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Don't miss out on an amazing opportunity to connect and network with more than 800 public health officials who share an interest in maternal and child health. The AMCHP 2016 Annual Conference will be held Jan. 23 to 26, at the Hyatt Regency Washington in Washington, DC.

There are many reason to attend the AMCHP 2016 Annual Conference, including:

  • — Gain a firsthand opportunity to learn about changes occurring in the MCH field, such as Block Grant transformation and Affordable Care Act implementation
  • — In need of a career boost or professional development? AMCHP has it covered! Conference attendees have the opportunity to gain access to individual, private professional coaching sessions
  • — Interested in learning more about a particular MCH subfield? Conference session topics will include using technology to advance MCH outcomes, cultural competence and family-center care, and health care financing and coverage
  • — Visit the exhibit hall to gather information from resource centers and companies related to maternal and child, while networking with current and future MCH leaders
  • — Exchange best practices ideas with other MCH professionals, creating stronger and bolder ideas for the future

To register for the 2016 Annual Conference, click here. Don't miss our early-bird registration rates, ending on
Dec. 18, 2015!

Open Call for AMCHP Committee Volunteers
A benefit of being an active AMCHP member is the opportunity to participate as a volunteer leader on AMCHP Association Committees. AMCHP committees assist the organization in carrying out its mission, goals, and strategic plan. As a member of a committee, you will be playing an important role in the development of AMCHP program and policy activities. At the same time, volunteering on an AMCHP committee offers you rich professional development opportunities and potentially provides a future pathway toward greater leadership roles in this organization. All interested members may serve up to two consecutive one year terms. Please click here to review descriptions of the committees. In order to be newly appointed to a committee for 2016, please let us know your interest by taking our survey by Sept. 25. If you currently serve on a committee(s) and are interested in continuing your role, please do not complete this survey as you will be contacted through an independent process.  

A Special Note about the 2016 Committee Appointment Process
A significant recognition is in order for all AMCHP members who have served on Association Committees over the past year. Volunteerism is the lifeblood of our organization and the AMCHP Board of Directors and staff are truly grateful for your past service to an AMCHP Association Committee.

There have been ongoing efforts to formalize AMCHP committee policies and processes around recruitment and appointments, as well as look at structure, purpose, volunteer training, roles, and responsibilities. Our current standing policies around committees include such areas as:

  • Ensuring committee members are current members of AMCHP and allowing the opportunity for those who are not members to join the organization to participate in the future
  • Providing a proper role for federal government and/or other national organization/partner representatives to serve AMCHP committees in an ex-officio capacity (up to two per committee)
  • Allowing for non-member subject matter experts utilized actively for specific peer review activities to participate in a non-voting manner in order to afford AMCHP the best expertise possible as we grow our best practice portfolio
  • Adhering to AMCHP established Bylaws language related to term limits by allowing volunteers to serve up to two (2) consecutive one-year terms

AMCHP remains loyal to its former, current and new volunteers and believes in continuing to offer opportunities for all of our members to contribute in ways that are meaningful to the organization and to the individual. Thank you all for your service to the organization.

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 marica_roth@unc.edu.

National MCH Workforce Development
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!

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 

National MCH Workforce Development
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, health care and 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.

Obesity in Early Childhood Years: State of the Science and Implementation of Promising Solutions Workshop
The Institute of Medicine will hold a workshop in Washington, DC on Oct. 6, 2015 that will highlight the science and recent developments in the understanding of emerging modifiable factors associated with the risk of early childhood obesity, including maternal health. Presentations and discussion addressing collaborations and insights into interventions and policies related to nutrition and physical activity will be included. Participants will discuss strategies that hold the promise in reducing obesity prevalence, especially in at-risk populations. To register, click here.

Overweight/Obesity Prevention, Treatment, and Maintenance from Childhood to Adulthood: Discussing Review-level Evidence Webinar
Health Evidence will host a webinar on Oct. 14, 2015 from 1-2 p.m. EST that will examine a series of five reviews on overweight and obesity prevention, treatment, and weight maintenance strategies among children, youth, and adult populations. The webinar will be hosted by Dr. Leslea Peirson. To register, click here.

CCPH 14th International Conference Call for Proposals
The Community –Campus Partnership for Health (CCPH) is convening their 14th annual International Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana on May 11-14, 2016 and is themed, "Journey to Justice: Creating Change Through Partnerships." The 14th International Conference will bring community partners, faculty members, students, funders, and policymakers from around the world together to learn and highlight partnerships and research collaborations addressing health equity through social justice. The CCPH is seeking proposal submissions to share knowledge, wisdom, and experience. All proposals must be submitted by Oct. 15, 2015. To learn more, click here

Prematurity Conference Prevention
March of Dimes is hosting conferences in Crystal City, Virginia on Nov. 17-18, 2015 about enhancing prematurity prevention efforts in the United States through the sharing of information about the design, implementation, programs, policies, and other activities to prevent premature births. Other goals of the conferences are to prevent prematurity by disseminating findings on evidence-based practices, programs, and policies, and share tools and resources, as well as engaging stakeholders to participate in the effort to achieve the goal of reducing U.S. premature births to 5.5 percent by 2030. To register, 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.