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AMCHP Assessment of State Life Course Resources and Tools
As state Title V programs are increasingly integrating the concepts of the Life Course Perspective into MCH work, AMCHP’s Emerging Issues Committee is conducting an assessment of the resources and tools that states have developed to accomplish this. This assessment will help foster the sharing and development of ideas to support the application of life course into Title V programs. AMCHP is developing a life course web page to collect and disseminate resources and tools. Please click here to complete a brief questionnaire to help AMCHP collect and assess the types of resources states are using to implement a life course perspective.

Scholarships Available for University of Arizona Graduate Certificate in MCH Epidemiology
HRSA has full tuition scholarships for up to 15 participants in the Graduate Certificate Program in MCH Epidemiology at the University of Arizona. In addition to obtaining the certificate, credits from the program are transferable to graduate programs in public health. Deadline for 2012 intake is Mar. 1. Full details and the application can be found on the program website.

Now Accepting Applications for the 2012 Youth Transitions Fellowship
The HSC Foundation and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) are now accepting applications for the 2012 Youth Transitions Fellow. This is a paid fellowship position at AAPD beginning April 2012 and continues for 12 months. The Youth Transitions Fellow will gain exposure to youth programs serving people with disabilities and will have the opportunity to facilitate collaboration among internship, fellowship and apprenticeship programs based in the Washington, DC area. For more information or apply, click here. The application deadline is Mar. 5.

Training Course In Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology 
MCHB/CDC Training Course in MCH Epidemiology is part of an ongoing effort to enhance the analytic capacity of state and local health agencies. This program is aimed primarily at professionals in state and local health agencies who have significant responsibility for collecting, processing, analyzing and reporting MCH data. This year, the course is geared to individuals with intermediate to advanced skills in using statistical and epidemiologic methods, preferably in MCH or a related field. The training curriculum is designed to build conceptual, technical and analytic skills for using data effectively, and focuses on applications that are relevant to the day-to-day work of participants. The course will be held May 29-Jun. 2 in Denver, Colorado. Lodging, breakfast and luncheon costs of trainees are covered. A limited number of scholarships for airfare are available. Completed applications must be submitted to Positive Outcomes, Inc. by 5 p.m. EST, Friday, Mar. 2. For more information, click here.

MCHB Seeking Comments on the National Strategic Plan for MCH Training
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Training Branch is developing a 2012-2020 National Plan for MCH Training that will include MCH training grantee specific objectives and strategies applicable to a range of organizations that serve MCH populations. Please explore the comments website to learn more about background information on the context, purpose and process for developing the plan; the National Strategic Plan Work Group recommendations on the Draft Goals and Broad Strategies of the plan; role of public, non-profit private and family partnerships in shaping and implementing this plan; and feedback questions regarding specific input the Training Branch is particularly interested in receiving via your comments. Recommendations on draft goals and objectives for the plan developed by the National Strategic Plan for MCH Training Work Group are now available for comment. Comments will be accepted via the website until Mar. 12.

RWJ Public Health Services and Systems Research Releases Call for Proposals
External forces such as the economic downturn, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and new accreditation standards are changing public health services, structures, and resource allocations in ways that may affect the public’s health. Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR) is a multidisciplinary field of study that examines the organization, financing, delivery and quality of public health services within communities and the resulting impact on population health. Significant changes are occurring in the delivery of public health services as a result of external forces and public health policies, creating opportunities to study the impact of these changes on population health. Proposals are due by Mar. 27 at 3 p.m. EDT. For more information, click here.

Save the Date! UIC MCH Retreat – Leading in Challenges Times: Innovations & Inspiration 
This year’s retreat will focus on Leading in Challenging Times, however, this concept will be talked about ways that you may not expect. Participants will share personal stories of their journey and work with women, men, children and families. AMCHP CEO Dr. Michael Fraser will lead this process. The retreat also will explore and practice various leadership concepts, including challenging the assumption that these are indeed challenging times. The leadership training will be facilitated by Dr. Stephen Bogdewic, PhD, Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Professional Development at the Indiana University School of Medicine. The retreat will be held Jul. 22-24 at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook, IL. For more information, visit their website.