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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. 

Making Room for Moms: Building Lactation Space and Implementing a Model Policy in State Health Departments
AMCHP in partnership with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) will host a national webinar, "Making room for Moms: Building Lactation Space and Implementing a Model Policy in State Health Departments" on Tuesday, Jul. 21, from 2-3 p.m. EST. This webinar will highlight state efforts to implement a model policy to support breastfeeding mothers at work, and include advice and photos on how state health departments developed lactation rooms to support their new moms. To promote workplace breastfeeding accommodation, please tweet photos of your workplace lactation space to @DC_AMCHP with the hashtag #MakingRoomForMoms. We will highlight these tweets on the webinar. To register for this learning event, click here. If you have any questions, please contact Jeanette Kowalik at

Final Oral Health Across the Lifespan Webinar
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. The final webinar in this three-part series hosted by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and ASTHO, with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will explore Oral Health and Aging: Meeting the Needs of Older Adults. The webinar will be held on Jul. 21, from 2-3:30 p.m. EST. To learn more and register, click here

CMS Connecting Kids to Coverage Campaign: Conducting Culturally Competent Outreach and Enrollment
Successfully enrolling diverse populations in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) begins with a commitment to understanding how to work with people with varying cultural backgrounds, effectively and with sensitivity. This webinar, to be held on Jul. 21 from 3-4:30 p.m. EST, will provide an overview of what "cultural competence" means and how to incorporate cultural competence principles into our outreach and enrollment work. Presenters will share strategies for working with diverse communities and highlight effective on-the-ground enrollment practices. Register here.

Navigating the Affordable Care Act – Help for Families of Children with Special Health Care Needs
On Monday, Jul. 20, at 1 p.m. EST, a free webinar will be offered where experts from the Catalyst Center and the National Center for Medical Home Implementation will discuss, based on recently developed plain language fact sheets, how the following ACA provisions can help families raising children with special health care needs:

  • — Medicaid "wrap-around" coverage for privately insured children with special health care needs
  • — Concurrent care for children with life-limiting diagnoses
  • — Habilitative benefits in the State Health Insurance Marketplace plans
  • — Section 2703 Health Homes for care coordination

For more information, click here. To register, click here.

National MCH Workforce Development Center Coffee Talk Series – Don't Miss the Jul. 22 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

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!

Webinar: Public Health Efforts to Prevent Child Maltreatment  
Child maltreatment places a significant burden on children, families, and communities. According to HHS, an estimated 679,000 children are found to be victims of abuse or neglect each year. Local Health Departments (LHDs) provide essential programs and services that improve the health and safety of communities. LHDs recognize that maltreatment does not happen in a vacuum and are able to coordinate resources and services to help ensure every child grows up safe and healthy. This webinar, to be held Jul. 27 from 2-3 p.m. EST, will provide an overview of the impact of child maltreatment in the United States and a local effort to reduce child maltreatment through implementing Triple P – Positive Parenting Program. To register for this webinar, click here.

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; 202-266-3051.

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 and at 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 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 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.