VIEW FROM WASHINGTON
MCH Leadership -- 10 Numbers that Will Shape the Future
By Brent Ewig, MHS
Director of Policy, AMCHP
Greetings from Washington where it’s hot, sticky, and Congress is on their traditional August recess. This means two main things: 1) most Washingtonians have evacuated our nation’s capital to seek solace in the mountains and beaches of this great land and, 2) we once again are facing a completely uncertain budget situation, with no prospect that the appropriations bill funding Title V and most other MCH programs will be passed by the Oct. 1 start of the 2014 fiscal year. At this moment there also is no serious work likely to reverse the second wave of sequestration and little prospect of a grand bargain to address our fiscal woes. [more]
REAL LIFE STORIES
Family Scholars Program Provides a National Perspective
By Lisa Wilson
Parents Let's Unite for Kids
Through my participation in the Family Scholars Program, I learned how the maternal and child health system, including Title V is administered. I gained valuable access to AMCHP resources and the experience of other MCH leaders, including the inspiring family leaders in my cohort. By realizing a national perspective, I also realized new local perspective and began to truly understand how the system in Montana functioned, allowing me to seize opportunities to take a leadership role in developing programs and supports for CYSHCN. [more]
Paving the Way for Family Leaders
By Anna Cyr
Family Consultant, Maine Parent Federation
Twenty eight years ago, I gave birth to a beautiful, baby girl. As my husband and I basked in the joy of this new life, the beginning of our family, we had no idea that our lives were about to turn into a roller coaster ride of hospital stays, surgeries, intravenous infusions, and countless sleepless nights. We were told our precious daughter would probably not live to see her second birthday.[more]
MEMBER TO MEMBER
We asked members the following question: What does your role as the family delegate look like in your state?
By Ann Gionet
Health Program Associate, Connecticut Department of Public Health
The role of the Family Delegate in Connecticut follows closely Webster's definition of the word delegate, as "a person acting for another, as a representative." My efforts as the Connecticut Family Delegate support families in embracing their own roles as representative of other families during discussions around health care. [more]
By Angela Durand
Statewide Parent Consultant, Louisiana Children's Special Health Services
Being chosen as the AMCHP Family Delegate representing Louisiana is a significant personal honor for me. It has helped me tremendously by helping me to lead by example. In my state, my role as a Parent Consultant has always been about working with the parent component, guiding the parents to be strong parent leaders and offering them information to help them be the voice for families with whom they work with. [more]
By Martha-Jean Madison
Co-Director, NH Family Voices
In 1988, the New Hampshire Title V, CSHCN Program Special Medical Services, brought together a group of stakeholders, pediatricians, specialist, and policymakers to look at service delivery systems for children with special healthcare needs. For the first time an invitation was sent to parents who were utilizing these services. [more]
Register today for AMCHP 2014!
New MCH Leaders
See a list of new MCH leaders and AMCHP staff. [more]
DATA AND TRENDS
See data on family-centered care from two national surverys here.
View and download family involvement resourceshere.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Meet the AMCHP Board of Directors.
Meet the AMCHP staff.
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