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Register Today for the 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference!
This year’s conference opens with a weekend of in-depth trainings as part of the AMCHP Annual Conference Training Institute, one and a half days of skills-building sessions and special events. Among these sessions is a two-part, day-long Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Institute on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interested in learning more about how your program can better serve adolescents? Learn about the different stages, needs and risk factors of adolescence and consider how these differences can impact your program design and implementation. Increase your understanding of adolescent development and its components, and explore implications for programming to meet these needs. The AYA Institute also will explore strategies to improve youth health efforts as part of a life course approach to maternal and child population health.

Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity for professional growth and understanding – it’s included with your full conference registration! Check out the AMCHP website to see all Training Institute events and for other exciting program announcements.

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

Realityworks & Go Beyond MCH Graduate Student Scholarship
AMCHP has partnered with Realityworks and Go Beyond to offer a new graduate-student scholarship. The scholarship is designed to assist one graduate student in furthering their education and sponsor their attendance at the upcoming AMCHP Annual Conference to hone their leadership skills and connect them with existing leaders within MCH. There are two parts to the Realityworks & Go Beyond MCH Graduate Student Scholarship, totaling $3,500. The student selected in fall 2011 would receive funds to support their current year of study ($2,000) and attendance at the 2012 conference ($1,500 plus conference registration), to be held Feb. 11-14 in Washington, D.C. The application deadline is Friday, Nov. 11 at 9 p.m. EST. Visit the AMCHP website for more information or e-mail mchgradscholars@amchp.org.

Elimination of Non-medically Indicated (Elective) Deliveries Before 39 Weeks Gestational Age Toolkit: A Year of Progress” Webinar
To raise awareness around World Prematurity Day and Prematurity Awareness Month, AMCHP and the March of Dimes (MOD) will host a national webinar, “Elimination of Non-medically Indicated (Elective) Deliveries Before 39 Weeks Gestational Age Toolkit: A Year of Progress” on Nov. 15 from 3-4:30 p.m. EST. Studies have shown that there exists a lack of knowledge within both clinician and patient populations around the health risks of non-medically indicated elective preterm (34-36 6/7 weeks gestation) and early term (37-39 weeks gestation) births. Non-medically indicated elective preterm and early term inductions, which result in increased rates of morbidity and chronic health complications for these infants, have been on the rise for the past 30 years. The March of Dimes, the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, and the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division; Center for Family Health of the California Department of Public Health worked collaboratively to develop the toolkit that begins reversing this trend. Hear the success stories of piloting the toolkit, the importance of partnership and how to foster collaboration amongst nontraditional partners, and March of Dimes consumer education messaging on this webinar. A registration link is forthcoming. Please visit the AMCHP Women’s and Infant Health Information Series website for more details.

AAIDD/AAHD Webinar on Promoting Health and Preventing Disease for People with Disabilities
Join the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) and the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD), for a free, 4-part webinar series that will focus on the unique role of the CDC Division of Human Development and Disability. Episode 1: CDC’s Public Health Approach to Disability (Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. EST) will provide an overview of CDC’s public health approach to disability. Beginning with a brief history of disability and public health, presenters will discuss different models of disability, and the application of public health surveillance, research and policy to disability. Attendees will be engaged in a dialog on best practices in inclusion of disability issues in public health and needs for training in health and public health professions. Watch for Episodes 2-4 of this webinar series.

Using Large Data Set to Examine Current Practices and Policies Webinar
Making data-based decisions in practice and policy is essential and often mandated for effective service for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Agencies at the federal, state and local level collect large amounts for accountability and, in fact, provide public access to parts or all of the data. This provides a wonderful opportunity for early researchers and doctoral students in the I/DD field to utilize the information in developing a line of research and furthers the practices and policies affecting individuals with I/DD. In this webinar, the presenters will discuss their use of large data sets in examining current practices and policies addressing individuals with I/DD. The webinar will be held Nov. 14 from 2-3:30 p.m. EST. For more information, e-mail Rebecca Carman. To register, click here.

CMS Announces Application Submission Deadline for New Innovation Advisors Program
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the new Innovation Advisors program, which will be managed by their Innovation Center. Up to 200 Innovation Advisors, including clinicians, allied health professionals, health administrators and others, will test new models of care delivery in order to drive improvements to patient care and reduce costs. CMS is accepting applications now through Nov. 15. This would be a great opportunity for pediatric clinicians and health professionals to provide critical input towards better care for all children and youth. For more information, click here.

UIC MCH Program Accepting Applications for their Leadership Development and Coaching Program
This is a six-month, distance-based program, which begins January 2012, that includes six monthly, one-hour calls focused on Authentic Leadership Development: Strengths Based Leadership, Values-Based Leadership and Decision-Making, Self-Awareness, Emotional-Intelligence, Ideal-Self, Work-Life Balance, Self-Care, and Whole Life Leadership. Each participant meets with a personally assigned, certified, professional coach in two 45-minute phone sessions every month. Additionally, participants identify a set of unique goals s/he will work toward over the course of the program. For additional information, please visit their websiteA limited number of scholarships are available for Family Leaders in MCH. Applications are due Nov. 14. 

Call for Proposals: MCHB Graduate Student Internship Program (GSIP)
The Graduate Student Internship Program (GSIP), sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), strives to enhance students' skills in data analysis, encourage training in MCH epidemiology, and providing assistance to state and local health agencies with data-related projects. MCHB is increasing its commitment to assisting agencies by supporting up to 20 interns in state-level MCH/CSHCN agencies and 10 in city and county MCH departments. Internship projects should be grounded in the following three critical areas of MCH epidemiology: data analysis and monitoring, needs assessment, and program evaluation. The application system is scheduled to open mid-October 2011 and these internships will be conducted primarily during the summer of 2012 (beginning in May, June or July). Completed applications must be submitted no later than Nov. 21. For more information, click here or contact Renee Schwalberg, Program Director, at (202) 842-2000.

SRCD Fellowships in Public Policy – Now Seeking Applicants
SRCD is accepting applications for its 2012-2013 Policy Fellows, both congressional and executive branch placements, to work as "resident scholars" at the interface of science and policy. The goals of these fellowships are: (1) to contribute to the effective use of scientific knowledge in developing public policy, (2) to educate the scientific community about the formation of public policy, and (3) to establish a more effective liaison between developmental scientists and the federal policy-making mechanisms. SRCD Fellows participate with other scientific societies in the fellowship programs of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Both early and mid-career doctoral level professionals of all scientific disciplines related to child development are encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is Dec. 15. For more information and application instructions, please click here.

RWJF New Careers in Nursing Releases Call for Applications
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing is a scholarship program to help alleviate the nursing shortage and increase the diversity of nursing professionals. Through grants to schools of nursing, the program will provide scholarships to college graduates without nursing degrees who are enrolled in accelerated baccalaureate and master’s nursing programs. The application deadline is Jan. 11, 2012 (3 p.m. EST). For more information, or to apply, click here.