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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. 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.

AMCHP Business Meeting
All members are invited to attend the AMCHP Business Meeting, which will be held during our Annual Conference, on Tuesday, Feb. 12, beginning at 7:45 a.m. EST. The meeting will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

AMCHP Board Elections Begin
AMCHP Delegates are entitled to participate in the 2013 AMCHP Board of Directors election. Participation will ensure that you are part of selecting AMCHP’s next cohort of leaders. To view the list of Board candidates please visit the AMCHP 2013 Board of Directors election Web page here. Voting closes at 5 p.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 8 to ensure that the results are tabulated in time to share at the 2013 AMCHP Conference. Delegates, watch your e-mail for a link to the voting! If you have any questions about the election or how to vote, please contact Julio Arguello, Online Media & Information Technology Manager. If you have questions about your membership eligibility, please contact Laura Goodwin, Publications and Member Services Manager.

Don't Miss the Exciting and Informative General Session at the AMCHP Annual Conference
This year, the AMCHP Annual Conference program will be punctuated by several energizing, cross-cutting general sessions. How can your move forward and advance MCH innovations in your own agency in the areas of child and adolescent health, youth involvement, women’s health, and maternal and infant health? What is the future of Title V? And what can you as an MCH leader learn from two American Olympians? To learn more about the general session at the AMCHP Annual Conference, click here.

AMCHP Releases Act Early Ambassadors Request for Applications
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), and the Association for Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) announce a funding opportunity for Act Early Ambassadors to work with the CDC “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program.

Act Early Initiative Background
The CDC “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” (LTSAE) program aims to improve early identification of autism and other developmental disabilities so that children and their families can get the help they need. The LTSAE Act Early Initiative, a collaborative effort between CDC, HRSA, the Association for University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and AMCHP seek to improve collaboration among state programs that identify and serve young children with developmental disabilities and their families. CDC and HRSA work collaboratively on a variety of programs focused on early identification of young children. CDC, AUCD and HRSA convened Act Early regional summits in all 10 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regions from 2007-2009. Act Early teams developed state plans and have begun implementation of state plan activities. Act Early teams are engaged in public awareness, education and training, collaboration, and advocacy at the state and local level.  For more information, see the
RFA.

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 regonline.com/amchp2013. Early-bird registration rates end – register now!

Apply to be a Mentee with the NACCHO Mentorship Program for the FDA Program Standards
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) invites local health departments (LHDs) to submit applications to participate as a mentee LHD in the second cohort of the NACCHO Mentorship Program. The overall objective of the mentorship program is to match LHD practitioners experienced in applying the Retail Program Standards with LHDs currently or newly enrolled in the program standards and looking for guidance, tools, resources, and recommendations for achieving a standard or standards. This opportunity will provide capacity building and networking opportunities among the LHDs participating in the mentorship program. Funding per mentee LHD is anticipated to range from $8,000-$10,000. The application deadline is Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. EST. For more information,
click here.

CDC Public Health Grand Rounds Webcast on Promotion of Health for People with Disabilities
This session of Grand Rounds will explore opportunities for optimal quality of life for individuals with disabilities. One in six adult Americans lives with a disability when defined by a limitation in function. Many are at higher risk for multiple chronic conditions, injuries, and increased vulnerability during disasters. Comparatively, people with disabilities are four times more likely to report their health to be fair/poor and two and a half times more likely to have unmet health care needs than non-disabled peers. Four hundred billion dollars is spent annually on disability-related health expenditures. Public health can help change this by promoting wellness and preventing disease in people with disabilities. The CDC approach for a population who experiences diverse functional limitations is to assure that mainstream public health surveys, programs and policies include people with disabilities across the lifespan, a method that can be modeled by state and federal programs. The live webcast will take place on Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. EST. For more information, click here.

Register for Final Time Out for Genetics Webinar
The final Time Out for Genetics webinar, "Epigenetics -- What Your Patients are Asking, What You Need to Know" will take place on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 12 p.m. CST. Following the presentation, participants should be able to: 1) State the scientific basis of epigenetics and its relation to environmental and genetics/genomics; 2) Review relevant historical examples of epigenetics and their potential relevance in today’s health care; and 3) Demonstrate the clinical relevance of epigenetics in primary health care and it’s applicability to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of health and disease for primary care providers. This educational webinar series is presented by the Genetics in Primary Care Institute (GPCI), a cooperative agreement between the American Academy of Pediatrics and MCHB. It is designed for primary care clinicians, pediatricians, pediatric sub-specialists, family physicians, nurse practitioners, genetic counselors, geneticists and other stakeholders. To register for the webinar, click here.