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AMCHP Member Assessment
As a member organization we exist to serve you, our members. With this goal in mind, AMCHP is undertaking an internal scan to learn more about our members and how well you feel we serve you by conducting an electronic survey of our full membership to solicit member feedback about key organizational activities. As with the previous member assessment conducted in 2010, AMCHP plans to use the needs assessment results proactively to identify opportunities to improve performance, reactively to respond to less than desirable results, and continuously as an ongoing component of a continual improvement process. Keep on the lookout for the survey to be launched tomorrow – we want to hear from you!

April is Autism Awareness Month!
To celebrate Autism Awareness Month, follow AMCHP on Facebook and Twitter to learn about new resources, events and facts about autism. If you have any new and/or existing content to share (i.e., interesting factoid, news article, report), please send to Julio Arguello. Help us get more people engaged and aware of content around autism and share with one another! You can also learn more about AMCHP autism work here.

STD Awareness Month 2012 – Get Engaged!
STD Awareness Month is an annual observance to call attention to the impact of STDs and promote STD testing. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director, Thomas R Frieden, MD, MPH will be holding a Twitter Chat about STD Awareness Month on Apr. 23 at 1 p.m. EST. Follow him @DrFriedenCDC to participate. You can also visit the STD Awareness Resource Site for clinic tools and resources, such as the STD Treatment Guidelines, billing information for confidential adolescent services, free fact sheets/brochures and tips on serving adolescent/LGBT patients.

Learn the Signs. Act Early. The Importance of Developmental Screening Broadcast
This broadcast will incorporate the CDC Learn the Signs. Act Early. messages and the importance of understanding developmental milestones and making appropriate and timely referrals when there is a concern. This broadcast, on Apr. 19 from 9-10 a.m. EST, will highlight information developed by New York state about ASD and general developmental screening, including many free resources available for parents to better understand their child’s development through the age of five years old. It will also feature materials to help parents talk with their child’s health care provider about any concerns. For professionals, the broadcast will highlight the importance of routine developmental screening and resources for them and parents with whom they work. For more information, click here.

Women’s and Infant Health Info Series Webinar
AMCHP and the CDC will host a national webinar, “Using Evidence to Inform Preconception Health Initiatives” on Apr. 26 from 2-3 p.m. EST. This webinar includes an introduction to the Guide to Community Preventive Services (the Community Guide) as an option for designing evidence-informed strategies and highlights examples of how data and evidence have informed state-level strategies to address preconception health issues. In addition, this webinar will be accompanied by the release of the AMCHP Issue Brief: Using the Community Guide to Improve Preconception Health Efforts. To register for the webinar, click here.

AAP and MCHB Launch 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. CST) and Ordering the Right Tests – Genetics in Primary Care (May 31 from 12-12:30 p.m. CST). For more information on the Time Out for Genetics webinar series, or to register for a webinar, click here.

National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month Event – May 8 
The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) invites you to a special event in recognition of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. Hear from issue experts and program leaders about the importance of engaging teen boys in strategies to prevent and reduce unplanned teen pregnancies and network with federal and nonprofit leaders who share your interests. Browse resource tables from federal agencies and connect with colleagues. The event will take place on May 8 from 10-11:30 a.m. EST at The Hubert H. Humphrey Building in Washington, DC. The agenda and more details will be shared in the next few weeks on the OAH website.

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.

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.

MCHB Webinar on CAAI Evaluation Results
April is Autism Awareness Month. Join the MCHB webinar on Apr. 16 from 1-2:30 p.m. EST to learn some evaluation results from their Combating Autism Act Initiative (CAAI). The webinar, hosted by the MCHB Autism team with speakers from MCHB and Insight Policy Research, is geared toward CAAI grantees but all are welcome. To register for the webinar, click here.

AMCHP Survey

 Assessment Name Target Audience  Expected Launch Date
 AMCHP Membership Assessment AMCHP Members Apr. 3