Leadership and Advocacy: Trends and Challenges in Maternal and Child Health

Course Description:

In 1935, Title V of the Social Security Act established a federal-state partnership to address the needs of the maternal and child health population. Over the years, though changes have occurred, Title V remains the oldest federal program dedicated to the health of all mothers and children. Strong leadership and advocacy skills are critical to the program’s success. Program faculty discussed national trends in maternal and child health, national leadership for MCH, current challenges and opportunities, and future directions.

Target Audience

Academic Faculty/Staff, Federal Government Employees, State Government Employees, Local Government Employees, Non-Government Employees and Students

Learning Objectives

  • Describe maternal and child health leadership and current challenges and opportunities
  • Discuss leadership and the importance of advocacy
  • Present applications of maternal and child leadership in current practice settings
  • Provide ideas and suggestions for future directions of Title V Maternal and Child Health Programs in light of the Affordable Care Act
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 2.00 hour(s) of credit for completing Leadership and Advocacy: Trends and Challenges in Maternal and Child Health
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Michael Fraser
Michael Fraser, PhD

Michael Fraser, PhD has over 14 years of public health agency and national association experience supporting and serving federal, state, and local public health agencies. Dr. Fraser is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs in Washington, DC. Dr. Fraser has been CEO of AMCHP since August, 2007. In 2009 he received a “Young and Aspiring CEO” award from Association Trends magazine and in 2010 he earned his Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential. During his tenure, AMCHP has been nationally recognized for its work in supporting state maternal and child health programs, most recently by receiving the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Director’s Award in October 2010 and the American Public Health Association’s MCH Section “Outstanding Leadership and Advocacy” award in November 2010.  

Prior to joining AMCHP, Dr. Fraser was the Deputy Executive Director of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) from 2002 to 2007. Prior to that he was a Regional Program Manager with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2001 to 2002, and a Senior Staff Fellow at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) from 2000 to 2001. Prior to HRSA he was a Senior Research Analyst and Program Manager with NACCHO from 1998 to 2000 and a Research Scientist with Aspen Systems Corporation from 1997 to 1998. Dr. Fraser received his doctorate in sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in May 1997 and his M.A. in sociology in 1994. Dr. Fraser received his B.A. in sociology from Oberlin College in 1991.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 2.00 hour(s) of credit for completing Leadership and Advocacy: Trends and Challenges in Maternal and Child Health


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