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Don't Miss Out on Savings for AMCHP 2017!
Registration is now open for the 2017 AMCHP Annual Conference--the perfect opportunity to connect and network with more than 800 public health officials who share an interest in maternal and child health. Register by Jan. 26 to receive an early bird discount! For additional questions and information, please contact Emma Hoover at We look forward to seeing you in Kansas City, Mo., on March 4-7.

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 final installment, Strategies to Address Challenging Enrollment Situations, will take place Nov. 9 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET. For more information, contact Maria Isabel Frangenberg at or Emily Eckert at Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #EnrollMCH, and be sure to tweet at @FamilyVoices and @DC_AMCHP.

Obesity in Children with ASD
The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development and the Autism Research Institute will co-host a webinar on Nov. 2 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. The presentation will focus on feeding issues related to obesity and failure to thrive in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Enhance Your Knowledge on Children's Health within Schools
Participate in the following webinars and submit an abstract to share and strengthen your understanding of the correlation between schools and health care:
·       Strengthening the Collaboration Between Schools and Hospitals
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors will host a webinar on Nov. 2 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will highlight the importance of school and hospital partnership in the management of chronic health conditions to improve health and education outcomes for children. It will also describe how schools and hospitals can capitalize on opportunities offered through the Affordable Care Act, as well as other policy and program opportunities.
·       Analyzing Safe Routes to School
Dialogue4Health will host a webinar Nov. 7 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET. The presentation will provide stakeholders with the opportunity to hear real-world examples of how local and state level organizations have implemented Safe Routes to School to meet the needs of their communities.
·       Map Children's Health and Educations with Data
The School-Based Health Alliance will present a webinar on Nov. 10 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. The Alliance has created the Children's Health and Education Mapping Tool, and interactive geographic interactive system, to help stakeholders use data to determine where and what types of services are available and needed, identify local collaborators and advocate for coordinated services.
·       Share Your Research on School-Based Health Clinics
The Maryland Assembly on School-Based Health Care (MASBHC) 12th Annual Conference will take place on May 18 in Columbia, Md. MASBHC is searching for presentations that will reflect new research and innovation, as well as updates in policy implications for school- based health care. Submissions must be received by Dec. 9. For more information, contact Sapna Hencinski at

 Care Planning for Children with Special Health Care Needs
The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, Catalyst Center and Family Voices will co-host a webinar on Nov. 9 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. The presentation will discuss the tools needed to create and implement an effective family-centered plan of care for a child with special health care needs. Guest speakers will also examine their approaches to the process of care planning in two very different settings: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a small private practice in Vermont.

Innovative Approaches to Prevention of Childhood Obesity
The American Public Health Association, Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health and Tulane Prevention Research Center will co-host a webinar Nov. 9 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will present new findings in pediatric obesity as well as evidence of successful and manageable prevention initiatives that can be used to guide future research and current practice.

Help Reduce Disparities in Infant Mortality
The Best Babies Zone (BBZ) Initiative is a place-based, multi-site, multi-sector approach to reducing disparities in infant mortality and birth outcomes by mobilizing community residents and organizational partners to address the social and economic determinants of health. The BBZ Technical Assistance Center is seeking applications for the enrollment of two teams in a new cohort of three Best Babies Zone implementation communities. An informational webinar on the application process will be held on Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. PT. Applications are due no later than 12 p.m. PT on Dec. 2.

CATCH My Breath Program: Policy, Prevention and Implementation
The Coordinated Approach to Child Health will host a webinar Nov. 10 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET. Participants will discuss the importance of youth E-cigarette prevention, creation of the CATCH My Breath program and policy implementation efforts across the country, including pilot results from the program's launch in August 2016.
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. If you have already started or submitted an application, please contact Cindy San Miguel at or Arden Handler at to follow up.

Engaging Hard-to-Reach Communities
The National Association of County and City Officials will host the third installment in the Public Health Breastfeeding Series on Dec. 5 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will address how local health departments, community based organizations and public health professionals can better support communities with low breastfeeding rates by engaging and retaining women and families who are traditionally classified as hard-to-reach.

Call for Public Comments on MCH Bureau
The Health Resources and Services Administration is collecting information to design and implement an evaluation of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau's activities in meeting the goals and objectives of the Autism CARES Act. All comments must be received by Dec. 23.