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AMCHP 2012 Member Assessment Survey is still open!  We need your help to meet our response rate goal – if you haven’t done so already, please complete the 2012 AMCHP Member Assessment Survey!

AMCHP Life Course Metrics Project: Request for State Team Applications
AMCHP, along with many state maternal and child health programs, recognizes health trajectories are developed over the course of an individual’s lifetime. A life course approach to maternal and child health programming highlights the importance of positive interventions at sensitive developmental periods and addresses social and environmental determinants critical to improving outcomes and reducing disparities. As MCH programs begin to develop new programming guided by a life course framework, measures 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. The Life Course Metrics Project will work collaboratively with up to five state teams to develop a core set of life course metrics. AMCHP is accepting state team applications until Jun. 1. For more information, click here.

Webinar on the Effects of Interdisciplinary Training on MCH Professionals, Organizations, and Systems
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) will be holding a webinar on May 15 from 2-3:30 p.m. EDT titled Effects of Interdisciplinary Training on MCH Professionals, Organizations, and Systems. The webinar will feature presentations by Lewis Margolis, MD: Associate Professor, Maternal and Child Health, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health; Angela Rosenberg, Dr. P.H.: Associate Professor, Department of Allied Health Sciences, UNC Chapel Hill; and will be moderated by Laura Kavanagh, MPP: Director, MCH Workforce Development. To register for the webinar, click here.

Webcast: Connecting with your Target Audience Using Social Media
On May 16, from 3-4:30 p.m. EDT, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will host the webcast, Connecting with your Target Audience Using Social Media. This webcast will provide attendees with an orientation to social media and e-learning technologies. Participants will learn how to leverage social media networks such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter in maternal and child health programs. Additionally, case studies that successfully demonstrate the influence of social media will be presented and discussed. To attend the webcast, click here.

10th Annual Conference on Health, Disability, and the Law: Obesity Bias and Bullying
On May 21, the Robert H. McKinney School of Law at Indiana University will hold the 10th Annual Conference on Health, Disability, and the Law: Obesity Bias and Bullying. This conference will discuss the bias and bullying experienced by obese children, as well as adults, policy and legal solutions to address weight discrimination, identify community factors that impact obesity, and share Indiana success stories in treating obesity. For more information or to register, click here.

National Premature Infant Health Coalition Annual Summit Registration Open
National Premature Infant Health Coalition Annual Summit – Connections 2012 – is fast approaching!  The events will take place on Jun. 14-15 at the Phoenix Park Hotel in Washington, DC.  The summit will include many interesting sessions, such as: an expert panel discussion on developmental care; a presentation from award-winning blogger and preemie mom Heather Spohr on broader communication about prematurity for parents and professionals; a keynote address by pioneer researcher and world-renowned expert in Kangaroo Mother Care, Nils Bergman; a workshop on strategies for using social media to educate and communicate in the field of prematurity; a roundtable discussions on a variety of topics including Kangaroo Mother Care, the Healthy Babies Worth the Wait program, the Preemie Parent Alliance; a town hall for parent advocates, health care providers, nonprofit executives, and other stakeholders to share creative strategies for meeting current challenges; and more. For more information, contact Andrea Goodman. To register, click here.

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.

AMCHP Survey

 Assessment Name Target Audience  Due Date
 AMCHP Membership Assessment AMCHP Members May 21