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AMCHP Marches On!
On Saturday, May 4, AMCHP staff joined thousands of walkers for the March for Babies. AMCHP, with your support, raised more than $3,200 for the March of Dimes this year! The March for Babies in the Washington, DC metro area starts in the Washington Nationals stadium and ends with marchers crossing home plate and getting their image projected on the jumbotron. It was a beautiful day!

Text4baby Kicks Off 2013 State Enrollment Contest!
AMCHP is formally supporting the 2013 Text4baby State Enrollment Contest launch on May 14. Text4baby is a free comprehensive personalized maternal child health education and support program. It provides critical, evidence-based health and safety information through text messaging. The objective of the contest will see which state can enroll the most text4baby users between May 12 and Oct. 21. Winners will be announced in early November during the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. AMCHP is pleased to be a partner in the text4baby initiative and is encouraging our membership to promote the service to the families they serve. For more information about the contest, click here.

HHS to Present Webinars for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Awareness Month
Teen pregnancy is a critical issue for our nation’s young people. Various HHS agencies are working with grantees to improve these health outcomes for youth. The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), and the Division of Reproductive Health (DRH) within the CDC are proud to present a series of webinars for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Awareness Month. The following webinars will take place:

  • Webinar: Social Determinants and Teen Pregnancy – Hosted by the CDC, this webinar will include a presentation of a Public Health Reports paper entitled “Socioeconomic Disadvantage as a Social Determinant of Teen Childbearing in the U.S.” In addition, two OAH/CDC Teen Pregnancy Prevention Community-Wide Initiative grantees, Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina and City of Hartford, Department of Health and Human Services, will describe efforts to explore the link between social determinants and teen pregnancy in their respective communities. The webinar will take place on May 15 at 1 p.m. EST. For more information, click here.
  • Webinar: Affordable Care Act and Youth – Hosted by the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), this webinar will include a presentation discussing the unique issues in health and health care for youth transitioning out of adolescence, including those with special health care needs. The presentation will also examine young adults’ health care utilization and access, as well as unmet needs for health care before passage of the ACA and review specific components of the ACA that will impact adolescents and young adults and provide information on federal resources for more information for those working with youth. The webinar will take place on May 22 at 2:30 p.m. EST. For more information, click here.

May CDC Public Health Grand Rounds
This month, CDC Public Health Grand Rounds, will present a webcast entitled “Hypertension: Detect, Connect, Control.” The focus of the presentation will be on hypertension control, screening, surveillance and the intersection of clinical care and public health practice. The live webcast will take place on May 21 at 1 p.m. EST. For more information,
click here.

AAP Webinar: Working Together to Promote Oral Health Care for Pregnant Women
Oral health care for pregnant women is important for the health of the woman as well as her baby. Several national organizations came together to author the National Consensus Statement on Oral Health During Pregnancy. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will host a free webinar to detail the importance of oral health care for pregnant women, as well share what health professionals can do in their practices and ways to work with other health professionals to promote the importance and safety of oral health care for pregnant women. The webinar will take place on Jun. 3 at 1 p.m. EST. For more information and to register, click here.

Call for Abstracts: ABM 18th Annual International Meeting
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) is requesting abstract submissions for its International Meeting taking place Nov. 21-24. Abstracts may be submitted by physicians, medical students, and those holding post graduate degrees or students working to attain such degrees. Abstracts submitted by non-physicians must be sponsored by a member in good standing of the ABM. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit abstracts of original research, medical education and community projects, or clinical experience related to breastfeeding. The deadline to submit abstract is Jun. 3. For more information, click here.

Training Opportunity in Public Health Informatics
The Public Health Informatics Institute will offer a training course, Designing and Managing Public Health Information Systems: 8 Steps to Success, for mid-level public health practitioners. The course will be offered via distance learning format and will utilize webinar and self-paced eLearning technologies. The course will enable participants to: provide strategic guidance to technical teams; effectively communication health information systems needs; use tools to improve processes within agencies for better automation; and develop valuable skills for careers in public health informatics. Interested parties should plan to commit a total of 16 hours over the 8-week course to training activities. Costs are $800 per individual and $1500 for teams of 2-3. The registration deadline is Jun. 7, with the course beginning the week of Jun. 16. For additional information and to register, contact

Alabama Public Health Training Center Webinar: Coordinating the Boundaries Between Social Determinants and Clinical Care 
The Alabama Public Health Training Center will present a webinar titled, Reinventing Maternal and Child Health: Coordinating the Boundaries Between Social Determinants and Clinical Care. The webinar will focus on practical applications of the Life Course perspective and describe how it allows for flexibility and innovation and is critical for long-lasting and effective health improvements. Program faculty will discuss the role each public health professional can play in contributing to this system change and social movement within MCH. The webinar will take place on Jun. 13 at 12 p.m. CST. For more information, click here.