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AMCHP February Board Meeting
All members are invited to attend the AMCHP Board meeting, which will be held during our Annual Conference, on Saturday, Feb. 9, beginning at 7:30 a.m. EST. The meeting will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Members who will be attending should RSVP to Nora Lam or call (202) 775-0436.

AMCHP Business Meeting
All members are invited to attend the AMCHP Business Meeting, which will be held during our Annual Conference, on Tuesday, Feb. 12, beginning at 7:45 a.m. EST. The meeting will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

AMCHP Board Elections Begin
AMCHP Delegates are entitled to participate in the 2013 AMCHP Board of Directors election. Participation will ensure that you are part of selecting AMCHP’s next cohort of leaders. To view the list of Board candidates please visit the AMCHP 2013 Board of Directors election Web page here. Voting closes at 5 p.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 8 to ensure that the results are tabulated in time to share at the 2013 AMCHP Conference. Delegates, watch your e-mail for a link to the voting! If you have any questions about the election or how to vote, please contact Julio Arguello, Online Media & Information Technology Manager. If you have questions about your membership eligibility, please contact Laura Goodwin, Publications and Member Services Manager.

Video Invitation to Attend the AMCHP Annual Conference from AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser
AMCHP CEO Mike Fraser invites you to attend AMCHP's Annual Conference in Washington, DC on Feb. 9-12, 2013. Learn why you don't want to miss the must-attend conference of the year. Click here to watch the video.

Early-Bird Registration Ends Jan. 11 – Register Today for AMCHP 2013!
The AMCHP 2013 Annual Conference will be held Feb. 9-12, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. To register, visit Early-bird registration rates end Friday – register now! Don’t forget to also book your hotel room! The conference rate will expire on Jan. 9! Click here to book your hotel.

AMCHP Releases Act Early Ambassadors Request for Applications
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), and AMCHP announce a funding opportunity for Act Early Ambassadors to work with the CDC “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program. The CDC “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” (LTSAE) program aims to improve early identification of autism and other developmental disabilities so that children and their families can get the help they need. The LTSAE Act Early Initiative, a collaborative effort between CDC, HRSA, the Association for University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and AMCHP seek to improve collaboration among state programs that identify and serve young children with developmental disabilities and their families. CDC and HRSA work collaboratively on a variety of programs focused on early identification of young children. CDC, AUCD and HRSA convened Act Early regional summits in all 10 HHS regions from 2007-2009. Act Early teams developed state plans and have begun implementation of state plan activities. Act Early teams are engaged in public awareness, education and training, collaboration, and advocacy at the state and local level.  For more information, see the RFA.

AMCHP Webinar: Opportunities for Improving Preconception Health through Health Reform
Please join AMCHP on Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. EST for a webinar which will: 
1) Briefly describe and define preconception health and its importance on improving birth outcomes and lowering disparities in the United States; 2) Provide an overview of coverage for women's and reproductive health care currently in the United States; 3) Highlight how health reform, both at the state and national level, can contribute to improving preconception care for women; and 4) Share successes, challenges and lessons learned from a state that offers various levels of coverage for preconception health. For more information contact Carolyn McCoy. To register, click here.

Futures Without Violence Webinar
Futures Without Violence (formerly the Family Violence Prevention Fund) will present a webinar entitled “Strengthening Healthcare-based Domestic Violence Programs through Evaluation. Many health care facilities across the U.S. have hired domestic violence/sexual assault (DV/SA) advocates to provide on-site services or utilize trained social workers and other trained health care staff to provide DV/SA intervention and referral. Ongoing evaluation is a critical component to measure the effectiveness of such programs. This webinar will address the importance of understanding and developing quality improvement measures and annual goals that evaluate how the program is doing; where and how efforts should be targeted; alignment with organizational priorities; and overall program improvement. The webinar will be presented on Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. EST. For more information,
click here.

New Suicide Prevention Webinar and Conference Call Series
The Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S) will present a series of calls and webinars on the topic of suicide prevention. The goal of the series is to promote a dialogue between researchers and practitioners, enabling them to identify new, collaborative projects that will inform and enhance suicide prevention efforts and research. The first webinar will take place on Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. EST. Entitled “The Intersection of Suicide Research and Public Health Practice: Laying the Foundation for Partnership,” this webinar will explore the public health and collaboration frameworks for suicide prevention and suicide research. For more information, click here.

CDC Public Health Grand Rounds Explores Venous Thromboembolism
The January session of Grand Rounds will discuss Venous Thromboembolism (VTE), which consists of two related conditions caused by blood clots: Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE). Estimates of the number of people in the U.S. affected by a DVT/PE each year range from 350,000-900,000, with up to 100,000 dying as a result, and 20-50 percent of people who experience a DVT develop long-term complications. Up to one-half of all VTEs occur during or soon after hospitalizations, and VTE is one of the most frequent serious adverse events in hospitals. Many VTEs can be prevented if hospitals educate providers and patients, systematically assess risks for clotting and bleeding, and prescribe risk-appropriate prevention strategies. VTE prevention is an important component of hospital patient safety improvement efforts that are being supported by a number of organizations and Federal agencies. The webinar will be presented on Jan. 15 at 1 p.m. EST. For more information, click here.

CMS Learning Lab Webinar: Improving Oral Health Through Access
CMS Oral Health Technical Assistance Webinars will present the third installment of the quarterly series on Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. EST. This webinar, "Quality Improvement Processes: An Introduction for Medicaid and CHIP Dental Programs,"
will provide states and oral health stakeholders with information about the basic principles of a quality improvement process, how to apply those principles in Medicaid and CHIP dental program toward improving access to dental care and technical assistance resources available to help states explore this topic further. To register, click here.

Call for Applications: Making Lifelong Connections 2013
The University of Wisconsin Pediatric Pulmonary Center (PPC) and the Wisconsin Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) along with the University of Alabama at Birmingham PPC will be co-hosting an interdisciplinary leadership meeting entitled “Making Lifelong Connections: Leadership, Networking and Career Development for MCHB Trainees.” This meeting provides a forum for current and former MCH trainees to work together to enhance their leadership skills, network, and develop professional connections. Topics for abstracts or presentations can include current or past projects related to MCH which fall into the following categories: Research, Professional Development, Program/Policy Development or a Case Study. The planning committee will review and select participants to invite. The application packets include the abstract review form that will be used for evaluation and selection. The application is due Jan. 25. For more information,
click here.

Deadline Approaching for MCH PHLI Applications
The Maternal and Child Health-Public Health Leadership Institute (MCH PHLI) applications for Cohort IV are now being accepted through Feb. 1. This year-long leadership development program for the MCH workforce is designed to significantly expand self-awareness and quickly build practical skills for effectively leading, managing people, and building partnerships, to advocate for and create the MCH systems of tomorrow. This unique program improves leadership capacity, teaching tools for creating the kind of culture that engages and motivates others. The program consists of three residential executive-style retreats (10 days of experiential-based training) coupled with a robust and customizable distance-based program. All tuition and lodging charges for this program are grant-supported. For more information and to apply, please click here.