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AMCHP Technical Assistance Project: Request for Applications
AMCHP, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is leading a project to increase the capacity of state MCH programs and other state stakeholders (e.g., Medicaid agencies, providers, local health departments, community health centers) to improve birth outcomes throughout the life course. This project has a specific focus to enhance the capacity of state MCH programs and their partners to maximize the current environment of opportunity by providing state teams with targeted technical assistance on developing a collective impact approach to coordinating the multiple, concurrent efforts and initiatives to improve birth outcomes through health reform. This project will focus on opportunities presented by the Affordable Care Act and other national initiatives to improve birth outcomes and maternal and infant health, with a particular focus on reducing health disparities and assuring racial equity. AMCHP is accepting applications through Dec. 9. For more information, click here.

AMCHP 2013 Annual Conference Registration Brochure Available
The AMCHP 2013 registration brochure is now available on the AMCHP website. Find out why you should be a part of the largest gathering of state MCH leaders nationwide! Click here to view the brochure.

Register Today for AMCHP 2013!
The AMCHP 2013 Annual Conference will be held Feb. 9-12, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. To register, visit regonline.com/amchp2013. Don’t miss our early-bird registration rates – register now!

ASTHO Environmental Public Health Tracking Peer-to- Peer Fellowship Opportunity
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), with support from the CDC National Center for Environmental Health, has teamed up with Esri to provide fellowships and data visualization training as part of the Environmental Public Health Tracking Peer-to-Peer Fellowship Program. Designed to enhance capacity of states and territories not currently funded as part of CDC’s National Tracking Network, the newly upgraded fellowship program now prepares non-funded health agencies with GIS technology to support current initiatives in environmental public health tracking. Fellowship recipients will also visit current CDC grantee sites to learn about the program, attend a National Tracking Workshop, and develop a pilot project that would help advance efforts to relate health outcomes with environmental hazards of concern. Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. EST on Dec. 10. For more information on how to apply, please click here.

MCH Public Health Leadership Institute Applications Now Open
The Maternal and Child Health-Public Health Leadership Institute (MCH PHLI) applications for Cohort IV are now being accepted through Feb. 1, 2013. This year-long leadership development program for the MCH workforce 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. This unique program improves leadership capacity, teaching tools for creating the kind of culture that engages and motivates others. The program consists of three residential executive-style retreats (10 days of experiential-based training) coupled with a robust and customizable distance-based program. All tuition and lodging charges for this program are grant-supported. For more information and to apply, please click here.

Conversations that Matter: A How-To Guide for Hosting Discussions about Race, Racism, and Public Health
CityMatCH, the National Organization of Urban MCH Leaders, has released a new guide which was developed through a collaboration with the Lee Institute. The how-to guide serves as a community-empowerment resource, assisting public health professionals in initiating open and honest conversations about racism’s impacts. It is intended to help MCH leaders navigate the terrain of talking honestly about race and the impact of historical and contemporary racism on the health of communities. By facilitating honest and effective conversations around race and structural racism, the guide allows for the development of proactive strategies to eliminate racism and promote community healing and health equity. The guide also offers specific suggestions for engaging in one-on-one dialogue, group conversations, or in-house conversations, while remaining general enough to be tailored to fit the needs of different communities. The guide can be downloaded from the CityMatCH website – hardcopies are available by request at Rebecca.ramsey@unmc.edu.