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 Board Corner

In the issue of Board Corner, it's our pleasure to share the results of the 2016 Board Election. These volunteer leaders have been elected by you to provide for the care and future direction of AMCHP. Please join us in congratulating the incoming Board members!

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In the coming year, we'll continue to highlight the backgrounds of our board members in Board Corner. This information is meant to provide you with a resource for a new MCH connection, a better understanding of the Board Member's roles, or simply to pique your interest in the work of your peers. This month, however, each of the elected members share their personal vision for AMCHP as they begin their new leadership terms.

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I envision an AMCHP where the strengths and unique needs of diverse states are recognized and supported; where program and policy efforts for mothers, children, and families are data-informed; and where the nation's MCH workforce is continuously strengthened in order to build and maintain the capacity for making demonstrable changes in the health and well-being of the MCH population.

Michael D. Warren, MD, MPH

President-Elect, AMCHP


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AMCHP balances representation of Title V, MCH and CSHN Directors and partnerships with consumers and families. In partnership with the Maternal Child Health Bureau and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention supports strengthening of state Title V Programs with resources for implementing MCH 3.0, the Affordable Care Act, and public health accreditation.

Valerie Ricker

Treasurer, AMCHP


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AMCHP will continue to be the national organization working to ensure the health and well-being of all mothers, children and families, including children with special health care needs.  State membership in AMCHP will look to the organization to provide them with timely information and policy updates, as well as leadership on emerging issues impacting state programs.  All AMCHP members, including family Delegates and members, will be actively engaged in the organization, providing feedback and leadership in the development of AMCHP policies and strategies, and promoting the work of the organization.


Susan Colburn

Secretary, AMCHP

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My personal vision for MCH is that all children including those with special health needs are raised in healthy, safe, nurturing environments to ensure optimal physical, social and emotional well-being.  Informed by an understanding of the life course, health equity model, social determinants of health and trauma-informed care, this vision can be achieved by 1) partnering with stakeholders at the national, state and community levels; 2)  aligning national, state and local priorities and initiatives; 3) using quantitative and qualitative data to inform program needs, development and improvement; 4) addressing social determinants of health through public health initiatives, education, health care policy and program development; 5) improving universal access to quality care; 6) enhancing public awareness and family and community engagement; and 7) assuring fiscal sustainability.

Karin Downs, RN, MPH

Region I Director

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This is an exciting yet uncertain time for AMCHP and all Title V programs across the country as we implement health care reform and wait for possible changes in all sections of government. It is important to stay informed as a program locally and nationally. AMCHP plays a vital role with its outreach to the States and the advocacy it provides nationally on behalf of MCH. The regional experience represented by members of the AMCHP Board enriches this advocacy and helps to assure that the voice of unique communities are included in the conversation.

 Susan Chacon, BS, MSW, LISW

Region VI Director


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M. Cunningham.jpgAs the Title IX Regional Representative my vision is to be a voice for the region and a conduit of information and support both from and to the region's Title V Directors from HRSA and AMCHP.  I would see myself as a listener and then a resource as we identify concerns and then resources.  By that I mean, if any Title V Director is faced with a concern, I would like to be there to listen and then look to the other Directors in Region IX through AMCHP for suggestions that would lead to success.  

Mary Ellen Cunningham, MPA, RN

Region IX Director


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AMCHP holds a unique role in ensuring the health and well-being of the nation's women, children, and families across three critical areas: 1) Advocate—providing a voice that represents real people in communities to shape policy and program decisions at the national level; 2) Convener—creating a space for all Title V programs to connect, share, and de-silo work at the state and local levels across the nation, which helps improve outcomes for all; and 3) Supporter—promoting Title V program success through information, technical assistance and linkages.

Cate Wilcox, MPH

Region X Director

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