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Realityworks & Go Beyond MCH Graduate Student Scholarship
AMCHP has partnered with Realityworks and Go Beyond to offer a new graduate-student scholarship.

The scholarship is designed to assist one graduate student in furthering their education and sponsor their attendance at the upcoming AMCHP Annual Conference to hone their leadership skills and connect them with existing leaders within MCH. There are two parts to the Realityworks & Go Beyond MCH Graduate Student Scholarship, totaling $3,500. The student selected in fall 2011 would receive funds to support their current year of study ($2,000) and attendance at the 2012 conference ($1,500 plus conference registration), to be held Feb. 11-14 in Washington, D.C. The application deadline is Friday, Nov. 11 at 9 p.m. EST. Visit the AMCHP website for more information or e-mail mchgradscholars@amchp.org.

17th Annual MCH EPI Conference: AMCHP Pre-Conference Trainings Announced
AMCHP, in partnership with the CDC Division of Reproductive Health (DRH) and the Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau, will conduct data skills trainings Dec. 12-13, at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, LA. The target audience includes epidemiologists, statisticians, program directors, students, and fellows conducting MCH work in federal, state, local or tribal public health agencies. The AMCHP pre-conference trainings are focused around three aspects of moving data to action. We will offer three training options for those wishing to build their skills in the areas of data linkage, scientific writing and knowledge translation. For brief descriptions or to apply, please click here.

Open for Public Comment: Maternity Care Measure Set
The Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) initiated a 30-day public comment period for the Maternity Care measure set. The Maternity Care measures, developed in conjunction with the PCPI focus on measures of overuse and appropriate use, is a joint effort with PCPI, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The draft measures are intended for clinicians caring for women who are pregnant. They are designed to improve processes that have been demonstrated to improve outcomes: ending preventable morbidity and mortality; reducing maternal infections; reducing unnecessary procedures that may cause harm or risk to mother and baby; and reducing depression, substance use and domestic violence during and after pregnancy. The measures are available for review and for submission of comments. The public comment period will close 5 p.m. CST on Saturday, Oct. 29.

NACCHO Accepting Model Practices Submissions
NACCHO is now accepting model practice applications, from Oct. 10 through Nov. 11. NACCHO’s Model Practice Program nationally honors and recognizes outstanding local public health practice and shares the outstanding practices through the Model Practices Database. By submitting a practice, local health departments contribute to the overall improvement of public health through evidence-based practice methods. Learn more here.

AAIDD/AAHD Webinar on Promoting Health and Preventing Disease for People with Disabilities
A free, 4-part webinar series, co-sponsored by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) and the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD), that will focus on the unique role of the CDC Division of Human Development and Disability. Episode 1: CDC’s Public Health Approach to Disability (Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. EST) will provide an overview of CDC’s public health approach to disability. Beginning with a brief history of disability and public health, presenters will discuss different models of disability, and the application of public health surveillance, research, and policy to disability. Attendees will be engaged in a dialog on best practices in inclusion of disability issues in public health and needs for training in health and public health professions. Watch for Episodes 2-4 of this webinar series.