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AMCHP Awards: Deadline Nears
AMCHP prides itself on recognizing leadership in maternal and child health in various ways. During the 2019 AMCHP Annual Conference, scheduled for March 9-12 in San Antonio, Texas, AMCHP will present awards to MCH leaders and honor excellence in the field. Nominations for the following awards will be accepted through Oct. 19: 

  • John C. MacQueen Lecture Award for innovation in the field of maternal and child health.
  • Excellence in State MCH Leadership Award for an outstanding state MCH professional whose career has made a significant contribution to the health of women, children, and families in his or her state.
  • Legislative Champions for Maternal and Child Health for recognizing the efforts of Members of Congress and their staff to improve the health of mothers, children, and families, including children with special health care needs. Please note that only Legislative Committee members may submit nominations for this award. Please contact the policy team for more information.
  • Merle McPherson Leadership Award for exemplary contributions to further family/state professional collaboration between a state Title V Program and AMCHP.
  • Vince Hutchins Leadership Award for leadership in promoting a society responsive to the needs of women, youth, and families.
  • Emerging MCH Professional Award for significant contributions to state MCH programs in promoting and protecting the health of women, children, and families in his or her state and/or region.
  • Ryan Colburn Scholarship Award for a youth leader with disabilities to attend the AMCHP Annual Conference, connect with family leaders, and continue to spread Ryan's message of hope.

Get information on the awards and nomination process on the AMCHP Awards webpage, including the nomination form (linked at the end of each award description). Please note that all awards use the same nomination form, but a separate form must be submitted for each nominee for each award.

Grow Leadership Skills through AMCHP's Leadership Lab
The Leadership Lab is a unique developmental activity for state and territorial Title V staff who want to pursue greater leadership responsibility. Participants will spend 10 months (January through October 2019) engaging in self-directed learning modules, creating an individual development plan, participating in quarterly webinars, and much more. Applicants can apply to participate in one of the following cohorts: Family Leaders, Next Generation Leaders, New Title V/MCH and CYSHCN Directors, or the Epi-Net P2P.

Applications are due Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. ET. Note that all applications must be completed in one sitting. The application questions are available for download as a PDF on AMCHP's website to preview. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to sharpen and build your skills, share best practices and strategies, and enrich the maternal and child health workforce. Learn more and apply

AMCHP Seeks Volunteers for its Best Practices Committee
As a committee member, you will be part of a team working to advance the field of maternal and child health through evidence and innovation. Your work will help Title V grantees and partners across the country make an impact by translating evidence into action. Committee members guide AMCHP's efforts to identify and share successful practices, programs, and policies in MCH. Committee member duties include:

  • Reviewing and evaluating Best Practice applications submitted to AMCHP's Innovation Station;
  • Reviewing and promoting training, tools, and resources related to the use of evidence
  • Attending quarterly calls; and
  • Joining subcommittees (if interested and schedule permits) to improve the Best Practices application process, enhance the Innovation Station website, and develop promotional strategies.

The committee year runs from October through September, and members can serve up to two consecutive one-year terms. 

  • If you are an AMCHP member and interested in participating, sign up by Oct. 19.
  • Not an AMCHP member? Learn more about becoming a member.
  • Want to participate without being a member? You can help review practices. Contact Lynda Krisowaty for more information.

Survey of Health Center Training and TA Needs
As part of a National Cooperative Agreement funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, the National Association of Community Health Centers is conducting a health center needs assessment to inform the development of operational training and technical assistance. For more information, contact KaRon Campbell.


AMCHP Virtual Learning Events

AMCHP will host six virtual learning events focusing on partnerships and collaborations, featuring our diverse team of subject matter experts. Three of the seminars are part of the Collaboration Laboratory series, and the other three are in the Collaboration Science and Measurement series.

Collaboration Laboratory:

Collaboration Science and Measurement:

Hurricane Recovery: Health Challenges
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Oct. 17, 1 p.m. ET
Teaches community leaders, public health professionals, health educators, and other stakeholders about health issues and mental health concerns that may linger after a hurricane.

Using Bright Futures to Achieve Excellence in Well-Child Care
U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration
Oct. 23, 12-1 p.m. ET
Join the webcast at the time of the session.

Ethical Considerations for a Fair and Effective Health Care System
Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health
Oct. 24, 1-2 p.m. ET
Discussion builds on a Pediatrics supplement article, Ethical Framework for Risk Stratification and Mitigation Programs for Children with Medical Complexity. Presenters share recommendations that help ensure programs for children with medical complexity avoid potentially ethically problematic situations and practices.

Promoting Substance Use Recovery for Pregnant Women
National Academy for State Health Policy
Oct. 24, 1-2:15 p.m. ET
Highlights Colorado's efforts to coordinate across agencies and systems to meet the needs of pregnant and parenting women affected by substance use disorder, covering coverage, financing, and care delivery strategies.

Improving Our Approach: Better Conversations About Breastfeeding
National Institute for Children's Health Quality
Nov. 7, 3-4 p.m. ET
Provides information about the barriers facing breastfeeding mothers, methods to identify breastfeeding concerns and inspire behavioral change, and conversational approaches to better engage with breastfeeding concerns.

Learn How to Engage Families in Your Needs Assessment
Family Voices and AMCHP
Nov. 8, 1-2 p.m. ET
Discusses engaging families and understanding the value of the family perspective in the needs assessment. Participants will explore opportunities and identify strategies to engage families in the needs assessment and hear from peers in other states about their experiences in this effort.

Tracking Telehealth Reimbursement Trends
Manatt Health
Recorded (54 minutes)
Looks at the latest trends in coverage and reimbursement and how they affect the future of health care.