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Submit Your AMCHP 2016 Session Proposal Today!
We invite you to submit a session proposal for the 2016 Annual AMCHP Conference (January 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.
 
MCH Workforce Development Center Applied Methods for Health Transformation Course
Are you interested in contributing to state and national health reform implementation, as well as expanding your leadership skills? If so, we invite you to register for the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill fall 2015 Applied Methods for Health Transformation Implementation online course. This course is targeted towards graduate students in an MCH Training Program and individuals who are currently or formally affiliated with an MCH training program. This course is designed to integrate the theory, research literature, and evidence-supported practices that promote optimal population health outcomes in maternal and child health. Course participants will gain essential competencies for quality improvement, systems thinking, population change management, and promotion of access to care for women and families. Participants can enroll in this course for academic or certificate of completion. To register for this course, click here. If you have any questions, please contact Marcia Roth at marcia_roth@unc.edu.

Webinar: Ensuring Bright Futures for Our Nation's Children
Each year millions of children miss screenings, immunizations and well visits despite the lifelong benefits of preventive care in childhood. The Affordable Care Act expands coverage of all preventive services recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics in the Bright Futures guidelines. Yet a recent survey found that 57 percent of families are still unaware that these benefits are available free of charge through their health plans. This webinar, to be held Aug. 24 from 3-4 p.m. EST, will explore strategies to improve parental education on preventive care and to support and encourage providers in ensuring their young patients receive recommended preventive services. For more information, click here.

Call for Applications: Innovative and Promising Practices in Pediatric Medical Home Implementation
Are you working with practices, families, states, and/or other organizations to implement pediatric medical home? Showcase your work through the National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) by completing an application for innovative promising practices in pediatric medical home implementation. All pediatric medical home stakeholders are eligible to apply. This includes, but is not limited to, clinicians, practices, family organizations, community-based organizations, and state agencies. Applications will be reviewed by an expert panel and selected innovative and promising practices will be published on the NCMHI website. Complete an electronic submission or e-mail medical_home@aap.org to receive a Microsoft Word Document application.
 
For Public Comment: USPSTF Released Draft Recommendation Statement and Draft Evidence Review on Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children
The USPSTF recently posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on screening for autism spectrum disorder in young children. Both are available for review and public comment from Aug. 4, 2015 through Aug. 31, 2015. To review the draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review and submit comments, click here.  

National MCH Workforce Development Center Coffee Talk Series – Don't Miss the Final Presentation!
This series, hosted by the National MCH Workforce Development Center Change Management, concludes with the final topic – managing change. The series consists of an archived 20-minute video for AMCHP members to access at their leisure and an AMCHP-hosted Twitter chat on the content shared during the archived video. Click here to learn more about each talk and to register!

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

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.