Training Institute

The AMCHP Annual Conference Training Institute offers a rich program of skills-building sessions and other trainings on Saturday, Feb. 11 and Sunday, Feb. 12. Preregistration will be required for all Training Institute sessions to guarantee entry! Training Institute preregistration will be added soon to the general conference registration. 

AMCHP strives to continue improving the weekend conference program so you can take advantage of your time with us, making your time away from the home and office worthwhile. AMCHP will offer a wide selection of intensive three-hour skill-building trainings, listed below, as well as these special training events:

Adolescent and Young Adult Health Institutue

Saturday, Feb. 11, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Interested in learning more about how your maternal and child health program can better serve adolescents? How well do you understand adolescent development? We know that adolescence is a time of biological, psychological and social changes – but we often view adolescence as a monolithic stage of development and design adolescent health programs accordingly. However, the reality is that there are several stages of development within adolescence – each with its own unique biological, psychological and social changes. If you’re interested in learning more about the different stages, needs and risk factors of adolescence and considering how these differences can impact your program design and implementation, join us for a two-part, day-long Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Institute. The first half of the AYA Institute is designed to increase your understanding of adolescent development and the components of adolescent development, and explore implications for maternal and child health programming to meet these needs. The second part of the AYA Institute will explore strategies to improve youth health efforts as part of a life course approach to maternal and child population health.    


Kristin Teipel, MPH, Director, State Adolescent Health Resource Center / University of Minnesota

Proposal Writing Essentials

Saturday, Feb. 11, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Proposal Writing Essentials uses the Grantsmanship Center’s proven Listen & Discuss, Do & Review approach to target the key elements that make proposals competitive. This one-day workshop focuses on articulating and documenting problems, specifying measurable outcomes, identifying logical methods, and constructing a meaningful evaluation plan. We will also examine how all the pieces of a proposal fit together, practice interpreting application guidelines, and explore common proposal weaknesses. Because you will immediately put new knowledge into practice, you will retain what you learn and return to your organization with material you can use. This training requires an additional registration fee of $195 – preregister and pay when you register for the AMCHP  conference to guarantee your participation.


Kevin Wiberg, MA
Senior Trainer, The Grantsmanship Center, Los Angeles, CA

The Life Course Approach to MCH: Challenges and Strategies for Implementation

Sunday, Feb. 12, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Arden Handler and Amy Fine will present a workshop on challenges to the implementation of life course science in MCH. Four types of challenges raised by life course science will be addressed: conceptual, data, operational, and strategic/political. How the life course approach fits into challenging economic and political times at the local, state and national levels will be addressed, considering the following question: is life course a potential threat to the field of MCH as we know it, or is it a strategic opportunity to reposition ourselves, providing a potential lifeline? In the second half of the session, participants will propose and discuss strategies to overcome these challenges.


Arden Handler, DrPH
Professor, University of Illinois School of Public Health

Amy Fine, MPH
Health Policy/Program Consultant, Center for Study of Social Policy

**Please note that the session immediately following this one at 10:00 a.m. in the same room – A Life Course Dialogue: Exploring State-Level Implementation – is a continuation of The Life Course Approach to MCH. It is strongly encouraged that you sign up for both of these sessions.

A Life Course Dialogue: Exploring State-Level Implementation

Sunday, Feb. 12, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Interested in learning how states are implementing a life course approach to MCH? Come join us for an interactive session to continue discussion on how to advance a life course perspective.  Learn from your peers about approaches, opportunities and challenges. This session builds on last year's popular Life Course Town Hall Meeting and will be part of a four-part life course series during the 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference.  


Ana Novais, MA
Executive Director of Health, Division of Community, Family Health and Equity, Rhode Island Department of Health

Mary Ann Galloway, MPH
Director, Life Course Health Systems, Indiana State Department of Health

Skills-Building Trainings

The following skills-building trainings will be offered (titles and schedule tentative):

Saturday, Feb. 11, 9:00 a.m. to noon 

Enhancing MCH Leadership Skills Through Professional Development in Core Competencies 

Significant challenges face America’s children and families, posing substantial obstacles to leaders charged with improving the health of this population. The success of MCH leaders hinges on the deliberate incorporation of core competencies into professional development plans. This workshop aims to provide both seasoned and new Title V leaders with concrete strategies for enhancing professional development. We will review critical challenges facing the MCH population, essential MCH leadership qualities, and strategies for utilizing MCH leadership skills to address key public health challenges. Attendees will identify opportunities for individual improvement; develop individualized plans based on self-assessment; and identify specific resources for training in core competencies.


Michael Warren, MD, MPH

Director, Title V/MCH, Tennessee Department of Health


Cathy Taylor, DrPH, MSN, RN

Assistant Commissioner, Health Services Administration, Tennessee Department of Health


Laura Kavanagh, MPP

Director, Division of Research, Training, and Education, HRSA/MCHB 


Saturday, Feb. 11, 9:00 a.m. to noon  

Ease of Using Health Care Services for Latino Families with Children with Special Health Care Needs 

There is evidence of racial/ethnic disparities in parent-reported satisfaction with care and ease of service. There are numerous factors that influence ease of service, including but not limited to language and cultural competence, availability of providers in minority communities, and family-centered care. The National Center for Ease of Use of Community Based Services, in collaboration with the Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights, Family Voices, AMCHP, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, will highlight some of their work focused on ease of use issues for Latino families. In particular, data from focus groups with Latino families and family advocacy groups will be presented, as well as a Latino family-led continuous quality improvement initiative.



Susan Foley, Ph.D.

Research Director, MCHB


Myra Rosen-Reynoso, Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate, MCHB


Nora Wells, M.Ed.

Director of Programs, Family Voices 


Saturday, Feb. 11, 9:00 a.m. to noon  

Applying Quality Improvement Techniques, Forming Multisector Partnerships, and Leveraging Tools and Resources: the Collaborate for Healthy Weight Initiative 

This skills-building session will present strategies from the Collaborate for Healthy Weight initiative for applying quality improvement techniques; partnering across primary care, public health, and community-based organizations; leveraging technology; and locating regional resources. Collaborate for Healthy Weight is an initiative of the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality, funded by HRSA, which aims to promote positive community, primary care, public health and individual change to reverse the obesity epidemic and promote health equity. In this training, we will feature interactive sessions with emerging innovations, tools, and resources as well as opportunities for participants to get involved in the initiative in their regions.



Shikha Anand, MD

Physician Champion, National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality 


Saturday, Feb. 11, 9:00 a.m. to noon  

Identifying Evidence-Based Practices That Lead to Improvements in MCHB Performance Measures: A Toolkit for States 

This session leads participants to develop a framework to plan and link their state’s Title V program to national and state performance measures. Designed to help states identify and select evidence-based program activities, the toolkit assists Title V programs with setting future needs assessments and annual revisions of state performance measures. The session guides users to develop and use a logic model to help their programs translate state and local needs into effective program activities and broader strategies; identify intermediate factors affecting national or state performance measures that are amenable to change (by Title V programs); and support the monitoring and tracking of progress toward performance measures and the next Title V program planning cycle.



Ellen Pliska, MHS, CPH

Family and Child Health Director, ASTHO


Susanna Ginsburg, MSW

President, SG Associates Consulting LLC  


Saturday, Feb. 11, 9:00 a.m. to noon  

Commit to Prevention and Health With Building Blocks for a Healthy Future 

Building Blocks for a Healthy Future is a free tool for caregivers of children ages three to six, promoting proven behavioral interventions to reduce risk and enhance protective factors. With hands-on materials and a Website, Building Blocks builds positive behavioral health with a focus on health and safety, nutrition, and social-emotional development. Participants will engage in hands-on activities that address important issues: building healthful eating, sleeping and life habits; coping with stressful situations such as divorce, bullying, separation and loss; building self-confidence; and enhancing positive behaviors. Participants will apply these interventions to their communities and discuss ways to promote these precepts among other key community stakeholders to support healthy children, families, and communities.



Emily Novick, M.P.P

Program Director, SAMHSA/CSAP


Pat Schneider

President, Teachable Tech, Inc.


Matthew Walker

Applied Research Associate, University Research Company, Inc. 


Saturday, Feb. 11, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

Maternal and Child Health Bureau Block Grant Training: Current Initiatives and Updates 

This session will provide participants with an update on federal and state Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant activities, including the efforts of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau in addressing infant mortality. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and to hear about the latest enhancements to the Title V information system, any changes to the FY 2013 Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Application/FY 2011 annual report submission process and the new Application/Annual Report Guidance.



Cassie Lauver, ACSW

Director, Division of State and Community Health, MCHB


E J Tom

Business Analyst, SAIC 


Saturday, Feb. 11, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.   

Using Social Media to Strengthen MCH Outreach 

Consider this: in spring 2011, 87 million women, ages 18-76, were online. Of these, 69 million were using social media weekly. In 2010, 50 percent of the questions coming into the March of Dimes Pregnancy & Newborn Health Education Center were through social media: Twitter, blogs and Facebook. That is a fundamental shift in the way we communicate and social media is causing it. Facebook has 750 million users worldwide and Twitter 200 million. Blogs are springing up every day. How can we harness all this power? This workshop will examine the various social media platforms, their strengths, weaknesses and corresponding audiences. We will discuss tools, trends and tips for a successful program. We will consider goals, metrics and evaluations as well as highlight lessons learned.



Beverly Robertson, MLS, MA

National Director, Pregnancy & Newborn Health Education Center, March of Dimes 


Saturday, Feb. 11, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.   

Promoting Maternal and Infant Mental Health Through a Community-Based Perinatal Support Model for Mothers 

Did you know that when mothers have postpartum depression, it can have a huge impact on infant mental health, cognitive development and behavioral outcomes? Did you know that mothers can be effectively screened and treated for postpartum depression, changing outcomes for infants and families? Why is it then that research shows that connecting mothers to needed care and treatment is nearly impossible? During this skills-building session, learn the Community-Based Perinatal Support Model, which directly addresses the gap between screening and services for mothers. Learn this organizational-change approach and its 10-step process for transforming a community from one full of gaps to one that builds a comprehensive, community-based, multi-disciplinary safety net for women.



Liz Friedman, MFA

Program Director, MotherWoman


Nancy Byatt, D.O., M.B.A.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Medical Center


Linda Jablonski, RNC, MSN

Assistant Nurse Manager for Obstetrics, Baystate Franklin Medical Center



Annette Cycon, MSW

Founder and Director of Training, MotherWoman 


Saturday, Feb. 11, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.   

Integrating Public and Private Service Delivery Systems for Women, Children and Their Families 

States are transforming health care delivery systems to improve health care quality and health outcomes and to reduce health care costs. As part of these efforts, state Title V MCH programs, public insurance programs, provider groups, children’s hospitals, families and other stakeholders are implementing initiatives to integrate public/private health care systems in areas including shared resources, quality improvement efforts, and medical home. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provides states with new tools and opportunities to reform health care systems and integrate public/private service delivery systems. This session highlights the efforts of selected states to integrate health care service delivery systems.



To be announced 


Saturday, Feb. 11, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.   

Performance and Outcome Measurement: Strategies for Target Setting 

Measuring performance and setting targets for outcomes has become more important than ever with state and federal budget reductions leaving funding for only the most effective of programs and services. Developing appropriate targets is essential to demonstrating effectiveness of MCH programs and activities. This skills-building session will teach participants how to develop a framework for target setting, build analytic strategies, and discuss the benefits and pitfalls of each approach.



Deborah Rosenberg, PhD

Research Associate Professor, University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health  


Saturday, Feb. 11, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Utilizing Resource Centers to Improve the Health and Safety of Children, Youth and Families Today and Tomorrow 

Death or disability of an infant, child or youth has a long-term impact on the well-being of all family members. MCH programs play a key role in assisting states to help families and communities stay safe and healthy while addressing the unique care needs of children and families. State programs and key partners at the community level need an awareness of health and safety issues negatively impacting the MCH populations in their states, an understanding of environmental and behavioral factors contributing to increased morbidity and mortality, and most importantly, the capacity to create interventions within systems and the continuum of care to impact these issues. This skills-building session will utilize case scenarios that relate to national performance measures.



Sally Fogerty, BS, MEd

Director, Children's Safety Network National Injury and Violence Preventioin Resource Center, Education Development Center


Michael Ely, MA

Director, Univeristy of Utah


Suzanne Bronheim, MS, PhD

Director, Sudden Unexpected Infant and Child Death and Pregnancy Loss Project, Georgetown University



Kristin Teipel, MA

Director, State Adolescent Health Resource Center, University of Minnesota 


Sunday, Feb. 12, 9:00 a.m. to noon   

Putting Data into Action to Improve Health and Well-Being for Children 

Data is essential for all partners in the MCH arena, allowing for evaluation of the current state of programs and exploration of new opportunities to improve health outcomes over the lifespan. The Data Resource Center (DRC) provides an easy-to-use online interactive data query of both the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) and the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN). This workshop aims to inspire and empower MCH leaders and families to use data to advance systems of care for all children and CYSHCN. Participants will learn the importance of data in improving systems of care over the lifespan; conduct interactive online queries of the NSCH and NS-CSHCN; create local estimates of children’s health, health care access and quality; and learn to effectively communicate data to improve MCH programs and policies.



Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH

Director, Professor, The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative


Michael Kogan, PhD

Director of the Office of Epidemiology, Policy, and Evaluation, US Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau


Scott Stumbo, Masters in Sociology

Research Associate, The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative 


Sunday, Feb. 12, 9:00 a.m. to noon    

Developing a Program to Support the Adult Transition for Youth with Special Health Care Needs 

The objectives of this session are to develop necessary skills to create working plans to improve transition clinical services in primary or subspecialty care settings; to utilize training to develop key stakeholder, community and funding resources; and to develop draft documents for transition policies and clinical service delivery models with attention to the use of portable summaries and transition plans. The Indiana University transition support program, the Center for Youth and Adults with Conditions of Childhood, with experience as a noncategorical clinical transition support program, will provided a structured workshop approach to program development and improvement.



Mary Ciccarelli, MD

Director, Indiana University 


Sunday, Feb. 12, 9:00 a.m. to noon    

Public Health in Partnership with Medical Homes: Building the Future for Quality Preventive Care 

This session will provide MCH and CYSHCN leaders, pediatric health care providers, and families with strategies and tools to enhance the partnership between public health and medical homes in the delivery of quality preventive care consistent with national and state standards. Using available tools from the American Academy of Pediatrics such as the Bright Futures Tool and Resource Kit, the Building Your Medical Home Toolkit and other new QI resources, participants will review QI methodologies and discuss implementation strategies to improve care. This session will focus on Bright Futures and medical home efforts at the state and local levels including engaging families as members of multidisciplinary partnerships and developing strategies to enhance access to care and delivery of preventive services.



Paula Duncan, MD

Youth Director, VCHIP, Clinical Professor of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, VCHIP


Judith Shaw, EdD, MPH, RN

Executive Director, VCHIP, Research Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Vermont, VCHP


RJ Gillespie, MD, MHPE, FAAP

Children's Clinic in Portland, Children's Clinic



Angela Tobin, AM, LSW

Medical Home Education and Policy Analy, AAP 


Sunday, Feb. 12, 9:00 a.m. to noon   

Innovation in Developing Family Leaders: From Service to Partnership 

This session will encourage attendees to reframe family involvement and participation as a civic engagement initiative. Sharing data and outcomes from a proven curriculum, participants will learn how to engage families and youth as change agents. This interactive session will address the barriers to including families while providing solutions through an evidence-based model, and will effectively braid the theory of family engagement with civic engagement by sharing data, strategies and current outcomes as documented by several states, including Colorado, Wyoming, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Virginia.



Eileen Forlenza,

Director - Colorado Family Leadership Initiatives, Colorado CYSHCN


Elaine Zimmerman, M.Ed

Director - Connecticut Commission on Children, Connecticut Commission on Children