Looking Ahead in 2016
By Sam B. Cooper III, LMSW-IPR
I spent this last weekend at one of the beautiful state parks in central Texas. The cinderblock cabin was right on the lake’s edge, and I had an opportunity to think about the last year and the changes that are the constant of our lives. As I was watching the ducks, geese, and herons land close by my temporary home, a foggy mist tried to take over the lake. I watched as they continued with their daily routine, snapping up a fish, or contorting to polish up that last, almost unreachable feather. Then, they were off!
I thought about the focus and commitment of so many of you over the last twelve months. You were fearless with a brand new Title V reporting structure. You committed the time and energy to really assess your area’s strengths and challenges and developed a five year plan to make a difference. The foggy mist and day to day tasks did not impede your drive to make sure the women and men, children and youth, all with and without special needs, are at the heart of what you do every day.
Over this last year, your Board and the staff of AMCHP have also committed their energy and efforts to creating a Vision and a Strategic Plan that will provide opportunities and support for our membership as we face the future. The goal of course is to use this as a foundational, living document that we will all be able to use to maintain the focus on improving maternal and child health in this country.
It has been an honor to serve as your president and I appreciate the personal support that many of you have shared during a transitional year for my family. I know that AMCHP is built on the work, commitment, and ideas of all of you. Like those feathered creatures I saw this last weekend, I am still amazed at the way you take care of the day to day, yet "fly" with such amazing grace when you are needed to focus on the health of our communities.