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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. 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.

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. 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. Please click here to review descriptions of the committees. 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. For more information and nomination guidelines, please 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.

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.

An Editor’s Perspective on Preparing, Reviewing and Selecting Manuscripts for Publication Webinar
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) will host the webinar Sept. 4 from 1-2:30 p.m. EST. Featured speaker, Samuel F. Posner, PhD, will present helpful hints and common problems in manuscript preparation, submission, review and publication processes. For more information and to register, click here.

Safe Infant Sleep: Implementing Evidence-Based Recommendations Webinar
The Association of Women’s Health and Obstetric Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) is hosting a webinar on Sept. 19 on the role nurses can play in educating parents about safe sleep practices and the prevention of sudden infant death syndrome. Early bird registration is available now through Sept. 9. For more information and to reserve your seat, click here.

A Life Course Approach to Hearing Health Webinar
Join the Life Course Research Network on Sept. 11, 1-2 p.m. EST for their sixth webinar in the series, The State of Life Course Health Development Research. This webinar features Shirley Russ, MD, MPH, physician and member of the Research Faculty at the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities. Dr. Russ helped pioneer one of the first statewide infant hearing screening programs in Australia, and has chaired a number of national initiatives aimed at improving the quality of the U.S. Newborn Hearing Screening Program. To register for the webinar, click here.

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.

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.

ASTHO Million Hearts State Learning Collaborative Grant Opportunity
With support from CDC, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) released a request for proposals last week for states to be part of a learning collaborative focused on improving hypertension in the United States through heart attack and stroke prevention. Elected states will partner across sectors to implement best practices and evidence based policies to identify, control and improve blood pressure in order to achieve the goals of the Million Hearts initiative. Awards will be provided for up to eight health agencies to participate in this project for a ten month period. The deadline for applications is Sept. 23, 11:59 p.m. EST. ASTHO will host a teleconference to provide information for applicants on Sept. 4. For more information, click here.

14th Chronic Illness and Disability Conference
This year, the Chronic Illness and Disability Conference will be held Oct. 17-18 in Houston, Texas, and offers two full days of talks focused on transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities. There will also be a research symposium on Oct. 16. For more information and to register, click here. The conference will also be streamed live at sites across Texas for families unable to attend, free of charge. The planning committee is currently searching for organizations to host the live streamed broadcasts and will announce locations in the coming weeks. Scholarships are available for families interested in attending the conference. Scholarships are limited and applications must be submitted by Sept. 23. For questions, contact Valerie Bowman.

APHL Newborn Screening Webinars
The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) is offering two webinars focused on newborn screening. Both webinars will be broadcasted from 1-2 p.m. EST and are available for viewing for up to six months after broadcasting. Registration fee of $195 is per site, and includes unlimited participation the day of the course from one connection and unlimited viewing up to six months afterwards.

  • Ensuring the Quality of Blood Spots Collected from Newborns by Victor DeJesus, PhD, Newborn Screening and Molecular Biology Branch, CDC and Harry Hannon, PhD, Consultant, Newborn Screening Branch, CDC will broadcast Nov. 21. This webinar will address the importance of obtaining a quality specimen, requirements for specimen handling, shipping, retention and storage, and discuss pain management techniques associated with the collection of blood spot specimens from infants. For more information, click here.
  • Enhance the Quality of Follow-Up Services for Newborn Screening will broadcast Dec. 11. Presented by Judith Tuerck, RN, MS, Oregon State Public Health Department, this webinar will focus on the steps and essential elements of follow-up activities both short and long term. For more information, click here.