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AMCHP to Launch New Best Practices Category at Annual Conference
Innovation Station, the AMCHP online searchable database for emerging, promising and best practices in MCH, is launching a new practice category: cutting edge. Cutting edge practices are considered emerging innovations of existing or new methods and practices. Specifically, these practices may provide an innovative approach to an evolving public health issue; align with experiential evidence inside or outside of public health; show early signs of promise or success; and have an evaluation or quality improvement plan in development. AMCHP will be launching this new practice field at the annual conference Jan. 23-26 in Washington D.C. Look for more information on social media by following AMCHP on Facebook and Twitter!

Newborn Screening Contingency Plan Survey Now Open for Public Comment
AMCHP is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and the Health Resource Service Administration (HRSA), and an Advisory Committee to update the Newborn Screening Contingency Plan (CONPLAN), with a focus on addressing gaps in laboratory and clinical follow-up. We are seeking input from state/territorial newborn screening programs, state public health laboratories, Title V MCH and CYSHCN programs, preparedness programs, primary care providers, specialists, hospitals, local health departments, families, consumers, and other stakeholders. Please feel free to distribute the public comment survey link to any audience you feel is applicable.  We also encourage agencies and programs within states to collaborate with one another to develop a robust survey response. The survey will be open Jan. 12 to Feb. 15. To learn more about CONPLAN, click here. For questions and concerns, please contact Cori Floyd at cfloyd@amchp.org or call 202-266-3046.

Infant Mortality CoIIN Virtual Learning Session 3 (VLS 3)
The third learning session for Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network (CoIIN) state teams will occur on Feb. 23 and Feb. 24 from 1:00-4:30 p.m. EST each day. Pre-work for the learning session is due Feb. 5. The registration deadline for VLS 3 is Feb. 19. For more information, click here.

Seeking Abstracts: Maternal and Child Health Journal
In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Healthy Start Program, the Maternal and Child Health Journal is soliciting abstract submissions to be considered for a thematic issue focusing on the Health Start Program's role in leading community action to improve pregnancy outcomes. All abstract submissions must be related to work completed with the Healthy Start Program and must be connected to improving women's health, promoting quality services, strengthening family resilience, achieving collective impact, or increasing accountability through quality improvement, performance, and evaluation. All abstracts must be submitted by Jan. 15, 2016. For more information, click here. For questions about abstract submissions only, please send an e-mail to MCHBHealthyStart@hrsa.gov.

Medication Prescribing for Pregnant and Childbearing-aged Women: Resources for the Practicing Clinician
Taking some medications come early in pregnancy can increase the risk for some birth defects and other poor pregnancy outcome. Whereas information available to health care providers to guide and support patients in the decision making process is limited. A webinar will be held on Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. EST to review what is known about medication safety during pregnancy, relevant clinical consultations and resources to help counsel women on treatment decisions before and during pregnancy. Click here to register.

2016-2018 Developmental Monitoring Within State Systems Grants Request for Applications
Through funding from the CDC National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, AMCHP will facilitate a competitive award process of up to $20,000 to 12 states or territories over the next two years. The purpose of this grant is to increase parent-engaged developmental monitoring by promoting the adoption and integration of Learn the Signs. Act Early. materials and training resources into programs and statewide systems that serve young children and their families, such as Early Head Start/Head Start, child care, home visiting, WIC, Child Find, health care, etc. AMCHP will provide ongoing technical assistance, disseminate resource materials and link grantees to other states and experts in early identification of developmental delay. For more information and to apply, click here. Applications are due Feb. 29, and the applicant informational conference call will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 3:30 p.m. EST. Please RSVP to cfloyd@amchp.org if you plan to participate on the call. For additional questions, contact Kate Taft, senior program manager, CYSHCN, at ktaft@amchp.org or (202) 266-3056, or Cori Floyd, program associate, child and adolescent health, at cfloyd@amchp.org or (202) 266-3046.

Call for Abstracts: 2016 CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference
CityMatCH invites you to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentation in two tracks: scientific research and data or program and policy issues in maternal and child health. This is an opportunity to share your successes, research, results, and lessons learned with national and global audiences. The deadline to submit an abstract is Feb. 19, 2016. To apply, click here. Please contact Carol Gilbert at cgilbert@unmc.edu /(402) 552-9589 or Maureen Fitzgerald at mfitzgerald@unmc.edu/ (402) 552-9585 for any questions or concerns. 

New Webinar Series to Support Implementation of the MCH Block Grant Transformation Taking Action with Evidence: Implementation Roadmaps
AMCHP and the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Strengthen the Evidence Base for MCH are hosting a series of webinars to support your next phase of action – selecting evidence-based or -informed strategies and developing your state-initiated Evidence-based or -informed Strategy Measures (ESMs) that will impact your state selected Title V population-based National Performance Measures (NPMs).

Each webinar in the series will focus on one of the 15 NPMs. The series will take place through February. The webinars are scheduled as follows:

NPM #5 Safe Sleep Jan. 14 at 4 p.m. EST
NPM #14 Child Obesity Jan. 19, 2016 at 4 p.m. EST
NPM #1 Women's Well-Visit Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. EST
NPM #15 Smoking during Pregnancy Feb. 3 at 4 p.m. EST
NPM #12 Transition Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. EST

More information about the series and registration links for each webinar are posted to the MCH Block Grant Transformation Resources page on the AMCHP website. We will update this site on a rolling basis and provide reminders in Member Briefs.