EQUITY & ANTI-RACISM

Current Initiatives

AMCHP is dedicated to centering equity and advancing anti-racism efforts in MCH. View our current initiatives to learn more about our dedication to this work.

Current Initiatives

The purpose of AMCHP’s Health Equity Committee is to provide national and state level guidance, leadership, and coordination in AMCHP efforts to achieve equity in maternal, child, and adolescent health and well-being, which is one of AMCHP’s core values.

 Health Equity Committee Charge:

  1. Provide public health strategic framework(s) for reducing health inequities to guide maternal, child, and adolescent health (MCAH) leadership to address racial/ethnic and other health disparities; (FRAMEWORKS)
  2. Motivate thought leaders in MCAH to expand or shift focus from service oriented to community transformation paradigm in order to address underlying contributors to disparities; (JUSTIFICATION)
  3. Collaborating with others to identify and operationalize approaches or existing efforts for MCAH leaders to address social and structural determinants of health. (STRATEGIES)
  4. Make recommendations regarding gaps in resources, tools, research, or program evaluation in order to continue to expand the science regarding contributors and successful intervention strategies. (NEEDS)
  5. Ensure a core of critical messaging is developed and used by AMCHP and a track of speakers/presentations relevant to health equity is supported at the national conference and other educational venues (EDUCATION)

AMCHP’s Internal Equity Committee will conduct tasks to support AMCHP’s core values of infusing health equity, social justice, and inclusion into internal policies, practices, programs, services, and structures by building and supporting the implementation of AMCHP’s internal equity strategy that:

  • Aligns to a clear equity and justice framework
  • Ensures funding/contractual awards, related financial processes, and decision-making are aligned with business practices that optimize inclusion, accessibility, operational transparency, accessibility, and technical/advisory supports for fair and equitable access to resources
  • Measures, tracks, and evaluates the impact of AMCHP’s health equity, social justice, and inclusion efforts

 The role the IEC will play in working towards goals will be by selecting training mechanisms and processes for AMCHP staff to:

  • Build and maintain capacity, skills, and competencies that support the operationalizing, continual assessment, and realignments of health equity, social justice, and inclusion into internal policies, practices, programs, services, and structures
  • Access learning opportunities that deepen and develop personal understanding of inclusion and equity at an organizational level
  • Support successful and diverse external partnerships with government, professional, and community organizations/partners

The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) united with three other national maternal and child health organizations in a bold, public commitment to undoing racism as a key driver to improve maternal and infant health outcomes, highlighting irrefutable disparities in morbidity and mortality rates across racial and ethnic groups in the United States.

By signing the Joint Organizational Commitment to Anti-Racism and Racial Equity, the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), CityMatCH, the National Healthy Start Association (NHSA), and the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) pledge to devote their combined organizational strength and influence to educate respective constituencies, jointly advocate for change, hold one another accountable, and create tangible steps to root out racism wherever it exists.

This joint organizational commitment is rooted in action and includes foundational principles that address the difference between racial equity and health equity and acknowledge the tremendous power and influence of public health institutions to disrupt structural inequities created by racism. Between racial equity and health equity and acknowledge the tremendous power and influence of public health institutions to disrupt structural inequities created by racism.

Organizational Commitments

  1. We commit to examining and improving our organizational internal processes.
  2. We commit our organizations to influence to promote external work.
  3. We commit our organizations to develop and release communications to support this work.

See the full commitment document for more information, including detailed action plans for each commitment area. Organizations will meet on a regular basis to share measured progress, including best practices related to actions taken and obstacles overcome, and assist each other with ways to address challenges.

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