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AMCHP Extends Deadline for Conference Proposals
The AMCHP Annual Conference is the ideal venue to present your ideas, research, innovative programming, best practices and effective outreach strategies. We invite you to submit a proposal for the 2017 AMCHP Annual Conference (March 4-7) in Kansas City, Mo. The deadline for submissions is now Oct. 25 at 11:59 p.m. ET. You will receive notification of the status of your submission by Dec. 1. If you have questions about the session proposal submission process, contact Corey Siembeida at csiembieda@conferencemanagers.com or (703) 964-1240, ext. 200.

Become a Member of the 2017 Leadership Lab
AMCHP is requesting applications for participation in the 2017 Leadership Lab! The Leadership Lab is built upon peer-to-peer collaboration. Participants will spend 10 months (January to October 2017) engaging in one of the following cohorts: Family Leaders, Next Generation MCH/CYSHCN Leaders or Epi-Net P2P. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 21 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Maximizing Insurance Enrollment in MCH
In partnership with Family Voices, AMCHP is hosting a webinar series to help maternal and child health advocates better prepare for the upcoming open enrollment period. The series, Maximizing Insurance Enrollment in Maternal and Child Health, will feature presentations from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, Enroll America, state Title V agencies and health insurance navigators from the family leader community. The next installments in the series are listed below:
·         Strategies to Enroll Hard-to-Reach Populations - Oct. 25 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET
·         Strategies to Address Challenging Enrollment Situations - Nov. 9 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET
For more information, please contact Maria Isabel Frangenberg at mfrangenberg@familyvoices.org or Emily Eckert at eeckert@amchp.org. Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #EnrollMCH, and be sure to tweet at @FamilyVoices and @DC_AMCHP.

Participate in the Social Determinants of Health Learning Network
AMCHP hosted a virtual Town Hall with Dr. Lu on the Infant Mortality CoIIN: Reflections & Key Updates for the Extension Year Sept. 30. Objectives were to build on the conversations that have taken place, both in-person and virtually, during the IM CoIIN Harvest Meetings; to learn what is working in the IM CoIIN; identify opportunities for improvement and redesign; and to share important updates and changes within the Social Determinants of Health Learning Network (SDOH) learning network.  If your state is interested in joining the SDOH Learning Network during the IM CoIIN extension year, please review the brochure and contact CoIIN@nichq.org by Oct. 31 with your decision.  Monthly SDOH Learning Network calls will occur on the 2nd Monday's of each month from 3:30-5:00pm ET beginning in November. If you were unable to make the IM CoIIN Town Hall and/or there is feedback or input you would like to share with Dr. Lu or Vanessa Lee (IM CoIIN Coordinator), please contact Ms. Lee at VLee1@hrsa.gov.

Stay Informed About Adolescent and Young Adult Health
The Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center, funded by the U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau, published its October newsletter: Improving Health Care Awareness: Models that Engage and Empower Youth and Families. Read it to learn how to improve the delivery of health care to adolescents and young adults, to receive updates and resources from the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network on improving systems of care and to keep up with ACA-related topics. To subscribe to the newsletter, please contact Karissa Charles at kcharles@amchp.org.

Promoting Health for Women Living with a Disability
Join the Association of University Centers on Disabilities for a webinar on Oct. 19 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET to learn more about the importance of reducing barriers to health promotion for women living with disabilities. Experts will discuss resources offered by the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Women's Health, the Friends of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, and the American Association on Health Disabilities.
 
Domestic Violence and Children
The Childhood Domestic Violence Association will host a webinar on Oct. 20 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET. The presentation will discuss the effects of children witnessing domestic violence.
 
Learn How to Build an Effective Youth Program
Child Trends will host a live webcast on Oct. 20 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET to help staff and leaders at youth-serving organizations improve their services. The presentation will provide suggestions for improving program development, particularly through connecting researchers and program leaders; best practices from experienced leaders of foundations and federal agencies; and essential steps for programs to prepare for successful evaluation and scaling-up. Join the conversation and submit questions via Twitter using the hashtag #ScaleUp4Youth. No registration is necessary.

Engage Fathers in Home Visits
Join the National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) for a webinar on Oct. 25 from 2:00-2:30 p.m. ET. This presentation will discuss NFI's improved Home Visitation Bundle to help home visitors more effectively engage fathers.

Address Issues in Your City Through the Lens of Equity
The National League of Cities Institutes for Youth, Education and Families will host a webinar on Oct. 27 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. The presentation will discuss the recent finding that zip codes may be a more important predictor of health than genetics. Children and families living in communities that lack health-promoting resources often suffer poorer health outcomes than their peers. Webinar participants will learn about innovative efforts to address these disparities, and receive tools and resources to support efforts to build a culture of health and advance health equity.

Examining the Public Debate on School Food Nutrition Guidelines
Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG) and the Public Health Advocacy Institute (PHAI) will co-host a webinar on Oct. 27 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. to explore how advocates, the food industry, policymakers and others have shaped discussions about school nutrition guidelines since the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act in 2010. The webinar will provide a summary of BMSG and PHAI's findings on how school food guidelines are framed, the voices included in the conversation and how the conversation differs among states, as well as how arguments and framing differ between news coverage and legislative testimony and comments.

Childhood Lead Poisoning: A Blueprint for Action
The Green and Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) developed a strategic plan that includes broad policy recommendations to marshal the financial resources and regulatory tools to end childhood lead poisoning as a major public health threat in the next five years. Join GGHI on Oct. 27 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET, during National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, for a webinar to learn how this preventable disease can be stopped.
 
Apply Your Research in Epidemiology to MCH
The Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau is accepting summer proposal project submissions for the 2017 Graduate Student Epidemiology Program. This program offers graduate students a unique opportunity to apply their classroom skills to real-world data projects, and gives state and local agencies valuable technical assistance as they work to enhance their information systems capacity. State or local health departments and tribal epidemiology centers are eligible to propose a project until Nov. 11. The application for graduate students will open on Jan. 2, 2017. Eligible students must be currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. school of public health; have successfully completed coursework in epidemiology, biostatistics and health administration; and be specializing in the study of maternal and child health. For additional information, please contact Julia Fantacone at gsep@altarum.org.

Host a Student Team for the Title V MCH Internship Program
The National MCH Workforce Development Center is accepting state applications for the Title V MCH Internship Program that will take place during the summer of 2017. The center will support up to seven teams of MCH students to participate in internships in state Title V programs. The aim is to support state Title V agencies in implementing a meaningful project of their choice and to provide future MCH professionals with experience working in state Title V agencies, with mentorship and guidance from Title V agency preceptors. Two graduate or undergraduate MCH students will be paired to complete a project identified by the host state. All applications must be received by Nov. 11. For assistance on developing appropriate projects or other inquiries, contact Cindy San Miguel at csanmig2@uic.edu.