February 9, 2023

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COVID-19 Resources      

Variant Roundup 

The virus that causes COVID-19 is constantly changing. We continue to see new lineages of the Omicron variant, such as XBB.1.5, emerge and spread in the United States. This week, we provide an update on the most common Omicron lineages currently circulating in the United States. [read more 

AMCHP COVID-19 Resources and Vaccination Pages       

AMCHP is committed to working alongside our federal agency and organizational partners to gather available information, resources, and guidance specific to our maternal and child health (MCH) population during the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources are on our website for your convenience and are updated regularly as untapped resources become available. Find out more about vaccinating MCH populations to stay up to date on well-care during the pandemic here.     

AMCHP Announcements      

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Deadline Approaching! Call for 2023 AMCHP Annual Award Nominations is OPEN Until February 13 

2023 AMCHP Annual Awards Banner alerting call for nominations is now open: bit.ly/2023AMCHP-AA

AMCHP is still accepting nominations for the 2023 AMCHP Annual Awards! The awards will be presented at the AMCHP Annual Conference, held in a hybrid format from May 6-9, 2023, in New Orleans, Louisiana.  

Every year, AMCHP recognizes individuals in the maternal and child health (MCH) community who have gone above and beyond to positively impact those around them. Leaders, innovators, professionals, youth, and legislators are nominated and selected based on their commitment and contributions to advancing MCH.   

Click here to view the award categories and descriptions.   

If you are interested in nominating someone, please fill out this nomination form and submit all nomination materials to Nikeisha Ogletree, Chief Operating Officer, at awards@amchp.org by February 13, 2023.  

AMCHP Presents Black History Month & Beyond   

Graphic with text: "Celebrating Black History Month & Beyond" with link: bit.ly/AMCHP_BHMB. Black background with red, yellow, and green stripes (Pan-African colors). Black History Month, established by the “Father of Black History”  Dr. Carter G. Woodson, is a time dedicated to celebrating the achievements and contributions of Black individuals throughout American history. It is also a time for us to honor the generations of work and sacrifices fighting for freedom and equity and incorporate that into our work today, especially within the field of maternal and child health (MCH). This February, as a part of AMCHP’s Black History Month & Beyond, we have compiled resources consisting of books, articles, films, podcasts, and more related to Black History impacting MCH from our Staff. We ask that you help us celebrate Black history beyond this month by contributing items you would like to see shared throughout the year in the form here. 


We Want to Hear from You! Share Your How for the 2023 AMCHP Annual Conference 

Graphic alerting AMCHP wants to share your how. Image of an arm holding a microphone.  

AMCHP is thrilled to announce that we are accepting videos, audio, and written submissions for our “Sharing Your How” project – a plenary session of the 2023 AMCHP Annual Conference where “how” is front and center. 

This plenary session builds on last year’s Sharing Your Why  project, where attendees heard perspectives from a broad range of maternal and child health (MCH) professionals, youth, and families. Last year, we shared “why” they do their work in MCH, what brought them to the field, why they feel passionate about their work, and what motivates them. This year, we’ll shift our focus from “why” to “how” to learn about strategies and activities that support the development of diverse leaders in MCH. 

To be a part of our “Sharing You How” project, please complete this submission form which consists of a short testimonial (video, audio, or written format) by Tuesday, February 28, at 11:59 PM PT. Please aim to share your “how” video or audio testimonial in under 3 minutes or a written testimonial in 500 words or less. AMCHP will share these creatively throughout the 2023 Annual Conference and might invite you to participate in this plenary session. 

Do you need ideas for creating your submission? Get inspired by exploring testimonials for the Sharing Your Why project in 2022 at this link! 

Please download our “Sharing Your How” flyer  and visit our blog post for more information or to share this opportunity. For any questions, please contact Caroline Stampfel at cstampfel@amchp.org. 

Explore Our New Strategic Plan: AMCHP Future 2027  

AMCHP Future 2027 Banner with text: "Explore our Strategic Map and Implementation Plan at amchp.org" and images of a father and mother embracing their children, a mother leaning her forehead against her son smiling, and two fathers holding their baby.

AMCHP is excited to announce the launch of our new five-year strategic plan, AMCHP Future 2027. The plan, which resulted in our new strategic map and implementation plan, was brought together by our Board of Directors and staff. It examined and reimagined key areas (i.e., “pillars”) of our organization’s work through 2027, including:  

  • Health Equity & Anti-Racism  
  • Policy & Advocacy  
  • Youth, Families, & People with Lived Experience  
  • Maternal & Child Health Talent  
  • Communications & Branding  
  • Partnerships  
  • Membership  

Latest MCH Bridges Podcast – We Need to Start Talking About Stillbirth    

MCH Bridges Banner for Episode 12 with title "We Need to Start Talking About Stillbirth" and names of guest speakers: Rose Horton, Jasmin Abraham, and Nneka Hall.

Our newest MCH Bridges episode is now live! Episode 12– “We Need to Start Talking About Stillbirth”  

This documentary-style episode highlights the lived experiences of families who have experienced a stillbirth. You’ll hear from Jasmine Abraham and Nneka Hall, who share their personal stories after Jasmine’s son Qasem and Nneka’s daughter Annaya were born still. You’ll also hear from Rose Horton, a nurse and Executive Director of Women and Infant Services at Emory Decatur Hospital who also created #NotOnMyWatch. 

Tune in now to listen to our guests discuss stillbirth, its risk factors, prevention, the short- and long-term impacts of the loss of a baby, and the supports and systems-levels changes needed. 

Share with your peers and listen to this and other episodes on www.mchbridges.org, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Overcast 

Why tune in to MCH Bridges?  

MCH Bridges is intended to help our listeners create new connections to MCH leaders, organizations, and ideas. We aim to inspire and guide listeners toward actions that will improve the systems that impact MCH populations.

Who should listen to MCH Bridges?  

MCH Bridges is designed for Title V MCH & CYSHCN leaders, state and jurisdictional health department staff, individuals with lived experience and their families, MCH faculty and students, public health professionals, and others wanting to learn more about supporting MCH populations and equitable systems of care.   

How can we make MCH Bridges better in 2023?   

Please take a few minutes to fill out our MCH Bridges evaluation, which can be found at this link. Help us learn about your satisfaction levels with our episodes in 2022, and let us know your preferences in terms of length, format, and content.    

Recent AMCHP News       

AMCHP Annual Conference  

AMCHP 2023 Annual Conference Banner includes an icon of a human holding their hands up with different shades of green leaves above it so it looks like it's growing. Next to it is the theme displayed in green, "Cultivating Diverse Leaders in Maternal & Child Health", and the date/location of the conference in white on a brown rectangle background, "May 6-9, 2023 | New Orleans, LA"

Have you saved the date for the 2023 Annual Conference? Mark your calendars for May 6-9, 2023, to attend in New Orleans, Louisiana! Our 2023 edition of the AMCHP Annual Conference will offer content in-person and through our virtual conference platform with the theme Cultivating Diverse Leaders in Maternal and Child Health. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our mailing list to be the first to receive updates and information about the conference!      

Conference Platform is Live   

Visit our conference platform to view the updated schedule at-a-glance (which includes opportunities for networking and skill-building sessions as well as plenty of impactful workshops and inspiring plenary sessions.), hotel and travel information, exhibits and sponsor information, and much more! Be on the lookout for the full schedule coming soon!  

Early Bird Registration is Open    

Early Bird registration for the 2023 AMCHP Annual Conference is now open! Register to attend in person or virtually by Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at 11:59 PM PT, to take advantage of the early bird pricing. Are you not sure whether you will attend in person or virtually? You can change your attendance status without penalties until Wednesday, April 5, 2023, at 11:59 PM PT.       

You can register now to secure your spot here!      

Now Accepting Hotel Reservations        

You can now make your hotel reservation to attend the 2023 AMCHP Annual Conference in person. Book your stay at the New Orleans Marriot in New Orleans, LA, by EOD April 13, 2023, or until the block sells out. We look forward to seeing you!      

Snapshot of the Virtual Conference Experience  

Registered to attend AMCHP 2023 virtually? We strive to provide virtual participants with a meaningful experience that is flexible for any schedule. Here are a few of the items to look forward to: 

  • Watch ALL three live-streamed plenaries and participate in the discussion chat with other participants on the live-stream platform 
  • Enjoy live-streamed workshop sessions – one broadcast session during each of the concurrent workshop sessions 
  • Participate in two rounds of live virtual workshop sessions hosted on Zoom 
  • Access more than 100 posters on the conference platform, including both those being presented in person and those presented virtually. 
  • Take advantage of virtual networking opportunities   
  • Dedicated AMCHP staff who will support virtual engagement opportunities.   

For more information, view the schedule at-a-glance on our conference platform. 

Support CBOs, Tribal Government Representatives, and Youth at Our Upcoming Annual Conference!     

Graphic calling to support community based organizations, tribal government representatives, and youth at the Annual Conference. Learn more at www.bit.ly/2023-Letter.Our annual conference is fast approaching. While we can’t wait to see you at AMCHP 2023, we also recognize the deep value of having youth and young adult leaders, community-based organizations (CBOs), and those representing tribal entities attend as well. Here is a letter from our President and CEO providing further details about ways to support these individuals to attend. We shared a similar letter last year, and based on our conference evaluation, it inspired jurisdictions to financially support 10 youth and young adult leaders (including students), CBOs, and tribal government representatives to participate. Nearly a quarter of those who received the letter indicated that it helped them build or strengthen relationships with the individuals that they sponsored to attend the conference.        

We are hopeful that this letter will have the same, or an even larger, impact this year. We also hope that it inspires you and your colleagues to have conversations about ways that you can further partner with and support these individuals and groups in your own work. Check out our conference registration page for further information.      

Latest Blog Posts  

  • The AMCHP Annual Conference Scholarship: Integrating the Perspectives of CBOs, Family Leaders, Youth, & Tribal Government Representatives Into AMCHP 2023: The AMCHP Annual Conference Scholarship aims to invite and financially support youth and young adult leaders (including students), family leaders, community‐based organizations (CBOs), and representatives of tribal entities involved with your MCH efforts to attend. Often community members and youth and young adults are not involved, integrated, or prioritized when it comes to the various policies and programs that impact their peers and families. Cultivating and sustaining relationships with diverse leaders cannot be achieved without amplifying, supporting, and compensating the efforts of community leaders who contribute to the vitality of maternal and child health! [read more]  
  • Tracing the Origins of the AMCHP Annual Awards: Honoring Leaders Advancing MCH: Each year, AMCHP recognizes individuals in the maternal and child health (MCH) community who have gone above and beyond to positively impact those around them. Leaders, innovators, professionals, youth, and legislators are nominated and selected based on their commitment and contributions to advancing MCH. In this post, you can learn more about the awards’ history, look back on previous winners, and learn how you can nominate someone for an award this year. [read more]   
  • Behind the Scenes of AMCHP 2023: Meet Linda Starnes: Linda serves as a member of the AMCHP Conference Planning Committee and the Statewide Family Leader for the Florida Department of Health Office of Children’s Medical Services Care Plan and Specialty Programs, Title V CYSHCN Program. We invited her to share her thoughts to give participants a chance to learn more about her, the work she contributes to the committee, and the importance of this conference from the perspective of a family leader. [read more 

New From AMCHP   

New State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) Website! 

This promotional image announces the launch of a new website (https://spharc.amchp.org) for the State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC). A screenshot of the new website shows four focus areas of Resources, Technical Assistance, Peer Learning, and Centering Lived Experience.

AMCHP is pleased to announce the launch of a new State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) website. SPHARC is a comprehensive web-based resource center intended to provide ongoing technical assistance and facilitate cross-state learning to increase the capacity of states, particularly Title V programs, in developing and implementing systems of care for children and youth with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities (ASD/DD).   






The new website was designed to make it easier to understand SPHARC’s work and the populations it reaches. The website is broken down into the four major areas of SPHARC’s work:   

  • Resource development  
  • Technical assistance  
  • Peer learning   
  • Centering lived experience    

The new SPHARC website features:  

This website was developed for anyone who is working to increase the ability of states and jurisdictions to develop and implement systems of care for children and youth with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities (ASD/DD). It will also be of use to state and local decision-makers, public health professionals and leaders, family and community leaders, students, policymakers, Autistic adolescents, young adults, and adults, and anyone who wants to center Autistic voices in their work and co-design programs and policies with Autistic people.   

You can access the new SPHARC website here. You may also contact the SPHARC team at spharc@amchp.org for additional questions or information requests.      

AMCHP Events & Webinars 

Introducing the Innovation Hub Learning Community! 

AMCHP is excited to announce the launch of the Innovation Hub Learning Community (IHLC). The IHLC is the latest evolution of the programmatic support and learning opportunities offered through Innovation Hub and is an expansion of the previous Cutting-Edge Learning Community (CELC).  

Throughout the year, AMCHP will be hosting four webinars on topics related to programmatic best practices that all MCH professionals and advocates are welcome to attend. Additional peer-sharing and coaching opportunities are available for existing practices in the MCH Innovations Database. 

The IHLC Webinar Series: The webinar series will focus on skills and strategies that you can apply to your work to improve your organizational processes, expand the scope and impact of your practice, and plan for program sustainability.  

Click below to register for the IHLC’s upcoming webinars (all at 3pm ET): 

  1. February 23: Tracking Progress Towards Your Goals: Utilizing Key Performance Indicators
  2. May 23: Starting from Your Strengths: Planning for Sustainability
  3. August 24: Expanding Your Impact: Preparing to Scale Up Your Practice
  4. November 28: Who’s Guiding Your Choices: Centering Community in Evidence-Based Decision Making

Looking for more information on the IHLC? Check out our website under the technical assistance tab or email us at evidence@amchp.org with any questions! 

Save the Date for NBDPN 2023  

NBDPN Conference Banner alerting the date; August 14-16, 2023; location, Atlanta, Georgia; and theme, Connect. Share. Collaborate. Also pictured is a digitized image of a pregnant woman on the far left.

AMCHP is pleased to announce the return of the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) Conference, taking place August 14-16, 2023 in Atlanta, GA. Save the date for this outstanding event that AMCHP is co-hosting, which will offer relevant and timely content in the areas of Surveillance Operations, Partnerships and Family Engagement, Epidemiology/Data, and Prevention, Intervention, and Public Policy as it relates to birth defects and overall maternal and child health. 

Visit the website to learn about the conference, the Call for Proposals (deadline extension: March 3, 2023), and information regarding registration, hotel, and much more. Additionally, the conference organizers are opening a call for Reviewers and/or Track Coordinators. Please view this form for a short description and if you are interested, please proceed to fill it out by February 24.   

For questions about this event, please contact NBDPNmeetings@conferencemanagers.com. We hope to see you there! 

AMCHP Mental Health Corner      

Mental health is an important component of well-being for MCAH populations. Read more about AMCHP’s organizational work on mental health and substance use here.      

Interested in receiving more information on what’s happening related to mental health/substance use and MCH? Sign-up for the PRISM Digest, our monthly mental health/substance use newsletter, by emailing jsimon@amchp.org, and check out the #AMCHPMentalHealth hashtag on Twitter. Have questions or want to learn more? Contact the mental health team at mentalhealth@amchp.org.     

New Post Alert! #ScreenToInterveneForAYAs Blog Highlights AYA Mental Health Capacity Building Resources for Title V 

This month, the blog highlights a set of four e-learning modules that were developed for Title V staff interested in how they can leverage their jurisdiction’s MCH block grant program to improve systems of mental health care for adolescents and young adults (AYAs). Each of the four modules functions as a standalone learning experience, and users can navigate between each module at their leisure, and in the order they prefer. Within each module, learners will find an introduction and background to the topic, key resources, examples of MCH programs in action, a summary of takeaways, and an opportunity for individual reflection on the content that’s been covered. The topics covered by each module include:   

  • Emerging Topical Issues in AYA Mental Health: Learn about the state of mental health among AYAs and trends over the last decade.   
  • Innovation in Service Delivery: Learn about the ways in which creativity in youth screening procedures has reduced some existing barriers to high-quality treatment & support.   
  • Integration of Mental Health into Primary Care for AYAs: Learn about frameworks, strategies, and real-world examples of effective approaches to integrating mental health services into primary care encounters for AYAs.   
  • MCH Workforce Capacity and Skillsets: Learn about pivoted approaches in workforce development to the skillsets of the AYA-MCH workforce to improve mental health care systems.   

Access the series and view the blog post here. 

AMCHP National Policy Calls      

AMCHP Policy and Partnerships Town Halls       

Thank you to those of you who joined us for AMCHP Policy and Partnerships Town Halls. You can find the full recordings of past Town Halls here. Town Halls occur on the second Thursday of every month from 2 to 3 pm EST. We invite you to register for all future Town Halls at this link.    

Legislation & Policy      

Explore our Maternal Health Bill Tracker for more information about pending federal legislation to improve maternal health.      

AMCHP Releases Federal Policy Priorities for 2023    

The AMCHP Policy and Government Affairs Team has released the AMCHP 2023 Federal Policy Agenda. The identified priorities include funding the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant at $1 billion in Fiscal Year 2024 and affirm AMCHP’s commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of our nation’s women, children, and families. To learn more, visit AMCHP’s website or contact Amy Haddad, AMCHP’s Chief Policy and Government Affairs Officer, at ahaddad@amchp.org  

White House Announces Public Health Emergency to End in May 

The Biden Administration has announced that they intend to let the COVID-19 the Public Health Emergency (PHE) expire on May 11, 2023. A separate declaration of a national emergency will also end that day. The announcement comes after multiple extensions to the PHE since it was first declared in January 2020. The unwinding of the PHE could impact millions of Medicaid enrollees as states begin the redetermination process. Learn more with the following AMCHP resources: 

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.        

AMCHP Career Opportunities    

Be part of our team! AMCHP is seeking individuals for the role listed below. AMCHP offers a 100% virtual work/telework environment for all positions.    

  • Senior Program Manager, Reproductive and Maternal Health: The Senior Program Manager develops, implements, and evaluates program activities that impact health outcomes across the life course and disrupt sources of historical, structural, and institutional racism and oppression in governmental public health agencies and health systems that drive inequities in sexual and reproductive wellbeing and maternal health. This position will partner and coordinate with private funders and federal agencies as well as national, state, and community organizational leaders to support collaborative efforts and maximize impact for justice. [learn more and apply] 
  • Associate Director/Director – Health Equity Innovation & Implementation: The Associate Director/Director will expand the organization and its membership capacity to interrogate, research, design, and implement sound health equity programs and interconnected policy work in their jurisdictions. The Associate Director/Director will 1) lead health equity capacity-building and technical assistance efforts through a transdisciplinary, anti-racist framework and 2) create a process and mechanisms toward accomplishing stated health equity and anti-racism goals in AMCHP’s 5-year strategic plan, AMCHP Futures 27. [learn more and apply 
  • Program Analyst – Special Projects: The Program Analyst will have a primary role in providing effective and responsive administration & maintenance of the web-based resource hub, www.ReviewtoAction.org, that supports quality and comprehensiveness of the maternal mortality review process. The Program Analyst will also provide integrative data and evaluation support to assist measurement and evaluation of other special projects and maintenance of associated data platforms and websites, and to support the organizational efforts to measure, track, analyze, and report on progress toward accomplishing AMCHP’s current strategic plan. [learn more and apply 
  • Senior Manager – Epidemiology, Evaluation, and Metrics: This position will assist in the facilitation of AMCHP’s mission to optimize equity in its internal and external processes and provide integrative evaluation support coupled with organizational metrics development and tracking. Primarily, this position will support capacity-building and technical assistance efforts for epidemiology, evaluation, and metrics, and support the organizational efforts to measure, track, analyze, and regularly report on progress toward accomplishing AMCHP’s current strategic plan. [learn more and apply]    

To learn more about AMCHP’s career opportunities, please visit this link.   

Become a 2023 Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) Host Site 

PHAP is a paid two-year, on-the-job, training program for early-career public health professionals. PHAP currently has more than 300 associates fulfilling hands-on workforce needs at host sites across 47 states, the District of Columbia, and 4 US territories.  

PHAP is seeking exceptional sites to host an associate from October 2023 to October 2025. PHAP host sites enjoy numerous benefits, including: 

  • Gaining CDC-funded field assignees who are energetic, intelligent, flexible, career-minded individuals with unlimited potential 
  • Forming a unique partnership with CDC to develop the nation’s next generation of public health professionals 
  • Filling workforce gaps caused by budget cuts and staffing shortages 

Associates are employed by CDC and work in state, tribal, local, and territorial public health departments; nongovernmental organizations; public health institutes and associations; academic institutions; and community-based organizations. Public health organizations have hosted associates working in a variety of public health areas, such as prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, HIV, and other communicable diseases; chronic disease prevention; environmental health; public health preparedness; immunization; injury and violence prevention; maternal and child health promotion; accreditation; and access to healthcare. 

Prospective host sites can learn more about PHAP and how to become a host site on the PHAP website. The application period closes at 5:00pm ET on Tuesday, February 28, 2023. The website has helpful program and application information, including webinar recordings, information about eligibility, answers to frequently asked questions, and testimonials from previous host sites. If you need more information about PHAP or the application process, please don’t hesitate to email phap@cdc.gov or call 404-498-0030. 

Deadline Approaching! Graduate Student Epidemiology Program (GSEP) 2023 Intern + Host Site Applications Close February 22  

Flyer heading reads "Now Accepting Student Applications." Bulleted list underneath heading reads "Support 10-week remote internships in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology; No associated costs - AMCHP covers intern stipends and site visit expenses; Interns can focus their effort on high-priority areas for the host site; Host site staff gain meaningful mentorship experience." Apply by February 22 at bit.ly/GSEP2023AMCHP is currently accepting Summer 2023 Graduate Student Epidemiology Program (GSEP)student and host site applications. The student and host site application period goes until February 22, 2023, at 11:59pm EST. This Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Epidemiology leadership program is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration and administered by AMCHP. Read more about GSEP, student and host site eligibility, expectations, and benefits on our webpage.   






A few notable internship highlights:    

  • Paid, 10-week, 100% remote graduate student summer internships to develop leaders in MCH epidemiology.     
  • Explore projects and diverse career pathways in MCH Epidemiology.    
  • Work with state and local public health agencies without relocating and receive thoughtful mentorship from practicing, applied epidemiologists.    
  • Optional, in-person site visits with costs covered.    
  • Learn practical skills and expand professional networks in ways that will give interns an advantage as they enter the MCH Epidemiology workforce.    

To apply, please visit our webpage. For questions, please contact Mikayla Frye (mfrye@amchp.org).    

ORISE Fellowship Position- HRSA Maternal and Child Health Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems Health Research Fellowship     

Interested recent Masters or Doctoral degree graduates or current graduate students are encouraged to apply for the ORISE/Maternal and Child Health Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems Health Research Fellowship. The ORISE Fellow will collaborate with the Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems to support activities focused on advancing health equity and strengthening Early Childhood Systems. See the full announcement for details on the fellowship, eligibility, and how to apply. The fellow will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with their educational level and experience. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.    

Call for Reviewers: Maternal and Child Health Journal Supplement on Public Health Approaches to Perinatal Substance Use      

Maternal and Child Health Journal CoverAMCHP and ASTHO invite you to serve as a peer reviewer for our journal supplement on Public Health Approaches to Perinatal Substance Use in the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Journal. Peer reviewing is an enriching experience that benefits both the individuals who dedicate their time and expertise to the process and the MCH community. You can learn more about the role and responsibilities of peer reviewers here.      

If you would like to peer review, please complete this short survey. The information provided will be shared with the Editor-in-Chief of the MCH Journal to initiate matching you to papers within your interests and expertise. (Note: it is possible to submit to this supplement AND review a submission). For questions, please email Amani Echols (AMCHP) at aechols@amchp.org.      

Publications & Resources      

Five Strategies to Promote Reproductive Justice and Family Well-being for Black Girls and Women    

Systemic racism has led to disproportionately adverse sexual and reproductive health outcomes for Black girls and women, including lower rates of access to and use of contraceptives, higher rates of unintended pregnancies, higher rates of preterm births and infant deaths, and higher rates of maternal mortality. Additionally, many Black families lack access to high-quality childcare services due to the high costs of available programs in their neighborhoods. 

In their new Child Trends blog, Fadumo Abdi, Abigail Wulah, and Mavis Sanders highlight strategies for policymakers and practitioners to address these inequities and promote the sexual and reproductive health of Black girls and women. The blog post also discusses how federal and state efforts to improve access can help Black girls and women raise their children in safe and sustainable environments. [read more] 

New Resource: A Roadmap For Advancing Family-Engaged Developmental Monitoring   

AMCHP staff recently served on the Advisory Board that provided guidance and contributions to a new resource from the Help Me Grow National Resource Center, “A Roadmap for Advancing Family-Engaged Developmental Monitoring”. The purpose of the Roadmap is to introduce and describe family-engaged developmental monitoring (FEDM) as a key component of a framework for children’s healthy development and family well-being that includes developmental promotion, FEDM, screening, referral, and receipt of services. More information on how to use the Roadmap can be found on the Help Me Grow National Center’s website.    


February 2023     

Black History Month 

American Heart Month 

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) / Low Vision Awareness Month 

International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month 

National Cancer Prevention Month 

National Children’s Dental Health Month 

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month 

Weeks to Note:  

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week, February 7 – 14 

Heart Failure Awareness Week, February 12 – 18 

Sepsis Survivor Week, February 12- 18 

National Condom Week, February 14 – 21 

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, February 20 – 26 

Days to Note:   

World Leprosy Day; January 29 

World Cancer Day 2022, February 4 

National Wear Red Day 2022, February 3 

Give Kids A Smile ® Day, February 3 

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, February 7 

Toothache Day 2022, February 9 

National Donor Day, February 14 

National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day, February 22 

Rare Disease Day 2023, February 28