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 Health Systems Transformation

As health care, public health, financing, and other sectors of the U.S. health care system continue to evolve, state MCH programs have on-going opportunities to promote health equity and positive outcomes for women, children and families.  The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to be a national guide for health transformation that serves the unique needs of MCH populations. Transformation is also happening at the federal and state levels in response to emerging MCH issues, such as maternal mortality and mental health and substance use disorders among women of reproductive age. The AMCHP Health Systems Transformation (HST) team leads initiatives that protect and sustain the positive impact of the ACA, and promote state policy and program action to advance the health of MCH populations.

The HST team includes:

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Stacy Collins, MSW
Associate Director, Health Systems Transformation

Atyya Chaudhry, MPP
Senior Program Manager, Health Systems Transformation

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 Jessica Cohen, MSW
Program Manager
Health Systems 
Region VIII Liaison

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Amani Echols, MPH
Behavioral Health Policy Fellow, Health Systems Transformation

The HST team project portfolio:

​Funded Projects
PRISM (Promoting Innovation in State MCH Policymaking) is a capacity-building project to empower Title V leaders and their state and local partners to advance policy that supports the needs of women of reproductive age with mental health and substance use disorders.
The "Partnership for State Title V MCH Leadership" develops, implements, and supports state Title V programs and comprehensive systems of care to improve the health of MCH populations.
The National MCH Workforce Development Center, sponsored by the UNC Gillings School of Public Health in collaboration with AMCHP, provides training, peer learning, coaching, and consultation to Title V leaders and their partners, to advance health transformation.
"Calling All Sectors - State Agencies Joined Together for Health", sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trust and the RWJ Foundation, is a 10-state learning collaborative focused on developing cross-sector partnerships that promote solutions for complex health problems stemming from living environments, income levels, and social conditions, using a racial equity framework.

​Internal AMCHP Teams
The AMCHP Policy team, which includes the AMCHP Public Policy and Government Affairs and HST teams, monitors and responds to legislative, regulatory and judicial actions at the national and state level affecting the ACA and Medicaid; represents AMCHP's membership in MCH national policy coalitions; and educates members on the continuing evolution of health reform and its impact on MCH populations.
The AMCHP Mental Health team, which includes representatives from all AMCHP internal teams, is dedicated to building the capacity of Title V programs to address the impact of mental health and substance use disorders; developing resources for AMCHP members and partners; and serving as a voice for MCH populations in the evolving mental health policy arena.

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).