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AMCHP 2016 Annual Conference Update
We are pleased to announce that the 2016 AMCHP Annual Conference has been rescheduled for Apr. 6-9, 2016 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC! The AMCHP Annual Conference is an essential part of the maternal and child health field and a signature event for our members and other constituents to network, share best practices, and meet with federal and other crucial partners. The AMCHP Board of Directors felt it was very important that this event be re-scheduled as quickly as feasible. If you previously registered for this year's conference, please click here to confirm your attendance by Mar. 4, 2016. If you are interested in attending this year's conference and have not registered, click here. For continued updates, please visit our conference webpage.

Join AMCHP for the 2016 March for Babies Campaign
Once again, AMCHP is supporting our partners at the March of Dimes by raising funds and participating in the Maryland-National Capital Area March for Babies on May 8, 2016 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC! Last year, the AMCHP team raised over $2,000 for stronger and healthier babies. This year our fundraising goal is $3,000. If you participated in last year's fundraiser, click here. Please sign in with your username and password and click to confirm your participation in the AMCHP Steps for Babies Team (re-enrolling for the previous year's team will be the automatic choice), and confirm your personal information and insert your fundraising goal. For new participants, visit the AMCHP Steps for Babies webpage and click on the link labeled "Join this Team". Please fill in your personal information and goal, and submit. Once you are done, you are now a member of our team. You may edit your personal page and begin fundraising!    

DHPE Leap Webinar Series: Lupus and Pregnancy
The Directors of Health Promotion and Education will be hosting a webinar on Lupus and pregnancy on Mar. 16, 2016 from 11 am-12 pm EST. The webinar's learning objectives include explaining the relationship between lupus and pregnancy; discussing the signs and symptoms of lupus in pregnant women; and exploring how support systems, including family, friends, and the community can enhance the quality of life of pregnant lupus patients. Click here to register.

MCH Symposium Call for Abstracts 2016
The Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Program, CDC, in partnership with AMCHP and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) is announcing a special call for abstracts for presentation at the MCH Symposium during the 2016 CSTE Annual Conference. All submitted abstracts should focus on the theme of emerging methods to incorporate populations underrepresented in MCH analysis and reporting. Please apply by Mar. 3, 2016 in order to be considered. For more information, click here.

Young Invincibles Special Enrollment Webinar Series
Young Invincibles will be hosting a webinar on Mar. 2, 2016 at 2 pm EST to discuss health insurance coverage for young adults. The webinar will focus on understanding taxes and health care. To register, click here.

Reducing Teen Substance Misuse: What Really Works
The Big Initiative, National Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), and NORC at the University of Chicago will be hosting a free webinar on Mar. 9, 2016 from 3-4:30 pm EST. The webinar will highlight ten indicators of the types of policy strategies that can help curb substance misuse by tweens, teens, and young adults, and provides scores for all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on these indicators. Additionally, this webinar will identify a set of research-based approaches and recommendations to modernize the nation's strategy to prevent and reduce substance use and support a full continuum-of-care. To register, click here.

Approaches to the Community Access, Participation, and Engagement for Children with Developmental Disabilities and their Families
The Maternal and Child Health Life Course Research Network will be hosting a webinar on Apr. 20, 2016 from 12-1 pm EST. The webinar will highlight and provide examples of community accessibility initiatives that serve to create opportunities for a diverse population of children with developmental disabilities and their families. To register, click here.

EnRICH Webinar: Introduction to Instrumental Variables-Based Methods for Casual Inference in Health Research
The latest EnRICH (Research Innovations and Challenges) Maternal and Child Health Research Program webinar will take place on Mar. 14, 2016 from 2-3:30 pm EST. The objectives of this webinar include understanding the situations in which instrumental variables can be useful in health research; describing the assumptions and interpretations for instrumental variables based effect estimates; learning examples of instrumental variables used in health research, including policy differences, genetic variants, and other examples; and learning basic concepts for implementing instrumental variables analyses and understand whether the methods are feasible in a specific research setting. To register, click here.

Genetics and ASD Webinar
The Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health and the Autism Treatment Network will be hosting a webinar on Apr. 27, 2016 from 2-3 pm EST to discuss genetics and Autism Spectrum Disorder. To register, click here.

Online Continuing Medical Education (CME) Course on Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition Available
The Health Care Transition for Adolescents and Young Adults CME course is sponsored by the Health Services for Children with Special Needs, the National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health/Got Transition, and the District of Columbia Department of Health. This is an hour long course that presents the experiences of pediatric, family medicine, and internal medicine leaders from DC who piloted the Six Core Elements as part of a transition learning collaborative. The course will feature physician leaders presenting quality improvement strategies, challenges, and benefits involved in implementing each core element. This course will be available until Jan. 3, 2017. Click here to register. ​