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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.

Attention MCH and CYSHCN Directors: Survey on Care Coordination Activities
Through a cooperative agreement with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the National Center for Medical Home Implementation – housed in the national American Academy of Pediatrics –recently partnered with Richard Antonelli, MD, FAAP and Boston Children's Hospital (BCH) on an initiative focused on care coordination in pediatrics. As a result of this partnership, the National Center for Care Coordination Technical Assistance (NCCCTA) was established by BCH to support the promotion, implementation, and evaluation of care coordination activities and measures in child health across the United States.

We invite you to participate in this activity by completing a survey about care coordination activities in your chapter and its communities. Specifically, the survey aims to assess experiences with care coordination capacity building and measurement. Ultimately, the goal of this survey and assessment project is to develop a community of implementers and learners focused on child health-centered care coordination. The survey can be accessed here. If possible, we ask that you please complete the survey by Jun. 1.

If you have questions, or would like to learn more about the NCCCTA, contact Hannah Rosenberg, manager, National Center for Care Coordination Technical Assistance, at hannah.rosenberg@childrens.harvard.edu or 617-919-3627.

RFA Released for AMCHP ROI Analytic ALC Second Cohort
On May 13, AMCHP released a request for applications (RFA) for the second cohort of the Return on Investment Analytic Action Learning Collaborative (ROI Analytic ALC). This RFA, which is focused on the economic analysis of programs related to child and adolescent health, will support up to four state teams to calculate and communicate an economic analysis of an existing child and adolescent health program. AMCHP will provide technical assistance through monthly learning events, facilitated peer-to-peer interactions, in-person meetings, consultations with expert health economists, and funding to support ROI Analytic ALC activities that will lead to a completed ROI analysis of the selected programs and creation of communications products. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST Jun. 8, 2015. For questions about the ROI Analytic ALC RFA, please contact Krista Granger at kgranger@amchp.org; 202-266-3057. For more information and to access the RFA, click here.

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 – 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

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 Implementation: Capturing the Value of Care Coordination
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation is hosting the third and final webinar of a free three-part series focusing on implementation and evaluation of pediatric care coordination. This webinar, to be held May 28 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST, will describe the value of measuring and evaluating care coordination activities within the context of improved patient experience, improved health of populations, and decreased cost of health care. Faculty will share information about tools and strategies to facilitate the measurement of pediatric care coordination activities and provide examples of how practices are utilizing care coordination performance metrics and methodologies to capture value for patients and families. For more information, click here. To register, click here.

Call for Nominations for the 2015 Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children's Vision Award
Prevent Blindness and the National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH) are seeking nominations for the inaugural 2015 Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children's Vision Award. The award recognizes significant efforts by an individual or group of individuals to improve public health approaches for children's vision and eye health at the state or national level. The award was established in 2014 by the NCCVEH Advisory Committee to commemorate Bonnie Strickland and her groundbreaking work to establish a comprehensive system for children's vision in the United States. The deadline for nominations is Jun. 19. The award will be presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health, Aug. 7-8, 2015 in Alexandria, VA. For more information or to submit a nomination, click here, or contact Kira Baldonado at (800) 331-2020 or kbaldonado@preventblindness.org.

Text4baby Kicks Off 2015 Enrollment Contest
The 2015 Text4baby State Enrollment Contest – launched in honor of Mother's Day and National Women's Health Week – has begun. The contest is open to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The top states to enroll the highest percentage of mothers in Text4baby between May 10 and Oct. 17, 2015 will be recognized. Even if you are not one of the final winners, your state will still have the opportunity to win each week. You can monitor your state's progress at www.text4baby.org and through Text4baby Tuesday. Check out where your state currently ranks here. For ideas on how to promote Text4baby in your community, download the Text4baby Outreach Toolkit that provides outreach strategies and best practices for promoting Text4baby in your state or community. Check out the 2015 State Enrollment Contest page for additional tools and information.

Special Issue Call for Papers: Postpartum Health and Wellness
The Maternal and Child Health Journal is soliciting manuscript submissions to be considered for an upcoming issue on the theme of postpartum health and wellness. This important period in the reproductive life continuum provides a critical link between prenatal care and women's preventive health care as well as an essential opportunity to guide and support maternal role attainment, breastfeeding, mental health and healthy parenting. The Journal solicits manuscripts on any aspect of postpartum health and wellness, including policy briefs, original research, commentaries, perspectives in practice (clinical or public health), program development or implementation, program evaluation, and literature reviews. The deadline for submission is Oct. 15. For more information, click here.