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Nominate Your Colleagues for an AMCHP Award
AMCHP recognizes leadership in maternal and child health in several ways, including annual awards presented to MCH leaders honoring excellence in the field. These awards are presented at the AMCHP Annual Conference, a celebration of maternal and child health programs nationwide. AMCHP is accepting nominations for 2016 through Sept. 18. Awards available include the John C. MacQueen Lecture Award for innovation in the field of maternal and child health, Excellence in State MCH Leadership Award for an outstanding state MCH professional whose career has made significant contributions to the health of women, children, and families in their state. Other awards include the Legislative Champions for Maternal and Child Health Award for recognizing the efforts of Members of Congress and their staff to improve the health of mothers, children, and families, including youth with special healthcare needs, the Merle McPherson Family Leadership Award, which recognizes exemplary contributions to further family/professional collaboration within the state Title V program and AMCHP, and the Vince Hutchins Leadership Award which recognizes leadership in promoting a society responsive to the needs of women, children, and families. Click here to access the award nomination forms and to view award requirements.

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.

The Value and Opportunity of Life Course Theory for Collaborations in Chronic Diseases
AMCHP and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors will be sponsoring a two-part webinar. The first webinar, Whose Life Course Is It Anyways?, will occur on Aug. 25 from 1-2 p.m. EST. The second webinar, Communicating a Complex Framework for Effective Collaboration, will occur on Sept. 23 from 3-4 p.m. EST. By the end of the webinar series, participants will be able to summarize the life course approach to and the role of exposure to risk and protective factors across the life span in the development of health and disease, explain the added value of life course theory in understanding and describing health disparities through the lenses of adverse childhood experiences, racism, and stress, apply recommendations to improve determinants of health to existing programs and policies, and apply strategies to effectively communicate life course contributions with collaborators and stakeholder groups. To register, click here

AMCHP Best Practices Technical Assistance Project: Currently Accepting Applications!
AMCHP is providing replication stipends to foster connections between states interested in replication or adaptation of a current emerging, promising or best practice in Innovation Station. Technical assistance funds of up to $10,000 (for up to two states) are currently available for replication or adaptation of any practice or specific aspect of a practice in Innovation Station. Through this project, applicants can request technical assistance support (i.e., travel funds or other seed resources) to learn how to adapt and implement a desired Innovation Station Practice to their state, jurisdiction or territory. Apply today! Applications will be accepted through Sept. 21. Click the link to download a PDF copy of the application. The application is also available in a Word document.

Eight States Join Network to Expand Oral Health Access to Pregnant Women and Infants
Eight new states will be joining a federally funded network to raise awareness and improve access to oral health care for pregnant women and infants.  The Maternal and Child Health Bureau announced that the new states will receive grants totaling nearly $2 million to implement new projects that improve access to oral health care for pregnant women and infants. The new states joining are California, Wisconsin, Colorado, Maine, Maryland, Rhode Island, New Mexico, and Virginia. For more information, click here

Help Create the Theme for the 2016 STD Prevention Conference
The STD Prevention Conference Steering Committee would like your help in selecting the theme of the 2016 STD Prevention Conference to be held in Atlanta, Georgia on Sept. 26-29, 2015. The theme should speak to a personal perspective of STD prevention and provide compelling reasons why STD prevention work needs to continue. Themes should include passion for STD prevention and ideas for overcoming the many challenges faced in prevention. The person who submits the winning theme will receive a free registration to the 2016 STD Prevention Conference. All submissions are due by noon EST on Sept. 1 and each applicant can submit up to two entries to stdconf@cdc.gov. Click here for details.

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 toward 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 marica_roth@unc.edu.

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.

How to Evaluate Public Health Programs
The Learning Institute of the 143rd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association will be offered on Nov. 1, 2015 in Chicago, IL. The purpose of the course is to teach public health professionals, particularly at the community, local or state levels how to evaluate public health programs.  The main focus of the course will include summative evaluations, including outcome and impact evaluations.  This course will cover the importance of developing logic models of inputs, activities, outputs, and outcomes. The course will also examine the need for measurable performance measures including targets and goals. To register, click here. To view detailed Learning Institute Course description and fees go to 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.