ATMCH Leadership & History

The Association of Teachers of Maternal & Child Health (ATMCH) is a not-for-profit organization. The Advisory Board provides critical input to the Executive Team on current & future programmatic activities. The Advisory Board is composed of a maximum of 12 diverse representatives of the target audience (doctoral/pre-doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, junior/early career faculty, senior faculty, others who want to improve their teaching in academic programs). Board members are nominated from among the pool of ATMCH members & appointed, under Advisory Board advisement, by the Executive Team to serve two-year terms. We currently have 3 subcommittees focused on (1) webinars; (2) website/social media; (3) training, networking & mentoring opportunities. Any and all ATMCH members are invited to join a subcommittee & help ATMCH best serve those providing MCH content to others! Email to learn more or volunteer.

Advisory Board:


Edmond Shenassa, ScD, MA  

Craig Becker, MSSW



John Richards, MA, AITP

Maria D. Politis, DrPH, MPH

Tamika Rowe-Maloney, MPH

Erika Thompson, PhD, MPH, CPH

Heather Johnson, MPH

Kiana Solomon, MPH

Executive Team:


Martha Wingate, DrPH

Julie McDougal, MAE

ATMCH History

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 ATMCH Leadership Award established
1993 MCH Competencies developed by ATMCH Education Committee
1995 ATMCH 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 ATMCH website launched
2000 MCH Competencies revised
2001 Survey of potential & current ATMCH members' needs conducted
2001 MCH Syllabi Project launched
2002 ATMCH Mentorship Project launched
2014 ATMCH Secretariat transferred to the University of Alabama at Birmingham
2014  ATMCH website revised
2014 ATMCH membership became free of charge
2016 Standing Committees formed: Education & Mentoring, Workforce Development, Membership & Engagement
2017 Constitution & By-Laws Revised
2019 Mission, Target Audience, Leadership, Scope of Work, Constitution & By-Laws Revised
ATMCH Presidential Leadership History
2018-2019 Edmond Shenassa
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