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Pre-Conference Data Training Workshops

AMCHP, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Division of Reproductive Health (DRH), and Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), will conduct four data training workshops on December 8-9, 2008, in Atlanta, GA. The trainings serve as pre-cursors to the 14th Annual CDC MCH EPI Conference scheduled for December 10-12, 2008 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Atlanta-Ravinia. All four of the following courses will be two-day comprehensive and hands-on data trainings:

1.         State Title V Program MCH Needs Assessment Practice
2.         Scientific Writing: Communicating Research Investigation Effectively to Expedite Publication, Programmatic and Policy in Public Health
3.         Time Trend Analysis for MCH Outcomes in Large and Small Populations
4.         Using the Population Attributable Fraction (PAF) to Assess MCH Population Outcomes

Registration and course descriptions are available online via the AMCHP website. Space is limited. For more information, please contact Henry Maingi ( or Brynn Rubinstein (

Call for Abstracts: 14th Annual MCH EPI Conference

This call for abstracts is specifically for students, fellows and summer interns for the “Making Methods and Practice Matter for Women, Children and Families,” conference convening December 10-12, 2008, in Atlanta, GA. This conference, organized by the CDC, will offer MCH professionals the opportunity to share experiences, enhance their knowledge, and generate new ideas for improved MCH data use and informed policymaking. The deadline for abstracts is August 29. For more details regarding the conference, visit

Please note: A follow up announcement will be sent when the abstract submission website is up and running. 

For questions about the conference, please contact the conference organizers at

Public Health Pre-Deployment Course

The World Health Organization (WHO) will host a Public Health Pre-Deployment Course in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on November 16–29, 2008. This course is for those with specific public health experience in any of the following areas: maternal, newborn and child health and reproductive health in emergency settings. Previous experience in a natural disaster or conflict environment is desirable but not mandatory. Those selected will 1) develop capacity for emergency response and 2) potentially join the roster of 'Health coordinator' or 'MNCH/RH expertise' that can be deployed by WHO in the event of an emergency. The deadline for applications is August 31. To learn more, visit

Call for Abstracts: National Hispanic Medical Association

This call for abstract is for speaker nominations to present at the National Hispanic Medical Association’s annual conference to convene on March 19-22, 2009, at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. The conference will focus on strategies to improve the health of Hispanic communities through policy, health professions’ education, research and clinical programs. The deadline for abstracts is September 12. To download the abstract form, visit

Call for Proposal: Linking At-Risk Children to Developmental/Behavioral Programs

The Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is pleased to announce a technical assistance opportunity for replicating a system linking children at risk for behavioral and developmental problems to existing services. This project will provide technical assistance and guidance to two selected states (or regions) as they replicate Connecticut’s Help Me Grow program. The deadline for proposals is September 22. To download the application, visit