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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.

AMCHP 2012 Offers Social Work Continuing Education Credits!
For the first time this year, AMCHP will be offering social work contact hours for the Annual Conference! The conference has been approved by the National Association of Social Workers (approval #886591416-9870) for 19.5 social work continuing education hours. Due to the cost associated with this offering, there is a $50 fee for all attendees wishing to receive social work contact hours. Payment can be made via your online registration (pending updates) or onsite. Please contact Sarah Schenck with questions.

AMCHP Conference Goes Mobile
If you’ve got an iPad, smartphone or laptop, we’ve got ways for you to engage on your terms to enhance your experience at the AMCHP Annual Conference! For the first time ever, AMCHP will offer meetsmart mobile, a new conference navigation app that lets attendees personalize their conference experience with easy connect, decide and go functionality. Meetsmart mobile includes everything in the print program plus: the ability for you to create your personalized list of can’t miss sessions and exhibitors, special alerts and announcements, and more!

In place of a printed program, meetsmart mobile will bring the conference to your fingertips. In addition, the program will be available in PDF format on the AMCHP website before the conference for you to peruse and, if you do not have a smartphone, laptop or other appropriate device, an onsite printer will be available for you to print the sections you will need. You will receive a printed daily at-a-glance and session planner in your conference bag to further assist you in recording your event choices and managing your schedule during the conference. Meetsmart help desk staff will be available onsite throughout the conference to answer questions and help you master this new, innovative, environmentally friendly conference program app. 

To learn more and to see a ninety-second demo of the meetsmart mobile app, visit here. You will receive an e-mail once the meetsmart mobile app and website are available for your use. We hope you enjoy this newest advancement of AMCHP 2012! 

Social Media at the AMCHP Annual Conference! 
AMCHP will be providing real-time updates throughout the conference via our new meetsmart mobile app, Facebook and Twitter. Presenters and attendees are encouraged to use the conference hashtag #AMCHP12 on your tweets to share and engage with fellow attendees about skills-building and training institute sessions, speakers, special events and more. 

Don’t Miss the AMCHP Conference Twitter Contest!
AMCHP will present a $50 Amazon gift card for the person with the most conference-related tweets on Sunday and Monday. Winners will be announced at the general sessions the next morning. Don’t forget to use the hashtag (#AMCHP12) so we can track all your tweets!

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

Don’t Miss the AMCHP Webinar on Building Systems of Care for Children and Youth with ASD/DD – Feb. 1 from 2-3:30 p.m. EST
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.

New Nutrition Standards Announced for Meals Served in America’s Schools
On Wednesday, Jan. 25, First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new and improved nutrition standards for school lunches. This marks an important accomplishment of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that President Obama signed into law last year, and is the first major change in school meals in over 15 years. The new standards – which include maximum calorie and sodium limits, increases in the amount of fruits and vegetables offered, and improvements in offerings of whole grains and low-fat/fat-free milk – are based on the latest nutrition science and designed to be implemented in a way that is achievable in schools across the U.S. Download the standards here. AMCHP is committed to efforts to help children, women and families maintain healthy weights and nutrition, and participates in such coordinated efforts as Collaborate for Health Weight and the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity. More information on these projects can be found here.

Using Policy to Prevent Teen Dating Violence Webinar
Abuse in dating relationships among adolescents is a serious public health problem of growing concern. Victims of teen dating violence are more likely to do poorly in school, engage in substance abuse, and attempt suicide. During this webinar, Feb. 1 from 2-3:30 p.m., participants will learn about existing state policies that universally address teen dating violence, the components of enacted policies, the various roles that state and local entities play in implementing these policies, and how public health professionals can build support for the adoption and enactment of policies through coalitions and collaborations with diverse partners. To register, click here.

Webinar on Oz Systems Survival Toolkit – Feb. 1
New Year, New Tools! The commitment to Electronic Health Records (EHR) and bi-directional data sharing among health care partners continues into 2012. Meaningful Use of EHRs moves forward. As Public Health professionals, you recognize that Meaningful Use Stage 2 and 3 could mean changes for your programs and how they communicate. Join OZ Systems on Feb. 1 for a webinar on their Survival Toolkit. The toolkit can help: send and receive information to public and private health care providers; possess the most up to date demographic details and results for your program; aid public health programs in the efforts to improve communication and reduce errors in health care. Learn more about the tools available to help you implement new HIT standards. For more information, click here.

Call for Proposals: Healthy Farms, Healthy People State Meetings Learning Community
National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for nonprofit organizations hosting state level meetings promoting a cross-sector examination of the intersection between agriculture and human health. As part of its work with the Healthy Farms, Healthy People Coalition, NNPHI will provide selected nonprofit organizations with awards of up to $7,500 to conduct a state meeting in 2012 focusing on opportunities for improving health through the intersection between agriculture and health. This award will be coupled with limited technical assistance and participation in a learning community of other organizations hosting similar meetings. Applications are due by Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. EST. For more information, click here.

Webinar: Engaging Latino Families in Home Visiting Programs
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 23.1 percent of the nation's children are Latino, and approximately 6.1 million are living in poverty, more than any other racial or ethnic group. For home visiting programs targeting at-risk children and families, effectively engaging Latino families is crucial. The goal of this webinar is to highlight best practices in engaging Latino families in home visiting programs. Panelists from three different home visiting models will share approaches and tools that have led to their success in serving the needs of children and families. Topics will include strategies for recruiting and retaining families in the program, specific training for home visitors, program and curriculum adaptation, and research on Latino families’ participation and outcomes. To register, click here.

Scholarships Available for Univ. of Arizona Graduate Certificate in MCH Epidemiology
HRSA has full tuition scholarships for up to 15 participants in the Graduate Certificate Program in MCH Epidemiology at the University of Arizona. In addition to obtaining the certificate, credits from the program are transferable to graduate programs in public health. Deadline for 2012 intake is Mar. 1. Full details and application can be found on the program website.