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AMCHP By-Laws Revisions Approved by Board of Directors
The AMCHP Board of Directors recently approved recommended revisions to the AMCHP By-Laws based upon a comprehensive legal review facilitated by the Governance Committee and utilizing a third-party law firm with specific expertise in nonprofit governance. The approved changes increase efficiency, remove duplicative language and introduce newly mandated clauses and language that ensure that our by-laws are legally current and in compliance with nonprofit law governing the District of Columbia. Members are encouraged to review the new AMCHP By-Laws here.

Per Article XIV of the By-Laws titled, Amendments to the By-Laws, the By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the of the Board of Directors, with appropriate notice of the proposed amendment in writing to the Secretary and transmitted to the Board members not less than two weeks prior to the meeting. This requirement was fully met. The By-Laws further stipulate that any changes to the By-Laws affecting the rights, classes and conditions or other aspects of membership shall be voted on by Regular members as required under the Act. In the case of the most recently adopted By-Laws revisions, none of the changes affected the rights, classes and conditions or other aspects of AMCHP membership and, therefore, did not require a full member vote.

If further information is required, please feel free to contact Lori Freeman, AMCHP CEO, at lfreeman@amchp.org.


Applications open for the 2014-2015 Ryan Colburn Scholarship!

Ryan Colburn was an amazing young man with varied interests ranging from singing in a choir to sports (he was an avid Auburn and Atlanta Braves fan and played the outfield in Miracle League Baseball). He touched the hearts and lives of all he came in contact with his contagious personality and unforgettable smile. Ryan also carried a strong message to the disability community imploring others with disabilities to live life to the fullest. In honor of his life and his affirming message to the disability community, family leader, advocate and AMCHP board member Susan Colburn, in partnership with AMCHP, established the Ryan Colburn Scholarship in 2011 to keep alive the work that Ryan had started in the recent years before his passing, speaking at local and national conferences about growing up with a disability and the spreading the message of the importance of living life to the fullest. The scholarship provides support for a youth-with-disabilities leader to attend the AMCHP Annual Conference, connect with family leaders, and continue to spread Ryan's message of hope. Please share this valuable opportunity with a youth leader you know, and/or pass it through your channels to reach youth leaders who may be interested. The deadline for Scholarship applications is 8 p.m. EST on Friday, Nov. 7. To learn more about the scholarship, please click here or contact Michelle Jarvis at 202-775-1472.

Now Accepting Applications: AMCHP Emerging MCH Leadership Graduate Student Scholarship
AMCHP and Go Beyond MCH are offering a graduate student scholarship. This scholarship is designed to assist one graduate student per year in furthering their education while sponsoring their attendance at the AMCHP Annual Conference to hone their leadership skills and connect them with existing leaders within MCH. The deadline to submit application materials is by 8 p.m. EST on Nov. 17. To learn more and to see the application requirements, click here.

Are your peers innovative and outstanding leaders? Nominate them for a 2015 AMCHP award!
AMCHP recognizes leadership in MCH in several ways, including awards presented to MCH leaders to honor their excellence in the field. These awards will be presented at the 2015 AMCHP Annual Conference, Jan. 24-27 in Washington, DC. AMCHP is now accepting nominations for the following:
  • John MacQueen Lecture Award for innovation in the field of maternal and child health
  • Excellence In State MCH Leadership Award for an outstanding state MCH professional whose career has made significant contributions to the health of women, children and families in their state
  • Merle McPherson Leadership Award for exemplary contributions to further family/state professional collaboration within a state Title V Program and AMCHP
  • Vince Hutchins Leadership Award for leadership in promoting a society responsive to the needs of women, children, youth and families
  • Young MCH Professional Award for significant contributions to state MCH programs in promoting and protecting the health of women, children, and families in their state and/or region

 
For more information and the nomination guidelines for these awards, click here.

Please note: All awards use the same nomination form, but a separate form must be submitted per nominee, per award.
 
DEADLINE EXTENDED for the 2014-2015 AMCHP Best Practices Replication Technical Assistance Project
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 third 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) 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. 23. To access the RFA, click here. 
 
Title V Health Reform Implementation Webinar
On Oct. 29 from 3-4 p.m. EDT, the National MCH Workforce Development Center will host a webinar to introduce a comprehensive self-assessment tool that will help your Title V agency assess health reform-related activities in your state. The tool can help you clearly define your state's capacity and opportunities to leverage existing MCH skills to drive health transformation -- in all its forms -- for maternal and child health populations. Iowa recently completed the tool and had this to say: "This tool was helpful for us to think about how Iowa's Title V program interfaces with the health care reform activities going on in our state. It helped us identify areas of strength and provided direction on important next steps as we move MCH forward post ACA implementation. Hopefully, other states will use the tool to ignite conversations in their states." In the weeks following the webinar, Center staff will be available for consultation to assist you in completing the tool and examining results. This activity will put your state or territory on the fast track to participate in the Center's Intensive Health Transformation Training Program for 2015. To register, click here.
 
Family Engagement Survey – Coming this fall!
Families are a critical part of Title V programs. AMCHP, with support from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), wants to know more about how state Title V programs, both MCH and children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), are involving families in the work of Title V. A survey looking at this very issue is currently in development and will be fielded this fall (October). Your input is critical to help us identify what is working and what is challenging – to help shape our work related to family engagement moving forward. For more information regarding this project or the survey, contact AMCHP staff Sharron Corle at scorle@amchp.org
 
Upcoming LCRN Webinars
The Life Course Research Network (LCRN) has several upcoming webinars on topics of interest for AMCHP members, including:

  • Using the New England Family Study (NEFS) to Conduct Life Course Analyses, on Oct. 23 from 9-10 a.m. PST. This webinar features Stephen Buka, ScD, presenting on the New England Family Study (NEFS), a 50-year, three-generation longitudinal study of 17,000 infants born in New England in the 1960s. The NEFS is aimed at identifying obstetric and genetic risk factors for neuropsychiatric and other medical disorders with developmental origins, including schizophrenia, bipolar and major affective disorders, substance use, learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and cardiovascular disease. Register here.
  • Life Course Health Development: Past, Present and Future, on Nov. 19 from 9-10 a.m. PST. This webinar will feature LCRN director Neal Halfon, MD, MPH, and will chart the evolution of the life course health development (LCHD) framework, and illustrate its potential to transform how the maternal and child health system addresses social, psychological, biological, and genetic influences on health, eliminates health disparities, reduces chronic illness, and contains health care costs. Register here.
  • The Developmental Approach to Health Inequality, on Dec. 16 from 9-10 a.m. PST. This webinar features Gabriella Conti, PhD, discussing the developmental approach to health inequality. Gabriella is a Senior Lecturer in Health Economics in the Department of Applied Health Research at University College London; Research Associate at the Institute for Fiscal Studies; and Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research draws on both the biomedical and the social sciences with the aim of understanding the developmental origins of health inequalities, and the behavioral and biological pathways through which early life conditions affect health throughout the life course. Register here