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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 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 Nebraska state health departments. Join us to share your questions, reactions and experience with implementation of new breastfeeding laws. To register, click here.

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, 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.

Perinatal Weight Management – Opportunities for a Lifetime Live Webinar Series
Hosted by the Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC), this live webinar will focus on the Institute of Medicine guidelines for weight gain in pregnancy, strategies for promoting healthy pregnancy weight gain and avoidance of weight retention after childbirth, along with resources for providers and women from the WAPC Perinatal Weight Management Work Group. Two sessions will be held live on Jan. 9 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. CST and Jan. 15 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST. Join in to examine weight gain and weight retention in the perinatal period and associated maternal and neonatal risks, and discover strategies and interventions to help women manage their weight. The interactive sessions will be hosted by GoToWebinar®, click here for system requirements. For more information and to register for the webinar, click here.

2014-2016 Act Early State Systems Grants Request for Applications
Through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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.

WKKF Community Leadership Network
The WK Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) announced a new program, committed to leadership development, the WKKF Community Leadership Development Fellowship. This program targets individuals who can be transformative agents of social change in their communities, in order to help vulnerable children and their families achieve optimal health and well-being, academic achievement and financial security. The fellowship will support both emerging and existing leaders and will help form new, self-sustaining networks in the foundation’s four U.S. priority places – Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans. A national cohort also will be included. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 14. Each selected fellow will spend three years polishing leadership skills and sharing their experiences with a cohort of developing leaders. For more information on this opportunity and to apply, click here.

Webinar Series:  Leading in Changing Times
In working to improve the lives of women, children and families, leadership is an essential role for MCH programs. Leaders must have a vision, take initiative, influence people, solve problems and take responsibility in order to make things happen. Whether or not they have a formal title, everyone is engaged in the process of leadership. Likewise, everyone can develop their leadership effectiveness. The Leading in Changing Times Series is an initiative launched by AMCHP as part of our larger efforts to support a diverse, effective and competent workforce in state and territorial MCH programs. The year-long, three-part series of webinars blends principles of key leadership theory with real-world stories from senior-level MCH leaders. The second conversation of this series is scheduled for Jan. 15 at 1:30 p.m. EST titled, Leading Change: The Challenge of Change. Presenter Valerie Ricker, assistant director, Population Health Division at the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention with more than 30 years of MCH experience and currently serving on the AMCHP board as secretary, will provide an overview of the key concept, leadership and change, followed by her personal experience in combining MCH with other programs into one department. For more information and to register, click here.

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!

HealthConnect One 2014 National Action Summit
The 2014 annual summit, titled "Racial Justice or Just Us? in Birth and Breastfeeding," will be held Mar. 4-6 in Washington, D.C. Join in to learn about current federal policies that affect mothers, babies and families, discover new strategies to advocate for racial justice in breastfeeding and birth in an atmosphere where everyone's voices are heard and valued, and be inspired by community health workers and maternal and child health leaders from across the country. 

Mark your calendar and click here to look out for upcoming information. For questions, contact Tikvah Wadley at twadley@healthconnectone.org or at (312) 878-7022.

Save the Date 2014 Alaska Maternal Child Health & Immunization Conference
The biennial conference, first held in Anchorage in September of 2008, was started by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) Alaska Native Epidemiology Center. The conference provides health care professionals within the Alaska Tribal Health System with the latest in best practices, skills and tools to use in their work with women, children and adolescents. After the first conference, ANTHC collaborated with the Alaska Division of Public Health, Section of Women’s, Children’s and Family Health and others to create a venue to address the needs of health care professionals, researchers, and program planners throughout the state. The 2014 conference will be held Sept. 24-25 at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, AK. For more information including presentations from past years and to look out for upcoming registration, click here. If you are interested in submitting an abstract, 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.