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AMCHP New Director Mentor Program Now Accepting Applications!
The AMCHP New Director Mentor Program is now accepting applications – if you know of a new maternal and child health (MCH), children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) or Title V director (someone who has been in their role for three years or less) encourage them to apply! And we are always looking for great mentors, so if you are a seasoned MCH professional, we strongly encourage you to share your knowledge and information with new directors.  The deadline for applications is Dec 19.  All application materials can be located here on the workforce development pages or contact AMCHP staff Jessica Teel at jteel@amchp.org.

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.

You Can Host an Applied Epidemiology Fellow!
The goal of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists  Applied Epidemiology Fellowship program is to attract and prepare public health epidemiologists for careers with state and local health departments. The two-year program recruits and trains qualified candidates to support public health initiatives and provide opportunities for new epidemiologists to expand their skills to a level where they function as competent epidemiologists with little or no supervision. Upon completion of the Fellowship, graduates will be prepared to conduct day-to-day epidemiological activities and research on issues that affect public health. Mentors play a crucial role in the success of the Fellowship program; their expertise and skills provide the backbone to the Fellows' success as they're trained to become future leaders in applied public health epidemiology. Applications are open until Oct. 18.To learn more about how to apply as a host site, click here
                    
DEADLINE EXTENDED: 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.
 
CoIIN National Expansion Virtual Town Hall Meeting
There is an incredible amount of energy across the country from states and their teams working to identify and implement strategies to impact infant mortality.  The Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network (CoIIN) offers a fantastic opportunity to leverage the learnings of many on a few select strategies. We encourage states to seize this opportunity as a part of your overall approach to accomplishing your comprehensive infant mortality plans, inclusive of strategies that may be unique to your state's specific needs.  The Town Hall Virtual meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 3:30-5 p.m. EST. To register, click here.  If you have any questions, please contact Piia Hanson at phanson@amchp.org.

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

Take the National Preconception Health Campaign Survey
The National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative (PCHHC) is a public-private partnership that began in 2004 with the vision of improving preconception health and pregnancy outcomes in the United States. The purpose of this survey is to learn how the resources and tools developed by the PCHHC are being utilized as well as to gather information about preconception health activities underway across the country and collect input to guide our upcoming strategic planning process. The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete, and will close on Oct. 20. To access the survey, click here.  
 
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.

 
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Releases Call for RWJF Health Policy Fellows
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program provides the nation's most comprehensive fellowship experience at the nexus of health, science and policy in Washington, DC. It is an outstanding opportunity for exceptional midcareer health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health and health care policy promoting the health of the nation. Fellows participate in the policy process at the federal level and use that leadership experience to improve health, health care and health policy. Applications are due Nov.13 at 3 p.m. EST. For more details, click here.

Society for Public Health Education 66th Annual Meeting
The Society for Public Health Education 66th Annual Meeting, Blazing a Trail for Health Education and Health Promotion, offers an exciting opportunity to share your research findings, program impacts, policy changes, perspectives and expertise with the health education and health promotion professional community. The conference will be held in Portland, OR, Apr. 23-25, 2015. Subthemes include children, adolescents, and young adults: health needs of future generations and advancing health education through technology and innovations. To learn more, click here.