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Latino Action Learning Collaborative Grantees Announced
AMCHP and the National Center for Ease of Use of Community-Based Services announced the awardees of the Ease of Use of Services for Latino Families who have Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Action Learning Collaborative. The following states have been selected: Indiana, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Rhode Island. The Title V program in each of these states will work on a specific project with a variety of partners, such as Family-to-Family Health Information Centers, the American Academy of Pediatrics, local school districts, Medicaid and Latino community-based organizations. North Carolina and Oregon will be mentoring the awardees in this action learning collaborative. Congratulations to the awardees! To learn more about this announcement, click here.

CDC Releases Vital Signs on Child Injury; Webinar Apr. 17
Death rates from unintentional injuries among children and adolescents from birth to age 19 declined nearly 30 percent from 2000 to 2009, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vital Signs report released today. This report is the first CDC study to show fatal unintentional injury trends by cause and by state for children from birth to 19 years. To see the full report, click here. Additionally, the CDC Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support will hold a Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference, on Apr. 17 from 2-3 p.m. EDT, to facilitate discussions among state, tribal, local, and territorial health officials, health educators and clinicians on this report. The hour-long teleconference includes short presentations from a CDC subject matter expert and two speakers from the field, as well as the sharing of success stories, challenges and best practices.

APHA MCH Section Accepting Nominations for Annual Awards
Each year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Section recognizes leaders in the maternal and child health  field at the Martha May Eliot Luncheon during the  APHA Annual Meeting. At the luncheon, APHA also presents the prestigious association-wide Martha May Eliot Award that honors an individual with exceptional achievement in the field of maternal and child health. This year, the MCH section is seeking nominations for the following awards, The Young Professional Award, The Effective Practice Award, The Outstanding Leadership/Advocacy Award, and The MCH Section Distinguished Service Award. Nominations for these awards will be accepted until Apr. 20. For more information or to nominate someone, click here.

Maternal and Child Health Research Program Webinar on Cluster Analysis – Apr. 23
Join the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Division of Research, Training and Education on Apr. 23 from 3-4:15 p.m. EDT for a webinar focused on latent class cluster analyses (LCCA). LCCA is a model-based cluster analysis method used to identify subtypes of related cases (latent classes) from categorical, ordinal and continuous multivariate data. It provides a way of identifying latent segments (types) for which parameters in a specified model differ. The webinar will be presented by Dr. Traci Clemons, Vice President at The EMMES Corporation, who oversees the Data Coordinating Center for the MCHB funded Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health. To register online, click here.

Women’s and Infant Health Info Series Webinar
AMCHP and CDC will host a national webinar, “Using Evidence to Inform Preconception Health Initiatives” on Apr. 26 from 2-3 p.m. EDT. This webinar includes a case study of North Carolina efforts to use data to inform their planning and action around preconception health promotion throughout the state. In addition, the webinar will present information and resources to attendees to help find evidence and use evidence-based strategies for maternal and child health programs, including preconception health promotion. Speakers from CDC will highlight one information resource in particular, the Guide to Community Preventive Services (the Community Guide) as an option for designing evidence-informed strategies. This webinar will be accompanied by the release of the AMCHP Issue Brief: Using the Community Guide to Improve Preconception Health Efforts. Speakers include: Alvina Long, RN MPH, Women’s Health Branch, NC DHHS, Division of Public Health; Sarah Verbiest, DrPH, MSW, MPH, Center for Maternal and Infant Health, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; and Shawna Mercer, MSc, PhD, The Guide to Community Preventive Services, CDC. To register for the webinar, click here.

AAP and MCHB Time Out for Genetics Webinar Series
The Genetics in Primary Care Institute, a cooperative agreement between the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), is now offering Time Out for Genetics, an educational webinar series. Each month – from April through December – a webinar will be presented by recognized experts with the overarching goal of educating participants about the value of incorporating genetic medicine into primary care. The webinars target a wide audience, including pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners and other stakeholders. The upcoming webinars are: Building an Accurate Family History, Constructing a Pedigree – An Overview for Primary Care (Apr. 26 from 12-12:30 p.m. CDT) and Ordering the Right Tests – Genetics in Primary Care (May 31 from 12-12:30 p.m. CDT). For more information on the Time Out for Genetics webinar series, or to register for a webinar, click here.

Providing Newborn Screening Specimens for Research: Legal Issues Faced by State Health Departments
States that store and provide residual dried blood spots (DBS) for secondary uses, or are considering storage and secondary uses, may face an array of legal issues. This webinar series is intended to cover these legal issues – and related ethical and policy issues – concerning secondary uses of DBS and associated data. This series is geared toward public health attorneys, newborn screening programs and laboratories, institutional review boards, HIPAA privacy boards, privacy officers, researchers, and others who have interest in legal, ethical and policy issues related to secondary uses of residual DBS. For more information, click here.

May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Awareness Month!
Follow AMCHP on Facebook and Twitter during the month of May to learn about new resources, events and facts about teen pregnancy prevention. If you have any new and/or existing content to share (interesting facts, news article, report, etc.), please send them to Julio Arguello. Help us get more people engaged and aware of what they can do to help prevent teen pregnancies! You can also learn more about AMCHP adolescent and sexual health work here.

Recruiting Hospitals to Improve Maternity Care and Increase Baby-Friendly Hospitals
The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ), with support from CDC, is leading a nationwide effort in close partnership with Baby-Friendly USA to help hospitals improve maternity care and increase the number of baby-friendly hospitals in the United States. CDC is funding this initiative using money from the Prevention and Public Health Fund. The Best Fed Beginnings is a new funding opportunity that will include a 22-month learning collaborative for hospitals and health care providers to implement evidence-based maternity care practices and the recognized Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. This funding will help 90 hospitals nationwide obtain a ‘baby-friendly’ designation by the spring of 2014, as well as establish regional collaboratives to help participating teams better connect to each other and to local resources. Specifically, funding will be used to cover all fees associated with the baby-friendly designation and enable NICHQ to subsidize the costs to hospitals of participating in the learning collaborative. Applications are due by May 4. You can learn more about Best Fed Beginnings here.

Webinar: Reaching Your Audience through Effective Health Communication
This free webinar, offered by the National Healthy Tomorrows Technical Assistance Resource Center, is intended to educate attendees about the characteristics of effective health messages, cost-effective ways to create clear and compelling health communication materials, and how technology and social media can help increase audience reach and engagement. The webinar will take place on May 9 from 1-2:30 p.m. CDT. If you can’t make the webinar, a recording will be posted on the Community Pediatrics website. To register for the webinar, click here.

Help HHS Celebrate National Women’s Health Week – May 13-19; National Women’s Check-Up Day – May 14
Many national, regional, state and local organizations have joined with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to ensure that as many women as possible are reached during National Women’s Health Week (NWHW). There are many ways to participate. You can host a health fair during the week of May 13-19, or partner with local providers to offer women in your community free health services, such as blood pressure checks, Pap tests, mammograms, diabetes screenings or HIV testing. NWHW offers another opportunity to increase direct health care services to those most in need. Any women’s health event that occurs during the month of May is eligible for inclusion in the NWHW online Activity Registry. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grantees and the public may also access free online promotion and educational materials to support their efforts on the NWHS website. In 2011, more than 100,000 people participated in over 2,000 National Women’s Health Week events and screenings nationwide and helped make NWHW a success. Please help thousands of women take steps toward leading healthier lives this year.

2012 CityMatCH Conference Abstract Online Submission Open
The CityMatCH and MCH EPI co-hosted conference is seeking Data/Scientific Research, Program and Policy abstracts for oral or poster presentation. Online abstract submission is now open! Share your successes, results, research, and lessons learned with urban public health leaders and MCH professionals from across the United States at the 2012 CityMatCH Urban MCH Leadership Conference co-hosted with the 18th Annual Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (MCH EPI) Conference. The abstract submission deadline is Jun. 15. For full instructions and the abstract submission link, click here

AMCHP Survey

 Assessment Name Target Audience  Due Date
 AMCHP Membership Assessment AMCHP Members Apr. 3
 Board of Directors Assessment AMCHP Board of Directors May 2012 (expected launch date)