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AMCHP Accepting Applications for the Emerging 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 by 8 p.m. EST on Nov. 16. To learn more and to see the application requirements, click here.

AMCHP Now Accepting Applications for the Ryan Colburn Scholarship 
The application deadline is 5 p.m. EST, Friday, Oct. 19. AMCHP will award a scholarship to one youth leader to attend the AMCHP 2013 Annual Conference. The scholarship is valued at $1800 to cover airfare, lodging and per diem. For more information on how a youth leader in your state can apply for this scholarship, or for more information about the annual conference, please visit the AMCHP website at If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Jarvis at 202-775-1472.

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

AMCHP Releases RFA for Act Early State Systems Grant
AMCHP is accepting applications for grants to support the collaboration of Act Early Regional Summit Project teams and to further activities initiated by state teams during the summits. Grants will be awarded to state teams in the amount of up to $15,000 each. All states that have received funding from only one source, either a State Autism Implementation Grant (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)) or a Learn the Signs Act Early Systems Grant (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)), are eligible to apply. Special consideration will be given to states applying who have not received any HRSA or CDC autism funding. These funds are designed to be a catalyst for collaboration with stakeholders, as well as for implementing specific activities outlined in Act Early State Plans. AMCHP will provide ongoing technical assistance, disseminate resource materials, and link grantees to other states and experts in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, Nov. 2. For more information, click here.

Public Health Grand Rounds on Reducing U.S. Infant Mortality
The infant mortality rate has continued to steadily decline in the United States over the past several decades; most recent national data from 2010 shows 6.15 deaths per 1,000 live births. Despite overall progress, racial disparities in infant mortality persist and preventable infant deaths continue to occur. Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of Child Health Month, CDC Public Health Grand Rounds will present a webcast on reducing U.S. Infant Mortality on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. EST. For more information, click here.

New Resources for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
CDC has released updated promotional materials to promote October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, helping inform women with disabilities about the importance of breast cancer screening for early detection. Download posters, flyers, advertisements, web banners and buttons from The Right to Know page on the CDC website. The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities’ The Right to Know campaign is a health promotion campaign about breast cancer screening that was developed specifically for women with disabilities. A campaign guidebook provides ideas and recommendations to help you maximize and amplify the message.

Survive and Thrive: Roadmap for New Local Health Officials Call for Applicants
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is looking for interested new health officials, aspiring health officials, and coaches for the third cohort of Survive and Thrive, which will begin in fall 2012. The Survive and Thrive program is a 12-month learning opportunity designed to enhance the skills of new local health officials top executives at local health departments. Applications are now being accepted and space is limited. Applications for new local health officials, aspiring local health officials and coaches are due Oct. 15. For more information or to apply, click here.

Applications Now Open for the 2012 MCH Epi Pre-Conference Trainings!
This year, AMCHP will offer four training options for those wishing to build their skills in the areas of spatial analysis, quality improvement, scientific writing and leadership. A detailed description of each, including learning objectives and MCH leadership competencies addressed, is available through the AMCHP website. To apply for the trainings, click here. Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, Oct. 19.

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.

RWJF Health Policy Fellows Releases Call for Applications
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health Policy Fellows program provides the nation’s most comprehensive fellowship experience at the nexus of health science, policy and politics in Washington, D.C. It is an outstanding opportunity for exceptional midcareer health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health and health care policy. Fellows participate in the policy process at the federal level and use that leadership experience to improve health, health care and health policy. Applications are due by Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. EST. For more information, click here.

Genetic Alliance Funds Innovation in Newborn Screening
Genetic Alliance is accepting proposals for the 2013 Baby’s First Test Challenge Awards. Several awards up to $20,000 each will be given for organizations to increase newborn screening awareness and integrate Baby’s First Test into new or existing outreach, engagement or educational efforts. The 2013 Baby’s First Test Challenge Awards are an opportunity to build a bridge between Baby’s First Test and the existing programs, resources, and expertise in the newborn screening community. The full request for proposals is available here. Proposals will be accepted until Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. EST.

NNPHI Open Forum for Quality Improvement in Public Health
The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) is pleased to invite you to our next Open Forum Meeting for Quality Improvement in Public Health. This is the 6th open forum meeting hosted by NNPHI, and it will be held at the Charlotte Marriott City Center in Charlotte, NC on Dec. 6-7. The Forum will begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 6 and conclude at 2 p.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 7. The registration deadline is Monday, Nov. 12. Register soon as space is limited.