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Register Today for the 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference!
The 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference will be held Feb. 11-14, 2012, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. To register, visit here. Don’t miss our early-bird registration rates – register now!

This year’s conference will feature four thought-provoking general sessions, starting with the John C. MacQueen Award and Memorial Lecture on Sunday afternoon. Learn and discuss proven strategies you can use to uproot entrenched habits and create change initiatives for your team and your entire organization in our next real-life, solution-focused session. Then examine the opportunities and options states have in supporting coordination between MCH and chronic disease programs – highlighting innovative initiatives, such as the First Lady’s Let’s Move program, that bring chronic disease and MCH programs together. Finally, share new programs with thought leaders and MCH colleagues that address premature birth and prevent infant mortality, including the March of Dimes’ Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait initiative. Continue to watch the AMCHP website for exciting program announcements.

There’s Still Time to Submit Applications for the Ryan Colburn Scholarship Fund
Time is running out! AMCHP will be awarding a scholarship for one youth leader to attend the 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference. The application deadline is Friday, Oct. 14 by 8 p.m. EST. For more information, please click here or contact Michelle Jarvis at (202) 775-1472.

17th Annual MCH EPI Conference: AMCHP Pre-Conference Trainings Announced
AMCHP, in partnership with the CDC Division of Reproductive Health (DRH); and the Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau; will conduct data skills trainings Dec. 12-13, at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, LA. The target audience includes epidemiologists, statisticians, program directors, students, and fellows conducting MCH work in federal, state, local or tribal public health agencies. The AMCHP pre-conference trainings are focused around three aspects of moving data to action. We will offer three training options for those wishing to build their skills in the areas of data linkage, scientific writing and knowledge translation. For brief descriptions or to apply, please click here.

Open for Public Comment: Maternity Care Measure Set
The Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) initiated a 30-day public comment period for the Maternity Care measure set. The Maternity Care measures, developed in conjunction with the PCPI focus on measures of overuse and appropriate use, is a joint effort with PCPI, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The draft measures are intended for clinicians caring for women who are pregnant. They are designed to improve processes that have been demonstrated to improve outcomes: ending preventable morbidity and mortality; reducing maternal infections; reducing unnecessary procedures that may cause harm or risk to mother and baby; and reducing depression, substance use and domestic violence during and after pregnancy. The measures are available for review and for submission of comments. The public comment period will close 5 p.m. CST on Saturday, Oct. 29.

NACCHO Accepting Model Practices Submissions
NACCHO is now accepting model practice applications, from Oct. 10 through Nov. 11. NACCHO's Model Practice Program nationally honors and recognizes outstanding local public health practice and shares the outstanding practices through the Model Practices Database. By submitting a practice, local health departments contribute to the overall improvement of public health through evidence-based practice methods. Learn more here.

PHI Webinar on Educating Elected Officials: Effective Strategies for Prevention and Public Health
Join the Public Health Institute (PHI) on Oct. 13 at 2:30 p.m. EST for a discussion on effectively educating elected officials about the value of prevention and public health-related programs with an emphasis on outcomes and results. The webinar will include: a presentation by special guest Daren Garshelis (from the Alliance for Justice) on what constitutes lobbying and how to effectively educate elected officials; a discussion of the latest national developments from Capitol Hill and Washington, DC pertaining to the Super Committee and deficit reduction efforts; and updates on collaborative efforts among partner organizations in support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund given recently proposed cuts. For more information, click here.

Call for Presentation Abstracts: Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Annual Conference
JBS International, Inc., the coordinating agent for the Office of Adolescent Health’s Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Annual Conference, is now accepting conference presentation abstracts for their annual conference. Submission deadline is Oct. 24 and authors may submit no more than two abstracts on which they are listed as the presenter. For more information, click here.

Grantwriters in Health (GIH) Fall Forum, Nov. 3-4
This year, the GIH Fall Forum features two Issue Dialogues: the evolving role of the safety net in the era of the Affordable Care Act, and highlighting food access, hunger and obesity, with a focus on children. The meeting, taking place in Washington, DC, will include a plenary session on how grantmakers can advocate for health in all policies. Registration closes Oct. 14. For more information, visit here.

AAHD Accepting Applications for the 2011-2012 Scholarship Program
The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) Scholarship Program supports students with disabilities who are pursuing higher education. Preference will be given to students who plan to pursue undergraduate/graduate studies in the field of public health, health promotion or disability studies, to include disability policy and disability research. Royalties from the Disability and Health Journal partially fund the AAHD Scholarship Program. Applications must be postmarked and/or received by e-mail no later than Nov. 15. For more information, click here.

RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows Releases Call for Applications
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows program is a three-year advanced leadership program for nurses who aspire to lead and shape health care locally and nationally. Fellows strengthen and improve their leadership abilities related to improving health and health care. The application deadline is Jan. 18, 2012 at 3 p.m. EST. For more information, click here.