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Aug 13
Prematurity Prevention Conference

The March of Dimes, in collaboration with AMCHP, has organized the 2015 Prematurity Prevention Conference to discuss efforts to prevent preterm births, share best practices and resources, and promote prevention. 

Date:     November 17 and 18, 2015
Place:    Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA

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~ Abstracts for poster presentations are being accepted through Friday, August 28, 2015. Download form at
~ For more information, go to www.marchofdimes,org/conferences or email

Aug 04
Call for Session Proposals

AMCHP invites you to submit a session proposal for the 2016 AMCHP Annual Conference (Jan. 23-26). With many exciting opportunities and changes happening in the maternal and child health (MCH) field; Block Grant transformation, continued Affordable Care Act implementation, a changing workforce and more, the theme for the 2016 conference is The Future is Now: Integrating MCH Transformations. Tracks for this year's conference include:

  • Adolescent Health
  • Advocacy
  • Child Health
  • Epidemiology/Data, Assessment, and Evaluation
  • Family Involvement
  • Health Care Financing and Coverage
  • Health Equity
  • Life Course Approach
  • MCH Block Grant Transformation
  • MCH Systems Building
  • Women's and Infant Health
  • Workforce and Leadership Development

The AMCHP Annual Conference is the ideal venue to present your ideas, research, innovative programming, best practices, and effective outreach strategies to MCH and other public health practitioners, directors of state programs, federal officials, advocates, family leaders, researchers, and healthcare providers.

For more information or to submit your proposal, click here.

Mar 24
Support AMCHP's March of Dimes Steps for Babies Team and help us to reach our goal of $2,500.

Join AMCHP's Steps for Babies Team

Once again, AMCHP will field a team to support our partners at the March of Dimes in their efforts to promote a healthy start for babies. Our fundraising goal for 2014 is $2,500. Here are some highlights from the kickoff:
Sign Up
This year’s march is scheduled for Saturday, May 3 at 9 a.m. EST at the Washington National’s Park in Southeast DC. We would love to have as many physical marchers as possible. If you are unable to make it to the march, your participation as a virtual marcher will also be a great help to our team. To join our team, AMCHP Steps for Babies, please visit: 
If you have previously participated, please login using your username and password, new marchers will be prompted to create an account. Kudos to Caroline Stampfel for being our first 2014 team member!
Individual Fundraising
We ask that each marcher (both physical and virtual) commit to raising at least $100 to support team AMCHP. The March of Dimes offers great resources for individual fundraising through email messaging and social media posts through your personal fundraising portal.
Dec 12
Remembering an MCH Leader: Loretta (Deliana) Fuddy, ACSW, MPH

Loretta Fuddy

AMCHP is saddened to share that Loretta 'Deliana' Fuddy, ACSW, MPH, director of the Hawaii State Department of Health was tragically killed in a small plane crash on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Prior to serving as the director of the Health Department, Deliana was the  chief of the Family Health Services Division.  Her career in public health and health services spanned more than three decades.  She was very active in AMCHP and well known to members and staff.  Deliana served on the AMCHP Board of Directors for many years, most recently as treasurer from 2006-2010 and secretary from 2010-2012. She also served as the president of the Association of State and Territorial Public Health Social Workers and on the Access Policy Committee of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

"Deliana spent her entire career tirelessly working to improve the health and well-being of the most vulnerable populations at home and abroad, especially children and youth.  Her quiet, thoughtful leadership  will forever inspire us to do the same." said Millie Jones, AMCHP President.

The AMCHP inbox was flooded with messages about Deliana this morning a testament to how many lives she touched and the incredible impact she has made in public health and the maternal and child health field.  In her honor, we wanted to share a few messages from her public health colleagues in the field.

"From my perspective in working with Deliana (Loretta) on the board, I felt the interest and needs of the Title V population and Title V was a solid core of who she was as a person and a professional.  She had a gift in how she presented an issue and while being very strong in articulating her position, she did it in a way that was respectful and convincing.  The people of Hawaii and members of AMCHP have lost a wonderful advocate and colleague."  Valerie Ricker, AMCHP Secretary

"I loved working with her and fondly remember her – she was a part of the search committee when I was hired and always a willing guide and advisor, and just plain fun." Michael Fraser, Former AMCHP CEO

"She was an unwavering advocate for the health of children and youth and a champion for achieving the highest quality of health for all people. She was a compassionate, caring, and humble human being, and a great friend and colleague to so many of us in the public health community. She will be greatly missed." Paul Jarris, Executive Director, Association of State and Territorial Health Official.

"Loretta, fondly known as Deliana, was treasurer of the AMCHP board while I was president. She was an exceptional advocate and leader for families in Hawaii her beloved home and throughout the nation. She created so many wonderful programs and continued to speak for the disenfranchised always looking for opportunities. She will be remembered by many for her quiet yet effective persistence. We in the maternal and child health world mourn the loss of our friend and kindred spirit." Phyllis Sloyer, Former AMCHP President

As funeral arrangements are announced, AMCHP will share that information.  Our thoughts and condolences are with Deliana’s friends, family and her colleagues at the Hawaii State Department of Health and nationwide.

Oct 24
Celebrating an MCH Landmark



October 24, 2013 - Fifty years ago today, President John F. Kennedy signed the Maternal and Child Health and Mental Retardation Planning Amendment to the Social Security Act, the first major legislation to combat mental illness and retardation.  This law amended Title V of the Social Security Act “to assist states and communities in preventing and combating mental retardation through expansion and improvement of maternal and child health and crippled children's programs; through provision of prenatal, maternity, and infant care for individuals with conditions associated with childbearing which may lead to mental retardation; and through planning for comprehensive action to combat mental retardation.” 


One week later, Kennedy signed his last bill into law to provide funding for the construction of facilities related to the prevention, care, and treatment of people with intellectual disabilities, including research centers to study the causes of intellectual disabilities, university-related diagnostic treatment clinics, and community-based centers for the care of people with intellectual disabilities.  Visit here to learn more about both of these efforts.


Notably, the 1963 MCH amendments doubled the appropriation for Title V services over five years.  It also set the stage for efforts to provide and promote family-centered, community-based, coordinated care for children and youth with special health care needs and to facilitate the development of community-based systems of services.  While the science and language that guides our efforts has evolved and improved, the concepts endorsed fifty years ago continue to be a central focus of State Title V programs today.


Upon signing the law, President Kennedy said, “Enactment of this legislation is…an important landmark in our drive to eliminate one of the major health hazards affecting mankind. We can say with some assurance that, although children may be the victims of fate, they will not be the victims of our neglect.”  On a separate occasion marking an anniversary of the Social Security Act, President Kennedy said “We celebrate the past, to awaken the future.”  In that spirit, the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs joins today in celebrating this notable anniversary, thanking each of you for your commitment to improving maternal and child health, and recommitting to the pledge made a half century ago that America’s children “will not be the victims of our neglect.”


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