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Open Call for AMCHP Committee Volunteers

Are you looking to get more involved with AMCHP? Check out the exciting opportunities below and make the most out of your membership!

One benefit of being an active AMCHP member is the opportunity to participate as a volunteer leader on the AMCHP Association Committees. AMCHP committees assist the organization in carrying out its mission, goals and strategic plan. As a member of the committee, you will be playing an important role in the development of AMCHP program and policy activities. At the same time, volunteering on an AMCHP committee offers you rich professional development opportunities and potentially provides a future pathway toward greater leadership roles in this organization.

All interested members may serve up to two consecutive one-year terms. Please click here to review descriptions of the committees. In order to be appointed to a committee for 2015, please let us know of your interest by taking our survey by Jan. 16, 2015.

A Special Note About the 2015 Committee Appointment Process

A significant recognition is in order for all AMCHP members who have served on Association Committees over the past year. Volunteerism is the lifeblood of our organization and the AMCHP Board of Directors and staff are truly grateful for your past service to an AMCHP Association Committees.

Work has been completed recently related to the FY 2015 (Oct. 1, 2014-Sept. 30, 2015) committee appointment process. Coinciding with this work, there have been ongoing efforts to formalize AMCHP committee policies and processes around recruitment and appointments, as well as look at structure, purpose, volunteer training, roles and responsibilities.

Earlier this year, the Governance Committee and Board of Directors spent significant effort revising the AMCHP bylaws in order to ensure consistency across organizational policies and to bring them into compliance with nonprofit laws governing the District of Columbia. As the board begins to look at its committee policies and procedures, it also has been necessary to ensure the organization is following the new bylaws and adhering to previously established policies and practices concerning committee membership and appointments.

Some of our appointment processes required a reiteration and alignment with our current standing policies around committees, including such areas as:

  • Ensuring committee members are current members of AMCHP and allowing the opportunity for those who are not members to join the organization to participate in the future
  • Providing a proper role for federal government and/or other national organization/partner representatives to serve AMCHP committees in an ex-officio capacity (up to two per committee)
  • Allowing for non-member subject matter experts utilized actively for specific peer review activities to participate in a non-voting manner in order to afford AMCHP the best expertise possible as we grow our best practice portfolio
  • Adhering to AMCHP established bylaws language related to term limits by allowing volunteers to serve up to two (2) consecutive one-year terms.

Re-establishing sound practices and procedures and executing change can sometimes be challenging. AMCHP remains loyal to its former, current, and new volunteers and believes in continuing to offer opportunities for all of our members to contribute in ways that are meaningful to the organization and to the individual. Thank you all for your service to the organization.

 

Webinars Available to Learn More About PHAP
The Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) is a competitive, two-year, paid training program with the CDC. PHAP associates are assigned to a state, tribal, local, or territorial public health agency and work on prevention alongside other professionals across a variety of public health settings. After completing the program, PHAP graduates will be qualified to apply for jobs with government public health agencies. The 2015 PHAP Host Site application period opens in early January 2015. State MCH programs are encouraged to apply as the PHAP program offers a unique ability to enhance and build the MCH workforce through hosting and training young professionals in MCH. State MCH programs also receive numerous benefits including CDC-funded field assignees who bring valuable skills to agencies and who are well-rounded, energetic, flexible, career-minded individuals with unlimited potential; a unique partnership with CDC to develop the nation's next generation of public health professionals; direct access to CDC resources and subject matter expertise – CDC PHAP supervisors serve as liaisons to host site supervisors and can assist with connections to CDC materials, information, and subject matter experts; online learning opportunities for host site supervisors; and capacity-building and human resources to fill gaps in agencies affected by budget cuts and staffing shortages. The following webinars have been prepared to orient host sites regarding the application process and early preparation for applying for an associate. Please consider taking advantage of this program!

PHAP 101_Overview of the Public Health Associate Program-Does My Location Want to Host an Associate?

PHAP 201_Strategic Development of Quality PHAP Training Experience

Infant Mortality CoIIN National Expansion
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ), AMCHP and other Infant Mortality CoIIN partners propose a new approach to CoIIN involving six national CoIIN strategy teams/topics, rather than multiple topics for each region. The six strategy teams/topics are: 1) SIDS/SUID/Safe Sleep, 2) Smoking Cessation, 3) Preconception/Interconception Health, 4) Social Determinants of Health, 5) Prevention of Preterm and Early Term Births and 6) Risk Appropriate Perinatal Care (Perinatal Regionalization). States from any region in the country can choose to participate in any of the newly established CoIIN topic areas. For answers to your questions regarding the CoIIN National expansion, please refer to the FAQ document.

States are asked to select up to three teams to join by Dec. 19. State MCH directors can submit selections to CoIIN@nichq.org. Please contact Piia Hanson at phanson@amchp.org with any questions.

Special Training on the CDC Maternal Mortality Review Data System at AMCHP Annual Conference
Though maternal death reviews have been in place for over a century, and almost half the states in the United States have a maternal mortality review process, there has never been a standardized data system available to support essential review functions. Join AMCHP and CDC on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 for a two-part training on a new data system developed by CDC personnel that supports centralized analysis and leverages standard data sources for maternal death reviews. Content of the Maternal Mortality Review Data System (MMRDS) was originally developed based on decades of work by the CDC Division of Reproductive Health. The MMRDS standardizes information collected by maternal death reviews and defines a core set of information that all users collect; all in a free software package (Epi Info 7) with strong user support and which is easily adapted by reviews. The MMRDS has four primary purposes:

  • Serve as a data abstraction tool
  • Support case summary development
  • Document committee findings and recommendations
  • Support analysis (internal to Epi Info and through exported data)

In addition to supporting individual reviews, the MMRDS also can bring together data at the regional and national level; supporting the development of summaries across geographic boundaries, identification and analysis of rare and emerging causes of death, and common recommendations for action. During this two-part daylong training, CDC personnel will provide an introduction to the data system and the Epi Info 7 platform, provide a tour of the forms corresponding to review data sources and introduce the relational database structure, and present basic and advanced analysis supported by Epi Info 7.

Register here by Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Please note that space is limited and participants that register for the training are expected to participate in the full day. Please contact Andria Cornell at acornell@amchp.org with any questions.

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 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST, 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 to support your Title V transformation efforts, including:

  • Synopsis of the Center's first year accomplishments and a glimpse of what's ahead
  • Highlights about exciting projects underway in our Cohort 1 intensive training and technical assistance 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

To facilitate your participation, AMCHP will pay for the extra night of hotel expenses for two representatives (i.e., MCH, Title V or CYSHCN director) from each state and jurisdiction/territory. Click here to complete a registration form for your state by Friday, Dec. 19. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ki'Yonna Jones, AMCHP program manager of MCH leadership development & capacity building at kjones@amchp.org

Raising of America: Strengthening Public Health and Community Partnerships to Reduce Disparities in Child Health & Development
The Raising of America is a 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 our 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 Jan. 8, 2015 at 2 p.m. EST, AMCHP and 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. There will be a Q&A on how participants can use the series to build strategic partnerships to improve child health and development in their communities.

Participants will learn about the Raising of America documentary series and public engagement campaign, and increase understanding of community and public health partnerships to promote equity in child health and development. To register for the webinar, please click here

Upcoming LCRN Webinar
The Life Course Research Network (LCRN) upcoming webinar, The Developmental Approach to Health Inequality, on Dec. 16 from 9-10 a.m. PST, will feature 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.

Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) Call for Studies
Mathematica Policy Research® is seeking studies for a comprehensive review of the evidence base for home visiting programs. The review is being conducted for HHS by Mathematica and will be used to help inform policy, new initiatives and program directions at the federal level. The purpose of this new Call for Studies is to continue and update the existing evidence review, conducted over the past five years. The results of the review, as well as detailed information about the review standards, are available on the HomVEE website. The Call for Studies is also available on the website. Submissions are due by Jan. 12, 2015. If you have any questions about the Call for Studies, please contact Rebecca Kleinman at HVEE@mathematica-mpr.com or (202) 250-3583. 

Autism Society 46th Annual Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders: Call for Presentations Now Open!
The Autism Society's National Conference and Exhibition, held this year on Wednesday, Jul. 8-11, 2015 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, is the only event to consistently bring together professionals, individuals on the autism spectrum, family members and advocates. Energetic forums provide in-depth presentations that cover what's new in the field of autism and explore how to improve existing services and supports. This call for papers is seeking presentations that address the full range of issues facing those affected by autism today, provide best practices, practical skills/knowledge and cutting edge research on topics of interest to those affected by autism. Of particular interest are sessions with content appropriate for intermediate to advanced audiences. Content areas include early intervention, education, employment, quality of life, behavior, communication, social skills, biomedical interventions, mental health and others. The varied expertise and experiences of presenters enables attendees to learn how to more effectively advocate and obtain needed services and supports. The ultimate goal of the Autism Society conference is to empower family members, individuals on the spectrum and professionals to make informed decisions. Overall conference content addresses the full range of the autism spectrum and encompasses lifespan issues. Presentations in Spanish also are encouraged. Submissions are due on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. To submit an online proposal, click here. If you have any questions, please call 800-3-AUTISM or e-mail conference@autism-society.org.

NIDA Strategic Plan Request for Information
The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) is revitalizing its Strategic Plan to provide a framework for the research it will support over the next five years. A Request for Information (RFI) was released on Dec. 10 to seek broad public input on the research priorities to be included in the plan. See the full RFI here. The current NIDA Strategic Plan was published in 2010. Since that time, there have been major advances in the science of drug abuse and addiction. Therefore the Institute has begun a planning process to develop a revitalized Strategic Plan for 2016–2020. NIDA seeks to harness the latest research technologies and apply them to the ever-evolving substance abuse landscape. NIDA invites input from researchers in academia and industry, health care professionals, patient advocates and advocacy organizations, scientific or professional organizations, federal agencies and other interested members of the public. To ensure consideration, responses must be received by Jan. 30, 2015, and should be e-mailed to NIDAOSPCPlanning@mail.nih.gov

Call for Submissions: MCH in Mountain Communities
The Maternal and Child Health Journal is soliciting manuscript submissions to be considered for an upcoming thematic issue focusing on the unique MCH challenges, needs, policy options and experiences of mountain communities/states/regions/nations throughout the world. Areas with significant populations residing in mountain communities may face natural risks, human resource shortages, communications and infrastructure challenges, political and social isolation, and economic challenges that differ from non-mountain communities. The Journal solicits manuscripts on any aspect of MCH in mountain communities, to include manuscripts presenting research, policy analyses, program development and implementation, and program evaluation. Submissions from mountain-based MCH researchers, practitioners and other professionals are especially encouraged, as are international submissions from authors in nations with substantial mountain communities. Manuscripts should make explicit the context and identification of mountain factors shaping or otherwise influencing MCH and policy, culture, health systems or epidemiological patterns. Submissions received by Mar. 31, 2015 will have the greatest likelihood of acceptance for this thematic issue. Please follow the Maternal and Child Health Journal instructions for authors and submit manuscripts to the editorial manager. When submitting a manuscript, include a cover letter stating your request for it to be considered for this thematic issue and select "Mountain MCH Special Issue" as manuscript type.