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September 2021

Candace Davis
MCH Contract Manager

FY21 MCH-OPHP Summary Report Preview

Forty-two local public health agencies’ MCH contracts are combined with the Office of Public Health Practice, Planning, and Local Partnership’s (OPHP) master contract. This master contract consists of multiple funding sources including state and federal dollars. MCH dollars are allocated based on a formula with agencies receiving awards spanning a wide spectrum - anywhere between $1,500 and $53,210! For our OPHP-contracted agencies, MCH is just a piece of the work. These agencies recently submitted their FY21 Reporting Form for their work on the FY16-20 MCH Priorities. Below, I share a glimpse of their experiences.


Needing to Pivot

It’s no surprise that COVID-19 was the most common challenge to implementing the MCH program in FY21, with 93% of OPHP-contracted agencies highlighting the pandemic on their report. This impact presented itself in multiple ways with staff deployed to the COVID-19 response and not having face-to-face access to the community to do priority work being the two most prevalent circumstances. With several agencies, MCH priority work was paused due to the COVID-19 response becoming the primary need. 

Agencies who had the capacity to work on implementing their priority strategies had to find creative ways to offer services to their communities. Many agencies took the virtual route which has helped significantly but introduced new limitations. Chaffee County’s Public Health RN Cassondra Franco reported, “COVID forced our nurse home visitors to do the majority of our visits virtually. Fortunately, that was still an option because we found many of our families were feeling very lonely and isolated and appreciated the connection, even though it was not in person. But virtual visits are not the same and do not feel as personable as in-person meetings. Therefore, the relationships did not feel as strong as usual and it seemed as though some mothers did not open up as much as normal.” An agency working on Early Childhood Obesity Prevention recounted not being able to get accurate weights during phone visits. And an agency working on Pregnancy-Related Depression reported having virtual support groups as a challenge due to the barrier the virtual platform creates for those without means to the internet or laptops. 

Another overarching challenge listed in reports was related to workforce stability/capacity. 40% of agencies listed staff capacity, change in leadership, and/or staff turnover as a challenge. With about a third of the agencies reporting both this challenge and COVID-19, it’s truly remarkable to see what they’ve accomplished in their MCH programs.   


Making Great Strides

One agency reported that their key success was that they simply survived. That in itself deserves acknowledgement. Some agencies were able to maintain core services such as developmental screenings, WIC direct services, and HCP care coordination. There are also agencies that found ways to make meaningful connections with their communities. Some examples include organizing a breastfeeding coalition, connecting community members to local support groups for mental health, developing a postpartum support group, and partnering with a local school to improve food security for children. With the challenges they’ve faced, this is no small feat. Their successes highlight their commitment to the Maternal Child Health population. 

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Strategic Anchor Overviews Now Available!

Similar to the priority overviews, we created an overview to provide high level information about each of our Strategic Anchors: Racial Equity, Moving Upstream and Community Inclusion. Each one includes the new beautiful anchor icons. Check them out and let us know what you think!

MCH Bridges

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) is excited to announce the launch of its new podcast, MCH Bridges! MCH Bridges is designed to help listeners create new connections to maternal and child health leaders, organizations, and ideas as well as inspire and guide listeners towards actions that will improve the systems that impact MCH populations. This project is being led by Mallory Cyr, who previously worked with the MCH program at CDPHE and is now the CYSHCN Program Manager at AMCHP. Go Mallory!



  • Equitable Implementation in Action Webinar
    The purpose of this webinar is to shine a light on equitable implementation and to engage more deeply with the authors and articles highlighted in the Stanford Social Innovation Review supplement, Bringing Equity to Implementation, that was released in May 2021. The webinar will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. MT on Thursday, September 30, 2021. Please register in advance for this free event.
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    In an episode that aired this summer, Lili Farhang joined Dr. Georges Benjamin and host Stephen Horn to discuss how COVID-19 has shone a light on health inequities in the country, driven by environmental and systemic racism — and how we must build a new social contract to support equitable health.



  • New Child and Adult Care Food Program Participation Story Map
  • The new Child and Adult Care Food Program Participation story map shows whether Colorado licensed child care providers serving children birth through five are participating in CACFP.  The story map has a number of features, including overlays of food deserts and poverty data, several community-specific profiles, and an interactive version with various filters.  Additionally, it includes strategies for action based on information in the story map. 



The Title V Maternal and Child Health Program (MCH) works with statewide partners and local public health agency representatives to improve the health of Coloradans using population-based and infrastructure-building strategies. Our mission is to optimize the health and well-being of mothers and children by employing primary prevention and early intervention public health strategies.
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