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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 Training Institute sessions, click here.

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. 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.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: AMCHP Best Practices Technical Assistance Project
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. The deadline for applications has been extended through Wednesday, Dec. 12. For more information, click here.

AAP Committee Webinar on Fetus and Newborns: Levels of Neonatal Care
In August 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released an updated policy statement that provides a review of data supporting evidence for a tiered provision of care and reaffirms the need for uniform, nationally applicable definitions and consistent standards of service for public health to improve neonatal outcomes.  Jim Couto, MA, Director, Hospital & Surgical Services at the American Academy of Pediatrics, Lu-Ann Papile, MD, FAAP, Chairperson, Committee on Fetus and Newborns, American Academy of Pediatrics, and CAPT Wanda Barfield, MD, MPH, Director of the Division of Reproductive Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will review the recommendations and discuss the implications for providers.  The webinar will take place on Friday, Dec. 7 at 11:30 a.m. EST. To register, please click here.

New Funding Opportunity for Innovative WIC Nutrition Education Projects
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Center for Collaborative Research on WIC Nutrition Education Innovations at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine (CNRC WIC Center) announces the availability of funds for researcher-initiated projects to demonstrate creative approaches to nutrition education for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). The CNRC WIC Center is funded by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). University-based researchers, with state/local WIC collaborators, are eligible to respond. The grants will be funded for up to two years and will require a partnership between a university-based researcher and a state or local WIC program. The CNRC WIC Center and the FNS anticipate that these small grants will leverage long-term research partnerships and additional funding, as well as establish a collaborative research network of investigators. A letter of intent is due by Mar. 22, 2013. Complete applications are due Apr. 26, 2013. The full RFA and directions will be available today at: http://www.bcm.edu/cnrc/wiccenter/.

Deadline Extended! ASTHO Environmental Public Health Tracking Peer-to-Peer Fellowship Opportunity
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), with support from the CDC National Center for Environmental Health, has teamed up with Esri to provide fellowships and data visualization training as part of the Environmental Public Health Tracking Peer-to-Peer Fellowship Program. Designed to enhance capacity of states and territories not currently funded as part of the CDC National Tracking Network, the newly upgraded fellowship program now prepares non-funded health agencies with GIS technology to support current initiatives in environmental public health tracking. Fellowship recipients also will visit current CDC grantee sites to learn about the program, attend a National Tracking Workshop, and develop a pilot project that would help advance efforts to relate health outcomes with environmental hazards of concern. For more information on how to apply, please click here. Applications are being accepted through 5 p.m. EST on Dec. 10.

MCH Epi Group - Networking Opportunity at the MCH EPI Conference
Are you attending the MCH EPI Conference in San Antonio Dec 12-14? If you are, join the MCH Epi Group (a collaboration between the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, AMCHP and CityMatCH) for a Sunrise Speed Networking Session on Thursday, Dec. 13 from 7-8 a.m. in Conference Room 11. Bring your breakfast and be prepared to talk during this network opportunity with your peers.

CJ Foundation for SIDS Accepting Applications for Program Services Mini-Grants
The purpose of the Program Services Mini Grant is to support the mission of the CJ Foundation for SIDS through activities that promote safe sleep for infants, educate about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) risk reduction and safe sleep for infants and provide grief support for parents and others who have experienced the sudden, unexpected death of an infant. The applicant must demonstrate that services relating to SIDS, Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID), and/or Infant Safe Sleep are an established part of the organization’s services. Eligible applicants may receive up to $5,000 in funding. The deadline for consideration is Friday, Dec. 14. For more information, contact Wendy Jacobs at wendy@cjsids.org.