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Couldn’t Make It to the AMCHP Annual Conference? Looking for Handouts from Sessions You Attended?
Click here to find materials from the 2012 workshops and skills-building sessions. Additional handouts will be posted in the coming weeks as we receive them. Also, don’t miss the conference attendee and exhibitor interviews on YouTube, thanks to our sponsor Go Beyond MCH. Catch snippets from the amazing Kinetic Affect, an interview with the 2012 MacQueen Award Winner, conversation with AMCHP President Stephanie Birch and more!

Webinar: Newborn Screening Recommendations for Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD): Implications for State Programs
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.

Surgeon General Report on Tobacco Use and Young Adults to Be Released
On Mar. 8 at 10 a.m. EST, Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General will release A Report of the Surgeon General: Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults. This report represents the 31st Surgeon General’s report focused on tobacco use and its devastating effects. The release will be Webcast live at www.hhs.gov/live. The CDC Office on Smoking and Health also will be hosting two calls to support the release of the report on Mar. 6 from 1-1:45 p.m. EST and Mar. 8 from 3-4:15 p.m. EST.

COCA Webinar on Epidemiology and Clinical Features of Lyme Disease
Join the CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) call to hear CDC subject matter experts review the epidemiology of Lyme disease, early signs and symptoms of Lyme disease, appropriate use of diagnostics, recommended treatment guidelines and prevention practices. The webinar will be held on Mar. 6 from 2-3 p.m. EST. 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, nonprofit 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.

CDC Public Health Apprentice Program (PHAP) Opportunity
CDC is looking for state, local and community partners to serve as host sites for an apprentice with a focus on birth defects, developmental disabilities and disabling conditions. PHAP is a competitive, two-year, paid CDC fellowship. PHAP places entry-level public health professionals in state, tribal, local and territorial health agencies to gain broad experience in public health program operations. While PHAP offers tremendous benefits to the associates through training and support, the host site also receives numerous benefits. The deadline for making the request is Mar. 14. For more information, click here.

Deadline Extended! 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 to 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 has been extended to Mar. 21.

RWJF 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 to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) 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
The retreat this year 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. 

AMCHP Survey

 Assessment Name Target Audience  Expected Launch Date
 AMCHP Membership Assessment AMCHP Members April 2012