AMCHP Partners on Healthy Weight Collaborative
By Lauren Raskin Ramos
Director of Programs, AMCHP
Rates of obesity and overweight continue to rise across the United States, and obesity is one of the top three leading causes of preventable death. To address this problem, the Affordable Care Act provided funding through the Public Health and Prevention Fund to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support a national Prevention Center for Healthy Weight. The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) is leading this effort, and has convened national organizations, including AMCHP to partner in this exciting effort.
The Healthy Weight Collaborative (HWC) will establish productive partnerships between primary care, public health and community-based organizations that will form the basis for sustainable positive community, environmental and individual health behavior change, ultimately promoting healthy weight and health equity. The HWC will support at least 50 communities to establish multi-sector, place-based teams representing primary care, public health, and other sectors. Teams will engage in a variety of activities and interventions to help local communities, states and other interested groups develop practical approaches to linking public health and primary care to promote healthy weight for children and families.
AMCHP, along with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Maine Medical Center, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, the National Association of Community Health Centers, and Nemours are part of the Consortium to guide the project. In particular, AMCHP will ensure the representation of Title V on the Expert Work Group, provide support for collaborative teams on the role of state MCH programs in creating communities that promote healthy weight as well as in forming productive partnerships between MCH departments and other sectors including Primary Care, and work to identify and recommend promising communities and programs.
For additional information about the Prevention Center, visit here.
Using Social Media to Make a Difference in MCH
By Allan Stamm
Chief Executive Officer
Go Beyond MCH
The 2011 AMCHP Annual Conference was proof that the MCH industry has entered the era of Web 2.0. We no longer are separated from each other by county or state lines. Thanks to technology and social networks we are now a united front of MCH professionals who are sharing best practices and learning from one another. We now have the ability to come together and make a much more profound impact on issues that affect us all — such as legislation threatening the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, reaching disenfranchised populations in our communities, or developing effective solutions to a variety of challenges we face each day.
Those of you who attended the conference know that Twitter, along with other social networks, was a tool we used to share with one another. With the help of AMCHP we were able to plan meet ups, share highlights from breakout sessions, and network in a way we had not before. Imagine all the good we could do if we take this ability to share among like-minded, passionate individuals in our field and continue to expand and incorporate this resource into our daily lives.
We at Go Beyond MCH view ourselves as more than a partner and advocate, we are a vested member of the MCH community. We thank AMCHP and the leaders from around the country who support MCH and who are willing to share their knowledge so that we can all come together and use technology to make a difference. With your help, we are redefining how the MCH industry communicates. These social media platforms can be used as a way to share with each other and with consumers, the families and children we all work to protect.
Please join us as we continue to bring MCH professionals together. Share your knowledge and information you gained from the AMCHP Annual Conference. You can join in and submit articles, share resources, comment on posts, and share links back to your website/blog.
Begin today by sharing your thoughts on the Affordable Care Act as it relates to your organization by using #MCHealth on all of your tweets. You will be able to search Twitter and hear what MCH professionals are sharing from across the country!
For more information about the national conversation and how you can join the community of MCH professionals that is over 1,000 strong, please visit www.GoBeyondMCH.com.