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AMCHP Accepting Applications for the Emerging Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Leadership Graduate Student Scholarship
AMCHP has partnered with Realityworks and Go Beyond to offer a graduate student scholarship. This scholarship is designed to assist one graduate student per year in furthering their education while sponsoring their attendance at the AMCHP Annual Conference to hone their leadership skills and connect them with existing leaders within MCH. The deadline to submit application materials is 8 p.m. EST on Nov. 16. To learn more and to see the application requirements, click here.

AMCHP Best Practices Technical Assistance Project: Request for Applications
As part of an overall strategic goal to improve maternal and child health outcomes by sharing effective and promising practices with state and territorial MCH programs, AMCHP is providing replication stipends to foster connections between states interested in replication or adaptation of a current emerging, promising or best practice in Innovation Station. Through this project, applicants can request technical assistance support (i.e., travel funds or other seed resources) to learn how to adapt a specific Innovation Station practice (or elements of a practice) to their state or community. Applicants will need to demonstrate readiness to adapt the practice in order to maximize technical assistance resources. AMCHP is accepting applications through Nov. 20. For more information, click here.

Registration Today for the AMCHP 2013 Annual Conference!
The AMCHP 2013 Annual Conference will be held Feb. 9-12, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. To register, visit regonline.com/amchp2013. Don’t miss our early-bird registration rates – register now!

Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation Project
Recently, AMCHP staff met with staff and the federal sponsors of the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE) project, the congressionally mandated evaluation of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program. The design of the study promises to provide critical information for the field of maternal and child health. The evaluation will include an impact, implementation and cost study. First, the outcomes that the evaluation will collect for the impact study are imperative for the field to understand the impacts of home visiting, across and within models. The evaluation will be examining outcomes such as maternal mental and physical health, birth outcomes, and child health and development. Second, the rich implementation study will collect a range of information that will contribute to the strengthening of home visiting programs nationally. For example, the data collected include understanding what home visitors and supervisors do with families on a case-by-case basis and the training and supervision needed to support home visitors in obtaining outcomes for families. Finally, the cost study will provide the first consistent, detailed examination of the costs of implementing evidence-based home visiting at scale. For these reasons, AMCHP encourages states and communities to actively collaborate with this important national policy-relevant evaluation. If you have questions about the MIHOPE study, please contact Sharon Rowser at Sharon.Rowser@mdrc.org or Lauren Supplee at lauren.supplee@acf.hhs.gov

NACCHO Webinar on New MCH Navigator
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) MCH Navigator is a new learning portal that facilitates the use of existing open-access training and is organized in areas consistent with nationally endorsed public health and MCH leadership competencies. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) will present a webinar featuring a live demonstration of the website and discuss how local health departments can use this resource. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. EST. For more information, please click here.

#PREVENTION: How State and Local Health Departments Can Capitalize on Social Media 
Web- and mobile-based media platforms can help public health practitioners communicate personalized and targeted health messages, particularly among populations that rely on wireless technologies to interact and exchange information. By leveraging social media channels, state and local public health agencies have opportunities to use these innovative technologies to publicly communicate messages that are accurate, actionable, and science-based. This webcast, held on Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. EST, will highlight three organizations that have studied and used social media to strategically and successfully engage and communicate with the public. Participants will learn about the ways in which public health agencies have used social media platforms, discuss the benefits and challenges of using social media, and gain new ideas for reaching decision-makers, partners, and members of the public using these technologies. For more information, click here.

Time Out for Genetics Webinar on Genetics Resources for Primary Care Providers
The next Time Out for Genetics webinar, "Top 10 Genetics Resources for Pediatric Primary Care Providers" will take place on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 12 p.m. CST. The webinar aims to provide an overview of the current resources available to primary care providers, including diagnostic tools, online genetic resources to improve patient care, and recommended family support mechanisms. To participate, please register here!

Deadline Approaching for 2012 Unsung Heroes of Public Health Awards Nominations
The Campaign for Public Health Foundation is collecting nominations through Nov. 1 for their third annual Unsung Heroes of Public Health Awards. These awards are intended to highlight the return on investment of the nation’s behind-the-scenes disease control and prevention efforts, applaud the staff who run them, and educate policymakers and others about how public health works to save lives, prevent injuries, limit disease outbreaks – and so much more. A Capitol Hill reception to honor the 2012 awardees will take place on Dec. 4. Representatives Phil Roe (R-TN), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) and Jim McGovern (D-MA) will serve as honorary co-chairs of the event. Anyone can nominate a friend or colleague for one of three public health awards. For more information about awards and nomination process, click here.

Oklahoma Infant Alliance Late Preterm Infant Toolkit Webinar
Join the National Premature Infant Health Coalition on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. EST for a webinar on the Oklahoma Infant Alliance Late Preterm Infant Toolkit. Oklahoma has an unacceptable rate of preterm deliveries at 13.8 percent, with over three-fourths of those born late preterm (10 percent) according to the latest data from the March of Dimes. The Oklahoma Infant Alliance sought to meet the needs of this vulnerable population through the development of a toolkit for use in hospitals and agencies who work with the late preterm infants. This webinar will describe the identified problem, the process of development of a clinical practice guideline based on current evidence-based resources and research, and final content of the Late Preterm Toolkit for physicians, allied health, and families with a goal of reduction of morbidities associated with late preterm birth. To register, click here

MCHB Accepting Applications for GSEP Program
MCHB sponsors the Graduate Student Epidemiology Program (GSEP), formerly known as GSIP, with the goal of enhancing students' skills in data analysis, encourage training in MCH epidemiology, and providing assistance to state and local health agencies with data-related projects. MCHB will support up to 20 students in state-level MCH/CSHCN agencies and 10 in city and county MCH departments. These projects will be conducted primarily during the summer of 2013 (beginning in May, June or July). Eligible students are those currently enrolled in schools of public health who have successfully completed coursework in epidemiology, biostatistics, and health administration, and who are specializing in the study of MCH. Each student will receive a stipend of $4,000 to be disbursed over three months. The submission deadline is Nov. 16. To submit an application, please click here.

Call for Manuscripts on MCH in Island Communities
The Maternal and Child Health Journal is requesting manuscripts for an upcoming issue focusing on the unique MCH challenges, needs, policy options and experiences of island communities throughout the world. Manuscripts presenting MCH research, program evaluation, policy analyses, and program development and implementation related to island communities are eligible for submission. The deadline is Jan. 2013. For more information, please click here