June 13, 2024

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New BirthWork Podcast Episode 3: Supporting Teen Parents 

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Join us on the latest episode of the BirthWork podcast as we discuss the topic of supporting teen parents. Our guest speakers, Daylisha Reid, and Mariana Anguiano, bring personal and professional expertise to the table, discussing the vital role of quality care and resources for pregnant and parenting teens.  

Daylisha Reid, a Program Director from Texas, shares her journey and highlights the necessity of accurate sex education for both teens and parents. Mariana Anguiano, a former doula with Strong Tomorrows in Tulsa, Oklahoma, draws from her experiences as a teen mother to advocate for holistic support and parental involvement.  

Listen to the new episode on SpotifyAmazon MusicApple Podcasts, and Buzzsprout. Tune in to this enlightening conversation and discover how policies, systems, and communities can pave the way for healthier futures for teen parents and their families.  

Recent AMCHP Announcements

AMCHP Annual Conference

Thank you to the more than 1,300 maternal and child health (MCH) leaders and thinkers who joined us for our 2024 AMCHP Annual Conference, making this event again one of the largest gatherings of MCH professionals in the United States.

Subscribe to our Annual Conference Newsletter to be the first to receive updates and information about our conferences in 2025 and 2026, and share the subscribe link with your peers!    

Revisit AMCHP 2024 Live-Streamed Content Available on the Conference Platform

Do you wish to revisit your favorite session or engage with the live content you might have missed at AMCHP 2024? The wait is over! Live-streamed session recordings are now available on the conference platform, including all three plenary sessions.  

For one year, registered participants of AMCHP 2024 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. You can also visit our blog and podcast page to revisit some significant milestones of AMCHP 2024.   

Save the Date and Mark Your Calendars: The Call for Proposals for AMCHP 2025 Opens August 1 

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Have you saved the date for the 2025 AMCHP Annual Conference happening in Washington, DC from March 15-18? Get ready to also mark your calendars, as our AMCHP 2025 call for proposals will open on August 1! The call will be open for workshops, posters, skills sessions, and roundtables. 

Our conference planning committee has already started discussing a meaningful and impactful theme for AMCHP 2025, and we look forward to sharing it with you soon! Be sure to subscribe to our conference email list to be one of the first to receive updates. 

AMCHP Events & Webinars 

AMCHP Annual Business Meeting Happening Today! 

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We are just hours away from our long-awaited Annual Business Meeting, and we are excited to see you there!

AMCHP invites our members to join us virtually today, Thursday, June 13, from 2-3pm ET via Zoom. During the event, we will acknowledge the newly appointed Board members, introduce the 2024 officers, and review some of AMCHP’s accomplishments over the past year as we continue to implement our strategic plan, AMCHP Future 2027. 

Registration link 

Action Learning Webinar – Putting “Take Action for Adolescents: A Call to Action for Adolescent Health and Well-Being” into Action  

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Population Affairs (OPA) and AMCHP are hosting a virtual action learning webinar, “Putting Take Action for Adolescents: A Call to Action for Adolescent Health and Well-Being into Action,” on June 25, from 2-3:30 pm ET. This event builds on the informational session on Take Action for Adolescents™ that took place in May. If you missed this session, you can review the recording 

During the action learning webinar, participants will practice using tools from the Take Action Toolkit to support plans to increase youth agency and youth engagement in Title V work. Participants will brainstorm and discuss how to use current funding and who to partner with to improve their youth engagement in the adolescent health work they do in their communities.  

Registration link 

AMCHP Information & Resources  

Webinar Series: Pathways to Sustainability – Now Available to Watch!  

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Complete recordings of our “Pathways to Sustainability” webinar series are now available for viewing online! This series, featuring leaders and program managers from Safer Childbirth Cities grantees, highlights the vital work of community-rooted organizations in promoting positive birth outcomes for Black and Brown families and addressing racial disparities in maternal health.  

Pathways to Sustainability is a multi-year initiative, organized by Merck for Mothers with support from a co-funding circle of philanthropic partners. The series showcases the efforts of twenty city-based, community-led organizations dedicated to addressing the racial inequities in maternal health. These organizations are building the evidence base for their approaches and, together, are demonstrating the power of community-driven solutions.  

Throughout the series, you will hear directly from the Safer Childbirth Cities leaders about the challenges and successes of their work. They discuss the unique perspectives and abilities of community-rooted efforts to protect and enhance birth outcomes, the difficulties they face in securing sustained funding, and the necessary policy and system changes needed to institutionalize their essential services.  

Objectives Covered in the Series:  

  • Highlight the unique ability of community-rooted efforts to ensure positive birth outcomes for the pregnant people they serve.  
  • Discuss the challenges community-based organizations face in securing sustainable resources within the medical and public health infrastructure.  
  • Explore the policy and systemic changes at local, state, and national levels that could remove barriers and support these essential community-based services.  

We invite you to access the webinar recordings to learn more about these critical issues and to consider how we can collectively support and sustain community-rooted solutions to maternal and child health challenges. 

Legislation & Policy    

Explore our Maternal & Child Health Bill Tracker for more information about pending federal legislation to improve maternal health. Also, download AMCHP’s 2024 Federal Policy Agenda outlining where we are focusing our advocacy work this year. 

Subscribe to AMCHP’s Legislative Alerts and Policy Digest to stay up to date with the latest policy information. 

AMCHP Leads Coalitions in Support of Funding for Federal Maternal Health Programs in FY 2025  

AMCHP continues to lead partners and collaborate with Congressional champions in support of federal maternal and child health (MCH) programs through the annual federal appropriations process for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25). 

Read our full Legislative Alert to explore a series of letters demonstrating the broad, bipartisan support for funding a myriad of federal programs to improve MCH, as well as our FY25 funding ask sheets. 

AMCHP Policy and Partnerships Town Halls     

Thank you to those of you who joined us for our last AMCHP Policy and Partnerships Town Hall! 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 will not have a town hall for June due to the AMCHP Annual Business Meeting, but we invite you to register for all future Town Halls, including our next meeting on July 11, 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.

Father-Friendly Services Assessment Opportunity and Support 

We have a fantastic opportunity for our AMCHP members to participate in a Father-Readiness Network Assessment (FRNA)! The National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) has partnered with AMCHP and NACCHO to offer 15 organizations representing Title V state, local, and territorial programs the chance to assess their services for fathers. 

The FRNA aims to create a more father-inclusive environment by evaluating an organization’s readiness to engage fathers in its programs and services effectively. Participating in FRNA involves: 

  • A 60-minute kick-off webinar for two of your organization’s staff members.
  • A 30-45 minute Friendly Check-Up™ (FCU) to assess father-friendliness. This assessment will help develop an action plan to improve father inclusion.
  • A 90-minute follow-up webinar on using the assessment results to create an action plan to increase father inclusion.

Participating in the FRNA is an excellent opportunity to identify your current and desired father readiness levels. It’s also a chance to share your successes and learn from others. You can find more information in the Father-Readiness Network Assessment Partnership Overview. 

If you’re interested in participating in the FRNA, please complete the Father-Readiness Network Assessment Interest Form by June 21 

Please do not hesitate to contact Candice Simon at csimon@amchp.org if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to your participation! 

Publications & Resources    

2021-2022 NSCH Downloadable Datasets and Codebooks Now Available on CAHMI’s Data Resource Center 

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The 2021-2022 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) combined year dataset and the accompanying codebook is now available on the Data Research Center for Child and Adolescent Health (DRC) website.   

Conduct your own analyses using datasets with already coded and created variables featuring the new National Performance Measures (NPM), National Outcome Measures (NOM) and, for the first time, Standardized Measures (SM) derived from the NSCH. Conduct analyses using a wide range of subgroups available in the dataset such as race/ethnicity, poverty level, medical home, insurance type, adverse childhood experiences, and more.   

In addition, exciting new data, available for the first time on the DRC’s Interactive Data Query (2022 NSCH), has just been launched. Check out the new measure for School Readiness (ages 3-5) to see how many kids in your state are on track for starting their educational journey.   

Also, a new housing instability measure is now live on the DRC website. This important measure adds to the suite of measures on health equity already included in the NSCH.  

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 a project of the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) supported by HRSA MCHB. For more information, take a short video tour or contact the CAHMI-DRC team through the Ask Us a Question page.   

CDC Special Guidance: Avian Flu Prevention Tips 

To protect the health of the public, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that healthcare providers continue to support the consumption of only pasteurized milk and dairy products made from pasteurized milk.

Key Patient Counseling Tips:  

Unpasteurized (raw) milk and dairy products made from it (e.g., cheese, yogurt, ice cream) can be contaminated with germs that can cause serious illness, hospitalization, or death.  

  • Though bird flu is causing outbreaks in U.S. dairy cows, pasteurization kills harmful germs in milk so that pasteurized milk is safe to consume.  
  • Always choose pasteurized milk and dairy products to protect your health and the health of your family.  
  • The risk to the general public from H5N1 bird flu is currently low.

Share this printable handout with your network: Raw Milk: Know the Facts 

New Applied Epidemiology Competencies (AECs) Toolkit 

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The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) released the Applied Epidemiology Competencies (AECs) toolkit, a free, interactive resource designed to help applied epidemiologists put the 2023 AECs into everyday practice.   

The toolkit provides resources for health department supervisors and individuals to assess applied epidemiology knowledge, skills, and abilities across the AEC domains or competency areas and use the results to identify areas of professional development; inform performance reviews and training plans; and ultimately aid in career maturation, recruitment, and retention.  

Specific components include:   

  • Toolkit worksheets to provide practical how-to steps to incorporate competencies into recruitment and retention efforts in health departments. 
  • Job descriptions (including step-by-step instructions for creating competency-based job descriptions to attract the right candidates for the positions). 
  • Worksheets for career portfolios and training plans, and competency-based interview questions specifically for the four tiers of epidemiologists. 
  • Free course trainings on CSTE Learn. 
  • Online, interactive evaluation tools to determine knowledge gaps, inform performance reviews, and more.    

Learn more about the AECs and the toolkit by visiting the CSTE AEC webpage. For more information, contact Sarah Auer at Sauer@cste.org.    

CTC-SRH Podcast Series on Combatting Congenital Syphilis  

The Clinical Training Center for Sexual and Reproductive Health (CTC-SRH) has released two podcast episodes about syphilis testing in the Combatting Congenital Syphilis Series.  

Point-of-Care Testing and Same-Day Treatment 

The CTC-SRH Associate Director, Tammy Bennett, discusses point-of-care testing and same-day treatment for syphilis infections and how Title X sites can implement these services in their own clinics in this Clinical Chats podcast episode. Listen to the podcast 

Conventional Testing and Treatment 

In this Clinical Chats podcast episode, the CTC-SRH speaks with Dr. Kate Miele from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to review conventional testing and treatment protocols for syphilis. Listen to the podcast. 


June 2024 

Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month 

Cataract Awareness Month  

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month   

Men’s Health Month 

Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month 

National Aphasia Awareness Month 

National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month 

National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month 

National Scleroderma Awareness Month 

PTSD Awareness Month 

Scoliosis Awareness Month

Weeks to Note:  

Men’s Health Week, June 10-16 

Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week, June 25 – July 1

Days to Note:  

National Cancer Survivors Day, June 2 

World Brain Tumor Day, June 8 

Family Health and Fitness Day, June 8 

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