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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, 2015. 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.

How Title V Programs Can Participate in Your States' Public Health Accreditation Process
This is a "don't miss" opportunity!  Having a say in your state's public health accreditation process is extremely beneficial.  Not only will participating in this process definitely result in a win-win for addressing issues that are important to your programs, it will advance the overall quality and performance within your respective public health departments.  So far, approximately nine states have completed the accreditation process, and many other states are currently going through the Public Health Accreditation process for their state public health departments.  Since this process involves collaboration among many sub-agencies, this is a great opportunity for Title V program advocates to have a "seat at the table" to address the needs of the mothers, children, and families you serve in your state.  On Sept. 16 from 3-4 p.m. EST, AMCHP will host a webinar, How Title V Programs Can Participate in Your States' Public Health Accreditation Process.  For this webinar, participants will receive a brief overview from Lacy Fehrenbach, director of programs at AMCHP on why Title V programs should be a part of their accreditation process.  This overview will be followed by presentations from Arkansas and Maine, who are almost complete with the process. Click here to register!
 
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 health care 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.
 
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 here to download a PDF copy of the application. The application is also available in a Word document.
 
Progress on the Redesign of the NSCH and Data Resource Center
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is pleased to announce the next DataSpeak webinar titled "Progress on the Redesign of the NSCH and the Data Resource Center." The program will take place on Sept. 10 from 2 to 3 p.m. EST. The webinar will focus on the rationale, design, and programmatic implications of redesigning the National Survey of Children's Health. The latest information from a recent qualitative assessment and the ongoing national pretest will be shared. To register for the DataSpeak webinar, click here. For more information about the program, please contact Sarah Lifsey at 301-692-1878 or at sarah.lifsey@altarum.org
 
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 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, 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.