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 January 2015



AMCHP Mobile App & Social Media Activities - UPDATED!
Regional Basket Raffle

Maternal Health Sessions at AMCHP 2015! - NEW!
Adolescent and Young Adult Health COIIN - NEW!
NICHD, Healthy Native Babies, Safe Sleep Campaign for AI/AN Families - NEW!
Professional Coaching - UPDATED!
Hill Day Visits - UPDATED!
AMCHP and WebsEdge Bringing AMCHP TV to the 2015 Conference
Hotel Information 
Exhibitors - UPDATED!


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Native App to Enhance Your Conference ExperienceQR-Code-for-2015-Mobile-App.jpg
Our quest to enhance the event experience for our attendees, exhibitors, and speakers is never-ending. We are again using the same native app as last year that doesn't require an Internet connection. The app has some additional features this year, including a built in Twitter newsfeed and you can now follow and send direct messages to attendees!

Our mobile app for AMCHP 2015 is going to be awesome! Here’s why:

  • Access the event schedule anytime and customize your agenda
  • See all the speakers, read their bios, and view their presentations 
  • Check out the exhibitors and locate their booths more easily
  • Get important updates and exciting offers through the app
  • See who’s attending and share contact information
  • See the AMCHP Twitter newsfeed right from the app
  • Connect with and send direct messages to attendees

To download the 2015 AMCHP app, click here. To access the full AMCHP 2015 program information, click here, using the event code "amchp".

Social Media at the AMCHP Annual Conference! 
AMCHP will be providing real-time updates throughout the conference via our mobile app, Facebook and Twitter. Presenters and attendees are encouraged to use the conference hashtag #AMCHP15 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 2015 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! 

Third Annual Social Media Scavenger Hunt
Join us this year for the third annual Social Media Scavenger Hunt. It's easy to participate! On Sunday and Monday (Jan. 25 & Jan. 26), answer a series of questions and then tweet your answers using our scavenger hunt hashtag #AMCHP15hunt. Participants who tweet their findings to #AMCHP15hunt will be entered into a drawing to receive a $50 Amazon gift card. AMCHP will Follow you if you participate!  Click here to learn more about the details on how to play! If you have additional questions, please contact Julio Arguello, Jr. at or tweet @DC_AMCHP.

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An AMCHP tradition, regional baskets will be raffled off during the annual conference. 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 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!  

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This year, the AMCHP Annual Conference will feature 11 educational and skills-building sessions specifically addressing hot topics, evidence-based practices, health promotion, data capacity, and health systems opportunities in maternal health. From prenatal care coordination, strengthening community support, and innovative approaches to interconception care to maternal mortality review and monitoring and surveillance for essential care and health indicators, be sure to check out these diverse offerings from community, state, and national partners. In particular, don't miss the Health for Every Mother Brown Bag Session on Sunday, January 25: this will be an open forum to hear about AMCHP's maternal health work, and provide input, direction, and vision on exciting opportunities to keep our moms healthy. To see a full list of maternal health sessions, click here

BYOL and Learn about Paternal Involvement in Pregnancy Outcomes, Tuesday, Jan. 27
Men are important to maternal and child health (MCH). Although a large body of research exists on a father's involvement in child health and development, little is known regarding the role of the expectant father in pregnancy outcomes. Studies have identified the male partner as a vital source of support among pregnant women and revealed partner support to be associated with positive maternal health behaviors including early prenatal care, decreased smoking and drug use. However, there is a great need to develop evidence-based strategies to improve paternal involvement before, during, and between pregnancies, particularly in communities where paternal involvement has traditionally been low and birth outcomes have been poor.  

To address these concerns, several groups and organizations have convened to launch the Paternal Involvement in Pregnancy Outcomes Network (PIPON). Please bring your own lunch (BYOL) and join us for a brief discussion centered on the need to advance a research, policy and practice-based agenda and strategy to advance paternal involvement in pregnancy outcomes. We look forward to your participation.

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In March 2015, AMCHP and partners will launch an Adolescent and Young Adult Health Collaborative Innovation and Improvement Network (AYAH CoIIN). The CoIIN model features collaborative learning, quality improvement methods, and data-driven innovation among national strategy teams and state implementation teams. Five states will be selected, through an application process, to participate in a one-year peer-learning collaborative supported by national experts and focused on discovering and implementing evidence-based strategies to increase access to and the quality of preventive visits for adolescents and young adults. To learn more about the AYAH CoIIN and how it can benefit your state, please either visit the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center table in the Exhibit Hall (table #30), or contact Maritza Valenzuela ( to arrange a time to meet with staff who can tell you more.

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The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), invites you to attend an informational gathering session to discuss Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) and other sleep-related causes of infant death in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Since 2003, NICHD has implemented the Healthy Native Babies Project, the outreach component of the Safe to Sleep® campaign focused on AI/AN communities in the Northern Tier of the United States, which was developed in collaboration with experts in Native communities.

The session will be held on Jan. 26, 2015, from 8 to 8:40 a.m. in the Congressional C/D meeting room of the Hyatt Regency Washington. At this session, NICHD will provide an overview of the Healthy Native Babies Project and gather your input on ways to enhance collaboration between the Healthy Native Babies Project, states, tribes and urban Indian communities. NICHD recognizes that multiple initiatives are underway addressing SIDS, SUID and other sleep-related causes of infant death. Through better alignment with ongoing efforts, the Healthy Native Babies Project hopes to maximize the availability of culturally appropriate risk-reduction resources for tribes and urban Indian communities to reduce AI/AN infant mortality. 

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Individual Professional Coaching
Join us at the 2015 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. 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 wondering 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 Jan. 25 through Tuesday Jan. 27, 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 schedule for an individual session, please contact Yadashe Belay at or (202) 266-3058.

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Schedule Visits with your Senators and Representatives
If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to send meeting requests to your members of Congress.  We encourage you to schedule meetings on Tuesday Jan. 27, but you may use any free time during the conference to visit your member of Congress’ office. For those persons with limited mobility, AMCHP staff is available to help you with transportation. Documents to help you with your Hill day including a map, appropriations fact sheet, state profile fact sheets and suggested talking points will be available at the AMCHP conference registration desk when you check into the conference.

To schedule a meeting: Email the scheduler in your senators’ and representatives’ offices and please cc Amy Haddad ( and/or let her know when your meeting is confirmed so that we may keep track of meetings being scheduled.  This is extremely important so AMCHP staff can ensure coordination of visits and follow-up afterwards.  You also may contact Amy if you need assistance obtaining the e-mail addresses for schedulers. 

Congressional Reception – All Conference Attendees are Invited
AMCHP invites you to a Congressional Reception in conjunction with the AMCHP Annual Conference.

Monday, Jan. 26, 2014
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Dirksen Senate Office Building
Room SD-106

Please RSVP here by Jan. 21 so we may let your Senators and Representatives know their constituents will be in attendance!

The AMCHP conference, the largest gathering of state maternal and child health leaders and partners nationwide, will be held in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 24-27, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.  This reception is an exciting opportunity for you to network with others doing important work to improve maternal and child health, meet colleagues and peers, and say hello to friends doing similar work who also will be at the AMCHP conference or are based in the Washington, D.C. area.


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AMCHP is partnering with the international film and broadcasting company, WebsEdge, to bring AMCHP TV to this year’s Annual Conference from Jan. 24-27 2015, in Washington, DC. AMCHP TV will be an onsite conference television channel featuring a new episode daily, screened around the venue, as well as in guest hotel rooms and online. This venture serves to raise the visibility of your hard work and ​provide an opportunity to learn about new and ongoing initiatives that are making a difference. To learn more, click here.

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The 2015 AMCHP Annual Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. 

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C., USA, 20001

The Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill invites you to experience authentic hospitality, unparalleled service and inviting surroundings. Event guests can walk to nearby Smithsonian museums and the National Mall, tour government centers, visit monuments and museums, cheer on sports teams - all just minutes from our Capitol Hill hotel.

Make your reservation today!  

1. CALL: 888-421-1442


***Don't be fooled!  Housing scammers will try to solicit AMCHP attendees and offering hotel accommodations in Washington, DC for the AMCHP 2015 Annual Conference. These unofficial (pirate) companies may appear to offer wholesale or discounted hotel pricing. AMCHP cannot verify the authenticity of such companies, and will not be able to provide resolution to issues related to such reservations.  The Hyatt Regency is the only official conference hotel and they will not call or email you unsolicited.

Do not give your credit card information or make any reservations with any housing bureau, housing company, or convention housing organization appearing to represent AMCHP, the Conference, or the Washington DC CVB. Frequently, such unaffiliated companies will use a name like "Convention Housing" or "Expo Housing" and are often based in Las Vegas or Orlando. Please do not hesitate to contact the AMCHP Conference Department at (703) 964-1240 x16 to verify hotel reservations sites and/or correspondence.

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Abt. Associates
Adolescent & Young Adult Health National Resource Center
Association of Public Health Laboratories
Autism Speaks-Early Access to Care
Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Bright Futures National Center
Brookes Publishing Co.
CDC Division of Reproductive Health
Charlie's Kids Foundation
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Childbirth Graphics
Children's Safety Network
Cribs for Kids
Data Resource Center, CAHMI
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
Family Voices National
Food and Nutrition Service
HUD-Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Control
InJoy Birth & Parenting Education
Lamaze International
March of Dimes
MCH at Georgetown University
National Center for Medical Home Implementation
National Coalition of STD Directors
National Coordinating Center for the Regional Genetic Service Collaboratives
National Fetal Infant Mortality Review Program
National MCH Workforce Development Center
National Center for Children’s Vision & Eye Health
National Center for the Review & Prevention of Child Deaths
National Maternal & Child Oral Health Resource Center
Office of Minority Health
Public Health Foundation Enterprises, Inc.
Social Solutions
Society for Public Health Education
The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health
Usborne Books & More
UVA-Office of Continuing Medical Education

As of Jan. 15, 2015 

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Sponsors as of Jan. 15, 2015 


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