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Events for Families at the Annual Conference

There are many events and sessions at the annual conference that will be of interest to families.

AMCHP values family involvement and encourages family representatives, family leaders, and family members to attend conference sessions to learn about what is happening nationally and to contribute their valuable perspective. Below are just a few events you will find at the conference, which may be of particular interest to family representatives and professionals.  

Please note that there are many other activities, trainings, workshops and skills-building sessions open to family representatives that are not included on this list. For a complete listing of conference activities, please look at the Session Schedule on the conference website for events happening throughout the three days of the conference.  

As you review the conference program, you should consider the following to help you determine what to attend:

·         The age group or specific disability you work with or is of interest to you

·         Your professional needs

·         Areas of interest

·         Job responsibilities

·         Information needs of Title V in your state

·         Your educational needs

·         What will be helpful for families in your state

·         Population track(s) (e.g., family and cultural competence, adolescent health, etc.)

·         Strategy track(s) (e.g., health equity, data and evaluation, etc.)

·         Maternal and child health leadership competencies


Saturday, February 11

  • Ease of Using Health Care Services for Latino Families with Children with Special Health Care Needs (Skills-Building Session, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon)
  • Utilizing Resource Centers to Improve the Health and Safety for Children, Youth and Families Today and Tomorrow (Skills-Building Session, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
  • Maternal and Child Health Bureau Block Grant Training-Current Initiatives and Updates (Skill Building session, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) 

Sunday, February 12

  • Innovation in Developing Family Leaders - From Service to Partnership (Skill Building session: 9 AM – 12 PM)
  • Promoting MCH Leadership in State Lifespan Respite Systems for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and their Families (Power Workshop, 3:45 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.)
  • The Parent-to-Parent Approach: Effective Peer Support for Families with Children who have Special Health Care Needs (Power Workshop, 3:45 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.) 

Monday, February 13

  • AMCHP Federal Budget and Legislative Update (Workshop, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.)
  • Using a Life Course Model to Prepare CYSHCN for Adult Living (Power Workshop, 3:20 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
  • Partnering with Youth to Shape Policy and Program Development (Power Workshop, 3:20 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) 

Tuesday, February 14

  • Highlights from the 2009/2010 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs and the Survey of Pathways to Diagnosis and Services: Measuring the experiences of CYSHCN and their families (Workshop, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)
  • Act Early Initiative: Federal and State Collaboration to Mobilize Community Action Among Child Health Systems (Workshop, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)
  • Innovations for time-limited, family-centered counseling related to pediatric obesity (Power Workshop, 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.)