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AMCHP 2014 Member Assessment – Coming Soon!
As a member organization we exist to support you, our members. With this goal in mind, once again AMCHP will undertake a scan to learn more about our members and how well you feel we serve you by conducting an electronic survey of our membership to solicit member feedback about key organizational activities. As with the previous member assessments conducted in 2010 and 2012, AMCHP will use the needs assessment results proactively to identify opportunities to improve performance, reactively to respond to less than desirable results, and continuously as an ongoing component of a continual improvement process. Keep on the lookout for the AMCHP Member Assessment to be launched this month April 2014 – we want to hear from you!


AMCHP is For Babies
On Saturday, May 3, AMCHP staff will participate in the 2014 March for Babies in Washington, DC to support the March of Dimes in improving the health of babies. Click here to support our team, AMCHP Steps for Babies!

Leading in Changing Times Part 3: Leaders with a Vision
In working to improve the lives of women, children and families, leadership is an essential role for maternal and child health (MCH) programs. Leaders must have a vision, take initiative, influence people, solve problems, and take responsibility in order to make things happen. And, whether or not they have a formal title, everyone is engaged in the process of leadership. Likewise, everyone can develop their leadership effectiveness. AMCHP efforts to strengthen the capacity of the MCH community to engage in the leadership process recognize that leadership development is a process, not an event. The Leading in Changing Times Series is an initiative launched by AMCHP as part of our larger efforts to support a diverse, effective and competent workforce in state and territorial MCH programs. The Leading in Changing Times Series is a year-long, three-part series of webinars blending principles of key leadership theory with real-world stories from senior-level MCH leaders. These 45-minutes leadership “conversations” are designed to share leadership ideas and inspiration through a 20-minute presentation and 25-minute discussion. The third conversation of this series, Leaders with a Vision: The ability to see beyond the present, is scheduled for Wednesday, Apr. 30 at 1:15 p.m. EST. Stephanie Wrightsman-Birch, section chief of Women’s, Children’s and Family Health as well as the Title V for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has more than 30 years of MCH experience and currently serves on the AMCHP board as the Past President. Ms. Wrightsman-Birch will provide an overview of the key concept, leadership and vision, followed by her personal experience in rebuilding the MCH program after it was disbanded in a reorganization of her department. To reserve your webinar seat, click here.

Title V Five Year Needs Assessment Virtual Training – Part 2: Nuts and Bolts on Using Data
Title V legislation requires each state and jurisdiction to conduct a statewide, comprehensive needs assessment every five years. Hard to believe that the time has come for Title V programs to prepare for the next comprehensive needs assessment! The needs assessment process can be a useful tool for strategic planning, strategic decision making and resource allocation. It also provides a way for Title V programs to benchmark where they are and assess progress over a five-year period. To assist states or jurisdictions in preparing their assessments AMCHP is hosting a series of virtual trainings to provide guidance on the needs assessment process. The second webinar, The Nuts and Bolts on Using Data, is scheduled for Thursday, May 1 from 3-4 p.m. EST. This webinar will feature a presentation from Caroline Stampfel, MPH, currently the senior epidemiologist at AMCHP and formerly an MCH lead analyst with the Virginia Title V program, on using data in the needs assessment process. Ms. Stampfel’s presentation will be followed by two states-in-action profiles, Rhode Island and Alaska, who will share their data strategies, resources and lessons learned from conducting the five-year needs assessment process. In order to capitalize on the information presented in the virtual training, AMCHP recommends that states consider team participation in the training, i.e., participation from both program and data staff. Click here to register.

Building and Retaining a Resilient MCH Workforce for Tomorrow
Several forces, such as full implementation of the Affordable Care Act and enduring budget cuts, deficits and hiring freezes, are having a huge impact on the knowledge and skills needed for a competent public health workforce. To continue to effectively meet the needs of children, families and communities they serve, building and retaining a resilient MCH workforce has become especially critically important for state Title V programs. In order to support state efforts to maintain a talented workforce, AMCHP is hosting the Building and Retaining a Resilient MCH Workforce for Tomorrow webinar on May 15 at 2 p.m. EST. This webinar will feature stories from two states, Michael Warren, MD, MPH, FAAP, director of Maternal and Child Health for the Tennessee Department of Health and Meredith Pyle, systems development chief in the Maryland Office for Genetics and People with Special Health Care Needs, highlighting their successes in building a resilient workforce. The webinar will also feature a brief overview from Mark Law, PhD, director of operations for CityMatCH, of two concepts, Positive Psychology and Emotional Intelligence, that have demonstrated effectiveness in building a resilient workforce. Click here to register.

CDC Public Health Grand Rounds on Autism Spectrum Disorders
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will hold its first ever Public Health Grand Rounds on autism spectrum disorder on Apr. 22 from 1-2 p.m. EST. The CDC Public Health Grand Rounds “Autism Spectrum Disorder: From Numbers to Know-How” will features presentations on autism etiology, surveillance, early identification and screening, and evidence-based intervention. Free training and continuing education opportunities/contact hours are available for watching Grand Rounds. A live webcast will be available. To learn more, click here.

Successful Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Connecting Clinical Care and Community Interventions Webinar
Research demonstrates that clinical and educational contraceptive services as well as behavioral interventions are needed to reduce the rate of teen pregnancy. In this webinar, Title X-funded family planning providers will share lessons learned about how to provide high quality clinical services to teens. Providers will also describe ways that clinical providers and community-based organizations that provide behavioral interventions can work together to reach and effectively serve teens in their communities. This webinar, scheduled for Apr. 22 from 3-4:15 p.m. EST, is designed for administrators, program staff, health educators and outreach workers of health programs and community-based organizations serving teens, as well as anyone interested in learning more about teen pregnancy prevention efforts. To learn more, click here.

Starting and Supporting Family Advisory Groups: A “How-To” Webinar
Join the National Center for Medical Home Implementation on Apr. 24 from 11 a.m. – noon CDT for the final installment of a free three-part webinar series focusing on the promotion of partnership and teamwork in pediatric medical homes. This webinar will provide a detailed “how-To” description of starting and supporting family advisory groups, examples of best practices, and insights from parent partners. Register here.

The Surprising Life Course Impact of Premature Birth for Life Course Health Development
This webinar the seventh in the Life Course Research Network series on The State of Life Course Health Development Research: Past, Present and Future features Michael Msall, MD. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Msall has been involved with understanding the complexity of child, adolescent and young adult health and developmental outcomes after translational technologies, whether genetic, pulmonary, cardiac, oncological or neurosensory. His clinical and teaching priorities have been to develop interdisciplinary systems of care in settings of scarce resources for children at highest biological or social risk for neurodevelopmental disabilities. The webinar will take place Thursday, Apr. 24 from 12-1 p.m. EST. To register, click here.

2014 CAAI Webinar: Autism Spectrum Disorder and Transition
This webinar, held Apr. 30 from 3-4:3- p.m. EST, will begin with a presentation from Got Transition staff who will speak broadly about transition and an upcoming Federal transition plan, followed by CAAI grantee presentations on research, training, state-specific successes and best practices for advancing transition for individuals on the autism spectrum. To learn more, click here.

Save the Date: Linked by Life Webinar
The Linked by Life webinar titled “Wisconsin: Turning the Ship Towards Implementing Life Course Theory, Social Determinants of Health and Preconception Care,” jointly sponsored by the Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) will take place May 6 from 2-3:30 p.m. EST. The webinar will illustrate how the Wisconsin Department of Health Services adopted and executed life course theory to expand preconception care throughout the state, connect MCH and early childhood modes of care while addressing the social determinants of health. Speakers also will reveal how they combined the assets of their MCH and chronic disease divisions to improve overall women’s health. The presenters will communicate why other local and state health departments should adopt this strategic intent in order to reduce racial disparities in birth outcomes by becoming an MCH Life Course Organization. To join the event participants should click here. For audio, dial in to the toll-free number: 800-988-9658 and use the passcode #5218751 for the event.

Save the Date: Upcoming Webinar on the MCH Navigator!
The MCH Navigator, funded by MCHB at Georgetown University, is a learning portal that provides access to state and local MCH professionals for free, providing competency-based online trainings to meet professional development needs and ensure that the Title V workforce has the knowledge and skills to address the needs of the MCH Community. On May 21 from 1-2 p.m. EST, John Richards, research director for the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University will provide an overview of new and familiar features of the new Navigator website, and will explain how professionals can access learning opportunities directly through the site and how departments and organizations can use the Navigator to encourage and track staff development. After this event, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the history of the MCH Navigator, how it assists in learning the skills needed for being a member of the Title V workforce, and learn about new key features of the website
  • Learn how to identify specific MCH Navigator trainings and resources base on individual needs
  • Learn about the MCH Navigator's Self-Assessment tool and how to develop a customized learning plan for success
  • Understand how the MCH leadership Competencies and the Public Health Core Competencies assist in structuring your learning needs both in the MCH Navigator and through HRSA TRAIN

 Please click here to register.