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The Center's First Year and Looking Ahead: A Day of Learning
The National MCH Workforce Development Center, in partnership with AMCHP, is pleased to offer an interactive Day of Learning on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT, immediately following the 2015 AMCHP Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency, Washington DC.

The Day of Learning will consist of a variety of interactive activities, including:

  • Sharing the Center's first year accomplishments and a glimpse of what's ahead
  • Learning about exciting projects underway in our Cohort 1 states (CO, GA, HI, IL, IA, MS, MN, RI)
  • Open Space session offering opportunities for you to learn first-hand from members of the Center team about the array of services available to help support health transformation in your state or territory
  • Opportunity to work directly with Center team members to design a customized package of workforce development services for your state or territory
  • One-to-one guidance specifically tailored to those states and territories interested in applying to the Center's second intensive cohort in 2015​

The Center is funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) to provide workforce development that supports MCH 3.0 and health transformation. Learn more on the AMCHP website Transformation Station portal, or go to the Center site at mchwdc.unc.edu. AMCHP will pay for the extra night of hotel expenses for two representatives from each state and jurisdiction/territory. Click here to complete a registration form for your state. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ki'Yonna Jones, AMCHP program manager, MCH leadership development & capacity building at kjones@amchp.org. We hope to see you there!

Strengthening Public Health and Community Partnerships to Reduce Disparities in Child Health and Development 
The Raising of America is a six-part documentary series and multimedia initiative that will launch in early 2015 that will reframe the way we look at early child health and development. The documentary, by the producers of UNNATURAL CAUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?, explores how a strong start for all kids leads not only to better individual life courses (learning, earning and physical and mental health) but also to a healthier, safer, better educated, more prosperous, and more equitable America. On Dec. 1, at 2 p.m., EST, national partners will host a webinar to raise awareness about the documentary series. We will show clips from the opening episode which moves back and forth between the science of human development and the stories of families and communities struggling to provide the rich and responsive environments all children need to thrive. Discussion will include how participants can use the series to build strategic partnerships to improve child health and development in their communities. To register for the webinar, please click here.

World Prematurity Awareness Day
On Nov. 17, global partners and parent organizations worldwide will mark the fourth annual World Prematurity Day. "Like" World Prematurity Day on Facebook, where you can put a face on the problem of premature birth by posting a photo and story to an interactive map connecting people around the world; use the #WorldPrematurityDay hashtag to join the global conversation on Twitter.  

Upcoming LCRN Webinars
The Life Course Research Network (LCRN) has two upcoming webinars on topics of interest for AMCHP members, including: ​​

  • 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.

Graduate Student Epidemiology Program
The MCHB Graduate Student Epidemiology Program GSEP offers graduate students a unique opportunity to apply their classroom skills to real-world data projects, offering state and local agencies valuable technical assistance as they work to enhance their information systems capacity. As of this year, the GSEP has placed more than 290 students from 44 Schools of Public Health in more than 115 agencies. Similar to last year, projects will be grounded in the following three critical areas of MCH epidemiology:

  • Data Analysis and Monitoring. Monitoring of diseases, injuries and health conditions for their frequency, risk factors, consequences and health service requirements and analysis of epidemiological data sets are some of the projects included in this area.
  • Needs Assessment. Projects in this area include the systematic analysis, assessment and projection of health needs and resources in a given population or community.
  • Program Evaluation. This area includes the monitoring, collection and analysis of data to determine the effectiveness or outcomes of a particular program or project.

These projects will be conducted primarily during the summer of 2015 (beginning in May, June or July). If your agency believes they have a project for a qualified graduate student for the upcoming year, please visit gseprogram.org/agency/login.php to submit a proposal. After creating an account and entering your contact information, you will then be prompted to create and submit your proposal for consideration. Requests should identify clearly defined quantitative and analytic tasks in the suggested areas that will provide a student with substantive professional experience in the MCH epidemiology field, while producing a relevant, useful product for your agency. Submissions are due Nov. 21. If you have any questions about the proposal submission process, or are in need of any advice or guidance concerning the appropriateness of a potential project for this program, please feel free to contact Jen Pooler from Altarum at (202) 842-2000.

The Application Process for the 2015 Making Lifelong Connections Meeting is Now Open!
MCHB and the Making Lifelong Connections Planning Committee would like to invite trainees to participate in a unique opportunity to build leadership skills, meet other current and former MCHB trainees and enhance their career development. The Pediatric Pulmonary Centers (PPCs) at the University of Arizona and the University of New Mexico are co-hosting this one and a half day event entitled "Making Lifelong Connections: Leadership, Networking, and Career Development for MCHB Trainees" in San Antonio, TX on Apr. 23-24, 2015. At this meeting, current and former MCHB trainees will work together to enhance their leadership and presentation skills, network and develop professional connections.

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by Jan. 2, 2015. The final deadline for applications is Jan. 9, 2015 at 12 p.m. CST. For questions please contact Mary McGuire at Mmguire@peds.arizona.edu or (520) 626-1569, or Lisa Rascon at LRascon@peds.arizona.edu or (520) 626-1567. All Making Lifelong Connections application and meeting information can be reviewed here.