The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP)’s mission is to advance the health of women, children, youth, families, and communities by strengthening governmental public health and deepening community partnerships through a health equity lens. Since being founded in 1950, AMCHP has served as a national resource, partner, and advocate for state public health leaders and others working to improve maternal and child health public health systems.
AMCHP’s members include leaders from the highest levels of state government, such as directors of maternal and child health and children with special health care needs programs, as well as family leaders, community-based organizations, academic institutions, and others who partner with and support state maternal and child health programs. Our members directly serve families nationwide and strive to improve the health of all women, infants, children, and adolescents, including those with special health care needs, by administering critical public health education and screening services and coordinating preventive, primary, and specialty care. Check out our State Title V Profiles to learn more about our members and the work of state maternal and child health programs.
AMCHP supports its members and the broader public health community by disseminating best practices; advocating on their behalf in Washington; providing technical assistance; convening leaders to share experiences and ideas; and advising states about involving partners to reach our common goal of healthy children, healthy families, and healthy communities.
AMCHP’s vision is a nation committed to the unfettered wellbeing of women, children, youth, families, and communities so that they may thrive. AMCHP embraces these core values as part of its vision:
Our five-year strategic plan, AMCHP Future 2027, was brought together by the AMCHP Board of Directors and our staff. It reflects the current challenges facing the maternal and child health community and our priorities in supporting our members and the families they serve. Our strategic plan guides our programs, policy, and member services activities and provides a foundation for our work.
AMCHP receives generous support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Commonwealth Fund, the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in addition to the dues paid by AMCHP members.