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AHRQ and CMS Unveil New Children’s Electronic Health Record Format
The benefits of electronic health records (EHRs) may become more widely available to children through a model EHR format for children’s health care, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Feb. 6. While the growing use of EHRs is shown to improve the quality and safety of health care, many existing systems are not tailored to capture or process information about children. The new format includes recommendations for child-specific data elements, such as vaccines, and functionality that will enable EHR developers to broaden their products. The children’s EHR format was authorized by the 2009 Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) and developed by AHRQ and CMS. The format is designed for EHR developers and providers who wish to augment existing systems or to build new systems that include children’s services. For more information, click here.

DataSpeak Web Conference: From Theory to Data to Practice – Practical Applications of the Life Course Approach
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is pleased to announce an upcoming DataSpeak Web conference on the life course approach to maternal and child (MCH) health on Feb. 26. The life course approach “looks at health as an integrated continuum and suggests that a complex interplay of biological, behavioral, psychological, social and environmental factors contribute to health outcomes across the course of a person's life.” Over the past several years, the idea of the life course approach has made inroads in the maternal and child health community. Researchers are now taking the theory to practice and exploring practical applications of this approach. This DataSpeak will feature three ways in which researchers and practitioners are using data and the life course approach. AMCHP staff Caroline Stampfel will be a featured presenter and will speak on the progress of the currently underway AMCHP Life Course Metrics Project. For more information and to register, click here.

Call for Abstracts: 3rd Annual Advancing Quality Improvement Science for Children’s Health Care Research Conference
The Academic Pediatric Association (APA) is soliciting posters for the 3rd Annual Advancing Quality Improvement (QI) Science for Children’s Health Care Research Conference. This conference will focus on methodological and technical issues of major importance in the field of pediatric health care QI research. Speakers and participants will focus on barriers and facilitators to the development, extension, and use of state-of-the-art methodologies and research methods for health care QI research. The submission deadline is Feb. 28 at 5:00 p.m. EST. For more information, click here.

Training Course In Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology
MCHB and CDC are offering a Training Course in MCH Epidemiology as part of their ongoing effort to enhance the analytic capacity of state and local health agencies. The course is scheduled to take place May 28-Jun. 1 in Nashville, TN. Lodging, breakfast and lunch expenses will be covered. This national program is aimed primarily at professionals in state and local health agencies who have significant responsibility for collecting, processing, analyzing, and reporting maternal and child health data. Faculty working with state or local MCH departments also are eligible for the course. The course is geared to individuals with basic to intermediate skills in using statistical and epidemiologic methods, preferably in MCH or a related field. A limited number of scholarships for airfare are available. Completed applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. EST on Mar. 1. For more information, click here.

NIH Conference on Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a condition in which women without previously diagnosed diabetes exhibit high blood glucose levels during pregnancy (especially during the third trimester of pregnancy). GDM is estimated to occur in 1 to 14 percent of U.S. pregnancies, affecting more than 200,000 women annually. It is one of the most common disorders in pregnancy and is associated with an increased risk of complications for the mother and child. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is hosting a Consensus Development Conference, Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes Mellitus, on Mar. 4-6 on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. The conference is free and open to the public and continuing education credits are available. To register and for more information, click here. 

ARHP 50th Annual Reproductive Health Meeting: Call for Exhibitors
The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) 50th anniversary celebration of the Reproductive Health meeting will be taking place Sept. 19-21 in Denver, CO. This is a premier meeting in reproductive and sexual health and delivers the latest in research science, interactive, hands-on training, and take home points for immediate practice improvement. Exhibit space is now limited, but it is not too late. There is still time to take full advantage of early bird registration discount for the best possible rates and select booth placement in the exhibit hall. Those who make a reservation by Mar. 29, will receive a 10 percent discount off exhibitor package rates. For more information, click here.

Petition to Maintain and Extend the SACHDNC
The Save Babies Through Screening Foundation has set up a petition asking HRSA Administrator Dr. Mary Wakefield to convene the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children (SACHDNC) before Apr. 24 and extend its term. The SACHDNC is the only national venue where parents can contribute their experiences and perspectives to the public deliberations on newborn screening. In addition, the committee needs to complete its deliberations on Pompe Disease so that babies lives will be saved. It is vitally important that the committee term be extended until congressional reauthorization occurs. To learn more and sign the petition, click here.

Call for Papers: Leadership Development for MCH Workforce
The Maternal and Child Health Journal is soliciting manuscript submissions to be considered for an upcoming themed issue on the life cycle of leadership development in MCH practice, policy and research across the workforce from per-professional through and after professional training. The Journal is particularly interested in submissions that further understanding of implementing the MCH Leadership Competencies. The deadline for submissions in Jun. 30. All papers should be submitted with a cover letter indicating that it is to be considered for the themed issue on MCH leadership. For more information about the Maternal and Child Health Journal, click here.