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The AMCHP 2014 Annual Conference is Coming!
The 2013 AMCHP Annual Conference was a tremendous success and I would like to thank our Conference Planning Committee, Board of Directors, staff, and all attendees for their leadership and participation. We broke our 12-year attendance record and surpassed all our expectations. Clearly, our 2014 meeting has a tough act to follow! Plans are in progress now to develop our 2014 event and we need your thoughts on how to make that event even better. If you have not already completed your conference evaluation, please do so. Your feedback is vital to making AMCHP 2014 an even greater success. Would you like to help plan the 2014 Annual Conference? We are looking for volunteers who would like to participate in our Conference Planning Committee. If you would like to serve, or nominate a colleague, please contact Laura Goodwin, conference manager, for more information! Don’t want to serve on the committee? We are always looking for volunteers to help review presentation abstracts and help serve as reviewers for the program. There is a place for you – just let us know how you would like to help! Again, contact Laura Goodwin, conference manager, for more!

Notice of April Board Meeting
The AMCHP Board of Directors will be meeting via teleconference on Apr. 11, 2013. Board meetings are open and all are invited to listen in to board deliberations. If you would like to join the meeting, we ask that you let Nora Lam, executive assistant, know of your intention to participation so we can accommodate you during the call and share the dial-in numbers. For more information, please e-mail Nora Lam.

Welcome New Board Members
AMCHP is pleased to welcome three new board members who were elected to serve as Regional Directors in the most recent election and our two new officers. Millie Jones (Wisconsin) was elected to serve as AMCHP President. Sam Cooper (Texas) was elected to serve as AMCHP President-Elect. Stephanie Birch (Alaska) now serves as the AMCHP immediate Past President. AMCHP delegates Susan Chacon (Region VI), Danette Tomiyasu (Region IX) and Marilyn Hartzell (Region X) were elected to serve as Regional Directors. Congratulations to all!
We thank our outgoing board members and officers for their volunteer leadership and their work on the AMCHP Board, including Phyllis Sloyer, outgoing Past-President, Katherine Bradley, outgoing President-Elect, Suzanna Dooley, outgoing Region VI Director, Les Newman, outgoing Region IX Director, and Maria Nardella, outgoing Region X Director. They all helped move AMCHP forward!

We Want You!
AMCHP is now accepting nominations to fill several vacant positions on the AMCHP Board of Directors. Region III Director, Region VII Director, and a Director At-Large position are all vacant and nominees are needed to complete these terms. To serve, you must be an active (dues-paying) AMCHP delegate. If you are interested in serving, or would like to nominate a colleague, please contact
Nora Lam, Executive Assistant for more information. We would like to hear from you by Friday, Mar. 8. Nominees will be filling unexpired terms and as such a qualified nominee will be elected for each position by the AMCHP board prior to its April meeting.

Save the Date: ICPID Conference
The Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs (ASIP) and the Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance (PLIDA) are partnering to host the 2013 International Conference on Perinatal and Infant Death (ICPID) on Apr. 18-21 in Minneapolis, MN. The purpose of this conference is to provide evidence-based prevention, research, advocacy and support information and guidelines for those involved in caring for families who experience perinatal and infant death. For more information, click here.

California Wellness Foundation Invites Letters of Interests from California Health Organizations
The California Wellness Foundation is accepting Letters of Interest from nonprofit organizations that provide direct services in disease prevention, health promotion, and wellness education in California. Through its responsive grant-making program, the foundation awards general operating support grants to nonprofits working in the areas of diversity in the health professions, environmental health, healthy aging, mental health, teenage pregnancy prevention, violence prevention, women's health, and work and health. In addition, funding for special projects that relate to emerging health issues or issues outside these eight priorities will be considered. For more information, click here.

Cigna Foundation Invites Applications for Health Promotion Projects
The Cigna Foundation is accepting letters of interests from organizations that share its commitment to enhancing the health of individuals and families, and the well-being of their communities, with a special focus on those communities where Cigna employees live and work. The foundation focuses its funding in four areas: promoting wellness by building awareness, helping people manage their health challenges, and making health services available and affordable for all; expanding opportunities by reaching across barriers to tap the talents of every person; developing leaders by supporting the type of community service that gives talented individuals the experience to become future leaders; and embracing communities by connecting neighbors to create networks to address complex social and environmental challenges. There is no maximum or minimum grant. However, a typical first-time grant is $5,000. For more information, click here