AMCHP Announced 2023 Board of Directors Election Results
On Wednesday, July 5, AMCHP announced that its Board of Directors recently elected a new slate of officers and welcomed one new member. These Board members began serving on June 22, 2023. With these changes, AMCHP’s Board of Directors will comprise eighteen members. Transitions, re-elections, and new appointments to the Board include Marcus Allen (President-Elect), Dr. Charmaine S. Mayers (Region II Director), Eden Bezy (Region V Director), Martha Smith (Region VII Director), and Dawn Bailey (Family Representative).
“I am delighted to welcome this new slate of officers, including Dr. Charmaine S. Mayers, who joins the Board as the new Region II Director,” said Lisa Asare, President of AMCHP’s Board of Directors. “These officers bring valuable knowledge and a set of skills instrumental in continuing to support AMCHP with the implementation of its strategic plan, AMCHP Future 2027, while ensuring that maternal and child health (MCH) priorities and the voices of people with lived experiences are represented in our work and the MCH System.” [continue reading]
Revamped Title V State Profiles
Reintroducing AMCHP’s Title V State Profiles! These revamped, user-friendly briefs include the latest information on the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant in your state or territory. The Title V MCH Block Grant is the only federal program of its kind dedicated to improving the health of all women, infants, and children in the United States. In fiscal year 2021 (FY21), programs funded by the MCH Block Grant served 92% of pregnant women, 98% of infants, and 58% of children nationwide. Learn more in this Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) Title V Funding Ask Sheet.
Visit our webpage to learn more about how Title V funds benefit your state and the populations and programs funded. For questions, contact our government affairs team: Amy Haddad (email@example.com), Sherie Lou Santos (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Lauren Blachowiak (email@example.com).
AMCHP’s MCH Innovations Database Now Accepting Submissions on a Rolling Basis!
AMCHP is excited to announce that our MCH Innovations Database will now accept submissions year-round! We are switching from accepting submissions twice a year to year-round to make it easier to share your work with AMCHP. All application materials including submission forms for each practice designation are currently available on AMCHP’s Innovation Hub site on the “Submit a Practice” tab. While submissions will be accepted at any time, they will still be reviewed twice a year in the Spring and Fall.
We understand that organizations have busy, fluid schedules and may not have had the time or capacity to apply with the prior timeline. We hope that this new process serves AMCHP’s effort to reach a wider set of organizations, encourage more community-based organizations and smaller organizations to submit, and provide more flexibility to submit on your own timeline.
AMCHP strongly encourages community-based organizations to submit their practices to the MCH Innovations Database, regardless of whether it’s been evaluated by traditional methods. We strongly believe in the power of community- and practice-defined evidence and seek to promote its use in MCH practice to better center those with lived experience. There is more information on community-defined evidence and AMCHP’s beliefs on our webpage, under the “How AMCHP Thinks About Evidence” tab.
Call for New Members for AMCHP’s Global Health Workgroup!
AMCHP’s Global Health Workgroup is resuming activities after a brief hiatus and is looking for new members! The Global Health Workgroup seeks to identify and share culturally appropriate best practices, bright spots, and insights from the global community with Title V and its partners. The main activities of the workgroup include biannual, topical webinars that bring together the Title V and MCH communities into conversations about the intersection and respective impacts of global and local public health activities; expanding the MCH Innovations Database to include more global health practices and policies; and case studies that accompany webinars to stoke discussion and reflection.
All workgroup members will be expected to attend the majority of monthly workgroup meetings and contribute to the biannual webinars through logistic and developmental support. We estimate the time commitment for this opportunity to be roughly 2-3 hours a month.
Deadline Approaching! Book Your Stay by July 21 for the 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!
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
Share Our Medicaid Renewal Public Service Announcement (PSA) Videos
For the past several months, AMCHP has been reporting on the current Medicaid renewal process. The Medicaid continuous eligibility provision that was put in place during the pandemic has expired and all 93 million individuals, including children, enrolled in the Medicaid program will need to go through a Medicaid renewal to determine if they are still eligible for the program.
However, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, most enrollees are not aware that renewals are happening, and early data show that over 1.6 million people have lost their coverage, this figure includes children. Now more than ever it is important to get the word out to families about the importance of the renewal process.
AMCHP partnered with El Centro, Inc., a Kansas City-based community-based organization (CBO), to develop a series of PSA videos in English and Spanish on Medicaid renewals. These videos are 30 seconds in length and can be downloaded and customized by adding your organization’s logo on the last page before disseminating among your networks.
AMCHP also has a fact sheet and a recent webinar on this topic with more 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
July is Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. The theme this year is Culture, Community, and Connection. Throughout time, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities have carved out systems of support to sustain collective well-being. Community safety for BIPOC must encompass psychological safety. Bebe Moore Campbell was a mental health advocate, author, journalist, & teacher passionate about Black mental health. We encourage you to listen to the Therapy for Black Girls Podcast to learn the history of this observance.
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
Stipend Opportunity for Community-Based Organizations
AMCHP has released a new stipend opportunity for Community-Based Organizations (CBOs). The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to pilot a compensation model for CBOs advancing racial justice for birthing people to be equitably engaged as members or collaborators of state or local Maternal Mortality Review Committees (MMRCs). This RFA seeks applications from CBOs to pilot this compensation model. AMCHP recommends that CBOs that partner with MMRCs be compensated at a minimum of $300 per hour for their time. This rate should be reflected irrespective of proposed activities, including preparing for and attending MMRC meetings. The application deadline is July 31.
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.
Days to Note:
World Hepatitis Day, July 28