Title V MCH Services Block Grant – Guideline Updates Feedback
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is updating the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant to States Program: Guidance and Forms for the Title V Application/Annual Report. AMCHP would like to gather your feedback regarding these updates to share it with HRSA. Please use this survey link to learn more regarding the proposed updates and provide feedback by Monday, July 3.
Book your stay for NBDPN Conference: An Event Co-Sponsored by AMCHP!
Haven’t registered? Visit the conference website to learn about the conference and information regarding registration, hotel, health and safety, and much more. For questions about this event, please contact NBDPNmeetings@conferencemanagers.com. We hope to see you there!
Recent AMCHP Announcements
- MCH Bridges Podcast Episode 15 – Youth Perspectives on Mental Health: Supporting the Next Generation
AMCHP Annual Conference
Thank you to the more than 1,300 maternal and child health (MCH) leaders and thinkers that joined us in New Orleans or virtually from May 6–9, 2023 for our 2023 AMCHP Annual Conference. Over 1,000 individuals joined us in person and more than 300 virtually, making this event again one of the largest gatherings of MCH professionals in the United States.
Interested in revisiting information on the 2023 AMCHP Annual Conference? Make sure to visit our blog and podcast page to read the latest on this year’s conference!
You Still Have Access to All Conference Content!
Do you wish to revisit your favorite session or engage with the live content you might have missed? For one year, registered participants will have access to all the on-demand content, live plenary sessions, workshops, and more! Visit the conference platform, log in with your access key, and continue to be inspired by all the outstanding speakers and participants this year on your own time.
Save the Date for AMCHP 2024 and Beyond!
Save the date and be among the first to know about our future conferences by subscribing to our mailing list at the bottom of our conference webpage, and share our subscribe link with your friends and peers!
AMCHP Information & Resources
Resources for Medicaid Renewals
As of April 1, 2023, all states are engaged in the process of unwinding the Medicaid continuous enrollment provision that was put in place during the Covid-19 pandemic to provide continuous healthcare coverage for those enrolled in the Medicaid program. During the pandemic, the Medicaid program grew by nearly 30%, providing coverage for over 93 million individuals, including children. Now all Medicaid enrollees will be redetermined for eligibility. Advocates are concerned about the loss of or disruption in coverage for maternal and child health (MCH) populations.
Initial data from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that at least 728,000 Medicaid enrollees have been disenrolled as of June 9. The majority of Medicaid enrollees are still unaware that renewals are happening. MCH programs have a critical role to play in sharing communications and working with families to ensure they are aware this is happening and to minimize disruptions in coverage.
AMCHP has a fact sheet and a recent webinar on this topic and several resources in the works. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has a vast array of resources available including communications in multiple languages. If you have any questions or want to connect with an AMCHP team member on this topic, please contact Atyya Chaudhry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMCHP Mental Health Corner
June is Pride Month! Being your authentic self is one of the best ways to protect your #MentalHealth. Learn more about the intersection of mental health and LGBTQ+ individuals at www.mhanational.org/pride. In particular, the trans community faces higher rates of mental health challenges than any other LGBTQ+ identity group. In Episode 10 of AMCHP’s MCH Bridges Podcast – Queering Perinatal Mental Health – Leo Andreas (he/him) and Jenna “JB” Brown (they/he) joined us to explore the unique perinatal mental health experiences of queer, trans, and gender non-conforming people. Leo, a dad of a two-year-old, shared his mental health experiences of his journey to parenthood. And JB, a full-spectrum doula and community educator, explained the positive impact person-centered, radically inclusive care can have on the mental health of queer, trans, and gender non-conforming people during the perinatal period. Tune in now to listen to episode 10 and check out a list of suggested resources.
Mental health is an important component of well-being for maternal, child, and adolescent health (MCAH) populations. Read more about our Commitment to Workplace Well-Being as well as AMCHP’s organizational work on mental health and substance use.
Interested in receiving more information on what’s happening related to mental health/substance use and MCAH? Sign-up for the PRISM Digest, our monthly mental health/substance use newsletter, by emailing email@example.com, and check out the #AMCHPMentalHealth hashtag on Twitter. Have questions or want to learn more? Contact the mental health team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legislation & Policy
Explore our revamped Maternal & Child Health Bill Tracker for more information about pending federal legislation to improve maternal health. Also, download AMCHP’s 2023 Federal Policy Agenda outlining where we intend to focus our advocacy work.
President Biden Signs New Executive Order on Contraception Access
On June 23, President Biden signed a new Executive Order (EO) to strengthen access to affordable, high-quality contraception and family planning services. The EO includes directives to Federal Agencies to:
- Develop new guidance to ensure that private health insurance covers all contraceptives approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) without cost sharing;
- Expand access to affordable family planning services under Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, and Medicare Part D plans;
- Promote contraception coverage and access for Service members, veterans, Federal employees, non-federal employees, and university/college students;
- Encourage federally supported health care and human services entities, including Title X, to expand the availability and quality of contraception access offered; and
- Promote research and data analysis on contraception access.
To learn more about this EO and past EOs related to reproductive health, check out this White House fact sheet.
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 on our Government Affairs webpage. Town Halls occur on the second Thursday of every month from 2-3 PM ET. We invite you to register for all future Town Halls at this link.
Opportunities & Funding
AMCHP Career Center: Connecting Talent with Opportunity
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.
- Website Manager, Communications: AMCHP is seeking a Website Manager to oversee the organization’s website, www.amchp.org. This Website Manager is an experienced, resourceful, and energetic member of the Communications team who will support AMCHP to engage our partners, share knowledge, and maintain resources on our website and across our digital platforms. The Website Manager is an integral member of AMCHP who will work with our team members to maintain and improve our website, using WordPress CMS, and digital platforms, manage enhancements and fixes, and ensure accessibility and an overall positive user experience. This position will be filled by a highly competent information technology/website professional who is a problem-solver, has excellent website design and technical skills, sophisticated decision-making abilities, and a flexible, open, and collaborative attitude. [learn more and apply]
Publications & Resources
Getting Acquainted with the Data Resource Center (DRC) for Child and Adolescent Health
Did you know that you can find data on over 350 child health indicators on the Data Resource Center (DRC)? This powerful tool provides state-level data on 19 National Outcome and National Performance Measures from the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) right at your fingertips. Look at your state’s data by race, ethnicity, primary language, household income level, adverse childhood experiences, and more. Take a short video tour to learn more about this free, easy-to-use, point-and-click resource and get data on children in your state.
Do you know how the obesity rate in your state compares to the national average? Want to find out how much exercise adolescents in your state are getting? Just visit the DRC to see how kids compare across states on NPM 8.2.
The NSCH is a national survey, funded and directed by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (HRSA MCHB), that provides rich data on multiple, intersecting aspects of children’s health and well-being – including physical and mental health, access to and quality of health care, and the child’s family, neighborhood, school, and social context. Request NSCH datasets in SAS, Stata, and SPSS formats with accompanying codebooks on the DRC website. For more information, visit the Ask Us a Question page or email email@example.com.
Weeks to Note:
Men’s Health Week, June 12-18
Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week, June 25-July 1
Days to Note:
World Brain Tumor Day, June 8
Family Health and Fitness Day, June 10
World Blood Donor Day, June 14
Autistic Pride Day, June 18
Juneteenth, June 19
World Sickle Cell Day, June 19
World Vitiligo Day, June 25
National HIV Testing Day, June 27