October 2010

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From the President

Celebrating 75 Years of Title V

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

I believe that our former leaders were quite astute in developing a law that doesn’t need reauthorization. Title V has weathered significant economic and policy changes over time and has managed to adapt to current and future trends. We have moved from treating individuals with polio to a focus on improving the health of children and families. We were at a crossroads when the Title V MCH Services Block Grant was formed and are at another crossroads with health reform. While there is a great deal of uncertainty with respect to how reform will be implemented across this nation, I think that our Title V leaders have been astute at embracing the possibilities ahead of us. [read more]

From the CEO


By Michael R. Fraser, PhD CAE

In the sage words of Kool and the Gang: “Celebrate good times, come on!” This month’s commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of Title V of the Social Security Act is going to be a wonderful event – a milestone celebration of America’s MCH history. AMCHP has been engaged in a number of activities to support the commemoration – both the “live” event here in Washington on October 20 and virtual activities that have already taken place and are available online. [read more]


Celebrating Title V of the Past and Present, Looking to Title V of the Future

By Lauren Raskin Ramos, Director of Programs, AMCHP and Michael Fraser, CEO, AMCHP

On Monday, September 27, AMCHP sponsored a webinar, in partnership with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) to celebrate 75 years of the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant (Title V MCH Block Grant). Joining the webinar to celebrate the legacy and speak about the past, present and future of Title V were Michael Fraser, Chief Executive Officer, AMCHP; Peter van Dyck, MD MPH, Associate Administrator, MCHB/HRSA; Donna Petersen, ScD MHS, Dean, College of Public Health, University of San Francisco; Phyllis Sloyer, RN, PhD, FAAP, Director, CMS, Florida DOH; Myrtis Sullivan, MD, MPH, FAAP, Director, Illinois Department of Health; and Sophie Arao-Nguyen, PhD, Executive Director, Family Voices. The webinar recognized the tremendous contributions Title V has made in the past and provoked thinking about its future. This article captures some of the highlights from the webinar. [read more]

The MCH Library Launches a Gateway in Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Title V 

By Olivia Pickett, MA, MLS
Director, Maternal and Child Health Library, Georgetown University 

The 75th Anniversary of the Social Security Act and its Title V programs for maternal and child health and for children with special health care needs is being celebrated at the national, state and local levels. To share in this celebration, the Maternal and Child Health Library (MCH Library) at Georgetown University has created a 75th Anniversary Gateway Page to provide access to unique historical documents, podcasts and videos featuring past and current leaders in the field, and other resources. [read more]

How Has Title V Involvement with Families Evolved? A Discussion with Betsy Anderson

By Treeby Brown
Senior Program Manager, Children with Special Health Care Needs, AMCHP

AMCHP recently talked to Betsy Anderson, Family Voices IMPACT Project Director and one of the founders of the Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN) about the evolution of family involvement with Title V programs. 

[read more]


Member to Member

Member states were asked to answer the following question: 

When did you first begin to work in Title V? What was different then? What’s changed? What are you excited about as we look to the future of Title V?  [read more]

State & Regional Activities

Learn more about the state and regional activities in preparation for the 75th Anniversary of Title V celebration. [read more]





View from Washington

Looking for New Champions

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

We all know the textbook definition of an MCH leader as someone who “inspires and brings people together to achieve sustainable results to improve the lives of the MCH population…” Maybe it’s just because it’s election season, but when applying this definition to our modern politics one can’t help feeling disappointed by the minimal focus on “bringing people together.” Rather, seems everywhere you look, the national mood seems marked by sharp polarization and lack of national unity. [read more]

Who's New

Learn more about our new MCH leaders! [read more]

Get Involved

Online Registration for the 2011 AMCHP & Family Voices National Conferences is Now Open!
Register today online to attend AMCHP and Family Voices National Conferences to convene on February 12-15, 2011, in Washington, DC. If you have any questions, please contact the Registration Department at (703) 964-1240, ext. 18 or e-mail amchpreg@conferencemanagers.com.  

Nominate Your Colleague for an AMCHP Award
AMCHP recognizes leadership in maternal and child health in several ways, including awards presented to MCH leaders to honor their excellence in the field. These awards will be presented at the 2011 AMCHP and Family Voices National Conferences, February 12-15, in Washington, DC.

AMCHP is now accepting nominations for the following: 

  • John MacQueen Lecture Award for innovation in the field of maternal and child health.
  • Merle McPherson Family Leadership Award for exemplary contributions to further family/professional collaboration within a state Title V Program and AMCHP.
  • Vince Hutchins Leadership Award for leadership in promoting a society responsive to the needs of women, children, youth and families.

For more information and the nomination guidelines for these awards, visit here 

Please note: All four awards use the same nomination form, but a separate form must be submitted per nominee, per award. The nominations deadline for all four awards is October 31, 2010.

AMCHP Board Meeting
AMCHP’s Board of Directors will be meeting in person in Washington, DC on Tuesday, October 19. Board meetings are open to the public and we are pleased to welcome visitors. If you plan to attend, please notify Nora Lam, Executive Assistant or call (202) 266-3038. Agenda items include a discussion of health reform and policy implications for state MCH programs, a discussion of AMCHP policy on formal affiliations with other groups, and standard AMCHP business including finance and Board nominations. 

AMCHP–CityMatCH Health Reform Meeting
Register today! The AMCHP-CityMatCH Summit on MCH and Health Reform is quickly filling up. Attend the one-day event on Thursday, October 21 to learn more about how recently enacted health reform legislation at the national level may impact state and local MCH practice. Registration is required and available online. A block of rooms for Summit attendees, as well as those attending other events in Washington, DC the week of October 18, has been reserved at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Hotel information is also available here

Celebrating Title V at 75 Nationwide Webcast Now Available
If you missed the webinar on September 27, no worries, it is now available for viewing! AMCHP and MCHB hosted a national webinar to celebrate the legacy of the Title V MCH Services Block Grant and shared thoughts on its future. The webinar was designed to “virtually” connect MCH leaders across the country at the same time and kick off this fall’s commemoration of Title V in Washington, DC. To view a recording of the webinar, visit here.   


Data and Trends

View the Data and Trends on how many individuals are served and covered by Title V here.



View and download resources on the 75th Anniversary of Title V here.


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Special Events

MCHB 75th Anniversary of Title V Commemoration
October 20
Washington, DC 

Looking to the Future: What are the Opportunities and Challenges of Health Reform for Improving Maternal and Child Health?
October 21
Washington, DC  

AMCHP 2011 Annual Conference
February 12-15, 2011
Washington, DC


More MCH Events 

NIH Consensus Development Conference
October 27-29
Bethesda, MD 

15th Annual International Meeting of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
October 27-30
San Francisco, CA 

Postpartum Support International Annual Conference
October 27-30
Pittsburgh, PA 

2010 AUCD Conference
October 30-November 3
Crystal City, VA 

ASIP/PLIDA International Conference on Perinatal and Infant Death
November 4-7
Alexandria, VA 

APHA 138th Annual Meeting and Exposition
November 6-10
Denver, CO 

25th Zero to Three National Training Institute
December 9-11
Phoenix, AZ 

16th Annual MCH EPI Pre-Conference Data Skill Trainings
December 13-14
San Antonio, TX 

16th Annual CDC MCH EPI Conference
December 15-17
San Antonio, TX