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Congratulations to the 2011-2012 AMCHP Family Scholars – mentors Anna Cyr (ME) and Rylin Rodgers (IN) and scholars Carmen Boucher (RI), Deepa Srinivasavaradan (NJ), Grace A. Egun (PA), Angela Paxton (IN), Jeanine Pinner (TX), Angela Durand (LA), Tara Ford (OK), Martha Hanley (IA), Maria Cabral (CO), Amy Westfall (AK) and Patricia (Trish) Switzer (AL) – who have just completed the program. The Family Scholars Program (FSP) provides each scholar with tools to develop individual leadership skills, expand their professional network, enhance their knowledge of national MCH issues, and to ask critical questions about the impact of the MCH Block Grant. We encourage you to engage the FSP graduate from your state as a resource related to Title V, the MCH Services Block Grant, and/or family involvement and leadership development in your state. For more information about the FSP, click here.

MIECHV TACC Webinar Integrating Home Visiting Systems within Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems
Join the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Technical Assistance Coordinating Center (TACC) for a webinar on Integrating Home Visiting Systems within Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS), Aug. 21 from 3-4:30 p.m. EDT. Maine, Montana and South Carolina MIECHV and ECCS state leads will collaboratively share their experiences, lessons learned and next steps in integrating their home visiting systems within their ECCS. To register, click here.

Lessons Learned from Combating Autism Act Grantees Webinar
This webinar, “Building Systems of Care that Meet the Needs of Children & Youth with ASD/DD & their Families: Lessons Learned from Combating Autism Act Grantees,” is the fourth of the Combating Autism Act Initiative (CAAI) webinar series, Research to Practice, and will highlight lessons learned from combating autism act grantees regarding building systems of care that meet the needs of children & youth with ASD/DD and their families. The webinar will be held on Aug. 22 from 2-3 p.m. EDT. The CAAI webinar series is designed to showcase successes of CAAI grantees, connect attendees to CAAI grantees, and highlight CAAI activities. The series runs from April through August 2012 and will replace the annual face-to-face CAAI conference. To register for the webinar, click here.

Don’t Miss the AMCHP 2013 Call for Session Proposals Deadline
The deadline to submit session proposals for the 2013 AMCHP Annual conference is fast approaching. The conference will take place from Feb. 9-12 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. The theme is Advancing the Maternal & Child Health Vision: Leadership, Quality & Action. Click here for complete information about submitting your session proposal and for the online submission system. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Aug. 24.

AMCHP Board/Committee Involvement
Don’t forget! If you’re interested in participating on the AMCHP Board of Directors or an organization committee, the deadline to let us know is Aug. 31. Click here for more board information or click here for committee information.

Nominate Your Peers for a 2013 AMCHP Award
AMCHP is now accepting nominations for its 2013 awards, recognizing leadership in maternal and child health. These awards will be presented at the 2013 AMCHP Annual Conference, Feb. 9-12 in Washington, DC. AMCHP is accepting nominations for the John MacQueen Lecture Award, the Excellence In State MCH Leadership Award, the Merle McPherson Leadership Award, the Vince Hutchins Leadership Award and the Young MCH Professional Award. For more information and the nomination guidelines for these awards, visit AMCHPAwards.aspx. Nominations are due by Aug. 31.

Apply for the Carole Douglas Emerging Leaders Scholarship
This year, CityMatCH is again offering MCH leaders the opportunity to apply for the Carole Douglas Emerging Leaders Scholarship. The scholarship financially assists emerging urban MCH leaders from CityMatCH member health departments who wish to attend the annual CityMatCH Conference. One stipend of up to $1,000 will be awarded to reimburse for conference-related expenses. Applications are due by Aug. 31. For more information, click here.

ACNM 58th Annual Meeting & Exhibition Call for Abstracts
The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is now accepting abstract submissions relevant to midwifery and women’s health for the ACNM 58th Annual Meeting & Exhibition to be held May 30-Jun. 4, 2013, in Nashville, TN. Abstract submissions are being accepted online through Sept. 15. All general abstracts submitted for oral presentation must go beyond ACNM core competencies or show new learning, and have appropriate documentation of references. References from the past five years, from peer-reviewed, refereed journals or texts are required with the abstract submission. Topics relevant to full-scope clinical midwifery including primary care, evidence-based practice, global health, education, business, and policy that expand on current practice or introduce novel approaches to care are sought. For more information, click here.

Don’t Miss the Upcoming AMCHP Webinar on Father Involvement
AMCHP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will host a national webinar, “Strategies for Increasing Father Involvement” on Sept. 17 from 2-3 p.m. EDT. The emergence of father involvement as an issue of concern for maternal and child health stakeholders presents potential multiagency collaborative opportunities. This webinar includes an example analyzing the costs of father absence to make the case for fatherhood programming and highlights Connecticut’s statewide effort to promote fatherhood. This webinar includes a presentation from Brian Gullins of the Richmond (VA) Health District and Diana Mason from the Connecticut Department of Social Services. In addition, this webinar will be accompanied by the release of an updated AMCHP Issue Brief on father involvement. To register for this webinar, click here.