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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.​

Applications for Action Learning Collaborative for States to Implement National Standards due Aug. 29
AMCHP, with support from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health (LPFCH), is providing peer-to-peer technical assistance (TA) to states interested in using the recently developed National Standards for Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) to improve their state system of care for this population of children.

To promote shared practices and collaboration, AMCHP will provide targeted TA for up to six to eight state teams comprised of state Title V CYSHCN directors and their key partners (e.g., Medicaid, CHIP, health plans, families/consumers, provider groups, community services). Participants will join an Action Learning Collaborative (ALC) focused on strengthening the system of care for CYSHCN in an era of health reform and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), by using or adapting the National Standards.

The ALC will formally start in September 2014 with a kick-off webinar. AMCHP will convene an in-person ALC meeting in Washington, DC in early November 2014. Please note that this is a one-year TA opportunity consisting of a face-to-face meeting in the fall of 2014 in Washington, DC and ongoing, follow-up technical assistance calls through the remaining time. States participating in the ALC will receive support toward travel expenses for up to three state team members for the in-person meeting in Washington, DC.

All states are eligible to apply. Applicants must apply in "state teams" and designate a state team lead. AMCHP recognizes that every state is different, particularly with respect to its leadership, organizational structure, and political environment. This ALC will focus on establishing appropriate solutions guided by each state's unique circumstances. States that have participated in other related AMCHP TA activities including the ALC for CYSHCN and Medicaid Managed Care, and the national MCH Workforce Development Center are welcome to apply. Please refer to the attached application for further information about the ALC process, appropriate project foci, team makeup, and other issues.

Please send applications electronically to Maria Murillo at mmurrilo@amchp.org. Please direct any questions about the RFA to Treeby Brown at tbrown@amchp.org 

We look forward to receiving your state's application for this exciting technical assistance opportunity.

RFA Released for AMCHP Life Course Indicators Intensive Technical Assistance
On Aug. 8, AMCHP released a request for applications (RFA) for Life Course Indicators Intensive Technical Assistance projects. This RFA, which is focused on using the indicators, will support up to eight state or community teams in two eligibility categories to calculate and communicate a subset of the life course indicators. AMCHP will provide expert consultation on the calculation of the indicators, and will connect teams with experts in communication of life course data and implications for health and social equity. Participation in the Intensive Technical Assistance will result in the creation of at least one communications product including a policy or issue brief, fact sheet, needs assessment section, or other useful product. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, Sept. 5. For questions about the Life Course Indicators RFA, please contact Caroline Stampfel at cstampfel@amchp.org; 202-775-1473.

Resources for National Suicide Prevention Week
National Suicide Prevention Week (Sept. 8-14) and World Suicide Prevention Day (Sept. 10) are approaching, and resources are available from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center to support events and observances in your state. In the days following the death of actor and comedian Robin Williams by suicide, calls to national suicide hotlines and visits to support websites spiked, and it seems likely that this year's awareness events will receive increased attention and have the potential to reach wider audiences.

The theme of this year's National Suicide Prevention Week is "Suicide Prevention: One World Connected." The American Association of Suicidology's National Suicide Prevention Week Information & Media Kit gives you tools to use during that week to mobilize the public in support of suicide prevention, and to highlight your own services that may be available in the local community. The kit includes guidelines for proclamations, sample public service announcements, flyers and op-ed pieces, as well as fact sheets on suicide and suicide prevention.

The International Association for Suicide Prevention offers a World Suicide Prevention Day toolkit, press package, and PowerPoint presentation that feature information, resources, and numerous ideas for individuals and communities around the world can commemorate this important day.

AAP to Hold Webinar 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 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 Phillip John Matthias, MD, FAAP and Ira Chasnoff, MD, 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.

8th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference and Call for Session Proposals
The 8th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference (COC), invites persons and organizations engaged in researching, developing, implementing and evaluating policy and environmental strategies to reduce childhood obesity to submit proposals for consideration for inclusion in the 8th Biennial COC program. The conference will take place on Jun. 29 through Jul. 2, 2015 in San Diego, CA. Sessions will be 75 or 90 minutes in length and proposal submissions will be required to: 1) select the most appropriate themed track, 2) include at least one of the conference priorities, 3) select a level of evidence, and 4) include a diverse panel of speakers. Themed tracks include basic and applied research; build environment, land use and transportation; community nutrition and physical activity; early childhood education; food systems; healthcare approaches to prevention; marketing to kids; and school and expanded learning (after school and summer). Proposals are due Aug. 28. To learn more, click ​​here.

Upcoming South by Southwest Injury Prevention Network Webinar
As kids head back to school and back to sports, South by Southwest Injury Prevention introduces the second webinar in the Network's series on communicating about injury and violence prevention. The Heads Up about Concussion webinar, on Sept. 4 at 3 p.m. EST, will feature the CDC Heads Up campaign, which is focused on protecting kids and teens from concussion and other serious brain injuries. For more information and to register, click here.

CEHN 2015 Research Conference and Call for Abstracts
The theme for the 2015 Children's Environmental Health Network (CEHN) Research Conference, taking place Feb. 4-6, 2015 in Austin, TX, is "Children: Food and Environment." This conference will explore the interaction between food and environmental factors that affect children's health, including micro-level factors such as nutrient-mediated microbiome effects and macro-level influences such as contaminants rising from modern food production practices. The policy, regulatory and future research implications will be explored. This conference is suited for research scientists, epidemiologists, public health and heath care professionals and students in all related disciplines. The call for abstracts for both oral and poster presentations is currently open for multiple conference themes related to children's food and their environments. Abstracts are due Sept. 11. For more information, click here.

Upcoming Healthy People 2020 Webinars
Join Healthy People 2020 for two upcoming spotlight webinars:

  • Healthy People 2020: Prevention and Population Health Education Across the Health Professions Webinar, on Sept. 9 from 1- 2:30 p.m. EST. Join Healthy People 2020 and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research to learn about the role prevention and population health can play in advancing interprofessional education. Participants will learn how to access resources for developing curricula and collaborative learning experiences to improve prevention and population health education across various health professions. Faculty from the University of Texas Medical Branch and Duke University will describe their efforts to expand prevention education across disciplines. For more information and to register, click here.
  • Healthy People 2020: Promoting and Measuring Well-Being and Health-Related Quality of Life Webinar, on Sept. 25 from 12:30-2 p.m. EST. Health-related quality of life and well-being (HRQOL/WB) is a multi-dimensional concept that includes domains related to physical, mental, emotional, and social functioning. Since people are living longer than ever before, this view helps us to move beyond the narrow and traditional perspective of death and illness measurements of population health to focus on the impact that health status has on quality of life. Learn why HRQOL/WB measures are important and how these measures are related to Healthy People 2020 and other national health initiatives. You will also hear from two organizations that use HRQOL/QB measures to track population health. For more information and to register, click here.

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

  • 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.
  • Using the New England Family Study (NEFS) to Conduct Life Course Analyses, on Oct. 23 from 9-10 a.m. PST. This webinar features Stephen Buka, ScD, presenting on the New England Family Study (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 Nov. 19 from 9-10 a.m. PST. This webinar will feature LCRN director Neal Halfon, MD, MPH, and will chart the evolution of the life course health development (LCHD) 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 healthcare costs. Register here.
  • The Developmental Approach to Health Inequality, on Dec. 16 from 9-10 a.m. PST. This webinar features Gabriella Conti, PhD, discussing the developmental approach to health inequality.
    Gabriella is a Senior Lecturer in Health Economics in the Department of Applied Health Research at University College London; Research Associate at the Institute for Fiscal Studies; and Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research draws on both the biomedical and the social sciences with the aim of understanding the developmental origins of health inequalities, and the behavioral and biological pathways through which early life conditions affect health throughout the life course. Register here.

Collective Impact Summit
On Oct. 6-10 in Toronto, ON, 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 collectiveimpactsummit.com.

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 (APHA) 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 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 h​ere.