From the CEO

Now More Than Ever

By Mike R. Fraser, PhD, CAE 

With so much going on in Washington, DC you need to be at AMCHP 2011 now more than ever! We have so much planned for an amazing Conference experience, not just because we are co-locating at the Omni Shoreham hotel with the Family Voices National Conference and the Every Child Matters National Home Visiting Summit, but because we have literally more than 100 sessions, workshops, trainings, networking events and opportunities to visit with exhibitors and partners. In just four short days you have a year’s worth of learning, coaching, sharing, and yes, fun! 

AMCHP members and staff have been preparing a conference program that will help you build your MCH leadership competencies while making new connections and learning about new programs, funding opportunities and policy changes. With all that is going on here in Washington, DC related to maternal and child health, we expect to hear a lot of news related to opportunities and challenges for MCH this coming year, and into the future. AMCHP 2011 is the place to learn what’s new, what’s hot and what’s changing. Highlights of this year’s Conference will include: 

  • special session on health reform at (almost) one year
  • plenary on storytelling as a best practice
  • new regional luncheon discussion
  • knowledge sharing café 

I often use the phrase “you can’t chop down a tree with a dull axe.” I see our Conference as the premier event for you to “sharpen” your axe and learn new tools and strategies to make your programs more effective. Feeling like you are in need of new tools or resources to move your work forward even further? AMCHP 2011 is the place to gather those ideas, celebrate successes and learn about how to replicate best practices. We’ll also challenge you. The Conference program will engage you and involve you, and may even help you think differently about your work, your program, and where you are going as an MCH professional. 

The Conference website includes information on continuing education opportunities, our training institute sessions, a schedule-at-a-glance, and more information on how to justify your attendance. Check it out! 

So, join us! AMCHP 2011 is a great way to kick off the new year. We are all looking forward to seeing you in Washington, DC next month!