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 AMCHP Awards

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AMCHP recognizes leadership in maternal and child health in several ways, including annual awards presented to MCH leaders honoring excellence in the field. These awards are presented at AMCHP's Annual Conference, an annual celebration of maternal and child health programs nationwide. Please note: All AMCHP awards use the same nomination form, but a separate form must be submitted per nominee, per award. The nominations deadline for these awards is October 31, 2010.

 

JOHN C. MACQUEEN LECTURE AWARD
For innovation in the field of maternal and child health

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs established an annual lectureship to honor one of its most distinguished members, Dr. John C. MacQueen. As an administrator and clinician, an advocate, innovator and educator, Dr. MacQueen made his presence felt throughout the country through his tireless work on behalf of children with special health care needs. AMCHP takes special pride in those accomplishments that have advanced family health programs. They include 30 years as a CSHCN state director; leadership as vice-chair of the Congressional Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health; membership on the Advisory Panel on Technology and Child Health, Congressional Office of Technology Assessment; contributions to the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and to the Surgeon’s General workshops; and advocacy for Title V. Dr. Magda Peck of the University of Nebraska Medical Center was the recepient of the 2009 MacQueen award. Click here to see her lecture.

Nominees for the MacQueen Award must meet the following criteria:

  • The awardee is an advocate on behalf of the MCH community
  • The awardee focuses their work on/around the establishment and maintenance of healthy communities
  • The awardee can deliver a dynamic/inspirational lecture to the MCH community

Click here to download the nomination form. Submit your nomination materials to Rachel Arculin, Online Media Manager at AMCHP, via e-mail at rarculin@amchp.org by October 31, 2010.

LEGISLATIVE CHAMPIONS FOR MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH AWARD
Recognizing the efforts of Members of Congress and their staff to improve the health of mothers, children, and families including children and youth with special healthcare needs.

The goal of this award is to recognize and celebrate the efforts of Members of Congress and their staff to improve the lives and health of mothers, children, and families, including those with special health care needs. The Legislative Champions Award is given to a Member of Congress and/or their professional staff to recognize efforts to support state maternal and child health programs and advocacy on behalf of children, women, and families at the national level. The award is administered by the AMCHP Legislative and Health Care Finance Committee and was awarded for the first time in 2009. AMCHP's 2009 Awardees were Senator Chris Dodd (D-Connecticut) and Tamar Magarik-Haro, Senate HELP Children’s Subcommittee Professional Staff Member;  Representative Lucille Royball-Allard (D-California’s 34th District ) and Debbie Jessup, Legislative Assistant to Rep. Royball-Allard.

ONLY members of the Legislative Committee may submit nominations for this award. 

MERLE MCPHERSON LEADERSHIP AWARD
For exemplary contributions to further family/professional collaboration within the state Title V program and AMCHP

Presented for the first time in 2008, this award is developed to honor Dr. Merle McPherson. Dr. McPherson retired from MCHB in January 2007. She has left a legacy of leadership and vision for how to create a new model of family-centered health care delivery for children and youth with special health care needs. She has also led the way to expand the family-centered care model for children with special health care needs internationally. Dr. McPherson received her medical degree from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada and a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Preventive Medicine, an honorary fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and served as director of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs from 1987-2006. Nominations will be submitted to the co-chairs of the Family & Youth Leadership Committee by October 31. A subcommittee made up of two representatives from the Board of Directors and two representatives from the FYLC will review the nominations and make recommendations to the AMCHP president for approval. This award is not routinely awarded annually. In 2009, Ruth Walden of the New York State Department of Health received the McPherson Award.

Nominees for the McPherson Award must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a family representative or professional
  • Family involvement in the state program and/or AMCHP has increased significantly as a result of the efforts of this individual
  • Policy and procedures within the state programs and/or AMCHP have been changed to encourage greater family involvement as a result of this person’s work
  • Candidate has actively contributed to AMCHP and the organization’s efforts to advance the inclusion of families at all levels 

Click here to download the nomination form. Submit your nomination materials to Rachel Arculin, Online Media Manager at AMCHP, via e-mail at rarculin@amchp.org by October 31, 2010. 

VINCE HUTCHINS LEADERSHIP AWARD
For leadership in promoting a society responsive to the needs of women, children, youth and families

In 1998, AMCHP launched what was then called the “AMCHP Leadership Award” to recognize outstanding individuals, living or deceased, whose work has contributed to significant societal changes that have resulted in improvements in the health of American families and their various members. The first honoree, former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, is exemplary of the stature of Leadership Award recipients.  In 2001, AMCHP renamed the Leadership Award for Dr. Vince Hutchins, a beloved national leader and life-long advocate for children’s health. During fifteen years as director of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Dr. Hutchins expanded the federal government’s commitment to women, children, youth and families. He also led development of new initiatives for children and families such as the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition. The award is not routinely awarded annually. Nominations for the award must be received on or before October 31, and submitted directly to the Governance Committee. The Governance Committee will provide recommendations for consideration by the Board of Directors, at the fall council meeting held yearly in December. The Vince Hutchins Leadership Award will be granted only upon 90 percent approval by the full board. Senator Edward (Ted) Kennedy was the recepient of the 2009 Hutchins Award.

Nominees for the Vince Hutchins Leadership Award must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a recognized national leader, living or dead, with a long record of significant contributions to society.
  • Demonstrate accomplishments that advance, directly or indirectly, the health of American women, children, youth and families, including those with special health care needs.

Click here to download the nomination form. Submit your nomination materials to Rachel Arculin, Online Media Manager at AMCHP, via e-mail at rarculin@amchp.org by October 31, 2010.