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Bridging the Word Gap
Children from low-income families are exposed to 30 million fewer words than their higher-income peers before the age of three. This is known as the "word gap," a major issuing facing our nation today. This gap in parent/caregiver talk is associated with later disparities in school readiness and academic achievement. To spur innovative solutions to address the word gap, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) invites you to develop a technologically-based intervention that drives parents and caregivers to talk, and engage in more back-and-forth interactions, with their young children (ages zero to four). The innovative solution will promote the early language environment and address the word gap issue. Prizes up to $300,000 are available! In addition to cash prizes, participants will receive mentoring and matching opportunities for Phases 2 and 3 of the competition. The first phase of the Challenge opens on Nov. 6, 2015. To register, click here

Applications Open for the 2016 Ryan Colburn Award!
Ryan Colburn was an amazing young man with varied interests ranging from singing in a choir to sports (he was an avid Auburn and Atlanta Braves fan and played the outfield in Miracle League Baseball). He touched the hearts and lives of all he came in contact with his contagious personality and unforgettable smile. Ryan also carried a strong message to the disability community imploring others with disabilities to live life to the fullest. In honor of his life and his affirming message to the disability community, family leader, advocate and AMCHP board member Susan Colburn, in partnership with AMCHP, established the Ryan Colburn Award in 2011 to keep alive the work that Ryan had started in the recent years before his passing, speaking at local and national conferences about growing up with a disability and the spreading the message of the importance of living life to the fullest. The award provides a scholarship for a youth-with-disabilities leader to attend the AMCHP Annual Conference, connect with family leaders, and continue to spread Ryan's message of hope. Please share this valuable opportunity with a youth leader you know, and/or pass it through your channels to reach youth leaders who may be interested. The deadline for award applications is 8 p.m. EST, Friday, Nov. 6. To learn more about the award, please visit the AMCHP website or contact Michelle Jarvis at 202-775-1472.

MCH Paired Practica Program Summer 2016– Seeking Agency Applications
The National MCH Workforce Development Center, in cooperation with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Howard University, and UCLA will host an MCH Paired Practica Program this summer. Through the program, graduate students will be paired with undergraduate students from Howard University and UCLA to work on projects identified by state Title V programs that relate to health transformation. Students will receive a stipend and leadership training.

We are currently seeking applications from state Title V programs. Drafts of the applications are due by Nov. 9, 2015. This allows for technical assistance provided by the Workforce Center during the application process as well.

Some examples of projects include:

  • Designing a statewide education and social marketing campaign focused on access to health care for women and children
  • —Integrating primary care and prevention services by enhancing collaboration between Title V and partners
  • —Assisting a Title V program to conduct a needs assessment related to health transformation and related projects

For more information or to apply, please visit the National MCH Workforce Center website at

National MCH Workforce Development Center Coffee Talk Series – Don't Miss the Final Presentation!
This series, hosted by the National MCH Workforce Development Center Change Management, concludes with the final topic – managing change. The series consists of an archived 20-minute video for AMCHP members to access at their leisure and an AMCHP-hosted Twitter chat on the content shared during the archived video. Click here to learn more about each talk and to register!

Coffee Talk 4: Managing Change
Presenter: Brenda Jones, DHSc, RN, MSN, WHNP-BC, Deputy Director, Office of Women's Health, Illinois Department of Public Health
Managing change is not an easy task-especially some of the "moving the needle" efforts currently gearing up in the Title V programs! Successful collective impact efforts require a few key conditions-among them a united plan among the many individuals and organizations that impact the issue as well as collaboration among the key players. While the effects of collective impact are often outside the control of a single individual or organization, achieving change within those systems is dependent on great leadership at both the individual and organizational levels. This presentation will share a brief overview of the leadership skills and capacities needed to lead collective impact initiatives, followed by Brenda's personal experience in creating collective action among key players during a major statewide MCH reorganization.
Video Release: Nov. 16
Twitter Chat: Dec. 16 3-4 p.m. EST 

Webinar Series to Support Implementation of the 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 #1 Well Woman Visit Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. EST
NPM #14 Smoking Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. EST
NPM #4 Breastfeeding Dec. 2 at 3:00 p.m. EST
NPM #10 Adolescent Well Visit Dec. 7 at 4:00 p.m. EST
NPM #5 Safe Sleep Jan. 14 at 4:00 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.

Webinar– Neurodevelopmental and Psychosocial Issues in Children with CHD: Expected Not Accepted
Children with congenital heart defects (CHDs) are living longer, have increased risk of neurodevelopmental and psychosocial issues, and are more likely to receive special education services. Early deficit identification through screening can 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. There is no charge to attend the webinar on Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. CST; however prior registration is required.

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.

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 or (202) 842-2000.

Building Family Engagement Capacity: We need you!
AMCHP is in the process of re-designing our family engagement Web page into an expanded Web portal for family engagement and we need your help! The Web portal, which was designed based on requests, review and feedback from family leaders and Title V staff, will include new tabs for important information on family leadership, Family Delegates, state information and tools and resources. We have built the infrastructure for the portal and now we need to begin populating the pages with helpful information and resources. This is where you can contribute! If you have tools, resources, state information or family stories you would like us to consider for the Web portal, please send them to Michelle Jarvis at by Tuesday Dec. 1. Can't get your tools and resources, family stories or state information to AMCHP by Dec. 1? We are always happy to accept suggestions and will be continually updating the portal. And, keep a look out for the launch announcement!

Register Today for AMCHP 2016!AdforWeb_1.jpg

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!

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