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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.

RFA Released for Second Cohort of AMCHP Every Mother Initiative
On Jul. 14, AMCHP released a request for applications (RFA) for the second cohort of the AMCHP Every Mother Initiative. The purpose of this initiative is to help states address maternal health issues through strengthening and enhancing state maternal mortality surveillance systems and translating data from these systems to take action in developing and implementing strategies and policy change to prevent maternal death and improve maternal health outcomes. The second cohort will build on the successes of the first cohort and maximize opportunities for peer learning. The six selected awardees will work together as one learning cohort, with opportunity for mentorship from states that participated in the first ALC cohort, as well as one another. Participation includes in-person and virtual technical assistance, peer to peer site visits, and a translation support sub-award to fund translation of maternal mortality review recommendations into population-based interventions. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST Aug. 22. A RFA Q&A call will be held on Jul. 29 at 12 p.m. EST. For questions about the Every Mother RFA, please contact Andria Cornell at; 202-266-3043. For more information and to access the RFA, click here.

Submit Your Session Proposal for the AMCHP 2015 Annual Conference
AMCHP invites you to submit a session proposal for the 2015 AMCHP Annual Conference (Jan. 24-27). The theme is AMCHP 2015: United to Build Healthier Communities. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The AMCHP Annual Conference is the ideal venue to present your ideas, research, innovative programming, best practices, and effective outreach strategies to MCH and other public health practitioners, directors of state programs, federal officials, advocates, family leaders, researchers and health care providers. Click here for complete information about submitting your session proposal and for the online submission system. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. You will be notified about the outcome of your submission by Monday, Sept. 30, 2014. If you have questions about the session proposal submission process, please contact Corey Siembieda at or (703) 964-1240, ext. 20. For more information about the 2015 AMCHP Annual Conference, click here. We look forward to seeing you in Washington in January!

Nominate Your Peers for a 2015 AMCHP Award 
AMCHP recognizes leadership in maternal and child health in several ways, including awards presented to MCH leaders to honor their excellence in the field. These awards will be presented at the 2015 AMCHP Annual Conference, Jan. 24-27 in Washington, DC.

AMCHP is now accepting nominations for the following:

  • John MacQueen Lecture Award for innovation in the field of maternal and child health
  • Excellence In State MCH Leadership Award for an outstanding state MCH professional whose career has made significant contributions to the health of women, children and families in their state
  • Merle McPherson Leadership Award for exemplary contributions to further family/state professional collaboration within a state Title V Program and AMCHP
  • Vince Hutchins Leadership Award for leadership in promoting a society responsive to the needs of women, children, youth and families
  • Young MCH Professional Award for significant contributions to state MCH programs in promoting and protecting the health of women, children, and families in their state and/or region

For more information and the nomination guidelines for these awards, click here.

Please note: All awards use the same nomination form, but a separate form must be submitted per nominee, per award. The nomination deadline for these awards is Sept. 19, 2014.

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. ​

  • 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 Webinar
The Life Course Research Network (LCRN) has an upcoming webinar, 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.

Collective Impact Summit
On Oct. 6-10 in Toronto, Ontario, the Tamarack Institute will host its first-ever Collective Impact Summit, a five-day dynamic workshop that will convene more than 250 leaders from across the world who desire new ways to lead, engage and transform the work of community and learn what makes collective impact work. Keynotes speakers will include Melody Barnes of the Aspen Institute's Forum for Community Solutions, John Kania of FSG Social Impact Consultants, and Brenda Zimmerman, co-author of Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changed. To learn more about the summit, visit

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 the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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.