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Registration for the 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference Is Now Open
The 2012 AMCHP Annual conference will be held Feb. 11-14, 2012, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. To register, visit here. Don’t miss our early-bird registration rates – register now! 

Full conference registration includes all conference events, including the AMCHP Annual Conference Training Institute – Saturday, Feb. 11 and Sunday, Feb. 12 (until noon) – a rich schedule of skills-building sessions and other training opportunities. Watch the AMCHP website for updates as the program develops.

AMCHP is Pleased to Announce the Launch of the Ryan Colburn Scholarship Fund
AMCHP is now accepting applications and will be awarding a scholarship to one youth leader to attend the 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference. The deadline is Friday, Oct. 14 by 8 p.m. ET. For more information, please click here or contact Michelle Jarvis at (202) 775-1472.

AMCHP Funding Opportunity: Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities
Deadline: Nov. 2
AMCHP, through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), will provide 10-15 grants of up to $15,000 each to public health entities (e.g. Title V, WIC, Early Head Start, home-visiting programs, etc.) to integrate “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” (LTSAE) materials and messages into programs that serve parents of young children, support the collaboration of Act Early State Teams, and evaluate progress. AMCHP will provide ongoing technical assistance, disseminate resource materials, and link grantees to other states and experts in autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities (ASD/DD). The funding announcement can be accessed here and an informational call for interested applicants will be held in early October 2011 (exact date TBD). For more information, please contact Treeby Brown or Melody Cherny.

Webinar on the Life Course Perspective
The webinar, “The Life Course Perspective in Promoting Health in Aging,” will feature Diana Kuh, PhD, Director of the Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at the Medical Research Council (MRC), Director of the MRC National Survey of Health and Development, and Principal investigator for HALCyon, on Oct. 10 from 1 to 2 p.m. EST. Dr. Kuh uses data from the MRC National Survey of Health and Development to study how biological, psychological and social factors at different stages of life, independently, cumulatively or interactively affect adult physical capability and musculoskeletal function and their change with age. She also uses this life course approach to study women’s health, cardiovascular health and well being. To register, visit here.

RWJF Call for Applications
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Scholars in Health Policy Research program develops and supports a new generation of creative health policy thinkers and researchers within the disciplines of economics, political science and sociology. Each year the program selects up to nine highly qualified individuals for two-year fellowships at one of three nationally prominent universities with the expectation that they will make important research contributions to future U.S. health policy. Application deadline is Oct. 12. To learn more, visit here.

American Journal of Health Promotion Seeks Manuscripts on Strategies for Promoting Preconception Health
The American Journal of Health Promotion will publish a special issue on “Effective Strategies for Promoting Preconception Health - From Research to Practice.” This special issue will emphasize (1) audience research to inform preconception health promotion strategies and tactics among consumers (teens, women, men, couples) and health care providers; (2) policy and legislative approaches that influence preconception health and health care promotion; (3) innovative public and private partnerships in reaching women of childbearing age; (4) new media and interactive health communication approaches that promote preconception health; (5) social marketing or health communication interventions that have demonstrated impact on preconception health behaviors; (6) promising practices in reaching special populations in the context of their communities; (7) theoretical frameworks to evaluate approaches to influence preconception health; and (8) evaluation of preconception health tools, materials, and messages. For this issue, they are interested in emerging research, innovative and promising practice, community and policy-based approaches to improve preconception health. The deadline for manuscript submission is January 15, 2012. For more information, visit here.

ASTHO Now Accepting Applications for Environmental Public Health Tracking Fellowship Program
ASTHO announced a call for applications for its fourth round of Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT): State-to-State Peer Fellowship Program. The Fellowship is designed to enhance the tracking capacity of non-funded states and territories. For more information on how to apply, please refer to ASTHO’s Fellowship Announcement and use this application form to apply. All applications must be received by Nov. 21.