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AMCHP and the text4baby State Enrollment Contest Webinar
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 a 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. 

In honor of Women’s Health Week and the kick-off of text4baby’s State Enrollment Contest, text4baby will host a special webinar for AMCHP members on May 11 from 3 to 4 p.m. EST. The webinar will feature an update on what text4baby has accomplished this past year, best practices from state Title V programs, and a special new text4baby competition. To register, visit here 

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 

RFA for the Partnership to Eliminate Disparities in Infant Mortality Action Learning Collaborative
In 2008, CityMatCH, AMCHP and the National Healthy Start Association (NHSA), with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation created the Partnership to Eliminate Disparities in Infant Mortality. This project seeks to eliminate racial inequities contributing to infant mortality within U.S. urban areas, and is in its second round of funding. A major component of this work is a multi-city Action Learning Collaborative (ALC). The ALC approach is one in which state, local and community collaborative teams are selected, and then provided with training and technical assistance in current research, best practices and systems building. Through the course of the ALC, teams will have the opportunity to network across state lines, strategize to break down barriers in addressing inequities in infant mortality, and design new and innovative solutions tailored to their individual communities. The emphasis of this team-based ALC is on innovative approaches to reducing racial inequities in infant mortality in urban communities, with particular attention paid to the impacts of racism. Applications are due no later than 11 p.m. EST., on Wednesday, June 1. Please submit all documents to Phyllis George at NHSA. To download the application, visit here 

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Cities and Towns Initiative
The Let’s Move Cities and Towns is one of the first lady’s most recent additions to her Let’s Move campaign. The program is designed to encourage mayors and elected officials to adopt a long-term, sustainable and holistic approach to fighting childhood obesity. To support this initiative, Let’s Move has designed a toolkit for local officials to begin implementing programs and policies to support healthy habits. Throughout the toolkit, child care is highlighted as a place where events and initiatives can be held. Many of the suggested initiatives mirror practices that Nemours and partners have successfully implemented.  

Call for Nominations for the 2011 MCH Epidemiology Awards
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 National MCH Epidemiology Awards for presentation at the annual MCH EPI Conference. The Coalition for Excellence in MCH Epidemiology offers awards in seven categories:

1.     Best Manuscript Award

2.     Greg Alexander Award for Advancing Knowledge Award

3.     Effective Practice Award

4.     Excellence in Teaching Award

5.     Outstanding Leadership Award

6.     Zena Stein and Mervyn Susser Award for Lifetime Achievement

7.     Young Professional Achievement Award  

Nominations are due June 3. For more information, visit here 

MCH EPI Call for Abstracts
The Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (MCH EPI) is seeking abstracts for its 17th annual MCH EPI conference to be held in New Orleans on December 14-16. The deadline for abstract submissions from professional and degree-seeking students is May 31. The deadline for first-year fellows, interns, trainers and CDC/EIS officers is September 23. 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 two live virtual training courses on sudden unexplained infant deaths investigation, offered by RTI International. The following trainings have 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    May 10 at 2 p.m. EST.

o    June 14 at 2 p.m. EST. 

Join the Woman Challenge!
The Office on Women's Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services started the Woman Challenge in 2001 as a part of National Women's Health Week to encourage women across the country to get active. This year, they're partnering with the President's Challenge to reach even more people. To learn about how to join the group and be part of a nationwide effort to get women and girls moving, visit here 

Evidence-Based Interventions for Children with Autism Conference
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Section of Developmental-Behavioral and Rehabilitative Pediatrics along with Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Partners for Inclusive Communities, Interdisciplinary Leadership Education Excellence in Caring for Children with Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) and the Arkansas Department of Human Services will jointly sponsor the “Team Up 2011: Evidence Based Interventions for Children with Autism Conference.” The conference will be held in Little Rock, Arkansas on May 19–21, at the Holiday Inn Airport and the speakers include experts from across the country. To learn more and to register, visit here 

Save the Date: Webinar on Preparing a Successful Research Grant Application
The webinar, sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau Research Program, will convene on June 6 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. EST. Dr. Cynthia Minkovitz, professor and director, Women's and Children's Health Policy Center, at the Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health; and Dr. Daniel Armstrong, professor and associate chair, Pediatrics, and director, Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami, will discuss how to prepare a successful research application for competitive funding agencies. This session will describe the key elements of a strong research proposal, as well as provide tips for making your grant application ready for submission. To register, visit here.