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 AMCHP Awards & Winners 2012

  A highlight of the AMCHP Conference is our chance to recognize MCH leaders. Please join AMCHP in sharing our congratulations with the following awardees:          John C. MacQueen Lecture AwardFor Innovation in the field of Maternal and Child Health  Awardee: Gail Christopher, Vice President for Programs, W. K. Kellogg Foundation  This annual lectureship is awarded to honor one of AMCHP’s most distinguished members, Dr. John C. MacQueen, the former director of the Iowa Child Health Specialty Clinics, the state’s program for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN). A pediatric neurologist, Dr. MacQueen achieved success at state and national levels. As an administrator and clinician, 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. Criteria for this awardee state that the awardee be a contributor to the field of MCH and an advocate on behalf of the MCH community. Their work must focus on or around the establishment and maintenance of healthy communities. Each year, the awardee is invited to deliver a dynamic and inspirational lecture at the Annual MacQueen Lecture Luncheon during the AMCHP Annual Conference. Vince Hutchins Leadership AwardFor leadership in promoting a society responsive to the needs of women, children, youth and families  Awardee: John Rossetti, DDS, MPH, Captain (retired), U.S. Public Health Service 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.   Merle McPherson Family Leadership AwardFor exemplary contributions to further family/professional collaboration within the state Title V program and AMCHP  Awardee: Rodney Farley, Parent Consultant, Division of Developmental Disabilities Services, Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services  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. 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.     Ryan Colburn Scholarship AwardFor outstanding youth leadership in the field of MCH Awardee: Josiah Barbar, Student, Portland State University The Ryan Colburn Scholarship specifically targets a youth leader with special health care needs (SHCN) to provide them an opportunity to attend the AMCHP Annual Conference. It was established in 2010 in memory of Ryan Colburn, a youth leader active in MCH and SHCN issues in his home state of Alabama and at the national level.   Realityworks and Go Beyond MCH Graduate Student Scholarship AwardFor demonstrating leadership involvement through academic excellence and practical experience in the field of MCH Awardee: Aimee Eden, Doctoral Candidate,  University of South Florida andAdjunct Professor of Anthropology, Eckerd College AMCHP has partnered with Realityworks and Go Beyond to offer a new graduate student scholarship. The scholarship is designed to assist one graduate student in furthering their education and sponsor their attendance at the upcoming AMCHP Annual Conference to hone their leadership skills and connect them with existing leaders within MCH.    Best Practices AwardsFor especially innovative emerging, promising and best MCH practices accepted into AMCHP’s Innovation Station Emerging Practice: Utah Power Your Life Preconception Campaign The Power Your Life Preconception Campaign aims to raise awareness of preconception health and increase consumption of folic acid through the use of social marketing. A social marketing model and the Transtheoretical model of change were used to develop resources, products and strategies to deliver the campaign messages and encourage healthy behavior change. In addition to a website, radio/television/print/web advertisements, Spanish/English media and community outreach events, the campaign distributed approximately 10,000 Power Bags with a 90-day supply of folic acid vitamins and other resources, such as a health magazine (derived from Life Course topics) and campaign bracelet. Results showed increases in awareness ofpreconception health and the importance of folic acid, as well as increased daily vitamin use. Promising Practice: South Carolina PASOs (Perinatal Awareness for Successful Outcomes, or “steps” in Spanish) Program PASOs aims to improve the health of Latino families by educating Latino parents, caregivers and parents-to-be on issues related to healthy pregnancies and prenatal care, as well as appropriate child development and resources for child health, and by advocating for better, more accessible services for Latinos. The program was developed on several theoretical foundations: Social Learning Theory, Social Support Theory and the Ecological Model.By providing comprehensive prenatal classes (a 14-hour prenatal empowerment course), community health outreach and individual interventions to Latino families in 13 counties inSouth Carolina, as well as consultative services for maternal and child health providers and policymakers throughout the state, the program has show significant increases in indicators of knowledge and behavior related to healthy pregnancies. Best Practice: Ohio/Kentucky Every Child Succeeds Home Visiting Program Every Child Succeeds is a collaborative program that provides home visits focused on proper child development for first-time, at-risk mothers, their babies and families on a regular basis from the time of pregnancy until the child’s third birthday. The program is based on two national models of home visiting, which are guided by several theories of prevention science, including the ecological model, which acknowledges contributions to risk and resilience from individual, family, community and cultural sources; the transactional model from developmental psychopathology that emphasizes the dynamic interplay of risk and protective factors in child development; social learning theory that emphasizes social reinforcement and modeling as tools for learning; and community participation research that underscores community involvement and collaboration. Founded in 1999, the program has shown long-term health benefits, including a 60 percent reduction in the infant mortality rate for participants, compared to matched controls and improvements in developmental delays and learning.  Inaugural Excellence in State MCH Leadership AwardFor significant contributions to the health of women, children and families within a state.  Awardee: Ruth Ann Shepherd, MD, FAAP, Director, Division of Adult & Child Health Improvement
Kentucky Department for Public Health 

This award recognizes an outstanding state MCH professional whose career in MCH has made significant contributions to their state's MCH program, state maternal and child health outcomes, and made other significant contributions to promoting and protecting the health of women, children, and families in their state. The awardee is an effective MCH leader, exhibiting competency in many if not all of the MCH Leadership Competencies.  

Recognition of Distinction:

Sarah J. Thorson, BSW, Children and Youth with Special Health Needs Director, Minnesota Department of Health



Elizabeth Collins, RN, MS, BSN, CYSHCN, Director/Administrator, Special Medical Services, Bureau of Developmental Services, Division of Community Based Care Services, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services



Rebekah Gee, MD, MPH FACOG, Director, Louisiana Birth Outcomes Initiative