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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 in the Palladian Room.

AMCHP Board Elections Closing Soon
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.

AMCHP 2013 Starts Saturday – It's Not Too Late to Register!
The AMCHP 2013 Annual Conference is just a few days away, Feb. 9-12, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. Register today to be a part of the largest gathering of MCH professional nationwide! To register, visit 
regonline.com/amchp2013.

NACCHO Requests Input for Preconception Health and Health Care Website
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is looking for public health professionals to provide feedback on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) preconception health and health care website. NACCHO is requesting feedback from public health workers who promote and assure access to preconception health (e.g., educators, managers, physicians, and nurses) at the state, local, or community level. This feedback will help improve ease of use and navigation for the site. The 45-minute evaluation sessions will take place Feb. 12-15, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. EST. To get involved, click here.

February MCH EPI Grand Rounds: Multiple Births and Risks Associated with Assisted Reproductive Technology in the United States
Multiple births pose significant risks to mothers and infants. Because multiple embryos are often transferred in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) procedures, risks for multiple gestation pregnancies and multiple births are high. ART surveillance at CDC began in response to a 1992 congressional mandate: Fertility Clinic Success Rate and Certification Act (FCSRCA). As a result of this mandate, CDC collects data on all ART procedures performed in the United States and has published an annual ART success rates report since 1997. This webcast will outline data from the November 2012 ART Surveillance Summary and will provide a state-specific overview of ART utilization in the United States and the related contribution to multiple births, low birth weight and preterm births in each state. The webcast will take place on Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. EST. To join the webcast, click here.

Training Opportunity for Leaders on Building Effective Systems of Care
The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health at Georgetown University will be hosting the next Primer Hands On training on May 1-2 in Washington, DC. This opportunity will be especially beneficial for leaders across child-serving systems and stakeholder groups from states, tribes, territories, and communities, the national level, family organizations, and neighborhoods who already play influential roles in the development of systems of care for children at-risk for or with serious emotional disturbances and their families. This capacity-building initiative will build a network of key leaders who are trained in a detailed understanding of what it takes to build effective systems of care. Based on Building Systems of Care: A Primer, 2nd Edition, by Sheila Pires, the training covers the structure, components, and elements of effective systems of care and the strategic processes essential to engaging partners in systems building. All interested participants, must complete an interest form by Feb. 8. To access the interest form, click here. For more information, contact Melkisha Knight.

Addressing Children Exposed to Domestic Violence & Its Impact on Parenting in Home Visiting Settings WebinarParenting is personal, subjective and can be difficult – especially if there is a history of violence or current violence. Join the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program and the Office of Women’s Health, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and Futures Without Violence on Feb. 19 at 12:30 p.m. EST for a webinar on the issue of adults’ childhood experiences with violence.  We will discuss the role of the home visitor in talking with parents about their childhood experiences, using the Loving Parents, Loving Kids safety card. We will explain how talking with parents about their experiences as children can be a platform for discussing safe homes, safe strategies for caring for children, and what it means to be in a healthy relationship. To register, click here.

MIHOPE Launches Listserv and Newsletter
The Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE) is designed to build knowledge for policymakers and practitioners about the effectiveness of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) in improving outcomes for at-risk children and families. MIHOPE Updates will be shared every few months to inform stakeholders of project progress, milestones and related information. To read the newsletter, click here. To sign up for the listserv and newsletter, click here.

Division of MCH Workforce Development FY 2013 Competitive Funding Preview
The Division of MCH Workforce Development within the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) has released a preview of the following funding announcements.  Funding is still uncertain. All finalized information, including application deadlines, will be posted on grants.gov as soon as it is available. For more information about these opportunities, click here.

MCH Nutrition Training Program 
The MCH Nutrition Training Program funds are awarded to establish and enhance nutrition centers of excellence to improve MCH by promoting the healthy nutrition of the mother, child, and family. Up to $1,060,763 may be available to fund up to six MCH Nutrition Training grants.  It is anticipated that the maximum grant award will be approximately $176,800 per budget period for up to five years. The anticipated award date for this program is Jul. 1, 2013.

MCH Knowledge to Practice Training Program
The Knowledge to Practice grants focus on increasing the skills of MCH professionals by facilitating the timely transfer of new information, research findings and technology related to MCH, and updating and improving the knowledge and skills of health and related professionals in programs serving mothers and children. Up to $290,000 will support up to nine grants in the Knowledge to Practice Program. These grants can range from $30,000 to the maximum grant award of $100,000 per year for up to three years, depending on the methods utilized and the reach of the grant. The MCH Navigator cooperative agreement complements the Knowledge to Practice grants, using a web site to link learners to open-access webcasts, presentations, instructional modules, and online courses covering essential MCH skills and knowledge. $180,000 will support one MCH Navigator Program cooperative agreement per year for up to three years. The actual number and size of awards will depend on the availability of funds. The anticipated award date for this program is Jul. 1, 2013.

MCH Workforce Development Centers
The purpose of the MCH Workforce Development Centers Program is to support workforce development for State Title V program leaders and staff to meet current public health MCH policy and programmatic imperatives in four key topic areas around implementation of the Affordable Care Act: 1) access to care; 2) quality improvement; 3) systems integration; and 4) change management.  Approximately $1,920,000 is expected to be available to fund up to four total MCH Workforce Development Center cooperative agreements (maximum grant award will be $480,000 per budget period). The anticipated award date is Sept. 1, 2013.

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program
The purpose of the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program is to enhance behavioral, psychosocial, and developmental aspects of pediatric care. This is to be accomplished through: 1) support for fellows in developmental-behavioral pediatrics preparing for leadership roles as teachers, investigators, and clinicians advancing the field of developmental/behavioral pediatrics; and 2) providing pediatric practitioners, residents, and medical students with essential biopsychosocial knowledge and clinical expertise. The competition for this program was already held in 2012. The anticipated award date is Jul. 1, 2013.