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AMCHP 2013 Annual Conference Training Institute Sessions Announced
The AMCHP Annual Conference Training Institute offers a rich program of skills-building sessions starting on Saturday, Feb. 9. Preregistration will be required for all Training Institute sessions to guarantee entry! You can preregister for Training Institute events when you register for the conference. AMCHP strives to continue improving the weekend conference program so that you can take advantage of your time with us, making your time away from the home and office worthwhile. To learn more about the Traning Institute sessions, click here.

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. 9, beginning at 7:30 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.

Register Today for AMCHP 2013!
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 Technical Assistance Project: Request for Applications
AMCHP, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is leading a project to increase the capacity of state MCH programs and other state stakeholders (e.g., Medicaid agencies, providers, local health departments, community health centers) to improve birth outcomes throughout the life course. This project has a specific focus to enhance the capacity of state MCH programs and their partners to maximize the current environment of opportunity by providing state teams with targeted technical assistance on developing a collective impact approach to coordinating the multiple, concurrent efforts and initiatives to improve birth outcomes through health reform. This project will focus on opportunities presented by the Affordable Care Act and other national initiatives to improve birth outcomes and maternal and infant health, with a particular focus on reducing health disparities and assuring racial equity. AMCHP is accepting applications through Dec. 9. For more information, 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.

CSN Webinar on Reducing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
The number of U.S. babies born addicted to the class of drugs that includes prescription painkillers has nearly tripled in the past decade. These babies experience longer, often medically complex and costly initial hospitalizations. In 2009, the estimated cost for total hospital charges for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome was $720 million, for 13,539 babies. State Medicaid programs are responsible for the majority of the hospital expenditures. The Children’s Safety Network (CSN) will present a webinar discussing steps the state of Tennessee has taken to address the issue on Nov. 26 at 3:30 p.m. EST. To register, click here.

Enter to Win $2,500 in AJPM Childhood Obesity Challenge
The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM), in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is seeking submissions for the second round of their Childhood Obesity Challenge. The challenge is looking for innovative policies aimed at reducing child obesity or related behaviors and new strategies that lead to the adoption of these policies by key stakeholders. The first-place winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize and be featured in the AJPM Web and print editions. Cash prizes also will go to second- and third-place winners, and the winner of the "popular vote." The challenge is open to individuals or teams from any sector, including those who might have submitted in prior AJPM Childhood Obesity Challenge competitions. The submission deadline is Nov. 30. For more information, click here.

HRSA Uniform Data System Webinar
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Center Program will present a webinar on the Uniform Data System (UDS) on Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. EST.  This webinar is planned in partnership with the Bureau of Primary Health Care and will include an overview of the core 2011 data set collected annually from grantees in the HRSA primary care programs (i.e., Community Health Center, Migrant Health Center, Health Care for the Homeless and Primary Housing Primary Care). The webinar will also include a demonstration of the UDS Mapper tool and its potential to inform Title V Maternal and Child Health program efforts. For more information, click here.

Home Visiting Research Network Survey Now Available
Prenatal and early life experiences influence the health and development of children throughout their life span.  The literature demonstrates the potential of home visiting to enhance the quality of prenatal and early life experiences by improving family functioning, parenting, and child health and development.  Research reveals that the impacts of home visiting are at times modest or limited to certain populations and that some programs struggle to implement and scale up their models with fidelity.  The Home Visiting Research Network (HVRN), established at Johns Hopkins University, is developing an agenda for home visiting research over the next ten years. They will elicit stakeholder opinions regarding home visiting research priorities in a web-based survey with the goal of ensuring a variety of stakeholders are able to participate in the agenda-setting process.  The survey will be available through Dec. 7. To view the survey, click here.

CDC STD Prevention Science Series Webinar
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of STD Prevention and the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association have partnered to bring you the latest research and best practices for STD prevention in the STD Prevention Science Series (SPSS). Through this quarterly series, researchers, scientists, health care providers, fellows, medical students, and staff at health departments, community based organizations, and nonprofit organizations across the globe can learn more about emerging topics in STD prevention. The next webinar, The Road from Observation to Intervention to Implementation: Perspectives of a Pragmatic HIV Prevention Researcher, will be presented on Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. EST. To register, click here.

Registration Now Open for TeamSTEPPS Trainings in 2013
TeamSTEPPS is an evidence-based set of teamwork tools, aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals. It includes a comprehensive set of ready-to-use materials and a training curriculum to successfully integrate teamwork principles into any health care system. During the Train-the-Trainer workshop, teams of two to four staff members will learn strategies to improve team-related knowledge and skills, as well as earn 1.3 continuing education units (CEU).  A total of fifteen trainings will take place between January and September 2013 in multiple locations. To learn more or to register, click here