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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 sessions, 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. Didn't make it to AMCHP 2015? Check out highlights on AMCHP TV.

National MCH Workforce Development Center Coffee Talk Series
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: Mar. 2
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.

Upcoming Infant Mortality CoIIN Learning Session
The Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) is a platform designed to accelerate improvement in priority strategy areas through collaborative learning, quality improvement and innovation, and to drive forward our common agenda of ensuring every child reaches his or her first birthday and beyond. Learning Sessions are designed to bring states together to learn from experts and colleagues through plenary sessions, interactive small group meetings, and team time. The Safe Sleep Learning Session, will be held on Feb. 25-26 from 12-5 p.m. EST. The agenda  (log-in required)is now available for teams. To register for the session, 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.

EMPower Breastfeeding Initiative Hospital Recruitment Webinars, from CDC and the EMPower Team
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched EMPower Breastfeeding: Enhancing Maternity Practices (EMPower), a three-year hospital-based quality improvement initiative focusing on maternity practices. Developed in partnership with Abt Associates, Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, Center for Public Health Quality, and Baby-Friendly USA, EMPower is designed to support 100 hospitals in the achievement of Baby-Friendly USA designation. Hospitals will be selected to participate based on set criteria designed to address issues of equitable access to maternity care that optimally supports mothers to be able to breastfeed. The application is available on the EMPower website. Hospital Recruitment webinars will be held on Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. EST and Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. EST. For additional information on the initiative and how hospitals can apply, please visit

Webinar on a New Campaign to Protect Babies from Whooping Cough
A New Campaign to Protect Babies from Whooping Cough: Resources for National Infant Immunization Week and Beyond, will be held on Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2-3 p.m. EST. This webinar will provide an overview of the 2015 National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) and available planning resources, as well as introduce a new campaign, Born With Protection, aimed at protecting babies from pertussis, or whooping cough. Pertussis can cause serious illness in young infants; however, babies cannot start their own DTaP vaccination series until they are two months old. Tdap vaccination of women during the third trimester of pregnancy can help protect infants when they are most vulnerable, yet coverage with this vaccine during pregnancy remains low. Please join to learn about the new campaign, new messages and materials for NIIW along with research findings you can use to help promote vaccination. To register, please click here.