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Welcome to Our New AMCHP Board Member: Toni G. Wall, MPA, Maine CSHN Director
In order to populate the Region I board seat vacated when Lisa Bujno was elected Treasurer, AMCHP reached out to find a new Region I representative. While all our candidates were well qualified, Toni Wall, the ME CSHN Director was chosen to serve the remainder of the term. Toni has been an active member of AMCHP since 1999, serving as the AMCHP representative to the National Initiative on Physical Fitness for Children and Youth with Disabilities from 2003-2005, as well as serving as a mentor several times in our New Director Mentor Program. Toni has seen CYSHCN Programs trending away from direct service and toward a public health model of assessment, policy development and quality improvement. She hopes to help AMCHP play a vital role in assisting states through the transformation process by providing resources on organizational change, mentors and an opportunity to address issues at the annual meeting. Congratulations Toni!


Support the AMCHP Steps for Babies Team
On May 12, AMCHP staff and their families will take part in the March of Dimes Annual March for Babies. We are more than halfway to our goal of raising $2,500. With your help, we know we can reach this goal! Thanks to those who already donated at our annual conference. If you haven’t but you would like to support our team, please click here. Thank you for your support in giving every baby a healthy start!

Coming May 1 – AMCHP Life Course Metrics Project: Request for State Team Applications
As MCH programs begin to develop new programming guided by a life course framework, indicators are needed to determine the success of their approaches. Currently, there are no standardized metrics for the life course approach. In response to this emerging issue, AMCHP launched a new project designed to identify and promote a set of indicators that can be used to measure progress using the life course approach to improve maternal and child health. This project is funded with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Life Course Metrics Project will work collaboratively with up to five state teams to develop a core set of life course metrics. The state teams must include multidisciplinary members from MCH program or policy staff, MCH epidemiology staff and community partners. The request for state team applications will be released tomorrow. Be sure to check the AMCHP website for more information or contact Caroline Stampfel, AMCHP Senior Epidemiologist, with questions.

Volunteers Needed! AMCHP Is Seeking Annual Conference Committee Members
The Annual Conference Committee oversees the planning and implementation of our annual convening of state MCH leaders and partners. The planning committee solicits and reviews conference program presentations and works with staff to assure the AMCHP Annual Conference meets the needs of all AMCHP members. Please e-mail Nora Lam, Executive Assistant, by May 11 if you are interested in joining the committee.

AMCHP 2012 Annual Conference General Sessions and Workshop Recordings Now Available
The AMCHP 2012 Annual Conference general sessions videos, as well as videos of select skills-building sessions and workshops, are now available on the AMCHP website. Couldn’t make it to the conference or did you miss one session to attend another? Here’s your chance to catch what you missed! Handouts for select sessions are also available. Click here for more information.

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 around 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.

Global Twitter Chat on Prematurity: May 3 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. EDT
Join the #BornTooSoon Global Twitter Relay Chat on Thursday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT. Led by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), Save the Children, the United Nations Foundation (UNF), March of Dimes, the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), and the Healthy Newborn Network (HNN), this Global Twitter Relay will bring together experts, professionals, advocates and parents in a conversation around preterm birth. The Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth, expected to be released on May 2, provides the first-ever national, regional and global estimates of preterm birth – join us for a discussion about the latest numbers, commitments and way forward. Everyone has a role to play in reducing and preventing preterm birth. Help us raise awareness about preterm birth in the United States and around the world, follow #BornTooSoon to learn more.

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 participants 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 NWHW 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.

Join the MWPHA Annual Conference: Healthy Women, the Cornerstone of Strong Societies
Join the Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association (MWPHA) on May 16 for their Annual Meeting. Believing that women’s health is crucial to the health of a nation, the theme of this year’s conference is “Healthy Women, the Cornerstone of Strong Societies: Setting the Agenda for Women’s Health.” With the recent controversy over coverage of preventive care services for women and contraceptive coverage, this conference will allow for a timely examination of the current women’s health care debate. For more information, click here.

DC DOH Community Meeting on Improving Health Disparities in the MCH Population
The DC Department of Health (DOH) Community Health Administration will be holding a Maternal and Child Health Community Meeting on the efforts within DOH administrations to improve health disparities in the MCH population. The meeting will take place on May 24 from 5-8 p.m. EDT at the DC Department of Health, 899 North Capitol Street, Fourth Floor. The meeting will discuss DOH programs and their involvement with the MCH population, including the MCH Block Grant, and identify gaps in DC services and provide potential solutions. Please RSVP to Mary Frances Kornak at 202-442-9167.

2012 MCH Epidemiology Awards: Nominations Being Accepted
Nominations are being accepted for the following 2012 National MCH Epidemiology Awards to be presented at the Annual MCH EPI Conference, Dec. 12-14 in San Antonio, TX. The Coalition offers awards in seven categories: Manuscript that Advances the Field of Applied MCH Epidemiology Award; Greg Alexander Award for Advancing Knowledge Award; Effective Practice Award; Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Award; Outstanding Leadership Award; Zena Stein and Mervyn Susser Award for Lifetime Achievement; and Young Professional Achievement Award. Nominations are due by Jun. 15. Nominate your candidates and find more information about the 2012 MCH Epidemiology Awards by clicking here.

University of Illinois at Chicago MCH Retreat – Registration Open
Registration is now open for this year’s retreat, which 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, click here.

AMCHP Survey

 Assessment Name Target Audience  Due Date
 AMCHP Membership Assessment AMCHP Members Deadline extended to May 8
 Board of Directors Assessment AMCHP Board of Directors April 30