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 From the CEO

CEO Transition Update

By Barbara Laura, MS

We have been very busy here at AMCHP over the last several months. Our main priority is the upcoming January conference – we look forward to seeing you all in D.C. soon! AMCHP strives to make our conference the annual showcase event for MCH professionals. We recognize the difficulties you face in getting travel approved and taking time away from the office and family. That is why we are committed to providing you the best opportunities to learn with and from your peers; hear firsthand how what’s happening in our nation’s capital will affect the work you do and populations you serve; and leave you energized and inspired to be even stronger leaders. If you’re not signed up yet, you can register through the following link: amchp. org/AMCHP14.

In other news:

  • The AMCHP board and Title V Working Group have continued their effort to be part of the ongoing dialogue with Dr. Michael Lu about the future of Title V. Dr. Lu came to the November AMCHP board meeting to give us a preview of his presentation about the ideas that will be used to develop a new guidance for the block grant. Since then, a working group of AMCHP board and staff members have put their heads together to really dig into performance measures and offer our best thoughts to the process. In January, we will be working with Dr. Lu to host listening sessions so the full membership can share in the new vision.
  • The AMCHP Search Committee has narrowed the field of candidates to take to the next round of interviews. They are still hoping to complete this process in December. If all goes smoothly, we will be able to introduce our new CEO to you at the conference.
  • AMCHP held a second meeting of the children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) standards of care work group to finalize and discuss translation and use of the standards. AMCHP will release the standards before the Annual Conference. We thank the brain trust of national CYSHCN experts who have informed this important project.
  • Staff have been working closely with the University of North Carolina to prepare for the launch of the National MCH Workforce Development Center during a special post-AMCHP conference event.
  • The AMCHP policy team is keeping up with developments on Capitol Hill and making sure that AMCHP is at the table to discuss and strategize about any important legislative measures related to maternal and child health.

I hope that you’re watching the conference updates and are as excited as we are about our chance to get together in January. We look forward to seeing you then!