LIHF representatives from Kenosha, Madison, Milwaukee, and Racine were invited to Kansas City, Missouri to present at the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) annual conference. The conference theme this year was “Engagement with Intention: Inclusivity, Diversity, and Non-Traditional Partnerships”. The conference was a perfect opportunity to present about LIHF and learn from others engaged in similar work.
LIHF was featured in three sessions, each highlighting different aspects of the initiative. The first LIHF presentation focused on the collaboration between the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the University of Wisconsin, and the LIHF Collaboratives to collect and analyze data from the Wisconsin Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS). Panelists representing each partner organization shared their reflections on how the unique PRAMS partnership has enabled data-to-action activities at the state and community levels.
The second LIHF presentation was focused on the LIHF Collaboratives and featured Samantha Perry from Racine LIHF, Allison Amphlett from Milwaukee LIHF, Pamela Smith from Kenosha LIHF, and Pat Batemon from the LIHF Program Office in Milwaukee. Each panelist shared their experience maintaining multi-sector coalitions and implementing strategies to reduce infant mortality.
LIHF also had a poster with an overview of the initiative’s evaluation design. In between workshops, the poster presenters met with conference attendees looking to learn more about LIHF’s approach to evaluation.
Beyond the presentations, the LIHF team was able to attend other relevant sessions and learn about how others are working towards health equity in their states. In sessions like “Building the Capacity of MCH to Advance Racial Equity: Putting Concepts into Action” and “Improving Policies and Services for Birth Equity”, the team identified many new resources and found points of connection with other initiatives.
AMCHP 2017 was a great opportunity to share LIHF’s successes and lessons learned, make new connections, and enjoy exploring a different city (and delicious food!) together.