December 15, 2015

As we near the end of 2015, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all that you've done to help advance the goals of the Autism CARES Act over the past year. Collectively, the Autism CARES grantee accomplishments are extraordinary. You are making a difference every day in improving the health of children and youth who have or are at risk for ASD and other developmental disabilities. In particular, I extend my thanks for your partnership in the following activities. Thank you for:

  • Your ongoing support for and participation in the Autism CARES evaluation, providing the quantitative and qualitative information that helps us communicate how the Autism CARES investments collectively advance the goals of the legislation;
  • Your active participation in our DGIS Performance Measurement Work Group, and helping us to ensure that our training program performance measures will allow us to effectively measure and communicate the impact of our programs, and support strategic direction;
  • Hosting us on technical assistance site visits, and giving so generously of your time to showcase your programs and engage in honest dialogue around accomplishments and challenges;
  • Creating a national network of trainees by encouraging current and former trainees to participate in trainee engagement efforts through the Making Lifelong Connections meeting, the Trainee Ambassador Group and other networking forums;
  • Pursuing innovation and quality improvement projects that benefit the larger network of grantees; and
  • Pushing yourselves to further extend the reach of your programs through training, technical assistance and consultation.

On behalf of the Division of MCH Workforce Development, I wish you a joyous holiday season, and a happy and healthy new year!

Lauren Raskin Ramos, MPH
Director, Division of MCH Workforce Development
Maternal and Child Health Bureau