June 2009


From the President

Male Involvement in MCH and Reproductive Health

By Phyllis Sloyer, President, AMCHP 

This issue of Pulse spans the boundaries of our maternal and child health world and addresses a critical topic of the impacts men have on reproductive health; a topic of international interest. Research demonstrates that the role of men in reproductive health impacts the health of the male, family planning choices, and pregnancy outcomes, including the future health status of the child. [read more]  

From the CEO

Another "M" in MCH?

By Mike R. Fraser, PhD

“Are you at the right meeting?” she asked me earnestly.

“I think so,” I replied. “Is this the women’s health meeting?”

“Yes,” she said. “I am sorry, I just wasn’t expecting a man. You are definitely going to be in the minority.”

We laughed. “I am used to it,” I said. “Don’t worry. There are a few of us who can deal with this stuff.”

We laughed some more and took our places at the meeting room table. Being a man and working in maternal and child health is full of these kinds of stories. Because this issue of Pulse focuses on male involvement and strategies to bring another “M” (men) into MCH, I thought it would be fitting to start with just one of the many times people have been surprised to see yours truly in the room during an MCH meeting and even more surprised to see men actively advocating for increases to the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant and other MCH programs. [read more


Involving Fathers in Hawaii

By Greg Farstrup
Parents & Children Together

Loretta Fuddy
Family Health Services Division
Maternal and Child Health Branch
Hawaii Department of Health

The Hui Makuakane Father Support Program was an innovative effort in which Father Facilitators provided home-based support services — with an emphasis on father-child involvement — to families with young children.

Hui Makuakane (Fathers’ Group) began in 1997 with support from the Hawaii Children’s Trust Fund to Parents and Children Together (PACT), a nonprofit agency. In 2001, with support from the State of Hawaii Department of Health and Maternal and Health Branch, Hui Makuakane was incorporated into Hana Like, a Healthy Start Home Visitor Program, also operated by PACT. [read more]

Waikiki Health Center’s Male Achievement Network (MAN) Program

By Misty Pacheco and Candice Radner
Family Health Services Division, Maternal and Child Health Branch, Hawaii Department of Health

As part of the Federal Title X Family Planning Program, Waikiki Health Center’s Youth Outreach Center is implementing the Male Achievement Network (MAN) Program. MAN is an ongoing skill-based health education program for males most likely to be engaging in high-risk behaviors. [read more]

Engaging Males to Prevent Unplanned Pregnancies in Virginia

By Deborah Harris, MPH, RD, CDE
Women’s Health Coordinator, Virginia Department of Health

The Partners in Prevention Program (PIP) was established to encourage and support community-directed strategies to reduce and prevent the incidence of non-marital births in Virginia. The majority (62.7%) of non-marital births occur in those aged 20-29. This percentage has increased approximately 15% since 1998. Because program funds are limited, PIP targets single women and men in their 20s who reside in high-risk communities as an efficient means of reducing the overall non-martial birth rate in Virginia. [read more]

The “V” Ps of Male Involvement in Title V

By Michael Hayes
Deputy for Family Initiatives, Texas Attorney General’s Office

Kate Wiseheart
Program Specialist for Family Initiatives, Texas Attorney General’s Office

Michael’s wife teaches a class called Women’s Reproductive Health at a university here in Austin, and each semester he has the honor of delivering a guest lecture titled “Men as Partners in Women’s Reproductive Health.” And, each semester, he’s initially met with more than a few quizzical looks from students who (like you, perhaps) seem to be thinking, Wait, this is supposed to be about women’s health. Why are we talking about men? [read more]

Member to Member

Member states were asked the following question:

What strategies do you use to get men (including young men) involved in MCH issues in your state? [read more]



Real Life Stories

One Father's Journey of Love for His Son

By Henry Tejada
Parent Leader
New Jersey Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN)

Mercedes Rosa
Director, Family Voices/Family to Family Health Information Center & Culturally Competent Outreach & Support Project of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of New Jersey

May 21, 2006 was the happiest day of my life- my first child was born. Family and friends celebrated with us and each day we watched his development with great anticipation. I began to worry about his development when he was about 12 months old and not reaching the targeted milestones. My son at times appeared deaf and would not respond or make eye contact and did not play appropriately with toys. [read more

Success Stories

North Carolina's Wise Guys Program

By Rick Brown
Wise Guys Director, Family Life Council

Traditionally, family planning programs have focused on teen girls and women. Increasingly, professionals recognize the role that males can play in reducing unintended pregnancy and the spread of STIs, and in fostering healthy, respectful relationships. To address that need, the Family Life Council of Greensboro, North Carolina created the Wise Guys® program in 1990. [read more]

View from Washington

By Brent Ewig, MHA
Director of Public Policy & Government Affairs, AMCHP

The theme of this issue is fatherhood. It’s something I can relate to wholeheartedly as last fall I became a father for the first time. On October 15 – which happens to also be my birthday – my wife delivered the best present ever, a beautiful baby girl named Lucia. In an instant she became the joy of our lives and like many fathers, I would do anything for her. It did however just occur to me that thanks to the internet’s archival wonders, she may some day be able to Google this statement and use it to make me buy her a car or something. We’ll see. [read more

Who's New

New CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden

President Barack Obama has appointed Dr. Thomas Frieden, currently Commissioner of the New York City Health Department, as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Frieden has been Commissioner of the New York City Health Department, one of the nation’s largest public health agencies, since January 2002. [read more]

New Director and New Title V Directors

Find out who got promoted and who are the new Title V Directors! [read more] 

Get Involved

Webinar on Incorporating Family Participation Practices in Your Practices
The American Academy of Pediatrics will offer a webinar on “Incorporating Family Participation Practices Into Your Practice and Project” on June 24 from Noon to 1:15 p.m. (EDT). [read more]

ASTHO, NACCHO, and STIPDA Injury Prevention Webcast Series
In this webcast presenters will describe a variety of programs that exemplify injury/violence prevention (IVP) and maternal and child health (MCH) program integration efforts being implemented at national, state, and local levels. [read more]

HRTW to Host a Call on the Ticket to Work Program
Healthy & Ready to Work (HRTW) National Resource Center will host a call on “Ticket to Work: Roles for Public Health and Health Care Providers” on Wednesday, July 15 from 3 to 4 p.m. (EDT). [read more]

Submit Your Best Practice Today
AMCHP is seeking submissions of best practices in maternal and child health from around the country. Whether it’s an effective campaign to promote breastfeeding, an outstanding home visiting program, or a proven early intervention program for young children, get the word out about your best practice. [read more]

Data and Trends

Discover some National Fatherhood Trends from Child Trends! [


View and download resources on Male Involvement in MCH and Reproductive Health. [read more]

Board of Directors

Meet AMCHP's Board of Directors.


AMCHP staff

Meet AMCHP's staff.