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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 Life Course Dialogue: Exploring State-Level Implementation on Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn how states are implementing a life course approach to maternal and child health (MCH). This interactive session will discuss how to advance a life course perspective. Hear from your peers about approaches, opportunities and challenges. This session builds on last year’s popular Life Course Town Hall Meeting and begins a four-part life course series during the AMCHP Annual Conference. It will be preceded by a one-hour workshop entitled The Life Course Approach to MCH: Challenges and Strategies for Implementation.

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, click here. Don’t miss our early-bird registration rates – register now!

Deadline Approaching: Realityworks & Go Beyond MCH Graduate Student Scholarship
AMCHP, with Realityworks and Go Beyond, is offering 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.

Don’t miss these upcoming AMCHP Webinars! 

  • Nov. 9 – American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Expansion of Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment
    On Oct. 18, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released the updated policy statement and technical report with additional information for parents on creating a safe environment for their babies to sleep. On Nov. 9, from 2:30-4 p.m. EST, join AMCHP and the Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs (ASIP) for the American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Expansion of Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment webinar. Fern Hauck, MD, MS, member of AAP Task Force on SIDS and Sleep-Related Infant Death, and Rachel Moon, MD, FAAP, Chair and lead author of the AAP Task Force on SIDS and Sleep-Related Infant Death, will review the recommendations, research and implications for interventions. This webinar series is provided as a service to the SUID and SIDS community and is free of charge. For more information, please contact Sandra Frank or Jessica Hawkins. To register, click here.
  • Nov. 15 – A Year of Progress Utilizing the Less Than 39 Weeks Toolkit: Building Successful Partnerships with Clinicians, Health Departments and the March of Dimes
    To raise awareness around World Prematurity Day and Prematurity Awareness Month, AMCHP and the March of Dimes will host a national webinar, “A Year of Progress Utilizing the Less Than 39 Weeks Toolkit: Building Successful Partnerships with Clinicians, Health Departments and the March of Dimes” on Nov. 15 from 3-4:30 p.m. EST. The 90-minute webinar will be moderated by Associate State Director of the March of Dimes California Chapter and Director of Big 5 State Prematurity Initiatives, Leslie Kowalewski. The featured presenters include, Bryan Oshiro, MD, Medical Director, Perinatal Institute, Loma Linda University; Shabbir Ahmad, DVM, MS, PhD, Acting Division Chief, Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health Program of the California Department of Health; and Mary Giammarino, MPP, National Director Prematurity Campaign & Mission Marketing. Space is limited. Please test that your computer is compatible in advance of the webinar. For inquiries about the webinar, please e-mail alliances@marchofdimes.com. To register, click here.

Systems Thinking for Maternal and Child Health: Application in Practice Webinar
Systems thinking and using the systems approach to manage public health controversies can provide new and exciting opportunities and collaborations, yet the importance of this concept is often overlooked. Many disciplines converge in this problem-solving approach and bring new ideas to the forefront of today’s critical public health issues. In this seminar, Dr. Donna Petersen will explore how systems thinking can be applied to MCH and analyze the advantages of using this method to solve current and future challenges in public health. Join the South Central Public Health Training Center and UAB’s Maternal and Child Health Training Grant in partnership with the Alabama Department of Public Health on Nov. 8 from 1-2:30 p.m EST. For more information, click here or to register, click here.

CMS Innovation Center Accepting Applications for New Innovation Advisors Program
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center seeks to deepen the capacity for transformation by creating a network of experts in improving the delivery system for Medicare, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program beneficiaries. The Innovation Advisors Program will support individuals who can test and refine new models to drive delivery system reform. The Innovation Advisors Program will select and develop as many as 200 individuals from across the nation in its first year. The deadline to submit applications is Nov. 15. Learn more and download the program application.

MCHB Graduate Student Internship Program Application System is Open
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 (limited to submissions by public – state and local – MCH agencies) should be grounded in the following three critical areas of MCH epidemiology: data analysis and monitoring, needs assessment and program evaluation. The application system can be accessed here 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, contact Renee Schwalberg, Program Director, at (202) 842-2000.

RWJF Community Health Leaders Releases Call for Nominations
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (REJF) Community Health Leaders each year honors up to 10 outstanding and otherwise unrecognized individuals who overcome daunting odds to improve health and health care, especially to underserved populations in communities across the United States. The program aims to elevate the work of these unsung leaders through heightened recognition, technical assistance and new leadership opportunities. The nomination deadline is Nov. 28 at 3 p.m. EST. To learn more, click here.

MCH PHLI Recruiting information for Cohort 3, 2012-2013
The Maternal and Child Health-Public Health Leadership Institute (MCH PHLI) applications are currently being accepted through Feb. 1, 2012. All tuition and lodging charges for this program are grant-supported. In addition to no onsite charges, partial travel scholarships will be available for Cohort III. This year-long leadership development program is designed to significantly expand self-awareness and quickly build practical skills for effectively leading, managing people, and building partnerships, to advocate for and create the MCH systems of tomorrow. The program consists of three residential executive-style retreats (10 days of experiential-based training) coupled with a robust and customizable distance-based program. Each Fellow completes an MCH-related personal leadership project targeted at a critical local or national need while receiving ongoing individual executive coaching. The program targets the MCH Leadership Competencies 3.0 and the distance-component can be completed in as little as two hours a week. For more information or to complete applications, visit the MCH PHLI website

RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars Releases Call for Applications
The goal of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program is to develop the next generation of national leaders in academic nursing through career development awards for outstanding junior nursing faculty. The program aims to strengthen the academic productivity and overall excellence of nursing schools by providing mentorship, leadership training, and salary and research support to young faculty. For more information or to apply, click here. The application deadline is Feb. 7, 2012 at 3 p.m. EST.

Upcoming AMCHP Surveys

 Assessment Name Target Audience  Expected Launch Date 
 Preconception Health Indicators – Current Capacity and Priorities  Title V/MCH Directors, Epidemiologists and/or Senior Program Staff  Nov. 14