Centers for Disease Control and Prevention & Health Resources and Services Administration
Maternal and Child Health Bureau: Looking Forward, Looking Back
Dr. Peter van Dyck, Associate Administrator for the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) will be attending AMCHP 2009 and we look forward to his welcoming remarks and participation in the conference. Also joining us at the Conference will be other key MCHB staff members who diverse portfolios include leadership development, children and youth with special health care needs, data and epidemiology capacity building, women's health, and technical assistance and support for state Title V grantees to name just a few. The Bureau's vision is "a future America in which the right to grow to one's full potential is universally assured through attention to the comprehensive physical, psychological and social needs of the maternal and child health population. We strive for a society where children are wanted and born with optimal health, receive quality care and are nurtured lovingly and sensitively as they mature into healthy, productive adults. MCHB seeks a nation where there is equal access for all to quality health care in a supportive, culturally competent, family and community setting." How this vision is implemented, and state and local roles in supporting this vision will be shared by Dr. Van Dyck and other Bureau staff throughout the Conference. Before the conference, you may want to learn more about the Bureau and its history. The Maternal and Child Health Timeline is a great resource for MCH practitioners both new and old. If you are interested in MCH history and its legacy, the timeline website is for you. Visit http://mchb.hrsa.gov/timeline/ for more information and to use the timeline resource. AMCHP acknowledge the partnership of the the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and appreciates their contributions to making the conference possible.
Ties That Bind: CDC's Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a diverse and complex organization with over 15,000 employees working to protect and promote the health of all Americans. The CDC is organized into several National Centers that focus on specific public health topics such as the National Center for Environmental Health or the National Center for Health Statistics. While there is no "National Center for Maternal and Child Health" most CDC Centers do some kind of work on MCH issues. AMCHP is pleased to have representatives from many CDC centers attending the conference to share their work and connect national efforts at CDC to state and local MCH programs. AMCHP is pleased that Dr. Janet Collins, Director of the CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, will be attending our Conference. Within Dr. Collin's Center is the Division of Reproductive Health, one of CDC's major hubs of MCH activity. Before attending the conference you may want to learn more about the work of CDC and how CDC invests in Maternal and Child Health issues. Just this month Dr. Collins and her colleagues published a very comprehensive editorial on where MCH fits within the CDC structure titled "Ties That Bind." It is a great background piece for anyone looking to learn more about MCH and CDC, and the links between MCH and Chronic Disease Prevention. To read the editorial visit: http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2009/jan/08_0233.htm. AMCHP is grateful to the many CDC partners who participate in our conference and the support of both the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities for their support in underwriting many of our conference activities.