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 Get Involved

Are you looking to get more involved with AMCHP? Check out the exciting opportunities below and make the most out of your membership!
Board Nominations: The AMCHP Governance Committee is currently accepting nominations for 2015 AMCHP Board positions. These leadership positions guide, direct, inform and contribute to moving AMCHP strategic directions and goals forward. More information about these positions, necessary qualifications and the nominations process may be found on the AMCHP website or by clicking here. We ask that all nominations be forwarded to the Governance Committee by Jul. 31, 2014 to ensure that the committee has ample time to review all candidate materials.

July CoIIN Infant Mortality Summits
AMCHP is proud to partner with MCHB and NICHQ to organize sessions at the 2014 Collaborative Improvement and Innovation and Network (CoIIN) Infant Mortality Summits.  The Infant Mortality Summits will convene states from Regions I-III and VII-X to prepare them for the rollout of the CoIIN initiative in their state. Regions VII-X will meet Jul. 21-22, and Regions I-III will meet Jul. 24-25. Both summits will take place in the Washington, DC, area. A third summit for the Pacific Basin jurisdictions will be held Aug. 24-26 in Honolulu, HI. For more information on the summits, please visit the CoIIN website here or contact our partners at NICHQ at coiin@nichq.org.
 
AMCHP Annual Conference Session Reviewers Needed
Make your mark on the 2015 AMCHP Annual Conference. The Annual Conference Planning Committee is seeking volunteers to help review presentation abstracts for the next AMCHP Annual Conference. We work to keep the impact on your time to a minimum, roughly two hours maximum. For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Laura Goodwin at lgoodwin@amchp.org.

Call for Applications: CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Pre-Conference Trainings
AMCHP and CityMatCH will offer nine training options for those wishing to build their skills. The topics include advanced epidemiology methods, measuring performance, leadership, data use, return on investment, epi for non-epis, infographics, equity, and design thinking. A detailed description of each, including learning objectives and MCH leadership competencies addressed, can be found on the conference website. Applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. PST on Friday, Jun. 20. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by Jun. 30. For more information, please contact Caroline Stampfel at cstampfel@amchp.org.

Building, Implementing, and Sustaining Teen Pregnancy Prevention Efforts
Please join us on Thursday, Jun. 26 from 2-3 p.m. EST for a timely discussion of state examples of teen pregnancy prevention programming through the lenses of positive youth development, the program implementation life cycle, and disparity reduction. In recent weeks and coinciding with Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month in May, numerous federal partners and their grantees participated in webinars on teen pregnancy prevention activities, including on the topics of engaging males and prevention of subsequent teen pregnancies. As MCH programs consider their own efforts designing, coordinating, and evaluating teen pregnancy prevention programs within their state, this AMCHP webinar will highlight three state teen pregnancy initiatives at different stages of implementation, and will focus on their efforts to reduce disparities (by race/ethnicity and urban versus rural) in teen pregnancy and childbearing, leveraging novel partnerships and outreach methods. This webinar is part of the AMCHP Women's Health Info Series, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Reproductive Health.

Featured speakers:

  • Gabriel McNeal - PREP Coordinator, Adolescent & Youth Development Specialist, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Benita Decker – State Adolescent Health Coordinator, Kentucky Department of Public Health
  • Tiffane Raulerson – Teen Pregnancy Prevention Project Coordinator, Florida Department of Health

 
Please register here for the webinar. Web access and call-in information will be emailed to registrants in the week prior to the event.
 
Upcoming LCRN Webinars
The Life Course Research Network (LCRN) has several upcoming webinars on topics of interest for AMCHP members, including:

  • Using the New England Family Study (NEFS) to Conduct Life Course Analyses on Jun. 18 from 9-10 a.m. PST. This webinar features Stephen Buka, ScD, presenting on NEFS, a 50-year, three-generation longitudinal study of 17,000 infants born in New England in the 1960s. The NEFS is aimed at identifying obstetric and genetic risk factors for neuropsychiatric and other medical disorders with developmental origins, including schizophrenia, bipolar and major affective disorders, substance use, learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and cardiovascular disease. Register here.
  • Life Course Health Development: Past, Present and Future on Jul. 22 from 9-10 a.m. PST. This webinar - featuring LCRN director Neal Halfon, MD, MPH - will chart the evolution of the life course health development 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.

Using the Fragile Families and Child Well-being Study (FFCWS) to Conduct Life Course Analyses on Sept. 16 from 9-10 a.m. PST. This webinar features Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, MEd, PhD, and Amanda Geller, PhD, presenting on FFCWS of nearly 5,000 children born in large U.S. cities between 1998 and 2000, roughly three-quarters of whom were born to unmarried parents. The FFCWS consists of parent interviews at birth and ages one, three and five, plus in-home assessments of children and home environments at ages three and five. Register here.