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New Women’s Health Prevention Brief
AMCHP and CityMatCH have released a Women’s Health Prevention Brief that highlights the importance of addressing the built environment in order to improve maternal health and birth outcomes. This brief is the last in a series of issue briefs highlighting the priority areas (injury and chronic disease, health disparities, reproductive and maternal health, and healthy lifestyles) identified in the AMCHP/CityMatCH Women’s Preventive Health Framework. Previous briefs have focused on Women’s Mental Health and Women’s Health Equity. This brief begins with an overview of the built environment and research on the connections between the built environment and health. Next, the biological and social impacts of an unsupportive built environment on maternal health and birth outcomes are explored. Finally, promising programs at the state and local levels are highlighted. These briefs are a continuation of the work of the AMCHP/CityMatCH Women’s Health Partnership (WHP), which seeks to identify and promote unique state and local MCH roles and opportunities to improve women’s health before and between pregnancies. To download the Women’s Health Prevention Brief, please click here.

Need Assistance Publishing Your Findings? MCHIRC Can Help!
State and local MCH agencies have a wealth of information but you often struggle to find it published because MCH agencies and their staff have limited time to publish scientific articles. MCHB, recognizing that MCH agencies needed help in getting this information disseminated, joined with CDC to develop the MCH Information Resource Center (MCHIRC). THE MCHIRC offers technical assistance and support in the development of publication-worthy articles on timely MCH topics by state and local MCH programs and agencies. The highly qualified staff and consultants of the MCHIRC can help to turn your research and evaluation findings into articles for peer-reviewed journals at no cost to you. For more information, click here.

AMCHP/CDC Webinar on the RHAD Toolkit
AMCHP and CDC will host a national webinar, "Emergency Preparedness and MCH: A Guide to the Reproductive Health Assessment After Disaster (RHAD) Toolkit" on Jun. 28 from 3-4 p.m. EDT. This webinar includes a description on the importance of post-disaster reproductive health assessments and the rationale for the creation of the RHAD Toolkit; highlights one state’s experience trying to capture post-disaster reproductive health data for their MCH program; and reviews the successes, challenges and lessons learned from piloting the toolkit. Speakers will include Amy Williams, MPH, Consultant, Division of Reproductive Health/CDC; Juanita Graham, MSN, RN, Mississippi State Department of Health; and Jennifer Horney, PhD, MPH, CPH, Director, University of North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness. To register for the webinar, please click here. For more information on the RHAD Toolkit, please click here.

AAP/MCHB Time Out for Genetics Webinar Series
The Genetics in Primary Care Institute – a cooperative agreement between the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and MCHB – is now offering Time Out for Genetics, a free educational webinar series. The objective of this 10-part webinar series is to increase awareness and education regarding the provision of genetic medicine in primary care practice. It is designed for primary care clinicians, pediatricians, pediatric sub-specialists, family physicians, nurse practitioners, genetic counselors, geneticists and other stakeholders. Upcoming webinars include: Genetics Evaluation, Referrals, and More – What To Do Next (Jun. 28 from 12-12:30 p.m. CDT); Myths of Primary Care Providers and Patients/Families Regarding Genetics – Setting the Record Straight (Jul. 26 from 12- 12:30 p.m. CDT); and Heard About Genetic Counseling? What Does it Mean for You, Patients, and Families? (August 30 from 12-12:30 p.m. CDT). Click here for more information on the Time Out for Genetics webinar series, or to register for a webinar. Questions can be directed to Natalie Mikat-Stevens.

RWJF Seeking Nominations for the Young Leader Awards
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will honor up to 10 leaders age 40 and under who offer great promise for leading the way to improved health and health care for all Americans with The Young Leader Awards. The Foundation will make up to 10 awards of $40,000 each to outstanding young leaders. Winners will be publicly announced at a RWJF conference to be held in Princeton, New Jersey, on Oct. 25-26. The deadline for nominations is Jul. 16. For more information, click here.