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Are your peers innovative and outstanding leaders? Nominate them for a 2015 AMCHP award!Awards.jpg

AMCHP recognizes leadership in MCH in several ways, including awards presented to MCH leaders to honor their excellence in the field. These awards will be presented at the 2015 AMCHP Annual Conference, Jan. 24-27 in Washington, DC.

AMCHP is now accepting nominations for the following:

  • John MacQueen Lecture Award for innovation in the field of maternal and child health
  • Excellence In State MCH Leadership Award for an outstanding state MCH professional whose career has made significant contributions to the health of women, children and families in their state
  • Merle McPherson Leadership Award for exemplary contributions to further family/state professional collaboration within a state Title V Program and AMCHP
  • Vince Hutchins Leadership Award for leadership in promoting a society responsive to the needs of women, children, youth and families
  • Young MCH Professional Award for significant contributions to state MCH programs in promoting and protecting the health of women, children, and families in their state and/or region

For more information and the nomination guidelines for these awards, click here.

Please note: All awards use the same nomination form, but a separate form must be submitted per nominee, per award.

Family Engagement Survey – Coming this fall!
Families are a critical part of Title V programs. AMCHP, with support from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), wants to know more about how state Title V programs, both MCH and children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), are involving families in the work of Title V. A survey looking at this very issue is currently in development and will be fielded this fall (October). Your input is critical to help us identify what is working and what is challenging – to help shape our work related to family engagement moving forward. For more information regarding this project or the survey, contact AMCHP staff Sharron Corle at

Upcoming Healthy People 2020 Webinars
Join Healthy People 2020 for the upcoming spotlight webinar, Healthy People 2020: Promoting and Measuring Well-Being and Health-Related Quality of Life Webinar, on Sept. 25 from 12:30-2 p.m. EST. Health-related quality of life and well-being (HRQOL/WB) is a multidimensional concept that includes domains related to physical, mental, emotional and social functioning. Since people are living longer than ever before, this view helps us to move beyond the narrow and traditional perspective of death and illness measurements of population health to focus on the impact that health status has on quality of life. Learn why HRQOL/WB measures are important and how these measures are related to Healthy People 2020 and other national health initiatives. You also will hear from two organizations that use HRQOL/QB measures to track population health. For more information and to register, click here.

Global Health & Innovation Annual Conference
The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world's largest global health conference and social entrepreneurship conference. This thought-leading conference annually convenes 2,200 leaders, changemakers, students, and professionals from all fields of global health, international development and social entrepreneurship. The 2015 conference will take place Mar. 28-29, 2015 at Yale University in New Haven, CT. Register now to secure the lowest registration rate at Interested in presenting at the conference? Submit an abstract by Sept. 30 for consideration. 

Upcoming LCRN Webinars
The Life Course Research Network (LCRN) has several upcoming webinars on topics of interest for AMCHP members, including:  

  • Using the New England Family Study (NEFS) to Conduct Life Course Analyses, on Oct. 23 from 9-10 a.m. PST. This webinar features Stephen Buka, ScD, presenting on NEFS, a 50-year, three-generation longitudinal study of 17,000 infants born in New England in the 1960s. The NEFS is aimed at identifying obstetric and genetic risk factors for neuropsychiatric and other medical disorders with developmental origins, including schizophrenia, bipolar and major affective disorders, substance use, learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and cardiovascular disease. Register here.
  • Life Course Health Development: Past, Present and Future, on Nov. 19 from 9-10 a.m. PST. This webinar will feature LCRN director Neal Halfon, MD, MPH, and will chart the evolution of the life course health development (LCHD) framework, and illustrate its potential to transform how the maternal and child health system addresses social, psychological, biological, and genetic influences on health, eliminates health disparities, reduces chronic illness, and contains health care costs. Register here.
  • The Developmental Approach to Health Inequality, on Dec. 16 from 9-10 a.m. PST. This webinar features Gabriella Conti, PhD, discussing the developmental approach to health inequality. Gabriella is a Senior Lecturer in Health Economics in the Department of Applied Health Research at University College London; Research Associate at the Institute for Fiscal Studies; and Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research draws on both the biomedical and the social sciences with the aim of understanding the developmental origins of health inequalities, and the behavioral and biological pathways through which early life conditions affect health throughout the life course. Register here.

Scientific Writing for Peer Reviewed Publications for Public Health Professionals Course 
On Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., as part of the Learning Institute at the 142nd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) in New Orleans, LA, this course will help public health practitioners turn their work into manuscripts for publication. The two trainers are experienced in teaching this topic: Dr. Kogan is the director of epidemiology and research at MCHB, and has served on various editorial boards, as well as edited special issues of Pediatrics and the Maternal and Child Health Journal, while Dr. Posner is the editor-in-chief of the Preventing Chronic Disease journal at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Both presenters have published more than 100 articles. The trainers will be assisted by other experienced authors or editors who will work with the class on partially-completed manuscripts that students will be asked to bring to class. To learn more, click here.

Congratulations Family Leaders!
AMCHP congratulates the 2013-2014 cohort for completion of the Family Scholars Program! Scholars and Mentors participated in 10 months of leadership activities that provided knowledge, tools and resources to enhance their development as family leaders, and to promote policies, programs and systems at the national, state and/or local-level that address important issues impacting the health and well-being of women, children and families, including children and youth with special health care needs.

Family ScholarsStateRegion
​Tanja O'Brocta​NY2​
​Tami Montemayor   ​OR10​
​Robin Mathea   ​Wi​5
​Susan Wood   ​HI​9
​Phyllis Shingle   ​NM​6
​Susan Bird   ​MO7​
Family Mentors StateRegion
​Laura Warren   ​TX​4
​Sondra Gilbert   ​KY6​

Please look for our next announcement of family leaders selected for the 2014-2015 cohort!

"This is my first experience with Leadership Development of this caliber. I look at myself differently because of this experience. I am confident, focused and enthusiastic. The information shared through our monthly webinars and the training around the MCH competencies, my individual development plan, having access to professional coaching and the outstanding example that the AMCHP staff modeled all have brought me to a point in my professional and personal life that is focused, deliberate and very rewarding." Member of 2013-2014 cohort