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 Action Learning Lab 

Action Learning Labs (ALLs) are intensive training programs that bring diverse state agencies and programs together to tackle priority issues in maternal and child health. AMCHP designed the labs to promote collaboration at the state level and improve family health programs. In these sessions, state teams learn about an issue, share their unique perspectives and create action plans to address that issue in their state. AMCHP has conducted ALLs since 1996 on a range of topics including Medicaid and SCHIP reforms, perinatal HIV transmission (PHIV) and Perinatal Disparities.

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Among Women of Reproductive Age: Phase I & II

In March 2004 AMCHP conducted the first in a two-phase Action Learning Lab on Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Among Women of Reproductive Age. Teams from 5 states (HI, WI, ND, MN and MO) worked together to develop action plans to address smoking among women of reproductive age. AMCHP collaborated with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Women's Tobacco Prevention Network to develop and implement the Action Learning Lab. Phase II of the Action Learning Lab convened four state teams (CO, IA, LA, OH and PA) for the second phase of the Action Learning Lab.

The purpose of these labs was two-fold: 1) to cultivate new and effective partnerships between state MCH divisions, ACOG chapters and PPFA affiliates; and, 2) to help these partnerships develop, implement and evaluate state action plans to address smoking prevention and cessation among women of reproductive age. State teams were also encouraged to initiate a relationship, or strengthen an already existing relationship with the state health department tobacco control program.

For the final report of the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Among Women of Reproductive Age Phase I & II, see the Women and Tobacco Action Learning Lab: The Project Process and Products.