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 ATMCH began as a liaison committee of the Association of Directors of Maternal & Child Health and Children with Special Health Care Needs Programs, now known as the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP). In this forum, MCH faculty met with MCH directors from the states to discuss curricula, important events, and the academic structure of MCH programs. In 1972, the members of this committee decided to form their own association, separate from AMCHP.  ATMCH was consequently formed.

1988 501c3 status approved
1989 ATMCH Secretariat established & housed at the National Center for Education in Maternal & Child Health
1989 Identity Campaign developed new logo
1989 New by-laws approved & implemented
1990 Leadership Award established
1993 MCH Competencies developed by ATMCH Education Committee
1995 Leadership Award changed to Loretta P. Lacey Academic Leadership Award
1999 ATMCH Secretariat transferred to the Association of Schools of Public Health
1999 Survey of MCH graduates conducted
2000 Website launched
2000 MCH Competencies revised
2001 MCH Syllabi Project launched
2001 Survey of potential and current ATMCH members’ needs conducted
2002 Mentorship Project launched
2004 Outstanding Student Author Awards began (ATMCH/APHA MCH Section collaboration)
2006 Annual Student Faculty Networking Event launched (eventually named after Dr. Greg R. Alexander)
2008 Membership strategic planning survey conducted
2009 Doctoral futures survey conducted
2012 Innovative Teaching Awards launched
2014 ATMCH Secretariat transferred to the University of Alabama at Birmingham
2014  Website revised
2014 ATMCH membership became free of charge
2015 Survey of potential & current ATMCH members’ needs conducted
2016 Standing Committees formed: Education & Mentoring, Workforce Development, Membership & Engagement
2017 Constitution & By-Laws Revised
2018 Last Lacey Award bestowed
2018 Last Greg Alexander Networking Event held
2019 Mission, Target Audience, Leadership, Scope of Work, Constitution & By-Laws Revised
2019 Last ATMCH Outstanding Student Author Awards bestowed
2021 Operation of ATMCH activities incorporated into a partnership with the MCH Navigator at Georgetown University’s National Center for Education in Maternal & Child Health

ATMCH Presidential Leadership History

2018-2019 Edmond Shenassa
2016-2018 Alice Richman
2014-2016 Martha Wingate
2012-2014 Ellen Daley
2010-2012 Doug Taren
2008-2010 Russell Kirby
2006-2008 Marti Coulter
2004-2006 Jose Gorrin-Peralta
2002-2004 Gene Declercq
2000-2002 Arden Handler
1998-2000 Pierre Buekens
1997-1998 Lorraine Klerman
1995-1997 Jonathan Kotch
1993-1995 Bernie Guyer
1991-1993 Al Chang
1990-1991 Rosemary Barber-Madden


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $225,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.