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Will YOU volunteer for your professional organization? This is a terrific way to enhance the benefits of your membership in AMCHP and your career, while also contributing in a real way to the success of the organization.

The AMCHP Governance Committee is currently accepting nominations for 2016 AMCHP board 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, 2015 to be considered further. Your organization NEEDS your expertise, experience and input. You would be surprised at how much you'll get from the experience in return for some of your time. It is DOABLE!

RFA Released for AMCHP Life Course Indicators Intensive Technical Assistance
On Jun. 22, AMCHP released a request for applications (RFA) for a second cohort of Life Course Indicators Intensive Technical Assistance projects. This RFA, which is focused on using the indicators, will support up to four state teams to calculate and communicate a subset of the life course indicators. AMCHP will provide expert consultation on the calculation of the indicators, and will connect teams with experts in communication of life course data and implications for health and social equity. Participation in the Intensive Technical Assistance will result in the creation of at least one communications product including a policy or issue brief, fact sheet, presentation, infographic, or other useful product. States that participated in the first cohort of Life Course Indicators Intensive TA are eligible to participate in the second round. For more details, click here to view the full RFA. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST, Friday, Jul. 31, 2015. For questions about the Life Course Indicators RFA please contact Jennifer Farfalla at jfarfalla@acmhp.org; 202-266-3051.

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 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 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.

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

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's web portal:

  • In week 1 of each month, you will learn about a new competency through a 5-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 2 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 3 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 4 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)! Learn more and register today: http://www.mchnavigator.org/5min/index.php

Join MCH Navigator for the first competency: MCH Knowledge Base/Public Health Context – JUST ANNOUNCED: Michael Lu, MD, MS, MPH, Associate Administrator Maternal and Child Health, will be giving the week 4 presentation!

MCH Workforce Center Cohort 4 Application Deadline Extended
The National MCH Workforce Development Center has extended its deadline for applications to its Cohort 4 training and practice laboratory program. Consider working with the Center to enhance the capacity of your workforce to implement new Title V action plans with skills in systems integration, change management, and quality improvement. All the Center's offerings leverage transformative activities happening in states and territories as a result of Title V and health & Medicaid reforms. Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis (through Sept. 30) until the cohort is full. Interested applicants should submit an application as soon as possible (spots are filling up quickly) but no later than Sept. 30. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Center before writing their application, to discuss their practice laboratory ideas and to confirm that space is available. The application is available on Transformation Station at amchp.org and at mchwdc.unc.edu. If you have any questions about the process, your project ideas or to confirm availability of training slots please reach out to Amy Mullenix at amy_mullenix@unc.edu or 919-843-4457.

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.