We focus on building the emergency preparedness and response (EPR) capacity of state and territory maternal and child health (MCH) directors, practitioners, and stakeholders. Our federally funded programs, technical assistance and resource sharing support the MCH workforce in partnering and coordinating with state public health emergency preparedness and response (PHEP) to ensure that the MCH populations they serve are prioritized during emergencies. The populations include pregnant people, post-partum and women of reproductive age, newborns and infants, children and youth with special health care needs and their families, youth and adolescents, and persons with disabilities. It is imperative that public health leaders have the skills, resources, and appropriated lens to identify and meet the unique needs of these populations during various types of emergencies.
- Emergency Preparedness and Response Action Learning Collaborative
- Maternal and Child Health Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Toolkit
- COVID-19 Response & Recovery
- EPR Technical Assistance
Funded by a five-year Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Reproductive Health, AMCHP leads the Emergency Preparedness and Response Action Learning Collaborative (EPR ALC). Each project year, we engage a cohort of state and territory Title V program leadership, key staff, and community partners in efforts to build partnerships and implement strategies that address emerging MCH issues. These efforts are designed to promote collaboration at the state level to improve programs and policies for MCH populations and their emergency preparedness and response needs. The EPR ALC is guided by AMCHP’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Checklist for Maternal and Infant Health.
In collaboration with The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDD), this initiative aims to enhance the capabilities of maternal and child health, children and youth with special health care needs, and newborn screening and birth defects leadership and staﬀ to actively engage in public health emergency responses. In project year one, the MCH Public Health Emergency Preparedness National Work Group shared resources, stories, and expertise that will inform the ongoing development of a web-based toolkit that supports, and responds to women, children, and families during emergencies.
Across internal teams, AMCHP is committed to supporting our members in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our organizational work includes monthly COVID-19 town hall meetings, an archive of weekly updates regarding a range of response and recovery topics like vaccinations and other guidance, and tailored technical assistance linking professionals to the resources they need to best serve MCH populations during the global crisis. To best support our members EPR communication efforts, AMCHP has developed a short series of bulletins addressing topics arising from and amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our team is committed to establishing and implementing sustainable mechanisms for collecting and responding to EPR-focused technical assistance (TA) and support requests from AMCHP members. We facilitate connections to resources and coordinate external expertise to ensure that our members are equipped to respond to public health emergencies. For TA requests, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent Resources & Tools
National Performance Measure (NPM) Implementation Toolkits
This series of toolkits provide specific evidence-based practices, reports, publications, and resources which can be adapted and implemented. The toolkits are specific to each Title V National Performance Measure (NPM), but they can be used by all MCH professionals. The goal of sharing these resources is to encourage Title V programs and other partners to share their NPM specific strategies and resources to support and improve MCH practice implementation across the United States. Click on each of the toolkits below to learn more. Read More
Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Checklist for Maternal and Infant Health
Originally designed to guide interdisciplinary teams from U.S. states, territories, or freely associated states (inclusively referred to as “jurisdictions” throughout the document) participating in AMCHP’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Action Learning Collaborative, this checklist is intended to augment the capacity of all jurisdictions to ensure that women of reproductive age, especially postpartum women, and infants are planned for in the event of emergencies – including multiple emergencies with intersecting impacts. Much of the content, however, has applicability for the broader maternal and child health (MCH) population, including children with special health care needs and their families. Read More
EPR MIH Online Trainings and Resources
This non-exhaustive list includes links to trainings and resources created by CDC, FEMA, ASPR, and EPA, as well as other federal agencies and non-federal organizations. Read More
State and Territory Policy Strategies Supporting MCH During COVID-19 (National Governors Association)
Results from a 2020 survey of nearly 40 executive branch officials regarding state/territory policies to safeguard against COVID-19 for pregnant women, postpartum women, and infants. Read More
CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response Communication Resources
A list of tools, guides, and sample maternal and infant health preparedness and safety messages for disasters. Read More