January 2010

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From the President

A Year in Review and a New Beginning

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

What does one say about 2009 and actually the first decade of the 21st century? 2009 certainly was a year of tremendous change and many would agree the window of health policy opportunity opened and the debate will continue in 2010. We witnessed the inauguration of a new president and I believe an increasing interest in forging much stronger partnerships among our federal agencies. The AMCHP leadership and staff have been hard at work keeping Title V at the table whether the discussion was focused on stimulus dollars for prevention, responses to H1N1, increasing attention on women’s health, the Title V connection with injury prevention and chronic disease prevention, beginning work on child health quality measures, home visiting initiatives and important work with our partners on medical homes, perinatal care, etc. I must say I can’t remember many times during the first decade of the 21st century where we had so many opportunities. [read more

From the CEO

The Year Ahead and the Year in Review

By Mike R. Fraser, PhD

It seems like everyone has a list of the top five or 10 things from 2009 of some sort just in time for New Year’s – from best books and music, to best news and photographs of the year. Instead of a list of “top” things from 2009, however, I wanted to be a little more prospective and think through what the top five “Things to Watch” in 2010 may be for AMCHP members. Of course this list is not all inclusive but rather what is on my mind right now. Without a crystal ball it is indeed hard to predict the future but these are educated guesses that I think are pretty solid. As we get deeper in to 2010, be sure to ask me how the list may have changed! [read more]


Program Updates

Program Team Accomplishments in 2009

By Lauren Raskin Ramos, MPH

Implementing preconception health for adolescents, strengthening leadership development for Title V staff, providing MCH epidemiology skills-building and training, addressing emerging issues such as H1N1, providing resources to support state systems for autism and developmental disabilities, defining a comprehensive system for adolescent health, identifying state models implementing preconception health, creating a central database of MCH programs that work, providing training on evidenced-based approaches to teen pregnancy prevention, and supporting state and local capacity to reduce racial inequities in infant mortality address racism – these are among the many and exciting accomplishments of AMCHP’s Program Team in 2009. [
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Advocacy Updates

AMCHP Policy Team Year in Review

By Brent Ewig, MHs

The past year was filled with exciting MCH policy developments, including some thrills, some disappointments, and ending on the cusp of historic action on health reform. Through it all, AMCHP’s advocacy was led by our Legislative and Health Care Finance Committee, ably guided by President Phyllis Sloyer (FL) and now chaired by Dr. Jim Bryant (OH). [read more


AMCHP Strategic Plan

View AMCHP's Strategic Plan for 2009-2012.

Get Involved

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. [read more]

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. [read more]

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. [read more]

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). [read more]   

Data and Trends

To document AMCHP’s progress this year, the Data and Trends portion of Pulse will highlight how we worked and supported you in 2009! [read more]



See the array of resources AMCHP has produced in 2009. [read more]


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