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SPHARC Autism Awareness Month Coffee Talks!
AMCHP's State Public Health Autism Resource Center is proud to host a series of virtual coffee talks on hot topics related to autism in honor of Autism Awareness Month. Tune in to hear from expert speakers, as well as participate in open discussions with your peers on autism-related topics of interest. All coffee talks are open to all interested attendees. To learn more about the upcoming coffee talks, check out SPHARC's coffee talk flyer. To see other autism awareness activities, see AMCHP's Autism Awareness Month Webpage.
Public Health Approaches to Address the Opioid Epidemic
AMCHP and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) will co-host a webinar focusing on public health strategies to address the opioid epidemic among maternal and child health populations. The webinar will focus on prevention efforts and highlight cross-sector collaborations. The event will feature perspectives from Dr. Jay Butler, Alaska State Health official and ASTHO president; Dr. Dina Lieser, senior advisor at the U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau's Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems; Christina Mullins, director of the Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health in West Virginia; and Patricia M. Tilley, chief of the Bureau of Population Health and Community Services in New Hampshire. The webinar will be held on May 9 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET. Register here.

AMCHP's QI eLearning Series Continues!
AMCHP, in partnership with Population Health Improvement Partners (Improvement Partners), is hosting a Quality Improvement eLearning Series for Title V staff to build capacity to apply QI tools and concepts to their work. The eLearning program is an interactive, virtual series of trainings that will allow participants to apply QI tools or concepts to issues they face working in MCH during virtual trainings with expert QI coaches from Improvement Partners. If you were unable to join us for our first two live discussions, you can find the recordings and session materials here. Our next event is the Collaborative Coaching Call on May 9 at 3 p.m. ET. We hope you will be able to join us!
Call Schedule/Registration Links (all times are EST):
Collaborative Coaching Call 1 (May 9, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
Live Discussion 3: Testing Changes (May 31, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
Live Discussion 4: Sustaining and Spread (June 15, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.)
Collaborative Coaching Call 2 (July 13, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.)

Join AMCHP for the 2017 March for Babies Campaign
AMCHP is again supporting its partners at the March of Dimes by raising funds for and participating in the Maryland-National Capitol Area March for Babies on May 6 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. This year our fundraising goal is $1,000. If you participated in last year's fundraiser, please sign in with your username and password to confirm your participation in the AMCHP Steps for Babies Team (re-enrolling for the previous year's team will be the automatic choice) and confirm your personal information and insert your fundraising goal. New participants, please visit our fundraising page and click on the link labeled "Join this Team." Please fill in your personal information and goal, then click submit. Once you are done, you are now a member of our team: You may edit your personal page and begin fundraising!

Anxious Children
The National Institute for Mental Health will host a webinar on April 20 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will offer practical strategies to help caregivers and children break the cycle of anxiety. Participants will learn how to present important concepts about the nature and causes of anxiety, effective ways to change unhelpful thinking, how to face feared situations in a gradual manner, and how to identify and change the cycle of accommodating anxiety within the family.  

Field Support for Local Health Departments
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will continue to provide Zika Pregnancy and Birth Defects Field Support to local health departments. To be eligible for field support, local health departments must be in communities that have cases of pregnant women with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus and/or the need for additional support because of a greater than expected number of infants born with birth defects potentially associated with congenital Zika syndrome. Applicants will also be required to demonstrate coordination and communication with their state health department. Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on April 21.

Submit an Abstract on Health Equity
Health Affairs is accepting abstracts for its March 2018 issue on health equity. The health equity theme will present research that contributes to the understanding of factors that lead to health disparities and interventions that aim to reduce them. Health Affairs is interested in examples of interventions from both inside and outside the health services sector, including partnerships, community-led efforts, and cross-sector collaborations. Abstracts must be received by April 24.
Building School Wellness Policies
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and Alliance for a Healthier Generation will co-host a webinar on April 25 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will highlight the importance of building local school wellness policies that can lead to promising, sustainable changes in practice for school nutrition and physical activity. It will describe how state agencies, particularly health departments, can capitalize on opportunities offered by the final regulations of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and play a role in providing professional development, as well as technical assistance, to schools and districts.
The Link Between Special Health Care Needs and Financial Hardship
The Catalyst Center will host a webinar on April 26 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET to introduce the updated edition of Breaking the Link Between Special Health Care Needs and Financial Hardship. Participants will be able to learn about data related to insurance status and inadequacy for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN); define causes and consequences of financial hardship for families raising CYSHCN; evaluate specific state strategies in addressing financial hardship; and identify resources for state-specific data.

Depression in Teenagers
The National Institute of Mental Health will host a webinar on April 27 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. The presentation will address the commonalities of depression, the most sensitive phases of development for young people, why some children become depressed in the face of stress, treatments for youth depression and harnessing the potential of reward processing in the brain.

Strategies for Students with Autism
The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development will host a webinar on May 2 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. The presentation will focus on building organizational skills and strategies for middle and high school students with autism.

Hot Topics in Medicine
Stanford University Medicine Center for Continuing Medical Education is launching a webinar series on hot topics in medicine, featuring experts who will provide guidance to physicians and other health professionals on controversial and challenging issues. The first webinar will focus on disease emergence and transmission routes of the Zika virus, emerging data from clinical research and updated guidelines for Zika-exposed diagnosis, as well as treatment. The presentation will run May 16 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET.

Gain a Better Understanding of Bright Future
Bright Futures will host a webinar presented by its editors, who will discuss the revised Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents 4th Edition. The webinar is scheduled for May 24 from 1:00-1:45 p.m. ET and is designed for public health professionals.

Enhance Your Understanding of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Registration is open for the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The Graduate Summer Institute will offer onsite courses in Baltimore, as well as online from June 12 to 30. The short and intensive courses are intended to develop an understanding of the principles, methodologic strategies and practical aspects of epidemiological research. Courses can be taken for professional development at a non-credit tuition rate or for academic credit registration. Space permitting, registrations will be accepted until the start of class.

Ask a Colleague
CityMatCH would like to hear what local MCH programs are doing to address maternal mortality in urban communities. This survey will allow participants to share their health department's work around maternal mortality or to share their health department's interest in addressing this important area of MCH.