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BOARD CORNER

AMCHP Seeks Board Nominations for Region II
AMCHP seeks nominations from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration's Region II to fill a vacancy on its board of directors through a special election. [more]

LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY CORNER  

Title X Family Planning Public Comment Period Ends July 31
The public comment period closes on July 31 for a proposed rule to revise the Title X Family Planning program. [more]

House Committee Passes Emergency Preparedness Bill, Adds Focus on Pregnant and Postpartum Women, Infants
The House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously passed H.R. 6378, the "Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018" on July 18. [more]

AMCHP Counters U.S. Opposition to Breastfeeding Resolution
The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) led a coalition of 51 national organizations and academic centers in sending a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar expressing concern over reports that the United States delegation to the 2018 World Health Assembly sought to weaken a resolution designed to support breastfeeding. [more]

Get Up-to-Date on Federal MCH Policy
The next event in the All-Member National MCH Policy Call series will take place on Thursday, Aug. 2, from 2-3 p.m. ET.

GET INVOLVED

Program Evaluation Practicum Course
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and AMCHP will offer this course in January. [more]
 
Child Safety Learning Collaborative
The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, in cooperation with the Children's Safety Network, is launching the first cohort of a new Child Safety Learning Collaborative to reduce fatal and serious injuries among infants, children, and adolescents. [more]
 
Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities as They Relate to MCH
CityMatCH is interested in learning about city, county, and state health departments' emergency preparedness and response capabilities as they relate to maternal and child health. [more]

Webinars

Caring for Diverse and Communication-Vulnerable Patients
Emergency Care Research Institute
July 31, 12-1 p.m. ET
Discusses communication challenges in health care and strategies both clinicians and organizations can implement to improve the quality of care for communication-vulnerable patients.

PUBLICATIONS & RESOURCES

Workforce Development

Fall 2018 Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Cohort
The National MCH Workforce Development Center invites state/jurisdictional Title V agencies to submit applications for its upcoming cohort learning opportunity. [more]

Strengthening the Workforce to Improve Pregnancy Outcomes in Rural Areas
This article from the Rural Health Information Hub addresses how health providers are realizing the importance of maternity and childbirth services. [more]
 
General & Maternal Child Health
 
Parenting Knowledge Among First-Time Parents of Young Children
This report from Child Trends finds that first-time parents of infants and toddlers across all racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds have difficulty obtaining clear and trustworthy information about parenting.
 
Child & Adolescent Health
 
Geographic Differences in Obesity for Children, Adolescents
This study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds significant geographic difference in obesity for children and adolescents aged 2-19. 

Adverse Childhood Experiences in Rural Areas of the United States
This study by the Journal of Environmental and Public Health examines whether exposure to adverse childhood experiences in rural areas is associated with adult activity limitations, self‐reported general poor health status, chronic diseases, and poor mental health. 
 
Women's and Infant Health
 
How Safe Sleep Savvy Are you?
From the National Institute for Children's Health Quality, this video is a teaching tool for reducing infant sleep-related deaths, shows eight scenes and asks viewers to identify safe and unsafe behaviors. [more]
 
Perspectives On Young Parents As Peer Educators In a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program
This study from Child Trends indicates that teen pregnancy prevention programs can improve youth engagement and suggests pairing young parent peer educators with professional health educators to co-facilitate learning sessions. [more] 

FUNDING

Interdisciplinary Preparation in Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services for Personnel Serving Children with Disabilities who have High-Intensity Needs
Department of Education
Deadline: July 30
Helps to address state-identified needs for personnel preparation in special education, early intervention, related services, and regular education to work with children, including infants and toddlers, and youth with disabilities. 

Strengthening Sexually Transmitted Diseases Prevention and Control for Health Departments
Department of Health and Human Services
Deadline: July 31
Prevents and controls three major sexually transmitted diseases: chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis among priority populations that include adolescents and young adults, men who have sex with men, and pregnant women. 

Community Access to Child Health Planning and Implementation Grants
American Academy of Pediatrics
Deadline: July 31
Increases children's access to medical homes, immunization services, or specific health services not otherwise available.