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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.

DMCHWD New Grantee Orientation Webinar
The Maternal and Chils Health Bureau (MCHB) Division of MCH Workforce Development (DMCHWD) invites you to join them for a presentation on Sept. 19 from 2-3 p.m. EST.  This webinar will provide an overview of DMCHWD and their role within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and MCHB, current DMCHWD investments, reporting requirements and important deadlines, key resources, as well as a Q&A session with staff. New, as well as all current grantees, faculty and staff are welcome to participate. For more information and to register, click here.

Title V, Medicaid and Oral Health: Strategies for Quality Improvement and Financing Care Webinar
MCHB invites you to a webinar session on Sept. 25 from 2:30-4 p.m. EST. The webinar will provide information and strategies for program administrators interested in improving oral health quality, policy and financing for Title V and Medicaid beneficiaries. To submit questions prior to the webinar, click here. For more information and to register, click here.

Request for Abstract Submission for 2014 NOHC
The planning committee for the 2014 National Oral Health Conference (NOHC) invites seminar and workshop proposals addressing Science, Policy, Practice or Data related to dental public health. Hosted by the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD), the NOHC is the premier dental public health conference in the United States with more than 700 public health administrators, staff, clinicians, educators and policymakers in attendance. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 30 and should use the 2014 NOHC Seminar and Workshop Form. For more information, click here. For questions, contact Chris Wood, ASTDD executive director, Pam Tolson, AAPHD executive director or Sandi Steil, NOHC office.

Transforming Care through Disruptive Design
The Centering® Healthcare Institute will host its 4th National Conference: Transforming Care Through Disruptive Design, Oct. 26-29 in Washington, DC. The conference offers a great learning opportunity to hear visionary keynotes, action-provoking panel discussions and a wide variety of breakout sessions which will offer interactive exploration of ideas.  Join clinicians, researchers, policymakers, administrators and students who come together to discuss ideas for transforming health care delivery. The mission of the Centering Healthcare Institute is to improve maternal and child health by transforming care through Centering® groups. Centering is a model of group health care, which incorporates assessment, education and support. For more information about the Conference, click here or go to the Centering Healthcare Institute website to learn more about this health care model.

Toll-Free Hotline Survey for State Title V Program Staff
Federal Title V legislation requires that state maternal and child health agencies establish and maintain a toll-free hotline for families with information about programs and providers. Because of declining call volumes to the existing line and because of multiple other existing lines with similar purpose/function, Tennessee is in the process of evaluating its toll-free Title V line and asked AMCHP to facilitate a process to gather feedback from other states about their lines. This very brief survey asks about the services offered through the line, who staffs the line, whether call volume is changing, and what alternatives, if any, are states using to meet this requirement. If you have any questions, please contact AMCHP staff Caroline Stampfel. To connect to the survey, 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.