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Don’t Forget! The Deadline for AMCHP Committee Volunteers, Award Nominations and Board Nominations Is Approaching!

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! More information and the form can be found here.

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.

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. To nominate yourself or another AMCHP member, click here. 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!

Registration for the AMCHP 2013 Annual Conference Is Now Open!
The AMCHP 2013 Annual Conference will be held Feb. 9-12, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. To register, visit regonline.com/amchp2013. Don’t miss our early-bird registration rates – register now! Full conference registration includes all conference events, including the AMCHP Annual Conference Training Institute – Saturday, Feb. 9 and Sunday, Feb. 10 (until noon) – a rich schedule of skills-building sessions and other training opportunities. Visit amchp.org/conference for further information, and watch for updates as the program develops.

LGBT Youth & Suicide: Understanding & Reducing Risk Webinar
Gay and lesbian adolescents are three to five times more likely to attempt suicide than other teenagers. But, the latest findings show that certain protective factors can lower the risk. Brian Mustanski, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Medical Social Sciences and Psychology at Northwestern University and Director of the University’s IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program. He has conducted some of the only longitudinal cohort studies of suicidality among LGBT youth. Join him Sept. 12 at 1 p.m. EDT for a timely webinar describing research on the prevalence of suicidality, risk and protective factors, and creating awareness of how to reduce suicide risk in this vulnerable population. To register, click here.

Don’t Miss the 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.

2013 NOHC Abstracts Dues Sept. 17
The 2013 National Oral Health Conference (NOHC) is currently accepting proposals addressing science, policy and practice related to dental public health. They are looking particularly for submissions on the following topics: health care reform, fluoridation, partnerships, workforce expansion and access to care, social media and marketing to further education, and advocacy efforts and technology. Session proposals must be submitted electronically on the Invited Session Planning Form. Be sure to complete all sections of the form, incomplete forms will not be accepted. For more information, click here.

Two Remaining MIECHV TACC Webinars
The Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Technical Assistance Coordinating Center (TACC) has two remaining 2012 technical assistance webinars designed to provide information and support to MIECHV Lead Agencies and their collaborative partners. The webinars will be held on Sept. 25 – Workforce Development – and Oct. 23 – Impacting Infant Mortality through Home Visiting. The purpose of these webinars is to support your MIECHV Program implementation efforts. More detailed information about the registration, agenda and speakers for each webinar will be provided at least two weeks prior to the event. All webinars will be recorded and posted shortly after the event. To learn more, visit the MIECHV TACC website.

CDC HERG Lecture on Bending the Cost Curve: Economic Research in Public Health
This one-day Health Economics Research Group (HERG) event will focus on the role of health economics research in identifying opportunities to change the growth rate of health spending through public interventions. This lecture, held on Oct. 19 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. EDT at the CDC Global Communications Center in Atlanta, GA, will be given by Stephen M. Shortell, PhD, MPH, MBA, Dean and Professor at the School of Public Health University of California, Berkley. Dr. Shortell is a leading health care scholar who has done extensive research identifying the organizational and managerial correlates of quality of care and of high performing health care organizations. For event registration for non-CDC participants, please R.S.V.P to pef@cdc.gov.

2nd Annual Food Day Celebrates Healthy, Affordable and Sustainably Produced Food
Food Day brings together organizations and individuals working on food issues as varied as hunger, nutrition, agriculture policy, animal welfare and farm-worker justice. This year, Food Day will take place on Oct. 24, just 12 days before the 2012 elections, providing an excellent opportunity for citizens to make their voices heard and for candidates to discuss important food policy issues. To help make Food Day a great success and get involved, go to FoodDay.org. Center for Science in the Public Interest also has developed several resources for schools, including a Food Day guide for School Organizers, Food Day curriculum written by Columbia Teachers College and a one-pager, Food Day in schools.

Free CME Opportunity: Raising Awareness: Late Preterm Birth and Non-Medically Indicated Inductions Prior to 39 Weeks
Help avoid elective early induction. On average, more than 900 late preterm babies are born every day in the United States, or a total of one-third of 1 million infants (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2009). To alert health care providers to the impact and effects of late preterm birth and of non-medically indicated inductions prior to 39 weeks in the womb, the National Institute of child Health and Human Development, National Child and Maternal Health Education program developed a continuing medical education (CME) program in partnership with Medscape. This CME is intended for obstetricians, neonatologists, pediatricians, nurses, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, midwives, and any other providers who care for pregnant women. To learn more, click here.