February 22, 2024

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TODAY, February 22, is the Last Day to Submit Nominations for the Community Partnership Award

Graphic alerting of the AMCHP 2024 Community Partnership Award. Criteria for recognition include innovative collaboration, equitable community engagement, effective resource utilization, measurable impact, and sustainability and long-term commitment. bit.ly/CPA-2024AMCHP announced the call for nominations for the Community Partnership Award, a new category of our AMCHP Annual Awards. The award will be presented at the AMCHP Annual Conference, held in a hybrid format April 13-16 in Oakland, California.  

The Community Partnership Award is designed to honor and celebrate exemplary collaborations between Title V entities and community-based organizations. Partnerships provide the maternal and child health workforce with data to identify community needs and the perspectives necessary to promote health service utilization through community-rooted solutions. This award uplifts the importance of sustainable and outcome-focused partnerships in promoting the dignity and overall well-being of communities.  

If selected, the Title V entity and community-based organization will receive full conference registration of their choosing (in-person or virtual). If a representative of the community-based organization would like to attend the conference in person, reimbursement of up to $1,800 will be provided for airfare and meals to attend the AMCHP Annual Conference. In addition, AMCHP will provide up to two nights of lodging. Other reasonable accommodations can be provided upon request.  

Criteria for Recognition:  

  • Innovative Collaboration: Recognizing partnerships that demonstrate creativity and innovation in addressing public health challenges. This includes the development of novel programs, initiatives, or interventions that have a measurable and positive impact on community health outcomes. 
  • Equitable Community Engagement: Acknowledging efforts that actively involve and uplift community members in the decision-making process. Successful partnerships should demonstrate a commitment to inclusivity, cultural sensitivity, and responsiveness to the unique needs of diverse populations. 
  • Effective Resource Utilization: Highlighting collaborations that recognize barriers to sustainable implementation by optimizing the effective and equitable use of available resources, including financial, human, and technological resources.  
  • Measurable Impact: Celebrating partnerships that have a proven, tangible impact on short or long-term public health indicators. This may include improvements in health outcomes, increased community awareness, or the successful implementation of preventive measures. 
  • Sustainability and Long-Term Commitment: Recognizing partnerships that exhibit a commitment to long-term success and sustainability. The award aims to recognize long-term projects that foster enduring relationships for lasting, positive change.  

Nomination and Selection Process:  

Nominations for the Community Partnership Award are open to governmental public health agencies and community-based organizations. To accommodate a range of applicants, applications will be evaluated based on a submitted narrative and a subsequent call with AMCHP staff.  

Download the nomination form and submit all nomination materials to awards@amchp.org by February 22. Upon submission, nominees will receive a link to schedule a call with AMCHP staff. Awardees will be notified by March 18.  

Deadline Extended: Submit 2024 Graduate Student Epidemiology Program (GSEP) Host Site Applications by March 5!  

Graphic alerting: 2024 AMCHP GSEP - Now Accepting Host Site Applications. Support 10-week REMOTE internships in Maternal & 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 March 5, 2024. www.bit.ly/GSEP2024AMCHP is still accepting host site applications for the Summer 2024 Graduate Student Epidemiology Program (GSEP). The host site application period is now open until March 5 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. Learn more about GSEP, host site eligibility, expectations, and benefits on our webpage 

A few notable highlights:    

  • Support 10-week REMOTE internships in Maternal & 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 

Host sites are welcome to apply by the extended deadline of March 5 

For questions, please contact Candice Simon (csimon@amchp.org).  Note: We are no longer accepting student applications.

New MCH Bridges Podcast Episode – Medicaid Redetermination: Stories from Families to Inspire Action

Banner alerting of new MCH Bridges episode 17. "Medicaid Redetermination: Stories from Families to Inspire Action." Guest host: Atyya Chaudhry. Guest speakers: Alison Yager and Janis Fay.

Our newest MCH Bridges episode is now live! Episode 17 – “Medicaid Redetermination: Stories from Families to Inspire Action.” 

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Medicaid Enrollment and Unwinding Tracker, as of February 1, over 16.4 million Medicaid and CHIP enrollees nationwide have been disenrolled and lost their coverage. Over 70% of people are losing coverage because of paperwork reasons, such as missing notices from the state Medicaid office and an inability to produce wage statements. Out of the states reporting age breakouts, children accounted for 38% of Medicaid disenrollments. 

Our latest MCH Bridges episode highlights the human experiences of what these alarming statistics mean for families across the country and emphasizes the role of leaders in maternal and child health (MCH) during this ongoing issue. Guest host Atyya Chaudhry dives into the stories of those with lived experience of losing Medicaid coverage and what organizations like the Florida Health Justice Project are doing to make an impact. 

Tune in to these important conversations with our guests Janis Fay and Alison Yager, who share their experiences and insight, as well as action steps that MCH advocates and individuals who are experiencing coverage loss can take. 

Why tune in to MCH Bridges? 

MCH Bridgesis intended to help our listeners create new connections to MCH leaders, organizations, and ideas. We aim to inspire and guide listeners towards 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. 

Submit to the MCH Innovations Database for the Spring Review! 

Graphic alerting of AMCHP Innovation Hub Spring 2024 Review. Are you a community-based organization improving the health and well-being of MCH populations? Submit your work to the MCH Innovations Database by March 15 to be included in our Spring 2024 Review! Visit our website to learn more about submitting a practice or policy.AMCHP is thrilled to announce that the Spring Review for the MCH Innovations Database will begin on Friday, March 15! This means that all submissions received on or before March 15th will be included in this Spring Review cycle. All submissions received after this date (on or after March 16th) will be rolled into our Fall 2024 review cycle (date to be announced). All application materials including submission forms for each practice or policy designation are currently available on AMCHP’s Innovation Hub webpage.

The MCH Innovations Database is a searchable repository of “what’s working” in the field that includes practices and policies that are positively impacting MCH populations.  AMCHP strongly encourages community-based organizations to submit their practices and policies to the MCH Innovations Database, regardless of whether it’s been evaluated by traditional methods.

AMCHP recognizes the validity of many forms of evidence, given that public health work is context-specific and happens in real life. We strongly believe in the power of community-defined evidence and seek to promote its use in the MCH field to center and highlight the expertise and perspectives of those with lived experience. To learn more about AMCHP’s view of evidence, visit our webpage. There is also an example of community-defined evidence that is currently in the MCH Innovations Database for your reference.  

Check out this short overview video of the submission process to learn more.    

How to Submit a Practice? Access the practice submission forms on our webpage and learn more about how you can submit your practice for the Spring! All submissions must be sent to evidence@amchp.org by COB March 15 to be considered for Spring review, but are still accepted on a rolling basis.  

  • Not sure which designation to submit to? Check out our Minimum Criteria Checklist  to figure out which designation is right for your practice.  

How to Submit a Policy? Access the policy submission forms on our webpage and learn more about how you can submit your policy for review! All submissions should be sent to evidence@amchp.org by COB March 15 to be considered for Spring review, but are still accepted on a rolling basis. 

  • Not sure which track to submit to? Check out our Policy Track Criteria to figure out which designation is right for your policy.  

Refer a Practice/Policy: Don’t have anything to submit but know of one that would be a great fit for the MCH Innovations Database? Refer a practice/policy to the database on our website, and we’ll reach out to them. All referrals can be submitted on our referral webpage. 

If you would like greater assistance with which practice designation or policy track to submit to or have any questions, please email us at evidence@amchp.org, and we will be happy to help you!  

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 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!    

Deadline Extended! Early Bird Registration Ends February 26 

Mark your calendars to register by the extended deadline, Monday, February 26, to take advantage of our early bird pricing to attend our conference in person or virtually. Visit our conference platform for 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. You can also lock in the early bird rate by completing your registration by the deadline and selecting the “pay later” option. 

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

Celebrating Black Maternal Health Week at AMCHP 2024   

This year, the 2024 AMCHP Annual Conference falls during Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW). BMHW is a week-long, annual campaign founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance and takes place April 11-17. It is a celebration and annual crescendo in the reproductive justice movement and a time of deep solidarity, creativity, visioning, and action.   

The co-occurrence of the AMCHP conference during Black Maternal Health Week was not intentional, and we wish we had acknowledged it sooner. We will ensure that AMCHP conference activities include time, space, and acknowledgment for attendees to participate in virtual events hosted by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance and partner organizations. 

In recognition of this co-occurrence, our conference features a new content track, Black Maternal Health. This track includes 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. 

We will continue maximizing the opportunity presented by AMCHP 2024 and convening maternal and child health leaders from across the country to raise awareness of Black Maternal Health Week, honor Black maternal health leaders, birthing people and families, and make deep commitments to using our collective power to transform systems for reproductive justice and racial justice.   

We look forward to providing more updates on how we will celebrate Black Maternal Health Week at AMCHP 2024 through our conference newsletter and forthcoming detailed agenda.

Book Your Stay   

Make your hotel reservation to attend AMCHP 2024 in person.  

Visit our conference platform to learn about conference block rooms or explore additional housing options. 

Full Conference Schedule Now Available 

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:  

  • Black Maternal Health  
  • Epidemiology, Data, Assessment, and Evaluation  
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response  
  • Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and Disabilities  
  • Family Engagement & Partnership  
  • Health Equity & Social Determinants of Health  
  • Mental Health/Behavioral Health  
  • Policy & Advocacy  
  • Workforce Development and Leadership  
  • Youth Engagement & Partnership  

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 – Skills Building Sessions on Friday, April 12, from 2:30 – 5:30pm PT 

Epidemiology, Data, Assessment, and Evaluation:  

SK1 – Syphilis in Pregnancy: Addressing Congenital Syphilis through Syndemic Collaborations at the Grand Ballroom ABC 

Family Engagement and Partnership:  

SK2 – Creating Accessible and Culturally Responsive Resources and Translations at the Grand Ballroom DE 

Policy and Advocacy:  

SK3 – Designing a Roadmap to Improve Coverage and Financing of Care for CYSHCN in Your State at the Grand Ballroom FGH 

Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs: 

SK4 – Nothing About Us Without Us: Creating Inclusive Programs & Practices Through Lived Experience at the Junior Ballroom 1, 2 

Explore these and all other skills-building sessions on our conference platform. 

New Blog Post! 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]

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-AMCHP2024 Do 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 offering exhibit and sponsorship opportunities to 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! 

Contribute to the AMCHP Annual Conference Scholarship for Community-Based Organizations (CBO), Youth, Family Leaders, 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 Scholarship for Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), Youth, Family Leaders, and Tribal Entities 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.     

AMCHP has composed a letter from our President and CEO providing further details about ways to support these individuals to attend. 

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.      

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 2024 AMCHP Annual Conference page. 

Latest Blog Posts    

  • The 2024 AMCHP Annual Conference – An Opportunity for Growth and Connection: The deadline for early bird registration to participate in the 2024 AMCHP Annual Conference, AMCHP 2024, is approaching. So, if you are still pondering your participation or are still deciding whether to participate in person or virtually, we have you covered! Join us in this post as we revisit some of the benefits offered by our conference and reasons to connect with maternal and child health (MCH) leaders and thinkers at AMCHP 2024. [read more 
  • 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]   

Voices of AMCHP  

Deborah Garneau, MA – Region I Director (2022-2025)  

Headshot of Deborah Garneau.As part of our Voices of AMCHP series, designed to highlight our dedicated Board members and their work, we invited Deborah to share some insights on her background, journey serving on AMCHP’s Board of Directors, and her advice to foster good partnerships that share and build power and amplify the voices of the people we serve.   

What motivated you to join AMCHP’s Board of Directors?  

I wanted to take the next step in leadership of maternal and child health (MCH), and the AMCHP Board is the collective of MCH thought leaders on a regional and national level.  

How do your background and experience contribute to your role as a Regional Director of AMCHP’s Board of Directors?  

I have worked in MCH for over 35 years, first as a behavioral health clinician and then as a state public health policy professional. I work in the children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) space specifically and MCH more broadly. I have a broad range of experiences and positions in MCH at the state and regional level. It is important to have experienced voices represented on the Board of Directors.  

Read the full interview.  

AMCHP Events & Webinars      

Part 2: Virtual Learning Café Series on Pediatric Mental Health 

Graphic alerting of Part 2 of the Virtual Learning Cafe Series on Pediatric Mental Health. February 12 and March from 12-1pm ET.Join AMCHP and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to continue the important conversations around Pediatric Mental Health! Our virtual learning cafés will be an interactive discussion focused on how to build the diverse partnerships needed to close gaps in children’s mental health care across the country, with a specific focus on Pediatric Mental Health Care Access programs.   

Register for the upcoming session on March 15, from 12 –1pm ET: Registration link  



Join Our First Innovation Hub Learning Community Webinar 

Flyer about the Innovation Hub Learning Community (IHLC) Upcoming webinars: March 14, 3:00 PM ET, Who's at Your Table? Power Sharing and Asset Framing; May 30 3:00 PM ET, Stop Building the Plane as We Fly It: Being Intentional w/ Strategic Planning; August 29, 3:00 PM ET, "Say More About That": Qualitative Research and Interviewing Considerations; November 21, 3:00 PM ET, Topic TBA: This session topic will be created based on participant's feedback.Join us for the first Innovation Hub Learning Community (IHLC) webinar on March 14 at 3pm ET! IHLC offers programmatic support to all practices in the MCH Innovations Database through one-on-one tailored coaching, didactic webinars, and peer sharing opportunities. In 2024, AMCHP is hosting four webinars on topics related to programmatic best practices that all MCH professionals and advocates are welcome to attend.    

Our next session, “Who’s at Your Table? Power Sharing and Asset Framing” will explore: 

  1. how power dynamics play a role in building partnerships, and  
  2. strategies that foster a mindset shift towards asset framing.  

Register for March’s session and explore upcoming sessions this year!    

Email our Evidence & Implementation Team (evidence@amchp.org) for any questions or support.   




AMCHP Information & Resources  

AMCHP Celebrates Black History Month & Beyond: Submit Your Content  

Graphic alerting to submit your content for AMCHP's Black History Month and Beyond at bit.ly/AMCHP_BHMB.February is Black History Month! Thank you so much to everyone who contributed resources, articles, and knowledge to AMCHP’s Black History Month & Beyond blog post.   

Last year, we committed to sharing Black history beyond just the month of February across our social media platforms. This year, we want to keep the momentum going by celebrating all the content our audiences have shared with us, and encourage you to keep the submissions coming as we will continue to share content all year long!   

Revisit our blog post, and submit Black history content related to maternal and child health today!   




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 have focused our advocacy work.   

AMCHP Policy and Partnerships Town Halls                  

Graphic alerting of AMCHP Policy and Partnership Town Hall on March 14 from 2-3pm ET. Register at bit.ly/AMCHP-PPTHThank 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 invite you to register for all future Town Halls, including our next meeting on March 14, 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.  

CBOs & Title V – The Community-Defined Evidence Workgroup Wants to Hear from You! 

Graphic alerting: CBOs and Title V - We want to hear from you! AMCHP's Community-Defined Evidence (CDE) Workgroup, funded by Merck for Mothers, is working to boost the use of community-defined evidence in maternal and child health. The CDE Workgroup wants to engage with community-based organizations (CBOs) & Title V to learn about your experiences and needs related to creating, documenting, and sharing community-driven evidence, including to secure support from funders and partners. We want to CELEBRATE and RECOGNIZE the diversity of methods used by organizations in defining community evidence! Interested? Share your insights with us during a one-hour compensated phone interview! You can also share your thoughts by filling out a short 10-15 minute survey. Your feedback is valuable to us, and we appreciate your time and input. Sign up now: www.bit.ly/CDE-InterviewAMCHP has assembled a multidisciplinary Community-Defined Evidence (CDE) Workgroup, funded by Merck for Mothers, to support efforts in increasing the documentation, utilization, and dissemination of community-defined evidence in the maternal and child health field.  

The CDE workgroup wants to connect and hear from Title V & community-based organizations (CBOs)!  

Our purpose is to: 

  • Understand Title V’s familiarity with community-defined evidence, how it is currently being used, and any challenges they are experiencing incorporating it into the evidence base that informs their work.  
  • Understand the support needed to enhance capacity for generating, documenting, and communicating community-driven evidence. 

Share your insights with us during a compensated one-hour phone interview or 10–15-minute online survey, please complete this short interest form. 

We kindly ask you to also share this interest form through your networks and platforms with anyone who would be interested in participating in this initiative. Your efforts in spreading the word about this essential initiative are greatly appreciated! 

Questions? Please contact Laura Powis (lpowis@amchp.org) and Ellisa Alvarez (ealvarez@amchp.org). 

Late Breaker Call for Abstracts Open for 2024 Black Maternal Health Conference 

Graphic alerting that Late-breaking abstracts are now open until March 18, 11/59pm ET, for the 2024 Black Maternal Health Conference and Training Institute. September 12-14, 2024 in Atlanta, GA. Visit our website to learn more about what we are looking for. To submit visit bit.ly/BMHC24ABSTRACTSBlack Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA) is pleased to announce Late Breaker Call for Abstracts is OPEN for the 2024 Black Maternal Health Conference and Training Institute ™, through Monday, March 18 at 11:59pm ET.  

BMMA is intentionally seeking abstract proposals that specifically highlight projects and/or initiatives around: 

  • Health systems transformation 
  • Clinical and non-clinical interventions 
  • Task force/coalition-building 
  • Research and/or policy projects that clearly showcase impact, lessons learned, successes 
  • Best practices in reproductive and perinatal services and programs under Title V & Title X/family planning that engaged communities/populations most impacted by maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity 
  • Other maternal health equity initiatives 

Visit BMMA’s website to find out about the additional abstracts you can submit under the topics that showcase work, studies, policies, or research.  

Be sure to follow BMMA on Instagram and Facebook, and sign up for their e-newsletter for the latest updates on #BMHC24! 

Request for Information (RFI) on Severe Maternal Morbidity Measurement 

The Agency for Healthcare, Research, and Quality (AHRQ) Quality Indicators Program released a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register, entitled, “Inpatient Severe Maternal Morbidity Measure Technical Specifications.” The RFI seeks comments on the usability, feasibility, and likely uptake of a measure of severe maternal morbidity to be validated, refined, and maintained by the AHRQ Quality Indicators program, with the goal of providing state/local data for maternal health service improvements. AHRQ is particularly interested in hearing from health departments (i.e., state, regional, local), researchers, maternal health advocates, providers/health systems, and payers. The comment period ends March 4. 

Partner Events & Webinars 

Webinar: Getting at the Heart of Needs in Women’s Heart Health 

Graphic promoting the "Getting at the Heart of Needs in Women's Heart Health" webinar on Thursday, February 29 at 3pm ET. Happening during American Heart Month.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease—which refers to several types of heart conditions—is the leading cause of death in both women and men in the United States. Heart disease is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, and it has a great economic toll on individuals, families, and society. Yet, despite the health and economic impacts of heart disease, there are persistent challenges in the United States when it comes to research gaps in women’s heart health and in clinical care. 

This American Heart Month, join the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) for a webinar, which will review the burden of heart disease in women in the United States and will launch SWHR’s Heart Health Policy Agenda, which was informed by an interdisciplinary working group of policy experts, researchers, clinicians, and patient advocates in the fall of 2023. SWHR will also share findings from its recent exploration into ischemic heart disease as part of the SWHR Women’s Health Dashboard, which examines national and state data to identify needs and opportunities. 

Register for the webinar on February 29, from 3-3:45 pm ET. 

Publications & Resources  

HHS Announces Department Actions to Slow Surging Syphilis Epidemic  

U.S. syphilis cases reach highest levels since the 1950s, creating a critical public health need.   

In response to the surging number of syphilis and congenital syphilis cases nationwide, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is taking action to slow the spread with a focus on those most significantly impacted. Through the establishment of the National Syphilis and Congenital Syphilis Syndemic (NSCSS) Federal Task Force, the Department is utilizing its agencies, its expertise, and its stakeholder network to respond to the U.S. syphilis and congenital syphilis epidemic. The actions of the Task Force leverage federal resources to reduce rates, promote health equity, engage impacted communities and direct resources to support those most impacted.  

“The syphilis crisis in our country is unacceptable. The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to addressing this urgent issue and using all available means to eliminate disparities in our health care system,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “These actions we are taking will help ensure we are improving outcomes for birthing parents and newborns. We must prevent more deaths caused by congenital syphilis, an entirely preventable disease.” [read more]  

2022 NSCH Data Sets and Codebooks + More Point-and-Click Data Available Now!   

Logo for the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health: A project of the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative.Want to do your own analysis with the 2022 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) data? Now you can with fully coded datasets and accompanying codebooks (in SPSS, SAS, or Stata) — all for free from the Data Research Center for Child and Adolescent Health (DRC) website. Work with hundreds of measures including all NPMs and NOMs available in the NSCH to do your own analyses.  

Be on the lookout for the combined 2021-2022 NSCH dataset in early spring 2024. Combined datasets allow for better estimates of less common services and conditions. Combined data will also be available on the DRC website soon.  

Additionally, NPMs and NOMs derived from the 2022 National Survey of Children’s Health have been available on the DRC website since October. Now hundreds of additional child and family health measures are also available!     

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.   

The DRC is brought to you by the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI). For more information, take a short video tour or contact the CAHMI-DRC team through the Ask Us a Question page.  


February 2024 

American Heart Month  

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

Black History 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 11 – 17  

Sepsis Survivor Week, February 11 – 17  

National Condom Week, February 14 – 21  

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, February 26 – March 4  

Days to Note:        

Give Kids A Smile ® Day, February 2  

National Wear Red Day, February 3  

World Cancer Day, February 4  

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, February 7  

Toothache Day, February 9  

National Donor Day, February 14  

National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day, February 22  

Rare Disease Day, February 29