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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.

Get Social with AMCHP for Autism Awareness Month
During the month of April, AMCHP will celebrate Autism awareness month by focusing on Autism and Developmental Disabilities with a special emphasis on data and technology. We want to hear your voice. Post your resources to our Facebook page and join the conversation on Twitter!

APHL Webinar to Introduce NewSTEPS Project
The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) will host a webinar to introduce its Newborn Screening Technical assistance and Evaluation Program (NewSTEPS) to newborn screening partners and stakeholders. NewSTEPs is a national newborn screening project designed to provide data, technical assistance, and training to newborn screening programs across the country and assist states with quality improvement initiatives. The program will serve as a comprehensive resource center for state newborn screening programs and stakeholders offering a data repository, interactive website, technical assistance, education and training, policy guidance and program evaluation. Identical webinars will take place on Apr. 2 at 1 p.m. EST and Apr. 11 at 2 p.m. EST. To join the webinar, click here.

Linked by Life Webinar
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is offering a webinar, Linked by Life: The Case for Collaboration of MCH and Chronic Disease to Improve Infant and Women's Health, on Tuesday, Apr. 2 at 3 p.m. EST. Presenters will explore the interplay between chronic disease and maternal and child health work including a discussion about strategic collaborations and funding opportunities that support linking throughout the life course.This webinar will highlight the best practices for MCH and chronic disease department linkage within the state health department in Ohio for curbing the growth of gestational diabetes throughout the state. To access the webinar, please click here.

April MCH EPI Grand Rounds on Medical Homes and Racial Disparities
CDC will present Does Receiving Care in a Medical Home Mediate the Racial Disparity in Unmet Healthcare Needs among Children with Special Healthcare Needs? via webcast on Apr. 3 at 2 p.m. EST. The webinar will present research focused on racial disparities research using data from the 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health to explore whether and to what extent differential access to a medical home explains the black-white disparity in unmet health care needs among children with special health care needs (CSHCN) in the United States. This presentation will focus in depth on the methods used to carry out this analysis, as well as the findings and how those might be used to inform future disparities research. To access the webinar, click here.

MIECHV Grantees Asked to Complete Needs Assessment by April 5
The MIECHV Technical Assistance Coordinating Center (TACC) is seeking feedback from MIECHV grantees to identify your technical assistance (TA) priorities for the current fiscal year. The TACC can design TA to meet an array of needs, from basic TA focused on assisting you in meeting MIECHV requirements, to TA focused on moving well-functioning systems even further forward. Click here to view the online survey. This survey covers a wide-ranging list of potential topics that you may find valuable to receive TA on to further strengthen your MIECHV work, but should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. Please complete your survey by Apr. 5. If you have any questions, please contact Maria Gehl with the TACC or Lacy Fehrenbach at AMCHP.

Application Deadline Approaching for 2014 APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government
The American Public Health Association (APHA) announces a call for applications for the APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government. APHA is looking for candidates with strong public health credentials who wish to spend one-year in Washington, D.C. working in a congressional office on legislative and policy issues such as health, environment, and other public health concerns. The fellow will have the option of serving on the staff of a member of Congress or a congressional committee. The fellowship will begin in January 2014 and continue through December 2014. It provides a unique learning experience for a public health professional to gain practical knowledge in government and see how the legislative and public policy process works. Electronic applications, including a CV and three letters of recommendation, are due to APHA by Apr. 8. For more information, click here.

Children’s Safety Network Webinar on Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Among Teens and Young Adults
This webinar will explore the available research on rates of co-morbidity between prescription drug use and other psychiatric disorders (major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, eating disorders and schizophrenia) as well as offer a clinical perspective in working with these problems with teens and young adults. The webinar is intended for professionals in counseling roles and community prevention workers working with this population. The webinar will take place on Apr. 9 at 2 p.m. EST. For more information and to register, click here.

Preconception Health Program Implementation Webinar
The March of Dimes in partnership with Middle Tennessee State University Center For Health and Human Services and Every Woman Southeast will present a webinar, Did U Know? What’s Good 4 U is Good 4 Ur Future Baby – Implementing a Preconception Health Campaign on Your College Campus or with Your Community Group on Apr. 15 at 11 a.m. EST. Participants will learn how to use technology to promote healthy living and preconception health working college campuses or community groups. A free toolkit will be provided to all attendees. For more information and to access the webinar, please click here. 

Environmental Tracking Webinar
Save the date! On Apr. 16 at 2 p.m. EST, AMCHP, APHA and CDC will host an informational webinar on the CDC National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (Tracking Network) featuring Dr. Ekta Choudhary. The Tracking Network is a system of integrated health, exposure, and hazard information and data from a variety of national, state, and city sources. It is a one-of-a-kind website that brings together information that cannot be found, or is hard to find, anywhere else. The Tracking Network brings together and standardizes data that would be usually be kept by many different agencies, allowing us to see how our health and the environment are related. For MCH professionals, the Tracking Network has data available for developmental disabilities, reproductive and birth outcomes, asthma, childhood lead poisoning, birth defects, community design, and more. On the Tracking Network, you can view maps, tables, and charts with data related to: chemicals and other substances found in the environment, some chronic diseases and conditions, and the area where you live. Further information regarding registration will be available soon.

Call For Abstracts: Use of Linked Data and Innovative Approaches by MCH Epidemiologists
The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CTSE) is calling for abstracts for the MCH symposium taking place on Jun. 9 at the 2013 CTSE annual conference. The symposium will feature three 90-minute sessions that spotlight current innovations in the use of data by MCH epidemiologists. CTSE is requesting abstract submissions focused on examples from the field of using linked data and innovative methodological approaches to increase the information available for making program and policy decisions. Abstracts are due for submission on Apr. 23. For more information and to view abstract submission guidelines, click here.

Forecasted Grant Opportunity: Responsible Fatherhood Research Network
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is planning to issue a funding announcement in late May for the establishment of a Responsible Fatherhood Research Network. The purpose of the award is to build research and practice knowledge and capacity to lead and support further development and evaluation of evidence or theory-based interventions to increase positive father involvement in the lives of their children and increase collaboration, knowledge sharing and capacity building among investigators and practitioners. The network will be expected to have a primary focus on economically disadvantaged fathers and families and other understudied population groups. The network also will be expected to develop and disseminate research products and resources to facilitate knowledge sharing among multi-disciplinary researchers and among investigators, practitioners, program officials and policymakers. For more information, click here.