HST Resources

The Health Systems Transformation (HST) team provides assistance to state Title V leaders  and their key partners in optimizing new program and policy opportunities to improve the health of women, children including children with special health care needs (CSHCN), and their families.

The team's project portfolio includes the National MCH Workforce Development Center; the Promoting Innovation in State MCH Policymaking (PRISM) project (HRSA cooperative agreement); and other AMCHP learning collaborative projects.  The HST team works closely with AMCHP policy staff on  legislative and regulatory issues; represents AMCHP in MCH policy coalitions; and provides consultation and support to other AMCHP teams on health policy issues affecting MCH populations.  

HST Resources

New Resources:

The Power of Prevention: The Cost Effectiveness of Maternal & Child Health Interventions (2018)
State MCH programs are a fundamental part of our nation’s public health system. The evidence shows that state MCH programs, and the services they ensure, merit increased national investment. Through effective and efficient interventions described in this publication, state MCH programs and partners can learn more about programs that improve the lives of mothers, children, and families. Click here to download the report. 

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Outreach and Enrollment Fact Sheet (2018) here
Health insurance marketplaces, created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), enable individuals and families to shop for and enroll in health insurance plans. Marketplace open enrollment begins November 1st, 2018.  This fact sheet includes informational resources and suggested steps for MCH leaders to support outreach and enrollment in their state and communities and help guarantee improved access to care and coverage for MCH populations.

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Parents Need Insurance Coverage Too (2018) here
ACA Marketplace open enrollment begins November 1st 2018. Produced in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, this flyer describes the importance of insurance coverage for parents/caregivers and explains ACA open enrollment season, as well as other ways that parents can get coverage. 

Fact Sheets and Issue Briefs 


NAMD AMCHP Issue Brief on Low-risk, Primary Cesarean Births in Medicaid
Low-risk, Primary Cesarean Births in Medicaid: NAMD/AMCHP Issue Brief, developed by the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) in partnership with AMCHP, lays out key background information and the elements of state strategies to address the excessive use of C-sections for low-risk, first time mothers. It is important to note that this resource seeks to provide a high-level review of state options and does not offer a comprehensive analysis of this topic. To view this issue brief, click here.


Archived Webinars 

Public Health Approaches to Address the Opioid Epidemic: Cross-Sector Collaboration in MCH (May 2017)

This webinar, presented in partnership with the Association of State & Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), focused on public health strategies to address the growing opioid crisis among maternal and child health populations. Support for this webinar was provided by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. 

Speakers included:

  • Jay Butler, MD - President, Board of Directors, ASTHO and Director of Public Health, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
  • Dina Lieser, MD, FAAP -  Senior Advisor at MCHB's Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems 
  • Patricia Tille, MS Ed - Chief, Bureau of Population Health and Community Services, Division of Public Health Services, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
  • Christina Mullins - Director, Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health, West Virginia Department of Health 

To access a recoded version of the webinar, click here

For the presentation slides, click here

For speaker biographies, click here

Improving Coverage and Care for Pregnant and Postpartum Women (October 2015)

To address the health coverage issues experienced by pregnant and postpartum women, AMCHP co-presented a webinar with the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation (NIHCM), with support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. This webinar was designed to help state-level public health and MCH professionals understand the ways to help women and families navigate their health insurance options to improve women's overall health and birth outcomes.

Speakers included: 

  • Dania Palanker, JD, MPP - Senior Counsel, Health & Reproductive Rights, National Women's Law Center 
  • Karen Shea, MSN - Vice President, Maternal and Child Services, Anthem, Inc.  
  • Todd Slettvet, MA - Section Manager, Division of Health Care Services, Washington State Health Care Authority

To access a recorded version of the webinar, click here

For the presentation slides, click here

For speaker biographies, click here.

For supplemental reading materials, click here

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