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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.

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.
 
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.

2014 AMCHP Member Assessment
This is just a friendly reminder to complete the 2014 AMCHP Member Assessment. By taking this assessment and sharing your opinion, AMCHP staff will be able to better serve you and meet your needs as an AMCHP member. The deadline for completion of the assessment is Jun. 6. See below for a note from AMCHP President Millie Jones:

Since 2010, every other year AMCHP has surveyed our members on their satisfaction with AMCHP as a member association. As we field the survey this Spring, I encourage you to dedicate some time to let AMCHP know your thoughts by completing the 2014 AMCHP Member Assessment. Rest assured, AMCHP uses member input to improve/influence program development and member support! Some of the changes we have made since 2010 are increased the number of web-based/virtual trainings, built a strategy to better support Family Delegates and CYSHCN directors, and used information from the member assessment to select topics for training and technical assistance.

You should receive a personalized link via e-mail to complete the assessment. For questions or comments regarding the member assessment, please contact Caroline Stampfel at cstampfel@amchp.org or Sharron Corle at scorle@amchp.org.

NBPHE Public Health Job Task Analysis Survey
The National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) is conducting a job task analysis to strengthen its Certified in Public Health (CPH) credentialing program. This job task analysis is the first of its kind. It will define performance domains and tasks performed by a public health professional. Job task analyses are typically performed to ensure the integrity of a professional examination. However, in addition to confirming how well the CPH examination measures the competence of CPH candidates, the evidence-based data stemming from the job task analysis will also be useful to the seminal Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Framing the Future initiative, which is looking at the future of public health education. The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Everyone working in public health is invited to respond, the complete survey can be found here.
 
AMCHP and the Text4baby State Enrollment Contest
AMCHP is formally supporting the 2014 Text4baby State Enrollment Contest, which launched on May 11. The contest will see which state can enroll the most Text4baby users between now and Nov. 1. Winners will be announced at the American Public Health Association's annual conference in mid-November. Women who sign up for Text4baby by texting BABY (BEBE for Spanish) to 511411 receive three personalized text messages per week timed to their due date or baby's birthday, supporting moms during pregnancy and until baby's first birthday. The messages cover a broad range of topics, including nutrition, the benefits of full-term delivery, breastfeeding, developmental milestones and oral health. Text4baby also includes interactive appointment and immunization reminders, educational videos and mobile web pages, links to health-related services, and urgent health alerts. For more information on Text4baby, click here.

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.