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National Poison Prevention Week – Mar. 18-24
This year marks the 50th anniversary of National Poison Prevention Week (Mar. 18-24). The key goal of National Poison Prevention Week is to create national awareness about the risk of injury or death due to poisoning. The Poison Prevention Week Council, comprised of federal and private sector partners, will disseminate daily, themed messages covering the spectrum of poison-related issues and will end the safety awareness week with a conversation with the public. For more information, to find out about the daily themes and to participate in the poisoning awareness events, click here.

AAP and MCHB Launch Time Out for Genetics Webinar Series
The first webinar of the Time Out for Genetics webinar series, “Integrating Genetics in Primary Care – Why Does it Matter?” will take place on Tuesday, Mar. 20 from 12-12:30 p.m. CST. This educational webinar series is presented by the Genetics in Primary Care Institute (GPCI) – a cooperative agreement between the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). The objective of this 10-part webinar series is to increase awareness and education regarding the provision of genetic medicine in primary care practice. It is designed for primary care clinicians, pediatricians, pediatric sub-specialists, family physicians, nurse practitioners, genetic counselors, geneticists and other stakeholders. For more information, click here. Click here to register.

Webinar on the CDC Disability and Health Data System
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be holding a webinar to introduce the Disability and Health Data System (DHDS), an online interactive system that helps quickly translate state-level, disability-specific data into information that can be used by state health departments, national disability and health organizations, policymakers, researchers, educators and others. For the first time, state-level disability data are housed in a central, online location and include timely, consistent ways to compare data by state or region. In conjunction with Association of University Centers on Disability, CDC will present “Navigating Disability and Health Data System” (Mar. 21 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EST) to help you learn the ins and outs of DHDS with a tutorial. To learn more about DHDS, click here. To register for the webinar, click here.

REMINDER: Preconception Health and Health Care Resource Center Call for Abstracts
The Preconception Health and Health Care Resource Center will provide a centralized location for tools and resources that local health departments, state health departments, and health professionals can use to advance the health of men and women of reproductive age and protect the health of future children and families. Does your health department have a policy or program related to preconception health? If yes, please share your strategies and experiences here. The deadline for the first wave of abstract solicitation is Mar. 21.

Reminder: Mar. 22 Webinar on Newborn Screening Recommendations for CCHD
On Mar. 22, from 2-3 p.m. EST, AMCHP, in partnership with the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)/CDC, will host a webinar on “Newborn Screening Recommendations for Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD): Implications for State Programs.” This webinar will focus on the background of the point-of-care CCHD screening recommendations and potential roles of state health departments. Presentations will include considerations for roles of state health departments with CCHD screening, an overview of state activities, and lessons learned from New Jersey’s experience with implementing mandated screening. For more information and to register for the webinar, click here.

MIECHV TACC Webinar on Implementing Science and Key Findings
On Mar. 27, the MIECHV Technical Assistance Coordinating Center (TACC) will hold the webinar, “Setting the Stage: Active Implementation Frameworks to Integrate the Science and Practice of Implementation.” The webinar will provide an overview of implementation science and key findings from Implementation Research: A Synthesis of the Literature (Fixsen, et al., 2005). This foundational presentation will discuss the following topics: implementation prerequisites; commonly relied upon, yet insufficient methods used “to implement” changes; key activities in each of the stages of the implementation process; critical components of the implementation infrastructure; effective methods to problem solve and improve processes and practices; and structures and functions needed to support wide-scale use of effective practices. Two states will share their approaches to utilizing this framework, including getting started and lessons learned. To register, click here.

RWJF: Public Health Services and Systems Research 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 to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) by Mar. 27 at 3 p.m. EST. For more information, click here.

Upcoming MCH Navigator Webinar
Staff from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and faculty from both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Washington will describe a new learning portal that facilitates use of existing open-access training, organized in areas consistent with nationally endorsed public health and MCH leadership competencies. Learn how to use the Navigator in academic programs to enhance the skills of students, supplement class content and extend your capabilities to provide continuing education opportunities. The webinar will be held on Mar. 28 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. EST. To learn more about the MCH Navigator, click here. To register for the webinar, click here.

CDC/Emory University to Offer Epidemiology in Action Course
CDC and Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University will cosponsor the course, Epidemiology in Action, Jun. 11-22, at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. This course is designed for state and local public health professionals. The course emphasizes practical application of epidemiology to public health problems and consists of lectures, workshops, classroom exercises (including actual epidemiologic problems) and roundtable discussions. Topics scheduled for presentation include descriptive epidemiology and biostatistics, analytic epidemiology, epidemic investigations, public health surveillance, surveys and sampling, and Epi Info training, along with discussions of selected prevalent diseases. For more information, click here.

RWJF: Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization Call for Proposals
RWJF Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) grants support research, policy analysis and evaluation projects that provide policy leaders timely information on health care policy, financing and organization issues. Supported projects include: examining significant issues and interventions related to health care financing and organization and their effects on health care costs, quality and access; and exploring or testing major new ways to finance and organize health care that have the potential to improve access to more affordable and higher quality health services. For more information, click here. 

AMCHP Survey

 Assessment Name Target Audience  Expected Launch Date
 AMCHP Membership Assessment AMCHP Members April 3