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AMCHP Best Practices Technical Assistance Project: Request for Applications
As part of an overall strategic goal to improve MCH outcomes by sharing effective and promising practices with state and territorial MCH programs, AMCHP is pleased to provide a second round of replication stipends to foster connections between states interested in replication or adaptation of a current emerging, promising or best practice in Innovation Station. Through this project, applicants can request technical assistance support (i.e., travel funds or other seed resources) in order to learn how to adapt a specific Innovation Station practice (or elements of a practice) to their state or community. Applicants will need to demonstrate readiness to adapt the practice in order to maximize technical assistance resources. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 9. Click here to access the RFA.

National Infant Mortality Awareness Month
Each year roughly 4,000 infants die unexpectedly during sleep time, from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), accidental suffocation, or unknown causes. Fortunately, much has been learned about how to reduce the chances that these sleep-related infant deaths will occur. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement provides recommendations on safe sleep for infants up to age one. Communicating these proven ways to create a safe infant sleep environment to parents, caregivers, families, and health care providers is critical for reducing the toll of these sleep-related infant deaths on our society. In recognition of National Infant Mortality Awareness Month, the federal agencies focused on infant health and safety ask all organizations who reach families and health care providers through media, print, and education to show infants sleeping alone, on their backs and in a clutter-free crib, bassinet or play yard. To see the full statement from the federal SUID/SIDS workgroup, click here.

HRSA Presents the Impact of Interprofessional Education on Improving Hispanic Health Webinar
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) invites all staff and stakeholders to join this session to discuss the interprofessional efforts in the Bureau of Health Professions, featuring presentations from the divisions of Nursing, Public Health & Interdisciplinary Education, and Medicine & Dentistry. The webinar will take place Oct. 3 from 1-2 p.m. EST. To access this session, click here. Please use conference number 888-603-9219 and participant code 8654112.

Overview of Genetic Testing and Screening Webinar
Join the Genetics in Primary Care Institute Oct. 8 at 12 p.m. EST for the second webinar in their series Integrating Genetics in Primary Care. This edition will present an innovative view on how to differentiate between diagnostic and screening tests, discuss the limitations and applications for several types of diagnostic tests and include a demonstration of current genetic testing informational resources available. For more information and to register, click here.

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 that 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.

Learn more about Scientific Writing at the 141st American Public Health Association Annual Meeting
On Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST,
the Scientific Writing for Peer-Reviewed Publications for Public Health Professionals session will describe why publication of state and local level program results are important, list the key points of each section of a scientific paper, discuss how to choose the best journal for submission and offer writing style tips for improvement. Participants will work with instructors and assistants to move partially completed papers closer to completion. For more information and to register for this session, 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.