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Become a CDC "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Ambassador
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, announce a funding opportunity for Act Early Ambassadors to work with CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." program to improve early identification of developmental delays and disabilities, including autism, by:

  • promoting the adoption and integration of LTSAE resources and materials to support developmental monitoring in systems that serve young children and their families;
  • serving as a state or territorial representative of CDC's national LTSAE program; and
  • supporting the work of Act Early Teams and other state/territorial or national initiatives to improve early identification of developmental delay and disability.

Implement the "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Model Project in Your State WIC Clinics.
The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) is recruiting states who want to learn more about the "Learn the Signs. Act Early." WIC Model Project. ASPHN is recruiting state Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) programs to implement and assess this Missouri-tested model statewide; states will receive seed funding and assistance for two years. Learn more and submit the interest form by Dec. 13.

Webinars

Strengthening Health Care Delivery Systems for Children with Special Health Care Needs and the Role of Quality Measurement
National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP)
Nov. 28, 2-3 p.m. ET
Features presenters from Delaware, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts who recently participated in a NASHP learning collaborative focused on improving Medicaid managed care for children and youth with special health care needs. It includes an overview of NASHP resources to help states implement quality measurement and improvement efforts for those children.

Early Childhood and Medicaid 101: The Tip of the Iceberg 
National Institute for Children's Health Quality
Nov. 28, 2:30-4 p.m. ET
Explores how Medicaid can be used to improve early childhood health and address disparities, and provides ideas on how families and community advocates can leverage Medicaid, along with a Q&A with policy experts.

What Happens if She Screens Positive for Postpartum Depression?
Harvard Chan's Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health, and the Center of Excellence at Boston University
Nov. 28, 12-1 p.m. ET
Discusses the programmatic, policy, and research requirements to move postpartum mental health care from depression screening to treatment and beyond using the Massachusetts model as a case study.

Medicaid Managed Long-term Services and Supports Programs for CYSHCN
National Academy for State Health Policy
Dec. 4, 3-4 p.m. ET
Provides an overview of a recent analysis of how state long-term services and supports programs serve children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). Presentations from Texas and Iowa highlighting their approaches to providing such programs for CYSHCN through managed care.