AMCHP Awards Recognize Excellence in MCH Practice

A highlight of the AMCHP Conference is our chance to recognize MCH leaders. Please join AMCHP in sharing our congratulations with the following awardees at our 2010 Annual Conference. 

Merle McPherson Family Leadership Award
For leadership in promoting family involvement in state MCH programs and/or AMCHP  

Awardee: Susan Colburn, State Parent Consultant, Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services

Presented for the first time in 2008, this award was developed to honor Dr. Merle McPherson. Dr. McPherson retired from MCHB in January 2007, leaving a legacy of leadership and vision for how to create a new model of family-centered health care delivery for children and youth with special health care needs. She also led the way for expanding the family-centered care model for children with special health care needs internationally. Awardees must be a family representative or professional whose efforts have significantly increased family involvement in a state program and/or AMCHP, whose work has changed policy and procedures within a state programs and/or AMCHP to encourage greater family involvement, and who has actively contributed to AMCHP and the organization’s efforts to advance the inclusion of families. This award is administered by the AMCHP Family and Youth Leadership Committee.


John C. MacQueen Lecture Award
For Innovation in the field of Maternal and Child Health

Awardee: Sara Rosenbaum, JD, Hirch Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Sciences 

This annual lectureship is awarded to honor one of AMCHP’s most distinguished members, Dr. John C. MacQueen, the former director of the Iowa Child Health Specialty Clinics, the state’s program for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN). A pediatric neurologist, Dr. MacQueen achieved success at state and national levels. As an administrator and clinician, advocate, innovator, and educator, Dr. MacQueen made his presence felt throughout the country through his tireless work on behalf of children with special health care needs. AMCHP takes special pride in those accomplishments that have advanced family health programs. They include 30 years as a CSHCN state director; leadership as vice-chair of the Congressional Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health; membership on the Advisory Panel on Technology and Child Health, Congressional Office of Technology Assessment; contributions to the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and to the Surgeon’s General workshops; and advocacy for Title V. Criteria for this awardee state that the awardee be a contributor to the field of MCH and an advocate on behalf of the MCH community. Their work must focus on or around the establishment and maintenance of healthy communities. Each year, the awardee is invited to deliver a dynamic and inspirational lecture at the Annual MacQueen Lecture Luncheon during the AMCHP Annual Conference. 


Legislative Champions for Maternal and Child Health Award
Recognizing the efforts of Members of Congress and their staffs to improve the health of mothers, children, and families including children and youth with special health care needs. 

Awardees: Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana) and Diedra Henry-Spires, Health Counsel, Senate Committee on Finance; Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Illinois’ 2nd District) and Charles Dujon, Legislative Director, Office of Jesse Jackson, Jr.  

The goal of the Legislative Champions Award is to celebrate the efforts of Members of Congress and their staffs to improve the health and lives of mothers, children, and families, including children with special health care needs. This award recognizes efforts to support state maternal and child health programs and advocacy on behalf of children, women, and families at the national level. The award is administered by the AMCHP Legislative and Health Care Finance Committee and was awarded for the first time in 2009. 


AMCHP’s Best Practices Awards 

Best Practice: Oregon’s Youth Transition Program  

The Youth Transition Program is a comprehensive transition program for youth with disabilities implemented by the Oregon Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Oregon Department of Education, University of Oregon, and local school districts statewide in Oregon. The purpose of the program is to prepare youth with disabilities for employment or career related post secondary education or training. The program currently exists in 105 high schools and is funded through a combination of state and local funds. Participants have demonstrated consistently positive educational and employment outcomes. 

Promising Practice: Rhode Island’s Pediatric Practice Enhancement Project 

The National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs found that there was a need for Rhode Island to focus particular attention on systems integration through the “medical home” model and for stronger family and professional partnerships when addressing the complex needs of CYSHCN and their families. Rhode Island responded by providing a cost effective model utilizing parents on-site in pediatric primary and specialty care practices to work directly with families identified by the physician as needing assistance with system navigation, resource identification, peer support and education. 

Emerging Practice: Alaska’s Medical Emergency Preparedness-Pediatrics 

Children are often excluded from disaster planning, their special needs often surfacing as an afterthought or left for future planning. Alaska was awarded one of 11 competitive federal grants by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness in 2008-2009. As a result, the All Alaska Pediatric Partnership, a coalition of Alaskan health care institutions, collaborated on an unprecedented scale to improve the state's pediatric emergency preparedness response. The project goal was to increase Anchorage's (Alaska's largest city and hub for pediatric health care) pediatric surge capacity during emergencies by training healthcare providers.