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‚ÄčJoin 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 7, 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!

Strengthen the Evidence Base: Communities of Practice (CoP)
Come and join AMCHP's Strengthen the Evidence Base: Communities of Practice (CoP)! The CoPs are broken down by population domain including Child Health, Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN), Cross-cutting/Life-course, and Women's/Maternal Health. The purpose of the CoPs is to provide a space for peer sharing and learning, which could include topics ranging from Evidence Based Strategy Measures (ESM) development to implementation of your plan. As a participant, we encourage active contributions within the CoPs by responding to discussion questions, posting your own questions and resources, and engaging with other participants. To sign up, click here. For questions or additional assistance, please contact Krista Granger at kgranger@amchp.org or Sarah Beth McLellan at smclellan@amchp.org.

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.

Flint and Lead: The Water-Public Health Connection
APHA and the American Water Works Association will be hosting a webinar on Mar. 16, 2016 from 1:00-2:30 pm EST to discuss the water crisis in Flint, MI. The recent reports of elevated blood lead levels in children living in Flint has placed a national spotlight on the role of drinking water in lead exposure. As the events continue to evolve, important questions are being raised about changes in drinking water chemistry, what can be done to control lead exposure through drinking water, and how local water utilities and the public health community can work together. This webinar will be an interactive discussion about the current state of science related to the health risks posed by lead and the value of engaging the water systems sector. To register, click here.
 
Zika Preparedness and Response: A Public Health and Legal Perspective
The CDC's Public Health Law Program, the Partnership for Public Health Law, the Network for Public Health Law, the American Bar Association Health Law Section, and the American Health Lawyers Association will be hosting a webinar on Mar. 18, 2016 at 1 pm EST to discuss the role of law and policy in Zika preparedness and response efforts. Speakers will provide an overview of the public health problem posed by Zika, including disease characteristic basics and current guidance for healthcare providers, the domestic legal framework for addressing the virus, and highlight ways to coordinate health care and public health legal preparedness efforts. To register, click here.

National Call for Applications
The National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH) and the National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ) are issuing a call for applications to public health professionals, early educators, community vision programs, eye care professionals, primary health care provider groups, and family advocates to join the quality improvement collaborative, "Improving Children's Vision: Systems, Stakeholders & Support". The mission is to improve the systems supporting children's vision and eye health in a minimum of five carefully selected states. The results will be comprehensive and coordinated approaches to children's vision and eye health and a reduced prevalence of vision problems in hard-to-reach populations. All teams interested in participating must submit applications online by Apr. 25, 2016 by 5 pm EST. An online "office hours" webinar will be conducted by NCCVEH and NICHQ on Mar. 29, 2016 from 11 am-12 pm EST to provide additional information on the application process. To register, click here.

Safe Kids Worldwide 2016 Annual Heatstroke Town Hall Meeting
Safe Kids Worldwide will be hosting a webinar on Mar. 29, 2016 from 2-3 pm EST to raise awareness about the threat of heatstroke. In 2010, the U.S. had the highest number of deaths for heatstroke. Since then, coalitions, organizations, government agencies, advocates, and all citizens have rallied together to raise awareness through social media, press conferences, outreach to stakeholders, and by word of mouth. Due to the combined effort of stakeholders, 2015 was the year of the lowest number of heatstroke death in children. This year, Safe Kids Worldwide plans to continue the momentum by partnering with national stakeholders, engaging the national media, working with partners to help amplify the message and sharing best practices from the field, as well as empowering by-standers to call 911 whenever they see an unattended child in a car. The webinar will give an overview of the 2016 Safe Kids Worldwide Heatstroke Campaign, as well as presentations from the field on successful outreach initiatives that can be implemented in various communities. To register, click here.

The Occupational (Im)Possibilities in a Segregated Neighborhood: A Matter of Justice in LCHD
The Maternal and Child Health Life Course Research Network will be holding a webinar hosted by Dr. Jyothi Gupta on Mar. 30, 2016 from 12-1 pm EST. Dr. Gupta's research interests focuses on the influence of participation on health and well-being of diverse groups, and issues of social injustice that impact participation. This webinar will focus on her experience in applying the Life Course Health Development (LCHD) model to one of her community partner sites in rural Mississippi.

Using the Community Guide for Community Health Improvement
The Public Health Foundation and the Association for Community Health Improvement will be holding a webinar on Mar. 30, 2016 from 1-2 pm EST focused on The Guide to Community Health Preventative Services and how it can support community health improvement efforts. During the webinar, participants will learn more about The Community Guide findings to help take action and implement community health improvement activities in collaboration with health departments and other community partners. To register, click here.

Informatics Training Opportunity for Current Department of Health Employees
The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) is now accepting applications for the Informatics-Training in Place Program (I-TIPP) until Apr. 1, 2016. I-TIPP is an innovative approach to bring relevant on-the-job training to the existing workforce while they are employed at a health department. This program is designed for individuals with an interest in gaining more training and experience in public health informatics. This one-year applied training program will provide an overview on various public health informatics topics with particular emphasis on meaningful use, surveillance system improvement, and antimicrobial resistance. All applications must include a letter of support from the applicant's state health officer, state epidemiologist, or local health officer. Agencies may submit up to three applications for consideration and up to 22 fellows will be selected to participate in the 2016-2017 cohort. Click here  to apply. For additional questions and information, please contact Jessica Pittman at jpittman@cste.org or Amanda Masters at amasters@cste.org, or call 770-458-3811.
 
Be Recognized at the NACCHO Annual Conference
The NACCHO Annual Conference will take place Jul. 19-21, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ will be the largest gathering of local health department leaders and other public health professionals in the U.S. This year  NACCHO will be awarding local health departments. The Local Health Department of the Year Award recognizes and honors the outstanding accomplishments of all local health departments across the country, regardless of size, for their innovation, creativity, and impact on the community. Only active NACCHO members are eligible to apply for this award. The Maurice "Mo" Mullet Lifetime Achievement Award honors local public health officials for noteworthy service that reflects Mullet's commitment, vigor, and leadership. The recipient of this award will demonstrate achievements such as leadership among local health departments shown by energetic volunteer service to NACCHO, significant contributions to the field of public health practice as a thoughtful leader and NACCHO representative, as well as commitment, skill, and effort. Applications for both awards will be accepted until Apr. 8, 2016. To apply or submit a nomination, login into "MyNACCHO" and select NACCHO Applications. For more information, 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.

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.

National MCH Epidemiology Awards
CityMatCH is now accepting nominations for the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Award to be recognized at the 2016 CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference. The purpose of the awards is to recognize individuals, teams, and leaders of institutions for making significant contributions to one or more aspects of epidemiology with the aim of improving health of women, children, and families advancing public health knowledge through applied research, improving public health practice through effective use of data and epidemiology training in the field, and enhancing the political will to support practice and advance knowledge through effective use of data, epidemiology, and applied research. Various award categories are open and nominations will be accepted until Apr. 30, 2016 at 11:59 pm PST. For more information, click here.

TADPOHLS: Enabling Integrative Longitudinal Studies of Positive Health
The Maternal and Life Course Research Network will be holding a webinar featuring Dr. Margaret Kern on May 3, 2016 from 4-5 pm EST. Dr. Kern and her colleagues developed TADPOHLS (The Anatomy of Developmental Predictors of Healthy Lives Study), a database that categorizes items and constructs from 25 prospective longitudinal studies that have followed participants from adolescence into adulthood. This webinar will present the database and coding typology, and illustrate how the database can be used to integrate multiple studies at the item level to examine adolescent predictors of adult health outcomes. To register, click here.

2016 Breastfeeding Summit: Call for Abstracts
Reaching our Sisters Everywhere, Inc. (ROSE) is currently accepting abstract and poster applications for the 5th Annual Breastfeeding Summit, which will take place on Jul. 28 and 29th, 2016 in New Orleans, LA. Applications must be received by May 16, 2016 by 5 pm EST in order to be considered. All submissions should address breastfeeding, lactation issues, and concerns in vulnerable communities. To apply, click here. Additional information on poster and abstracts requirements can be found here

Registration for the 2016 Season of TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer Online Course Now Open
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) TeamSTEPPS training curriculum is available online as an accredited continuing education program, allowing health care providers and staff to become certified as Master TeamSTEPPS Trainers through a web-based course. TeamSTEPPS is an evidence based approach to improve teamwork and communication among health care professionals. Health professionals certified as TeamSTEPPS Master Trainers are prepared to guide training and implementation in various settings. The course is free, but participants must establish an account, create a team, submit a draft change plan, and upload a letter of commitment prior to receiving an enrollment code. To learn more, click here.

Heart Health 4 Moms: Recruiting Mothers for a Research Study
NACCHO is working with the Preeclampsia Foundation and Brigham & Women's Hospital to recruit new mothers with a pregnancy complicated by preeclampsia into an online research study, Heart Health 4 Moms (HH4M). The study focuses on introducing healthy behaviors to mothers with preeclampsia to improve their long-term health. To learn more, click here.