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Staying Resilient in Hard Times: Local MCAH Programs and Services Webinar
Join the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, and the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, for the second of two webinars describing the national landscape of local maternal, child, and adolescent health (MCAH) programs, services and collaborations on Nov. 26 from 12-1 p.m. EST. The NACCHO economic surveillance research indicates that MCAH programs and services often bear the largest burden of the persistent budget cuts since 2008. To date, a national profile of local-level MCAH programs, services and collaborations does not exist to understand the context within which local health departments are experiencing these changes. The information presented in this webinar series and accompanying publications begin to fill that void. For more information on this webinar and to register, click here.

CityMatCH Leadership & MCH Epidemiology Conference 2014
Building on the success of years past, 2014 will combine both the CityMatCH Urban MCH Leadership conference and the National MCH Epidemiology conference. The event offers sessions led by researchers, federal officials, advocates, health care providers, and staff of state MCH programs to help develop participants' analytic skills and knowledge base to promote program effectiveness. The combined conferences will be held Sept. 17-19, 2014 in Phoenix, AZ, with abstract submissions due Dec. 2, 2013. For more information on the event and to stay tuned in for registration information, click here.

Delivering the Scientific Facts about Drug Abuse to Teens Webinar
Join the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) on Dec. 9 from 2-3 p.m. EST for a webinar to learn how to best utilize NIDA free materials, such as the Shatter the Myths booklet and the National Drug IQ Challenge, during their fourth annual National Drug Facts Week (NDFW). NDFW is a health observance created by NIDA to deliver the scientific facts to youth about the effects and consequences of drug abuse on the brain, body and behavior. More than 500 educational events and activities will be held by high schools, community centers, juvenile justice systems, treatment centers, prevention programs, and other organizations across the country to shatter the myths about drugs and addiction. For more information on NDFW and NIDA and to register, click here.

Breastfeeding and the Affordable Care Act Webinar
As a complement to the release of our issue brief in December, AMCHP will host a webinar on Breastfeeding and the Affordable Care Act on Monday, Dec. 16 from 2-3 p.m. EST. This webinar will provide states with tools and resources to assist with the development of benchmarks and benefits for breastfeeding lactation and counseling services, as well as information regarding outreach to businesses for the compliance with the new federal law to create breastfeeding accommodation worksites for nursing moms. This webinar will include presentations from the U.S. Breastfeeding Coalition and the New York and Nevada state health departments. Join us to share your questions, reactions and experience with implementation of new breastfeeding laws. To register, please click here.

2014-2016 Act Early State Systems Grants Request for Applications
Through funding from the CDC National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, AMCHP will facilitate a competitive award process of up to $20,000 over two years, to seven state teams led by either the Title V program or a member of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities network, to support the collaboration of Act Early Regional Summit Project teams and to further activities. 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. For more information and to apply, click here. Applications are due Jan. 10, 2014.

For additional questions, contact Michelle Jarvis, program manager, family involvement, at mjarvis@amchp.org or (202) 775-1472, or Alma Reyes, program associate, child & adolescent health, at areyes@amchp.org or (202) 775-1474.

AMCHP New Director Mentor Program Now Accepting Applications!
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 are always looking for great mentors as well – so if you are a seasoned MCH professional, we strongly encourage you to share your knowledge and information with new directors. The deadline for applications is Jan. 3. All application materials can be located here on the workforce development pages or contact AMCHP staff Jessica Teel.

AMCHP Partnering with University of North Carolina on New MCH Workforce Development Center
The HRSA 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, the Boston University 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!

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.