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Are you looking to get more involved with AMCHP? Check out the exciting opportunities below and make the most out of your membership!

Board Nominations: The AMCHP Governance Committee is currently accepting nominations for 2014 AMCHP Board positions. These leadership positions guide, direct, inform and contribute to moving AMCHP strategic directions and goals forward. The following are the open Board of Directors positions:

  • Treasurer (from 2014 to 2016)
  • Secretary (from 2014 to 2016)
  • Family Representative (from 2014 to 2015)
  • Regional Directors (Regions II, III, V, VII; from 2014 to 2015) 

 

Volunteer leadership is critical to the success of AMCHP. We hope that you will consider participating in the nominations process. More information about these positions, necessary qualifications and the nominations process may be found on the AMCHP website or by clicking here. We ask that all nominations be forwarded to the Governance Committee by Sept. 6 to ensure that the committee has ample time to review all candidate materials. Please note: Only named AMCHP delegates may be nominated to the board. To verify your membership status, contact Laura Goodwin, publications and member services manager.

 Committee Appointments: One benefit of being an active AMCHP member is the opportunity to participate as a volunteer leader on AMCHP Organizational and Board Committees. AMCHP committees assist the organization in carrying out its mission, goals and strategic plan. They serve to engage members in activities, provide advice and guidance to the board and staff, and make recommendations for policy analysis and development. They are comprised of AMCHP members and staff liaisons, and may also include representatives from federal agencies and involve partner organizations when appropriate. AMCHP is currently seeking members who are interested in volunteering to serve by being committee members.

All committee appointments are for one year. If you are currently serving on a committee and would like to be reappointed or remain on your current committee, please let us know. If you are interested in volunteering for a committee or switching your current committee assignment, please indicate below which committees you are interested in joining. All committee appointments will be reviewed by AMCHP staff and committee assignments will be made by the AMCHP president in September. The following are the open board and organizational committee positions:

  1. Adolescent Health Advisory Committee
  2. Annual Conference Planning Committee
  3. Best Practices Review Panel
  4. Emerging Issues Committee
  5. Family & Youth Leadership Committee
  6. Finance Committee
  7. Governance Committee
  8. Legislative & Health Care Finance Committee
  9. Workforce Development Committee


Please click here to review descriptions of the committees. If you have any questions about volunteering for AMCHP, would like clarification, or would like a staff person to contact you, please let us know. In order to be appointed or re-appointed to a committee, please let us know you are interested by taking our survey by Sept 6.

 

Nominate Your Peers for a 2014 AMCHP Award 
AMCHP recognizes leadership in maternal and child health in several ways, including awards presented to MCH leaders to honor their excellence in the field. These awards will be presented at the 2014 AMCHP Annual Conference, Jan. 25-28 in Washington, DC.

AMCHP is now accepting nominations for the following:

  • John MacQueen Lecture Award for innovation in the field of maternal and child health
  • Excellence In State MCH Leadership Award for an outstanding state MCH professional whose career has made significant contributions to the health of women, children and families in their state
  • Merle McPherson Leadership Award for exemplary contributions to further family/ professional collaboration within a state Title V Program and AMCHP
  • Vince Hutchins Leadership Award for leadership in promoting a society responsive to the needs of women, children, youth and families
  • Young MCH Professional Award for significant contributions to state MCH programs in promoting and protecting the health of women, children, and families in their state and/or region

 

For more information and the nomination guidelines for these awards, click here.

Please note: All awards use the same nomination form, but a separate form must be submitted per nominee, per award. The nomination deadline for these awards is Sept. 6, 2013.

Don't Miss the AMCHP Annual Conference Call for Proposals - Deadline Aug. 16!
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 ccampbell@conferencemanagers.com or (703) 964-1240, ext. 16. For more information about the 2014 AMCHP Annual Conference, visit amchp.org/AMCHP14.

Multidisciplinary Guidelines for the Care of Late Preterm Infants Webinar
Late preterm infants are often treated as "slightly small, almost term babies" and yet babies born within this category have significantly higher morbidity and mortality rates due to their significant immaturity. The "Multidisciplinary Guidelines for the Care of Late Preterm Infants" is an evidence-based approach to providing safe and supportive care for this vulnerable group. Hosted by the National Premature Infant Health Coalition (NPIHC), this webinar will take place Aug. 8 at 2 p.m. EST. Raylene Phillips, MD, IBCLC, FAAP will review this new National Perinatal Association (NPA) resource and describe how its use can lead to improved outcomes for late preterm infants by providing guidance, education, and support for the families and health care providers who care for them. To register for this webinar, click here.

Peers, Professionals, and Pediatricians Working Together to Support Breastfeeding Webinar
August is National Breastfeeding Month and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is pleased to announce a free webinar to discuss the importance of breastfeeding support for mothers and their families. The webinar will take place Aug. 9 from 12-1:30 p.m. CST and will focus on the concerns of pregnant women and mothers, national and local level breastfeeding improvement efforts and what pediatricians can do in their practices to connect with community resources that support breastfeeding. Prior to the webinar please fill out a short pre-survey. For more information and to register, contact lactation@aap.org.

Care Counts: Educating Women and Families Challenge
Enrollment is now open! This new challenge from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeks to raise awareness about the new health insurance marketplace and important benefits for women made possible by the Affordable Care Act. The challenge offers an exciting chance to develop ways to disseminate information in English and Spanish regarding how Americans can find health care coverage that meets their needs at the Health Insurance Marketplace on HealthCare.gov. The challenge also provides an opportunity for HHS to increase public awareness of the recommended preventive health services for women that are now covered without cost sharing because of the ACA. Submissions are currently being accepted. The deadline for submissions is Aug. 30, 11 p.m. EST. First and second place prizes will be given separately for English print, Web-based, or social media and Spanish print, Web-based, or social media. Winners will be recognized by HHS and a total of $25,000 in prizes will be awarded. For more information and to submit entries, click here.

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 13Reserve your seat in the Skills-building Suite today! For more information, contact Sharron Corle.

Integrating Genetics in Primary Care: What Every Primary Care Provider Needs to Know Webinar
The Genetics in Primary Care Institute is pleased to announce their 2013 webinar series. This six-part series will focus on providing primary care providers with the knowledge and resources to better provide genetic medicine as part of a medical home. Each 60-minute educational webinar will highlight and build on the important skills of primary care providers in order to afford a comprehensive approach to primary care in which genetic thinking is integrated in every patient encounter. The first webinar in the series, Family History in Primary Care, will be held on Sept. 12 at 12 p.m. EST. For more information and to register for the first webinar, click here. Please direct questions to Lindsay Wilson or Natalie Mikat-Stevens.

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.