January 2011

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From the President

Annual Conference 2011

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. [read more]


From the CEO

Now More Than Ever

By Mike R. Fraser, PhD 

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! [read more] 



Storytelling and MCH: A Conversation with AMCHP Keynote Speaker Andy Goodman 

By Mike R. Fraser, PhD, CAE

Andy Goodman
Author, Storytelling as Best Practice

 As we prepare for the 2011 AMCHP and Family Voices Conferences I had the chance to talk with Andy Goodman, our shared keynote speaker, about the topic of storytelling. Andy is a master storyteller and works with many organizations to develop effective stories about their work. Here’s what Andy had to say about storytelling and maternal and child health. Don’t miss Andy’s talk on Tuesday, February 15. [read more]       

AMCHP and March of Dimes Partner on the Second Annual Mini-March for Babies

By Lauren Raskin Ramos, MPH
AMCHP Director of Programs

After last year’s resounding success, AMCHP and the March of Dimes are pleased to invite you to join us again this year for a Mini-March for Babies on Monday, February 14 to raise awareness of and support for prematurity prevention. Join Conference participants in a one mile fitness walk as part of the AMCHP Steps for Babies Team! Help us to raise awareness of prematurity and support the Maryland National Capital Area chapter of the March of Dimes. [read more]

Professional Coaching: An Innovative and Promising Leadership Development Approach for Maternal and Child Health Professionals

By Kris Risley, DrPH, CPCC
Continuing Education Director, Maternal and Child Health Program, Division of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago 

Hanna Cooper, MPH, CPCC, PCC
Public Health Consultant and Leadership Coach

Professional coaching, a process to maximize personal and professional development, is a relatively new but cost-effective and increasingly accessible leadership development approach available for maternal and child health (MCH) professionals. By incorporating coaching into the menu of professional development options available to MCH practitioners and scholars, we extend the breadth of professional training to include the personal aspects of leadership development that involves the life-long exploration and expansion of emotional intelligence (EI) which contributes to upwards of 80 percent of the success that distinguishes outstanding from average leaders (Goleman et al, 2002). [read more]


Board of Directors

Meet AMCHP's Board of Directors



Meet AMCHP's staff.



See the 2011 Annual Conference Gold and Silver Level Sponsors


View from Washington

Policy Highlights at this Year's Annual Conference

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

Although I’ve lived in the Washington, DC area for close to 16 years now, I still get a shiver of excitement each time I see the Capitol building, the White House, or one of our many spectacular monuments. These symbols of our democracy remind me how privileged I am to live in such an exciting city. [read more]


Recognize Our MCH Leaders!

A highlight of the AMCHP Conference is our chance to recognize MCH leaders. Please join AMCHP in sharing our congratulations with the following awardees at our 2011 Annual Conference. [read more]


Who's New

New AMCHP Staff

Meet new staff working for our National Center for Health Reform Implementation. [read more] 


Get Involved

AMCHP is Pleased to Welcome United States Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin to AMCHP 2011!
Join Dr. Benjamin and other national leaders attending AMCHP’s Annual Conference February 12 through 15 – just a few short weeks away. We have a great program lined up just for you – check out our schedule-at-a-glance and make your plans today! AMCHP’s most affordable registration and hotel rates have been extended – hurry! AMCHP has extended its early-bird registration deadline until this Friday, January 14 – don’t wait, register now! After this date the rates will go up. Click here for complete registration information and to register online. 

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 

AMCHP Annual Conference Training Institute
This one and a half days of in-depth interactive skills-building sessions and events will start on Saturday, February 12. Don't miss 16 exceptional opportunities for professional growth and understanding – all are included with your full conference registration. Pre-registration for the Training Institute is now available. The general conference program kicks off mid-day Sunday, February 13 with a Warm Welcome Coffee Reception, the Welcome Plenary and the MacQueen Memorial Lecture, followed by a packed agenda of sessions and networking opportunities. Click here for the full details on the schedule of events and register today! 

AMCHP Annual Conference Skills-Building Session
The session, “Optimizing Health Care Reform to Advance Shared Resources Among Systems Serving MCH Populations,” will convene on Sunday, February 13 from 9 a.m. to noon, is designed to engage state MCH programs and others in identifying the policy and program changes necessary to promoting shared resources (e.g., care coordination, outreach and enrollment) and integrating services among public programs and the roles of state MCH, Medicaid, CHIP and other stakeholders (e.g., local health departments, community health centers). Health care reform promises greater access to care through coverage expansions and will result in sweeping changes to health care delivery systems. However, it is unclear how redesigned service delivery systems will be structured and optimized, coverage expansions will be integrated between public and private systems, and prevention investments will improve health outcomes. As such, states may miss important opportunities to build comprehensive, integrated service delivery systems that serve women, children and their families. States also run the risk of perpetuating the many silos in the current health care system that can limit access to care, minimize quality of care, and ultimately contribute to health inequities and poor health outcomes for MCH populations. Sponsored in part by the Commonwealth Fund.  

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 

Regional Baskets
An AMCHP tradition, regional baskets will be raffled during Monday dessert in the exhibit hall, the Tuesday morning plenary, and the Tuesday plenary luncheon. Join the fun! Bring an item that represents your state or region to add to the giveaway baskets. Turn in your item by Monday morning at 11 a.m. at the AMCHP registration desk. And don’t forget to fill out your raffle ticket and drop it in the box at the AMCHP booth in the Exhibit Hall. 

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!

Register Today for the National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting Programs
Co-sponsored by Every Child Succeeds®, the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and the Pew Center on the States, the “National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting Programs: Connecting Research to Policy and Practice,” will convene on February 16-17, 2011, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. The Summit will focus on evidence-based, practical solutions to improving the quality of home visiting policies, programs and outcomes for families. To register online, visit here 

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!