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AMCHP/MOD Webinar to Raise Prematurity Awareness
To raise awareness around World Prematurity Day and Prematurity Awareness Month, AMCHP and the March of Dimes (MOC) will host a national webinar, "A Year of Progress Utilizing the Less Than 39 Weeks Toolkit: Building Successful Partnerships with Clinicians, Health Departments and the March of Dimes" on Nov. 15 from 3-4:30 p.m. EST. The 90-minute webinar will be moderated by Associate State Director of the March of Dimes California Chapter and Director of Big 5 State Prematurity Initiatives, Leslie Kowalewski. The featured presenters include, Bryan Oshiro, MD, Medical Director, Perinatal Institute, Loma Linda University; Shabbir Ahmad, DVM, MS, PhD, Acting Division Chief, Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health Program of the California Department of Health; and Mary Giammarino, MPP, National Director Prematurity Campaign & Mission Marketing. Space is limited. Please test that your computer is compatible in advance of the webinar. For inquiries about the webinar, please e-mail To register, click here.

CMS Innovation Center Accepting Applications for New Innovation Advisors Program
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center seeks to deepen the capacity for transformation by creating a network of experts in improving the delivery system for Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program beneficiaries. The Innovation Advisors Program will support individuals who can test and refine new models to drive delivery system reform. The Innovation Advisors Program will select and develop as many as 200 individuals from across the nation in its first year. The deadline to submit applications is Nov. 15. Learn more and download the program application.

MCHB Calls for Graduate Student Internship Program Application
The Graduate Student Internship Program (GSIP), sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), strives to enhance students’ skills in data analysis, encourage training in MCH epidemiology, and providing assistance to state and local health agencies with data-related projects. MCHB is increasing its commitment to assisting agencies by supporting up to 20 interns in state-level MCH/CSHCN agencies and 10 in city and county MCH departments. Internship projects (limited to submissions by public – state and local – MCH agencies) should be grounded in the following three critical areas of MCH epidemiology: data analysis and monitoring, needs assessment and program evaluation. The application system can be accessed here and these internships will be conducted primarily during the summer of 2012 (beginning in May, June or July). Completed applications must be submitted no later than Nov. 21. For more information, contact Renee Schwalberg, Program Director, at (202) 842-2000.

RWJF Community Health Leaders Releases Call for Nominations
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Community Health Leaders each year honors up to 10 outstanding and otherwise unrecognized individuals who overcome daunting odds to improve health and health care, especially to underserved populations in communities across the United States. The program aims to elevate the work of these unsung leaders through heightened recognition, technical assistance and new leadership opportunities. The nomination deadline is Nov. 28 at 3 p.m. EST. To learn more, click here 

Family Advocacy and Involvement in Title V Programs Webcast
Collaboration between Title V Maternal and Child Health Programs and family leaders provides a "win-win" opportunity to leverage programmatic expertise with families as an action arm for advocacy. Program faculty will discuss appropriate roles for family advocates and describe the nuts and bolts structure and organization for how Title V programs can meaningfully operationalize their involvement. The course will also include a discussion of the skills and training family advocates need to be successful as well as examples of successful models for partnership between family advocates and Title V MCH Programs. Join the South Central Public Health Training Center and UAB's Maternal and Child Health Training Grant in partnership with the Alabama Department of Public Health on Friday, Dec. 2 from noon to 1:30 p.m. CST. For more information or to register, click here.

MCH PHLI Cohort III Application Process Open
The Maternal and Child Health-Public Health Leadership Institute (MCH PHLI) is now accepting applications for its year-long leadership development program that is designed to significantly expand self-awareness and quickly build practical skills for effectively leading, managing people, and building partnerships, to advocate for and create the MCH systems of tomorrow. The program consists of three residential executive-style retreats (10 days of experiential-based training) coupled with a robust and customizable distance-based program. Each Fellow completes an MCH-related personal leadership project targeted at a critical local or national need while receiving ongoing individual executive coaching. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 1, 2012. To complete your application or for more information, visit the MCH PHLI website.