic analysis through delivery of interactive sessions and plenaries; advance and support state projects by providing one-on-one technical assistance with subject matter experts; and foster a collaborative exchange of insights and experiences among state teams to drive innovation.
  • On Mar. 18, Lori Tremmel Freeman participated in a quarterly call of the ASTHO Affiliate Council and was confirmed as the incoming Vice-Chairperson of the Affiliate Council. This is a two year term which transitions into the Chair of Committee for two additional years.
  • From Mar. 20-22, AMCHP staff members Megan Phillippi and Christina Ratleff hosted an exhibit and participated in sessions of the 11th Annual Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference (BFIC) in Chapel Hill, NC. The exhibit included materials from organizations participating in the National Breastfeeding Public Health Partnership (NBFPHP) including the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Carolina Global Breastfeeding Initiative National Association of County and City Health Officials, National WIC Association, United States Breastfeeding Committee, among others. This 2016 BFIC focused on advancing breastfeeding policy and advocacy with a special focus on health equity promotion and workplace support for breastfeeding moms.