August 2010

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From the President

Childhood Obesity Prevention

By Phyllis J. Sloyer, RN, PhD, FAHM, FAAP 

This month’s issue focuses on one of the most significant threats to the future of our children: obesity. The data is alarming and the elimination of this epidemic involves multiple concurrent strategies. I never thought I would see the day when we are asked to consider and approve bariatric surgery for children with morbid obesity that have chronic illnesses that typically are perceived as illnesses in an older adult. Indeed the future of children with obesity should be of concern to us as a nation. There are children who are at-risk prior to birth and certainly bear long-term developmental and educational challenges. [read more]

From the CEO

The Big Kid 

By Michael R. Fraser, PhD CAE

Having grown up as the proverbial “fat kid” I relate to the topic of this month’s Pulse at both the personal and professional level. As a child I was very overweight – my jeans were “husky” sized and my shirts were always extra, extra large. I shied away from sports and activity because of my size, and the fact that I was always the last one picked for a team and the first one teased on the playground reinforced my aversion to physical activity leading to a vicious cycle of continued weight gain through my adolescent and high school years. My weight today at 40 is significantly less than my weight was at 14. Yes, I was a big kid. [read more]


Let's Move: America's Move to Raise a Healthier Generation

By Jessica Hawkins, MPH, CHES
Program Manager, Women's and Infant Health, AMCHP 

The prospect of a generation of children living sicker and shorter lives than their parents is a crisis that requires urgent action. To combat the growing childhood obesity crisis in the United States, First Lady Michelle Obama launched the Let’s Move! campaign in February 2010.This campaign will work to build on effective strategies, through a comprehensive approach to mobilize public and private resources. The First Lady’s leadership offers a significant opportunity to focus on making real and sustainable changes to prevent and eliminate childhood obesity. [read more]

Senate Passage of Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill

By Michelle Alletto, MPH
Associate Director, Public Policy & Government Affairs, AMCHP

On August 5, the United States Senate passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 by unanimous consent (for full text of the bill, visit here). The child nutrition reauthorization bill expands eligibility for school meal programs; establishes nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools; and makes changes to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. [read more]


ASTPHND Forms New MCH Nutrition Council 

By Helene Kent, RD, MPH
ASTPHND Consultant 

The Association of State & Territorial Public Health Nutrition Directions (ASTPHND) is a nonprofit membership organization that provides national and state leadership on food and nutrition policy, programs and services. Founded in 1952, there are members in all states. ASTPHND members work in state health agency programs including chronic disease prevention, maternal and child health, nutrition and physical activity, WIC and others. 

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Special: Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Title V

By Kathy Peppe, RN, MS

AMCHP Past President (1999-2001) 

Let me take you back to the last two years of President Bill Clinton’s second term in office (1999-2001). Those years coincide with my presidency of AMCHP. That time in America was one of economic growth and wellbeing, low unemployment and relatively low inflation. Life was pretty good for the majority of Americans (although certainly the impoverished remained a huge concern) and most states then enjoyed fairly stable state budgets. [read more]


Member to Member

Member states were asked to answer the following question: 

In your Title V program, how do you promote positive nutrition and reduce obesity in children [working in partnership] with Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program, Chronic Disease Directors and Public Health Nutrition?  [read more]

Success Story

Communities Putting Prevention to Work 

By Kate Franken MPH, RD
Healthy School Meals Project Supervisor
Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives
Minnesota Department of Health

In March 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded $372.8 million in Communities Putting Prevention to Work grants to 44 communities for public health efforts to improve nutrition, increase physical activity, reduce obesity, and decrease tobacco use — four critical actions to combat chronic disease and promote health. Improving nutrition, increasing physical activity, reducing obesity and decreasing tobacco use are, of course, critical concerns for state maternal and child health (MCH) programs. And, in the states, many MCH programs are working closely with their chronic disease programs on these efforts. The following success story outlines one of these collaborative efforts in Minnesota. 

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View from Washington

A National Grade on Childhood Obesity

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

As we contemplate the annual back to school migration, it’s timely to consider our national grade on childhood obesity. The good news is that our mark for effort is improving - with much national momentum and new leadership from both federal and state governments, schools, philanthropy and other key stakeholders. [read more]

Who's New

AMCHP Welcomes Two New Interns

Kate Howe is currently getting her Master’s degree in Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from the George Washington University. Our second intern is Gabby Molinolo Comb, is currently getting her Master’s degree in Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Maryland, School of Public Health. [read more]

CDC Announces New Injury Center Director Dr. Linda C. Degutis

Dr. Linda C. Degutis, DrPH, MSN, has been selected to serve as Director of CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control effective November 7, 2010. Her expertise crosses a broad spectrum of public health and injury disciplines. [read more]

ASTHO Senior Director of Family and Community Health Albert Terrillion

Albert Terrillion is the Senior Director, Family and Community Health at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). [read more]

Get Involved

Celebrating Title V at 75 Nationwide – September 8!
Please join AMCHP and MCHB in a national webinar to celebrate the legacy of the Title V MCH Services Block Grant and share thoughts on its future on September 8, 2010 at 3 p.m. EST.  The webcast is designed to “virtually” connect MCH leaders across the country at the same time and kick off this fall’s commemoration of Title V in Washington, DC, and other state and local festivities.  Plan an event in your agency around this important and informative webinar and join in the national celebration!  More information will be forthcoming, including a “celebration guide” with ideas for activities to engage your state and local MCH leaders and helpful resources on Title V to help plan your own event.  For more information, contact AMCHP at, visit or  On-line registration is required, visit to obtain dial-in and webinar information! 

AMCHP/Family Voices Call for Presentations
The 2011 Annual Conference of the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) will take place February 12-15, 2011, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. The conference will be co-located with the Family Voices National Conference (February 13-15, 2011), with the shared theme of Working Together to Improve Maternal and Child Health: The 2011 AMCHP and Family Voices National Conferences. The AMCHP and Family Voices co-located conferences are the ideal venues to present your ideas, research, innovative programming, best practices and effective outreach strategies to MCH and other public health practitioners, family leaders, researchers, federal officials, advocates, healthcare providers and directors of state programs. Click here for complete information about submitting your proposal and for the online submission system. Through this system you can submit a session proposal for the AMCHP conference, the Family Voices conference, or a shared session period to reach both audiences. The deadline for session proposal submissions is August 23, 2010. You will be notified about the outcome of your submission by October 15, 2010. If you have questions about the session proposal submission process, please contact Colleen Campbell or call (703) 964-1240, ext. 16. 

Nominations for AMCHP Board of Directors Now Being Accepted!
AMCHP's Governance Committee is currently accepting nominations for 2011 AMCHP Board positions. These leadership positions guide, direct, inform and contribute to moving AMCHP's strategic directions and goals forward.

1.     President-Elect

2.     Director-At-Large

3.     Family Representative

4.     Region II

5.     Region III

6.     Region V

7.     Region VII 

Volunteer leadership is critical to AMCHP's success. We hope that you will consider participating in the nominations process. More information about these positions, necessary qualifications and the nominations process may be found on the AMCHP website or by clicking here. We ask that all nominations be forwarded to the Governance Committee by September 30 to ensure ample time for the Committee to review all candidates' materials. Please note: Only named AMCHP delegates may be nominated to the Board. To verify your membership status, contact Julio Arguello, Publications & Member Services Manager.

Data and Trends

View the Data and Trends for this month's issue on Childhood Obesity Prevention here.



View and download resources on Childhood Obesity Prevention. [read more]


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Special Events

Celebrating Title V at 75 Nationwide
September 8
Washington, DC

MCHB 75th Anniversary of Title V Commemoration
October 20
Washington, DC 

Looking to the Future: What are the Opportunities and Challenges of Health Reform for Improving Maternal and Child Health?
October 21
Washington, DC  

AMCHP 2011 Annual Conference
February 12-15, 2011
Washington, DC


More MCH Events 

CityMatCH Urban MCH Leadership Conference
September 11–14
Chicago, IL 

AHRQ’s 2010 Annual Conference
September 27-29
Bethesda, MD 

Registration Now Open: 16th Annual MCH EPI Pre-Conference Data Skill Trainings
December 13-14
San Antonio, TX

16th Annual CDC MCH EPI Conference
December 15-17
San Antonio, TX