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The True Meaning of Succession Planning

Date: July 24, 2013

Succession planning is not just about identifying and grooming the next generation of leaders.  It is an on-going part of workforce development efforts designed to sustain an organization or agency’s capacity.  It is supported by activities such as recruiting and retaining a competent workforce by developing skills, knowledge, and building leadership capacity.   Particularly in this time of great change in state Title V programs, succession planning is of critical importance to ensure that states have the qualified workforce with the needed expertise for ensuring the continuity and prosperity of maternal and child health programs. On July 24, 2013, AMCHP hosted a webinar, The True Meaning of Succession Planning, to share successful succession planning strategies.  During the webinar, Michael Warren, MD, MPH, FAAP, Director of Maternal and Child Health for the Tennessee Department of Health provided an overview of the concept of succession planning and shared his efforts related to workforce development in his state.  Dr. Warren was also joined by  Linda McElwain, RN, Section Chief of Maternal and Child Health for the Wyoming Department of Health, and Patricia Tilley, MS, MA, Acting Bureau Chief for the Bureau of Population Health and Community Services and Title V Director of New Hampshire’s Maternal and Child Health Program who shared their success stories and resources related to building a competent workforce.

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Promoting Healthy Weight in Maternal & Child Health Populations

Date: April 26, 2013

The obesity epidemic in the U.S. is a long-recognized public health issue that has serious health and economic consequences, especially for children and families.  This webinar, co-sponsored by AMCHP and NICHQ, highlighted how states and communities are working to promote healthy weight for children, women and families. Presentations provided examples state Title V program efforts to address healthy weight, and examples from the Collaborate for Healthy Weight initiative to address obesity at the community level.

Presenters included: Cindy Hannon, MSW, Associated Project Director, NICHQ; Suzanne Haydu, MPH, RD, Nutrition and Physical Activity Coordinator, California Department of Public Health; Heidi Scarpitti, RD/LD, Public Health Nutritionist, Ohio Department of Public Health; Anne Weidenbenner, MS, RD, LD, Manager, Primary Prevention Section and Creating Healthy Communities Program, Ohio Department of Health; and Stephen Cook, MD, MPH, FAAP, FTOS, Department of Pediatrics, Golisano Children’s Hospital.

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    Social Media 101

    Date: March 27, 2013

    AMCHP hosted a webinar on Social Media 101. Speakers included:

    • Julio Arguello, Jr., Online Media & Information Technology Manager, AMCHP -- [Presentation Slides]
    • Randi Clites, Advocacy/Program Manager, Northern Ohio Hemophilia Foundation -- [Presentation Slides]
    • Tierney Giannotti, University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Research, Education and Service; and
      Ann Gionet, Connecticut Department of Public Health -- [Presentation Slides]

    The purpose of this webinar was to help State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) grantees understand the basics of Social Media and provide a step by step demonstration on how to set up a Facebook and Twitter profile. The webinar also featured examples of how SPHARC grantees are using Facebook.

    The full webinar recording can be accessed here.


    Improving Birth Outcomes in the U.S.: State Efforts to Reduce Prematurity

    Date: July 12, 2012  

    National momentum to coordinate efforts to address stagnating declines in infant mortality and persistent disparities among populations within the United States is growing. In September 2011, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) President David Lakey issued his President's Challenge: the Healthy Babies Initiative. His goal for the challenge is to improve birth outcomes by reducing infant mortality and prematurity in the United States. Specifically, the goal is to decrease prematurity in the United States by 8% by 2014.

    This webinar, co-sponsored by AMCHP and ASTHO, provided examples of how a state can move forward in achieving the goal of prematurity reduction. Presenters will highlight the experience and strategies of two states that have already met the ASTHO Presidential Challenge goal (Alaska and Vermont), and one state currently working towards that goal (Oklahoma).

    Presenters included: Ellen Pliska, MHS, Director, Family and Child Health, Maternal and Child Health Policy, ASTHO; Stephanie Birch, RNC, MPH, MS, FNP, MCH Title V and CSHCN Director, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services; Breena Holmes, MD, Director, Maternal and Child Health, Vermont Department of Health; and Barbara O’Brien, RN, MS, Program Director, Office of Perinatal Quality Improvement, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

    To view the webinar presentation (audio and visual), click on the following links (mp4 files):

    To download the slides from the webinar, click here. (Note: it may take a few minutes to download the entire slide set)


    Newborn Screening Recommendations for Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD): Implications for State Programs

    Date: March 22, 2012

    In October 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Secretary's Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children (SACHDNC) recommended the addition of Critical Congenital Cyanotic Heart Disease (CCCHD) to the Committee's Recommended Uniform Screening Panel (RUSP). In September 2011, DHHS Secretary Sebelius adopted the SACHDNC recommendation to add Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) to the RUSP.

    This webinar focused on the background of the point-of-care CCHD screening recommendations and potential roles of state health departments. Presentations included considerations for roles of state health departments with CCHD screening, an overview of state activities, and lessons learned from New Jersey’s experience with implementing mandated screening.

    The full webinar recording can be accessed here. Presenter slides are available below:


    Roles for State Title V Programs in Building Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Date: February 1, 2012

    This webcast highlighted findings from the AMCHP Issue Brief, Roles for State Title V Programs: Building Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Disabilities (ASD/DD). The issue brief outlines a range of roles for Title V as leader, partner and facilitator; provides state resources and examples to share with policy makers in leadership, outreach and awareness, and family participation; highlights ongoing challenges in data and financing, as well as opportunities for collaborative approaches; and provides opportunities for peer-to-peer technical assistance.

    The purpose of the webcast was to help states, primarily Title V programs, determine appropriate roles and approaches to building systems of care for children and youth with ASD/DD. The presenters provided examples from state programs to demonstrate the depth of involvement from state Title V programs and their partners.

    The full webcast recording can be accessed here. The audio recording can be accessed here.


    MCH Navigator: Introduction to an Online Learning Portal

    Date: January 10, 2012

    AMCHP hosted a webinar on the MCH Navigator. Speakers included:

    • Holly Grason, Senior Advisor, Division of Research, Training and Education, MCHB, HRSA -- [Presentation Slides]
    • Laura Kavanagh, Director, Division of Research, Training and Education, MCHB, HRSA -- [Presentation Slides]
    • Glendean Sisk, Chief, Bureau of Maternal & Infant Health, Illinois Department of Human Services -- [Presentation Slide]
    • Dr. Cathy Taylor, Professor and Dean, College of Health Sciences and Nursing, Belmont University, Former Assistant Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Health -- [Presentation Slides]
    • Michael Fraser, CEO, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs 

    The purpose of the webinar was to introduce the AMCHP membership to the MCH Navigator, a new learning portal that links individuals to existing open-access training, organized in areas consistent with nationally endorsed public health and MCH leadership competencies. State Title V directors involved in the design and use of this new professional development resource shared their perspectives and ideas for future applications in public health and related community settings. To view the full recording of the webinar, click here [Audio and Video] or here [Audio]. The MCH Navigator can be accessed at

    For more information about the MCH Navigator, of if you have materials you would like considered for inclusion, please e-mail Holly Grason at  


    Making Healthcare IT Meaningful for MCH

    Date: September 21, 2011

    AMCHP hosted a webinar in partnership with OZ Systems titled, "Making Healthcare Information Technology Meaningful for Maternal and Child Health." Presenters included Bob Bowman of the Indiana State Department of Health, John Eichwald of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, and Terese Finitzo of OZ Systems. The presenters discussed the application of health information technology to MCH practice using several real-world examples. The goal was to share some emerging practices in health IT with MCH professionals nationwide. Expert presentation was complemented by discussion among participants.

    • To access the audio recording, click here (mp3)
    • For the presentation slides, click here (PDF)
    • For the background document on HIT Reform: Challenges for MCH, click here (PDF)