February 2010

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From the President

Annual Conference 2010

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

I can’t believe a year has passed since our last Annual Conference and, believe me, a lot has happened! One of my goals as President is to promote the dissemination of best practices among the maternal and child health community and to share innovations that can improve maternal and child health outcomes. I continue to be amazed at the extraordinary talent of our MCH community and it is a talent that needs to be shared. Recently, I had the opportunity to listen to some innovations and was struck by the need to make sure that we catalogue and publicize them. We waste precious time and resources reinventing the same strategy, practice, or policy. So, this Annual Conference is all about promoting our best ideas, practices, and innovations that are applied in the public and private sectors. AMCHP is all about you and I invite you to this exciting event. What better way to meet your colleagues and discuss our future as well as reflect on all of our successes as Title V turns 75! [read more]


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. [read more] 



Making Change Happen – A Conversation with AMCHP Keynote Speaker Dan Heath 

By Mike R. Fraser, PhD

Dan Heath
Author, Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard

AMCHP is excited to welcome best-selling author Dan Heath to our conference. Dan will be sharing information from his most recent book, Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard, which he co-authored with his brother Chip. Dan and I recently had the chance to talk about his work and what we can learn about change — both for ourselves and our organizations. [read more]       

AMCHP Current Legislative Briefing and Advocacy Training Workshop

By Mike Fraser, PhD 

With so many great sessions on the conference agenda it may be hard to choose just one during each block of workshops. As we look to the year ahead, it is clear that this year could be a watershed year for Congress in charting the future of state Title V MCH programs. So if you are planning a trip to Capitol Hill in conjunction with your visit to Washington for AMCHP, or you just want to know more about the legislative process and MCH policy making, you’ll want to attend AMCHP’s legislative briefing and advocacy training workshop on Tuesday, March 9. The workshop, co-facilitated by AMCHP’s Director of Policy Brent Ewig and Family Voices’ Policy Team member Brooke Lehmann, will provide information about federal legislation affecting women and children, including what changes will occur with national health reform and the current status of the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant. [read more]

Coaching—A Tool for Moving Forward and Creating Action

By Librada Estrada, MPH, CHES
Associate Director, Workforce & Leadership Development, Family Involvement

Are you ready to make change? A new professional development opportunity for conference attendees at the 2010 AMCHP Annual Conference is coaching. Coaching is a relationship between a coach and a client to help the client achieve individual professional or professional’s goals. The client is ready for change, to create it and take action—to move forward! Are you ready for change?  [read more]

AMCHP and the March Dimes Team Up to March for Babies 

By Lauren Raskin Ramos, MPH
AMCHP Director of Programs 

Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. To raise awareness and support of prematurity prevention, AMCHP and the March of Dimes are sponsoring a mini-march for babies during the AMCHP Annual Conference. Join our Team, AMCHP Steps for Babies, to lend your support! [read more]


2010 Family Scholars Program

By Grace Williams

Senior Program Manager, Children With Special Health Care Needs and Family Involvement

The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), with support of HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, awarded 12 scholarships to family leaders to be part of the 2010 Family Scholar Program (FSP) and the Annual Conference. The 12 scholars and three mentors were selected by the Family and Youth Leadership Committee (FYLC) from a large number of highly qualified applicants from several states nominated by their Title V directors. The FYLC members are family leaders, who are past scholars and mentors, family consultants with Title V, a Title V Director, representatives from MCHB, and Family Voices (FV). FV is a national resource center on health care issues for families of children and youth with special health care needs/disabilities and the technical assistance provider to the Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2F-HIC). [read more]


Member to Member

We asked three members the following question: Why do you come to AMCHP’s Annual Conference? [read more]



View from Washington

Utilizing the AMCHP Annual Conference to Advance Title V Funding

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

As reported, President Obama’s FY 2011 budget released February 1 includes an $11 million proposed increase for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant. Release of the President’s proposed budget marks the beginning of the FY 2011 Appropriations process. The action now moves to Capitol Hill where members of Congress will use this proposal as a blueprint. They need to hear from you during the AMCHP Annual Conference about why this increase is essential to include and build upon in their FY 2011 Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill. [read more]

AMCHP Supports Launch of First Lady's Initiative on Childhood Obesity

On Friday, February 5, AMCHP was invited to a meeting at the White House to begin a partnership in support of First Lady Michelle Obama's initiative addressing childhood obesity. Michelle Alletto and Brent Ewig from AMCHP's policy team had the opportunity to meet with Susan Sher, Chief of Staff to the First Lady and Tina Chen, Director of the Office of Public Engagement and Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls. We learned that Mrs. Obama was scheduled to make an initial announcement launching the initiative on February 9. She focuses on four initial areas. These include providing parents with information to support healthy eating and active living; increasing access to nutritious food in schools; promoting more opportunities for kids to be physically active; and providing more communities with access to affordable, healthful food. [read more] 



Recognize Our MCH Leaders!

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. [read more]


Who's New

New Title V Directors

Be sure to look out for new MCH and CYSHCN Directors at the AMCHP Annual Conference! [read more] 


Get Involved

AMCHP March Board Meeting
The next AMCHP Board Meeting will be held during our Annual Conference on Saturday, March 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EDT) and on Wednesday, March 10 from 8 a.m. to Noon (EDT).  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, March 9 from 8 to 9:15 a.m. (EDT) during our Annual Conference. Click here to download the draft minutes for the meeting

Vote for your AMCHP Board of Directors
The 2010 election for AMCHP’s open Board positions is now open. All AMCHP delegates whose programs have paid dues for the 2009-2010 membership year are eligible to vote. For information on the candidates, please visit, http://www.amchp.org/elections. Delegates and family delegates that do not vote electronically may vote in-person at the 2010 Annual Conference. If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Arculin or call (202) 266-3051.     

Wondering how to get to the Gaylord National Hotel from your point of arrival in Washington? 
Click here for comprehensive information about the hotel and how to get there. 

Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center Room Availability Update
At the present time, there are no rooms available at the Gaylord National Hotel or in any of the other hotels in National Harbor for March 5 and 6. AMCHP has arranged an overflow hotel in Old Town Alexandria at the Hotel Monaco Alexandria (480 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314), which is three blocks from the Alexandria Marina where the water taxi to the Gaylord National Hotel picks up/drops off. Click here for more information on the water taxis. The rate at the Hotel Monaco is $179 a night for a single or double room. [read more]

Don’t Miss the Job Fair at this Year’s Conference
If you have a position to fill or are considering a career move, visit AMCHP’s Job Fair! To post or apply for a job, inquire at the registration desk. Position descriptions will be compiled and interviews will be scheduled. Take this opportunity to meet qualified candidates to join your team or to explore your career development opportunities – come to the conference prepared with your job postings and CVs. 

Regional Baskets… An AMCHP Tradition

Once again at AMCHP 2010, baskets representing Regions I through X will be raffled off during events throughout the conference. Don’t forget to bring a treat to add to your region’s basket!  Donations can be delivered to the registration desk until 10:00 am on Monday. Raffle tickets will be included in your registration packet.  Regardless of when you arrive, just fill it out and drop it in the raffle box at the AMCHP exhibit table. Thank you for sharing your home with us! 

What's New at this Year's Annual Conference?

  • Trainings, workshops and roundtable session start Saturday, March 6
  • Mini-Walk for Babies with March of Dimes on Monday, March 8
  • All attendee Capitol Hill reception to convene on Tuesday, March 9
  • Professional coaching sessions available on Monday and Tuesday, March 8-9

Register Now for AMCHP's Annual Conference!
Register today online to attend AMCHP’s Annual Conference to convene on March 6-10, 2010, in Washington, DC. If you have any questions, please contact Registration Manager Lynn Parrazzo, lynnporrazzo@conferencemanagers.com, or call AMCHP’s Conference Department at (703) 964-1240.     


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