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New Opportunity for Title V Agencies and Partners: AYAH-CoIIN
The Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center (AYAH-NRC) is pleased to announce the opportunity for five state MCH programs to participate with key partners in a new Adolescent and Young Adult Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (AYAH CoIIN). The AYAH CoIIN presents an opportunity for building your agency capacity to address and improve health outcomes in adolescent and young adult populations through access to unique data sources and analysis, strategic collaboration among public health and health care partners, peer-to-peer learning among a small cohort of states, and intensive assistance from national experts in adolescent and young adult health, quality improvement, and Title V programs.

The AYAH CoIIN Request for Applications (RFA) is now available on the AMCHP website here

To ask questions regarding the RFA or AYAH CoIIN, please join us for a RFA Q&A call on Mar. 12 at 3 p.m. EST. Call-in Number: 1-800-591-2259; Passcode: 889331. To join the webinar in Adobe Connect, follow this link to http://amchp.adobeconnect.com/ayahcoiin/, select "Enter as a Guest" and type your name in the box. When you are prompted to choose how to connect to the audio, dial in from your phone with the number and passcode above. Attendance on this Q&A call is not required to submit an application and pre-registration for the call is also not required.

You also may contact AMCHP staff Maritza Valenzuela (mvalenzuela@amchp.org, 202-266-5252) with any questions.

National MCH Workforce Development Center Coffee Talk Series – Coffee Talk 1 Video Now Available!
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! You don't want to miss our March 26 Twitter Chat!

Coffee Talk 1: Title V Transformation
Presenter: Lacy Fehrenbach, MPH, CPH, Director, Programs, AMCHP
Video Release: Mar. 2 - Click here to view the video
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

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. All sessions will be held from 12-5 p.m. EST both days.

2015 CSTE Annual Conference Travel Scholarships Available
AMCHP will provide up to $1,635 in travel scholarships for eight attendees to the MCH Symposium, Unleashing the Potential of Clinical Performance Measure for Maternal and Child Health, and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) conference. Applicants should be epidemiology/data analysis personnel from state MCH Title V programs and will be selected on a first come, first serve basis. To be considered for a travel scholarship, please contact Krista Granger at kgranger@amchp.org with the following information: name, title/job function, organization/state, and Title V director for your state. For more information on the 2015 CSTE Annual Conference, visit csteconference.org.

How State and Local Health Departments Can Leverage CDC 2015 Tips Campaign
Media campaigns are part of a comprehensive tobacco prevention and control program. However, funding to support media efforts is often limited. During this webinar, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will share information about the 2015 Tips from Former Smokers Campaign, including a sneak peek of the advertisements, and a health department will describe how to leverage the national media campaign in a state or local setting. The webinar is scheduled for Mar. 20 from 2-3 p.m. EST and its intended audience includes state and local health departments. To register, click here.

Training on Smoking Cessation for Pregnant Women
The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is offering a workshop in Portland, OR the Smoking Cessation and Reduction in Pregnancy Treatment (SCRIPT) program. This one-day workshop, held Apr. 21, is designed to train health professionals to promote, implement and evaluate the SCRIPT program. The training will provide insight and skills on how SCRIPT can become a part of routine prenatal care. To register, click here or for more information contact Deborah Gordon-Messer at dgordonmesser@sophe.org, 202-408-9804.

Data Collection and Measurement Issues Webinar
On Mar. 16 at 11 a.m. EST, the Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care is hosting a webinar on Data Collection and Measurement Issues as a part of its regularly scheduled Safety Action Series. Dr. Elliott Main and Dr. William Sappenfield will cover the following information:

  • Describe common data quality, data collection, and measurement issues in small- and medium-sized birthing facilities specifically around obstetric hemorrhage, the quantification of blood loss, and severe maternal morbidity
  • Recognize data quality issues in perinatal administrative (claims) and clinical (medical record) data specifically around obstetric hemorrhage and severe maternal morbidity
  • Identify solutions to data collection and measurement specifically around obstetric hemorrhage and severe maternal morbidity to show how data quality and data collection problems can be/have been resolved
  • Address leveraging vital statistics data (birth certificate, fetal-infant death certificate) to improve measurement capabilities

To register for this webinar, click here.

Upcoming WAPC Annual Conference
The Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC) Annual Statewide Conference brings together state and nationally recognized perinatal experts to address pertinent and emerging perinatal issues. Conference attendees enjoy the benefits of learning from multidisciplinary presenters and colleagues who share a common goal – healthy women, infants and their families. This is a conference for everyone who shares this goal, including, physicians, nurses, public health personnel, social workers, pharmacists, dieticians, therapists, consumers, midwives, administrators and educators. The conference will be held Apr. 26-28 at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton, WI. For more information, click here.