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AMCHP Annual Conference Call for Proposals Now Open!
AMCHP invites you to submit a session proposal for the 2014 AMCHP Annual Conference (Jan. 25-28). The theme is The Road Ahead: Challenges, Changes and Opportunities for Maternal and Child Health. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Click here for complete information about submitting your session proposal and for the online submission system. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. You will be notified about the outcome of your submission by Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. If you have questions about the session proposal submission process, please contact Colleen Campbell at or (703) 964-1240, ext. 16. For more information about the 2014 AMCHP Annual Conference, visit

Don't Miss The True Meaning of Succession Planning Webinar This Wednesday!
On Jul. 24 at 1 p.m. EST, AMCHP will host a webinar, The True Meaning of Succession Planning, to share successful succession planning strategies. After this webinar, participants will be able to: define succession planning, understand the importance of succession planning, and understand how succession planning “fits” in with larger workforce development efforts. To register, click here.

WAPC Webinar on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Scoring 
Join the Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC) for a new webinar offering, "Assessment of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Tools for Newborn Nursery Staff." The webinar will be presented on Jul. 24, 3:30- 4:30 p.m. CST. The webinar is intended for health care providers, community service providers, and public health professionals who want to learn more about scoring infants for NAS and share the goal of improving care for infants affected by opioids. For more information, click here.

Health Reform and Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women Webinar Series
The Affordable Care Act makes a number of changes that impact public and private health insurance coverage. For pregnant women, new private coverage opportunities through health insurance exchanges/marketplaces will intersect with state programs, including Medicaid. Please join the National Health Law Program, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, AMCHP, the March of Dimes, the National Partnership for Women and Families and the National Women’s Law Center for a webinar series providing background and answering your questions about insurance options for pregnant women and their families. The first presentation in this series is Jul. 29, 3-4 p.m. EST and will discuss coverage options for pregnant women and their families. Topics will include eligibility requirements, scope of benefits, and cost-sharing protections. For more information about this webinar series and to register for the first presentation, click here. For questions please contact Dipti Singh, Staff Attorney, National Health Law Program.

National, State, and Local Perspectives on the Value of SHACs for Supporting Children and Adolescents Webinar
AMCHP and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) and education and health agency partners in Texas, will host a webinar on School Health Advisory Councils (SHACs). The webinar will provide an overview of the value of SHACs from the national, state, and local perspectives and the role they play in supporting healthy children and adolescents. The webinar will be held Jul. 30, 1:30-2:45 PM CST and will feature a presentation from DASH to provide an overview of SHACs from the national perspective and presentations from education and health agencies in Texas to highlight SHACs from the state and local perspectives. For more information and to register, click here.

Reminder: Deadline is July 31 for Public Comments on the Final Set of Life Course Indicators
In early 2012, AMCHP launched the Life Course Metrics Project, a collaborative effort to identify and promote a standardized set of indicators that can be used to measure progress using the life course approach to improve maternal and child health. The project is funded with the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The final set of indicators represents a culminating product of a yearlong effort by seven state-based teams, informed by the input of a national expert panel of thought leaders on the life course theory and linking theory to practice. Over the past several months, these state teams distilled 413 proposed life course indicators down to a final set of 59 indicators, categorized into 13 thematic topic areas.

AMCHP hopes to gather feedback from MCH stakeholders and partners on the utility and application of the final set of indicators. The final indicator set and instructions for submitting public comments are available on the AMCHP website. The public comment period closes on Jul. 31. For questions about the public comment process on the final set of life course indicators, please contact Andria Cornell.

Infant Safe Sleep: Moving Data to Action Webinar
AMCHP is partnering with the Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs and Project IMPACT to offer this webinar featuring an update on the Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) Case Registry, a public health surveillance system that collects comprehensive information about SUID cases, and highlighting best practices on efforts to promote safe sleep, presented by Dr. Stephanie Regenold from the B’More for Healthy Babies Safe Sleep campaign. The webinar will be held Jul. 31, 3-4:30 p.m. EST. For more information and to register, click here.

ACA Webinar: What You Need To Know
Join the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Aug. 22, 2-3 p.m. EST for a webinar highlighting the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on HRSA funded programs at Local Health Departments. This one-hour webinar will provide a brief look at the major tenants of the ACA and delve into potential implications for several of the HRSA funded program areas. This is the first in a series of three webinars that will address the impacts of the ACA on Local Health Departments, their partners and the communities they serve. The webinar will feature speakers from HRSA and will include time dedicated to answering your specific questions about the ACA. For more information and to register, click here.

Maternal Health Town Hall Listening Session
The Town Hall Listening Session will serve as a platform to share and discuss proposed strategies and to solicit ideas in support of the National Maternal Health Initiative. It also is an opportunity to engage and obtain feedback from the public on HRSA strategic thinking around a national strategy to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality, and improve the quality and safety of maternity care in the United States. The meeting is open to the public and will be hosted virtually through webinar and by phone. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with presenters via the chat function in the public comment section of the webinar system. In addition, there will be up to 100 phone lines available to individuals who choose to participate by phone. The phone lines will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis. Time will be provided for public comments, each limited to five minutes. The meeting will be held Aug. 27, 2-3:30 p.m. EST. Registration and written public comments are due Aug. 19, 5 p.m. EST. Call information for this meeting will be provided upon registration. To register for this meeting, click here. For questions and to submit your public comment, contact Keisher Highsmith, DrPH.

AMCHP-CDC Skills-Building Suite: Evidence-Based Practice: Moving Along the Continuum from Selection to Sustainability
Recent years have brought an increased focus on the value and necessity of investing in programs that demonstrate evidence of producing desired outcomes. To provide on-going support for “taking what works and applying it,” AMCHP, in partnership with Community Guide staff at CDC, is thrilled to announce the AMCHP-CDC Skills-Building Suite: Evidence-Based Programs: Moving Along the Continuum from Selection to Sustainability. This three-part virtual workshop is designed to increase state MCH program capacity to better understand evidence-based programs, dialogue about opportunities and challenges in implementing evidence-based programs, understand complexity in fidelity and adaptation, and consider evaluation and sustainability of evidence-based programs. The Skills-Building Suite will be presented via 90-minute virtual sessions over three days, Sept. 5, 10 and 13
Reserve your seat in the Skills-building Suite today! For more information, contact Sharron Corle.

Webinar Series: Leading in Changing Times 
AMCHP efforts to strengthen the capacity of the MCH community to engage in the leadership process recognize that leadership development is a process, not an event. The Leading in Changing Times Series is an initiative launched by AMCHP as part of our larger efforts to support a diverse, effective and competent workforce in state and territorial MCH programs. The webinar series is a year-long, three-part project, blending principles of key leadership theory with real-world stories from senior-level MCH leaders. These 45-minutes leadership “conversations” are designed to share leadership ideas and inspiration. Part 1 of this series, Great Leaders are Great Decision Makers: The Importance of Decisiveness, is scheduled for Sept. 18 at 3:15 p.m. EST. For more information and to register for this webinar, 
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.