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Looking to get more involved with AMCHP? Check out these exciting opportunities and make the most of your membership!

Board Nominations: The AMCHP Governance Committee is currently accepting nominations for 2016 AMCHP Board of Director positions. These leadership positions guide, direct, inform and contribute to moving AMCHP strategic directions and goals forward. More information about these positions, necessary qualifications and the nominations process may be found on the AMCHP website or by clicking here. We ask that all nominations be forwarded to the Governance Committee by Jul. 31 to ensure that the committee has ample time to review all candidate materials. 

New Release Webinar: Developmental Screening Title V National Performance Measure Resources
As part of the recent transformation of the Title V MCH Services Block Grant, a new set of National Performance Measures (NPMs) were developed in partnership with states, families and other stakeholders. The new three-tiered performance measurement system includes national outcome measures (NOMs), NPMs and evidence-based/informed strategy measures (ESMs). To assist states in their action planning, the AMCHP State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) developed a set of resources on state systems for developmental and autism screening. These resources are a first step based on a scan of current programs and activities. This webinar, held on Jun. 23 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. EST, will mark the release of these resources that include:

  • A document highlighting current state strategies and strategy measures to improve developmental screening
  • A case example of how a state could use SPHARC and other AMCHP tools to develop objectives, strategies and measures related to the developmental screening NPM#6
  • A national landscape document of federal and national programs that have a specific objective/measure around developmental screening
  • A state matrix of which states have/had certain grant or technical assistance programs related to developmental screening

 
Presenters also will highlight next steps and upcoming technical assistance to help states with action planning and development of ESMs, including Strengthening the Evidence Base for MCH Programs. More information can be found on the SPHARC website. To register, click here.
 
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 an open call (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.
 
National MCH Workforce Development Center Coffee Talk Series – Check Out Video 3 Today!
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 – Click here to view the video
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

Family Engagement in Title V
Want to know more about what AMCHP learned about family engagement in Title V programs? Save-the-date: Friday, Jul. 24, from 2-3 p.m. EST to hear more about the results from the AMCHP Family Engagement Survey. Register here!

Oral Health Across the Lifespan Three-Part Webinar Series
Research shows that oral health can have both good and poor impacts on our overall health. Poor oral health care can lead to a wide range of oral diseases, from cavities to cancer. In some populations, there is limited access to oral healthcare and these populations have unique needs that continue to be overlooked due to the lack of understanding of current recommendations. This three-part series hosted by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will explore oral health in special populations, specifically addressing the unique oral health needs of children and youth with special health care needs, pregnant women, and older adults.

Webinar 1: Oral Health Considerations for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Date: Jun. 23, 2015
Time: 2-3:30 p.m. EST
The first webinar in the Oral Health Across the Lifespan webinar series, Oral Health Considerations for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, will address the oral health care needs of children with special health care needs. Register

Webinar 2: Improving Oral Health Services during Pregnancy
Date: Jul. 7, 2015
Time: 2-3:30 p.m. EST
The second webinar in the Oral Health Across the Lifespan webinar series will address oral health care needs during pregnancy. Register

Webinar 3: Oral Health and Aging: Meeting the Needs of Older Adults
Date: Jul. 21, 2015
Time: 2-3:30 p.m. EST
The final webinar in the Oral Health Across the Lifespan webinar series will address the oral health care needs of older adults. Register
 
MCH Navigator Monthly MCH Leadership Competencies Series Starts in July
Beginning in July 2015, the MCH Navigator will conduct a monthly series that explores each of the 12 MCH Leadership Competencies, provides learning opportunities and implementation strategies, and culminates in an interactive learning session with an expert from the field. The series will consist of an easy-to-follow format designed to increase your knowledge and skills through five-minute intensive learning sessions e-mailed to you each week and available through the Navigator Web portal:

  • In week one of each month, you will learn about a new one competency through a five-minute video podcast. You will learn what knowledge and skill sets each competency contains and how they are important for your daily work. You also will be linked to the MCH Navigator's online self-assessment to further identify your learning needs.
  • In week two of each month, you will receive five highly focused learning opportunities for that month's competency. You may take one or all of the trainings to sharpen your knowledge and skills. You can share your learning experiences online with others who have taken the same trainings.
  • In week three of each month, you will receive five implementation strategies to put knowledge to practice. You can share your experiences implementing the strategies in your workplace on the 5-Minute Portal.
  • In week four of each month, you will hear a five-minute presentation from an expert in the field. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and dialogue with other health professionals in a 10-minute follow-up to the speaker. Now you are on your way to becoming an expert!

At the close of the webinar you will receive a certificate of completion for your focused work throughout the month. See if you can complete all 12 (and receive a special MCH Navigator Work Kit)! To learn more and register today, click here.

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.

Scientific Writing for Peer Reviewed Publications for Public Health Professionals The Learning Institute of the 143rd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association will offer a pre-conference course on Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST at McCormick Place in Chicago. The purpose of this Institute is to help public health practitioners turn their work into manuscripts for publication. The course will be a mixture of presentations and hands-on work. Participants will be strongly encouraged to come to the training with an abstract, manuscript outline, data analysis results, or a draft of an article that they would like to see turned into a manuscript. To learn more, click here.

How to Evaluate Public Health Programs
A short course will be offered by the Learning Institute of the 143rd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association on Nov. 1 from 8-11:30 a.m. CST at McCormick Place in Chicago. The purpose of this course is to teach public health professionals, particularly at the community, local or state levels how to evaluate public health programs. In a time of budgetary constraints and increased expectations of accountability for public health programs, it is essential that we follow evidence-based strategies, develop measurable performance outcomes, and effectively quantify the impact of programs. To learn more, click here.
 
Prematurity Prevention Conference 2015
Participants from multiple disciplines will examine ways to enhance prematurity prevention efforts in the United States by sharing best practices for designing, implementing and evaluating programs and policies. The conference, held Nov. 17-18 in Arlington, VA, will be a forum for disseminating findings, sharing tools and resources, and engaging stakeholders in the effort to significantly reduce the U.S. preterm birth rate by 2030. Abstracts for poster presentations are being accepted. For more information, visit www.marchofdimes.org/conferences.