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The BUILD Health Challenge Accepting Applications
The Bold, Upstream, Integrated, Local, Data-Driven (BUILD) Health Challenge, a partnership of the Advisory Board Company, the de Beaumont Foundation, the Kresge Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is now accepting applications. The BUILD Health Challenge is a national award program designed to support community collaborations working to improve population health by addressing the upstream causes of sickness and disease. The BUILD Health Challenge will give planning or implementation awards of up to $7.5 million in grants, low-interest loans and program-related investments to up to 14 community-driven efforts addressing health disparities and the social determinants of health in low-income cities with at least 150,000 residents. Projects can focus on early childhood development, economic opportunity, regulation and policy, the built environment, transportation and infrastructure, educational attainment, public safety and housing and more. Examples include neighborhood safety, so kids can go out and play, or whether there's a grocery store in the area, so residents have the opportunity to buy healthy food. The awards are designed to strengthen partnerships among hospitals, nonprofits, local health departments (LHDs), and other community organizations, and improve health in low-income neighborhoods. In addition to grants, awardees will receive a broad range of support services including technical assistance, coaching and access to population health innovator networks. Q&A Web conferences are available for potential applicants on Dec. 2, 4 and 9, and Round 1 applications are due Jan. 16. If you have any questions, please visit the FAQs page here. You can also engage with us on Twitter at @BUILD_ Health!

CSN Webinar on E-Cigarette Poisoning Among Children
Children's Safety Network (CSN) invites you to a webinar focused on e-cigarette poisoning among children and youth on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 3-4 p.m. EST. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, the number of cases managed by Poison Control Centers involving e-cigarettes containing nicotine rose dramatically from about 270 in 2011 to more than 3,000 in 2014. Over half of these calls involved children under age five. Nicotine can be poisonous and liquid nicotine (e-juice) refills may be harmful to children. Products come in bright colors, flavors and scents. A few drops of e-juice absorbed through the skin or swallowed can result in an ER visit and 1/3 oz. may be fatal to a child. Currently, there are no federal packaging requirements for e-cigarettes or the refills. To register, click here.

Upcoming LCRN Webinar
The Life Course Research Network (LCRN) upcoming webinar, The Developmental Approach to Health Inequality, on Dec. 16 from 9-10 a.m. PST, will feature Gabriella Conti, PhD, discussing the developmental approach to health inequality. Gabriella is a Senior Lecturer in Health Economics in the Department of Applied Health Research at University College London; Research Associate at the Institute for Fiscal Studies; and Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research draws on both the biomedical and the social sciences with the aim of understanding the developmental origins of health inequalities, and the behavioral and biological pathways through which early life conditions affect health throughout the life course. Register here.

The Application Process for the 2015 Making Lifelong Connections Meeting is Now Open!
MCHB and the Making Lifelong Connections Planning Committee would like to invite trainees to participate in a unique opportunity to build leadership skills, meet other current and former MCHB trainees and enhance their career development. The Pediatric Pulmonary Centers (PPCs) at the University of Arizona and the University of New Mexico are co-hosting this one and a half day event entitled "Making Lifelong Connections: Leadership, Networking, and Career Development for MCHB Trainees" in San Antonio, TX on Apr. 23-24, 2015. At this meeting, current and former MCHB trainees will work together to enhance their leadership and presentation skills, network and develop professional connections. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by Jan. 2, 2015. The final deadline for applications is Jan. 9, 2015 at 12 p.m. CST. For questions please contact Mary McGuire at Mmguire@peds.arizona.edu or (520) 626-1569, or Lisa Rascon at LRascon@peds.arizona.edu or (520) 626-1567. All Making Lifelong Connections application and meeting information can be reviewed here.

Call for Abstracts: Academic Pediatric Association 5th Annual QI Research Conference
The Academic Pediatric Association is seeking abstracts for the 5th Annual Advancing Quality Improvement Science for Children’s Health Care Research Conference on Apr. 24, 2015, in San Diego, CA. The conference will focus on methodological and technical issues of major importance in the field of pediatric health care quality improvement research, a leading component of modern health services research. Speakers and participants will focus on barriers to and facilitators of the development, extension and use of state-of-the-art methodologies and research methods for health care quality improvement research. The call for abstracts submission form can be found on the Academic Pediatric Association website under What’s New.

The Safe States Alliance 2015 Annual Meeting
The Safe States Alliance invites you to join them for a dynamic Annual Meeting experience next spring on Apr. 29-May 1 at the Embassy Suites at Centennial Park in Atlanta, GA. During the annual meeting, they will highlight the concept of a culture of safety, as well as the diversity and unity of our field. All members of the Safe States Alliance will receive a special discount on registration fees. To learn more, click here.

NACCHO Annual 2015 Theme and Session Tracks Announced
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Annual Conference Workgroup seeks sharing session abstracts for the 2015 NACCHO Annual Conference, set for Jul. 7-9 in Kansas City. The call for sharing session abstracts is now open for the NACCHO Annual 2015 meeting. The conference theme is "Envisioning the Future: Creating Our Path." Submissions addressing all aspects of public health including public health practice, infrastructure, and foundational capabilities, relevant to the conference theme will be considered. Tracks for this year's conference were informed by the CDC 10 Essential Public Health Services. Submissions should describe innovative, proven or promising evidence-based practices, programs, services, systems, research, technologies, resources, tools, partnerships and policies that attendees can take back and put in place in their departments and communities. Conference track descriptions, objectives and possible session submissions are available here.

AAP Makes Recommendations for Pneumococcal Vaccines in At-Risk Children

In a new policy statement, "Immunization for Streptococcus pneumonia Infections in High-Risk Children," in the December 2014 issue of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provides recommendations for the use of pneumococcal vaccines (PCV13), in children six through 18 years of age. After PCV vaccines were introduced, widespread reductions in invasive pneumococcal disease attributable to vaccine serotypes were seen in young children. However, older children with immunodeficiency and other high-risk conditions continued to experience invasive pneumococcal disease, illustrating the need for new vaccine recommendations to include these populations. The new recommendations from the AAP include giving a single dose of PCV13 to children six through 18 years of age who have immunocompromising conditions, including HIV and sickle cell disease. Children in this group who have not previously been vaccinated with the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) should receive a dose at or more than eight weeks after the initial dose of PCV13. Recommendations for the use of PCV13 and PPSV23 in healthy children remains unchanged from previous AAP policy. The policy statement can be found here.