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 Management Minute

​I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.   

– William Shakespeare

Each year around this same time I enjoy reminding us all about the amazing power of volunteers. Across the country and around the world, nonprofit organizations like AMCHP rely heavily on their volunteer workforces to contribute critical thinking, expertise and information that help to enhance and grow their professional fields.

This column pays homage to AMCHP's hundreds of volunteers who work beyond their day jobs to dedicate time and effort to the maternal and child health field and to our organization. We thank you so much.

Volunteering is quite beneficial to both giver and recipient. According to a study by the University of Wisconsin, volunteers experience increased satisfaction, improved sense of belonging, lower blood pressure, increased protection from Alzheimer's Disease and decreased mortality. How's that for a healthy lifestyle?

I invite you to consider completing AMCHP's ongoing Call for Volunteers. Won't YOU please consider contributing your time and expertise to your professional organization? This is a terrific way to enhance the benefits of your membership in AMCHP and your career, while also contributing in a real way to the success of the organization. Please visit this brief survey to let us know your areas of interest. Volunteers are needed across all of our committees: Governance, Annual Conference Planning, Best Practices, Emerging Issues, Family and Youth Leadership, Legislative and Healthcare Financing, and Workforce and Leadership Development.

Also, the AMCHP Governance Committee is accepting nominations for 2017 AMCHP board positions. These leadership positions guide, direct, inform and contribute to moving AMCHP strategic directions and goals forward. Get more information about these positions, their qualifications and the nominations process.

Your organization needs your expertise, experience and input. You would be surprised at how much you'll get from the experience in return for some of your time. It truly is doable!

Until next time, if you have any reactions to this column, please feel free to email me directly at lfreeman@amchp.org or amchpengage@amchp.org.

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