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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.

Healthy People 2020 Public Comment is Now Open!
The public comment period for Healthy People 2020 is officially open and live! The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is soliciting written comments regarding new objectives proposed to be added to Healthy People 2020 since the last public comment period in fall 2013. Healthy People 2020 will continue to provide opportunities for public input periodically throughout the decade to ensure that Healthy People 2020 reflects current public health priorities and public input. Comments will be accepted through Nov. 7. New Objectives are proposed for both the Maternal, Infant and Child Health and Early and Middle Childhood Topic Areas. To access the public comment page, click here.

MCH Student Paired Practica Project for Summer 2015—DEADLINE EXTENDED!
The National MCH Workforce Development Center, in cooperation with the University of Illinois School of Public Health and Howard University, will support a Paired Practica Project in summer 2015. Through the project, master's or doctoral students/recent graduates from the 13 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded SPH training programs and undergraduates from the Howard University MCH Pipeline Program will be supported in undertaking paired practica projects identified by state Title V programs as they respond to and implement health reform. Applications are due by Nov. 10. For more information about how the Paired Practica Project works, see an article in the August 2014 issue of AMCHP Pulse. For a state Title V program application, please visit the National MCH Workforce Center website by clicking here.

Upcoming Webinar on CSHCN and Unintentional Injuries
Dr. Patty Huang, a developmental pediatrician at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, will be discussing key factors placing Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) at risk for unintentional injury, common mechanisms of unintentional injury and describing some injury prevention strategies that every family of CSHCN should know. The Adobe Connect webinar is scheduled on Monday, Nov. 10 from 9:30-10:15 a.m. CST. It is jointly sponsored by the Injury and Violence Prevention and CYSHCN Programs, Division of Public Health, in the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

In order to participate, please click here five to 10 minutes before the webinar begins. When the meeting login screen appears, please enter the meeting as a guest, type in your first and last name, and click Enter Room. A chat window will be provided for questions to the speaker. To ensure that your computer is compatible with Adobe Connect, a few days before the webinar click on this test link.

MCHB Webinar on MCH and the Built Environment
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is pleased to announce the next DataSpeak Web conference titled "Effects of the Built Environment on Maternal and Child Health." This program will take place on Monday, Nov. 10 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. EST. This DataSpeak will explore current research into how the built environment can influence reproductive health, child development and mental health outcomes. Presentations will be made by Gary Evans, PhD, from the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. Dr. Evans will present research on the effects of environmental factors such as pollution and housing quality on child development and psychological health; and Lynne Messer, PhD, MPH, from the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University. Dr. Messer will discuss how she has used data on environmental quality to explore health disparities in reproductive and mental health outcomes. To register for this event, please click here

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.