BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
September 15, 2008
Board Members Present: Board Members Excused:
Nan Streeter, President Jeff Lobas – Past President
Phyllis Sloyer, President-Elect Lisa Bujno, Region I Director
Millie Jones – Secretary Fouad Berrahou, Region VI Director
Linda Jones Hicks, Region II Direct Jim Bryant, At-Large Director
Melita Jordan, Region III Director Annette Phelps, At-Large Director
Daniel Bender, Region IV Director
Kathy Stiffler, Region V Director
Melinda Sanders, Region VII Director
Jo Ann Dotson, Region VIII Director
Les Newman, Region IX Director
Stephanie Birch, Region X Director
Ruth Walden, Family Representative
Mary Marin, Family Representative
Sharron Corle (reporting on behalf of Lauren Ramos)
Lissa Pressfield - Adolescent Health Intern
Item Discussion Action
Call to Order – The meeting was called to order at 3: 05 p.m. Eastern
Nan Streeter Time by President Nan Streeter.
Welcome & Nan welcomed the board and staff to the meeting, Roll
Introduction – call and attendance was conducted by Mike Fraser.
Approval of Minutes Minutes for the June 14, 15 & 16 Board Meeting were Action: Jo Ann Dotson
reviewed and approved. Nan will submit minor moved to approve the minutes
changes/typo corrections to Nora and Loretta (Deliana) Fuddy
seconded the motion.
The minutes were approved
unanimously by the Board.
Item Discussion Action
President’s Report – Nan is currently on leave of absence and she thanked ACTION: Nan will send
Nan Streeter everyone for their support and kind thoughts during this information on Mike’s
time. She indicated that even though she is on leave, she performance evaluation to
will continue with her role as AMCHP’s president and Nora to distribute to the
also engaged in national work that she has been doing. appropriate parties.
Nan reported that she and Mike recently had a
conversation with Bill Sappenfield regarding the
relationship between the MCH EPI group and AMCHP.
As a demonstration of AMCHP’s support, we are
currently working to formalize an agreement between the
state MCH EPI group and AMCHP. A proposal will
most likely be presented to the Board for approval at the
November Board Meeting.
Nan and Mike also attended an ASTHO Leadership
Meeting in Virginia at the end of July, which Nan
thought was very productive.
Nan reminded the Board that Mike has just completed his
1st full-year as AMCHP’s CEO. She will send out
appraisal forms to the Board, AMCHP partners as well as
staff to obtain their feedback on Mike’s performance.
The appraisal will serve a dual purpose: (1) how Mike
has been doing over the past 12 months and where we
should be headed? (2) what is the perception of
Treasurer’s Report – Loretta (Deliana) walked the Board through the ACTION: Stephanie Birch
Loretta (Deliana) Fuddy dashboard and FY09 budget. She reported that moved to approve the FY09
& Mike Fraser everything is on target with the budget, expenditures as budget and Ruth Walden
well as dues. seconded the motion.
However, due to the current economic slump, our The motion was passed
investment is showing a $67,000 loss. Given how bad unanimously.
the market has been in recent months the loss is within a
reasonable expected range and doesn’t reflect a need to
take immediate action.
Deliana added that as we have been fairly conservative
with the distribution of investment, it has worked to our
advantage so far.
The Finance Committee will take another look at the
investment portfolio to see if we need to reshift our
investment strategy at the upcoming Committee meeting
on November 12.
Item Discussion Action
Review and Discuss A lengthy discussion on HHS Family Planning Action: Brent to send to the
AMCHP’s Statement Regulation among Mike, Brent and the entire Board Board for their review, a draft
on HHS Family ensued. letter from AMCHP with a
Planning Regulation– statement, based on what
Mike, Brent and Mike explained that under normal circumstances, such ASTHO is putting out in their
AMCHP Board processes do not necessarily need to go to the Board statement.
level, however, given the controversial issues
surrounding the regulation he felt it was necessary to The Executive Committee
bring it to the Board for an open discussion and look for will make a final decision as
their direction on what action to take. to what action to take.
The general consensus was that while it is important for
AMCHP to take a stand and issue a statement we also
need to be cautious with the action that we take due to
where our members are within their agencies.
The majority of the board members present voted to
support the opposition and in concert with ASTHO’s
Brent reported that we have until next Thursday to submit
our letter. He expects to find out from ASTHO what
their statement would be on either Friday or Monday. He
will then draft a letter based on ASTHO’s statement for
the Board to review.
CEO Update – Mike provided an update on what AMCHP has been up
Mike Fraser to including his recent activities and staff changes, etc.
As far as new projects are concerned, AMCHP has
recently been awarded a grant on autism which will help
to fund 2 new positions within the organization.
Mike congratulated the Board on earning the highest
possible Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART)
rating for the Title V MCH Block Grant.
Update from Program Program Updates
Director – AMCHP was awarded the MCHB cooperative agreement
Sharron Corle on behalf for the State Public Health Coordinating Center for
of Lauren Ramos Autism. This funding is designed to create a
comprehensive resource and technical assistance center
for the state autism grantees as well as for all states
working to strengthen systems for children, youth and
families with autism or other developmental disabilities.
It is a 3-year agreement for $250,000 per year. AMCHP
is recruiting for 2 staff to support this work and is really
excited strengthen our CSHCN programming and
services to members.
The Partnership to Eliminate Disparities in Infant
Item Discussion Action
Mortality, a joint project between AMCHP, CityMatCH
and NHSA is underway. A 2-day meeting was held in
August with the Advisory Committee, who provided
guidance and expertise on strategies, team composition,
and project deliverables. As a result of the meeting, a
vision and mission were created for the project. An RFP
for state/local/community teams was released in August
with a September deadline. To date, applications have
been received from 18 states and disseminated to a
review panel. The project looks to fund 5 teams. Final
team selection will be announced in early October.
As part of the National Stakeholders Collaborative’s
continued support of collaborative efforts to integrate
HIV, STD, and pregnancy prevention for school-aged
youth, the NSC is offering states who previously
participated in Regional Stakeholders Meetings (now
called National Stakeholders Meetings, or NSMs) in
2003 and 2005 the opportunity to apply for and
participate in the National Stakeholders Meeting (NSM)
Reconvene. Like the Regional Stakeholders Meetings of
the past, the goal of the NSM Reconvene is to increase
the current level of communication and collaboration
between State Education and Health Agencies to support
and improve programs and policies addressing HIV,
STD, and teen pregnancy for school-aged youth. The
NSM Reconvene will offer up to 5 teams the opportunity
to network and gain valuable information about funding
for collaborative projects; strategies for policy chance
and advocacy; health and education disparities; best
practices in HIV, STD, and teen pregnancy prevention;
collaboration strategies; and youth development and
engagement. AMCHP received applications from 6
states. Final team selection will be announced in early
Update from Policy Brent Ewig, Director of Policy and Government Affairs,
Director – provided the following update:
Congress is expected to pass a continuing
resolution within the next two weeks that will
provide flat funding for all health programs until
at least September, at which time they will try to
complete FY ’09 Appropriations with a new
president. AMCHP will advocate at that time to
include the slightly increased proposal of $675
million for the Title V MCH Block Grant
included in the House Appropriations Committee
AMCHP’s Health Care Finance and Legislative
Item Discussion Action
Committees are reviewing and commenting now
on our draft Principles for Health Reform and a
proposal for Policy Steps the Next
Administration Could Take to Improve MCH.
These committees plan to finish this work on a
Sept 30 conference call and forward to the full
Board for review and approval at the November
We are also engaging the Legislative Committee
to discuss strategies that build on our
appropriations advocacy momentum and adopt to
the expected new political landscape and
continuing federal deficit pressures.
Update on Logo and Mike reported that Michelle Levy, our consultant on logo
Branding Work – and branding, is currently working on the design of the
Mike Fraser new logo.
As soon as it is ready, the Logo Committee will review it
and the new design will be brought to the November
Board Meeting for approval.
Review and Discuss Nan stated that due to time constraints, if the Board has
Agenda for November any topics of interest they would like included in the
Board Meeting - November Board Meeting Agenda, they should contact
Nan Streeter Mike.
In the meantime, Mike will continue to work on
finalizing the agenda.
New Business – Call for nomination for all open Board positions: Email ACTION: Hard copy letters
Mike Fraser blasts will be sent to all members and based on the have been sent to all Region
positive feedback we received from last year, we will be IV and Region VIII delegates
sending out a hard copy letter to the delegates in the on September 15, 2008.
regions with open positions.
At the November Board Meeting, we need to discuss the
selection of McQueen Award recipient and send out
information within the next couple of months.
Meeting Adjourned Motion to adjourn the meeting at 4:25 p.m. Eastern Time. Action: Loretta (Deliana)
Fuddy moved to accept
motion. Ruth Walden
seconded. Meeting adjourned.
Prepared by Nora Lam, AMCHP Staff
Reviewed and Approved by Millie Jones, AMCHP Secretary