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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!

Submit Your AMCHP 2016 Session Proposal Today!
We invite you to submit a session proposal for the 2016 Annual AMCHP Conference (Jan. 23 to 26). The theme for the 2016 conference is The Future is Now: Integrating MCH Transformations. The AMCHP Annual Conference is the ideal venue to present your ideas, research, innovative programming, best practices, and effective strategies to MCH and other public health practitioners, directors of state programs, federal officials, advocates, family leaders, researchers, and health care providers. Click here for complete information about submitting your session proposal and for the online submission form. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. 

National MCH Workforce Development Center Coffee Talk Series
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

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
Managing change is not an easy task-especially some of the "moving the needle" efforts currently gearing up in the Title V programs! Successful collective impact efforts require a few key conditions-among them a united plan among the many individuals and organizations that impact the issue as well as collaboration among the key players. While the effects of collective impact are often outside the control of a single individual or organization, achieving change within those systems is dependent on great leadership at both the individual and organizational levels. This presentation will share a brief overview of the leadership skills and capacities needed to lead collective impact initiatives, followed by Brenda's personal experience in creating collective action among key players during a major statewide MCH reorganization.
Video Release: Oct. 7
Twitter Chat: Oct. 28 2-3 p.m. EST 

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.

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.

​Do you have a great infrographic? AMCHP is now featuring infographics from our members in Member Briefs! To have an infographic featured, please e-mail a submission to jfarfalla@amchp.org.