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NACCHO ANNUAL 2013: Public Health by the Numbers. Our Story. Our Time. Our Future.
This year, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) annual conference will be held in Dallas, TX from Jul. 7-10. The interactive setting will provide public health partners from around the country the opportunity to examine strategies, share ideas, and plan action strategies for organizations. Join local health officials to address the country’s leading causes of death, discuss effective use of data and how to influence policy, maximize organizational performance and maintain fiscal sustainability. To register and learn about other conference opportunities, click here.

NACCHO and CDC Join Forces in Webinar Series
NACCHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will hold a series of four webinars in an effort to help local health departments strengthen communications through marketing and branding, message clarity, new media and evaluation. The schedule is as follows:

  • Communicating Public Health: Why Do We Have to Market Something Everyone Should Already Want? Jun. 19 at 3 p.m.
  • You Know What You’re Talking About, but Does Your Audience? CDC’s New Clear Communication Index and How to Use It. Jul. 17 at 3 p.m.
  • New Communication Channels: What They Are, Why They Are Here to Stay, and Why You Need to be There. CDC Makes It Easy for You. Aug. 14 at 3 p.m.
  • Building Our Understanding of Health Communication Evaluation. Sept. 18 at 3 p.m.

For more information and to register, contact Alisa Blum.

APHA Course on Scientific Writing for Peer Reviewed Publications for Public Health Professionals
Dr. Michael Kogan, Director of Epidemiology and Research at MCHB and Dr. Sam Posner, Editor-in-Chief of the Preventing Chronic Disease journal at the CDC, will offer their expertise to help public health practitioners turn their work into manuscripts for publication. With assistance from other experienced authors, the course will include both hands-on work and presentations. Participants are encouraged to come prepared with an abstract, manuscript outline, data analysis results or a draft of an article in order to leave the course with a significantly improved manuscript. The course will be held from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Nov. 2 in Boston, MA prior to the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting. For more information and to register, click here.

Text4baby Kicks off 2013 State Enrollment Contest!
AMCHP is formally supporting the 2013 Text4baby State Enrollment Contest which launched 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.

AMCHP Every Mother Initiative Request for Applications
With support of Merck for Mothers, AMCHP is launching the Every Mother Initiative to help states address maternal health issues in their community through strengthening and enhancing state maternal mortality surveillance systems (MMSS) and use the data from these systems to take action in developing and implementing population-based strategies and policy change to prevent maternal death and improve maternal health outcomes. The Every Mother Initiative will begin with a 15-month action learning collaborative (ALC) among six states with existing maternal mortality review programs. Core components of the Every Mother ALC include in-person and virtual technical assistance, peer-to-peer site visits between teams, and a Translation Support sub-award to help fund implementation of community recommendations based on MMSS data and analysis.

Additionally, these six states will be given the exciting opportunity to serve as pilot test sites for a new maternal mortality data system. This data system, created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Reproductive Health, is designed to serve multiple purposes including: storing abstracted data elements; supporting the development of case summaries; storing committee review determinations and producing an analytic file.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST Friday, Jun. 21. For more information, click here.