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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.

How to Prepare for the CoIIN IM Summits
We're looking forward to seeing Regions I-III and VII-X at the CoIIN Infant Mortality next month! A draft agenda can be found here. We have two upcoming webinars that will help you prepare for the Summits: a pre-Summit FAQ webinar on Monday, Jul. 14, 3-4 p.m. EST is open to all participants, and will share what to expect at the Summits and how to prepare for your team time; and a data analysis webinar on Jul. 16, 3-4 p.m. EST for the team data leads, will share information on the data profiles that states will be given prior to the summits. The link for the FAQ webinar can be found here. The link for the data analysis webinar can be found here and the audio for both webinars will be available through your phone using the following call-in #: 1-888-450-5996 and passcode: 979667#. If you have any questions about the webinars or how to prepare for the Summits, please contact Piia Hanson at or Caroline Stampfel at
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

National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities Webinar
This webinar, Needs Assessments: Opportunities for Collaboration across Multiple Stakeholders to be held on Jul. 9  from 3-4 p.m. EST, will be focused on community needs assessments in partnership with Community Action Partnership and the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI). Speakers will provide an overview of the key elements of assessments used by Community Action Agencies, hospitals and public health programs to inform community benefits and services programs. Specifically, presenters will discuss commonalities and differences in the outcomes and applications of the different assessments, the degree to which health equity concerns are captured by these assessments, and opportunities for improved coordination between users of both assessments. For more information, click here.

AAP to Hold Webinar Series on FASDs
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) – via its Program to Enhance the Health and Development of Infants and Children – is offering a series of four 30-minute educational webinars focused on raising awareness of primary care clinicians regarding the diagnosis and treatment for children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). The educational webinars will focus on identification, diagnosis, referral, and management of FASDs.

  • Myths, Media and the Medical Home (Faculty: Renee Turchi, MD, MPH, FAAP) – The myths, media and the medical home session will highlight common media misconceptions about alcohol use during pregnancy, provide a clinical overview of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, and most importantly discuss the role of medical home providers in identifying and managing children with FASDs. To register for this webinar on Jul. 16 at 3 p.m. EST, click here.
  • Detection, Discovery and Diagnosis (Faculty: Yasmin Senturias, MD, FAAP) – The detection, discovery and diagnosis session will delineate the signs and symptoms that may indicate prenatal alcohol exposure and a possible condition along the continuum of FASDs. An algorithm for evaluation of FASDs will be introduced and discussed as a tool for diagnosis and referral in primary care. Information about various diagnostic tools will also be shared. To register for this webinar on Jul. 28 at 3 p.m. EST, click here.
  • Roles, Referrals and Reimbursement (Faculty: David Wargowski, MD ) – The roles, referrals and reimbursement session will provide primary care clinicians with the tools they need to work with families and children who have or may have an FASDs. Dr Wargowski will identify the appropriate professionals needed to build an FASD team and discuss options for community based resources for referral and treatment. Billing, coding and reimbursement will also be discussed. To register for this webinar on Aug. 13 at 3 p.m. EST, click here.
  • Communication, Care Coordination and Co-management (Faculty: Phillip John Matthias, MD, FAAP and Ira Chasnoff, MD) – The communication, care coordination and co-management session will confirm the importance of a medical home and its role in working with patients and families. Drs Matthias and Chasnoff will review the development of comprehensive care plans and present several case studies to demonstrate different approaches to care coordination and co-management. To register for this webinar on Aug. 27 at 3 p.m. EST, click here.

Upcoming LCRN Webinars
The Life Course Research Network (LCRN) has several upcoming webinars on topics of interest for AMCHP members, including:

  • 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.

Scientific Writing for Peer Reviewed Publications for Public Health Professionals Course 

On Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., as part of the Learning Institute of the 142nd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association in New Orleans, LA, this course will help public health practitioners turn their work into manuscripts for publication. The two trainers are experienced in teaching this topic: Dr. Kogan is the director of epidemiology and research at MCHB, and has served on various editorial boards, as well as edited special issues of Pediatrics and the Maternal and Child Health Journal, while Dr. Posner is the editor-in-chief of the Preventing Chronic Disease journal at the CDC. Both presenters have published more than 100 articles. The trainers will be assisted by other experienced authors or editors who will work with the class on partially-completed manuscripts that students will be asked to bring to class. To learn more, click here.