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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 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 for further information, and watch for updates as the program develops.

AMCHP is now accepting applications for the Ryan Colburn Scholarship. The deadline is 5 p.m. EST, Friday, Oct. 19. AMCHP will award a scholarship to one youth leader to attend the AMCHP Annual Conference 2013. The scholarship is valued at $1800 to cover airfare, lodging and per diem. For more information on how a youth leader in your state should apply for this scholarship, or for more information about the annual conference, please visit the AMCHP website at If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Jarvis at or 202-775-1472.

AAP Presents Time Out for Genetics Webinar
The next Time Out for Genetics webinar, “Genetics and Coding: What the Primary Care Provider Needs to Know” will take place on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 12 p.m. CST. The upcoming webinar, presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), aims to provide an overview of the current International Classification of Diseases coding systems as well as current gaps regarding genetics in primary care settings, and will include case study examples of how to utilize the appropriate coding in a variety of situations. The objective of this free, 10-part webinar series is to increase awareness and education regarding the provision of genetic medicine in primary care practice. It is designed for primary care clinicians, pediatricians, pediatric sub-specialists, family physicians, nurse practitioners, genetic counselors, geneticists, and other stakeholders. For more information, click here.

Webinar on Flu Preparedness for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Neurologic disorders were reported in nearly two-thirds of pH1N1-associated pediatric deaths with an underlying medical condition. Because of the potential for severe outcomes, children with underlying neurologic disorders should receive influenza vaccine and be treated early and aggressively if they develop influenza-like illness. AAP will host a Clinician and Communications Activity (COCA) webinar on this topic on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. EST. For more information, click here.

New Resources for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
CDC has released updated promotional materials to promote October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, helping inform women with disabilities about the importance of breast cancer screening for early detection. Download posters, flyers, advertisements, web banners and buttons from The Right to Know page on the CDC website. The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities’ The Right to Know campaign is a health promotion campaign about breast cancer screening that was developed specifically for women with disabilities. A campaign guidebook provides ideas and recommendations to help you maximize and amplify the message.

2012 International Conference on Stillbirth, SIDS and Infant Survival
First Candle will host the 2012 International Conference on Stillbirth, SIDS and Infant Survival. The conference will be held on the Baltimore, Maryland waterfront from Thursday, Oct. 4 through Sunday, Oct. 7. More than 350 people from across the globe who share the common goals of reducing stillbirths and infant mortality will be attending this four-day event. For more information, click here.

Survive and Thrive: Roadmap for New Local Health Officials Call for Applicants
NACCHO is looking for interested new health officials, aspiring health officials, and coaches for the third cohort of Survive and Thrive, which will begin in fall 2012. The Survive and Thrive program is a 12-month learning opportunity designed to enhance the skills of new local health officials- top executives at local health departments. Applications are now being accepted and space is limited. Applications for new local health officials, aspiring local health officials, and coaches are due Oct. 15. For more information or to apply, click here.

Applications Now Open for the 2012 MCH Epi Pre-Conference Trainings!
This year, AMCHP will offer four training options for those wishing to build their skills in the areas of spatial analysis, quality improvement, scientific writing and leadership. A detailed description of each, including learning objectives and MCH leadership competencies addressed, is available through the AMCHP website. To apply for the trainings, click here. Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, Oct. 19.

2012 Unsung Heroes of Public Health Awards Nominations
The Campaign for Public Health Foundation is collecting nominations through Nov. 1 for their third-annual Unsung Heroes of Public Health Awards. These awards are intended to highlight the return on investment of the nation’s behind-the-scenes disease control and prevention efforts, applaud the staff who run them, and educate policymakers and others about how public health works to save lives, prevent injuries, limit disease outbreaks – and so much more. A Capitol Hill reception to honor the 2012 awardees will take place on Dec. 4. Representatives Phil Roe (R-TN), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) and Jim McGovern (D-MA) will serve as honorary co-chairs of the event. Anyone can nominate a friend or colleague for one of three public health awards. For more information about awards and nomination process, click here.

RWJF Health Policy Fellows Releases Call for Applications
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health Policy Fellows program provides the nation’s most comprehensive fellowship experience at the nexus of health science, policy and politics in Washington, D.C. It is an outstanding opportunity for exceptional midcareer health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health and health care policy. Fellows participate in the policy process at the federal level and use that leadership experience to improve health, health care and health policy. Applications are due by Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. EST. For more information, click here.

Genetic Alliance Funds Innovation in Newborn Screening
Genetic Alliance is accepting proposals for the 2013 Baby’s First Test Challenge Awards. Several awards up to $20,000 each will be given for organizations to increase newborn screening awareness and integrate Baby’s First Test into new or existing outreach, engagement or educational efforts. The 2013 Baby’s First Test Challenge Awards are an opportunity to build a bridge between Baby’s First Test and the existing programs, resources, and expertise in the newborn screening community. The full request for proposals is available here. Proposals will be accepted until Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. EST.

NNPHI Open Forum for Quality Improvement in Public Health
The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) is pleased to invite you to our next Open Forum Meeting for Quality Improvement in Public Health. This is the 6th open forum meeting hosted by NNPHI, and it will be held at the Charlotte Marriott City Center in Charlotte, North Carolina on Dec. 6-7. The Forum will begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 6 and conclude at 2 p.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 7. The registration deadline is Monday, Nov. 12. Register soon as space is limited.