National Center Resources

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​AMCHP's National Center for Health Reform Implementation provides assistance to state MCH programs and their key partners (e.g., state Medicaid and CHIP programs, community health centers, local health departments, providers) to optimize the opportunities presented by health reform for women, children including children with special health care needs (CSHCN), and their families. Through on-line resources, technical assistance and consultation with AMCHP members, our National Center and Policy Team staff are happy to provide you with the resources you need to understand the impact of the ACA and implement key MCH provisions as required.  ​

Papers and Issue Briefs 

Affordable Care Act Fact Sheets and Issue Briefs 
These brief publications are designed to assist state MCH programs in understanding and implementing key provisions of the Affordable Care Act related to MCH populations: 

ntsv_issue_brief_final-1.jpgNAMD 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.


The Power of Prevention: The Cost Effectiveness of Maternal & Child Health Interventions
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.


 New Opportunities for Integrating and Improving Health Care for Women, Children, and Their FamiliesNew Opportunities for Integrating and Improving Health Care for Women, Children, and Their Families
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act gives states new tools and funding to integrate public and private delivery of health care services. Many states are already integrating services for low-income women and children to improve outcomes and reduce costs. For example, many state Medicaid agencies and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, public health agencies, provider groups, private insurers, children’s hospitals, and family organizations are partnering to share resources including technical assistance, coordinated care, and quality improvement efforts. This issue brief highlights the efforts of Colorado, Florida, Ohio, and Vermont to integrate health care services for low-income women and children, especially through state Title V maternal and child health programs. Click here to download the issue brief. 

Archived Webinars ​

Public Health Approaches to Address the Opioid Epidemic: Cross-Sector Collaboration in MCH

May 9, 2017

This webinar, presented in partnership with the Associaiton 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 Virgina 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 26, 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.

National MCH Policy Teleconference​

May 5, 2014
AMCHP hosted a members' webinar regarding future plans for the Collaborative Innovation & Improvement Network. The call also included an introductory overview from AMCHP's new CEO Lori Freeman, a call to action to use the upcoming Mother's Day holiday to educate policymakers on how the Title V MCH Block Grant improves the health of all mothers and families, updates on AMCHP's advocacy for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant, the recent home visiting, PREP and Family to Family Health Information Center program extensions; and MCH-related updates on implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Speakers included:

  • Lori Freeman, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
  • Michael Lu, Associate Administrator of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau
  • Charles Homer, National Institute for Children's Health Quality
  • Lauren Smith, National Institute for Children's Health Quality
  • Carolyn McCoy, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
  • Karen Van Landeghem, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs

To access a complete (audio and visual) recording of the web event, click here.

Breastfeeding and the Affordable Care Act

December 16, 2013​

As a complement to the release of an issue brief in December, AMCHP hosted a webinar on Breastfeeding and the Affordable Care Act.  This webinar provided states with tools and resources to assist with the development of benchmarks and benefits for breastfeeding lactation and counseling services as well as information regarding outreach to businesses for the compliance with the new federal law to create breastfeeding accommodation worksites for nursing moms. 

Access a complete (audio and visual) recording of the web event here

Speakers included:

  1. ​Carolyn McCoy, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (to view slides click here)
  2. Patrick Simpson and Diana Derige, W.K. Kellogg Foundation (to view slides click here)
  3. Beverly Curtis, US Breastfeeding Coalition (to view slides click here)
  4. Barbara Dennison and Deborah Gregg, New York State Department of Health (to view slides click here)
  5. Amelia Psymthe, US Breastfeeding Coalition (to view slides click here)
  6. Holly Dingman and Paula Eurek, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (to view slides click here)

Health Reform and Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women

August 28, 2013 

AMCHP along with National Health Law Program, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, the March of Dimes, the National Partnership for Women and Families, and the National Women’s Law Center took part in the first of the Health Reform and Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women Webinar Series. This webinar series providing background and answering questions about insurance options for pregnant women and their families. The link to the webinar recording can be found here. The slides can be found here.


The ABCs of ACOs for MCH 

May 30, 2013 
AMCHP hosted the ABCs of ACOs for MCH. With all eyes on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), especially the insurance marketplace, Medicaid expansion, and health insurance reforms, states also are working diligently to transform the delivery of services. Among the many initiatives included in the ACA, provisions to establish accountable care organizations (ACOs) are significant because of the potential to help achieve the “IHI Triple Aim”-- improving patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of health care.  While significant focus is being placed on ACOs for the adult population the potential for pediatric populations, particularly children with special health care needs (CSHCN) remains unclear. The role of ACOs in population health and how they integrate with community-based systems of care, including public health agencies, on a range of issues, such as care coordination, is still unfolding. This webinar will highlight key considerations for maternal and child health populations, the role of public health in ACO implementation, and efforts to implement ACOs that have a focus on pediatric populations particularly CSHCN.

Christopher A. Kus, MD, MPH, Associate Medical Director, Division of Family Health, New York State Department of Health

Colleen A. Kraft, M.D., FAAP, Carilion Clinic, VA
Cate Wilcox, MPH, Maternal & Child Health Section Manager, Public Health Division, Oregon Health Authority
Don Ross, Policy & Planning Section Manager, Division of Medical Assistance Programs, Oregon Health Authority
Marilyn Hartzell, M.Ed., Director, Oregon Center for Children and Youth with Special Needs

Webinar attendees will:
1) Increase their knowledge of ACOs and ACOs that include MCH populations
2) Increase their understanding of how public health can play a role in ACOs
3) Will be able to identify strategies and resources to collaborate with, ACOs in their state

Click he​​re to view the recording on YouTube. 

Click h​ere to access the slides from the presentation.

Click here to access the PDF version of the slides from the presentation.

Opportunities and Strategies for Improving Preconception Health through Health Reform

January 8, 2013
AMCHP hosted a webinar in direct response to member requests for more information on how states are navigating health reform and Medicaid to improve birth outcomes, particularly preconception health.  

The objectives of the webinar are: 

1) Provide an overview of coverage for women's and reproductive care currently in the United States.
2) Briefly describe and define preconception health and its importance on improving birth outcomes and lowering disparities in the United States.
3) Highlight how health reform, both at the state and national level, can contribute to improving preconception care for women.
4) Share successes, challenges, and lessons learned from a state that offers various levels of coverage for preconception health.

Click here to view the recording on YouTube. 

Click here to access the slides from the presentation.


Continuing the Conversation: The Affordable Care Act after the Supreme Court Ruling

July 31, 2012

AMCHP hosted a webinar to continue the conversation with its members on the impact of the Supreme Court ruling and the Affordable Care Act. This webinar serves as a review of the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, implications of the June Supreme Court ruling for MCH populations and an in-depth discussion of the Medicaid expansion and health insurance exchange establishment. AMCHP was able to hear from some of our member states on how their programs are helping to advance the ACA as well. The recording is now archived below.

​Click here for a recording of the webinar (mp4).

Click here to view the recording on YouTube.

Click here to access the slides from the presentation.

Supreme Court Ruling on the Affordable Care Act Ruling 
July 2, 2012 

AMCHP staff held a members-only conference call to review the main points of the Supreme Court Ruling on the Affordable Care Act.

The goals of the members-only conference call were:  

o    To provide a basic summary of the Supreme Court ruling

o    Discuss the impact of the ruling on Title V and our members

o    Explain how this might impact future advocacy issues

o    Discuss AMCHP as a continuing resource for our members

To access the MP3 recording of the call, click here.

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