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AMCHP Communications Survey
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 from Monday, May 23 to 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 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 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 

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 

Call for Applications: The Healthy Weight Learning Collaborative
With support from HRSA, AMCHP and the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality and a consortium of leading health care and public health organizations have embarked on a nationwide effort focused on the prevention and treatment of childhood and adult obesity. Teams are being recruited to apply for Phase One of the Collaborative, which will be conducted between June 2011 and July 2012. In this phase, we are looking to partner with 10 community teams (one within each HRSA region) with previous experience in cross sector collaboration (clinical care, public health and the community) on public health issues (e.g. tobacco, healthy weight, immunizations, etc). Selected teams will participate in a Breakthrough Series Collaborative approach consisting of two in-person Learning Sessions (September 2011 and May 2012) and one virtual Learning Session (January 2012). The deadline is June 3. To learn more, visit here 

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 

Nominations for the 2011 Presidential Citizens Medal
The White House Office of Public Engagement is seeking nominations for the 2011 Presidential Citizens Medal. Nominees should be those individuals who have performed exemplary deeds of service, including those who have demonstrated commitment to service in their own communities or in communities farther from home, who have helped their country or their fellow citizens through one or more extraordinary acts, whose service relates to a long-term problem, or whose service has had a sustained impact on others’ lives and provided inspiration for others to serve. In order for the individual to be considered for the Medal: Nominees must be citizens of the United States; the nominee’s service must have been performed outside of his or her regular job; and nominations must be received by Monday, May 30 at 11:59 p.m. EST. To learn more, visit here 

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. 

NIHCM Foundation Webinar on Promoting Health Equity for Adolescents
The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation will host a webinar, “Partnering to Promote Health Equity for Adolescents,” on May 25 at 1 p.m. EST. The webinar will discuss opportunities to achieve health equity for adolescents, and how best to incorporate health plans and health plan foundations in the process. To register, 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 our 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 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.


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 

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.