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AMCHP 2023 Annual Conference Session & Poster Proposals

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Due Date: November 22, 2022

The 2023 AMCHP Annual Conference will be held May 6-9, 2023 at the New Orleans Marriott, in New Orleans, LA. At this time, AMCHP will be offering content in-person and through our virtual conference platform to accommodate participants who attend on-site or attend virtually. The Call For Proposals will close on November 22, 2022. The deadline will NOT be extended!.

For the AMCHP 2023 details, please click here!

The theme for the 2023 conference is Cultivating Diverse Leaders in Maternal and Child Health.

This year’s annual conference theme focuses on how we can grow leaders in maternal and child health who reflect the diversity of experiences, cultures, and abilities of the people we serve. Sustainable leadership requires attentive cultivation – we are all gardeners, fostering the growth of the MCH leaders in our midst and those yet to come. Our values are reflected in who we raise up as leaders. The goal is to nurture innovative, creative, and resilient leaders who in turn use their talents to support healthy communities. Cultivation is an intentional process, and cultivating leaders requires developing spaces that acknowledge, encourage, and sustainably support authentic leadership. The culture of our garden matters. Through many public health challenges, our “field” has helped MCH leaders to weather storms, but what does it take to ensure that our leaders truly thrive? Only thriving people can transform systems. This year, our annual conference will delve into how we as gardeners are cultivating an MCH field with varied blossoms who enrich our experiences, authentically engage with families and communities and ensure a sustainable, equitable future for all.

AMCHP is striving to ensure that at least 50% of accepted proposal submissions directly address the conference theme; please reference the conference objectives to determine whether your proposal addresses the conference theme or highlights key programs and advancements in MCH.

Learning Objectives
• Identify practices and policies designed to grow and support diverse leaders in maternal and child health (MCH) (Conference Theme)
• Discover methods to cultivate a diverse, sustainable MCH workforce (Conference Theme)
• Apply new ideas, skills, or abilities to their current MCH practice.
• Identify practices and policies designed to strengthen partnerships between local and state maternal and child health (MCH) programs and families.
• Describe new skills that can be directly applied to enhance the maternal and child health workforce.
• Discuss the latest research in maternal and child health.
• Describe the importance of interprofessional collaboration in the maternal and child health field.

The tracks for this year’s conference are:
• Clinical and Community Engagement and Partnership (includes state/territorial/county MCH agencies and how they work with each other and/or with clinical side or community orgs locally)
• Communication and Health Communication
• Epidemiology, Data, Assessment, and Evaluation (includes health outcomes: impact of investment/ROI, etc.)
• Emergency Preparedness and Response
• Equity and Access for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)
• Family Engagement & Partnership (includes fatherhood, family-centered care, siblings, grandparents)
• Health Equity and addressing social determinants of health
• MCH History and Systems
• Mental Health/Behavioral Health
• Policy & Advocacy (includes health care financing and coverage)
• We are all connected: Global Health, Climate Change, Environmental Justice
• Workforce Development and Leadership
• Youth Engagement & Partnership

AMCHP Culture
AMCHP is committed to anti-racism and racial equity, and we are working to operationalize this commitment throughout our organization, including our partnerships, communications, and events. The AMCHP Annual Conference is the ideal venue to present your ideas, research, innovative programming, best practices and effective outreach strategies to MCH and other public health practitioners. Our audience includes directors of state programs, federal officials, advocates, family leaders, researchers, and health care providers.

AMCHP has recently made a formal commitment to anti-racism and racial equity, and we are working to operationalize this commitment throughout our organization, including our partnerships, communications, and events. We are leveraging opportunities like the AMCHP conference to live up to our commitments, including establishing honest conversations about racism in our spheres of influence and challenging racism, explicit bias, and implicit bias wherever they exist.

Who Attends AMCHP?
More than 1,200 people attended the AMCHP 2022 Annual Conference virtually from nearly every state/territory/jurisdiction in the United States. Your participation offers direct connections with health officials responsible for programs in the fields of:
• Infant mortality reduction
• Women’s health
• Reproductive health
• Adolescent health
• Children and youth with special health care needs
• Early childhood services

Who Should Submit a Proposal?
The AMCHP Annual Conference highlights the impact MCH programs are making at all levels for women, children and families and provides participants with methods, tools and resources to develop, enhance and sustain vital MCH programs and services. With nearly 1,000 annual attendees, it is one of the largest gatherings of MCH professionals in the country. AMCHP invites those with lived experiences and partners outside our traditional membership, including community members, those working at community-based organizations, and those representing tribal governments, to participate in submitting and presenting concurrent skills-building sessions, workshops, poster sessions, and roundtables.

Please watch this webinar AMCHP put together on the submission process.

Plan Accordingly
AMCHP staff estimated it takes about 4-5 hours to pull all of the content pieces together, and 15-20 minutes to fill out the forms for the actual submission. Please plan accordingly for the due day of November 22, 2022.

For additional information regarding what is required during the submission process, please

click here.

Submission Type Descriptions (see below):(You will select one type per submission.)
We will offer virtual options for posters, roundtables, and workshops. Skills-building sessions will be offered on-site only.

Session Type Description In-Person Virtual
Skills Building Sessions 3 hours in length, Skills-building sessions are designed to teach participant new skills, methods, and tools that they can apply to their work. Please include a brief overview of your planned interactive activities, the skills or tools you are teaching participants to apply and what you expect participants to come away with to apply to their work. 3 hour skills sessions presented on Saturday, May 6. None; skills sessions will be presented in-person only.
Workshops 60 minutes in length, Workshops are informative sessions that often include a panel of presenters representing varying perspectives, include audience interaction and allot a minimum of 15 minutes for Q&A. 45 minutes of presentation time with 15 minutes for discussion; up to six concurrent sessions for each workshop timeslot; up to two of the workshop sessions will be livestreamed for virtual conference participants. Workshop presenters attending in-person and not being livestreamed are invited to record their presentation prior to the conference for uploading into the conference platform for virtual participants. Presenters who opt not to attend in person would work with a producer to record their content for presentation on the virtual platform.
Poster Graphic presentation of research or program results to be placed on an 8’ long x 4’ tall poster board. One author must be available at the conference to set-up, answer questions during poster presentations, and dismantle. Physical printed poster to be displayed in the exhibit hall during poster session hours. Digital version of the poster and a brief audio recording of no more than 5 minutes narrating the poster for the virtual participants.
Student and Early Career Professional Roundtables This is an opportunity for students and early career professionals to tap into the expertise of established and other emerging MCH professionals from across the country. Students and early career professionals whose submissions are accepted will deliver five-minute presentations about a topic they would like to explore in greater depth, including any questions for which they are seeking guidance. There will be time immediately following each presentation for attendees to dialogue with the presenter; this can include sharing relevant consideration, resources, or connections to others engaged in similar or complementary efforts. 60 minutes of interactive presentations, audience discussion and feedback, for live attendees only. 60 minutes of live, interactive presentations, audience discussion and feedback on webconferencing platform, for virtual attendees only.

Inclusive Terms
We are committed to refraining from using terms that further perpetuate narratives that place and describe communities of color as deficit populations (i.e. using the terms ‘vulnerable’, ‘at-risk’, or ‘low-income’ to describe a particular racial or ethnic group). Use of this language implies there is something inherently flawed in that community and places blame on the individual or a particular racial/ethnic group. Language should be respectful of communities and identify the system that has failed to invest in creating an optimal environment for positive health outcomes as the problem. This resource may be helpful to you as you shift your language.

The Call For Proposals will close on November 22, 2022. The deadline will NOT be extended!.

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