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Your Voice: Call for Volunteers for AMCHP Committees 

AMCHP is seeking volunteers for all of its committees, including Governance, Annual Conference Planning, Best Practices, Emerging Issues, Family and Youth Leadership, Legislative and Healthcare Financing, and Workforce and Leadership Development.

Won't you please think about contributing your time and expertise to your professional organization? This is a terrific way to enhance the benefits of your membership in AMCHP and your career, while also contributing to the success of the organization. Please complete this brief survey to let us know of your interest.

Evaluating Public Health Programs 101
A short course will be held during the American Public Health Association 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo in Atlanta to equip public health professionals with essential skills needed to evaluate public health programs. The course will identify various methods of evaluation along the continuum from process to impact, list steps in the logic model necessary for the design of effective evaluations, describe data sources and data quality issues, analyze evaluation models, and allow participants to design at least one applied evaluation strategy.
APHA 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo Learning Institute
Nov. 4 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET
Support School-Based Health Centers
The 2016-17 National School-Based Health Care Census is now available. The census includes two dozen questions and should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. The first five respondents in each state will receive a $10 gift card.
School-Based Health Alliance
Opportunity for Input
Researchers in South Dakota are conducting a study to understand the impacts of autism on children and families. The first survey seeks to understand the emotions parents experience when their child is diagnosed with autism; the second survey covers school-based services for children with autism and what can be improved.
South Dakota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities and the University of South Dakota

Creating Effective Youth Advisory Councils in MCH Programs
An upcoming webinar will engage stakeholders in Title V and MCH activities as a critical method in ensuring best practices and culturally appropriate factors are accounted for. Several state Title V agencies have utilized structured Youth Advisory Councils to help carry out several of their MCH activities. Learn more on how these councils get started, how they are led, and the impact they have created in their communities. Dial (866) 214-0726 and use participant code 171403.
July 12 from 2-3:30 p.m. ET

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. This interactive, virtual series of trainings will allow participants to apply quality improvement tools or concepts to issues they face working in maternal and child health. You can find the recordings and session materials for the first two discussions, and join the next event: Collaborative Coaching Call 2, July 13 from 3-4 p.m. ET.      

Addressing Infant Mortality
The six-part webinar series will give public health professionals an opportunity to hear experts and influencers in the MCH field share examples and best practices to reduce infant mortality. The first webinar in the series will define health equity, explain various levels of structural inequity, relate how past housing policies inform current health equity improvement work, and identify ways Healthy Start can serve to address historical structural inequities to reduce infant mortality.
AMCHP and the National Institute for Children's Health Quality
July 27 from 2-3:30 p.m. ET

Celebrating Young Parents 
Presenters will discuss efforts over the past several years by California and New Mexico to affirm the value of young families and celebrate the ways they contribute to their communities.
Healthy Teen Network
July 13 from 1-2 p.m. ET

Baby Behavior for Lactation Professionals
This four-part webinar series will provide professionals with the skills and tools they need to better understand the range of infant behaviors often misinterpreted by parents and to use research-based counseling techniques to successfully drive behavior change. Registration for the full series is recommended. A fee is required.
·       Baby Behavior Beginning and Approach (July 17, 3-4 p.m. ET)
·       Understanding Infant States and Cues (July 31, 3-4 p.m. ET)
·       Understanding Infant Crying and Sleep (Aug. 14, 3-4 p.m. ET)
·       Newborn Behavior and the Big 3 Early Breastfeeding Challenges (Aug. 28, 3-4 p.m. ET)

University of California, Davis Campus Human Lactation Center 

Supporting the Title V and Medicaid Collaboration in Pediatric Medical Home Implementation
Hear about strategies and promising practices to enhance collaboration on pediatric medical home initiatives between Title V children and youth with special health care needs and Medicaid agencies. Participants will learn about collaborative efforts in states, identify replicable strategies to facilitate partnerships, and discuss the impact of Title V CYSHCN and Medicaid collaboration on children, youth and families.
National Center for Medical Home Implementation, the National Academy for State Health Policy and the Catalyst Center
July 20 from 1-2 p.m. ET 

Beyond Breastfeeding Promotion: Actively Supporting Families
Participants will learn breastfeeding facts that matter to families, how to ensure families are given the clinical help they need, and how common interventions in the postpartum period can help or hinder families from meeting their breastfeeding goals.
July 26 from 1-2 p.m. ET; Live question and answer session from 2-2:30 p.m. ET

Feeding Q&A: Beyond the Basics
Presenters will answer participants' questions and expand on multi-disciplinary options for behavioral, dietary, and nutrition support in a feeding program for children.
The Johnson Center for Child Health & Development
July 27 from 1-2 p.m. ET

Choosing Messages to Promote Breastfeeding Supportive Policies
Presenters will discuss how the words used to share information about breastfeeding and institutional policies can influence interactions with patients. Participants will learn to describe at least two points in communications which may be barriers to effective interactions, how to overcome barriers to effective communication, and demonstrate the ability to create effective messaging. A fee is required.
University of California, Davis Campus Human Lactation Center
Aug. 23 from 3-4 p.m. ET

Enhancing Care by Reducing Environmental Triggers
To educate participants on how school-based health (SBH) center can effectively manage asthma by reducing environmental triggers. Presenters will discuss best practices and tools for addressing environmental triggers as part of a comprehensive asthma care strategy at SBH centers.
School-Based Health Alliance
Aug. 24 from 2 p.m. ET