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AMCHP February Board Meeting
All members are invited to attend the AMCHP Board meeting, which will be held during our Annual Conference, on Saturday, Feb. 11, beginning at 8 a.m. EST. The meeting will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Members who will be attending should RSVP to Nora Lam or call (202) 775-0436.

Don’t Miss the Exciting Annual Conference General Sessions
This year's conference program offers a number of energizing, cross-cutting general sessions, including:

Networking Reception and John C. MacQueen Memorial Lecture
The first general session of the conference will include welcoming remarks from key AMCHP leaders and our partners from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Join us to learn more about what is happening here in Washington, D.C., what might be coming for MCH programs in the future, and the activities of our federal partners. We will also enjoy a performance by Kinetic Affect, a dynamic spoken word duo based in Kalamazoo, MI. AMCHP will present the John C. MacQueen Memorial Lecture Award to Dr. Gail Christopher.

Be an Influencer: How You Can Create Change for Healthy Tomorrows
Do you experience resistant and persistent personal, team, or organizational problems? Do you feel that you have the skills you need to motivate those you work with and exert your influence in your personal and professional lives? How can we improve MCH outcomes if we are not agents of change and influence in our organizations? Join us for a discussion of proven strategies you can use to uproot entrenched habits and create change initiatives for your team and your entire organization in this real-life, solution focused session. Want more after the session? Our presenter, Candace Bertotti, will convene a workshop for interested participants who want to know more about the Influencer model immediately following the general session.

Coordinating Chronic Disease Prevention and Maternal and Child Health to Improve Health Across the Life Span
In the past decade, chronic disease has emerged as one of the most serious public health problems facing Americans. Nearly half of Americans are living with at least one chronic disease, accounting for more than 75 percent of the nation’s medical care costs. While chronic disease is costly to treat, many chronic conditions can be prevented by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and adopting healthy behaviors – core issues for MCH programs. During this session, we will discuss the opportunities and options states have in supporting coordination between MCH and chronic disease programs, and highlight innovative initiatives, such as the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative, that bring chronic disease and MCH programs together.

Acting Today for Healthy Tomorrows: State Initiatives to Promote Maternal and Child Health
State MCH programs work daily to protect and promote the health of women, children and families nationwide and focus on addressing maternal and child health needs early to improve future health outcomes. In this session thought-leaders and colleagues will share several recent programs to address premature birth and prevent infant mortality, including the March of Dimes’ Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait initiative. Efforts to support preconception health and health care in the states will also be highlighted.

Check out the AMCHP website to see full descriptions and speaker information.

CYSHCN Directors Meeting
A Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Directors meeting will take place on Monday, Feb. 13 from 3-4:30 p.m. EST at the 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference. The meeting will be held in the Governors Room at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Please RSVP to Melody Cherny at mcherny@amchp.org if you plan to attend.

The 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference will be held Feb. 11-14, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. To register, click here.

Save the Date – Feb. 1 from 2-3:30 p.m. EST – AMCHP Webinar on Building Systems of Care for Children and Youth with ASD/DD
On Feb. 1, AMCHP will host a webinar that will highlight findings from the AMCHP Issue Brief, Roles for State Title V Programs: Building Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Disabilities (ASD/DD). The issue brief outlines a range of roles for Title V as leader, partner and facilitator; provides state resources and examples to share with policymakers in leadership, outreach and awareness, and family participation; highlights ongoing challenges in data and financing; and provides opportunities for peer-to-peer technical assistance. The webinar will help states, primarily Title V programs, determine appropriate roles and approaches to pursue in building systems of care for children and youth with ASD/DD. The webinar will provide examples from state programs to demonstrate the breadth and depth of involvement from state Title V programs and their partners. Webinar presenters will include Stephanie Birch, MCH Title V and CYSHCN Director Section Chief of Women’s, Children’s and Family Health at the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health; Janet Farmer, Ph.D., Director of Academic Programs at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Missouri; and Treeby Brown, MPP, Senior Program Manager for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs at AMCHP. To register for the webinar, click here.

RFA: Medicaid-Safety Net Learning Collaborative – Deadline: Feb. 16
The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) released a Request for Applications for interested state teams to join the Medicaid-Safety Net Learning Collaborative. With support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), The Medicaid-Safety Net Learning Collaborative will provide assistance to seven states through access to expert consultation, implementation resources, and a forum for state-to-state exchange. A webinar for prospective applicants will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 3 p.m. EST. To obtain the RFA and register for the webinar, click here.

Monthly White House Disability Call – Jan. 18
Join the White House for their monthly update calls on various disability issues as well as to introduce those who work on disability issues in the federal government. This call is open and affords everyone the opportunity to learn this valuable information. This call will address a number of issues because there has not been a recent call. They will also begin answering the questions and issues that many have raised through disability.gov. You are encouraged to call in roughly five minutes early due to the large volume of callers. The call will take place on Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. EST. The dial is number is (800) 762-4758 and the code is “White House Disability Call.”

RFA: Assessing Local Capacity to Prevent Injury and Violence Project
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) invites local health departments (LHDs) to submit applications to participate in a project to assess local capacity to prevent injury and violence. Up to four LHDs will be awarded $5,000 each to pilot an assessment tool based on the Standards and Indicators for a model LHD injury and violence prevention program. Click here to find out more about this funding opportunity. Applications are due Friday, Jan. 27, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Contact injuryprevention@naccho.org with questions.

MCH PHLI Cohort III Application Deadline Approaching
The Maternal and Child Health-Public Health Leadership Institute (MCH PHLI) is accepting applications through Feb. 1. 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 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 and to submit applications, click here.

2012 Alaska MCH & Immunization Conference – Save the Date and Call for Abstracts
The 2012 Alaska Maternal Child Health & Immunization Conference will be held Sept. 27-28 at the Anchorage Marriott Hotel. The goals and objectives of this third biennial conference are: 1)To present best practices and tools on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of key perinatal, child, adolescent, and family health issues in Alaska; 2) To provide up-to-date surveillance data and research findings on issues of concern to health professionals and policy makers in rural and urban Alaska; and 3) To provide opportunities for Alaska health professionals to learn about resources and tools that are available to assist in their work and to network with colleagues from across the state. They are now accepting abstract submissions, for those interested in presenting. The deadline for receiving abstracts is Feb. 7. Contact Bridget McCleskey for questions regarding submitting an abstract or registering for this event. More information will be posted soon on the conference website.

CDC Opens Recruitment for the Public Health Associates Program (PHAP)
PHAP encourages host agencies with the ability to offer Public Health Associates frontline public health experience, guidance and supervision to apply to the program. PHAP provides opportunities for promising future public health professionals to gain broad experience in the day-to-day operation of public health programs. Each appointment consists of two one-year assignments selected by the host site, such as STD; TB; HIV; other communicable diseases; chronic disease; environmental health; public health preparedness; immunization; injury prevention; and maternal and child health. Host site applications will open in February 2012 and additional information regarding the program and application process may be found on their website. All inquiries should be forwarded to Denise Freeman, PHAP Supervisor and Communications Support.

Help Me Grow National 2012 Request for Proposal (RFP) Announcement
This opportunity – Ready to Learn: National Replication of Connecticut’s Help Me Grow* Program – is made possible by support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to the Help Me Grow National Center at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Help Me Grow is a statewide system that provides a cost-effective, efficient and user-friendly mechanism for identifying young children with developmental or behavioral problems and connecting them to appropriate community resources in a timely manner. Funding is available to support three states to participate in a structured training and technical assistance program designed to launch a Help Me Grow system. A non-binding letter of intent must be submitted by Feb. 6 and completed proposals, including all required documentation, on or before Feb. 23. For more details and an application, please click here.

The 11th Annual Public Health Institute Dates Announced – May 21-Jun. 8
The 2012 Public Health Institute offers 36 courses in nine public health areas and features 12 new courses. Participate in fast-paced, interactive courses with an emphasis on theory to practice with opportunities for field trips, case studies, hands-on labs and simulations. Study about the impact of globalization, food protection, emerging infectious diseases, culturally responsive public health practices, health leadership and management, preparedness, women and child health, and research methods. Register for academic graduate credit or for non-credit continuing education hours. Limited financial support for select courses is available to qualifying participants. For more information or to apply, visit their website.

AMCHP Surveys

 Assessment Name Target Audience  Response Due Date 
 State Life Course Resources and Tools Title V Directors Jan. 20