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​Open Call for AMCHP Committee Volunteers
Are you looking to get more involved with AMCHP? Check out the exciting opportunities below and make the most out of your membership!

One benefit of being an active AMCHP member is the opportunity to participate as a volunteer leader on the AMCHP Association Committees. AMCHP committees assist the organization in carrying out its mission, goals and strategic plan. As a member of the committee, you will be playing an important role in the development of AMCHP program and policy activities. At the same time, volunteering on an AMCHP committee offers you rich professional development opportunities and potentially provides a future pathway toward greater leadership roles in this organization.​

All interested members may serve up to two consecutive one-year terms. Please click here to review descriptions of the committees. In order to be appointed to a committee for 2015, please let us know of your interest by taking our survey by Jan. 16, 2015.

A Special Note About the 2015 Committee Appointment Process
A significant recognition is in order for all AMCHP members who have served on Association Committees over the past year. Volunteerism is the lifeblood of our organization and the AMCHP Board of Directors and staff are truly grateful for your past service to an AMCHP Association Committees.

Work has been completed recently related to the FY 2015 (Oct. 1, 2014-Sept. 30, 2015) committee appointment process. Coinciding with this work, there have been ongoing efforts to formalize AMCHP committee policies and processes around recruitment and appointments, as well as look at structure, purpose, volunteer training, roles and responsibilities.

Earlier this year, the Governance Committee and Board of Directors spent significant effort revising the AMCHP bylaws in order to ensure consistency across organizational policies and to bring them into compliance with nonprofit laws governing the District of Columbia. As the board begins to look at its committee policies and procedures, it also has been necessary to ensure the organization is following the new bylaws and adhering to previously established policies and practices concerning committee membership and appointments.

Some of our appointment processes required a reiteration and alignment with our current standing policies around committees, including such areas as:

  • Ensuring committee members are current members of AMCHP and allowing the opportunity for those who are not members to join the organization to participate in the future
  • Providing a proper role for federal government and/or other national organization/partner representatives to serve AMCHP committees in an ex-officio capacity (up to two per committee)
  • Allowing for non-member subject matter experts utilized actively for specific peer review activities to participate in a non-voting manner in order to afford AMCHP the best expertise possible as we grow our best practice portfolio
  • Adhering to AMCHP established bylaws language related to term limits by allowing volunteers to serve up to two (2) consecutive one-year terms.
Re-establishing sound practices and procedures and executing change can sometimes be challenging. AMCHP remains loyal to its former, current, and new volunteers and believes in continuing to offer opportunities for all of our members to contribute in ways that are meaningful to the organization and to the individual. Thank you all for your service to the organization.​

​Raising of America: Strengthening Public Health and Community Partnerships to Reduce Disparities in Child Health & Development
The Raising of America is a documentary series and multimedia initiative that will launch in early 2015 that will reframe the way we look at early child health and development. The documentary, by the producers of UNNATURAL CAUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?, explores how a strong start for all our kids leads not only to better individual life courses (learning, earning and physical and mental health) but also to a healthier, safer, better educated, more prosperous and more equitable America.

On Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. EST, AMCHP and national partners will host a webinar to raise awareness about the documentary series. We will show clips from the opening episode, which moves back and forth between the science of human development and the stories of families and communities struggling to provide the rich and responsive environments all children need to thrive. There will be a Q&A on how participants can use the series to build strategic partnerships to improve child health and development in their communities.

Participants will learn about the Raising of America documentary series and public engagement campaign, and increase understanding of community and public health partnerships to promote equity in child health and development. To register for the webinar, please click here.

Special Training on the CDC Maternal Mortality Review Data System at AMCHP Annual Conference
Though maternal death reviews have been in place for over a century, and almost half the states in the United States have a maternal mortality review process, there has never been a standardized data system available to support essential review functions. Join AMCHP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday, Jan. 23 for a two-part training on a new data system developed by CDC personnel that supports centralized analysis and leverages standard data sources for maternal death reviews. Content of the Maternal Mortality Review Data System (MMRDS) was originally developed based on decades of work by the CDC Division of Reproductive Health. The MMRDS standardizes information collected by maternal death reviews and defines a core set of information that all users collect; all in a free software package (Epi Info 7) with strong user support and which is easily adapted by reviews. The MMRDS has four primary purposes:

  • Serve as a data abstraction tool
  • Support case summary development
  • Document committee findings and recommendations
  • Support analysis (internal to Epi Info and through exported data)

In addition to supporting individual reviews, the MMRDS also can bring together data at the regional and national level; supporting the development of summaries across geographic boundaries, identification and analysis of rare and emerging causes of death, and common recommendations for action. During this two-part daylong training, CDC personnel will provide an introduction to the data system and the Epi Info 7 platform, provide a tour of the forms corresponding to review data sources and introduce the relational database structure, and present basic and advanced analysis supported by Epi Info 7. ​

Register here by Friday, Jan. 9. Please note that space is limited and participants that register for the training are expected to participate in the full day. Please contact Andria Cornell at with any questions.

Now Available: Application to Participate in the National MCH Workforce Development Center's Cohort 2 Training
The National MCH Workforce Development Center offers a range of trainings, tools and resources to strengthen MCH workforce capacity to lead through health transformation. The Center offers training in four key areas: access to care, quality improvement, systems integration and change management. State/territory Title V agencies/MCH programs and their partners will have the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and tools in the four key areas and apply them to a current health transformation project of interest. Cohort 2 participants should plan to be actively engaged with the Center from April through December 2015. All applications must be received by Feb. 27 at 5 p.m. EST. Applications are available via the AMCHP website and the Center website.

Upcoming CSN Webinar on Injury-related Hospital Admissions Among Children
This Children's Safety Network (CSN) webinar, taking place on Jan. 14 at 3 - 4:30 p.m. EST, will provide information about the proposed new Title V MCH Services Block Grant National Performance Measure (NPM) #7 on reducing injury-related hospital admissions among children and adolescents ages zero through 19, a key measure in improving the health and safety of children and adolescents across the United States. The webinar, "Reducing Injury-Related Hospital Admissions among Children and Adolescents Ages 0-19: The Role of the New Title V MCH Block Grant National Performance Measure on Injury," will explain the burden of injury-related hospitalizations; introduce the new Title V Performance Measure framework with a focus on NPM-7 and associated National Outcome Measures; provide an overview of specific resources designed to support states that select NPM-7; share CSN resources for understanding the burden of injury-related hospitalizations in your state; and explain how to identify effective strategies for keeping infants, children and adolescents safe. To register for the webinar, click here.

National Child Health Policy Conference
Register today for the AcademyHealth 2015 National Child Health Policy Conference (CHPC), being held on Feb. 11 in Washington, DC. The CHPC will feature sessions that highlight the key policy priorities for child health in the evolving health care systems on the federal, state and local levels. Sessions will cover timely policy initiatives for child health while addressing relevant evidence to bridge gaps in child health services research. Speakers will put policy issues and priorities into context specifically for child health experts. With more than 300 attendees and a discussion-focused format, the CHPC offers unique opportunities to gain access to child health policy stakeholders and build your professional network. Register online by Jan. 30. For more information about the conference, click here.

Call for Applications: Training Course in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), CDC and CityMatCH are offering a Training Course in MCH Epidemiology on Jun. 1-5 in Baltimore, MD, as part of their ongoing effort to enhance the analytic capacity of state and local health agencies. The training course is an intensive program, combining lectures, discussion, hands-on exercises and opportunities for individualized technical assistance. Content for the 2015 course will include: needs assessment; target setting for performance measurement; program evaluation; statistical and epidemiologic methods: from descriptive statistics to multivariable modeling; and presenting data: linking high quality analysis to reporting. A brief series of webinars prior to the training will set the stage for the onsite training.

This national program is aimed primarily at professionals in state and local health agencies who have significant responsibility for collecting, processing, analyzing and reporting MCH data. This year, the course is geared to individuals with basic to intermediate skills in statistical and epidemiologic methods, preferably in MCH or a related field. The deadline for applications is Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. PST. To learn more and apply, click here.