Free Oral Health Video available for National Children's Dental Health Month
February is National Children's Dental Health Month! To promote better oral health for pregnant women and children, the AMCHP Health Systems Transformation team created a short, consumer-facing animated video about the importance of accessing oral health care during pregnancy. This informative, high-quality tool can be a useful resource to help educate women about the safety and importance of going to the dentist while pregnant. If you are interested in a free customization of the video with your state/local logo and website, please contact Emily Eckert (firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-266-2037), and remember to join the conversation on social media using #NCDHM.
Engage Medicaid Patients
The National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation will host a webinar on Feb. 10 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET. With the new presidential administration in place, there may be a new era of state-level flexibility in Medicaid. This webinar will identify obstacles to engaging Medicaid patients as well as success stories, with an eye on meeting the potential challenges of Medicaid reform.
Leveraging Fund and Partnerships for Sustainability
The National Association of County and City Health Officials will host the fourth webinar in the Public Health Breastfeeding Series on Feb. 22 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET. The presentation will address how local health departments and community-based organizations can amplify the impact and longevity of community breastfeeding promotion and support programs through skillful leveraging of funds and partnerships. In addition to an overview of the public health significance of leveraging to advance community health goals, participants will receive functional insight from front-line public health practitioners on their organizational experience leveraging finance and/or partnership to implement community breastfeeding projects.
Support the Public Health Workforce
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is accepting applications for the Disability Technical Assistance Program. The initiative is designed to support local health departments seeking to increase inclusivity and accessibility for people with disabilities in their programs, products and services. Through this program, NACCHO staff provides assistance on a variety of topics related to public health, including emergency preparedness planning and health-promoting programming. Applications must be received by Feb. 28. For additional questions or inquiries, please contact Sara Lyons.
Apply for the Susan A. Hickman Research Award
Postpartum Support International (PSI) is accepting applications for the 2017 Susan A. Hickman Research Award until March 1. The award is given every year to an individual involved in a scholarly research project that contributes to the field of perinatal mental health. The recipient is selected by the PSI Research Committee. The 2017 award is $5,000, which includes a stipend to attend the 2017 PSI Conference in Philadelphia (July 14-15). Please note that each candidate must be a master's, doctoral or post-doctoral student or research faculty member affiliated with an accredited institution of higher learning and be a member of PSI.
Ask A Colleague
CityMatCH is seeking responses from public health professionals on what local MCH programs are doing to address the Zika virus in urban communities. Share your thoughts about your health department's successes and activities.