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As an active AMCHP member, you have many ways to get involved with AMCHP! We are currently soliciting nominations and volunteers for several critical AMCHP programs – are you willing to serve?

Committee Volunteers – Let us know your interest by Sept. 14!
If you currently serve on an AMCHP committee, your lead committee staff person will be contacting you directly about your interest in reappointment. If you are not currently serving on a committee OR you would like to change your current committee assignment, volunteering is simple! Complete a 2013 Willingness to Serve form and fax it back to AMCHP. We will review your interest and get back to you by the end of September! More information and the form can be found here or visit: amchp.org/AboutAMCHP/board/Committees/Pages/default.aspx.

AMCHP Awards – Nominations are open now through Sept. 14!
AMCHP recognizes leadership in maternal and child health in several ways, including through our annual awards presented to MCH leaders honoring excellence in the field. These awards are presented at the AMCHP Annual Conference, an annual celebration of maternal and child health programs. For a listing of awards and to complete a nomination for you or another MCH leader, click here or visit: amchp.org/AboutAMCHP/Pages/AMCHPAwards.aspx.

New this year – the AMCHP Young MCH Professional Award – one per HHS region! This award is in addition to our Hutchins, MacQueen, McPherson, Excellence in State MCH Leadership and Legislative Champion Awards. With so many ways to recognize excellence, feel free to nominate as many candidates as you like!

Call for Nominations – AMCHP Board of Directors
The Governance Committee is seeking nominations for the 2013 Board of Directors election. As a director, you would help shape the policies and positions of AMCHP, represent your Title V peers from across the country, ensure the future viability and financial stability of the organization, work directly with federal partners, and gain leadership experience in a national association. Positions up for election are: President-Elect (from 2013 to 2015), President (from 2013 to 2015), Director-at-Large (from 2013 to 2016), and Regional Directors (Regions I, VI, IX and X; from 2013 to 2016).

To nominate yourself or another AMCHP member, click here or visit: amchp.org/AboutAMCHP/board/Pages/AMCHPBoard.aspx.

If you have any questions about committee appointments, awards or board nominations, please contact us by e-mailing info@amchp.org or call us at (202) 775-0436. Thank you!

Text4baby Contests to Celebrate NIMAM
In September, we will commemorate National Infant Mortality Awareness Month (NIMAM) to raise visibility about this critical health crisis. The National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition text4baby program is one piece of the solution addressing infant mortality. This year, text4baby is holding the 2012 text4baby state enrollment contest, which aims to energize the work partners at the state and local level are doing to connect women to this service. Help spread the message, visit the text4baby website for specific tools that can support you in this effort. Tell the moms in your state to sign up for text4baby between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30 and they will be entered to win a year’s supply of Johnson’s baby products courtesy of the program’s founding sponsor, Johnson & Johnson. For more information, see contest rules here. Good luck in the state enrollment contest, get your state to number one!

Pregnancy in the Context of a Woman's Lifespan Webinar
Join Project IMPACT, AMCHP, the Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs and the National Fetal and Infant Mortality Review on Sept. 6 from 3-4:30 p.m. EDT for the Pregnancy in the Context of a Woman's Lifespan webinar. Pregnancy is not simply an isolated event or time period in a woman’s life. It is influenced by a myriad of contextual factors that occur years before, as well as immediately before and during, the pregnancy. As a part of the continuum of a woman’s life, and the contextual factors within that continuum, pregnancy itself has a major impact on future health risks for the mother as well as the baby. Understanding the importance and influence of a woman’s health risks across the reproductive decades on future pregnancy risks and outcomes is key to ensuring that the health of women is optimized, as well as that of future generations. Please check the AMCHP website for registration information.

The Latest MCH Data on the MCHB DGIS
Join the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Division of MCH Workforce Development on Sept. 13 from 2-3 p.m. EDT for a webinar on their Discretionary Grant Information System (DGIS). Maternal and Child Health Discretionary Grants fund more than 900 projects through 88 programs each year. DGIS collects program and performance measure data that helps assess the effectiveness of the programs and enable the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to monitor the projects. Join this live webinar to hear about the DGIS Web Reports for MCH Workforce Development and to get a first look at the 2010 data, particularly focusing on new data collected around former and medium trainees. For more information, click here.

HRSA Call for Abstracts: Special Supplement in Pediatrics
HRSA and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced a call for abstracts for papers to be published in a special supplement in pediatrics on the broad theme, “Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting and Pediatric Care: Policy and Practice Implications for Child Health and Development.” The supplement editors are calling for a broad spectrum of abstracts proposing original scholarly papers based on research, systematic reviews, or program evaluation that illuminates the evidence-base and are relevant to home visiting and pediatric care. Authors of successful abstracts will be invited to submit a full paper for review and will be required to commit to a timeline and a submission deadline. All abstracts should be submitted via e-mail on or before Sept. 14. For more information on the supplement and the study areas, click here.

ASTHO RFP: Evidence-Based Public Health State Assessment Tool
ASTHO released a request for proposals (RFP) for a project focusing on evidence-based public health recommendations and state health department use and capacity. ASTHO supports evidence-based public health and moving recommendations into implementation at the state and local levels. There are several sources of recommended evidence-based public health practices and policies including: The Guide to Community Preventive Services, The Cochrane Collaboration and the Campbell Collaboration. To address the usage of evidence-based recommendations in state health agencies, ASTHO, through funding from the CDC Guide to Preventive Services Community Guide Branch, will fund one individual or team to develop a state assessment tool to evaluate the use of evidence-based public health recommendations from The Community Guide. The deadline for submission is Sept. 14 at 5 p.m. EDT. For more information, click here.

Don’t Miss the Upcoming AMCHP Webinar on Father Involvement
AMCHP and the 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 the statewide efforts of Connecticut 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.

RWJF Forward Promise Releases Call for Proposals
Forward Promise Innovation Grants: Promoting Opportunities for the Health and Success of Young Men of Color is a new initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that aims to improve the health of middle school- and high school-aged boys and young men of color, as well as their opportunities for success in school, work and life. The proposal deadline is Oct. 10 at 3 p.m. EDT. For more information, click here.