Youth Voice Amplified Committee

Led by youth and young adult leaders, the Youth Voice Amplified (YVA) committee operates using the Jemez principles of democratic organizing, “nothing about us without us,” to exemplify AMCHP’s strategic plan goal centered on supporting and modeling youth engaged work. YVA is dedicated to elevating the voices and contributions of young people to the MCH discipline, particularly state Title V/ MCH programs. This infrastructure at the AMCHP organization is the foundation of current and future efforts to include all young people’s collective and unique lived experiences, and foster leadership development that advances our programmatic missions and visions.

Meet the Committee Members

Amber Woodside She/They
Colorado
Areas of Expertise
Climate justice; disability pride; data collection strategies; youth competence; transition-age healthcare; neurodivergent skills-building; intergenerational communication; crochet; video game lore.
Areas of Interest
Adolescent Mental Health
Positive Youth Development
Autistic Advocacy
LGBTQ+ Health & Mental Health
Rural Healthcare
Daniela Rochez She/Her/Hers
Iowa
Areas of Expertise
My area of expertise is mental health, maternal mortality, and pregnancy intendedness. In addition to this, I feel passionate about access to contraceptives and preventing adverse pregnancy outcomes.
Areas of Interest
Contraceptive Access
Maternal Mortality
Reproductive Cancers
Ramon Antonio Aquino Pena He/Him
Puerto Rico
Areas of Expertise
How can we attack those barriers that young men face in order to open up to someone?
Areas of Interest
Male Adolescent Mental Health & Stereotypes
Yashira M. Ortega-Sustache She/Her
Puerto Rico
Areas of Expertise
The barriers that young people present to receive mental health and impact projects that we can do to help and impact young people, suicide prevention, listening to the voice of young people, the clinical area in trauma, critical care and prevention at the mental health level, inclusive, youth voice matters, community impact projects, screenings.
Areas of Interest
Mental and Behavioral Health
Building MCH Leaders and MCH Workforce
Children and Youth Special Health Care Needs
Screening and Treatment for Mental Health in Youth and Young Adults
Mental Health Prevention
Dylan She/Her
New York
Areas of Expertise
Areas of Interest
Contraceptive Access
Sexual/Reproductive Health Care
Early Access to Prenatal Care
Angelina Dang She/Her
Iowa
Areas of Expertise
Lion dancing
Areas of Interest
Policies and Equity for Women of Color
Eve Schifman She/Her
Kansas
Areas of Expertise
I am passionate about diversity equity and inclusion as well as shaping public health for the better.
Areas of Interest
Public Health
Dorcas A, MPH They/Them
New York
Areas of Expertise
I am passionate about health equity, health tech and mobile health interventions, health administration, policy work, and trans and queer health.
Areas of Interest
Health Policy Tracking and Development
Family Planning
Doula Services Impact on Health
Postpartum Care
Abortion
Program Development and Implementation
Yeqing (una) Wu She/Her
Ohio
Areas of Expertise
I am passionate about mental health, food insecurity, and youth violence in maternal and child health because I believe that every individual, regardless of age or circumstance, deserves access to proper healthcare and support systems. These interconnected issues significantly impact the well-being of families and communities, and addressing them effectively can lead to improved outcomes and brighter futures for vulnerable populations. By advocating for comprehensive interventions and policies prioritizing mental wellness, nutrition security, and violence prevention within maternal and child health programs, I hope to create healthier and more resilient communities for generations.
Areas of Interest
Mental Health
Food insecurity
Youth Violence
Gabrielle Rose Beck She/Her
Tennessee
Areas of Expertise
I am passionate about housing as healthcare. No one should die for lack of housing, but as they are, it is our responsibility to end this epidemic. I want to actively invest in the health and well-being of homeless communities and combat unjust legislation.
Areas of Interest
Maternal Mortality
Unhoused Justice
Climate Change's Negative Impacts on Health Outcomes
Shannon O’Hara Wiora She/Her
Virginia
Areas of Expertise
Shannon is Autistic and Mental Health Advocate with an interest to increase neurodiversity in STEM and improve clinical care and resources for families from underrepresented communities. She is first-generation college student from a low-income family of nine. She has spent her summers doing biomedical research at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, University of New Mexico’s School of Medicine, and University of Minnesota Medical School. Shannon has received national awards on the impact of her research towards the pharmaceutical industry and has presented her research at national conferences. Currently, she serves on the Youth of as Self-Advocates (YASA) Committee at Family Voices, Youth Voice Amplified Committee Member at the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), and as a National Consumer Scholar at Camden Health.
Areas of Interest
Health Policy
Disability Advocacy
Maternal Health
Hanna Howell She/Her
Virginia
Areas of Expertise
Engaging with people with lived experience/community engagement
Areas of Interest
Mental and Behavioral Health
Maternal Health
Early Childhood Health
Nannette Beckley She/Her
Illinois
Areas of Expertise
I am very committed to engaging in work that aims to reduce maternal health disparities in the United States, particularly among mothers of color. Seeing that black women are disproportionally affected by maternal morbidities and mortality largely due to inequities in the utilization of comprehensive perinatal care, I'm interested in addressing the social determinants of health that may contribute to reduced access to these healthcare services. Similarly, I am interested in continuing to investigate social exposures that contribute to poor perinatal mental health outcomes like diagnosis of postpartum depression. Additionally, I am deeply engaged in understanding and combating infectious diseases. With the rise of global health threats, my goal is to contribute to the development and implementation of effective strategies to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks.
Areas of Interest
Epidemiology of Maternal Morbidities and Mortality
Perinatal Behavioral Health