On Your Behalf

AMCHP Working On Your Behalf

  • On May 14, Mike Fraser and Lauren Raskin Ramos met with the leadership of the District of Columbia Department of Health to discuss Washington, DC’s recent reduction in infant mortality and meet the leadership of the District MCH program. Later that afternoon Mike and Lauren attended a luncheon with Dr. Hal Lawrence, Executive Vice President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). The luncheon was a chance to meet Dr. Lawrence and provide an overview of AMCHP and ACOG shared goals and activities.
  • On May 17, Mike Fraser participated in the California Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Action Education Day in Sacramento, CA. Mike presented a workshop on MCH policy development and learned about barriers and challenges in MCAH advocacy in California. That afternoon, Mike met with leadership of the California Title V and MCAH program at the state Department of Public Health, including AMCHP Board Member Les Newman.

  • On May 17, AMCHP staff Melody Cherny participated in the Act Early Ambassador Meeting, “Making Connections: Interactive Learning and Sharing” in Atlanta, GA, representing the AMCHP State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC). The Act Early Ambassadors form a network of state-level experts that work to improve early identification practices. Representatives from the CDC National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) were also in attendance.

  • On May 21-23, AMCHP staff Kate Howe, Sharron Corle and Mike Fraser participated in the Health Priorities meeting in Denver, CO. The MCHB-funded project is led by the National Conference of State Legislatures and brings state and local MCH leaders together with elected officials and professional staff of state legislative bodies. The goal of the meeting is for each state team to develop a set of health priorities and work collaboratively to develop a plan to meet those priorities. Mike presented to the group on “Using Limited Health Dollars Wisely: Investing in Family Health.” Kate and Sharron facilitated state groups in their work. States included in the meeting were Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas and Wyoming. AMCHP Board Members Stephanie Birch, Karen Trierweiler and Sam Cooper attended as part of their team. AMCHP delegates from other states participating in the meeting were also in attendance, including Susan Chacon (NM), Danette Wong Tomiyasu (HI) and Linda McElwain (WY).

  • On May 22-23, AMCHP staff Tegan Callahan and Piia Hanson participated in the Every Women Southeast Planning Meeting in Chapel Hill, NC. AMCHP staff heard updates on preconception health promotion and regional coalition building work Every Women Southeast is launching within a nine-state southeastern U.S. region (North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Kentucky and Tennessee) and discussed potential collaboration and synergy between the AMCHP preconception health related work and the state- and community-level work of the newly funded coalition.

  • On May 23, Mike Fraser attended the Wisconsin Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Wisconsin Dells, WI. His presentation, “Leading through Challenge and Change: Taking a Systems Approach to Public Health Practice” was a plenary session at the conference. In attendance were public health professionals from across the state including many MCH leaders from local and community groups and the state health department.