The Starting Out Right curriculum has recently received the designation of a Promising Practice by the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs. (AMCHP) Starting Out Right
The Promising Practice designation, the third step on the path to the Best Practice designation, is only awarded to a program that has already met the criteria to receive the Cutting Edge and Emerging Practice designations, but is now being evaluated and has strong quantitative and qualitative data showing positive outcomes, but does not yet have enough research or replication to support generalizable positive public health outcomes.
The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs is a national resource, partner, and advocate for state public health leaders and others working to improve the health of women, children, youth and families, including those with special health care needs.
AMCHP’s members come from the highest levels of state government and include directors of maternal and child health programs, directors of programs for children with special health care needs, and other public health leaders who work with and support state maternal and child health programs. Our members directly serve all women and children nationwide, and strive to improve the health of all women, infants, children and adolescents, including those with special health care needs, by administering critical public health education and screening services, and coordinating preventive, primary and specialty care. Our membership also includes academic, advocacy and community-based family health professionals, as well as families themselves.
AMCHP builds successful programs by disseminating best practices; advocating on their behalf in Washington; providing technical assistance; convening leaders to share experiences and ideas; and advising states about involving partners to reach our common goal of healthy children, healthy families, and healthy communities.
Starting Out Right is a program of Arizona Youth Partnership. AZYP, founded in 1990, is a non-profit organization dedicated to equipping youth with the skills needed to build healthy families and communities.