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AMCHP is pleased to present a new MCH Workforce Development Solutions Series Domain (WSSDOM). This new series will provide a platform for AMCHP members to learn more about successful workforce development solutions to address issues such as staffing, organizational design, accreditation, and work process re-design (e.g., due to health transformation), share innovations, and identify best practices. The MCH WSSDOM series consist of 45-minute live interactive webinars. The first two topics and featured speakers are included below:

  • How to Enhance Your State's Performance Management for the Title V Block Grant

Gina Febbraro, Colorado's MCH Performance Improvement Consultant, will describe how Colorado's MCH Team is creating a culture of quality improvement and integrating performance management and quality improvement principles and practices into their state and local MCH efforts on Apr. 14, 2016 from 2-3 pm EST. Ms. Febbraro will also discuss how Colorado's previous five-year focus on policy change, infrastructure development, and resource alignment provided a foundation for these efforts. Click here to register.

  • Resiliency: Tips and Tricks on How to Keep Staff Morale High

Success of an organization/department depends on the employees who work there.  The morale among staff must be high to have outstanding staff performance. Sometimes when organizational changes occur, the morale can decrease. Dr. Kris Risley, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago will provide tips and tricks to keep staff morale high by using appreciative inquiry and positive questions to bring out the best of the organization/department/team on May 12, 2016 from 1-2 pm EST.  Dr. Risley will also discuss the importance of emotional intelligence and the impact you have on your organization/department. Click here to register.

Request for Letters of Intent: Data Translation and Date Linkages Projects
AMCHP released a Request for Letters of Intent for two new technical assistance projects, provided with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Reproductive Health (DRH), to assist MCH epidemiology and program staff strengthen key MCH partnerships: a) Data Translation: MCH Data Communication Partnerships and b) Data Linkage: Phase I – MCH and Medicaid Data Partnerships. These two projects aim to foster key sustainable partnerships and communication within multiple arenas to create an MCH workforce that can produce data-informed, evidence-based programs and policies. Applications for either project (Data Translation or Data Linkage) requires a 2 page Letter of Intent, followed by a structured interview. States can apply to either one or both projects, but will require separate Letters of Intent and structured interviews for each. Because of the time commitment of each of these opportunities, if a state applies to both projects, they should identify a unique set of co-leads for each project. The Letter of Intent must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm EST on Apr. 15, 2016. Applicants should plan to participate in either an onsite interview at the AMCHP conference or a phone interview between April 18 and April 30. Please direct any questions to Alexandra Harris at or by phone at 202-266-3058. To access the Request for Letters of Intent, click here.

Spring Seminar Series for Title V Professionals: Health Transformation in MCH
The University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and the National MCH Workforce Development Center designed a free online eight week Spring Seminar Series for Title V professionals. The Series will provide learning opportunities and implementation strategies as it relates to Title V. Participants will examine, apply knowledge, and skills in the Affordable Care Act, MCH financing, assessment of access to care, evidence-based practice, leadership, quality improvement, systems thinking, as well as implementation and sustainability. The online modules can be completed at your convenience beginning Apr. 17 until Jun. 17, 2016. The assignments are flexible and facilitator feedback will be available to personalize your learning. To register, click here. For additional questions and concerns, please contact Rebecca Greenleaf at

Strengthening the Evidence Base: Communities of Practice (CoP)
Come and join AMCHP's Strengthen the Evidence Base: Communities of Practice (CoP)! The CoPs are grouped 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 or Sarah Beth McLellan at

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 7, 2016 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC! Last year, the AMCHP team raised over $2,000 for stronger and healthier babies. Click here to support our team in reaching our 2016 fundraising goal of $3,000.

Using the Community Guide for Community Health Improvement
The Public Health Foundation and the Association for Community Health Improvement will hold a webinar on Mar. 30, 2016 from 1-2 pm EST focused on The Guide to Community Preventative Services (Community Guide) 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.

Children with Special Healthcare Needs and Disaster Preparedness
The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health will be hosting a webinar series featuring subject matter experts in disaster medicine and public health. This webinar will be held on Mar. 31, 2016 at 1 pm EST. No pre-registration is required. To access the slides that will accompany the meeting when the host arrives, click here. Please use call in number 1-888-537-7715 and participant code 39933371.

Informatics Training Opportunity for Current Department of Health Employees
The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) is 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 or Amanda Masters at, or call 770-458-3811.

Youth and Young Adult Tobacco Use Trends: What We Know and What It Means
The Truth Initiative will host a webinar on Apr. 6, 2016 from 2-3 pm EST. The webinar will review 2015 data on youth and young adult tobacco use in the U.S. Key data points from the nation's tobacco use survey will be presented, as well as a discussion on the trends in this generation of youth and young adult tobacco use behaviors. This webinar will provide a clearer understanding of what we know and point to insights that can strengthen current tobacco prevention efforts. To register, click here.

Be Recognized at the NACCHO Annual Conference
The NACCHO Annual Conference will take place Jul. 19-21, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ. It will be the largest gathering of local health department leaders and other public health professionals in the U.S. This year NACCHO will present awards to 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.

20th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect Call for Abstracts
The Children's Bureau's Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (CB/OCAN) within the HHS Administration on Children, Youth, and Families will be holding the 20th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN) on Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. OCAN is welcoming submission of abstracts that address a wide range of topics of interest and importance to those engaged in promoting the well-being of families and children. OCAN is interested in proposals representing a diversity of backgrounds, communities, and perspectives including urban, suburban, and rural areas; racial and ethnically diverse populations; and involvement at the national, state, and local levels. OCAN is accepting abstracts for Policy Forums, Workshops, Table Talks, Skills Seminar, and Poster Presentations. The deadline to submit an abstract is Apr. 11, 2016. To view the full guidelines for submitting an abstract, click here. For additional information on the conference, click here

Maternal and Child Health Life Course Network Webinars
 The Maternal and Child Health Life Course Research Network will host two upcoming webinars:

  • — Approaches to Community Access, Participation, and Engagement for Children with Developmental Disabilities and their Families will take place 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.
  • — TADPOHLS: Enabling Integrative Longitudinal Studies of Positive Health will take place on May 3, 2016 from 4-5 pm EST and feature Dr. Margaret Kern. 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.


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.

Genetics and ASD Webinar
The Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health and the Autism Treatment Network will  host a webinar on Apr. 27, 2016 from 2-3 pm EST to discuss genetics and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). 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.

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