January 2009

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From the President

Change is on its Way!

By Nan Streeter, MS, RN

I was in Washington, D.C. the day after the election and I felt a lot of excitement, hope and levity in the air. Barack Obama’s election as President is an historical event in our nation’s history. During the transition, AMCHP has positioned itself proactively to promote Title V and related programs that serve women, mothers and children. [read more

From the CEO

The Year Ahead and the Year in Review

By Mike R. Fraser, PhD

Happy New Year from AMCHP! I hope you had the chance to greet the New Year with family and friends and took time to rest and reenergize to prepare for what promises to be a very busy year for maternal and child health. Here’s a belated New Year’s toast: Let’s raise a glass for continued success and increased support of our shared work and in strengthening and improving state maternal and child health programs, cheers! [read more]


Get Involved

Vote for your AMCHP Board of Directors
The 2009 election for AMCHP’s open Board positions is now open. All AMCHP delegates whose programs have paid dues for the 2008-2009 membership year are eligible to vote. For information on the candidates, please visit, http://www.amchp.org/elections. All delegates whose dues are current should receive an email invitation to vote electronically by Jan. 12. Delegates and family delegates that do not vote electronically may vote in-person at the 2009 Annual Conference. If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Arculin or call (202) 266-3051.

AMCHP February Board Meeting
The next AMCHP Board Meeting will be held during our Annual Conference on Saturday, February 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Additional information will be provided in the coming weeks. Board Members who will be attending should RSVP to
Nora Lam or call (202) 775-0436.

AMCHP Business Meeting
All members, partners and staff are invited to attend a business meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 24 from 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. during our Annual Conference.

AMCHP Board Approves Two By-Laws Changes
AMCHP Board of Directors approved two By-Laws changes at its November 2008 meeting. The first provision changed the By-Laws so that any Director could serve as Chair of the Governance Committee. [read more]


Program Updates

Program Team Accomplishments in 2008

By Lauren Raskin Ramos, MPH

What a fruitful and exciting year for the AMCHP Program Team! Staff worked to strengthen alignment of programmatic work with members needs, share state success stories, build capacity in Title V agencies to address key topics in women’s, infant and adolescent health, and grow our programming in children and youth with special health care needs. [
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Advocacy Updates

AMCHP Policy Team Year in Review

By Brent Ewig, MHA

This past year AMCHP made tremendous strides in building advocacy capacity to strengthen your voice in our nation’s capital. Our policy team has been guided by the vision of the Board to increase AMCHP’s visibility, strengthen our advocacy effectiveness and increase member involvement. We also took strategic direction from AMCHP’s Legislative Committee, which set an ambitious eight point legislative agenda early last year. [read more



In Memoriam

A Tribute to Dr. Gil Buchanan

Children with special health care needs and the maternal and child health community lost one of our leading advocates, Dr. Gil Buchanan, who died on December 6, 2008, in Little Rock, Ark., at age 74. A pediatrician, he served as Medical Director for Children’s Medical Services, the Title V agency for CSHCN, in the Arkansas Department of Human Services, from 1979 until he retired in 2005. While serving in this capacity, he also maintained a private practice and was a partner in the Arkansas Pediatric Clinic. [read more]


Point of View

An interview with AMCHP incoming President Dr. Phyllis Sloyer. [read more]


2008 Annual Conference

Making a Difference: Looking Back at AMCHP 2008

By Mike R. Fraser, PhD

The 2008 Annual Conference was certainly an event to remember and I remember it well since it was the first AMCHP Conference I ever attended! The Conference was a jam-packed week of meetings, sessions, receptions, early morning “fun” walks (as fun as fun can be at six o’clock in the morning!) and getting to know the wonderful diversity of people, backgrounds, and expertise that comprise AMCHP today. [read more]


Data and Trends

To document AMCHP’s progress this year, the Data and Trends portion of Pulse will highlight the distribution of 2008 AMCHP Mini-Grant and Action Learning Collaborative (ALC) States, Title V Agency Site Visits, the New Directors/Mentors and Family Mentors/Family Scholars.  [read more]


Resource Bank

See the array of resources AMCHP has produced in 2008 along with resources to highlight National Birth Defects Prevention Month and National Folic Acid Awareness Week. [read more]


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