From the CEO

 

Seven Reasons Why You Should Attend the Annual Conference! 

By Mike R. Fraser, PhD     

This is a tough year to plan a conference. With all the fiscal challenges facing states we know there are more barriers than usual to obtaining approvals for out of state travel and participating in professional development activities. And with all the changes to health policy in Washington we also face programmatic challenges as we try to plan a current and relevant program given potentially massive changes to health care and public health that may come just after our final program has been sent to the printer. Given these and other challenges what is a good meeting planner to do? Be flexible! We want to do all we can to get members and partners to the Conference and are working hard to prepare an agenda that allows plenty of space for late breaking news, updates, and sessions that include the latest news from here in Washington and across the country. So, join us – and let us know how we can help get you to AMCHP 2010. 

As you get ready for the Conference, here is my list of top seven reasons to attend AMCHP 2010! I hope a few of these make it to your list of reasons to join us in March! 

  1. Come for the learning. We have more than 100 different trainings, workshops, posters and roundtable sessions to choose from facilitated by experts from across the country. Think of all you can learn while you are here in Washington to inform your work back home. Attending in person gives you the chance to efficiently and effectively collect important information – and share it when you get back home… and, speaking of sharing…
     
  2. Come ready to share. While we spend a lot of time thinking about what you will learn at the Conference, we are also creating opportunities to make sure that you have time to share what you are doing in your programs with other attendees. Got a best practice? We’d love to know more about it! Have a model that works – let us know by participating in a roundtable, workshop or poster presentation and asking questions and sharing ideas. And all this learning and sharing might lead you too…
     
  3. Think differently. When was the last time you thought “Geez, I was wrong about that. I need to try something different?” Too often we try the same thing (that isn’t working) over and over again hoping that if we try harder, we will get it right! Maybe it is time to think differently – and where else can you go to get different, diverse ideas than the largest gathering of governmental MCH professionals in the country? And while you are thinking about that, get more ideas by…
     
  4. Visiting with our exhibitors. We have a wide array of sponsors and exhibitors working on the leading edge of MCH practice ready to share their ideas, services and expertise with you at the Conference and afterwards. Come learn more about their work, and how it may help you in yours! And thinking about meeting and working, how about…
  5. Connecting and networking. AMCHP 2010 is not just all work, we’ve included events where you can meet old friends and catch up and make new colleagues and expand your network. Networking and time to see peers is an important part of Conference. We hope you’ll take advantage of these times to meet, greet and connect. You might even learn about… 
  6. New funding! What can you bring back to your state or local program after being at AMCHP 2010? How about information on new funding that your state or local program could be eligible for that you heard about first at AMCHP? We anticipate several new programs will be in their initial implementation phases in March of 2010 and you will learn much more about these while you are with us at the Conference! Attending AMCHP is a great investment in potential future funding sources for state and local maternal and child health. Which will give you a great reason to…
  7. Celebrate, laugh and enjoy! This year’s AMCHP Conference is a celebration of the rich and important legacy of Title V and all that it has meant to our nation’s women, children and families. We’ll take time to recognize our achievements, applaud our success, and imagine our potential future. And with the Capitol Steps joining us, I am sure we’ll laugh together too!  

With these and so many other reasons to attend, I look forward to seeing you at AMCHP 2010 -- join us!