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Upcoming Webinar: Improving Coverage & Care for Pregnant & Postpartum Women
Women and families have experienced tremendous health coverage gains over the last five years, yet pregnant women still face a complex landscape when it comes to insurance. Pregnancy may trigger overlaps in eligibility for private and public insurance programs, causing women to "churn" or move between plans. Access to insurance is critical during pregnancy – uninsured women access fewer prenatal care services and experience more adverse birth outcomes, including preterm birth and low birth weight. Join us on Monday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. EST for a webinar, Improving Coverage & Care for Pregnant & Postpartum Women. To learn more and register, click here.

Work Related Injuries Are Happening to Youth: Can We Make a Difference?
Young workers are a significant subset of the U.S. workforce, and they are at increased risk of being injured while on the job. On Oct. 27, 2015 from 2-3 p.m. EST the Massachusetts Young Workers Injury Surveillance and Prevention Project will be hosting a webinar on work-related injuries to young workers under the age of 25, as well as the diversity of intervention activities that have been carried out in collaboration with a range of government agency and community partners. To register, click here.

New Webinar Series to support Implementation of the MCH Block Grant Transformation Taking Action with Evidence: Implementation Roadmaps
AMCHP and the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Strengthen the Evidence Base for MCH are pleased to announce a series of webinars to support your next phase of action – selecting evidence-based or -informed strategies and developing your state-initiated Evidence-based or -informed Strategy Measures (ESMs) that will impact your state selected Title V population-based National Performance Measures (NPMs).

Each webinar in the series will focus on one of the 15 NPMs. The series will take place October through February. The first webinars are scheduled as follows:

  • NPM #8 Physical Activity Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. EST
  • NPM #1 Well Woman Visit Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. EST
  • NPM #14 Smoking Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. EST 

More information about the series and registration links for each webinar are posted to the MCH Block Grant Transformation Resources page on the AMCHP website. We will update this site on a rolling basis and provide reminders in Member Briefs.

Call for Applications for the New AMCHP Leadership Lab!
State and territorial Title V staff are entrusted with carrying out the mission of Title V to improve the health of all mothers, children, including children with special health care needs, and their families. To achieve this laudable aim, staff must exhibit leadership skills on a daily basis, from communicating the importance of Title V to creating a vision for success, to creating a culture of co-creation and collaborating with stakeholders to aligning activities. AMCHP believes leadership skills are developed throughout your life and career. For nearly 20 years, AMCHP has supported the development of maternal and child health leaders – family leaders, MCH, Title V and CYSHCN Directors – through formal and informal learning opportunities, experience, dialogue, feedback, peer-to-peer learning, mentoring, coaching, and more. To meet the expanding needs of Title V staff, AMCHP redesigned our approach to leadership development by launching the Leadership Lab. This is a unique developmental activity for state and territorial Title V staff that have the desire to pursue greater leadership responsibility. The Leadership Lab is structured to allow Title V staff from across the workforce (Family Leaders, new Title V and MCH Directors, CYSHCN Directors, Next Generation MCH Leaders (age 45 or less), and MCH / Title V Epidemiologists) to learn from each other. The lab also provides opportunities to learn from role-based peers. The Leadership Lab requires a 10-month commitment by participants from December 2015 to September 2016. Participants are matched with a mentor/peer charged with crafting an individual development plan, completing self-directed learning modules, participating in quarterly webinars, and peer-to-peer calls. All applications are due on Tuesday, Nov. 3 by 8 p.m. EST. To apply, click here.

The Children's Environmental Health Network's 10th Annual Child Health Advocate Award Reception
The Children's Environmental Health Network will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Annual Child Health Advocate Awards at the George Washington Milken Institute of Public Health in Washington, DC on Nov. 12 from 5:30-8 p.m. EST. This event will honor key leaders, including youth, for their tireless efforts to promote safe and healthy environments for children. To register, click here.

Neurodevelopment and Psychosocial Issues in Children with CHD Webinar
In collaboration with the CDC National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, the AAP Program to Enhance the Health and Development of Infants and Children (PEHDIC) will host a webinar on Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. CST about the neurodevelopment and psychosocial issues of children with congenital heart defects (CHD). Children with CHD are likely to receive special education services, and early identification screenings are required to help children achieve optimal outcomes. Faculty will summarize current evidence related to children with CHDs and developmental issues, review guidelines for periodic screening and evaluation, and present strategies to enhance outcomes. To register, click here. For more information, please contact Dana Bright at dbright@app.org.

Now Accepting Applications: Emerging MCH Leadership Graduate Student Scholarship
AMCHP and Go Beyond MCH are offering a graduate student scholarship. This scholarship is designed to assist one graduate student per year in furthering their education while sponsoring their attendance at the AMCHP Annual Conference to hone their leadership skills and connect them with existing leaders within MCH. The deadline to submit application materials is 8 p.m. EST on Nov. 16. To learn more and to see the application requirements, click here.

Prematurity Prevention Conference
March of Dimes is hosting conferences in Crystal City, Virginia on Nov. 17-18, 2015 about enhancing prematurity prevention efforts in the United States through the sharing of information about the design, implementation, programs, policies, and other activities to prevent premature births. Other goals of the conferences are to prevent prematurity by disseminating findings on evidence-based practices, programs, and policies, and share tools and resources, as well as engaging stakeholders to participate in the effort to achieve the goal of reducing U.S. premature births to 5.5 percent by 2030. To register, click here.

GSEP Proposal System is Now Open
The HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau is now accepting submissions for a summer project proposal for the upcoming 2016 Graduate Student Epidemiology Program. The GSEP offers graduate students a unique opportunity to apply their classroom skills to real-world data projects, offering state and local agencies valuable technical assistance as they work to enhance their information systems capacity. The projects will be grounded in Data Analysis and Monitoring, Needs Assessment, and Program Evaluation. State or local health departments and tribal epidemiology centers are eligible to propose a project. Proposals will be accepted until Nov. 20, 2015. Eligible students must currently be enrolled in an accredited School of Public Health program and successfully completed coursework in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Health Administration, and who are specializing in the study of maternal and child health. To apply, click here. For more information, please contact Julia Fantacone at gsep@altarum.org or (202) 842-2000.

APHIF Host Site Applications
The Applied Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program (APHIF) is designed to give informatics fellows an accelerated training experience and on-the-job training at health departments in preparation for a career as public health informaticians at health departments in state and local levels. APHIF is one of three fellowship programs as part of Project SHINE, which is supported by the CDC and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, and the National Association of County and City Health Officials. Over the course of a year, fellows will address projects to strengthen the public health informatics capacity of the host health agency. Activities might include working on disease surveillance systems, public health registries, public health activities with health information exchanges and other public health informatics priorities for the host site. Fellows have Master's or doctoral-level education in public health and a commitment to working in applied public health at the state or local level. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 20, 2015. To apply, click here. For more information, please contact Amanda Masters at amasters@cste.org or 770-458-3811.

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Don't miss out on an amazing opportunity to connect and network with more than 800 public health officials who share an interest in maternal and child health. The AMCHP 2016 Annual Conference will be held Jan. 23 to 26, at the Hyatt Regency Washington in Washington, DC.

There are many reason to attend the AMCHP 2016 Annual Conference, including:

  • Gain a firsthand opportunity to learn about changes occurring in the MCH field, such as Block Grant transformation and Affordable Care Act implementation
  • In need of a career boost or professional development? AMCHP has it covered! Conference attendees have the opportunity to gain access to individual, private professional coaching sessions
  • Interested in learning more about a particular MCH subfield? Conference session topics will include using technology to advance MCH outcomes, cultural competence and family-center care, and health care financing and coverage
  • Visit the exhibit hall to gather information from resource centers and companies related to maternal and child, while networking with current and future MCH leaders
  • Exchange best practices ideas with other MCH professionals, creating stronger and bolder ideas for the future

To register for the 2016 Annual Conference, click here. Don't miss our early-bird registration rates, ending on
Dec. 18, 2015!