February 2011

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From the President

The Year in Review: A Look at the Past and a Glimpse to the Future

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

Upon reflection of the past two years as your president, I couldn’t help but remember landmarks in my professional life that created a new spark of energy and kept me focused on maternal and child health. The first landmark for me was the creation of the Title V MCH Block Grant. I was one of those novices who lived through its development and implementation. And while it may have appeared that Title V programs were threatened, we used this funding strategy to begin thinking about a redefinition of what constituted an effective health care delivery system for children and children with special health care needs. [read more

From the CEO

The Year in Review, the Year Ahead

By Mike R. Fraser, PhD

Dickens’ famous opening line in A Tale of Two Cities (“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”) seems like an appropriate start to my column this month. Certainly 2010 was a banner year for maternal and child health programs in general, and Title V more specifically. We celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the MCH Services Block Grant and AMCHP received the Director’s Award from MCHB at that auspicious occasion. Our work on health reform paid dividends through the recognition of Title V as the place for new provisions on home visitation and adolescent health to the tune of $1.8 billion new dollars over the next five years.  [read more]

A Special Recognition - Nan Streeter

This Annual Conference is especially important to me as it represents the first rotation of AMCHP leadership since I have been CEO. It is with profound thanks and deep admiration that I say farewell to Nan Streeter, AMCHP’s Past-President for her service on the Executive Committee of our Board. Nan was President during my first year and help guide me, inspire me, and helped me get my “sea legs” while at AMCHP. Her wise counsel and excellent advice help AMCHP grow under her leadership and I am thrilled and privileged to have worked with her! Please join me in recognizing Nan at our Conference as we also mark Phyllis’ transition to Past-President, Stephanie’s as President, and welcome a new President-Elect. - Mike R. Fraser, PhD, CAE


Program Updates

Program Team Accomplishments in 2010

By Lauren Raskin Ramos, MPH
Director of Programs, AMCHP

This Annual Year in Review issue of Pulse provides an opportunity for the Program Team to reflect on our work from the previous year and highlight key achievements with you. It also allows us to share our excitement with you around new initiatives that are planned for 2011. Over the past year, the Program Team continued to move toward a life course approach to our work, working outside of our own project silos to bridge efforts across the MCH “age ranges” and “functions” through which we are funded, to produce resources, trainings and technical assistance activities that target MCH across the lifespan. We are looking forward to furthering that work in 2011, and learning from you about how we can also best support Title V efforts to implement a life course perspective. [read more]


Advocacy Updates

AMCHP Policy Team: Looking Back on 2010

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

As the clock winds down on 2010 here in our nation’s capital it is appropriate to take a look back on the year in MCH policy – and what a year it was! AMCHP’s 2010 Policy Agenda was dominated by two main issues – the Budget and the Affordable Care Act. Although the debate over both is far from over, it seems clear that in years ahead we will look back upon 2010 as a major turning point in the evolution of health policy in the Unites States. [read more


Point of View

A conversation with President-Elect Stephanie Birch. [read more]


AMCHP Strategic Plan

View AMCHP's Strategic Plan for 2009-2012.


Who's New

New MCH Leaders

See who are the new MCH leaders! [read more]



Working Together to Improve Maternal and Child Health: The 2011 AMCHP and Family Voices National Conferences
February 12-15
Washington, DC 

National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting Programs: Connecting Research to Policy and Practice
February 16-17
Washington, DC

The National Healthy Start Association’s (NHSA) 12th Annual Spring Conference
March 6-9
Washington, DC 

HealthConnect One's Birth, Breastfeeding and Beyond 2011 Conference
March 21-23
Washington, DC 

2011 National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) Conference
March 23-26
Baltimore, MD 

4th Annual Conference on New Media, Youth, & Sexual Health
April 1-2
San Francisco, CA 

National Oral Health Conference
April 11-13
Pittsburgh, PA 

3rd National Summit on Preconception Health & Healthcare
June 12-14
Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL 

2011 Western Regional Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (MCH EPI) Conference
June 19-20
San Francisco, CA 

2011 National School-Based Health Care Convention
June 26-29
Chicago, Illinois




Get Involved

AMCHP February Board Meeting
All members are invited to attend AMCHP’s Board meeting which will be held during our Annual Conference on Saturday, February 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. The meeting will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Board members who will be attending should RSVP to Nora Lam or call (202) 775-0436.  

Vote for your AMCHP Board of Directors
The 2011 election for AMCHP’s open Board positions is now open. All AMCHP delegates whose programs have paid dues for the 2010-2011 membership year are eligible to vote. For information on the candidates, please visit, http://www.amchp.org/elections. The deadline to vote is February 11 by 5 p.m. EST. All delegates should have received an e-mail invitation to vote. If you have not received your invitation, or if you have any questions, please contact Rachel Arculin or call (202) 266-3051. 

New This Year at the Annual Conference

  • Knowledge Café: AMCHP is exploring a new session design - replacing the Roundtable sessions with a Knowledge Cafe! What is a knowledge cafe? Quite simply, it's a method of bringing a group of people together to have an open, creative conversation on a topic of mutual interest to share their collective knowledge, ideas and insights and to gain a deeper understanding of the subject and the issues involved. This year's AMCHP conference will host 10 hot MCH topics! So, make sure to rise and shine early on Monday morning - the first round of dialogue starts bright and early at 7:15 a.m. - and be ready to share your knowledge and insights with your peers. Look for a list of topics coming your way soon. Breakfast will be served at 7 a.m.

  • Power Sessions: In addition to skills-building sessions and workshops, power sessions provide you with more valuable content! In order to offer you an even greater selection of educational opportunities this year, AMCHP is introducing power sessions — condensed 40-minute workshops that will explore more focused topics than full-length workshops. Altogether, more than 80 skills-building sessions, power sessions, workshops and roundtables will address a broad range of topics related to MCH practice. Hear from expert colleagues and peers about the issues of most concern to you and learn what will have an impact on your MCH programs. A complete listing of conference sessions is available online 

  • Webcast - Watch the Conference Live: AMCHP’s Annual Conference general sessions will be webcast live! Visit mchcom.com for more information. Additionally, selected skills-building sessions and workshops are being recorded and archived with the support of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The conference webcasting, recording and internet development provided by the Center for the Advancement of Distance Education (CADE) of the University of Illinois School of Public Health. Archived sessions will be available within three weeks of the close of the conference at mchcom.com.

Life Course Town Hall Meeting
Through the Women’s Health Partnership (WHP), AMCHP and CityMatCH have worked together for over five years to build state and local capacity to address preventative health for women of reproductive age. For the last several years, the WHP has built capacity in a variety of ways, including authoring publications and supporting action learning collaboratives. Moving forward, the focus of the WHP will be on building state and local health departments’ capacity to implement the life course perspective. Initial activities included hosting two town hall meetings in conjunction with the CityMatCH Conference in September 2010. AMCHP’s Life Course Town Hall Meeting, convening on Sunday, February 13 from 9 to 11 a.m., will allow participants to dialogue and draft recommendations on what is needed at the federal, state and local levels to integrate the life course perspective into maternal and child health practice. To learn more, visit here 

2011 Family Voices-AMCHP Gala
You are invited to join AMCHP and Family Voices in a shared celebration honoring Polly Arango, founding Executive Director of Family Voices, Inc., and others who have dedicated their lives to families and children at the Valentine’s Day Gala dinner — A Legacy of Leadership — on Monday, February 14, at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC. This fundraising event will benefit both AMCHP and Family Voices. Separate registration and fee required. For more information about purchasing tickets, please visit here. For information about Gala sponsorship, please visit here. We hope you will join us for this special evening! 

AMCHP Business Meeting and Leadership Celebration
Join in to celebrate the contributions of AMCHP’s volunteer leaders who are rotating off of the board of directors and to welcome new board members, including our newly elected president on Tuesday, February 15 from 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. EST. The meeting, at which our annual business is conducted, will also address key items such as membership dues rates, certifying the board of directors elections, and AMCHP’s fiscal and operational status and strategy by reviewing the strategic plan, providing feedback to the board and staff on programs and policies, and sharing information about what is happening in your state program. Breakfast will be served. All are welcome and encouraged to participate!

AMCHP and Go Beyond MCH Social Media Partnership
AMCHP and Go Beyond MCH have partnered to bring you engaging conversation, constructive networking, and real-time content before, during and after the 2011 AMCHP & Family Voices National Conference. Visit http://www.gobeyondmch.blogspot.com and sign up to receive further details in our bi-weekly e-newsletter. You can also follow all conference happenings and join exclusive meet ups with industry leaders by using #AMCHP11 on Twitter!


Data and Trends

To document AMCHP’s progress this year, the Data and Trends portion of Pulse will highlight how we worked and supported Title V agencies through mini-grants, learning collaboratives and leadership development. [read more]



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