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AMCHP Every Mother Initiative Request for Applications
With support of Merck for Mothers, AMCHP is launching the Every Mother Initiative to help states address maternal health issues in their community through strengthening and enhancing state maternal mortality surveillance systems (MMSS) and use the data from these systems to take action in developing and implementing population-based strategies and policy change to prevent maternal death and improve maternal health outcomes. The Every Mother Initiative will begin with a 15-month action learning collaborative (ALC) among six states with existing maternal mortality review programs. Core components of the Every Mother ALC include in-person and virtual technical assistance, peer-to-peer site visits between teams, and a Translation Support sub-award to help fund implementation of community recommendations based on MMSS data and analysis. Additionally, these six states will be given the exciting opportunity to serve as pilot test sites for a new maternal mortality data system. This data system, created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Reproductive Health, is designed to serve multiple purposes including: storing abstracted data elements; supporting the development of case summaries; storing committee review determinations and producing an analytic file. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST Friday, Jun. 28. For more information, click here.

AMCHP Women’s Health Information Webinar Series: A Home Birth Primer for MCH Programs
In light of the recent attention on safe birthing practices and the newly released AAP policy statement on Planned Home Births, AMCHP will host the national webinar, "A Home Birth Primer for MCH Programs," on Thursday, Jul. 11, from 2-3:30 p.m. EST. This 90-minute webinar will be moderated by Valerie Ricker, RN, MSN, MS, Title V Director for the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and will feature presentations by Marian MacDorman, PhD, National Center for Health Statistics; William Barth, Jr., MD, Mass General Hospital/Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology Service, and Past Chair, Committee on Obstetric Practice, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Kristi Watterberg, MD, University of New Mexico and Chair, Committee on Fetus and Newborn, American Academy of Pediatrics; and Geradine Simkins, RN, CNM, MSN, Midwives Alliance of North America, Executive Director. To register, click here.

NACCHO and CDC Join Forces in Webinar Series
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and CDC will hold a series of four webinars in an effort to help local health departments strengthen communications through marketing and branding, message clarity, new media and evaluation. The schedule is as follows:

  • You Know What You’re Talking About, but Does Your Audience? CDC’s New Clear Communication Index and How to Use It. Jul. 17 at 3 p.m.
  • New Communication Channels: What They Are, Why They Are Here to Stay, and Why You Need to be There. CDC Makes It Easy for You. Aug. 14 at 3 p.m.
  • Building Our Understanding of Health Communication Evaluation. Sept. 18 at 3 p.m.

For more information and to register, contact Alisa Blum.

WAPC Webinar on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Scoring
Join the Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC) for a new webinar offering, "Assessment of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Tools for Newborn Nursery Staff." The webinar will be presented on Jul. 24, 3:30- 4:30 p.m. CST. The webinar is intended for health care providers, community service providers, and public health professionals who want to learn more about scoring infants for NAS and share the goal of improving care for infants affected by opioids. For more information, click here.

APHA Course on Scientific Writing for Peer Reviewed Publications for Public Health Professionals
Dr. Michael Kogan, Director of Epidemiology and Research at MCHB and Dr. Sam Posner, Editor-in-Chief of the Preventing Chronic Disease journal at the CDC, will offer their expertise to help public health practitioners turn their work into manuscripts for publication. With assistance from other experienced authors, the course will include both hands-on work and presentations. Participants are encouraged to come prepared with an abstract, manuscript outline, data analysis results or a draft of an article in order to leave the course with a significantly improved manuscript. The course will be held from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Nov. 2 in Boston, MA prior to the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting. For more information and to register, click here.