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Nominate Your Peers for a 2015 AMCHP Award 
AMCHP recognizes leadership in MCH 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.
2014 – 2015 AMCHP Best Practices Replication Technical Assistance Project: Request for Applications
As part of an overall strategic goal to improve MCH outcomes by sharing effective and promising practices with state and territorial MCH programs, AMCHP is pleased to provide a third round of replication stipends to foster connections between states interested in replication or adaptation of a current emerging, promising or best practice in Innovation Station. Through this project, applicants can request technical assistance support (i.e., travel funds or other seed resources) to learn how to adapt a specific Innovation Station practice (or elements of a practice) to their state or community. Applicants will need to demonstrate readiness to adapt the practice in order to maximize technical assistance resources. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 22. To access the RFA, click here

Congratulations Family Leaders!

AMCHP congratulates the 2013-2014 cohort for completion of the Family Scholars Program! Scholars and Mentors participated in 10 months of leadership activities that provided knowledge, tools and resources to enhance their development as family leaders, and to promote policies, programs and systems at the national, state and/or local-level that address important issues impacting the health and well-being of women, children and families, including children and youth with special health care needs.  
Family Scholars          State          Region
Tanja O'Brocta                NY                2
Tami Montemayor           OR              10
Robin Mathea                  WI                5
Susan Wood                    HI                 9
Phyllis Shingle                NM                6
Susan Bird                      MO                7
Family Mentors           State          Region
Laura Warren                  TX                6
Sondra Gilbert                 KY                4

Please look for our next announcement of family leaders selected for the 2014-2015 cohort!

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 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 features information, resources, and numerous ideas for individuals and communities around the world can use to commemorate this important day.

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.

Global Health & Innovation Annual Conference
The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world's largest global health conference and social entrepreneurship conference. This thought-leading conference annually convenes 2,200 leaders, changemakers, students, and professionals from all fields of global health, international development and social entrepreneurship. The 2015 conference will take place March 28-29, 2015 at Yale University in New Haven, CT. Register now to secure the lowest registration rate at Interested in presenting at the conference? Submit an abstract by Sept. 30 for consideration. 
Upcoming LCRN Webinars
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 health care 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

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 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 here.​