Background & Bio
Jessica Simon is the Senior Program Manager for Health Systems Transformation at AMCHP. Jessica comes to AMCHP with experience on a range of maternal and child health and social welfare issues including substance use/behavioral health, homelessness, food insecurity, economic development, and intimate partner violence. At AMCHP, she specializes in the application of systems thinking as a tool for the MCH workforce and provides technical assistance to strengthen MCH behavioral health systems. Jessica holds an MSW, with a concentration in Social and Economic Development and System Dynamics, from Washington University in St. Louis, and a dual BSW/BA in Communications from the University of Pittsburgh.
My Current Work
Jessica is the Systems Integration Core Manager for the MCH Workforce Development Center where she provides technical assistance to state teams on systems thinking and mapping tools. She also leads a project to develop an interactive systems map highlighting how MCH funders at the private, community, state, and federal level can better deploy and maximize resources through key leverage points to advance birth equity. She supports the PRISM project (Promoting Innovation in State MCH Policymaking) to empower Title V leaders and their state and local partners to advance policy that supports the needs of women of reproductive age with mental health and substance use disorders, and co-leads the newly launched Policy Track of AMCHP’s Innovation Hub. Jessica sits on the Policy and Mental Health teams.
Ask Me About
Systems thinking/mapping, MCH behavioral health, social media, & yoga