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It’s Time to Complete the 2024 AMCHP Membership Assessment 

Graphic alerting of 2024 AMCHP Membership Assessment. Check your inbox and share your feedback by April 5.

Attention AMCHP Members – Your opinion matters! AMCHP is dedicated to providing you with the best possible membership experience, and to achieve this, we need your feedback. Please take a few moments to complete the 2024 AMCHP Membership Assessment sent directly to your email before the April 5 deadline. 

Purpose of the Assessment 

The purpose of this assessment is to gather your valuable opinions and feedback about your membership experience with AMCHP and how we’re supporting you. Your input is crucial in helping us understand your needs, preferences, and areas where we can improve. 

How Your Feedback Will Be Used 

Your responses will directly impact our efforts in several ways: 

  1. Improving Member Programs and Services: Your feedback will provide us with the insights needed to enhance our existing programs and services, ensuring they better meet your needs and expectations. 
  2. Developing New Initiatives: We’ll use the survey results to identify opportunities for new programs and services that address emerging needs within our membership community. 
  3. Measuring Member Satisfaction: Understanding your satisfaction level with AMCHP as a member organization is vital. Your feedback will help us gauge how well we’re meeting your expectations and where we can make improvements. 
  4. Communicating Organizational Impact: The survey findings will also be shared with our leadership, staff, funders, and other stakeholders. This information will help us demonstrate the impact of AMCHP’s work and advocate for continued support. 

Your participation in this assessment is invaluable, and we genuinely appreciate your time and effort in providing us with your feedback. Together, we can ensure that AMCHP remains a supportive and responsive organization that meets the needs of all our members. 

If you are a member and did not receive an email from the 2024 Membership Assessment asking you to complete it, please send an email to epieval@amchp.org to receive a link to the assessment. 

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to AMCHP, and we are eager to hear from you! 

New Pulse Issue Available: Essentials for Moving Data Equity Forward 

Graphic alerting of new Pulse issue, an AMCHP newsletter, March 2024: Essentials for Moving Data Equity Forward.

The latest issue of our Pulse newsletter is now live!  

Our March issue was developed by AMCHP’s Epidemiology, Evaluation, and Metrics team. It focuses on the Essentials for Moving Data Equity Forward: partner collaboration; quality data collection and analysis; a comprehensive, inclusive needs assessment process; and effective program evaluations.  

It also includes a reflection from our CEO, Terrance E. Moore, that highlights the connection between AMCHP’s strategic plan, AMCHP Future 2027, and our 2024 conference, Partnering with Purpose. It also highlights some of our accomplishments in year 1 of implementing our strategic plan.  

Read the articles:  

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Recent AMCHP Announcements

AMCHP Annual Conference

Less than one month away from the 2024 AMCHP Annual Conference! Get ready to join us April 13-16 at the Oakland Marriott City Center, in Oakland, California! We will continue to offer content in-person and virtually through our conference platform with the theme Partnering with Purpose. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our Annual Conference Newsletter to be the first to receive updates and information about the conference, and share the subscribe link with your peers!

Register to Participate In Person by March 22

Over 1,100 maternal and child health leaders and thinkers have already registered to participate in AMCHP 2024!

Are you interested in attending AMCHP 2024 in person? We are nearing capacity for in-person attendees for the conference, so you might want to register to secure your spot now! Registration to participate in person will close on Friday, March 22. After this date, we will only accept registration to participate virtually. Remember that you can register and select the “pay later” option to secure your spot.

Visit our conference platform for more information regarding registration rates, including discounted rates for youth/students, community-based and community-rooted organizations, tribal entities, and family leaders.  As we recognize the need to involve and prioritize diverse leaders in discussions and decisions that affect their communities and families, we invite you to make a financial investment at the end of your registration toward enabling representatives from these groups to attend this year’s conference.

Are you pondering your participation? Read one of our latest blog posts, The 2024 AMCHP Annual Conference: An Opportunity for Growth and Connection, to learn about why you should participate in our conference this year. You can also revisit our MCH Bridges Podcast bonus episode to hear from past participants about their conference experience.

Start planning your attendance and register now to secure your spot! 

Conference Activities in Honor of Black Maternal Health Week   

Graphic collating activities in honor of Black Maternal Health Week. More information at: https://amchp.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/BMHW-Flyer-FV-1.pdfOur conference falls during Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW) this year. In recognition of this co-occurrence, we have included a series of activities to raise awareness of BMHW, honor Black maternal health leaders and birthing people and families, and provide time, space, and acknowledgment for attendees to participate in virtual events hosted by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA) and partner organizations. Explore below or view the PDF to download the activities 

1. Black Maternal Health Track  

In-person and virtual attendees are invited to join our sessions and see poster presentations under the Black Maternal Health track. 

2. Community-Based/ -Rooted Organizations, Tribal Entities, & Title V Networking Session – On Sunday, April 14, from 12:45-2pm PT, Invite Only.  

3. California Coalition for Black Birth Justice Celebration – On Monday, April 15, at 6pm PT, by RSVP Only. 

4. Plenary Sessions Celebrating Black Community, families, and Maternal Health Leaders 

  • Transformative Family and Community-Led Partnerships on Monday, April 15, at 8:30pm PT  
  • Partnering with Purpose for Restoration, Healing, and Justice on Tuesday, April 16, at 8pm PT  

5. Engage in BMMA’s Black Maternal Health Week Events 

In-person participants can engage in BMHW virtual events and activities by BMMA in room OCC 206, which will be available at designated times. 

6. Centering Restoration and Wellness at the AMCHP Conference  

Rest and wellness are essential to the work of Black Maternal Health leaders and others working in maternal and child health. 

  • Family Tapestry Gallery: Bay Area artists exhibit curated by local artist and historian Luna HighJohn-Bey.  
  • Collective Vision Boarding: Attendees will engage in creating a collective vision board, symbolizing our commitment to maternal and child health and partnering with purpose in room OCC 206. 
  • Quiet Room: Need a break? Take a break. Take a moment to rest or work in the peace and silence of our quiet room located in room OCC 204. 

Child Care at AMCHP 2024    

Are you interested in attending our conference but uncertain about who would care for your child? We’ve got you covered!  

AMCHP is excited to share our partnership with KiddieCorp to offer on-site child care services at the 2024 AMCHP Annual Conference for children ages six months to about five years old. Older children may be accommodated by request.  

Child care service will be available for all in-person attendees from Friday, April 12, to Tuesday, April 16, for a fee of $5 per hour per child.  

Learn more and pre-register for this service!

View the Full Conference Schedule  

AMCHP released the full schedule of workshops, skills-building sessions, and roundtables at the 2024 AMCHP Annual Conference. The 68 workshops, 10 skills-building sessions, and 2 roundtables are organized along subject matter tracks:    

Click on the full schedule to view sessions by date or by doing a keyword search. All sessions are displayed in Pacific Time (PT). Start creating your list of must-see sessions today!  

Conference Highlight – Plenary Session 1: “Youth Partnering with Purpose: Movement Towards Liberation” 

This youth-designed and youth-led opening plenary session aims to demonstrate the power of youth voice and parenting with purpose, featuring EYE For Prevention Youth Leaders and local Youth Leaders in Oakland. Through this session, we will tap into engaging activities to help participants embody the learning meaningfully while engaging in a call to action. Young people will bless the mic with their poetry, performance, and creative skills to guide us through a transformative opening plenary to plant the seeds of the healing evolution of maternal and child health.   

Plenary Session 1, “Youth Partnering with Purpose: Movement Towards Liberation,” will be held on Sunday, April 14, from 9:30-11:30am PT in the West Hall.

Conference Highlight – Plenary Session 2: “Transformative Family and Community-Led Partnerships” 

This plenary will focus on Black Maternal Health through the lenses of disability and Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN), Family leadership, and community engagement. Speakers will provide an overview of Black Maternal Health Week and its significance and will be followed by a moderated panel of family and community leaders who partner with purpose to raise awareness of and address the dynamic maternal and child health (MCH) needs of Black families. The panelists will highlight intersectional experiences and challenges, discuss belonging and inclusion in MCH, and provide perspectives on successful initiatives that model transformative family and community-led partnerships. The panel will spend time discussing themes, challenges, and opportunities that are common across their models and answer questions from the audience. 

Plenary Session 2, “Transformative Family and Community-Led Partnerships,” will be held on Monday, April 15, from 8:30-10am PT in the West Hall.

Conference Highlight – Plenary Session 3: “Partnering with Purpose for Restoration, Healing, and Justice” 

This closing plenary will focus on sharing Elder perspectives on partnering with purpose with a moderated keynote from Ms. Linda Jones. Linda Jones is a renowned birth work leader in the Bay Area with over 30 years of experience as a birth and postpartum doula. She is also a birth journey photographer and serves as the Executive Director for Black Women Birthing Justice and the Director of Community Collaboration with Mothers for Mothers Postpartum Justice. Ms. Jones will impart wisdom to the audience and highlight how partnerships can be restorative, healing, and grounded in social justice. The session will close with a call to action for conference attendees to authentically engage in partnerships across the lifespan, engaging more deeply and intentionally.  

Plenary Session 3, “Partnering with Purpose for Restoration, Healing, and Justice,” will be held on Tuesday, April 16, from 8-10am PT in the West Hall.

Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities at AMCHP 2024 

Graphic alerting of exhibit and sponsorship opportunities at the 2024 AMCHP Annual Conference. Learn more at bit.ly/ESO-AMCHP2024Do you know of a company or organization that provides solutions to state public health leaders and directors of maternal and child health (MCH) programs? Do you know of an entity looking for an opportunity to enhance their products or service recognition and make a lasting impression in the MCH field? Help us spread the word!   

The 2024 AMCHP Annual Conference is offeringexhibit and sponsorship opportunitiesto get their products and services directly in front of the country’s highest leaders caring for the needs of women, children, youth, and families.Last year, over 1,300 MCH leaders and thinkers from nearly every state, territory, and jurisdiction in the United States joined our conference, surpassing all previous records. We expect this year’s conference will be another strong showing!   

Download our exhibit and sponsorship prospectus and share it widely with companies or organizations that could benefit from exhibiting or sponsoring our conference. Our advisors, available at AMCHPexhibits@conferencemanagers.com, would be happy to connect with them to learn about their budget and marketing strategy needs and offer them the best solution to achieve their goals!

Accessibility at AMCHP 2024   

AMCHP is committed to ensuring the AMCHP Annual Conference is inclusive for all attendees. This includes reasonable accommodations as specified by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).    

Explore what’s being offered to support full access and participation for all attendees.

To request ADA accommodations, please email AMCHPreg@conferencemanagers.com.

Conference-Provided Meals for All Attendees     

Are you interested in learning about the meals provided to all attendees at our conference? No need to wait!

Visit our conference platform to explore our meal offering and what each option includes.

Health & Safety at AMCHP 2024        

The health and safety of AMCHP members, attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, staff, venue staff, and the surrounding community are of the utmost importance to AMCHP. We are committed to reducing risks related to the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of attending an in-person event. AMCHP continues to monitor local and national guidance and will modify our health and safety practices and policies as appropriate. Updates will be posted to the conference platform.

Latest Blog Posts 

  • The AMCHP 2024 Virtual Experience: What to Expect and How to Get the Most Out of It: AMCHP is excited to host our second hybrid conference and welcome virtual attendees from across the U.S. and all nine U.S.-affiliated jurisdictions! We’re confident that virtual attendees will have a meaningful conference experience, get to network with other virtual attendees, engage with content and presenters during live sessions, and leave the conference feeling energized with new ideas and connections. The Virtual Conference Experience Subcommittee has made some improvements based on feedback from 2023 AMCHP Conference virtual attendees and wanted to share what you can expect from your 2024 virtual conference experience. [read more]  
  • Discover Oakland – A Gem of Culture, Cuisine, and Adventure: We are excited to host this year’s conference in Oakland, California! Oakland is a city full of heritage, great food, and activities and we have included a short guide of places to go and events to attend during your stay. We can’t wait to see you there! [read more]      

AMCHP Events & Webinars       

Save the Date! Webinar: Stewarding Trauma-Informed Workplaces in Public Health 

 Save the date graphic announcing AMCHP’s Workforce and Leadership Development Committee webinar, “Stewarding Trauma-Informed Workplaces in Public Health,” on Monday, April 22, from 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET. Register at bit.ly/WLDC-0424Save the date to join AMCHP’s Workforce and Leadership Development Committee (WLDC) and a panel of public health experts on Monday, April 22, from 3-4pm ET for our webinar “Stewarding Trauma-Informed Workplaces in Public Health.”

Register now and save your spot to learn about various trauma-informed workplace frameworks and discuss practical considerations and steps needed to initiate their adoption.

This webinar is one of many activities led by AMCHP’s WLDC in support of our strategic plan, AMCHP Future 2027, and our overarching goal to work on “foster trauma-informed, equity-centered, and whole person-focused workplaces internally and with our members.”

Access AMCHP’s 2022-2027 Implementation Plan to learn more about our Maternal and Child Health Talent goals.

 

 

Legislation & Policy     

Exploreour recently updated Maternal & Child Health Bill Trackerfor more information about pending federal legislation to improve maternal health. Also, download AMCHP’s 2023 Federal Policy Agenda outlining where we have focused our advocacy work.

WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, is Fully Funded for the Remainder of Fiscal Year 2024 

On March 8, Congress averted a partial government shutdown. Until then, the government was operating under a two-tiered continuing resolution. The Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration Appropriations bill was among the six-bill package that was approved by Congress and signed into law by President Biden. The passed legislation includes a $1 billion increase in WIC funding over Fiscal Year 2023, ensuring that all eligible participants can continue to rely on the essential nutrition assistance and support provided by WIC. Read the full legislative alert. 

Subscribe to AMCHP’s New Policy Digest 

Graphic promoting AMCHP's Policy Digest. www.amchp.org/subscribeOn February 29, AMCHP launched a new newsletter: The AMCHP Policy Digest. This digest strives to enhance and streamline your awareness of maternal and child health (MCH) policy issues spanning Congress, the Executive Branch, and the Judiciary Branch. Within this newsletter, you will find key information and insights on the growing complexities of government affairs, the MCH policy landscape, and AMCHP’s policy and advocacy initiatives.

Subscribe to this digest, and share the subscribe link with your networks to stay up to date on all things policy!  

 

 

 

 

AMCHP Policy and Partnerships Town Halls 

Thank you to those of you who joined us for our last AMCHP Policy and Partnerships Town Hall in February. You can find the full recordings of past Town Halls on our Government Affairs webpage.    

Town Halls occur on the second Thursday of every month from 2-3pm ET. We will not have a town hall for April due to the AMCHP Annual Conference, but we invite you to register for all future Town Halls, including our next meeting on May 9, at this registration link. 

Opportunities & Funding 

AMCHP Career Center: Connecting Talent with Opportunity 

AMCHP lists the top jobs available in our industry. Access the AMCHP Career Center to search and apply for open positions or post your jobs and opportunities!Search for Jobs|Post a Job.  

Northwest Native American Research Center for Health Applied Biostatistics and Data Science Training Program 

Save the date graphic to apply for the Northwest Native American Research Center for Health Applied Biostatistics and Data Science Training Program by April 15 with a QR code to learn more: www.bit.ly/43nRzDYThe Northwest Native American Research Center for Health (NW NARCH) at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board is offering a training program in applied biostatistics and data science. This program is geared toward American Indian and Alaska Native students and professionals who are interested in building their quantitative skills. The training program includes intensive courses offered in person in Portland, Oregon, June 2024 and June 2025; regular virtual seminars throughout the year; and a mentored capstone project on a topic of trainees’ choice, which will be completed over the two-year training period. Travel costs for trainees will be covered by NW NARCH.

Prospective applicants to apply, or express their intent to apply, by April 15. For further information and to apply, please visit the track webpage. 

For questions or to express intent to apply, please contact track co-lead, Amy Laird PhD (laird@ohsu.edu). 

 

Partner Events & Webinars 

Upcoming Webinar on Congenital Syphilis in the U.S. 

Graphic promoting webinar: "Preventable Crisis: Congenital Syphilis in the U.S." April 11 at 12pm ET. https://momtobaby.org/SyphilisWebinarMotherToBaby is hosting a webinar on April 11 at 12pm ET, entitled “A Preventable Crisis: Congenital Syphilis in the U.S.,” presented by Robert McDonald, MD, MPH, and Kate Miele, MD, MA, FACOG, Division of STD Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Its intended audience is healthcare professionals.  

Advanced registration is required, and the event is free and open to the public. 

 

 

 

Commemorations 

March 2024 

Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month 

Blood Clot Awareness Month 

Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month 

Myeloma Action Month 

National Athletic Training Month 

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month 

National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 

National Endometriosis Awareness Month 

National Kidney Month 

National Nutrition Month 

National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month 

National Save Your Vision Month 

Trisomy Awareness Month 

Women’s History Month 

Workplace Eye Wellness Month 

Weeks to Note: 

National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, March 10-16  

Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 10-16  

National Sleep Awareness Week, March 10-16  

National Poison Prevention Week, March 17-23  

Brain Awareness Week, March 11-17  

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, March 18-24  

Days to Note: 

Employee Appreciation Day, March 1  

World Birth Defects Day, March 3  

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, March 10  

Healthgrades Announces Top Hospitals for Patient Experience, March 12  

Healthgrades Announces Top Hospitals for Patient Safety, March 12  

World Kidney Day, March 14  

World Sleep Day, March 15  

National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, March 19  

World Oral Health Day, March 20  

World Down Syndrome Day, March 21  

World Tuberculosis Day, March 24  

American Diabetes Alert Day, March 26  

Epilepsy Awareness – Purple Day, March 26  

National Doctors’ Day, March 30