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2016-2018 Developmental Monitoring Within State Systems Grants Request for Applications
Through funding from the CDC National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, AMCHP will facilitate a competitive award process of up to $20,000 to 12 states or territories over the next two years. The purpose of this grant is to increase parent-engaged developmental monitoring by promoting the adoption and integration of Learn the Signs. Act Early. materials and training resources into programs and statewide systems that serve young children and their families, such as Early Head Start/Head Start, child care, home visiting, WIC, Child Find, health care, etc. AMCHP will provide ongoing technical assistance, disseminate resource materials and link grantees to other states and experts in early identification of developmental delay. For more information and to apply, click here. Applications are due Feb. 29, 2016, and the applicant informational conference call will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. EST. Please RSVP to cfloyd@amchp.org if you plan to participate on the call. For additional questions, contact Kate Taft, senior program manager, children and youth with special health care needs, at ktaft@amchp.org or (202) 266-3056, or Cori Floyd, program associate, child and adolescent health, at cfloyd@amchp.org or (202) 266-3046.

Call for Abstracts: 2016 City MatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference
CityMatCH invites you to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentation in two tracks: scientific research and data or program and policy issues in maternal and child health.  This is an opportunity to share your successes, research, results, and lessons learned with national and global audiences. The deadline to submit an abstract is Feb. 19, 2016. To apply, click here. Please contact Carol Gilbert at cgilbert@unmc.edu /402-552-9589 or Maureen Fitzgerald at mfitzgerald@unmc.edu/ 402-552-9585 for any questions or concerns

HSIP Host-Site Applications Needed
Health Systems Integration Program (HSIP) is an opportunity for health systems capacity building between public health and clinical care partners. The HSIP fellowship places public health practitioners with a background in epidemiology and informatics at health departments for a one-year program. Fellows have a master's degree or higher with a commitment to working in applied public health. Fellows are involved in projects that address community epidemiologic surveillance to support community health improvement plans, the public health interface and use of electronic health records, the sharing of lessons learned from successful public health and primary care professional partnerships.  All applications must include a letter of support from the applicant's state health officer, State Epidemiologist, or local health officer. Applications are due Dec. 16, 2015. To apply, click here. Please contact Jessica Pittman at jpittman@cste.org or Amanda Masters at amasters@cste.org if you have any questions.

NACCHO Call for Abstracts
The 2016 NACCHO Annual Conference theme is "Creating a Culture of Health Equity." The conference provides attendees the opportunity to share the latest research and ideas, network, and test their assumptions about issues and topics that specifically concern their organizations. The deadline to submit an abstract for next year's conference is Friday, Dec. 18 at 11:59 p.m. PST. To apply, click here. Please contact the NACCHO Annual speaker coordinator at nacchospeakers@conferencemanager.com or 703-964-1240, ext. 11, for questions and concerns. 

Don't Miss Tomorrow's Final MCH Coffee Twitter Chat
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.  

Webinar Series Supporting MCH Block Grant Transformation Implementation 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 next webinars are scheduled as follows:

NPM #11 Medical Home Dec. 16, 2015 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.