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Earn Recognition as an MCH Scholar
The $3,500 Go Beyond MCH Emerging MCH Graduate Student Scholarship will again be awarded at the AMCHP Annual Conference in 2017! The annual scholarship recognizes an outstanding student who is completing a master's or doctorate degree in an MCH field. The award covers educational and AMCHP Conference attendance expenses. Applications must be received by Jan. 20.

Strengthen Your System of Care for CYSHCN
AMCHP, in partnership with the National Academy for State Health Policy and with support from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, is excited to announce a Request for Applications for state teams interested in receiving peer-to-peer technical assistance (TA) in adopting the National Standards for Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs to improve their state systems of care for these children. To promote shared practices and collaboration, AMCHP will provide targeted TA for five state teams composed of state Title V CYSHCN directors and key partners including Medicaid/CHIP, health plans, families/consumers, provider groups and community service organizations. Participants will join an Action Learning Collaborative focused on strengthening their state systems of care for children and youth with special health care needs by using or adapting the National Standards. Applications are due by Jan. 23. For questions, contact Kate Taft at ktaft@amchp.org or click here.

Get a Discount for AMCHP 2017!
There is no better way to begin the new year than to invest in your professional development and save money by registering for the 2017 AMCHP Annual Conference. This is the perfect opportunity to connect and network with more than 800 public health officials who share an interest in maternal and child health. Register on or before Jan. 26 to receive an early bird discount! For additional questions and information, please contact Emma Hoover at amchpreg@conferencemanagers.com. We look forward to seeing you in Kansas City, Mo., on March 4-7!

Promoting Health Equity in the U.S.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will release its report on Community-Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity in a live event in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 11 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET. The event will explore the roots of health inequities in the United States and how communities can use promising solutions to advance health equity. If you are unable to attend the event, a live webcast will also be available.

Enhance Your Understanding of Family Involvement
The Center for the Study of Social Policy will host a webinar on Jan. 11 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET. The presentation will summarize a fresh approach to family engagement along a continuum, highlighting cutting-edge strategies for early childhood agency and program leaders to promote equity-driven, family-led systems change. The webinar will also explore policy and practice implications.

Identifying Autism Risk Factors
The Autism Research Institute will host a webinar on Jan. 18 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET that will discuss how public health professionals can help improve autism risk factors during the perinatal period. Free certificates of participation will be available following the webinar.

Expand Your Knowledge on FASD
The American Academy of Pediatrics will host a webinar on Jan. 18 from 4:00-4:30 p.m. ET. The presentation will focus on defining terms used to describe the conditions that fall under the umbrella of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs), describing the signs that may indicate prenatal alcohol exposure and a possible condition along the continuum of FASDs.

Learn More about Workforce Pipeline Development Programs for Youth
The New England Regional Health Equity Council will host a webinar on Jan. 23 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. The webinar's objectives include understanding workforce development for youth rooted in education opportunities and career exploration/exposure, which leads to healthy outcomes; communicate the role of youth workforce development in graduation and retention rates for young adult students of color; identify motivational factors of workforce development for youth of color; and collaborate across sectors for youth workforce development.
 
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month
In January, the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) and its chapters across the country will highlight issues related to cervical cancer, HPV and the importance of early detection. Help spread the word in your community by joining the social media Thunderclap campaign on Jan. 16 at 12:00 p.m. ET. Other resources on cervical health from NCCC and the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) include a fact sheet, a free e-book and episodes of ASHA's Sex + Health podcast.

Unique Challenges of Opioid Use Disorder in Women
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention will host the next Public Health Grand Rounds installment on Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. ET. This presentation will address the recent increase in overdose death, related to the misuse of opioids and heroin. While men were more likely than women to die of opioid overdose, the number of overdose deaths from opioids among women has increased substantially.

Become a Leader in Public Health
The Kresge Foundation is seeking applicants for the Emerging Leaders in Public Health program. This is an ongoing leadership development initiative designed to equip local public health officers with knowledge and skills to lead in today's changing health care environment. Selected applicants will embark on an 18-month, action-oriented experience to undertake projects designed to enhance organizational and leadership competencies in business, planning and public health systems development. An informational webinar will be held on Jan. 18 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. Applications must be received by Feb. 6.

Present Your Research in Teen Pregnancy Prevention
The U.S. Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is accepting abstracts for the 2017 FYSB Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Grantee Conference in St. Louis, Mo. (June 27-29). Abstracts for this conference will be accepted as workshops, panel sessions or posters. Submissions should emphasize ways that adolescent pregnancy prevention grantees can strengthen their prevention programs through holistic approaches. All abstracts must be received no later than Jan. 20.

CityMatCH is Accepting Abstract Submissions!
CityMatCH is accepting submissions for oral and poster presentations for the 2017 CityMatCH MCH Leadership Conference and Healthy Start Convention in Nashville, Tenn. (Sept. 18-20). Submissions must fall under the "scientific research and data" or "program and policy" tracks. All abstracts are due by March 1.