January 25, 2024

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New Deadline! Call for 2024 AMCHP Annual Award Nominations Is Extended to January 26 

Graphic alerting: Deadline Extended. 2024 Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) Annual Awards. Submit Nominations by Jan. 26. Did you consider nominating a colleague or leader for the 2024 AMCHP Annual Awards but ran out of time? You still have a second chance!

Nominations for all awards have been extended until January 26, 2024:

  • Vince Hutchins Leadership Awards: For leadership in promoting a society responsive to the needs of women, children, youth, and families.
  • John McQueen Lecture Award: For innovation in the field of maternal and child health. Candidates must be able to record the lecture for distribution during the AMCHP Annual Conference in April 2024.
  • Merle McPherson Family Leadership Award: For exemplary contributions to further family/professional collaboration within a state or jurisdictional Title V Program and AMCHP.
  • Emerging MCH Professional Award: For outstanding state MCH professionals under age 45 whose work has made substantial contributions to their state’s MCH program, their state’s MCH outcomes, or made other significant contributions to promoting and protecting the health of women, children, and families in their state or jurisdiction.
  • Excellence in State MCH Leadership Award: For an outstanding state MCH professional whose career has made significant contributions to the health of women, children, and families in their state or jurisdiction.
  • Ryan Colburn Scholarship Award: For a youth-with-disabilities leader to attend the AMCHP Annual Conference, connect with family leaders, and continue to spread Ryan’s message of hope.

All award winners are invited to accept their award at the 2024 AMCHP Annual Conference, held in a hybrid format from April 13-16, 2024, in Oakland, California. Limited travel support is available for some awards.

Need more information on the nomination process? View our Call for Nominations Webinar recording to learn more about the nomination process from AMCHP Staff and Board leadership. You can also visit our webpage to view past winners from 2022 and 2023 for inspiration!

Interested in nominating someone? Please complete the nomination form and submit all materials to awards@amchp.org by January 26, 2024.

Recent AMCHP Announcements     

AMCHP Annual Conference 

AMCHP 2024 Logo with 5 ribbons of different colored ribbons twisting into an arrow. Banner states theme, Partnering with Purpose, and location/date: April 13-16, Oakland, CA

Have you saved the date for the 2024 AMCHP Annual Conference? Mark your calendars to join us April 13-16, 2024, 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 link with your peers!  

Black Maternal Health Track at AMCHP 2024 

This year’s conference features a new content track, Black Maternal Health, in recognizing that our conference takes place during Black Maternal Health Week 2024. This track features seven in-person workshops scheduled across the conference breakout sessions, 20 posters in-person in the exhibit hall, a lunch-provided student and early career professional roundtable session on Saturday, April 13, a virtually hosted workshop on Sunday, April 14, and two virtual posters. AMCHP is grateful to have so many Black maternal health leaders who are choosing to be with us in Oakland during the conference. Stay tuned for more information about how AMCHP is uplifting Black Maternal Health Week 2024. 

Early Bird Registration Closes February 12  

We are less than a month away from the Early Bird registration deadline for the 2024 AMCHP Annual Conference! Register to attend in person or virtually by February 12, 2024, to take advantage of the early bird pricing. Visit our conference platform to view more information regarding registration rates, including discounted rates for youth/students, community-based organizations, tribal entities, and family leaders.     

Are you not sure whether you will attend in person or virtually? You can change your attendance status without penalties until March 11, 2024.     

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

Updates on the Conference Schedule 

The full schedule for the 2024 AMCHP Annual Conference will be posted on our conference page on Friday, February 2. Be on the lookout for its release to view all the impacting workshops, skill-building sessions, and roundtables at AMCHP 2024, and start creating your list of must-see sessions! 

Still Accepting Hotel Reservations       

You can still make your hotel reservation to attend AMCHP 2024 in person. Book your stay at the Oakland Marriott in Oakland, CA, by March 16, 2024, or until the block sells out. We look forward to seeing you!     

Conference Platform is LIVE   

Everything about AMCHP 2024 is available in one place! Visit our conference platform to view the 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, and much more!       

Support Youth, Family Leaders, Community-Rooted Partners, and Representatives of Tribal Entities at Our Upcoming Annual Conference  

Graphic alerting AMCHP 2024: Support Youth, Family Leaders, Community-Rooted Partners, and Tribal Entity Representatives. Learn more: www.bit.ly/2024-LetterOur annual conference is fast approaching. While we can’t wait to see you at AMCHP 2024, we also recognize the deep value of having youth and young adult leaders (including students), family leaders, community-based organizations (CBOs), community-rooted partners, and representatives of tribal entities attend as well.  

AMCHP has composed 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), family leaders, CBOs, community-rooted partners, 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 purpose and support these individuals and groups in your own work.   

Check out our conference registration page for more information. 

AMCHP Annual Conference Scholarship for Community-Based Organization (CBO), Youth and Tribal Entities

Graphic alerting detailing the anticipated costs for supporting youth, community-based organizations (CBOs), family leaders, and tribal entities to attend the AMCHP 2024 Conference in Oakland, CA, from April 13-16. The top of the infographic features the conference's logo and the tagline "Partnering with PURPOSE." Below, a table is divided into three columns for different attendance options: Virtual, In-Person (One Day), and In-Person (Full Conference). Each column lists costs for full conference registration, presenter rate, transportation, lodging and meals, time off work, and childcare, with totals ranging from $2,445-$1,645 for virtual attendance to $4,210-$2,330 for the full conference. Early bird rates are also indicated in parentheses. The table is set against a maroon background, with white and black text for readability.The AMCHP Annual Conference for Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), Youth, and Tribal Entities Scholarship aims to invite and financially support youth and young adult leaders (including students), CBOs, and representatives of tribal entities involved with maternal and child health (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. This effort ties directly into the overall theme of partnership for this year’s upcoming conference while also being a focus of AMCHP’s strategic plan around partnership development.   


How Can I Support? 

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 meaningful impact by making a financial investment towards enabling representatives from these groups to attend this year’s conference, either in-person or virtually. 

AMCHP is committed to providing a space and audience so that the talent and expertise of community representatives are recognized and integrated into MCH priorities. Fostering an environment at the conference to learn from, network with, and share insights with one another is a great opportunity for you to do so as well! We believe that supporting representatives to attend the conference will increase your program’s capacity in youth and community engagement as well as leadership development. Your support is not just a donation; it’s a meaningful step toward building and sustaining trusting relationships with these groups in your state or jurisdiction.    

We encourage you to visit our conference registration page and consider making the financial investment to send youth and young adults, CBOs, and representatives of tribal entities from your state or jurisdiction to the conference either in-person or virtually.   

Latest Blog Posts   

  • Behind the Scenes of AMCHP 2024 – Meet Sedona Allen Moreno-Castelan: Sedona Allen Moreno-Castelan is a healer, warrior and serves as a member of the AMCHP Conference Planning Committee. 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 year’s annual conference from the perspective of a youth/young adult leader. [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] 

Health & Safety at AMCHP 2024 

The health and safety of the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (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 2024 AMCHP Annual Conference page.

New from AMCHP

Introducing AMCHP’s Systems Mapping Tools to Advance Birth Equity 

AMCHP is pleased to announce the release of the Birth Equity Action Map and additional systems mapping tools to advance birth equity! 

The Birth Equity Action Map describes urgent actions needed by specific system actors (i.e., birth equity partners) to improve birth and racial equity, and highlights where in the system funders can use their leverage to accelerate birth equity. This tool is intended to accelerate the work of communities, coalitions, and funders in strategically assessing their efforts, identifying opportunities, and committing to specific actions to strengthen the birth equity ecosystem. The map was co-created by AMCHP, the University of North Carolina (UNC) Gillings School of Global Public Health, Vijaya K Hogan (VKH) Consulting LLC, and 48 other diverse partners, representing federal, national, state, local, and community-based birth equity partners. 

Explore the Systems Mapping Tools to Advance Birth Equity web-based resource to interact with the map, view the full list of actions and descriptions, or check out the actions associated with a specific system actor or barrier to change. 

Not sure where to start? Our team is here to support you in applying the Birth Equity Action Map to your context! Please fill out this brief form to request support and our team will be in touch. 

Maternal and Child Health Journal Special Issue on Public Health Approaches to Perinatal Substance Use 

Graphic alerting: Read Now - The Maternal and Child Health Journal Special Issue on Public Health Approaches to Perinatal Substance Use. Sponsored by AMCHP and ASTHO. AMCHP and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) published a special issue of the Maternal and Child Health Journal on Public Health Approaches to Perinatal Substance Use. The special issue features twenty-one open-access articles focusing on the latest research, programs, and policy initiatives related to perinatal substance use. Learn more about the special issue through our press release. 

In December 2023, AMCHP and ASTHO unveiled the special issue by convening a select group of authors from the special issue to present their work and engage in enriching discussion. The experts shared strategies to build the evidence base and scale up evidence-based approaches to support perinatal people with substance use disorder and their families. Please watch the event recording and view the event materials. 

We invite you to keep the conversation going on social media by using AMCHP’s social media toolkit.  

AMCHP Events and Webinars  

Join the AMCHP Global Health Workgroup for Our First Webinar of the Year! 

Graphic alerting: AMCHP Upcoming Webinar. Think Global, Act Local: Learning from Global Digital Innovations for Domestic MCH Outcomes. February 13. 12 - 1 PM ET. Register now. www.bit.ly/GHW-MCH.Join AMCHP’s Global Health Workgroup to learn about digital and technological innovation and incorporation across the maternal and child health (MCH) field abroad, and its connection to domestic MCH work.  

Guest presenters will share their experiences in integrating digital and technological innovation for MCH populations in low- and middle-income countries, followed by a Q&A.  

Special guests:  

  • Smisha Agarwal PhD, Associate Professor of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 
  • Ana Mariana, MD MMSc-GHD, FRSPH, Lecturer in Global Health and Social Medicine at Universitas Jenderal Achmad Yani, Bandung, Indonesia 

Announcing the Launch of 2024 Innovation Hub Learning Community Webinars! 

The Innovation Hub Learning Community (IHLC) offers programmatic support to all practices in the MCH Innovations Database through one-on-one tailored coaching, didactic webinars, and peer sharing opportunities. The IHLC aims to:  

  • Provide a responsive and proactive network of programmatic support for all participants;  
  • Facilitate spaces for peer-sharing in which participants can co-create solutions and share programmatic successes and challenges;  
  • Offer learning opportunities that boost participant confidence applying evaluation and implementation principles and tools; and  
  • Encourage and support Innovation Hub practices to resubmit their work to the MCH Innovations Database and move up the Practice Continuum.  

In 2024, AMCHP is hosting four webinars on topics related to programmatic best practices that all MCH professionals and advocates are welcome to attend. Check out an overview of what’s to come below and register for any sessions! 

March 14, 2024, at 3-4pm ET: Who’s at Your Table? Power Sharing and Asset FramingThe first session will explore 1) how power dynamics play a role in building partnerships and 2) strategies that foster a mindset shift towards asset framing.  Register here.

May 30, 2024, at 3-4pm ET: Stop Building the Plane as We Fly It: Being Intentional w/ Strategic Planning How can we stop changing the tire while the car is still moving? The second session will provide methods to strengthen your strategic foundation and clearly define the key aspects of your work using key performance indicators (KPIs) and theory of change.  Register here.

August 29, 2024, at 3-4pm ET: “Say More About That”: Qualitive Research and Interviewing Considerations The third session will explore ways qualitative interviewing can add a dimension to your evaluation practices, and how to incorporate it into your evaluation plans.  Register here.

November 21, 2024, at 3-4pm ET: TBA – The fourth session topic will be chosen by you! We would love to hear your feedback about what topic areas you would like to learn more about. Share them in this brief survey here. The IHLC workgroup will then use this to create November’s session. Register here. 

Email evidence@amchp.org for any questions or support.   

AMCHP Information & Resources 

AMCHP Blog Post – Building Policy Skills for the MCH Workforce: AMCHP’s Evidence Informed Policy Initiative  

Policy is one of the 12 Essential Maternal and Child (MCH) Leadership Competencies as designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and yet one-third of state health agency staff members who consider “influencing policy development” as important to their work do not consider themselves to be capable of doing so. Additionally, policy is listed among primary job functions for nearly half of Title V respondents surveyed by AMCHP; however, it was also one of the top three reported training needs in terms of both critical thinking and management skills.   

To address these policy workforce needs, AMCHP launched the Evidence-Informed Policy Initiative. This initiative aims to develop tools, resources, and opportunities to support the MCH workforce to develop skills and confidence to engage in the policy process. We are excited to share two key activities of the Evidence-Informed Policy Initiative: expanding the MCH Innovations Database to include evidence-informed policies and publishing the first two modules of our Policy Essential Series. [read more] 

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. 

AMCHP Policy and Partnerships Town Halls                

Thank you to those of you who joined us for AMCHP Policy and Partnerships Town Halls in 2023. 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.

AMCHP and the National Healthy Start Association Lead Congressional Letter to Support Funding for HRSA’s Healthy Start Program  

Over 100 federally funded Healthy Start projects nationwide play a critical role in combatting infant mortality by implementing community-driven strategies. AMCHP is concerned about the proposed elimination of Healthy Start funding in the House of Representative’s Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) funding bill. On January 18th, AMCHP and the National Healthy Start Association led over 60 national organizations in a letter to Congressional leadership, urging the restoration of Healthy Start funding in FY24. The letter emphasizes how Healthy Start is a critical component in our national effort to combat infant mortality that complements, but is distinct from, the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program. Please email Amani Echols (aechols@amchp.org) to share your Healthy Start program successes and their positive impact on MCH populations. AMCHP will continue to uplift your stories when advocating for robust Title V funding.  

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.

  • Reproductive and Maternal Health – Communications Intern: AMCHP is seeking a Reproductive and Maternal Health Communications Intern for Spring 2024. The role involves promoting maternal and child health programs by highlighting innovative, evidence-based practices and policies that promote racial equity in pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum care. The intern will assist in communication and dissemination tasks within a collaborative network of community, state, and national experts focused on improving equity in maternal and infant health. This position reports to the Program Manager of Reproductive and Maternal Health. [Learn more and apply]
  • Communications Intern: AMCHP is recruiting a communications intern to join us from February – April 2024 to support our communications efforts to promote the 2024 AMCHP Annual Conference. The Communications Intern will report to the Senior Communications Manager and will be an integral part of the Communications team, working on marketing campaigns and implementing communications strategies for a reputable non-profit organization in the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) field. [Learn more and apply]

Call for Abstracts Open for 2024 Black Maternal Health Conference 

Graphic alerting: 2024 Black Maternal Health Conference and Training Institute. September 12-14, 2024. Atlanta, Ga. Call for Abstracts Now Open. Deadline - February 2, 11:59 pm EST. bit.ly/BMHC24ABSTRACTSBlack Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA) is excited to share that abstract submissions are NOW OPEN for the 2024 Black Maternal Health Conference and Training Institute ™️ (#BMHC24), which will take place on September 12-14, 2024! Founded and led by BMMA, BMHC serves as the premiere assembly for Black women, scholars, creatives, clinicians, professionals, advocates, and other stakeholders working to improve maternal health using the birth justice, reproductive justice, and human rights frameworks.  

BMMA is accepting content segmented into the following four (4) core conference tracks: 

  • Culture Shift/Creative 
  • Holistic Care & Clinical Innovation 
  • Policy & Advocacy 
  • Research & Evaluation 

Submissions are open until Friday, February 2, 2024, at 11:59 pm ET. Be sure to follow BMMA on Instagram and sign up for their e-newsletter to stay updated! 

The National Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Workforce Development Center Now Accepting Student Applications for Title V Internship 

Graphic alerting: Now Open - Summer 2024 Title V MCH Internship Program Application. Photo headshot collage of past interns. Now Accepting Student Applications! The National Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Workforce Development Center is currently accepting student applications for the Summer 2024 Title V MCH Internship Program. Applications will be accepted until February 2, 2024. 

In summer 2024, The National Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Center will support at least 6 teams of MCH students to participate in internships in state and territorial Title V programs. 

Why should you apply to the Title V MCH Internship Program? 

As a Title V MCH Intern, you will receive the following opportunities:  

  • Work on a project focused on improving the health of women, children, and/or families.  
  • Learn about the MCH system of care in your assigned state or territory. 
  • Network with leaders in the field of MCH and students from other MCH Training Programs  
  • Receive training in MCH systems, leadership, team building, equity, and mentoring. 

To learn more, visit The National MCH Workforce Development Center website. 

For questions, please contact Gabriella Masini (titlvemchinternship@uic.edu). 

Graduate Student Epidemiology Program (GSEP) 2024 Intern/Host Site Applications Now Open! 

Graphic alerting: AMCHP Now Accepting Student Applications. 10-week PAID, remote summer internships. Explore projects & careers in Maternal & Child Health (MCH) Epidemiology. Work with state and local public health agencies without relocating. Optional, in-person site visits with costs covered. Learn practical skills and receive mentoring from practicing applied MCH epidemiologists. Apply by February 21, 2024. www.bit.ly/GSEP2024.The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) is currently accepting Summer 2024 Graduate Student Epidemiology Program (GSEP) student and host site applications. The student and host site application period goes from January 10, 2024, until February 21, 2024, at 11:59pm ET.  

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 at: https://bit.ly/GSEP2024 

 A few notable 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: https://bit.ly/GSEP2024  

For questions, please contact Mikayla Frye (mfrye@amchp.org).  

Partner Events & Webinars 

AMCHP Current and Past Board Members to Be Recognized at MCHB Awards Ceremony   

The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is excited to invite you to attend the Virtual MCHB Awards Ceremony to be held on Friday, January 26 from 1– 2:30 pm ET via Zoom (see link below). The virtual ceremony will honor twelve individuals in three categories whose expertise and commitment have greatly contributed to the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) field. MCHB’s Associate Administrator, Dr. Michael Warren, will be in attendance to present the awards. 

Zoom Link 

Dial-In Information: 

Dial-in: 833 568 8864 

Participant Code: 45533198 

AMCHP is delighted to share that our current and past Board and staff members will be recognized at this event. Please see a description of each award along with a listing of awardees below (AMCHP affiliates bolded). 

MCHB Director’s Award 

The MCHB Director’s Award is presented to an individual who has made noteworthy contributions to the health of infants, mothers, children, adolescents and children with special health care needs (CSHCN). 

  • Lisa Asare, MPH (President, 2023-2024, AMCHP Board of Directors, ) 
  • Margarita Ann Perez Bautista Gay, RN, MN, BSN 
  • Camie Jae Goldhammer, MSW, LICSW, IBCLC 
  • Amy Haddad (Past Chief of Government Affairs, AMCHP) 
  • Belinda Pettiford, MPH (Past President, 2023-2024, AMCHP Board of Directors) 
  • John Richards, MA 
  • Cate Wilcox, MPH (Past President, 2020-2021, AMCHP Board of Directors) 

Lifetime Achievement Award 

The Title V Lifetime Achievement Award is an individual award that recognizes outstanding contributions made to the field of maternal and child health over a sustained period. 

  • Ann Buss, MBWA, MPA, BA, AA 
  • S. Jean Emans, MD 
  • William M. Sappenfield, MD, MPH, CPH 
  • Nora Wells, MSEd 

Vince Hutchins Partnership Award 

In honor of Dr. Vince L. Hutchins, this award recognizes an outstanding individual that exemplifies skills in partnership and collaboration in MCH programs. 

  • Edward Ehlinger, MD, MSPH 

Join us in celebrating these remarkable individuals in our AMCHP and MCH community! Please reach out to your Project Officer or Kate Marcell, kmarcell@hrsa.gov with any questions. 

Alaska Maternal Child Health & Immunization Conference Registration Is Open 

The 2024 Alaska Maternal Child Health & Immunization (MCHI) Conference is taking place from March 19-21 in Anchorage, Alaska with virtual registration available as well. The MCHI Conference brings rural and urban health professionals together to learn about best practices and tools for the prevention of key and emerging MCH and family health issues. The 2024 conference will be a hybrid event with in-person plenary presentations from national and Alaska experts and opportunities to network with colleagues and visit exhibitors on the first day. Days 2 and 3 will be online only with a variety of great sessions. 

The Alaska MCHI conference is an example of a Title V and tribal health partnership as it is a collaboration between the Alaska Division of Public Health and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s Alaska Native Tribal Epidemiology Center.  

Learn more about the conference and how to register by February 2, 2024, to receive early bird registration rates.  

January is Birth Defects Awareness Month 

AMCHP joins our National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) partners to raise awareness about birth defects and highlight efforts to improve the health of people living with these conditions across their lifespan. Birth defects are medically defined as structural changes that can affect almost any part of the body, such as the heart, brain, or foot, and can cause lifelong health challenges. Not all birth defects can be prevented, and they can occur in any family, regardless of race, ethnicity, health history, or economic status.  

As early identification, medical care, and treatment have improved, babies and children with birth defects are living longer and healthier lives. That is why NBDPN’s 2024 Birth Defects Awareness Month (BDAM) theme is “Every Journey Matters”, highlighting that birth defects affect people in each phase of life, from prior to diagnosis, throughout childhood and adulthood.  

Please visit the NBDPN resources and the CDC website to learn about:  

  • Birth defect prevention before and during pregnancy  
  • Survival and health of infants with birth defects  
  • Educational needs and special healthcare needs for children with birth defects  
  • Transition from pediatric to adult medical care for adolescents  
  • Planning for pregnancy, recurrence prevention, and genetics and family history for adults with birth defects  

Maternal Health Innovation podcast releases new episode, featuring AMCHP’s Mallory Cyr 

In this episode, Disability Advocacy and Inclusivity in Maternal Health, Dr. Sarah Verbiest dives into a crucial conversation about disability and maternal health with Mallory Cyr, Program Manager of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs at the Association for Maternal & Child Health Programs.  

Join as they explore the broad spectrum of disability, discussing chronic illness, physical and sensory disabilities, and the need for a more inclusive approach in maternal health. Mallory shares insights on reclaiming the word “disability,” the importance of disability justice, and the intersectionality often overlooked in maternal and child health discussions.  

Discover actionable steps healthcare providers and individuals can take to dismantle ableism in the healthcare system, ensuring inclusivity and support for people with disabilities in the context of maternal health. 

Tune in now to the Maternal Health Innovation podcast, or listen to it on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts. 

Now Recruiting – AAP Pediatric Mental Health Care: Access and Capacity Building in Primary Care ECHO – Cohort 2 

This ECHO program will focus on supporting pediatric primary care professionals (PCP) to increase their knowledge, competence, and confidence in providing behavioral and mental health care to pediatric patients and their families. The emphasis will be placed on pediatric PCPs to develop and implement effective strategies to foster long-term relational health and healthy mental development as well as identify, treat, and manage mental and behavioral health concerns in the primary care setting, with a specific focus on utilization of Pediatric Mental Health Care Access (PMHCA) programs. CME and MOC part 2 are available for eligible participants in this ECHO.   

The ECHO will launch on February 7, 2024. This 6 session ECHO will be held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 12pm CT/1pm ET/11am MT/10am PT.  

Register online here! 

Note: Additional ECHO’s focused on Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Programs will be launched in early 2024. Details coming soon! 

Contact AAP PMHCA (pmhca@aap.org) with any questions. 

*This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $3,700,000 with no percentage financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the US Government. 


January 2024     

Cervical Health Awareness Month 

National Birth Defects Awareness Month 

National Blood Donor Month 

National Glaucoma Awareness Month 

National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month 

Radon Awareness Month 

Thyroid Awareness Month 

Weeks to Note:      

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, January 22-28  

Days to Note:      

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, January 11  

Paget’s Awareness Day, January 11 

Sexually Transmitted Infection Question (STIQ) Day, January 14 

Blue Monday, January 15 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 15 

National Religious Freedom Day, January 16 

World Religion Day, January 21 

Race Against Dementia Day, January 24 

Parent Mental Health Day, January 27 

World Leprosy Day, January 28