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Archive of AMCHP Succession Planning Webinar Now Available!
Did you miss the AMCHP The True Meaning of Succession Planning webinar last week?  If so, you are in luck!  The archive for this event is now available online where successful succession planning strategies were shared. Michael Warren, MD, MPH, FAAP, Director of MCH for the Tennessee Department of Health provided an overview of the concept of succession planning and shared his efforts related to workforce development in his state. Dr. Warren was also joined by Linda McElwain, RN, Section Chief of MCH for the Wyoming Department of Health, and Patricia Tilley, MS, MA, Acting Bureau Chief for the Bureau of Population Health and Community Services and Title V Director of New Hampshire’s MCH Program who shared their success stories and resources related to building a competent workforce. To access the archive for this webinar session, 
click here.

Alaska Maternal and Child Health Data Book 2012: Birth Defects Surveillance Edition
The Alaska Division of Public Health is pleased to announce the release of their new data book, the sixth in a series of comprehensive reference books on the status of women’s, infant’s and children’s health in Alaska. Readers are encouraged to use the data presented in this book to improve the health of Alaska’s children. This is the second comprehensive analysis of the Alaska Birth Defects Registry data. This data book provides a detailed descriptive epidemiology of the prevalence and distribution of major congenital anomalies among Alaskan populations. It is divided into chapters based on the anatomical site of the malformation. Analysis includes temporal trends, geographic distributions, and epidemiological characteristics. To access this data book and others from the series, click here. To request a hardcopy, contact

Family Caregivers of Children with Special Health Care Needs: the Need for Caregiver Support as Truly Family-Centered Care Fact Sheet
According to a 2009 report by the National Alliance for Caregiving, there are 16.8 million unpaid family caregivers of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) in the U.S. As health care costs rise, CYSHCN are increasingly dependent on home-based family caregivers to meet their formal health care needs. Despite this, family caregivers do not receive the training or ongoing support they need from health care systems. Family caregivers provide invaluable, life sustaining services for the CYSHCN, however their importance is often not recognized and overlooked. Created by Jess Nelson, 2012-2013 MN LEND Fellow and Donna Yadrich, Patient/Family Advocate & 2012-2013 AMCHP Family Scholar, this fact sheet provides background information detailing the emotional, physical and financial costs to CYSHCN family caregivers and the need for an available support system, personal perspectives from family caregivers of CYSHCN and promising steps toward a solution. To access the fact sheet, click here.

Women & Infant Health

PRAMS Releases CPONDER 2.0
The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) team is pleased to announce the release of the new CPONDER Version 2.0 system. CPONDER contains prevalence and trends data for more than 190 indicators from the PRAMS survey from 2000 through 2010 and the 2009-2010 flu survey supplement. PRAMS is a state, population based surveillance system of women who recently delivered a live-born infant, and collects information on mothers' behaviors and experiences before, during, and after pregnancy. PRAMS provides ongoing, high-quality maternal and infant health data that can be used for planning programs and informing policies. To access CPONDER, click here.