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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.

Exciting AMCHP 2012 Annual Conference Announcements!
Continuing education (CE) credit for the 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference will be provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and will be offered for all Training Institute (TI) sessions, workshops, power workshops and general sessions, excluding the Sunday afternoon John C. MacQueen Memorial Lecture. The AMCHP Annual Conference was accredited for various types of continuing education. Click here to see all TI events, including descriptions and presenters.

CE credits/contact hours/units are available through the CDC training and continuing education online system only. Instructions will be provided onsite during the conference. You must complete the CDC online CE evaluation by March 15, 2012 to receive your CE credits/contact hours/units or your certificate of participation. After this date the system will be closed and you can no longer receive CE. For more information, click here.

Preregister for Training Institute Sessions
The AMCHP Annual Conference Training Institute offers a rich program of skills-building sessions and other trainings on Saturday, Feb. 11 and Sunday, Feb. 12. Preregistration will be required for all Training Institute sessions to guarantee entry! Training Institute preregistration has been added to the general conference registration. If you registered before the preregistration option was available, you can go in and edit your conference registration to include these sessions here.

Session Schedule Now Available
The conference session schedule and presenter information is now available! Click here to view.

Don’t Miss Early-Bird Registration Rates – Ending Jan. 13!
The 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference will be held Feb. 11-14, 2012, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. To register, click here.

CSTE Call for Abstracts
The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) is now accepting abstracts for 2012 Annual Conference in Omaha, NE. Abstracts must be received no later than Friday, Jan. 6 by 11:59 p.m. EST through the online CSTE abstract submission site.

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month
Sponsored by the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN), this year’s theme for National Birth Defects Prevention Month, “And the Beat Goes On… Looking to the Future for Healthy Hearts,” focuses on congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect. Some forms of congenital heart defect may be preventable through healthy lifestyle choices and medical interventions before and after pregnancy. NBDPN has developed materials and resources to promote birth defects awareness and prevention, including pamphlets, a sample news release and proclamation, fact sheets and posters. For more information and to access resources, click here.

CDC Public Health Prevention Service (PHPS) Accepting Field Assignment Applications
Public health organizations can apply for placement of fellows in a two-year field assignment focusing on program management. Fellows have a master’s degree in public health management-related fields from an accredited college or university and at least one year of public health experience. All salaries, benefits and PHPS-related travel expenses are covered by the CDC. The deadline for applications to serve as a host site is Jan. 20. For more information, click here or contact Tegan Callahan (a current PHPS Fellow placed at AMCHP) at tcallahan@amchp.org.

RFA – State Practice Transformation Learning Community: Adapting the North Carolina Experience
North Carolina has created a nationally recognized program of primary care redesign and ongoing improvement that serves as a model for aligned state-level, multi-sector practice support. As part of the North Carolina Infrastructure for Maintaining Primary Care Transformation (IMPaCT) project, and with support from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, three state coalitions will receive technical assistance to adapt the North Carolina model of primary care transformation. A recent webinar outlines the key components of the North Carolina primary care practice transformation strategy and lessons, and reviews the RFA. To access the RFA, click here. The submission deadline is Jan. 27.

APHA: Policy Innovation Contest
Local health departments are invited to submit a proposal to the American Public Health Association (APHA) for an innovative policy approach to a critical public health problem that also focuses on building capacity and reducing health disparities. Health departments may apply independently, or in partnership with nonprofits. A letter of intent is due Jan. 18, and applications are due Jan. 31. Learn more

APHA Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts
The American Public Health Association (APHA) invites the submission of abstracts for individual paper presentations and poster sessions for the 2012 Annual Meeting. The 140th Annual Meeting & Exposition will be held from Oct. 27-31 in San Francisco, CA. The theme of this meeting is “Prevention and Wellness across the Life Span.” All abstracts must be submitted online. An easy to use online submission form is now open. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words. The deadline for abstract submissions range from Feb. 6-10, depending on the section. For more information, click here.