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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.
National MCH Workforce Development Center Coffee Talk Series – Don't Miss the May 13 Twitter Chat!
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

Webinar: Hearing and Vision Services for Children
The National Network for Public Health Law is hosting a webinar on Thursday, May 14 at 1 p.m. EST entitled "Hearing and Vision Services for Children: Efforts to Ensure Broad Implementation through Medicaid." This webinar will focus on the role that Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) can play in addressing children's vision and hearing problems. Speakers will provide an overview to EPSDT and present the results of their 50-state survey of states laws and policies addressing EPSDT coverage of hearing and vision services, along with an in-depth assessment of the Medicaid managed care contracting provisions that states are using to address these services. To learn more and register, click here.

Announcing Call for Abstracts and Save-the-Date: ACEs Southeastern Summit
The Adverse Childhood Experiences Southeastern Summit 2015: Building Resilient, Interdisciplinary Workforces, Communities & Families will be held Sept. 24-26 in Asheville, North Carolina. This conference will focus on the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on early childhood development, long-term health behaviors and health outcomes in adulthood. Interactive speaking sessions will showcase how providers in the community, both locally and regionally, including health, social and human service, education, mental health and law professionals incorporate practical tools and evidence-based programs into their work to identify these experiences early in a child's life and give their families tools to prevent the intergenerational transmission of adverse experiences. Come to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina and speak or learn alongside the keynote speaker, Dr. Robert Anda, principal investigator of the landmark ACE study. To learn more about the summit, click here.

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.