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​AMCHP 2015 Presentations and Recordings Now Available
Thank you to all who joined us in Washington, DC for another exciting and informative AMCHP Annual Conference.  To access presentations and handouts from session, click here (use the event code amchp). All presentations that were submitted are loaded in the session descriptions. To access recordings of select AMCHP 2015 sessions, click here.

Upcoming Obesity/Overweight and Preconception Health Webinar
AMCHP is partnering with the National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative and the National Association of Chronic Disease directors to present a webinar entitled Obesity/Overweight and Preconception Health Part 2: Resources and Strategies for Change on Feb. 18, from 1-2:30 p.m. EST. The purpose of this webinar is to focus attention on the impact of obesity on the health of young women and men and any future children they may have as well as to share ideas and strategies for addressing this public health crisis between maternal and child health and chronic disease partners. To register for this webinar, click here. To view part 1 of this webinar series, click here.

If you have trouble registering or signing in, contact Jeanette Kowalik at jkowalik​@amchp.org. If you have any other questions, please contact Sarah Verbiest at 919-843-7865 or sarahv@med.unc.edu.

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This series will be hosted by the National MCH Workforce Development Center Change Management core on three pertinent topics benefiting the Title V workforce. The series will consist of three archived 20-minute videos for AMCHP members to access bi-monthly at their leisure. For the alternating months, AMCHP will host a Twitter chat on the content shared during the preceding month's archived video. The topics and identified speakers for each video/Twitter chat are outlined below. Click here to learn more about each talk and to register!

Coffee Talk 1: Title V Transformation
Presenter: Lacy Fehrenbach, MPH, CPH, Director, Programs, AMCHP
Video Release: Feb. 26
Twitter Chat: Mar. 26 3-4 p.m. EST

Coffee Talk 2: Getting to the Table
Presenter: Sharron Corle, MS, Associate Director, MCH Leadership Development & Capacity Building, AMCHP
Video Release: Apr. 1
Twitter Chat: May 13 2-3 p.m. EST
 
Coffee Talk 3: Leading Change
Presenter: Karen Trierweiler, Director of Programs & Services, Prevention Services, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Video Release: Jun. 1
Twitter Chat: Jul. 22 2-3 p.m. EST

Coffee Talk 4: Managing Change
Presenter: Brenda Jones, DHSc, RN, MSN, WHNP-BC, Deputy Director, Office of Women's Health, Illinois Department of Human Services
Video Release: Aug. 1
Twitter Chat: Sept. 9 1-2 p.m. EST

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.

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.

Leveraging Public Health & Primary Care Collaborations to Promote Flu Immunizations in Pregnant Women
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is convening a webinar Feb. 18, from 3-4 p.m. EST to share best practices and useful resources for state health department and healthcare provider partnerships to promote flu immunizations in pregnant women. Objectives for the webinar include the following:

  • Describe potential barriers to immunization in pregnant women and identify effective communication and responses
  • Provide states with best practices for their partnership with obstetric providers
  • Highlight the benefits of public health partnerships with midwives
  • Describe benefit of including Offices of Health Equity/Minority Health in promoting vaccination among women in minority communities

Presentations will be made by representatives from the American College of Nurse-Midwives, practicing nurse midwives, Washington State Department of Health Immunization and Office of Healthy Communities staff, and former Massachusetts Department of Public Health Interim Commissioner. To register for this webinar, click here.  

Upcoming Webinar on Integrating Community Health Workers
Staterefor(u)m under the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is hosting a webinar on Feb. 23 at 1:30 p.m. EST entitled Integrating Community Health Worker Models into Evolving State Health Care Systems. As states transform their health systems many are turning to community health workers (CHWs) to tackle some of the most challenging aspects of health improvement, such as facilitating care coordination, enhancing access to community-based services, and addressing social determinants of health. As interest in CHWs continues to rise, so do challenges related to defining roles and scope of practice, training and certification, financing, and integrating CHWs into evolving health care systems. This webinar will describe the federal government investment in CHWs to set the context and feature speakers from state agencies in Massachusetts, New Mexico and South Carolina who will shed light on how each state is addressing these important issues. To register, click here.

New Webinar on Building Support for an Equal Opportunity Childhood
Health Equity and Well-Being from the Start: Building Support for an Equal Opportunity Childhood, will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26 from 2-3:30 p.m. EST. The webinar will begin with the introduction of a framework that can be used to explore the relationships between social and economic contexts and inequitable health outcomes. Examples of how two public health departments are addressing health inequities in their states will then be shared. To register, please click here.