The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) leads and supports programs nationally to protect and promote the optimal health of women, children, youth, families, and communities. 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.
At AMCHP, we envision a nation that values and invests in the health and wellbeing of all women, children, youth, families, and communities so that they may thrive. AMCHP embraces these core values as part of its vision:
Our strategic plan guides all of our program, policy and member services activities and provides a foundation for our work. It is created by the AMCHP Board of Directors every three years and is refreshed annually. The strategic plan reflects the current challenges facing the maternal and child health community and our priorities in continuing to support our members and the families they serve.
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.