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The AMCHP Annual Conference Training Institute offers a rich program of skills-building sessions starting on Saturday, Jan. 25. Preregistration will be required for all Training Institute sessions to guarantee entry! You can preregister for Training Institute Events when you register for the conference. 

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 skills-building trainings, listed below: 

Skills-Building Trainings

Saturday, Jan. 25, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 


Best Practices in Ease of Use of Community‐Based Services: Lessons learned from an Action Learning Collaborative
Session Track: MCH Systems Building
AMCHP and The National Center for Ease of Use of Community‐Based Services have partnered to sponsor an action learning collaborative (ALC) focused on addressing state policies and practices that enable ease of use of community‐based services for children with special health care needs. This ALC program links states with each other and two lead states to provide a tailored technical assistance model. The Title V program in each of these states has been working on a specific project with a variety of partners, such as Family‐to Family Health Information Centers, the American Academy of Pediatrics, LEND programs, local school districts, Medicaid, Head Start, and Latino Community‐based Organizations. This session will have smaller breakout sessions for participants to speak to presenters.
Myra Rosen‐Reynoso, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, University of Massachusetts Boston
Judith Palfrey, M.D., Professor, Boston Childrens Hospital‐Harvard Medical School

Using Motivational Interviewing to Increase Breastfeeding Rates
Session Track: Women's and Infant Health

Despite the fact that breastfeeding has significant health benefits to the mother and her infant, rates have been declining for decades. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidenced based intervention that has over 200 clinical trials behind it and has been utilized to positively impact a wide range of behaviors. This session will provide an overview of MI and how it is being used in conjunction with a workbook that was created by the presenter, and adopted by many Florida Healthy Start Coalition's to increase breastfeeding rates across the Florida.
David Duresky, MA, Training Director, Broward Healthy Start Coalition

Skills to Help State and Local MCH Leaders Move Towards Equity in Birth Outcomes
Session Track: MCH Systems Building

Our challenge on the road ahead is to move towards the elimination of racial inequities in our nation’s birth outcomes, earnestly and with clear direction. This session will provide three (3) unique opportunities for participants to discover how Title V Directors and State health departments can engage with their local health departments to meet this challenge. First, participants will learn about CityMatCH’s recently launched National and Ohio‐based Institutes for Equity in Birth Outcomes. Second, participants will discover and share measurable public health strategies that can lead to a reduction in birth outcome inequities. And finally, participants will engage in hands‐on, action planning activities similar to those completed by teams CityMatCH’s Equity Institute Trainings (EITs).
Chad Abresch, MEd, Executive Director, CityMatCH
Denise Pecha, LCSW, Director of Programs, CityMatCH
Rebecca Ramsey, MPH, Public Health Project Coordinator, CityMatCH

Tools of the Transition Trade: Building Life Course Skills and Supporting CYSHCN from Pediatric to Adult Care
Session Track: CYSHCN
Participants will practice transition skills to employ in life course care for CYSHCN and their families. Parent, nursing and physician trainers from Indiana University and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital will deliver interactive teaching strategies including communication role plays, community resource referral demonstrations, and case studies of transition planning across chronic illness, physical disability and intellectual disability. Areas of discussion will include identification of new health care providers and financing methods, determination of decision‐making status, behavioral and mental health services, healthy habits counseling, chronic condition and daily self‐management, safety education and caregiver supports.
Mary Ciccarelli, MD, Director, Center for Youth and Adults with Conditions of Childhood, Indiana University School Of Medicine
Jason Woodward, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Elise Montoya, RN, Care Coordinator, Center for Youth and Adults with Conditions of Childhood, Indiana University

Building Comprehensive Systems that Support Adolescent Health
Session Track: Adolescent Health
In this session presenters from states participating in AMCHP's Comprehensive Adolescent Health Systems CoIN will present on their achievements during the first phase of the project and share lessons learned. Presenters will also share and discuss resources for supporting systems that support adolescent health and lead a discussion on the broader implications of activities that contribute to comprehensive systems that support adolescent health.
Maritza Valenzuela, MPH CHES, Program Manager, Adolescent Health, AMCHP

Saturday, Jan. 25, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Quality Improvement Methods for MCH Professionals
Session Track: Epidemiology/Data, Assessment, and Evaluation

Quality Improvement (QI) presents enormous opportunity for public health professionals to achieve measureable improvement in efficiency, effectiveness, performance, accountability, outcomes, and other indicators of quality services or processes. This training will provide attendees with practical, hands‐on QI techniques and tools for public health. Attendees will learn how to apply QI methods, such as Plan‐Do‐Study‐Act, to public health quality issues. Participants will learn about their role and potential contributions to an existing or new QI project, practice using QI tools, and begin to develop a plan for using QI in their home organization. Trainers will provide information how to become involved in state and national QI networks, such as the Improvement Partnerships and NIPN.
Judith Shaw, EdD, MPH, RN, FAAP, Executive Director of the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program, University of Vermont, College of Medicine
Wendy Davis, Associate Director, National Improvement Partnership Network (NIPN), Vermont Child Health Improvement Program

Saturday, Jan. 25, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Building Family Strengths By Engaging Fathers on Home Visits
Session Track: Family Involvement

This session presents evidence that engaging fathers safely is optimal for a child’s development. We share strategies for engaging fathers in home visits from a statewide system, supervisory and home visitor perspectives. The session addresses use of benchmarks, trainings, technical support and resource development. It offers suggestions for helping parents work together and addresses staff bias regarding fathers. It provides tools and confidence to begin difficult conversations with parents so plans that are best for the child are developed. Panelists include: the director of a statewide initiative; a rural home visiting program coordinator; and an urban home visitor. The session alternates between mini‐presentations, brainstorms, small group activities and large group discussions.
Haji Shearer, B.A., Director of the Fatherhood Initiative, Children's Trust Fund
Becky Krysiak, M.S., Program Coordinator, Healthy Families of Berkshire County, Healthy Families Massachusetts; Child Care of the Berkshires
Johannie Almonte, Healthy Families Home Visitor, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Moving the Perinatal Health Needle through Collaboration
Session Track: Women's and Infant Health
This skills building workshop will provide a road map for collaboration and team building when working to improve perinatal health in your community. By providing an overview of the infant mortality reduction initiative in our state we will walk the audience through our process for collaborating with key stakeholders and implementing a strategy to reduce the number of infant deaths and preterm births. The workshop will be interactive with several activities to demonstrate the importance of understanding the data, building collaborations and focusing on quality improvements.
Kesha Clinkscale, MPA, Director, Program Services, March of Dimes Georgia Chapter
Theresa Chapple‐McGruder, PhD, MCH Epidemiologist Director, Georgia Department of Public Health
Pat Cota, RN, MS, Executive Director, Georgia OB/Gyn Society

National Consensus Standards for Systems of Care for CYSHCN: The What, Why and How for States
Session Track: CYSHCN

Creating a comprehensive, quality system of care for CYSHCN has been one of the most challenging and pressing priorities for state leaders. The ACA further heightened this need as states extend coverage to millions of uninsured and implement new quality provisions, among other areas. Historically, national initiatives have described frameworks and standards for such a system. These efforts have helped create an important starting point. However, they have not resulted in specific tools and application of a commonly recognized and endorsed national set of standards for systems of care serving CYSHCN. This interactive session will feature the work of the National Consensus Framework for Improving Quality Systems of Care for CYSHCN Project to develop a national set of CYSHCN system
Karen Van Landeghem, Senior Advisor, AMCHP

Increasing Your Competency as a Facilitator
Session Track: Workforce and Leadership Development
New ways of doing the business of public health have resulted in an increased need to collaborate across different sectors. To be successful, collaboration requires an effective facilitator – someone who can plan and manage the process of meetings to move the group toward results. Most people are not trained as facilitators. Some people are naturally good at helping people work together while others are not. But, everyone can become better at it. Enhancing your competency as a facilitator will result in more effective collaborations in your organization or agency. Creating an environment for discussions need not be painful! Attendees will learn about a four‐step framework to develop questions to engage different members of an audience and its applicability to various situations.
Librada Estrada, MPH, CHES, ACC, CEO, Estrada Consulting
Sharron Corle, MS, Associate Director, MCH Workforce & Leadership Development, AMCHP

Current Issues in Adolescent Health: National Adolescent/Young Adult Health Collaborative Meeting
Session Track: Adolescent Health
AMCHP staff will present the results of its national environmental scan of Title V adolescent health activities, with a discussion to follow on the results and other current issues impacting adolescents and the Title V programs that serve them.
Maritza Valenzuela, MPH CHES, Program Manager, Adolescent Health, AMCHP 

Saturday, January 25, 3:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

MCH 3.0‐‐Advancing the MCH Vision
Session Track: Workforce and Leadership Development
This session will focus on efforts within the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) to move Maternal and Child Health (MCH) forward in this era of rapid change, and assure that the work of MCH leaders is well‐aligned with other partners in the public health and health care delivery system. Participants will hear from MCHB about vision and priorities to improve access, quality, integration, equity, and accountability. An update on the transformation of the MCH Block Grant will be provided, with a focus on: (1) mission, vision and values; (2) performance measurement; and (3) the MCH Block Grant guidance, application, and needs assessment. MCHB leadership will discuss opportunities provided by the Affordable Care Act as they relate to the work of state MCH and CSHCN programs.
Michael Lu, MD, MPH, Associate Administrator, MCHB
E J Tom, Business Analyst, SAIC






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National Summit on Quality Home Visiting 
The 4th Annual National Summit on Quality Home Visiting, will convene on Jan. 29-30, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. This event, sponsored by The Pew Charitable Trusts, Every Child Succeeds, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, brings together home visiting researchers, program leaders, and policy makers  to share the latest research, lessons learned, and to create strategies to ensure that home visiting investments are using evidence-based models, are backed by strong policies, and are embedded in comprehensive early childhood systems. For more information, to register, or to submit an abstract, visit



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The 2014 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.

AMCHP: $229 Single/Double Room  

This special conference rate will be available at the Hyatt Regency Washington for AMCHP attendees until Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2014, or until the block of rooms is sold out – whichever comes first. The quoted rate is subject to applicable state and local taxes, fees and assessments in effect at the time of check-in. Reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card at the time of reservation. 

Make your reservation today!  

1. CALL: 888-421-1442 and request the “AMCHP” group rate. 

2. BOOK ONLINE (group code will be automatically entered to receive the group rate):


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Now Accepting Applications: AMCHP Emerging MCH Leadership Graduate Student Scholarship
AMCHP, with Realityworks and Go Beyond, offers a graduate student scholarship. This scholarship is designed to assist one graduate student per year in furthering their education while sponsoring their attendance at the AMCHP Annual Conference to hone their leadership skills and connect them with existing leaders within MCH. The deadline to submit application materials is by 8 p.m. EST on Nov. 15. To learn more and to see the application requirements, click here.


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Interested in exhibiting or sponsoring? Click here for AMCHP’s 2014 Exhibitor and Sponsor Prospectus.

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