Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP)

Partners in Public Health: Improving the Landscape of Breastfeeding Support

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs is a national resource, partner, and advocate for state public health leaders and others working to improve the health of women, children, youth, and families, including those with special health care needs. AMCHP builds successful programs by disseminating best practices; advocating on our member's behalf in Washington; providing technical assistance; convening leaders to share experiences and ideas; and advising states about involving partners to reach our common goal of healthy children, healthy families, and healthy communities.


The mission of the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs is to protect and promote the optimal health of women, children and families.


AMCHP envisions a nation that values and invests in the health and wellbeing of all women, children, families, and communities. AMCHP embraces these core values as part of its vision

  • Leadership
  • Collaboration
  • Health Equity and Social Justice
  • Inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Excellence

AMCHP's Strategic Plan 2016-2018


The purpose of the Children's Healthy Weight Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CHW-CoIIN) is to partner with and support states in adopting evidence-based or evidence-informed policies and practices related to nutrition, physical activity, and breastfeeding, with the goal of increasing the proportion of children and young adults ages 0 to 21 years, including those with special health care needs, who fall within a healthy weight range. The CHW-CoIIN acts as a catalyst for programmatic and systems-level change, supporting the implementation of the Title V Block Grant transformation by strengthening states' efforts to address the National Performance Measures (NPMs) related to nutrition, physical activity, and breastfeeding.

AMCHP Workplace Breastfeeding Project


AMCHP and National Programs

Issue Brief: State Opportunities and Strategies for Breastfeeding Promotion through the Affordable Care Act

NPM4 ToolkitThis toolkit contains examples of strategies state Title V programs can use to address breastfeeding. It provides an overview of some of the most common strategic approaches to addressing NPM4, guided by a review of Title Block Grant applications, and recommendations from the Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding.

Federal funding

DHHS, HRSA- Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)

DHHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Current list of funded or active states

Percent of infants who are ever breastfed and percent of infants breastfed exclusively through 6 months (selected by 49 states/jurisdictions).

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