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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 2015, 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 from 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.

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 – 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

Apply Today for TeamWork: Leadership for Healthy States
TeamWork: Leadership for Healthy States, a year-long program previously known as the Excellence in State Public Health Law Program, is an initiative led by the Aspen Institute and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Applications are now being accepted for the program, which seeks to strengthen relationships within and across branches of government, build understanding of population health issues, and open channels of communication and problem solving. Six teams will be selected to come together to address health challenges that are priorities in their respective states. TeamWork will provide participants with access to best practices and technical assistance resources, consultants, and a peer network that will last beyond the 2015-16 program. The application period closes Jun. 30. For more information, 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.