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Don't Miss the Approaching Deadline: AMCHP Emerging MCH Leadership Graduate Student Scholarship
AMCHP, with Realityworks and Go Beyond, offers 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 2013 Annual Conference Registration Brochure Available
The AMCHP 2013 registration brochure is now available on the AMCHP website. Find out why you should be a part of the largest gathering of state MCH leaders nationwide! Click here to view the brochure.

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 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.

Enter to Win $1,000 in the Pour One Out Video Contest
The Center for Science in the Public Interest invites you to celebrate Food Day, this Oct. 24 by participating in the Pour One Out Contest with a chance to win up to $1,000! Food Day is a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. The contest aims to inspire conversation around sugary drinks and the influence they, as well as their producers, have on the obesity epidemic. Participation in the contest asks you to produce a short video that shows a sugary-drink "pour out" in a fun, creative way. Deadline for submission is Nov. 7. For more details, click here.

November MCH EPI Grand Rounds
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will present MCH EPI grand rounds on Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. EST. These webinars include presentations from MCH experts across the country with lively discussion. These broadcasts are arranged in advance to focus on important and timely MCH issues including epidemiologic studies, policy and program evaluation, methodological issues and tools, and emerging MCH topics. This month, the presentation will focus on autism disorder prevalence, surveillance and monitoring assessment tools. To register, click here.

GOT Transition? Quarterly Webinar
Got Transition? is a national resource and information exchange focusing on young adult transition from pediatric to adult health care.  The organization's quarterly Webinar, "I am more than a diagnosis! - The Impact of Personal Identity on Health Care Transitions for Young Adults with SHCN," will take place on Nov. 7 at 2:00 p.m. EST. In this webinar, research will be presented on identity development and its impact on health promoting behaviors and positive mental health.  A panel of young adults with special health care needs (SHCN) will respond and share their current strategies coping with challenges as they move toward adulthood. For more information, click here.

Home Visiting Research Network Requests Participation in Survey
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 this fall.  The goal is to ensure that a variety of stakeholders are able to participate in the agenda-setting process.  The survey will be available on Nov. 15.  For more information, 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

CSN Advancing Injury Prevention through Policy Webinar
The Children's Safety Network (CSN) and the Network for Public Health Law (NPHL) jointly announce the launch of a new webinar series titled "Advancing Injury Prevention through Policy." A total of four webinars will be held from November 2012 through May 2013. The first session is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 15 at 2:30 p.m. EST. This session will focus on LGBT youth and bullying prevention legislation. For more information, 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 MCH study. 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.

NGA Releases RFA for the Learning Network on Improving Birth Outcomes
The National Governors Association (NGA) has joined forces with federal agencies, state associations and other stakeholders to improve the health care services delivered to pregnant women and children, focusing on prenatal and perinatal care. The program, Learning Network on Improving Birth Outcomes, will conduct strategic planning sessions with 12 states to assist in developing, implementing and streamlining key policy initiatives related to improving birth outcomes. Applications are due Nov. 21. To view the RFA, click here.

WAPC Webinar on Promoting Births After Thirty-Nine Weeks Gestation
Join the Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC) for a new webinar offering, “Coming to Term: Promoting Delivery after 39 Weeks.” The Webinars include the use of accurate and accessible data to gauge the effectiveness of quality programs that promote births after 39 weeks.  Attendees will learn ready-to-use strategies and tools that busy providers and hospitals/ The Webinar is intended for Physicians, nurses, certified nurse midwives and other advance practice nurses, prenatal care coordination, home visitors, quality improvement staff, risk management staff, hospital administrators, childbirth educators, doulas, and others who are working to promote births at or beyond 39 weeks gestation. The webinar will be presented on Nov. 28 at 12 p.m. CST and Dec. 5 at 7 a.m. CST. For more information, click here.

MCH Public Health Leadership Institute Applications Now Open
The Maternal and Child Health-Public Health Leadership Institute (MCH PHLI) applications for Cohort IV are now being accepted through Feb. 1, 2013. This year-long leadership development program for the MCH workforce is designed to significantly expand self-awareness and quickly build practical skills for effectively leading, managing people, and building partnerships, to advocate for and create the MCH systems of tomorrow. This unique program improves leadership capacity, teaching tools for creating the kind of culture that engages and motivates others. The program consists of three residential executive-style retreats (10 days of experiential-based training) coupled with a robust and customizable distance-based program. All tuition and lodging charges for this program are grant-supported. For more information and to apply, please click here.