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2014-2016 Act Early State Systems Grants Request for Applications
Through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, AMCHP will facilitate a competitive award process of up to $20,000 over two years, to seven state teams led by either the Title V program or a member of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities network. The grants will support the collaboration of Act Early Regional Summit Project teams. These funds are designed to be a catalyst for collaboration with stakeholders, as well as for implementing specific activities outlined in Act Early State Plans. AMCHP will provide ongoing technical assistance, disseminate resource materials and link grantees to other states and experts in autism spectrum disorders. For more information and to apply, click here. Applications are due Jan. 10.

For additional questions, contact Michelle Jarvis, program manager, family involvement, at or (202) 775-1472, or Alma Reyes, program associate, child & adolescent health, at or (202) 775-1474.

Webinar Series:  Leading in Changing Times
In working to improve the lives of women, children and families, leadership is an essential role for MCH programs. Leaders must have a vision, take initiative, influence people, solve problems and take responsibility in order to make things happen. Whether or not they have a formal title, everyone is engaged in the process of leadership. Likewise, everyone can develop their leadership effectiveness. 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 year-long, three-part series of webinars blends principles of key leadership theory with real-world stories from senior-level MCH leaders. The second conversation of this series is scheduled for Jan. 15 at 1:30 p.m. EST titled, Leading Change: The Challenge of Change. Presenter Valerie Ricker is an assistant director in the Population Health Division at the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention with more than 30 years of MCH experience and currently serves on the AMCHP board as secretary. She will provide an overview of the key concept, leadership and change, followed by her personal experience in combining MCH with other programs into one department. For more information and to register, click here.

AMCHP Partnering with University of North Carolina on New MCH Workforce Development Center
The HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Division of Workforce Development awarded the University of North Carolina (UNC) Gillings School of Public Health $5.5 million to start a national MCH Workforce Development Center. The UNC MCH Workforce Center will serve as a consolidated national hub for the program, engaging with key academic, policy and public health practice partners and providing workforce development to state Title V agencies in four core areas related to health reform: access to care, quality improvement, systems integration and population health management. AMCHP will play a critical role in coordinating and disseminating training and technical assistance offered by the “cores” with state-level Title V staff and also houses virtual training and technical assistance opportunities on the AMCHP website via a new “MCH Transformation Station” portal. Additionally, AMCHP is the lead organization on the ‘access to care’ core. In addition to AMCHP, the UNC MCH Workforce Center will be working in collaboration with the Center for Public Health Quality, the Boston University Catalyst Center, the College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Howard University, the National Academy of State Health Policy. Please save the date for the UNC MCH Workforce Development Center launching at the AMCHP 2014 Annual Conference on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Details coming soon!

Are You “Branding” Your Title V-Funded Programs, Services, Events and Resources?
As a Title V professional you understand that Title V programs have a large reach supporting women, children, children and youth with special health care needs, and families. Do others, such as the general public, program consumers or even state legislatures, have this same understanding? Increasing the brand awareness of Title V-funded events, programs and resources can make it easier for state legislatures, the general public and the population Title V programs serve to understand Title V reach. AMCHP is interested in gaining a better understanding of if/how state Title V programs are branding Title V-funded programs, services, events and resources. Please
click here and take a few minutes to share your thoughts.


Will You Be at AMCHP 2014?
 Don't Forget Regional Baskets!
An AMCHP tradition, regional baskets will be raffled during the annual conference. Join the fun! Bring an item that represents your state or region to add to the giveaway baskets. Turn in your item by Monday, 9:00 a.m., at the registration desk. And don’t forget to fill out your raffle ticket and drop it in the box at the registration desk!