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 2020 AMCHP Award Winners

JOHN C. MACQUEEN LECTURE AWARD

For innovation in the field of maternal and child health.

LG_Peterson.jpgNancy Byatt, DO, MBA, MS
Associate Professor
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Worcester, MA


VINCE HUTCHINS LEADERSHIP AWARD

For leadership in promoting a society responsive to the needs of women, children, youth, and families.

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Senior Scholar
KOOP Institute
North Bethesda, MD 


EMERGING MCH PROFESSIONAL AWARDS

For outstanding state or local MCH professionals under age 45 whose work has made substantial contributions to their state’s MCH program; their state’s maternal and child health outcomes; or made other significant contributions to promoting and protecting the health of women, children, and families in their state.

Region I - Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut

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Mahsa M. Yazdy, PhD, MPH (Massachusetts)
Director
Massachusetts Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention
Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition, Department of Public Health


Region II – New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands

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Jennie Blakney, MA Ed. (New Jersey)
Coordinator
Division of Family Health Services
New Jersey Department of Health 



Region III – Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and West Virginia

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Emily Yeatts, MSW, MPH (Virginia)
Reproductive Health Unit Supervisor
Virginia Department of Health



Region IV – Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi

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Kimberly Seals, MSPH, MPA (South Carolina)
Maternal & Child Health Director
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control



Region V – Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin

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Kate Schedel, MPH (Indiana)
Director of MCH Program
Indiana State Department of Health



Region VI – New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana

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Rosaria Trichilo, MPH (Louisiana)
Statewide Surveillance Manager
Office of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health
Louisiana Department of Health 


Region VII – Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, and Missouri

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Kelsee Torrez, MPA (Kansas)
MCH Behavioral Health Consultant
Kansas Department of Health and Environment







Region VIII – Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah

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Shivani Bhatia, MPH (Colorado)
Maternal Health Coordinator
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment



Region IX – Nevada, California, Arizona, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands (American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Island, and Palau) 

Lissa Pressfield, MHS (California)
Chief, Child and Adolescent Health
Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Division
California Department of Public Health 



Region X – Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska

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Margaret Young, MPH (Alaska)
MCH Epidemiology Unit Manager
Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Unit
Section of Women's, Children's, and Family Health
State of Alaska Division of Public Health


MERLE MCPHERSON FAMILY LEADERSHIP AWARD

For exemplary contributions to further family/professional collaboration within the state Title V program and AMCHP.

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Deepa Srinivasavaradan, BS
CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Ambassador to NJ
SPAN Parent Advocacy Network, New Jersey



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 his or her state.

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Deputy Director
Bureau of Family Health Services
Alabama Department of Public Health


RYAN COLBURN SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

For a youth-with-disabilities leader to attend the AMCHP Annual Conference, connect with family leaders and continue to spread Ryan Colburn’s message of hope.

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Rhode Island Department of Health Youth Advisory Council
Smithfield, RI

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LEGISLATIVE CHAMPIONS FOR MATERNAL & CHILD HEALTH AWARD 

For Members of Congress and their staff to improve the health of mothers, children, and families including children and youth with special healthcare needs.

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Member of Congress
Washington, DC


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Member of Congress
Washington, DC



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Representative Alma Adams
Member of Congress
Washington, DC



Innovation Station Awards

Innovation Station practice awards recognize exceptional programs that have demonstrated a positive difference in the MCH field. The Best Practice Award is awarded to the practice that received the highest score out of the 26 practice submissions to the Innovation Station database in 2019.  Both the Stakeholder Engagement and Health Equity Awards are new this year and recognize practices that have contributed to advances in these areas. 

INNOVATION STATION AWARD WINNER-BEST PRACTICE

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One Key Question®
Power to Decide
Practice Contact: Becky Griesse, bgriesse@powertodecide.org

INNOVATION STATION AWARD WINNER-STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT

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Rhode Island Health Equity Zones
Rhode Island Department of Health
Practice Contact: Christopher Ausura, Christopher.Ausura@health.ri.gov


INNOVATION STATION AWARD WINNER-HEALTH EQUITY

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PASOs Health Connections
PASOs
Practice Contact: Maria Martin, maria@scpasos.org