MCH Bridges is the official podcast of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP). This podcast aims to inspire and guide actions that will improve the systems that impact maternal and child health populations. MCH Bridges aims to lift up stories and people from the MCH field by centering the voices of the public health workforce, people and communities most impacted by inequities, and individuals and families with lived experiences. Questions or comments about MCH Bridges? Please email Nia Sutton (email@example.com) and Eden Desta (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Medicaid Redetermination: Stories from Families to Inspire Action
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Medicaid Enrollment and Unwinding Tracker, as of February 1, over 16.4 million Medicaid and CHIP enrollees nationwide have been disenrolled and lost their coverage. Over 70% of people are losing coverage because of paperwork reasons, such as missing notices from the state Medicaid office and an inability to produce wage statements. Out of the states reporting age breakouts, children accounted for 38% of Medicaid disenrollments.
Our latest MCH Bridges episode highlights the human experiences of what these alarming statistics mean for families across the country and emphasizes the role of leaders in maternal and child health (MCH) during this ongoing issue. Guest host Atyya Chaudhry dives into the stories of those with lived experience of losing Medicaid coverage and what organizations like the Florida Health Justice Project are doing to make an impact.
Tune in to these important conversations with our guests Janis Fay and Alison Yager, who share their experiences and insight, as well as action steps that MCH advocates and individuals who are experiencing coverage loss can take.
AMCHP Resource Library: Promoting MCH Coverage Children with Medical Handicaps (referenced in the episode) Lily’s Story & Christina’s Story (referenced in the episode) AMCHP Blog Post: The Medicaid Unwinding Process at the Halfway Mark: How Can MCH Advocates Address the Current Challenges to Ensure Continuity of Coverage for Children and Families?AMCHP Blog Post: MCH Advocates are Alarmed About the Rapid Loss of Child and Family Coverage in the Medicaid Redetermination Process Florida Health Justice Project - Medicaid | The Lived Experience: Unwinding the Continuous Coverage Requirement
Episode #16: What the Health is Ecology of Homelessness?!
November is National Youth Homelessness Awareness Month. Severe weather, extreme temperatures, and natural disasters present vastly increased challenges for homeless communities. Listen to our latest MCH Bridges and What the Health?! crossover episode, led by AMCHP’s Youth Voice Amplified (YVA) committee, to learn about how climate change is directly affecting people experiencing homelessness. You’ll hear from guest hosts Mitra Kashani, environmental public health scientist, and Lisa Brooks, expert in the homelessness system, as they share what homelessness can look like from an individual and systems-level perspective – confronting common misconceptions, emphasizing the impacts of climate change on marginalized and rural communities, and highlighting the opportunities to address this issue by partnering with and centering people with lived experience.
Tune in now to listen to guest host Amber Woodside and speakers Lisa and Mitra as they share their lived experiences and professional insights. In addition, as we enter into this season of giving and gratitude, consider ways you might be able to give back to your community members experiencing homelessness, especially youth.
Disclaimer: This episode discusses topics of climate change, natural disasters, loss, death, discrimination, and homelessness. Please prioritize your mental health and consider if you are ready to listen to this episode. If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or a crisis, please call the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988. You can also sign up to join virtual sharing and listening sessions for people experiencing climate anxiety at www.climateawakening.org.
Additionally, the findings and conclusions in this podcast shared by Mitra Kashani are those of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
YVA Resource Kit Study From Abt Projects: Thousands of Additional Deaths Each Year Due to Climate Change-Induced Heat Report: Climate Change and the Los Angeles’ Homelessness Response System SAMHSA Homelessness Programs & Resources HHS Homelessness Programs & Resources Guide: Make a Homeless Care Package That Actually Helps Assemble Care Kits for the Homeless
Episode #15: Youth Perspectives on Mental Health: Supporting the Next Generation
Listen to this MCH Bridges episode to hear three members of The Adolescent Champion Teen Advisory Council (TAC TAC), Melanie Avila, Fanta Guindo, and Yeina Han, share what adolescent and young adult mental health looks like in their communities, what they have experienced, and what needs to change. This episode talks about important concepts like positive youth development, youth-friendly services, and culturally competent care. It also identifies strategies for addressing barriers to youth seeking and accessing mental health services.
This episode discusses mental health issues and mentions suicide. If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or a crisis, please dial 988 immediately to call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline or text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741. Additionally, the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline provides support before, during, and after pregnancy. Call or text 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS (1-833-943-5746). TTY users can use a preferred relay service or dial 711 and then 988 or 1-833-943-5746. Both services are free, confidential, and available 24/7.
· AMCHP’s Adolescent Health Current Initiatives
· Adolescent Health Initiative
· The Adolescent Champion Teen Advisory Council (TAC TAC)
· Emerging Topical Issues in Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health (AMCHP Learning Module)
· Innovation in Mental Health Service Delivery (AMCHP Learning Module)
· Integration of Mental Health into Primary Care for Adolescents and Young Adults (AMCHP Learning Module)
· MCH Workforce Capacity and Skillsets for Improving Mental Health Care Systems for AYAs (AMCHP Learning Module)
· Screen to Intervene (AMCHP’s blog dedicated to Adolescent & Young Adult Mental Health)
Episode #14: The Joy of Autism: A New Way of Thinking
In this MCH Bridges, we talk with AMCHP’s State Public Health Autism Resource Center’s (SPHARC) Autistic Faculty about the Autistic experience in a world that is centered around neurotypical people. You’ll hear from Autistic Faculty members Dave Caudel, Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, and Haley Moss about neurodiversity, ways that Autistic and non-Autistic people are similar and how we are all connected as humans, and what celebrating autistic joy means to them.
Frist Center for Autism and Innovation Morénike Giwa Onaiwu’s information and frequently asked questions page Morenike Giwa Onaiwu resources page Haley Moss’ website SPHARC team (SPHARC@amchp.org) and SPHARC website Autistic Self-Advocacy Network Autistic Representation Database Autistic Archive Autistic Community and the Neurodiversity Movement
BONUS Episode: The AMCHP Annual Conference Experience
This bonus episode captures the experience of attending the AMCHP Annual Conference from a variety of perspectives. As past attendees, our guest speakers shared what they learned, some pro tips for taking advantage of conference opportunities, and why it's important that we encourage and support youth and young adults, family leaders, community-rooted organizations, tribal government representatives, and students and early career professionals to attend the AMCHP Annual Conference. You’ll hear from Katherine Harvey, representing the perspective of a young adult leader, and Dana Yarbrough, a family leader and proud parent of a daughter with disabilities and special healthcare needs. You will also hear from Quatia (Q) Osorio, doula and founder of Our Journ3i, and Xenia Mendez, alumna of our Graduate Student Epidemiology Program (GSEP) representing students and early career professionals.
Conference links (updated)
Register for AMCHP 2024Visit our conference platform Explore the conference theme Support CBOs, tribal entity representatives, family leaders, and youth at AMCHP 2024 Resources
Center for Family Involvement Parent to Parent USA Family to Family Health Information Centers Our Journ3i, LLC
Episode #13: Healing Through Breastfeeding: Honoring the Past, Investing in the Future
This interview episode highlights the journeys of Kimarie and Dalecia as they found their passion and purpose in helping lactating persons achieve their breastfeeding goals. Intertwining lived experience and the desire to make a difference, you will hear how Dalecia and Kimarie found their calling in breastfeeding work. You will learn about how breastfeeding has been a healing journey and a way to reconnect with our past. You will also hear about the ongoing challenges in accessing adequate and culturally appropriate breastfeeding, especially for black and brown communities.
Dr. Kimarie Bugg, Chief Empowerment Office and Change Leader, Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere, Inc. (ROSE)
Dalecia Young, Founder and Full Spectrum Doula, Due North Support Services
Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere, Inc (ROSE)
La Leche League
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Breastfeeding Resources Library
American Academy of Pediatrics Breastfeeding Resources
WIC Breastfeeding Support