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April is Autism Awareness Month!
To celebrate Autism Awareness Month, follow AMCHP on Facebook and Twitter to learn about new resources, events and facts about autism. If you have any new and/or existing content to share (i.e., interesting factoid, news article, report), please send to Julio Arguello. Help us get more people engaged and aware of content around autism and share with one another! You can also learn more about AMCHP autism work here.

MCHB Webinar on CAAI Evaluation Results
April is Autism Awareness Month. Join MCHB webinar on Apr. 16 from 1-2:30 p.m. EST to learn some evaluation results from their Combating Autism Act Initiative (CAAI). The webinar, hosted by the MCHB Autism team with speakers from MCHB and Insight Policy Research, is geared toward CAAI grantees but all are welcome. To register for the webinar, click here.

Women’s and Infant Health Info Series Webinar
AMCHP and the CDC will host a national webinar, "Using Evidence to Inform Preconception Health Initiatives" on Apr. 26 from 2-3 p.m. EST. This webinar includes an introduction to the Guide to Community Preventive Services (the Community Guide) as an option for designing evidence-informed strategies and highlights examples of how data and evidence have informed state-level strategies to address preconception health issues. In addition, this webinar will be accompanied by the release of the AMCHP Issue Brief: Using the Community Guide to Improve Preconception Health Efforts. To register for the webinar, click here.

AAP and MCHB Launch Time Out for Genetics Webinar Series
The Genetics in Primary Care Institute, a cooperative agreement between the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Maternal and child Health Bureau (MCHB), is now offering Time Out for Genetics, an educational webinar series. Each month – from April through December – a webinar will be presented by recognized experts with the overarching goal of educating participants about the value of incorporating genetic medicine into primary care. The webinars target a wide audience, including pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, and other stakeholders. The upcoming webinars are: Building an Accurate Family History, Constructing a Pedigree – An Overview for Primary Care (Apr. 26 from 12-12:30 p.m. CST) and Ordering the Right Tests – Genetics in Primary Care (May 31 from 12-12:30 p.m. CST). For more information on the Time Out for Genetics webinar series, or to register for a webinar, click here.

RWJF: Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization Call for Proposals
RWJF Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) grants support research, policy analysis and evaluation projects that provide policy leaders timely information on health care policy, financing and organization issues. Supported projects include: examining significant issues and interventions related to health care financing and organization and their effects on health care costs, quality and access; and exploring or testing major new ways to finance and organize health care that have the potential to improve access to more affordable and higher quality health services. For more information, click here.

CDC/Emory University to Offer Epidemiology in Action Course
CDC and Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University will cosponsor the course, Epidemiology in Action, Jun. 11-22, at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. This course is designed for state and local public health professionals. The course emphasizes practical application of epidemiology to public health problems and consists of lectures, workshops, classroom exercises (including actual epidemiologic problems) and roundtable discussions. Topics scheduled for presentation include descriptive epidemiology and biostatistics, analytic epidemiology, epidemic investigations, public health surveillance, surveys and sampling, and Epi Info training, along with discussions of selected prevalent diseases. For more information, click here.

Save the Date! UIC MCH Retreat – Leading in Challenges Times: Innovations & Inspiration
The retreat this year will focus on Leading in Challenging Times, however, this concept will be talked about ways that you may not expect. Participants will share personal stories of their journey and work with women, men, children and families. AMCHP CEO Dr. Michael Fraser will lead this process. The retreat also will explore and practice various leadership concepts, including challenging the assumption that these are indeed challenging times. The leadership training will be facilitated by Dr. Stephen Bogdewic, PhD, Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Professional Development at the Indiana University School of Medicine. The retreat will be held Jul. 22-24 at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook, IL. For more information, visit their website.