March of Dimes & AMCHP Mini-March for Babies
Capitol Hill Day Visits
First-Time Attendees Networking Events
View rates and more information about registration here.
Peruse the AMCHP conference Schedule-at-a-Glance here.
Conference Session Schedule and Information now available! Click here to view.
Continuing Education for Social Workers
For the first time, AMCHP has applied for continuing education (CE) for social workers provided by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Up to 19.75 credit hours will be offered, pending NASW approval. We will announce the outcome of the application on the AMCHP website as soon as possible.
AMCHP Conference Goes Mobile
Whether you’ve got an iPad, smartphone or laptop, we’ve got ways for you to engage on your terms to enhance your experience at the AMCHP Annual Conference! For the first time ever, AMCHP will offer meetsmart mobile, a new conference navigation app that lets attendees personalize their conference experience with easy connect, decide and go functionality.
meetsmart mobile offering includes everything in the print program plus:
- The ability for you to create your personalized list of can’t miss sessions and exhibitors
- Special alerts and announcements and more!
In place of a printed program, meetsmart mobile will bring the conference to your fingertips. In addition, the program will be available in PDF format on the AMCHP website before the conference for you to peruse and, if you do not have a smartphone, laptop or other appropriate device, an onsite printer will be available for you to print the sections you will need. You will be provided with a printed daily at-a-glance and session planner in your conference bag to further assist you in recording your event choices and managing your schedule during the conference. Meetsmart help desk staff will be available onsite throughout the conference to answer questions and help you master this new, innovative, environmentally friendly conference program app.
You will receive an email once the meetsmart mobile app and website are available for your use. We hope you enjoy this newest advancement of AMCHP 2012!
To learn more and to see a ninety-second demo of the meetsmart mobile app, visit here.
Social Media at the AMCHP Annual Conference!
AMCHP will be providing real-time updates throughout the conference via our new meetsmart mobile app, Facebook and Twitter. Presenters and attendees are encouraged to use the conference hashtag #AMCHP12 on your tweets to share and engage with fellow attendees about skills-building and training institute sessions, speakers, special events and more.
Visit our AMCHP events page on Facebook and confirm your 2012 Annual Conference attendance! It’s easy if you already have a Facebook account. Feel free to post periodic updates to our wall, share information about your conference session and more! Don’t forget to tell your family, friends and colleagues to Like AMCHP!
WHy mch professionals cannot miss amchp's ANNUAL CONFERENCE
“Attending the conference sessions and visiting my legislators on the Hill increased my confidence in my abilities. It allowed me the opportunity to practice what I preach! While I often advise parents to advocate, it’s important for me to be able to give a first-hand account of how it works and what to expect. I’ve also increased my knowledge of maternal and child health programs and had a wonderful opportunity to spend time with my state’s parent leader and share thoughts.”-- Julie Turkoske, Information and Referral Specialist, Southeast Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
“The AMCHP conference is a great venue to better understand what others across the nation are doing and it is a spectacular networking event. If you miss it – you will regret it.” -- Vickie Miene, Director of Operations, Iowa Child Health Specialty Clinics
"The AMCHP conference is a highlight of the year. Great content, great colleagues and the opportunity to advocate for what matters most - women, children and families. Don't miss it!" -- Chad Abresch, CityMatCH Interim Executive Director
“The annual AMCHP conference has provided many turning points to my career in maternal and child health. Not only has it given me the opportunity to get my voice heard on Capitol Hill, but it also serves as a prime source for networking. It's when you can finally put faces with all the people you have previously only known as voices or emails!” -- Mallory Cyr, National Youth Program Manager, Got Transition? National Center
"The AMCHP Annual Conference always provides the best venue to see long-time colleagues that I don't get to interact with regularly as well as to make new connections. It's amazing how much work comes about because of discussions started at the conference." -- John Richards, MA AITP, Research Instructor, Georgetown University
“The AMCHP Annual Conference is the absolute best bang for the buck MCH professionals can get for opportunities to immerse themselves in all things MCH – including networking, best practices, research, and emerging issues. Don’t miss out!”-- Julie Preskitt, MSOT, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor, Health Care Organization and Policy, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham
“The AMCHP Annual Conference affords MCH professionals an opportunity that is rich in resources, steeped in knowledge and experiences, and an expansive network intertwining colleagues in the field of MCH on a national level, all in one outstanding event!” -- Derval Petersen, Territorial Assistant Director, MCH & CSHCN Program, Virgin Islands Department of Health
Don't Forget Regional Baskets!
An AMCHP tradition, regional baskets will be raffled during the Monday and Tuesday general sessions. Join the fun! Bring an item that represents your state or region to add to the giveaway baskets. Turn in your item by Monday, 9:00 a.m., at the registration desk. And don’t forget to fill out your raffle ticket and drop it in the box at the registration desk!
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 Institute
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.
Grant-Writing Training: Proposal Writing Essentials
Saturday, Feb. 11, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kevin Wiberg, a consultant trainer for The Grantsmanship Center, and Program Development Director for the Central Vermont Community Action Council (CVCAC). offers tips on proposal development and more about his Grant-Writing Training: Proposal Writing Essentials workshop.
A Few Tips for Grant Proposal Developers
Set a time-line for developing each proposal, so that everyone involved is aware of the deadlines for drafts and for assembling critical proposal elements.
Never give anyone up to the last possible minute to complete a section of the proposal or to provide a necessary attachment.
Ask for letters of commitment early and ask to receive them well before the proposal deadline. Even dedicated partners may not have the letter at the top of their to-do list.
Keep your administrative support staff in the loop. An organization’s administrative staff is vital to the proposal development process.
Keep standard attachments updated so you won’t have to scramble at the last minute reworking resumes, redoing the organizational chart, or searching for 990 tax returns.
Kevin Wiberg will be presenting at the AMCHP Annual Conference Training Institute workshop, Grant-Writing Training: Proposal Writing Essentials. Kevin knows that, especially in today’s environment, we need much more than a handful of tips, like the ones above, to get our proposals funded. Kevin attributes CVCAC’s successful pursuit of foundation, corporate, and government grants — even during the current economic downturn — to careful planning, sound proposal development, relationship building, and teamwork. .
In Proposal Writing Essentials, his one-day Training Institute workshop, Kevin will use The Grantsmanship Center’s proven Listen & Discuss, Do & Review approach to help you understand the key elements that make proposals competitive. During the workshop you will:
· Learn the importance of articulating and documenting problems, specifying measurable outcomes, identifying logical methods, and constructing a meaningful evaluation plan
· See how all the pieces of a proposal fit together
· Develop a description of a problem related to your organizations' mission, and explore the probable causes of the problem
· Create examples of SMART outcomes and learn to distinguish between outcomes and methods
· Outline an approach (methodology) to address the root causes of a problem
· Create a list of essential partners (internal and external to your organization) who you’ll need to engage
· Explore common proposal weaknesses
Because you will immediately put new knowledge into practice, you will retain what you learn and return from the conference knowing how to make use of it. You’ll go home from the conference itself with great ideas on how to strengthen your programs. If you sign up for the preconference workshop, you’ll also go home knowing what it takes to get—and keep—those programs funded. You will learn the key concepts that lie at the heart of The Grantsmanship Center’s famed five-day Grantsmanship Training Program. But space is limited, so sign up now! This training requires an additional registration fee of $195 – preregister and pay when you register for the AMCHP conference to guarantee your participation.
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.
A Life Course Dialogue: Exploring State-Level Implementation
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.
The following skills-building trainings will be offered:
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
· Commit to Prevention and Health With Building Blocks for a Healthy Future
· Applying Quality Improvement Techniques, Forming Multisector Partnerships and Leveraging Tools and Resources: The Collaborate for Healthy Weight Initiative
· Ease of Using Health Care Services for Latino Families With Children With Special Health Care Needs
· Enhancing MCH Leadership Skills Through Professional Development in Core Competencies
Saturday, Feb. 11, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
· Performance and Outcome Measurement: Strategies for Target Setting
· Utilizing Resource Centers to Improve Health and Safety for Children, Youth and Families Today and Tomorrow
· Integrating Public and Private Service Delivery Systems for Women, Children and Their Families
· Using Social Media to Strengthen MCH Outreach
· Maternal and Child Health Bureau Block Grant Training: Current Initiatives and Updates
· Promoting Maternal and Infant Mental Health through a community-based Perinatal Support Model for Mothers
Sunday, Feb. 12, 9:00 a.m. to noon
· Putting Data Into Action to Improve Health and Well-Being for Children
· Public Health in Partnership With Medical Homes: Building the Future for Quality Preventive Care
· Innovation in Developing Family Leaders: From Service to Partnership
· Developing a Program to Support the Adult Transition for Youth With Special Health Care Needs
The conference program will be punctuated by the following energizing, cross-cutting general sessions:
Sunday, February 12, 2012
1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Networking Reception and John C. MacQueen Memorial Lecture (TBD)
The first general session of the conference will include welcoming remarks from key AMCHP leaders and our partners from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Join us to learn more about what is happening here in Washington, D.C., what might be coming for MCH programs in the future, and the activities of our federal partners. We will also enjoy a performance by Kinetic Affect, a dynamic spoken word duo based in Kalamazoo, MI, and AMCHP will present the John C. MacQueen Memorial Lecture Award to Dr. Gail Christopher, Vice-President of Programs, W. K. Kellogg Foundation.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Be an Influencer: How You Can Create Change for Healthy Tomorrows
Do you experience resistant and persistent personal, team, or organizational problems? Do you feel that you have the skills you need to motivate those you work with and exert your influence in your personal and professional lives? How can we improve MCH outcomes if we are not agents of change and influence in our organizations? Join us for a discussion of proven strategies you can use to uproot entrenched habits and create change initiatives for your team and your entire organization in this real-life, solution focused session. Want more after the session? Our presenter, Candace Bertotti, will convene a workshop for interested participants who want to know more about the Influencer model immediately following the general session.
Introductory remarks by Dr. Mary Wakefield, RN, PhD, Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration, Rockville, MD
Presenter: Candace Bertotti, MPA, Influencer Trainer, VitalSmarts, Washington, DC
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
9:00 to 10:15 a.m.
Coordinating Chronic Disease Prevention and Maternal and Child Health to Improve Health Across the Life Span
In the past decade, chronic disease has emerged as one of the most serious public health problems facing Americans. Nearly half of Americans are living with at least one chronic disease, accounting for more than 75 percent of the nation’s medical care costs. While chronic disease is costly to treat, many chronic conditions can be prevented by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and adopting healthy behaviors – core issues for MCH programs. During this session, we will discuss the opportunities and options states have in supporting coordination between MCH and chronic disease programs, and highlight innovative initiatives, such as the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative, that bring chronic disease and MCH programs together.
Ursula Bauer, PhD, MPH, Director, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Coleen Boyle, PhD, Director, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Ana Novais, MA, Executive Director, Division of Community, Family Health & Equity, Rhode Island Department of Public Health, Providence, RI
Millie Jones, PA MPH, Senior Clinical Consultant, Bureau of Community Health Promotion, Wisconsin Department of Health, Madison, WI
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
12:15 to 2:00 p.m.
Acting Today for Healthy Tomorrows: State Initiatives to Promote Maternal and Child Health
State MCH programs work daily to protect and promote the health of women, children and families nationwide and focus on addressing maternal and child health needs early to improve future health outcomes. In this session thought-leaders and colleagues will share several recent programs to address premature birth and prevent infant mortality, including the March of Dimes’ Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait initiative. Efforts to support preconception health and health care in the states will also be highlighted.
Michael Lu, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
David Lakey, MD, Commissioner, Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin, TX
Scott Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP, Senior Vice President of Chapter Programs, March of Dimes, White Plains, NY
Ruth Ann Shepherd, MD, FAAP, CPHQ, Director, Division of Adult & Child Health Improvement, Kentucky Department of Public Health, Frankfort, KY
Ryan Colburn Scholarship Fund
AMCHP is excited to announce that the 2012 Ryan Colburn Scholarship winner is Josiah Barber! 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. Josiah is currently working to complete his Bachelor of Arts in social work at Portland State University. Josiah is goal focused, self directed, and committed to his academic and professional pursuits. Having lived and worked in the Dominican Republic, Josiah is comfortable in multi-cultural settings and is fluent in English and Spanish. In addition to his international experience, Josiah has extensive understanding of maternal and child health, as well as special health care needs issues. Currently, Josiah is interning with the Central City Concern Benefits and Entitlements Specialist Team, providing case management for clients in shelters, including planning for transitions to permanent housing; scheduling and conducting client interviews (initial intake and functional assessment) in English and Spanish; coordinating with other disciplines as necessary to request records for Social Security applications. He also works as an adaptive ski instructor with Shriner’s Hospital, teaching youth with varying physical/mental abilities to ski, conducting individual and group lessons at Timberline Lodge at Ski Area, as well as training other instructors in the principles involved in equipment adaptation and modified teaching techniques.
Realityworks and Go Beyond MCH Graduate Student Scholarship
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.
Aimee Eden, a doctoral candidate at the University of South Florida and adjunct professor of anthropology at Eckerd College, is the recipient of this year’s Realityworks and Go Beyond MCH Graduate Student Scholarship. She is currently an MCH Leadership Trainee. Her maternal and child health focus in both anthropology and public health have led to interdisciplinary research on breastfeeding, reproductive health, and family violence, as well as state- and local-level advocacy for universal children's health insurance coverage.
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Aimee currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and the Kids HealthCare Foundation. She is a member of the Hillsborough County Breastfeeding Taskforce and formerly served on the Florida Covering Kids and Families Coalition.
Lace up your Sneakers for the Mini-March for Babies with AMCHP and the March of Dimes
It’s time to lace up your sneakers to join AMCHP and the March of Dimes for the third annual mini- March for Babies to raise awareness for prematurity and support AMCHP’s Steps for Babies team. The mini-march will kick off on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 10:15 a.m. following the general session. Joining us will be the 2012 March of Dimes National Ambassador Kieran Wittstruck, coming all the way from Seattle, WA. This year Kieran will travel the United States encouraging all to support the March of Dimes. Kieran was born at 3 lbs, 1 oz. and spent 31 days in the NICU, but despite his early start he now has a big personality. Feel free to stop by March of Dimes exhibit table #6 to say hello to Kieran!
To pre-register, check the appropriate box on the AMCHP online registration form. If you would like to participate in the AMCHP mini-March for Babies you can visit AMCHP’s March for Babies Team page to make your donation there.
Please follow these instructions:
1. Go to www.marchforbabies.org/team/AMCHP
2. Choose ‘Join this Team’.
3. Fill in your information, including your t-shirt size.
4. You’re done! You are now a member of this team and you can edit your personal page further to reflect why you participate.
5. If you visit your personal fundraising page and make a $25 contribution in support of the March of Dimes, you will receive a “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait” t-shirt.
You may also sign-up at the registration desk onsite and contributions will be collected onsite. Each walker that pre-registers for the event and donates a minimum of $25 will receive a Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait purple t-shirt* when they check-in at the conference registration desk (*while t-shirt supplies last). You may also contact AMCHPreg@conferencemanagers.com or visit the onsite conference registration desk for assistance.
Individual Professional Coaching
Join us at the 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference and get access to individual professional coaching sessions as part of your full conference registration. Coaching is a relationship between a coach and a client to help the client achieve individual goals. The client is ready for change, to create it and take action—to move forward! Need a career boost, time to reflect on what’s next, or an opportunity to work on your own professional development? Are you ready for change?
Coaching is a useful tool and resource to help think through what one wants to achieve, how they might do so and keep one focused on their goals. A coach provides a consistent structure, encouragement and an objective perspective based on the client’s agenda.
If you are not sure if coaching is for you, this is a great opportunity to find out. Individual sessions are available to conference attendees at no cost. Conference attendees will have an opportunity to take advantage of individual, private 40-minute coaching sessions Sunday Feb. 12 through Tuesday Feb. 14, by registering in advance or by registering on site. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
To find out more about coaching at the conference or to register for an individual session, please contact Kate Howe or call (202) 266-3056.
AMCHP Conference Hill Day Reminder!
In accordance with your state rules on advocacy, please schedule meetings with Members of Congress while you are in Washington, DC attending the AMCHP conference. Now more than ever, our nation’s leaders near to hear about the importance of the Title V MCH Block Grant. Click here to find additional details about the Hill Day including a guide describing how to schedule a meeting, information about advocacy training sessions and much more.
Save the Date Congressional Reception February 14, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Honoring an annual tradition, AMCHP is pleased to invite you to a Congressional Reception in 902 Senate Hart Office Building on February 14 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. This event will provide a forum for you to network with Congressional staff and our partners to discuss maternal and child health initiatives in your state. We hope you will spend this love filled holiday with us on Capitol Hill!
Fun networking activities for all First-time Conference Attendees!
If this will be your first time attending the AMCHP Annual Conference, we have two new activities to help you meet other MCH professionals!
Newcomers Speed Networking Event!
On Sunday, February 12, you will have the opportunity to share in a series of brief exchanges and to meet other professionals in the field to discuss your interests and career goals, learn more about other conference attendees, and establish new connections within the MCH field. Speed Networking will use the round robin “speed dating” method to randomly pair participants for serial brief discussions. In this way, participants will meet multiple MCH professionals in a short period of time. By making connections early in the conference, you will get to know fellow conference attendees and can follow up with your new connections throughout the week. This is also a great opportunity for young/new MCH professionals and students to have one-on-one conversations with experienced MCH leaders and to expand your network of contacts. More details of this event will be available on the AMCHP conference website and in the program. For questions, contact Tegan Callahan at email@example.com.
First Time Attendee Scavenger Hunt
First time attendees will receive a scavenger hunt form. Attendees will then have to locate four “ambassadors” who will be adorned with festive garments throughout the conference, and ask them one question each, and then return the completed form to the registration desk by the deadline for a chance to win a $50 gift card!
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
To see a complete listing of family events, visit here.
Administration for Children and Families
Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
American Assoc. of Poison Control Centers
American Optometric Assoc. - InfantSEE
Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
Boston University for the Catalyst Center
Centering Healthcare Institute
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Children's Safety Network
Cribs for Kids
Data Resource Center
Directors of Health Promotion & Education
Emergency Medical Services for Children/National Resource Center
Family Voices/Welcome Center
Go Beyond MCH
Health Resources & Services Administration Traumatic Brain Injury Technical Assistance
March Of Dimes
Maternal Child Health Bureau
MCH - Library/National SUID/SIDS Resource Center
Maternal Child Health Navigator
MCH - Public Health Leadership Institute
National Center for Ease of Use
National Center for Healthy Housing
National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management
National Family Planning & Reproductive Heath Association
National Fetal and Infant Mortality Review
National Health Care Transition Center
National Initiative to Improve Adolescent Health
National MCH Oral Health Resource Center
Nurse Family Partnership
Office of Minority Health Resource Center
Organization of Teratology Information
Patient Services, Inc.
Save Babies Through Screening Foundation
Watson Pharma Inc.
Current as of Jan. 17, 2012
Current as of Jan. 17, 2012
Extend your stay for the National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting Programs, Feb. 16-17, co-sponsored by Every Child Succeeds, the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and the Pew Center on the States – also at the Omni Shoreham Hotel with the same discounted room rate. For more information, visit homevisitingsummit.org or contact Rosalinda Ortega at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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