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Are you a Next Generation MCH Professional (age 45 or <)?  Are you interested in helping shape AMCHP membership efforts related to your peer group?  Join us in the virtual world by participating in the AMCHP Next Generation MCH Professionals Open Calls!
The next generation of MCH professionals can be characterized as a "force to be reckoned with" based on the numbers alone – by the end of 2014, half of the employees in the world will be those born after 1980. Understanding what motivates or drives the behavior of this segment of the MCH workforce, then, is of critical importance and AMCHP wants to know: more about how this group of professionals views association membership (why they join member associations, what member benefits they are looking for, and what roles are they willing to participate in if they join an association?); more about the leadership development preferences of this professional group; more about how we can better connect you with your peers; more about how we can better support you. AMCHP is hosting two open calls (May 20 12-1 p.m. EST, Jun. 24 2-3 p.m. EST) for Next Gen MCH professionals to share the work AMCHP accomplished thus far with guidance from our Advisory Workgroup and the AMCHP Workforce Development Committee and hear from you: what do you want/need from AMCHP to inspire innovation and positive growth for Next Gen leaders in MCH! Click here to register for the event.

Now Available: Application to participate in the National MCH Workforce Development Center Training – Cohorts 3 and 4
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. The application for the final two cohorts is being released and is due simultaneously; states/territories are allowed to choose between Cohort 3 and Cohort 4 according to the timeline and training location that best fits their needs. Cohort 3 will run from July 2015-March 2016 and the training will be held in Denver or San Francisco. Cohort 4 will run from November 2015-June 2016 and training will be held in the Washington DC area. States and territories are strongly encouraged to apply to participate in Cohort 3 or 4, as current project funding ends in August 2016. Applications are available via the AMCHP Transformation Station website and the Center website. All applications must be received by Jun. 1 at 5 p.m. EST.
 
MCH PHLI Recognized by Leadership 500 Excellence Award Committee
Congratulations to the Maternal and Child Health Public Health Leadership Institute (MCH PHLI) at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, named a top-15 educational program by the 2015 Leadership 500 Excellence Award committee. Award winners were announced Mar. 31 at the LEAD500 Conference in Dallas, Texas. The MCH PHLI received an 11th place award, positioning the program above some universities in the ranks of educational leadership institutions. "It is a great honor for the program to receive such recognition – particularly considering the national and international competition," said Dr. Fernandez. "Data from the MCH PHLI program shows participants experience statistically significant gains in leadership skills on 20 leadership competencies taught in the program. We have great confidence that the boundary-spanning model of leadership development used in MCH PHLI is highly effective and well worth the investment." MCH PHLI is a partnership of the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, CityMatCH, Family Voices and the National Center for Cultural Competence. To learn more about MCH PHLI, click here.
 
National MCH Workforce Development Center Coffee Talk Series – Check Out the Coffee Talk 2 Video!
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 – Click here to view the video

Coffee Talk 2: Getting to the Table
Presenter: Sharron Corle, MS, Associate Director, MCH Leadership Development & Capacity Building, AMCHP
Video Release: Apr. 1 – Click here to view the video
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 Public Health
Video Release: Aug. 1
Twitter Chat: Sept. 9 1-2 p.m. EST

Beyond Practice: Fostering Diverse Partnerships for Successful Care Coordination
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation is hosting the second webinar in a three-part series focusing on implementation and evaluation of pediatric care coordination on Apr. 22 from 11 a.m. to noon CST. This webinar will showcase innovative models of cross-system care coordination through family engagement and partnership across clinical, public health, social service, and policy organizations. Faculty will provide real life examples of how successful cross-system care coordination positively influences outcomes for patients and families. To learn more, click here.

Upcoming Webinar on Comprehensive Care and Development for Children with ASD/DD
As part of its Autism Awareness Month activities, the State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) will host a webinar that highlights programs to improve ASD/DD screening, early identification and evaluation services. The webinar will take place on Apr. 28 from 1-2 p.m. EST and presentations will include lessons learned from the Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) Initiative and the Oregon state implementation grant project – ACCESS: Assuring Comprehensive Care through Enhanced Service Systems for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Developmental Disabilities. To register, click here.

PHIT 2015 Scholarships Now Available
The annual Public Health Improvement Training (PHIT) on Jun. 9-10, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana, will provide hands-on training workshops and networking opportunities for public health practitioners to be able to initiate and apply performance improvement skills. PHIT partial scholarship applications are now being accepted through Apr. 30 based on financial need. Seven partial scholarships are currently available to potential PHIT participants. To learn more, click here (under the "Fees" tab).

Does Your Hospital Need Help Improving Its Breastfeeding Rates?
The National Institute for Children's Health Quality Improving Performance on Breastfeeding Measures group coaching program provides hospitals direction on how to hardwire change to improve perinatal care. Topics include breastfeeding & supplementation policies, measurement and using data to drive change. Although the Joint Commission revised its requirements, don't lose momentum on how to improve & document breastfeeding measures. To learn more about the coaching program, click here.

Don't Miss the CSTE Annual Conference
The 2015 Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Annual Conference in Boston will span from Jun. 14-18 with 240 sessions on emerging topics. In addition to the wide array of rapid-fire, breakout, and plenary sessions, you'll have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities. Dr. Paul Farmer will deliver the Jonathan Mann Memorial Lecture. Dr. Farmer is the co-founder of an international social justice and health organization, Director of Partners in Health, and is renowned for his years of nonprofit leadership, numerous awards, and insightful publications on global health. Early-bird registration ends May 1. To learn more about the CSTE Annual Conference, click here.