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AMCHP Communications Survey Closes Today! Today is your last chance to complete the Member Communications Survey! As you know, communication is a vital process in every organization. It is particularly central to what AMCHP does as a membership organization. We'd like to hear from you: How well do you think our current communication network is meeting your needs? What are we doing well? What can we do better?   The majority of the questions included in the assessment are multiple choice questions. In order to get specific feedback, the survey also contains some open-ended questions. We estimate that the questionnaire should take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete (depending on how much information you choose to share in the open-ended questions). The Communications Assessment Survey will be open until COB today, Monday, June 6. We really want to hear from you! AMCHP staff will be sending two follow-up emails to remind you to complete the survey. Survey results will largely be used by AMCHP leadership and staff to improve our capacity to serve you. If you have questions, please contact Sharron Corle or call (202) 775-0436. The link to the survey is here.   AMCHP and the text4baby State Enrollment Contest WebinarAMCHP 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 

Family Scholars Program-Now Accepting Applications
The Family Scholars Program (FSP) has been redesigned as a 12-month program for family leaders that have experience engaging in Title V programs or Title V funded programs at the local or state level. This program is intended for family leaders that want to continue developing their skills as leaders in maternal and child health (MCH). The 2012 Family Scholars Program centers on eight of the MCH Leadership Competencies (1. MCH knowledge base; 2. Self-reflection; 3. Critical thinking; 4. Communication; 5. Cultural competency; 6. Family-centered care; 7. Working with communities and systems; 8. Policy and advocacy).  

Family Scholars will increase their knowledge and skills associated with these competencies over a 12- month period through distance-based learning opportunities (e.g. topic specific conference calls, webinars, individual development plan, mentoring, readings) and by attending the AMCHP Annual Conference. Family Scholars will also be matched with seasoned family leaders (Family Mentors) that have previously participated in the program and have attended the AMCHP conference within the last five years. Mentors assist family scholars before, during and after the conference. 

Interested family leaders must submit completed application materials and be nominated by their state or territory Title V program. Title V includes Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programs and/or programs serving Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN). Applications are due by 5 p.m. EST., on June 10, 2011.  

Additionally, AMCHP’s Family Scholars Program, with support of HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, will award scholarships to family leaders to attend the 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference convening on February 11-14, 2012.  

To submit an application or to learn more, please e-mail familyscholars@amchp.org. 

PHF Call for Entries for the “I’m Your Community Guide” Contest
Have you used the Guide to Community Preventive Services (Community Guide) to address public health challenges in your state? The Community Guide, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is the only single source of all recommendations and findings of the Task Force on Community Preventive Services (Task Force), an independent, nonfederal, volunteer body of public health and prevention experts. It provides evidence-based recommendations and findings about public health interventions and policies to improve health and promote safety. The Community Guide includes Task Force findings on 19 topics, including adolescent health, birth defects, immunizations, nutrition, physical activity, and oral health. Enter the “I’m Your Community Guide” Contest from the Public Health Foundation (PHF) and be eligible for a $1,000 conference scholarship and other prizes! Entries must be received by June 10. For more information on the contest, please visit here.  

CDC Call for Abstracts
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is still accepting abstract submissions for the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Conference convening on September 12-15 in Atlanta, GA. Abstracts are invited for oral and poster presentations on the following topics:

• Tracking in Action

• Science in Action

• Informatics in Action

• Communications in Action 

The deadline has been extended to June 20. To learn more, visit here.

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 

 

NIJ Training Offers Virtual Courses on SUID Investigation
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has just launched a live virtual training course on sudden unexplained infant deaths investigation, offered by RTI International. The following training has been developed with input from many medico-legal professionals and the CDC’s Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation (SUIDI) curriculum and training guidelines: 

·         Sudden Unexplained Infant Deaths Investigation: Death Scene Recreation

o    June 14 at 2 p.m. EST.  

 

Innovation Station
Do you have a successful program that has improved Child Health outcomes in areas such as injury and violence prevention, school readiness, mental health, oral health, and more?
Then consider sharing your program in Innovation Station, AMCHP’s searchable database of emerging, promising and best practices in maternal and child health.  You’ll have a chance to:

·         Share successes with your peers

·         Enhance the MCH field

·         Contribute to program replication

·         Get expert feedback from the Review Panel

·         Receive national recognition

The online submission process is simple, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

If you are looking for examples of successful child health programs, be sure to check out the Innovation Station profiles on the Alaska Childhood Understanding Behaviors Survey (CUBS) and The Boys’ Health Advocacy ProgramFor more information, contact Kate Howe at (202) 266-3056 or visit amchp.org/bestpractices.