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 From the President

By Millie Jones, MPH

I recently saw an interview with Oprah Winfrey talking about her new book entitled What I Know for Sure. It was such a positive, insightful discussion and it started me thinking about what I know for sure. I will spare you some of my more personal insights (I need to keep working on myself!) but I will share my knowing as related to our work in maternal and child health (MCH).

  • I know for sure we make a difference in the lives of the mothers, children and families we work for every day

  • I know for sure that the system of services for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) is more integrated and organized because of the efforts we have undertaken over the years

  • I know for sure that the collaboration and partnership we form and sustain in our states makes for a more comprehensive, coordinated system of care for families and communities

  • I know for sure that if Title V MCH infrastructure didn't exist there would be gaping holes in the services that help families keep it all together

  •  I know for sure that the focus on infant and maternal mortality, incorporating health disparities, would not be a national agenda undertaken by all the states in the Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network (CoIIN) initiative

  • I know for sure that without the Title V MCH Services Block Grant, the nation's focus on mothers, children and families would not be as visible in the priorities of our public health world

  • I know for sure that it is the personal and professional commitment each of you make every day that ensures mothers, children and families stay in the forefront​

  • And lastly, I know for sure that we must all continue to advocate for the future of Title V while transforming it into the 21st century for the continued well-being of families and communities

​In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.

- Alex Haley​