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AMCHP advocates at the federal level for programs to improve the health of women, children and their families, including the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant. AMCHP also provides a forum for state leaders to improve policy, systems, services and quality of care for MCH populations.

Our work is guided by AMCHP's Board of Directors and our Legislative and Health Care Finance Committee comprised of AMCHP members and partners.  Our Policy & Advocacy pages are designed to provide you with resources and tools to be an effective advocate for state MCH programs. 

100 Day Policy Agenda                                                                                                                                              As the new President and Congress take office in 2017, the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) offers the following recommendations to help guide a policy agenda that can begin in the first 100 days to improve the health of all women, children and families, including those with special health care needs. These recommendations were created by AMCHP’s Legislative and Health Care Finance Committee, and approved by our Board of Directors.

Legislative & Policy Agenda
AMCHP's Strategic Plan includes developing and implementing an annual legislative and policy agenda. This agenda specifies key policy and advocacy activities for AMCHP.

2017 Policy Agenda

National Center for Health Reform Implementation
AMCHP's National Center for Health Reform Implementation provides state maternal and child health leaders and their partners with the information, tools and resources to optimize the opportunities presented by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for improving services, systems and health outcomes for MCH populations.

MCH Advocacy
It is imperative that elected officials understand Title V and the unique needs of women, children and their families. This section is a resource to provide the tools and information to accomplish this goal. It includes the following: AMCHP's lobbying and advocacy activities, advocacy resources, and tools including funding charts on federal appropriations for MCH related programs.  This section includes information on our Friends of MCH Coalition, a group of organizations committed to supporting federal MCH programs.  It also includes a link to our Action Center, from which you directly contact your elected officials.

Our Team
AMCHP staff are experts in federal policy and legislation. We pride ourselves on our ability to connect with state advocates and share information, resources, and tools. We are always happy to talk with you, provide technical assistance, and share information. To contact a member of our Policy Team, visit the "Advocacy Contacts" page.

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).