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.
AMCHP Text4Baby Webinar Recording and Presentations Available
On December 3, 2009, AMCHP hosted a webinar for Title V agencies on Text4Baby, a free mobile information service designed to promote healthy birth outcomes among underserved populations. Speakers included: Sabrina Matoff-Stepp, Health Resources and Services Administration; Judy Meehan, National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition; Paul Meyer, Voxiva; and Joan Corder-Mabe and Debra Harris, Virginia Department of Health, Title V Program. Text4baby is made possible by a public-private partnership that is coordinated by the National Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB), Johnson & Johnson, Voxiva, the CTIA Wireless Foundation, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A recording of the webinar, along with the speaker presentations is available on AMCHP’s website. For technical assistance on Text4Baby and information about connecting to partners in your state, please contact Lauren Sogor at HMHB. AMCHP will continue to provide updates on national launch of Text4Baby in the coming weeks and will hold follow up webinars to share information about state activities.
AMCHP’s Member Assessment is Coming!
Assessment is one of the core functions of public health and across the nation, AMCHP members, state maternal and child health (MCH) programs, are working with partners, parents and others to conduct their next five year comprehensive, statewide needs assessments. As the national organization that supports state MCH programs and others working to improve the health of women, children, youth and families, including those with special health care needs, AMCHP is gearing up to conduct a needs assessment of our own – of ourselves! As a member organization we exist to serve you – our members. With this goal in mind, AMCHP is launching a short scan to learn more about your needs and how you feel about the job we are doing to serve you. AMCHP will use a variety of methods to solicit member feedback about key organizational activities, including an on-line survey of the full membership and follow-up interviews with select individuals. Additional assessment activities include AMCHP organizational partner and internal assessments. AMCHP will use needs assessment results proactively to identify opportunities to improve performance and continuously as an ongoing component of a continual quality improvement process. AMCHP will launch the membership assessment at the AMCHP Annual Conference in March. Keep on the lookout for the survey – we want to hear from you!
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.
NICHQ’s Forum for Improving Children’s Healthcare and Childhood Obesity
The National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) will host its annual “Forum for Improving Children’s Healthcare and Childhood Obesity Congress” on March 8-11, in Atlanta, Georgia. To register and to learn more, visit here.
ASIP and AMCHP to Co-Sponsor Webinars on Strengthening SUID, SIDS and Infant Safe Sleep Initiatives
In ongoing efforts to support State and Local Maternal and Child Health Programs, the Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs (ASIP) and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) are pleased to co-sponsor a series of quarterly webinars to strengthen SUID, SIDS, Infant Safe Sleep and bereavement services across the United States. These live, interactive webinars will provide participants with consistent, current information, data, resources and tools regarding SUID, SIDS, Infant Safe Sleep, and bereavement. You will hear about the latest research, new national initiatives, promising practices, and current policy and legislative activities. The first webinar will be held on February 11, from 3 to 4:30pm (EDT). Registration and additional information will follow. To learn more, please contact Jessica Hawkins(AMCHP) or Sandra Frank (ASIP).