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Engage in MCH Epidemiology Discussions
AMCHP will host an MCH Epidemiology Roundtable discussion at the 2017 AMCHP Annual Conference on March 6 from 5:45-6:45 p.m. CT for MCH staff to network with their epidemiologist peers and share their successes and challenges specific to epidemiology, data, analysis and assessments. The roundtable is open to all MCH professionals, including those who may not have an epidemiology title or training but are tasked with epidemiologic responsibilities. Appetizers will be served. Please register in advance.

The AYAH Center Bulletin Wants Your Feedback
To kick off 2017, the AYAH Center communications team has released a communications assessment survey to inform the structure and content of future newsletter issues. This team would like to hear your feedback to continue improving the newsletter so that it remains relevant and meets your needs. If you receive the newsletter and would like to provide your feedback or ideas, the deadline to complete the assessment is Feb. 1. If you experience difficulties accessing or completing the assessment, email Cori Floyd at  Click here to access the December/January issue of the AYAH newsletter. To subscribe to the newsletter, email  

Inclusion Through Innovation
The National Down Syndrome Society will host a webinar on Jan. 25 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. The presentation will focus on technology innovations that are altering ways we can achieve meaningful inclusion of students with special health care needs.
Addressing Disparities for At-Risk Tribal Youth
To support the integration of health equity in programs, policies and practices, the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team has created a monthly speaker webinar series to create a collaborative learning environment to highlight current practices and innovative strategies for this type of work across sectors and at different levels of government. The next installment will take place on Jan. 25 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will focus on how the Menominee Youth Empowerment Program has worked toward reducing disparities by addressing unhealthy behaviors in at-risk minority youth ages 11 to 14. Presenters will discuss the development of the program and promising practices that have been established, how the program was evaluated and its result, and use of the collective impact model to support students in learning how to make healthier lifestyle choices.

Examine a Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
The American Academy of Pediatrics will host a webinar on Jan. 25 from 4:00-4:30 p.m. ET. The presentation will focus on the factors in a patient's medical history and clinical presentation that may indicate the presence of neurobehavioral disorder associated with prenatal alcohol exposure. Participants will learn about the three domains in which children with this disorder struggle with behavior and developmental tasks.

Learn About Mental Health Services for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
The University of Southern California's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles will host a webinar on Jan. 26 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. PT. The presentation will discuss what services are available in schools, who provides these services, special accommodations and modifications, strategies for developing an individualized education program and how to be an effective advocate.

Participate in the Infant Mortality CoIIN Learning Session 5
The National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ), funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, will host the Infant Mortality CoIIN Learning Session 5 in Houston, Texas. Please have all team members register before the extended deadline on Feb. 3. NICHQ will provide round trip travel, meals and lodging for up to seven representative from each state's Infant Mortality CoIIN team. The registration links have been shared with MCH Directors and CoIIN coordinators. If you have not received a link, contact the IM CoIIN Team at Pre-work was sent to state leadership early this month. Submit completed pre-work by Jan. 31 to and on CoLab.

Explore Treatment Methods for Children with FASDs
The American Academy of Pediatrics will host a webinar on Feb. 1 from 4:00-4:30 p.m. ET. The webinar will aim to provide primary care clinicians with tools to treat children with fetal alcohol disorders across the lifespan. The presentation will focus on identifying and managing neurobehavioral and medical concerns at different developmental stages.

Expand Your Understanding of MCH Epidemiology
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and CityMatCH will offer a Training Course in Statistical MCH Epidemiological Methods in Clearwater Beach, Fla., from June 12-16 as part of their ongoing effort to enhance the analytic capacity of state and local health agencies. This intensive program combines lectures, discussions, hands-on exercises and opportunities for individualized technical assistance. This year, the course is primarily geared to individuals with basic to intermediate skills in statistical and epidemiologic methods, preferably in MCH or a related field. All applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. PST on Feb. 17. For additional questions, please contact Maureen Fitzgerald at (402) 552-9585 or

Enhancing the Economic Futures of Children and Communities
The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis will host the 10th biennial Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference on March 23 and 24 in Washington, D.C. This year's theme is Strong Foundations: The Economic Futures of Kids and Communities. Experts from multiple disciplines will present high-quality, emerging research on the interplay between child and community development. At #CommDev2017, researchers, child development specialists, policymakers and community practitioners will explore key success drivers, scalable intervention strategies and policy considerations. Conference registration will remain open until Feb. 24 or until capacity is reached.