AMCHP Celebrates Autism Awareness Month
Please join AMCHP in celebrating National Autism Awareness Month! This month provides a special opportunity to increase public awareness of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), which are estimated to affect one in 68 children in the United States. AMCHP will be celebrating by sharing news, resources and information through the State Public Health Resources Center (SPHARC), social media and listservs. [more]
Adolescent Health in Title V: Findings from an Environmental Scan
AMCHP recently completed an Environmental Scan of Adolescent Health (AH) activities in Title V programs. Join us for a webinar on Apr. 14 from 3-4 p.m. EST. The presentation will include an overview of key findings and trends in adolescent health programs as reflected in activities reported by states in their block grant narratives. [more]
Where Does Adolescent Health Fit in Preconception Health?
Leveraging the life course approach to develop programs and policies that improve the health of women and men throughout the life span has special implications for adolescent health. Priority preconception health topics, such as prevention of unintended pregnancy, reproductive awareness, and risk screening, take on new complexity through an adolescent sexual and reproductive health lens. [more]
Leading in Changing Times Part 3: Leaders with a Vision --Coming Apr. 30
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. [more]
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. [more]
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. [more]
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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!