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Applications Now Open for the New Director Mentor Program!
The AMCHP New Director/Mentor Program is accepting applications – if you know of a new MCH, CYSHCN or Title V director (someone who has been in their role for three years or less) encourage them to apply! And, we’re always looking for great mentors as well – so if you’re a seasoned MCH professional, we strongly encourage you to share your knowledge and information with the new folks. All application materials can be located here on the workforce development pages or contact AMCHP staff Jessica Teel.

AMCHP Grant Opportunity to be Announced
Through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), AMCHP will facilitate a competitive award process for up to seven states to receive up to $20,000 over two years to state teams, led by either the Title V program or a member of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) network, to support the collaboration of Act Early Regional Summit Project teams and to further activities initiated by state teams during the Summits. These funds are designed to be a catalyst for collaboration with stakeholders, as well as for implementing specific activities outlined in Act Early State Plans. AMCHP will provide ongoing technical assistance, disseminate resource materials and link grantees to other states and experts in autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

The funding announcement is anticipated in the next couple weeks and will be posted on the AMCHP and AUCD websites and will be distributed through relevant listservs. For more information, please contact Michelle Jarvis or Alma Reyes.

AMCHP Partnering with University of North Carolina on New MCH Workforce Development Center
The Human Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Division of Workforce Development awarded the University of North Carolina (UNC) Gillings School of Public Health $5.5 million to start a national MCH Workforce Development Center. The UNC MCH Workforce Center will serve as a consolidated national hub for the program, engaging with key academic, policy and public health practice partners and providing workforce development to state Title V agencies in four core areas related to health reform: access to care, quality improvement, systems integration and population health management. AMCHP will play a critical role in coordinating and disseminating training and technical assistance offered by the “cores” with state-level Title V staff and also housing virtual training and technical assistance opportunities on the AMCHP website via a new “MCH Transformation Station” portal. Additionally, AMCHP is the lead organization on the ‘access to care’ core. In addition to AMCHP, the UNC MCH Workforce Center will be working in collaboration with the Center for Public Health Quality, Boston University’s Catalyst Center, the College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Howard University, the National Academy of State Health Policy, and The Catalyst Center. Please save the date for the UNC MCH Workforce Development Center launching at the AMCHP 2014 Annual Conference on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. Details coming soon!

Improving Reproductive Health of Women and Families: Integrating Title V and Title X Programs
Title V and Title X serve the same population, however, the collaboration of these programs varies from state to state. On Nov. 13, 2-3 p.m. EST, AMCHP will host a webinar on lessons learned for integrating state Title V and Title X programs. Participants will hear from AMCHP staff Andria Cornell, Program Manager of Women & Infant Health, who will provide an overview of what states are doing to ensure a successful collaboration. This discussion will be followed by two state examples from Iowa and Virginia, sharing what led them to a successful integration, how they measure their success and how they foresee the Affordable Care Act impacting Title V and Title X. Click here to register.

Measuring a Life Course Approach to MCH: The AMCHP Life Course Metrics Project and Final Set of Indicators
This month, AMCHP released a final set of life course indicators as the culminating product of a year-long effort to identify and promote standardized indicators to measure progress using the life course approach to improve MCH. Guided by a national expert panel, the selection of the final set took place through a collaborative process with seven state teams: Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska and North Carolina. Join AMCHP Nov. 19 from 2-3 p.m. EST for a webinar that will provide an overview of the Life Course Metrics Project and its process, sharing key decision points and methods for engaging the MCH community. Representatives from state MCH programs, including MCH epidemiology, will share their perspectives on participating in the project, the challenges and lessons they learned and how the life course indicators will influence their work and future efforts. The webinar will conclude with a discussion with the national expert panel members on the implications of the life course indicators for the field of MCH and beyond. Join us and share your questions, reactions and experiences in measuring a life course approach to MCH. To register, click here.

The final set of life course indicators and supporting resources are available online here.

The AcademyHealth Presidential Scholarship for Child Health Policy
AcademyHealth is offering the Presidential Scholarship for Child Health Policy, which provides complimentary registration and up to $1,000 toward the cost of travel to attend the 2014 National Child Health Policy Conference (NCHPC) for each of three scholarship recipients. The scholarship will allow individuals relatively new to the field to interact with AcademyHealth leadership and staff, gain an in-depth understanding of the role of health services research in child health policy, learn ways to inform child health policy on a state or federal level, and network with child health experts. Application are due by Wednesday, Nov. 20. For more information, click here.

Are You “Branding” Your Title V-Funded Programs, Services, Events and Resources?
As a Title V professional you understand that Title V programs have a large reach supporting women, children, children and youth with special health care needs, and families. Do others, such as the general public, program consumers or even state legislatures, have this same understanding? Increasing the brand awareness of Title V-funded events, programs and resources can make it easier for state legislatures, the general public and the population Title V programs serve to understand Title V reach. AMCHP is interested in gaining a better understanding of if/how state Title V programs are branding Title V-funded programs, services, events and resources. Please click here and take a few minutes to share your thoughts.

Contextualizing Health Outcomes: A How-to for Spatial Data Analysis Webinar
Join the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists on Nov. 21 from 1-2:30 p.m. EST for a webinar to introduce the geospatial data analysis tools available in ArcGIS 10.1, with a focus on building spatial models for health outcomes. The presentation will start with ordinary least squares (OLS) and cover a number of methods for modeling spatial data. Participants will learn to diagnose problems due to spatial autocorrelation, identify and understand the spatial structure of health and social data, use geographically weighted regression to explore how the relationship between variables changes across space and use ArcMap to build both basic OLS and spatially informed regression models. This webinar requires preregistration which will close on Nov. 20. To register, click here.

One week prior to the webinar, participants must have access to the ArcGIS desktop v10.1 or later as well as the following extensions from their computer: Geostatistical Analyst and Spatial Analyst. A trial version and the necessary extensions are available here.

MCHB Now Accepting Summer 2014 GSEP Proposals
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is accepting summer project proposals for the upcoming 2014 Graduate Student Epidemiology Program (GSEP). The GSEP offers graduate students a unique opportunity to apply their classroom skills to real-world data projects, offering state and local agencies valuable technical assistance as they work to enhance their information systems capacity. Similar to last year, projects will be grounded in the following three critical areas of MCH epidemiology:

  • Data Analysis and Monitoring: Monitoring of diseases, injuries, and health conditions for their frequency, risk factors, consequences, and health service requirements, and analysis of epidemiological data sets are some of the projects included in this area.
  • Needs Assessment: Projects in this area include the systematic analysis, assessment, and projection of health needs and resources in a given population or community.
  • Program Evaluation: This area includes the monitoring, collection, and analysis of data to determine the effectiveness or outcomes of a particular program or project.

If your agency believes they have a project for a qualified graduate student for the upcoming year, please click here to submit a proposal. Submissions are due Nov. 22, 2013.

Call for Applications: National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health
The CDC Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS), in partnership with the Office for Public Health Preparedness (OPHPR) and the Office of Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury and Environmental Health, announce the 2014 Call for Applications for the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH). OSTLTS needs your help in sharing this exceptional opportunity with your respective grantees and state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments. NLAPH is an applied leadership training program that enables multi-sector jurisdictional teams address public health problems within their communities through team-identified health improvement projects.

The program develops participants' leadership skills through blended learning modalities including webinars, a national retreat, expert coaching support and peer networking, as well as an applied health leadership project aimed at improving population health. Participation is free for all selected teams, including the cost of round-trip transportation and lodging at the national retreat, access to all program material and archived webinars and enrollment in the Leadership Learning Network, an online leadership learning group, after the program year ends. Applications are due by Nov. 26 at 5 p.m. PST. The team selections will be announced by Dec. 20. For more information or to apply, click here.

Making Lifelong Connections Meeting – Save the Date
Join current and former trainees from MCHB-funded training projects for Making Lifelong Connections: Leadership, Networking, and Career Development for MCH Trainees. It will be held in Denver, CO at the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel from May 8-9, 2014. Applications will be accepted starting in January 2014, and will include an abstract/presentation proposal. The number of meeting participants is limited. For more information, click here.