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 2018 Board Election - Candidate Profiles

Approved Slate of Candidates (updated 1/4/2018)

The open call for nominations for the 2018 Board of Directors is now closed. The following candidates have been nominated and approved to run in the 2018 AMCHP Board Election. All AMCHP current dues-paying delegates and family delegates for FY2018 will be sent an e-mail with a link to the ballot in early January 2017. THE DEADLINE TO VOTE IS 5 PM EST, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018.

PRESIDENT-ELECT 2018-2019 - SINGLE CANDIDATE


Cate Wilcox, MPH
Maternal and Child Health Manager and Title V Director    
Oregon Health Authority
cate.s.wilcox@state.or.us

Cate Wilcox, MPH is currently the Maternal and Child Health Section Manager and Oregon's Title V Director, Public Health Division, Oregon Health Authority, leads the state-level public health efforts for Oregon's perinatal and early childhood populations, with specific focus on groups with multiple health risks. This includes strategic planning and program implementation with state and local partners, policy development, program and policy evaluation, fiscal management and personnel management of over 50 professional and support staff. Prior to joining the State, Ms. Wilcox gained over seven years of direct service delivery management experience at Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette. There she oversaw the medical operations for 11 health centers serving three-quarters of Oregon and SW Washington, and a staff of over 150. She led the department to improve efficiency, productivity, access, quality care and services offered, including innovations such as the Essure Female Sterilization procedure and Contraception Online. Prior to that she had over twelve years experience in international reproductive health communication, community-level health education and training. At Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs, Ms. Wilcox developed and managed global training programs focusing on all aspects of reproductive health communication. She implemented training programs at the international, national and regional levels in Asia, Africa and the Middle East and collaborated closely with key regional training institutions to improve their capacity to deliver quality, research-based training programs.

Ms. Wilcox has served as the Region X Director on the AMCHP Board of Directors since 2016. In her candidate statement, she describes her motivation for serving on the Board. "As a delegate member for 8 years, I have witnessed the impact AMCHP has had in supporting the work of MCHB and the States/Territories on behalf of the nation's women, children, youth, children and youth with special health needs, and families. Having 2 years of being Oregon's Title V Director under my belt and my family in a place where I can add this to my plate, I feel the time is right to engage with this work more intentionally. I look forward to supporting the organization in its efforts on behalf of our Title V MCH/CYSHCN work." 

TREASURER 2018-2019 - SINGLE CANDIDATE
(INTERIM INCUMBANT - FIRST FULL TERM)


Karin Downs, RN, MPH
Director, Division of Pregnancy, Infancy and Early Childhood 
Massachusetts Department of Health
karin.downs@state.ma.us

Karin Downs, RN, MS, MPH is the MCH Director for theTitle V Program and also serves as the Director of the Division of Pregnancy, Infancy and Early Childhood (DPIE) within the Bureau of Family Health. Ms. Downs has worked with maternal-child health, systems of care, community and family economic development and relief and reconstruction in Massachusetts and internationally for 35 years. She has received the Distinguished MCH Alumni Award from Boston School of Public Health in 2012 and completed a fellowship at the Maternal Child Health – Public Health Leadership Institute (MCH-PHLI) at the UNC Chapel ence in international reproductive health communication, community-level health education and training. At Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs, Ms. Wilcox developed and managed global training programs focusing on all aspects of reproductive health communication. She implemented training programs at the international, national and regional levels in Asia, Africa and the Middle East and collaborated closely with key regional training institutions to improve their capacity to deliver quality, research-based training programs.

Ms. Downs has served on the AMCHP Board of Directors as the Region I Director and most recently as the Interim Treasurer. In her candidate statement, she describes her vision for AMCHP. "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."

SECRETARY 2018-2019 - SINGLE CANDIDATE
(INCUMBANT - SECOND FULL TERM)










Susan Colburn
State Parent Consultant Children's Rehabilitation Service
Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services
susan.colburn@rehab.alabama.gov

Susan Colburn has been an advocate for children with special health care needs for over 20 years. She is presently employed by Children’s Rehabilitation Service, Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, (Alabama’s Title V Program for CSHCN) as the State Parent Consultant, a position she has held since 1996. Prior to that Ms. Colburn worked in Alabama’s Early Intervention System as a District Service Coordinator and a Service Coordinator for a local Early Intervention Service program. She was an appointed member of the Governor’s Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Intervention Services from 1987-1996 and a member of the Alabama Special Education Advisory Panel from 1989-1991. She is the co-coordinator of Family Voices of AL, (home of Alabama’s Family to Family Health Information Center) and served as the co-Regional Coordinator for the 8 state Southeast Region for two terms. In 1987, Ms. Colburn was also a co-founder of Friends for Life, a support group for families and friends of children with special needs.  

She serves on a variety of statewide boards, councils and committees. Ms. Colburn has been an active volunteer at AMCHP for many years serving in roles on the Family and Youth Leadership, Legislative and Health Care Affairs, Program and Policy committees. She has been on the AMCHP Board of Directors since 2014 serving first as a Family Representative and most recently as Secretary. 

She has a B.S. degree from Auburn University. Ms. Colburn is the mother of three young adult children, two of whom have special health care needs. 

In her candidate statement, she describes her motivation for serving on the Board. "I believe in the important role of Title V in promoting and protecting the health of women, children and families, and I strongly believe in AMCHP's mission in supporting Title V in these challenging times.  I have a deep passion for building partnerships between families and professionals and am proud of the leadership AMCHP has shown in this effort.  It has been a privilege to represent the interests of families from my state, region and beyond in my work with AMCHP up to this point, and I would be honored to have this opportunity to do so on a broader scale." 

FAMILY REPRESENTATIVE 2018-2021 - SINGLE CANDIDATE
(INCUMBANT - SECOND FULL TERM)












Donna Macan Yadrich, MPA, CCRP
Family Advisory Council, Kansas Special Health Services, MCH Title V Program
donna@audreyspirit.com

Donna Macan Yadrich, MPA, CCRP serves as a member of the advisory committee to the National MCH Development Workforce Center and a member of the Kansas Maternal and Child Health Council. In 2013 she was appointed as the Kansas AMCHP Family Delegate, and following mentorship by Martha Hanley, Iowa, she completed the Family Scholars Program the same year. She has served on the State of Kansas CYSCHN Family Advisory Council since 2009, taking a leadership role in Medical Home initiatives. She is also the parent of a typical 21-year old son Peter and daughter Audrey who passed away at the age of 15 spending her life as a medically complex and fragile young lady. In addition to advocacy work, Ms. Yadrich is a tele-health interventionist and research operations coordinator at the University of Kansas for a NIH funded study supporting geographically distant families with a family member relying on intravenous nutrition.

In honor of her daughter's memory, Ms. Yadrich founded AudreySpirit, LLC a social entrepreneurship venture creating therapeutic garments for children and youth with complex medical needs that is indistinguishable from street wear. She also completed the Entrepreneurship Scholars Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in May 2013. Ms. Yadrich has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed journal articles on the cost of chronic health conditions to the family and web-based patient education.

Ms. Yadrich has served as a Family Representative on the AMCHP Board of Directors since 2015. She has been a long term AMCHP volunteer serving on the Advisory Committee to the National MCH Workforce Development Center and Family and Youth Leadership Committee. Ms. Yadrich has also been an active participant in the Return on Investment Analytic Action Learning Collaborative. 

In her candidate statement, she describes her motivation for serving on the Board. "I have learned so much from AMCHP and would like to more broadly participate in its direction and assessment of its policy initiatives.  Specifically, gaining knowledge of the impact of AMCHP's family representation on each committee (individually and collectively) and within each state (family delegates) is of great interest. Learning more about the downstream effects of AMCHP family representation on all MCH programs, nationally, regionally and locally would be exciting. Ultimately, we expect participation of family leaders to positively affect the life course of each parent and child (biological and otherwise) to ensure the most healthy foundation during their formative years resulting in robust prenatal health as they conceive the next generation -- more healthy than their own."

AT-LARGE REPRESENTATIVE 2018-2021 - SINGLE CANDIDATE
(FIRST FULL TERM)

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Alan D. Mease, MD, FAAP
Medical Director, Child and Adolescent Health   
Arkansas Department of Health 
alan.mease@arkansas.gov

Alan D. Mease, MD, FAAP is a pediatrician with a strong developmental and public health perspective. He received his MD cum laude from the University Of Missouri School Of Medicine (Columbia) and completed his Pediatric Residency and Pediatric Hematology Oncology Fellowship in the Army.   He has practiced in numerous environments since 1977 including academic military medicine, private pediatric practice (US) and international practices (Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Russia and China).  He retired from the Army medical corps in 2000 at the rank of full Colonel.  Dr. Mease is an experienced pediatrician who has functioned in key leadership positions as Commander and Deputy Commander of military hospitals, Director of Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center South (Ft. Gordon, Georgia), Chairman of an international Department of Pediatrics and Chief Medical Officer (Beijing United Family Hospital, China, 2001 to 2013).   His most recent clinical focus in Beijing was as the founding developmental behavioral pediatrician of an innovative interdisciplinary center for Chinese and foreign children with special healthcare needs. 

Currently he is focused on the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)/Resilience initiative to develop agency and community awareness.  As the Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Health and Arkansas WIC he sees transformative innovation as the key to preventing ACEs and developing community and family protective factors.  He views this as the key to improving the health of all Arkansans from conception through old age.  

In his candidate statement, he describes his motivation for serving on the Board. "[My motivation is] To contribute my training and experience towards improving the health of women and children and special needs children in the US as I work towards the same goal in Arkansas.  I am an experienced pediatrician and physician executive who has functioned in key leadership positions as Commander and Deputy Commander of military hospitals, Director of the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center South (Ft. Gordon, Georgia), Chairman of an international Department of Pediatrics and Chief Medical Officer (Beijing United Family Hospital, China, 2001 to 2013).   My most recent clinical focus in Beijing was as the founding developmental behavioral pediatrician of an innovative interdisciplinary center for Chinese and foreign children with special healthcare needs."  

REGION IV REPRESENTATIVE 2018-2021 - SINGLE CANDIDATE
(FIRST FULL TERM)

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Belinda D. Pettiford, MPH
Head, North Carolina Division of Public Health - Women's Health Brand
Belinda.pettiford@dhhs.nc.gov

Belinda Pettiford, MPH has nearly 30 years of experience in public health. She has been with the North Carolina Division of Public Health, Women's and Children's Health Section (Title V) since November 1995. During this time she has been the Program Manager for Healthy Beginnings (North Carolina's Minority Infant Mortality Reduction Program) and Healthy Start Baby Love Plus (3 federally funded perinatal disparities programs). She was also the Unit Supervisor for Perinatal Health and Family Support within the Women's Health Branch. 

Ms. Pettiford was named the Head of the Women's Health Branch in March 2012; in this capacity, she provides oversight to the state's maternal health, family planning, preconception health, teen pregnancy prevention, sickle cell, tobacco use, and numerous programs focused on equity in birth outcomes. As part of state Title V, she has provided leadership in writing numerous grants and implementing programs with a focus on evidence based/informed strategies. 

On two separate occasions, Belinda has also served as the Interim Director of the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities within the Division of Public Health. During this time, she provided leadership and stability to the office as it was going through numerous transitions. 

Ms. Pettiford has provided leadership for numerous national, state, and local efforts. She currently chairs North Carolina's Perinatal Health Strategic Plan Committee and leads the state's efforts with the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) to reduce infant mortality. Ms. Pettiford also co-chairs the Perinatal Health Committee of the Child Fatality Task Force (CFTF) within the state. The CFTF is a legislative study commission directed by the NC General Assembly. 

She received her MPH from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and undergraduate degrees from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. 

Ms. Pettiford has been an active AMCHP volunteer, previously serving as chair of both the UNC Work Force Development Center Advisory Committee and AMCHP Workforce and Leadership Development Committee; a member of the Annual Conference Planning Committee as well as abstract reviewer; and currently serves on the UNC Workforce Analysis Advisory Committee. Ms. Pettiford has served as the Interim Region IV Director on the AMCHP Board of Directors since 2016. In her candidate statement, she describes her motivation for serving on the Board as being at that point in her career where she has the experience and expertise to assist AMCHP with addressing her personal vision statement for the organization: To advance groundbreaking efforts that improve the health status of ALL families of childbearing age. This would be inclusive of addressing health equity and utilizing the life course framework as well as engaging non-traditional partners to address social determinants of health. Ms. Pettiford adds, "I've worked in the MCH arena for all of my public health career.  I have learned a great deal working in communities, with consumers and other organizations, and with policymakers that will benefit this organization as we work to improve MCH in this country."

REGION VIII REPRESENTATIVE 2018-2021 - SINGLE CANDIDATE
(FIRST FULL TERM)

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Rachel Hutson
Director of the Children, Youth and Families Branch, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
rachel.hutson@state.co.us

Rachel Hutson, MSN, RN, CPNP is the Director of the Children, Youth and Families Branch at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the state CYSHCN Director for the state's MCH Block Grant. In this role, Ms. Hutson provides oversight for programs and initiatives that support maternal and child health, such as medical home, developmental screening, pregnancy-related depression screening, healthy schools, care coordination and specialty care for children and youth with special needs.

Prior to working for CDPHE, Ms. Hutson provided primary care services in Denver as a pediatric nurse practitioner at the Stout Street Clinic of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. Rachel received a Bachelor of Arts from Franklin and Marshall College and a master's in Nursing from Yale University.

Ms. Hutson has served as the Interim Region VIII Director on the AMCHP Board of Directors since 2016. In her candidate statement, she describes her motivation for serving on the Board. "We are at a critical time in the evolution of the block grant and promoting the complementary, but distinct role that public health has from health care in supporting the overall well-being of the MCH population. In serving as Colorado’s CYSHCN Director for the past six years, I have been deeply involved in this conversation at a statewide level, I am interested in more actively participating in national discussions. In addition, I have always appreciated the cross state networking and information exchange that AMCHP provides and would like to have the opportunity to more intentionally contribute to AMCHP’s mission."