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AMCHP and the text4baby State Enrollment Contest
AMCHP will be participating in the text4baby State Enrollment Contest, a national competition to enroll pregnant women and new mothers in the text4baby program. The goal of the text4baby State Enrollment Contest is to reach twice as many users through healthy competition among states. The top three states that have enrolled the most users in text4baby between May 10 and October 20 will be announced at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. The prize for each of the winning states will be a sponsored luncheon/press event for text4baby partners in that state. 

Text4baby, the country's first free, health education program in the form of text messages, provides timely tips and expert advice sent directly to the cell phones of pregnant women and new moms. Pregnant women and new mothers who text "BABY" (or “BEBE” for Spanish) to 511411 receive weekly text messages, timed to their due date or their baby's birth date through the baby’s first year. The messages, which have been developed by government and nonprofit health experts like the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics, and March of Dimes, deal with nutrition, immunization and birth defect prevention, among other topics. For more information, contact Cristina Sciuto 

Webinar on Infant Sleep Position and Bedsharing
The Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs (ASIP) and AMCHP will host a webinar, “Infant Sleep Position and Bedsharing: Using PRAMS to Impact Programs and Policy,” on June 29 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. EST. The webinar will feature Letitia Williams, MPH, Epidemiologist, PRAMS Project, CDC Division of Reproductive Health; and Danielle L. Broussard, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Chronic Disease Epidemiology Division of Clinical and Administrative Sciences Lead Chronic Disease Epidemiologist Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education Xavier University of Louisiana. This discussion is a continuation of the SUID/SIDS Webinar Series. Initiated in 2010, this series is designed to strengthen SUID, SIDS, Infant Safe Sleep and bereavement services across the United States. To register, visit here 

Satellite Conference and Live Webcast
The live webcast, “Communicating With and For the Maternal and Child Health Population: Issues and Challenges,” will convene on June 28 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. EST. The program will feature Cathy R. Taylor, DrPH, MSN, RN, Assistant Commissioner, Administration Director, Bureau of Health Services, Tennessee Department of Health, discussing successful, clear communication and knowledge transfer skills and strategies crucial to MCH health improvement and advocacy goals. The webcast is produced by the South Central Public Health Training Center and University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Maternal and Child Health Training Grant, in partnership with the Alabama Department of Public Health. To learn more, contact alphtn@adph.state.al.us 

ABM Call for Abstracts
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) is now accepting abstracts for the 16th Annual International Meeting to be held November 3-6 in Miami. Abstracts may be submitted by physicians, medical students, and those holding post graduate degrees or students working to attain such degrees. Abstracts submitted by non-physicians must be sponsored by a member in good standing of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. The deadline for abstracts is June 24. To learn more, visit here 

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Child Care Initiative
The Let’s Move! Child Care is one of the first lady’s most recent additions to her Let’s Move campaign. This new initiative creates a collaboration between Let’s Move! and Healthy Kids, Healthy Future. The core of Let’s Move! Child Care is a voluntary set of standards to engage child care providers in creating healthier environments for children. The standards relate to physical activity, nutrition, screen time and infant feeding that mirror the best practices Healthy Kids, Healthy Future has been promoting over the past two years. Child care providers who participate in, and achieve the goals laid out by the initiative, will receive some manner of recognition for their efforts. Let’s Move! Child Care includes a web-based resource center with tools, training and technical assistance opportunities to support providers in their efforts to meet the voluntary standards. To learn more, visit here 

Roundtable on the Transition to Adulthood
The Future of Children will host “Transition to Adulthood: Roundtable Discussions on Practice and Policy” on June 21 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST, in Washington, DC. This event will bring together researchers and practitioners in exploring the unique challenges faced by youth as they transition to adulthood. A webcast will be available shortly following this event. To register or to learn more, visit here 

Call for Nominations
Healthy Teen Network is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Healthy Teen Network Annual Awards Program. The awards will recognize programs, groups and individuals committed to promoting the health and well-being of youth. The deadline is June 30. To learn more, visit here