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Don't Miss the Final MCH Coffee Twitter Chat: Managing Change – Dec. 16
Join Brenda Jones, DHSc, RN, MSN, WHNP-BC , hospital field surveyor, The Joint Commission, ( former IL Title V director) on Dec. 16 from 3-4 p.m. EST for a Twitter chat on managing change. Managing change is not an easy task – especially some of the "moving the needle" efforts currently gearing up in 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 many 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. To watch the video presentation before the chat, 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 host 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 through February. The first webinars are scheduled as follows:

  • NPM #4 Breastfeeding Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. EST
  • NPM #10 Adolescent Well Visit Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. EST
  • NPM #5 Safe Sleep Jan. 14, 2016 at 4 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.

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. And, keep a look out for the launch announcement.

National Symposium: Designing Systems That Work for Children with Complex Health Care Needs
The Lucile Packard Foundation of Children's Health will be sponsoring a live webcast on Monday, Dec. 7 at 11:30 a.m. EST and Tuesday, Dec 7 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. EST. This webcast will bring together top national experts to consider how to improve the organization and financing of children's health care, particularly with complex conditions. The meeting will provide a forum to learn from those making progress in system improvement for child health, and also will include those working in adult health care and health policy. Participants will identify solutions to issues and make recommendations for adoption of those solutions in practice, programs, and policy. To register, click here.

Congratulations to the recipients of the AMCHP Best Practices Technical Assistance Replication Project: Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Washington State Department of Health (WA DOH).

The Best Practices Technical Assistance Replication Project is part of an AMCHP strategic goal to improve maternal and child health outcomes by sharing effective and promising practices with state and territorial MCH programs. Recipients are awarded $10,000 each to replicate a component of a current Innovation Station practice. This year, both recipients selected the same Innovation Station Emerging practice to replicate the SPAN Parent Leadership Development program.

The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) is family-led organization committed to empowering families as advocates and partners in improving education, health, and mental health outcomes for infants, toddlers, children and youth. SPAN is a "one stop" for New Jersey families, housing New Jersey's Parent Training and Information Center; Family to Family Health Information Center; Family Voices State Affiliate Organization; Parent to Parent USA affiliate; and a chapter of the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health. SPAN is also home to MCH-funded programs that develop and support parent leaders in coordinated school health, improving pregnancy outcomes, preventing birth defects and developmental disabilities, and enhancing early childhood services and outcomes. Their motto is, "Empowered Parents: Educated, Engaged, Effective!" SPAN offers families, professionals, policy makers and other family- and youth-serving organizations information, resources, support and advocacy assistance addressing: effective parent engagement and leadership across systems, child care, general and special education, dropout and bullying prevention, child welfare, health care, mental health, youth leadership, transition to adult life, incarcerated youth, military family support, violence prevention, and more.

The Minnesota Department of Health replication plan will primarily focus on connecting parents of CYSHN with leadership opportunities, evaluating effectiveness of parent partnerships and engagement, and continued collaboration between family advocacy organizations and the Minnesota Department of Health.

Through replication of foundational elements of SPAN, the goal of the Washington Department of Health is to improve the capacity of WA families to serve as leaders in improving systems of care for their children and to address racial and ethnic disparities in shared decision making. To accomplish this, WA DOH will build and strengthen a statewide network of trained family leaders who can be easily contacted for and connected with leadership and/or advisory opportunities across organizations and systems.

AMCHP is excited for this opportunity to replicate and spread evidence-base practices and encourages other states to check out Innovation Station to explore practices to replicate for next year's Best Practices Technical Assistance Replication Project!

For additional information regarding the AMCHP Best Practices program, please contact Ki'Yonna Jones,