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Join the NPHW Twitter Chat on Apr. 9
National Public Health Week (NPHW) is Apr. 6-12, bringing together communities across the United States to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. On Apr. 9 from 2-3 p.m. EST, the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) will host a #NPHW Twitter chat with partners National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO), Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), AMCHP, and the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI). Join us at hashtag #PHBF to share and dialogue about the latest public health breastfeeding initiatives and partnerships!
 
A Primer on Maternal Levels of Care for MCH Programs 
On Apr. 16 from 1-2:30 p.m. EST, AMCHP will host a 'primer' on levels of maternal care as part of the 'Women's Health Info Series' webinars. Join national experts as they provide an overview of the recently released Obstetric Care Consensus, jointly developed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Be part of a discussion of the history and need for uniform designations as a part of the effort to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States, the proposed classification system for levels of maternal care, and recommendations to enable their implementation. Following the presentation, national experts will engage in discussion with MCH program leaders, staff, and partners on the alignment of maternal levels of care with perinatal regionalization efforts, and learn from participants about implementation opportunities and barriers. To learn more and register for this webinar, click here.
 
Title V Five-Year Needs Assessment Training Part 4: Strategies for Identifying Priorities
The AMCHP Title V Five-Year Needs Assessment Training Series continues! By now, we're all aware of the transformation of the Title V Block Grant – are you ready? On Apr. 16 from 3-4 p.m. EST, AMCHP is hosting part 4 of its needs assessment virtual trainings on strategies for identifying state priorities. This is an excellent opportunity to learn from other states who have conducted needs assessments for their Title V programs. On this webinar, you will learn firsthand from Kansas and New Mexico, who will share their strategies for identifying priorities in their CYSHCN and Title V programs, resources, and lessons learned from aligning their priorities to both the eight National Performance Measures as well as selecting State Performance Measures. Click here to register.

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. Applications are due by Apr. 16.
 
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 (NCMHI) 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.

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.