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Training Course In Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology
MCHB and CDC are offering a Training Course in MCH Epidemiology as part of their ongoing effort to enhance the analytic capacity of state and local health agencies. The course is scheduled to take place May 28-Jun. 1 in Nashville, TN. Lodging, breakfast and lunch expenses will be covered. This national program is aimed primarily at professionals in state and local health agencies who have significant responsibility for collecting, processing, analyzing, and reporting maternal and child health data. Faculty working with state or local MCH departments also are eligible for the course. The course is geared to individuals with basic to intermediate skills in using statistical and epidemiologic methods, preferably in MCH or a related field. A limited number of scholarships for airfare are available. Completed applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. EST on Mar. 1. For more information, click here.

NIH Conference on Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a condition in which women without previously diagnosed diabetes exhibit high blood glucose levels during pregnancy (especially during the third trimester of pregnancy). GDM is estimated to occur in 1 to 14 percent of U.S. pregnancies, affecting more than 200,000 women annually. It is one of the most common disorders in pregnancy and is associated with an increased risk of complications for the mother and child. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is hosting a Consensus Development Conference, Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes Mellitus, on Mar. 4-6 on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. The conference is free and open to the public and continuing education credits are available. To register and for more information, click here.

ARHP 50th Annual Reproductive Health Meeting: Call for Exhibitors
The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) 50th anniversary celebration of the Reproductive Health meeting will be taking place Sept. 19-21 in Denver, CO. This is a premier meeting in reproductive and sexual health and delivers the latest in research science, interactive, hands-on training, and take home points for immediate practice improvement. Exhibit space is now limited, but it is not too late. There is still time to take full advantage of early bird registration discount for the best possible rates and select booth placement in the exhibit hall. Those who make a reservation by Mar. 29, will receive a 10 percent discount off exhibitor package rates. For more information, click here.

Call for Papers: Leadership Development for MCH Workforce
The Maternal and Child Health Journal is soliciting manuscript submissions to be considered for an upcoming themed issue on the life cycle of leadership development in MCH practice, policy and research across the workforce from per-professional through and after professional training. The Journal is particularly interested in submissions that further understanding of implementing the MCH Leadership Competencies. The deadline for submissions in Jun. 30. All papers should be submitted with a cover letter indicating that it is to be considered for the themed issue on MCH leadership. For more information about the Maternal and Child Health Journal, click here.

Show Your Love: A New National Campaign
The Show Your Love campaign launched on Valentine’s Day and runs through National Women’s Health Week in May. The campaign targets women of childbearing age (18-44 years) with tailored materials for women who are planning a pregnancy in the next couple of years, and those who are not. There are also materials for women who already have children (and may or may not plan to have more), and couples. The campaign has produced posters, TV public service announcements, educational videos, Web banner ads, radio scripts, an image library, consumer checklists, social media and calendar, press releases, talking points, podcasts, and a campaign logo. Visit the campaign website to get involved!

CDC Presents Birth Defects Communications Toolkit
CDC has developed a new Birth Defects Toolkit, which includes a variety of communication pieces including key messages and talking points, a fact sheet, a matte article, and some sample social media posts. An example of how the matte article is used is presented as a feature, Birth Defects and the Environment, available on CDC.gov. Visit the Facebook page or Twitter to view the social media pieces in action. To view the full toolkit, click here.

50 Years of Newborn Screening! Celebrating the Past and Preparing for the Future
The 2013 Joint Meeting of the Newborn Screening and Genetic Testing Symposium and International Society for Neonatal Screening will be held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, Atlanta, GA from May 5-10. The five-day international program will feature platform presentations drawn from submitted abstracts from around the world, invited oral presentations, poster sessions, exhibits, a Meet the Manufacturers session, awards luncheon, welcome reception, off-site social and an optional tour of the Georgia Department of Public Health Laboratory and the Newborn Screening and Molecular Biology Branch at CDC. The symposium will address state, national and international newborn screening systems issues, genetic testing and policy issues important to public health. For more information, click here.