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 MCH Advocacy

Capitol dome with flagMaternal and child health practice involves advocacy for resources, policies and programs that protect and promote the health of women, children, and families. As a national association dedicated to supporting state MCH programs and providing leadership on MCH issues, advocacy is core to what we do at AMCHP. We provide resources and assistance to individuals looking to get more engaged in policy development and be more effective in working with local, state, and federal policymakers.

This site contains resources you can use to advocate for the Title V MCH Services Block Grant and other MCH programs. This site also includes training and professional development resources that will contribute to developing your MCH Leadership Policy & Advocacy Competency.

For more information, please contact a member of our Policy Team by visiting our Advocacy Contacts page.

Action Center
Our Action Center contains key messages to share with your elected officials and our on-line system you may use to send messages directly to your elected representatives here in Washington. AMCHP has a number of different resources for MCH advocates. If you do not find what you are looking for on this site, or would like to speak to a member of our Policy Team, please contact us! Staff contact information can be found on our
Advocacy Contacts page. We look forward to working with you to advance AMCHP's mission of supporting state MCH programs and providing national leadership on issues affecting women, children, and families.

Friends of MCH
The Friends of MCH Coalition is a group of 50+ national and state organizations that share an interest in supporting state maternal and child health programs and related activities. The Friends of MCH Coalition stands together to support maternal and child health policies at the national level. Together, the group advocates for continued funding of the Title V MCH Services Block Grant. AMCHP conevenes and leads the Friends of MCH Coalition, which meets on an as needed basis throughout the year.

State Title V Profiles
state profiles provide a snapshot of how the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant works in specific states. The profiles detail the Federal funds appropriated to each state, state match, specific programs funded, numbers of people receiving services and state health needs. These profiles are designed to be helpful to AMCHP members and partners when describing what the Federal and state funds support, who Title V programs help and what priority issues should be addressed.

Can you Lobby?
Many state personnel are expressly prohibited from engaging in lobbying activities as part of their official duties. AMCHP urges all MCH advocates to familiarize themselves with local, state, and federal regulations concerning lobbying and other advocacy activities. This
page describes some of the differences between advocacy and lobbying. It also contains resources for further information on the topic.

Federal Affairs & Advocacy
As the national organization working on behalf of state Title V programs, AMCHP works daily with federal agencies, members of Congress, and key partners here in the nation's capital and nationwide to garner support for the Title V MCH Services Block Grant and other MCH programs. This page highlights some of AMCHP's core work in the area of federal appropriations related to MCH programs. For more information on these activites, please contact any member of our Policy Team.

Advocacy Resources & Tools
AMCHP has developed a number of resources and tools to inform and educate our members and partners about key policy issues related to MCH. This page contains links to these resources, including archived webinars and trainings.

As a 501(c)(3) public charitable organization AMCHP complies fully with all Federal regulations, restrictions and established practices governing advocacy and lobbying activities.  No Federal funding is used to engage in any lobbying activities and all legislative activities are closely monitored and audited for compliance with all relevant legislation.  If you have questions about AMCHP's specific lobbying activities please contact our Director of Policy (see the "Advocacy Contacts" link to the left).