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AMCHP Welcomes New Staff for National Center for Health Reform Implementation

AMCHP is pleased to welcome Carolyn D. Mullen as our new Associate Director for our National Center for Health Reform Implementation. Carolyn previously worked as the associate director of federal affairs for the March of Dimes Office of Government Affairs from 2006-2010. During her tenure at the Foundation she promoted the March of Dimes federal policy agenda to both Congress and the Administration focusing on health appropriations and public health policy. Specifically, Carolyn promoted a broad array of policy initiatives to improve maternal and newborn health including enhanced research and surveillance for birth defects; authorizing and providing additional funding for newborn screening programs; and authorizing and increasing funding dedicated to preterm birth. Carolyn was also an elected member of the Friends of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) executive committee, a member of the nominating and membership committees of the Coalition for Health Funding and a member of the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) annual conference planning committee. Prior to joining the Foundation, Carolyn worked as a senior federal affairs representative for the MWW Group and as a health care policy legislative aide to United States Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA). During her tenure as an aide, Carolyn staffed Senator Specter, wrote memorandums and letters, analyzed legislation, and met with constituents on a broad array of health care policy issues including, but not limited to, Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations, Medicare, HIV/AIDS, and women’s health. Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Villanova University, Villanova, PA. Carolyn can be reached at cmullen@amchp.org 

Also joining AMCHP as a Senior Advisor to the National Center for Health Reform Implementation is Karen Van Landeghem, MPH. Karen has more than 20 years experience in health and human service policy and program development and government relations with expertise in child and family systems, maternal and child health (MCH), public insurance coverage for children, early childhood and adolescent health. She spent 11 years in Washington, D.C. where she worked for national children’s health and education organizations, including as the assistant executive director of AMCHP! Most recently, she operated a consulting business based in the Chicago metropolitan area that worked with national, federal and state entities to improve and advance policies, programs and services that support women, children, youth and their families, particularly those who are low-income. Clients have included the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the Health Resources and Services Administration as part of the Child Health Insurance Research Initiative™ (CHIRI™); The National Governors Association; The American Academy of Pediatrics; Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families; The National Academy for State Health Policy; Nemours Health and Prevention Services; and the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership. Karen is on the faculties of the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, Women’s and Children’s Health Policy Center, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health, where she teaches a graduate level course on MCH systems development. She is the author of numerous reports and publications on child and family health policies and best practices. In 2000, she was the recipient of the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Young Professional Award for outstanding achievement and leadership in maternal and child health and is a recent past Secretary of APHA’s MCH Section. She received her Masters of Public Health from the University of Michigan. Karen can be reached at kvan@amchp.org