From the President

2011 Annual Conference

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

Welcome to this issue of Pulse and my next to last issue as President of AMCHP. I hope that by now you have registered for the 2011 Annual Conference. If you haven’t, I encourage you to do so. The conference is being co-sponsored by Family Voices and includes a gala event to honor and celebrate those who mean so much to us: families. I know that the conference will offer valuable sessions for the broader maternal and child health community; including information on life course strategies, home visiting, health care reform, medical home, quality measures and so much more. I can already feel the energy that permeates all of us as we participate in the conference. As usual, take time to network and learn from each other as well as meet new colleagues and form partnerships that will last for years. 

We enter a time where leadership is the most essential competency for those of you in maternal and child health programs. The answers are not readily available and uncertainty is sure to challenge your ability to steady the course and chart a direction for maternal and child health programs. I know that this conference will offer you sessions that can at least begin to stimulate discussions that help you formulate possible actions for the future.  

A salute to the future and thanks for the past.