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Nominate Your Peers for a 2016 AMCHP Award

AMCHP recognizes leadership in MCH in several ways, including awards presented to MCH leaders to honor their excellence in the field. These awards will be presented at the 2017 AMCHP Annual Conference. Nominations for the following awards will be accepted until Dec. 16:

  • John 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 his or her state.
  • Legislative Champions for Maternal and Child Health for recognizing the efforts of Members of Congress and their staff to improve the health of mothers, children and families including children with special health care needs. Please note that only Legislative Committee members may submit nominations for this award. Please contact our policy team for more information. 
  • Merle McPherson Leadership Award for exemplary contributions to further family/state professional collaboration between a state Title V Program and AMCHP.
  • Vince Hutchins Leadership Award for leadership in promoting a society responsive to the needs of women, children, youth and families.
  • Emerging MCH Professional Award for significant contributions to state MCH programs in promoting and protecting the health of women, children and families in his or her state and/or region.
  • Ryan Colburn Scholarship Award for a youth-with-disabilities leader to attend the AMCHP Annual Conference, connect with family leaders and continue to spread Ryan's message of hope.

Information on the nomination process is available. Please note all awards use the same nomination form, but a separate form must be submitted per nominee, per award.

Don't Miss Out on Savings for AMCHP 2017!

Registration is now open for the 2017 AMCHP Annual Conference. This is 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!

Managing Children with Medical Complexities

The American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Children with Disabilities will host a webinar on Dec. 15 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. CT. The presentation will describe the population of children with medical complexities and provide strategies on how pediatricians can optimize medical and health outcomes for their patients and their families. The webinar will be presented by the co-authors of the new American Academy of Pediatrics' clinical report, Recognition and Management of Medical Complexity.

Don't Miss the Next Webinar Installments on Issues Involving Developmental Disabilities

The University of Southern California University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Children's Hospital Los Angeles hosts monthly webinars to educate and explore current issues affecting people with developmental disabilities and their families. The next two installments are listed below:

Learn How to Improve Worksite Support for Breastfeeding Mothers

The Center for Public Health Continuing Education and the University of Albany School of Public Health will host two webinars in the Prevention Agenda Webinar Series on improving worksite breastfeeding for mothers. The first webinar, on Dec. 15 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. ET, will focus on assisting and empowering mothers. The second webinar, on Jan. 12 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. ET, will provide insight on how to engage and assist employers.

How are States Leveraging Medicaid to Expand Health Services in Schools?

The Healthy Schools Campaign will host a webinar on Dec. 15 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. CT to provide an overview on the Promising Futures Learning Collaborative's work with state teams to expand health services in schools and leverage funding through Medicaid. The presentation will highlight preliminary findings, successes and challenges that state teams face.

Updated AAP Safe Sleep Guidelines Now Available

Join the Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network for a webinar on Dec. 20 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. This installment in the Thematic Webinar series will address the updated American Academy of Pediatrics' Safe Sleep Guidelines. Participants will learn about the latest information and research regarding the updated recommendations.

Moving the Needle on Maternal Health

The Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau will host the next installment in DataSpeak, a series of online conferences that feature special topics related to MCH data, on Dec. 20 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will present an overview of maternal health and mortality data with a focus on how this data is collected and defined, different measurement methods and how state and federal stakeholders are working to improve maternal health.

HomVEE Releases Call for Studies

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Mathematica Policy Research is seeking studies for the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) review of the evidence base for home visiting programs. The studies will be used to help inform policy, new initiatives and program direction at the federal level. The call for studies aims to identify studies that the HomVEE team has not previously reviewed, including unpublished manuscripts, conference papers and new publications that are not in databases searched for review. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 4.

Submit an Abstract on Women's Health

The Academy of Women's Health is accepting abstracts for the 25th Anniversary Congress on Women's Health. Abstracts should reflect current and emerging issues in women's health and sex differences including basic, clinical, translational, behavioral, epidemiologic, disparities and health services research. Submissions focused on innovations in education and career development for health researchers are also welcomed. All submissions must be received by Jan. 15.

Enhance Your Understanding of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Futures Without Violence is offering a free online course on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). The course will describe predictable effects of ACEs on children's physical, mental and behavioral health. Strategies for a trauma-informed care approach in the pediatric setting are discussed, as well as the impact of ACEs on parenting.