Dear MCH Leaders,
I hope you, your family, and your communities are well and prospering as we continue to tackle our nation’s “new normal” of public health precautions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While COVID-19 has changed the way we do business, interact with each other, engage with our family and friends, I remain awestruck by the ingenuity of each of you and your work on behalf of the people we serve. In the midst of it all, however, I am thankful for so many things, including being reminded of the things that are truly important in life and being surrounded by people like you whose tireless efforts and professionalism will help us all to come out on the other end of this situation much stronger.
My thoughts are with those who have been more acutely impacted by this virus and those frontline healthcare professionals who continue to keep us all safe. A heartfelt thank you for what you’re doing every day in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the new CEO, I am committed to working alongside you (our members) and those in the maternal and child health space to continue to protect and promote optimal maternal and child health while lifting up social determinants of health and addressing systemic and structural health equity issues during this critical period and beyond.
AMCHP will continue to support our members as you seek guidance and peer exchange opportunities surrounding: 1) resources and guidance specific to our MCH population, 2) self-care suggestions for caregivers and families who may feel isolated due to social distancing requirements, 3) potential impact to grant deliverables and 4) Title V reporting implications. We will continue to support membership in the following ways:
- Link to Resources – We’ve been working alongside our federal agency and organizational partners to gather available information, resources, and guidance specific to our MCH population during the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources will continue to be available on our COVID-19 Resources page and our Vaccinating MCH Populations page and will be updated regularly as untapped information becomes available.
- COVID-19 Town Hall Series – We (and our federal agency partners) are very interested in talking with you to share information to assist in your planning around COVID-19, as well as to hear about your evolving needs and/or stories from the field. We continue to hold a monthly call for this purpose, which occurs the second Thursday of every month and runs from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST. In addition to COVID-19 news, this is where our Government Affairs staff share a brief maternal and child health federal policy update. Please use this link to register for upcoming calls if you haven’t already.
- AMCHP 2022 Annual Conference – The 2022 AMCHP Annual Conference will be held virtually May 24-26. The theme for the 2022 conference is Reflecting on our Past, Shaping our Future. We invite you to join us for an excellent opportunity for networking, peer support and encouragement, and inspiration from the MCH field.
Terrance E. Moore, MA
Chief Executive Officer
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
AMCHP COVID-19 MCH Town Halls
- AMCHP COVID-19 MCH Town Hall – April 2, 2020
- AMCHP COVID-19 MCH Town Hall – April 16, 2020
- AMCHP COVID-19 MCH Town Hall – April 30, 2020
- AMCHP COVID-19 MCH Town Hall – May 14, 2020
- AMCHP COVID-19 MCH Town Hall – May 28, 2020
- AMCHP COVID-19 MCH Town Hall – June 11, 2020
- AMCHP COVID-19 MCH Town Hall – June 25, 2020
- AMCHP COVID-19 MCH Town Hall – July 9, 2020
- AMCHP COVID-19 MCH Town Hall – July 23, 2020
- AMCHP COVID-19 MCH Town Hall – August 27, 2020
- AMCHP COVID-19 MCH Town Hall – September 10, 2020
- AMCHP COVID-19 MCH Town Hall – September 24, 2020
- AMCHP COVID-19 MCH Town Hall – October 8, 2020
- AMCHP COVID-19 MCH Town Hall – October 22, 2020
- Child Health Services Research in Light of COVID-19 Listening Session- October 29, 2020
- AMCHP COVID-19 MCH Town Hall – November 5, 2020
- AMCHP COVID-19 MCH Town Hall – November 19, 2020
- AMCHP COVID-19 MCH Town Hall – December 3, 2020
- AMCHP COVID-19 MCH Town Hall – December 17, 2020
- AMCHP COVID-19 MCH Town Hall – January 21, 2021
- AMCHP COVID-19 MCH Town Hall – February 4, 2021
- AMCHP COVID-19 Town Hall – March 4, 2021
- AMCHP COVID-19 Town Hall – April 1, 2021
- AMCHP COVID-19 Town Hall – May 6, 2021
- AMCHP COVID-19 Town Hall – June 3, 2021
- AMCHP COVID-19 Town Hall – July 1, 2021
- AMCHP COVID-19 Town Hall – August 5, 2021
- AMCHP COVID-19 MCH Town Hall – 9/2/21
- AMCHP COVID-19 MCH Town Hall – 10/7/21
- AMCHP COVID-19 MCH Town Hall – 11/4/21
- AMCHP COVID-19 MCH Town Hall – 12/2/21
- AMCHP COVID-19 MCH Town Hall – 1/6/22
- AMCHP COVID-19 MCH Town Hall – 2/10/22
AMCHP COVID 19 Weekly Update
- AMCHP COVID-19 Weekly Update – January 8, 2021
- AMCHP COVID-19 Weekly Update – January 15, 2021
- AMCHP COVID-19 Weekly Update – January 25, 2021
- AMCHP COVID-19 Weekly Update – February 1, 2021
- AMCHP COVID-19 Weekly Update – February 8, 2021
- AMCHP COVID-19 Weekly Update – February 15, 2021
- AMCHP COVID-19 Weekly Update – February 22, 2021
- AMCHP COVID-19 Weekly Update – March 1, 2021
- AMCHP COVID-19 Weekly Update – March 8, 2021
- AMCHP COVID-19 Weekly Update – March 15 & 26, 2021
- AMCHP COVID 19 Weekly Update – April 12, 2021
- AMCHP COVID-19 Weekly Update – April 19, 2021
- AMCHP COVID-19 Weekly Update – May 10, 2021
- AMCHP COVID-19 Weekly Update – May 19, 2021
- AMCHP COVID-19 Weekly Update – May 31, 2021
- AMCHP COVID-19 Weekly Update – June 7, 2021
- AMCHP COVID-19 Weekly Update – July 9, 2021
- AMCHP COVID-19 Weekly Update – July 12 & 23, 2021
- AMCHP COVID-19 Weekly Update – August 2, 2021
Center for Disease Control and Prevention Resources
Answering 20 Questions about COVID-19 – videos and recordings from Facebook live sessions featuring Dr. Jay Butler
People at Higher Risk and Special Populations – Includes pregnant women and children, and people experiencing homelessness
Guidance for School Settings. Compiled by the CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD).
Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
Bereavement Resources from the American Hospice Foundation
COVID-19 Fact Sheets for Tribes and Urban Indian Communities. Published by UIHI.
Rural Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Compiled by the Rural Health Information Hub.
Mother, Children and Family Resources
- 4th Trimester Project: COVID-19 for New Moms
- Administration of Children and Families: COVID 19 Resources
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists COVID-19 page
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Autism Society: COVID-19 resources
- Brandeis- Lurie Institute for Disability Policy: Things to Know About Covid-19
- Center for Connected Health Policy: COVID related State Actions
- COVID-19 Information by and For People with Disabilities
- Coverage and Benefits Related to COVID-19 Medicaid and CHIP
- Early Childhood Connector- Resources for Early Childhood Education Community
- Education Commission of the States: State Policy Responses and Other Executive Actions to the Coronavirus in Public Schools
- Explaining COVID-19 to children
- Expecting Health at Genetic Alliance: https://www.instagram.com/p/B9rZwBagWri/ and https://www.instagram.com/p/B9z6epUgDkU/
- Frequently Asked Questions State Medicaid Children’s Health Insurance Programs
- Hands & Voices – Deaf Specific Resources
- Kaiser Family Foundation – COVID-19: Special Considerations for Pregnant Women brief and brief on the use of telemedicine in pregnancy.
- March of Dimes COVID-19 page
- Medicaid: Disaster Preparedness Toolkit for State Agencies
- Mother to Baby/OTIS: COVID-19 factsheet (regularly updated) and Podcast.
- My Story About Pandemics and the Coronavirus- Carol Gray
- Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities
- Share Your COVID-19 Breastfeeding Stories with the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee
- Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine – All guidance is open access
- Supporting Kids During the Coronavirus Crisis
- The Catalyst Center: COVID-19 Resources for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
- Wisconsin Department of Children and Families: Navigating Child Care During a Public Health Emergency
- Zero to Three
MCH Workforce/Training Resources:
Issue Brief & Resources on MCH uses of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds: This brief provides MCH agencies and professionals with examples of innovative ways that AMCHP and its partners have used the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to advance maternal and child health, including through cross-sectoral partnerships with entities outside of MCH departments. This brief also includes a compilation of tools, trackers, and fact sheets that offer guidance and information around service coordination, planning, and policy efforts. Our aim is that these examples will serve as inspiration for states and jurisdictions as they look to spend their own ARPA funds to enhance the lives of women, children, and families.
- American Academy of Pediatrics: Project ECHO Tele-mentoring Program
Jeannine Herrick, from the MCH Workforce Development Center. leads a mini-course on how to lead in challenging times. The mini-course is a short recording in 5 parts.
Mental Health Resources:
Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak. HHS Substance Abuse and (SAMHSA).
Relevant Papers / Research on MCH populations and respiratory illnesses:
- Li Y, Zhao R, Zheng S, Chen X, Wang J, Sheng X, et al. Lack of vertical transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, China. Emerg Infect Dis. 2020 Apr. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2606.200287
- McMichael, T. M. (2020). COVID-19 in a long-term care facility—King County, Washington, February 27–March 9, 2020. MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 69. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6912e1.htm
- Zhu H, Wang L, Fang C, Peng S, Zhang L, Chang G, Xia S, Zhou W. Clinical analysis of 10 neonates born to mothers with 2019-nCoV pneumonia. Transl Pediatr 2020;9(1):51-60. https://doi.org/10.21037/tp.2020.02.06
Resources in Additional Languages:
Enfermedad del Coronavirus 2019 (COVID‑19). Spanish-language version of the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) webpage. The page is also available in Chinese.
Racial Equity Resources for COVID-19 (Focus on Women’s and Infant Health)
Guides and Action
- NAACP: Ten Equity Implications of the Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak in the United States
- Senator Warren Letter to HHS Regarding Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Response
- PolicyLink COVID-19 & Race: Actions
- Black Women’s Health Imperative: Surviving COVID 19
- March 19, 2020: Joia Crear-Perry: Black Mamas Can Thrive During Childbirth, COVID-19 Or Not
- March 22, 2020: Nidhi Prakash, Doctors Are Concerned That Black Communities Might Not Be Getting Access To Coronavirus Tests.
- March 25, 2020: Talking about health, housing, and COVID-19: keeping equity at the forefront
- March 27, 2020, Kimberly Seals Allers, “Covid-19 Restrictions on Birth & Breastfeeding: Disproportionately Harming Black and Native Women”
- March 30, 2020, Kirsten West Savali: Where’s The Data? We Need To Know How Many Black People Are Dying From COVID-19. Essence
- March 30, 2020: Julia Craven: “How Racial Health Disparities Will Play Out in the Pandemic.”
- The Fierce Urgency of Now: Closing Glaring Gaps in US Surveillance Data on COVID-19
- The Harm of a Colorblind Allocation Of Scarce Resources
Webinars and Podcasts
- ESSENCE of the Matter: COVID-19’s Impact on Black America
- Black Maternal Health and the U.S. COVID-19 Response
- Truth Be Told, Rona, and Racism: A Survival Guide. Podcast
- The Brookings Institution: How the coronavirus pandemic is impacting low-income and vulnerable communities.
- “Unmasked: A COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Series Powered by NAACP & BET: Health, Economic and Social Impact of Pandemic on African American Community
States: Cases, Deaths, Actions and Policy Responses
- ASTHO COVID-19 Resources
- CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports
- Kaiser Family Foundation Tool Provides State-Level Data on Cases and Deaths and State Policy Actions
- Multistate: COVID-19 Policy Tracker
This set of four dynamic Telehealth Fact Sheets developed by AMCHP’s State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) serve as a resource to provide need-to-know information, tips, and guidance to those who seek to implement telehealth programs in their states. These resources are great initial tools for local and state providers serving a wide MCH population interested in improving service access and reducing logistical barriers that prevent their patients from receiving necessary and comprehensive care. The fact sheets cover the following four main objectives:
How to Start a Telehealth Program: Thinking about starting a telehealth program? This resource will help guide important questions to consider, highlight example solutions, and other important need to know details.
Selecting a Telehealth Provider: This fact sheet highlights guidelines, examples, and key considerations for providers to consider as they work together with parents & caregivers to select the best telehealth provider for their situation.
Selecting Telehealth Technology: This fact sheet provides 10 tips to consider when attempting to acquire the most appropriate, up to date telehealth technologies.
Telehealth Policy Issues: The process to developing telehealth program can be complex. Make sure to remember these 7 federal and state telehealth policy issues that go beyond reimbursement.
COVID-19 Related State Actions (updated regularly)
Telehealth Coverage Policies in the Time of COVID-19 (updated regularly)
CYSHCN Archived Series: Care Coordination- Children with Complex Health Care Needs
Early Childhood Development Action Network- COVID-19 and ECD
- American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: Talking to Children About Coronavirus (COVID19)
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America: How to Talk to Your Anxious Child or Teen About Coronavirus
- Child Mind Institute: Supporting Teenagers and Young Adults During the Coronavirus Crisis
- Education Commission of the State: COVID-19 Update: State Policy Responses and Other Executive Actions to the Coronavirus in Public Schools
- Grown & Flown A Message for Parents of College Students Working From Home (Including Myself), From a Faculty Member
- Oregon Department of Education: How to Deal with Racism
- Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center: Guidance in Addressing COVID-19
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center: Resources to Support Mental Health and Coping with the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- UNICEF: How teenagers can protect their mental health during coronavirus (COVID-19)
- University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital: Talking to children and teens about COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
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