Mission, Strategic Plan & By-Laws

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's members come from the highest levels of state government and include directors of maternal and child health programs, directors of programs for children with special health care needs, and other public health leaders who work with and support state maternal and child health programs. Our members directly serve all women and children nationwide, and strive to improve the health of all women, infants, children and adolescents, including those with special health care needs, by administering critical public health education and screening services, and coordinating preventive, primary and specialty care. Our membership also includes academic, advocacy and community-based family health professionals, as well as families themselves.

AMCHP builds successful programs by disseminating best practices; advocating on their 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. 


AMCHP leads and supports programs nationally to protect and promote the optimal health of women, children, youth, families, and communities. 


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

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

AMCHP's Strategic Plan 2019-21

AMCHP's Strategic Plan guides all of our program, policy and member services activities. Created by the AMCHP Board of Directors for a three year period and refreshed annually, the Strategic Plan is the foundation for AMCHP's staff work and member involvement.

AMCHP's By-Laws

AMCHP By-Laws Revisions Approved by Board of Directors
The AMCHP Board of Directors recently approved recommended revisions to the AMCHP By-Laws based upon a comprehensive legal review facilitated by the Governance Committee and utilizing a third-party law firm with specific expertise in nonprofit governance. The approved changes increase efficiency, remove duplicative language and introduce newly mandated clauses and language that ensure that our by-laws are legally current and in compliance with nonprofit law governing the District of Columbia. Members are encouraged to review the new AMCHP By-Laws here.

Per Article XIV of the By-Laws titled, Amendments to the By-Laws, the By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board of Directors, with appropriate notice of the proposed amendment in writing to the Secretary and transmitted to the Board members not less than two weeks prior to the meeting. This requirement was fully met. The By-Laws further stipulates that any changes to the By-Laws affecting the rights, classes, and conditions or other aspects of membership shall be voted on by Regular members as required under the Act. In the case of the most recently adopted By-Laws revisions, none of the changes affected the rights, classes, and conditions or other aspects of AMCHP membership and, therefore, did not require a full member vote.

If further information is required, please feel free to contact Terrance Moore, AMCHP CEO at tmoore@amchp.org.