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 Board Corner

Board Members Elected

AMCHP is pleased to share the results of the 2019 board election and recent special interim elections. Each of the volunteer elected members share their personal vision for AMCHP as they begin their new leadership terms. 

2019 AMCHP Board of Directors Election Results

Shirley Payne, MPH (2019-2020)
At Large Director:
Angela Durand (2019 - 2022)  
Region I:     
Deborah Garneau, MA (2019 - 2022)
Region VI:  
Manda Hall, MD (2019 - 2022)
Region IX:
Connie Mitchell, MD, MPH  (2019 -2022)
Region X:
Lacy Fehrenbach, MPH, CPH (2019 - 2022)             

Other Special Interim Election Results

Region II:                    Lisa Asare, MPH (2018-2020)

We thank all of these professionals for giving their time and expertise to AMCHP. Please take a moment to visit the board page for more details and how you can reach the new leaders of AMCHP.

Shirley Payne, MPH – President-Elect
Director, Children's Special Health Care, Indiana

As maternal and child health transforms in the nation, it is imperative that AMCHP remain a steadfast visionary national leader in maternal and child health. AMCHP must continue to support public health leaders in the development and promotion of public health programs that ensure the optimal health of all women, children, youth, and families, including children and youth with special health care needs.  AMCHP must continue to be an advocate for state leaders that often times cannot advocate on their own behalf in order to convey the importance of support to and for the maternal and child health population.

Angela M. Durand, CSHS - At-Large Director
Statewide Parent Consultant for Children's Special Health Care Services, Louisiana

AMCHP will continue to make great strides to include families and the emerging young adults in a capacity that is meaningful appreciated and complete, thus allowing families and children with special health care needs the opportunities to be the best persons they can be. Utilizing best health care practice inclusion, and with empathy realizing that disabilities is a part of human experience and comes in many forms both seen and not seen.

Deborah Garneau, MS - Region I Director
Chief, Office of Special Needs, Rhode Island

My vision for the AMCHP organization is to support the state and federal partnership ensuring quality maternal and child health and special needs services, supports, and infrastructure through championing access to best practices, providing opportunities for engaging stakeholders and thought leaders, and advocating for Block Grant importance at all levels of government.

Lisa Asare, MPH – Region II Director
Assistant Commissioner of Family Health Services, New Jersey

I would like to see AMCHP continue to support states and advocate for maternal and child health programs with a special focus on health equity.  I would also like to see AMCHP develop strategic partnerships with the business community and other non-health partners to address MCH issues to leverage resources and create efficiencies. 

Manda Hall, MD - Region VI Director
Medical Director, Title V MCH CSHCN, Texas

In a time of change and uncertainty, AMCHP will continue to provide leadership in Maternal and Child Health to improve the health and well-being of our nation's women, children, youth and families, including those with special health care needs.  With a focus on data-driven, evidence based/informed interventions, AMCHP will continue to provide strategic direction to improve outcomes and address disparities experienced by MCH populations.

Connie Mitchell, MD, MPH - Region IX Director
Deputy Director, Center for Family Health, California

Professional associations have as a primary duty to meet the needs of their membership which I think means being fiscally responsible, transparent in decision making and the information used to inform those decisions, coherent in articulating strategies and priorities, inclusive of multiple perspectives, nimble in fast moving environments but steady in terms of a commitment to better serve.

Lacy Fehrenbach, MPH, CPH – Region X Director
Director of the Office of Family and Community Health Improvement, Washington

My vision for AMCHP is twofold: AMCHP drives evidence-based policy and program changes that reduce inequities in health outcomes and improve the health and well-being of all women, children, including those with special healthcare needs, and their families in the US. AMCHP members, families, policymakers, the media, and the public view AMCHP as the go-to resource and expert on issues affecting the health of women, children, including those with special healthcare needs, and families.

We thank all of these professionals for giving their time and expertise to AMCHP. Please take a moment to visit the board page for more details and how you can reach the new leaders of AMCHP.

New Board President Shares Her Path in MCH & Priorities for AMCHP

By Cate Wilcox
Oregon Maternal and Child Health Manager, and Title V Director
President, AMCHP Board of Directors

Hello, maternal and child health community! I am so honored to be serving as president of the AMCHP board of directors.

I'd like to share a little about where I come from professionally and where we intend to guide the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs in the coming year.

As I said at AMCHP's Annual Conference last month, I've had the privilege of working, living, or playing in all but two of the 50 states, as well as in several of the U.S. territories (Micronesia, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam). I have seen firsthand how, collectively, we in the United States represent diverse and culturally rich communities unlike anywhere else on the planet. Together, those of us working in maternal and child health make a difference for the women, children, and youth (including those with special health needs), and families of this nation and its territories.

A little about my path in the health field: I am originally from Ohio and will be a Buckeye forever! Early in my career, when I was more footloose, I spent eight years with Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, working throughout Asia, Africa, and a little in the Middle East, supporting reproductive health communication efforts in several countries. I was blessed to learn so much from the women, families, and professionals I worked with – not only about public health but about life.

After a while I decided I wanted to start a family, so needed to stop traveling so much. I joined Planned Parenthood of Columbia Willamette in Portland, Ore., as vice president of patient services, overseeing clinical operations for 11 health clinics and a Title X program. Eleven years ago (with my family going strong) I became the maternal and child health manager for the Oregon Health Authority, and eventually Oregon's Title V director. While my personal life seems to parallel my professional life, I appreciate how much I learn in both areas and that they always nurture one another.

So, what's in store this year at AMCHP? There are several exciting opportunities on our horizon that promise to make this an exciting year. Working with AMCHP leadership, staff, and board, we plan to prioritize three areas:

  • We will finalize and operationalizing our new Strategic Plan: A Bridge to Action. This will serve not only as our North Star but as our navigational chart toward success. This will focus and strengthen AMCHP's ability to serve you and support Title V programs across the nation.
  • We will elevate the voice of youth within the association. To do this well, we will start slowly, engaging youth and youth advocates and charting a course to create a system that is true to our youth, our association, and our work.
  • While continuing to work with our tried and true partners, we will look for new and non-typical partners who believe in our mission, vision, and goals and want to invest with us on our journey. There is no tent too small for our work.

I want to thank AMCHP's CEO, Jonathan Webb, for his smart, energetic, compassionate, and strategic start to his tenure at AMCHP; the AMCHP staff (You all are the best: dedicated, insightful, innovative, and super fun); and the AMCHP board – an amazing and diverse group of thinkers, passionate professionals, and dear colleagues.

Most of all, I want to start my tenure by thanking you, our members, for everything you do each and every day with and for the women, children, youth, and families of our communities. AMCHP is committed to doing even more than ever to help you.