Who's New

New MCH Leaders

HRSA National Program Director Audrey M. Yowell

Audrey M. Yowell, Ph.D., MSSS, currently serves as the national program director for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Previously, she was the Project Officer for the Alliance for Information on MCH (AIM) Program, and took the lead on MCHB Initiatives including Partners in Program Planning for Adolescent Health (PIPPAH), the health of children in foster care, family health, and women’s Health. She played a primary role in developing and implementing the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) technology transfer program. Dr. Yowell has served in a variety of other health and social service program and policy positions in State and local government and in the private sector, building on her earlier experience in direct services to adolescents in health, mental health and juvenile justice settings. She has served as Instructor of Psychology and as a graduate-level Field Instructor in Administration, Policy Planning and Community Organization. Dr. Yowell received her BA from Wellesley College, her MSSS from the Boston University School of Social Work, and her Ph.D. from the Heller School, Brandeis University. 

Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary Moushumi Beltangady

Moushumi Beltangady is Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, she works across federal agencies on a wide variety of early childhood development issues, including coordinating the interagency aspects of the planning and implementation of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program and overseeing the Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.  

Prior to this position, Moushumi was a program analyst at the Office of Refugee Resettlement at ACF, where she performed budget formulation, policy, and data analysis for programs serving vulnerable populations, including the U.S. refugee resettlement program and programs for trafficking victims, unaccompanied refugee minors, and unaccompanied alien children. She also worked for three years as a Presidential Management Fellow in ACF’s Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, where she participated in child and family research and evaluation projects and oversaw agency-wide performance management efforts. While a PMF, Moushumi completed a detail to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Subcommittee on Children and Families.  

She has also worked in a variety of other settings in the United States and abroad, including at an immigrant and refugee rights agency, a child care center for immigrant families with children aged 0-5, a poverty research center, and a women’s rights organization in India.  

The following are new MCH Leaders: 

Arkansas 

Bradley Planey
Interim Title V Director
Associate Branch Cheif, Family Health
Arkansas Department of Health 

Connecticut 

Rosa Biaggi
Title V Director
Connecticut Department of Public Health 

New Mexico 

Susan Chacon
Interim Children With Special Health Care Needs Director
Children's Medical Services
New Mexico Department of Health 

If you know of a new or retiring MCH leader, please contact Librada Estrada, Associate Director, Workforce & Leadership Development, Family Involvement, AMCHP.