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Telehealth and Autism Treatment, Training, and Systems Building
On Apr. 20, 2016 from 2-3 pm EST, AMCHP will host a webinar on that will provide an overview of policy issues related to telehealth-including, laws, regulations, and examples from the Autism CARES grantees on how they are using telehealth/medicine to increase access to behavioral health services and to provide parent coaching as an alternative to long waiting lists for services. Through its implementation of the Autism CARES legislation, HRSA-MCHB funds grantees to improve autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities (ASD/DD) service delivery and to enable all infants, children and adolescents who have, or are at risk for developing, ASD/DD to reach their full potential. Technologies, such as telehealth, telemedicine and m-Health, can be used to address gaps in access and can also play a key role in expanding availability of service delivery, building systems, and workforce training. To register, click here.

In App Session Evaluation Reminder
As a user of the 2016 AMCHP Annual Conference app, you have access to electronic session evaluations for the sessions listed below. If you attended any of these sessions, please take a moment to complete the session evaluations in the app. The session evaluations will be available until Friday, April 22, 2016.

  •  A1: The Future Will Not Implement Itself: Building Implementation Capacity to Realize the Promise of Evidence-based Practice
  • A2: Using National Systems Standards to Improve Leadership Capacity of Systems that Service CYSHCN and Their Families
  •  B2: Leveraging Existing Partnerships, Models, and Resources to Advance Data-Driven Improvement in MCH National and State Outcomes and Performance Measures
  •  F1: A State Assessment Tool for Mapping the Landscape of Health Transformation
  • G8: The Application of Life Course Indicators to Improve Health Outcomes-Examples from Three State Health Departments
  •  I8: State and Community Approaches to Improve Breastfeeding Rates and Support

On the home screen of the app, scroll to the Surveys tab. When this opens, click on session surveys. All of the available session evaluations will be listed. Please click on each session you attended to complete the session evaluations. When you have answered the questions, click Submit. For additional questions and assistance, please contact Alexandra Harris at aharris@amchp.org.

WSSDOM Series 
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 next  topic is listed below:

  • 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.

Strengthen the Evidence Base: Communities of Practices (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 kgranger@amchp.org or Sarah Beth McLellan at smclellan@amchp.org.

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.

Continuing Education for CME, CNE, CECH, and CPH
Continuing Education for the AMCHP Annual Conference 2016 is available through the CDC Training and Continuing Education Online system (CDC TCEO). Online evaluations must be completed by May 16, 2016 to receive credit for continuing education or a certificate of completion. Click here for instructions on the evaluation process.

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 9 2016 from 5-6 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.

Upcoming Webinar Series
Join Child Trends and other partners of the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance for a webinar series focused on evaluating quality initiatives, especially those related to the Child Care and Development Fund. Topics include evaluation basics, data collection and analysis, as well as evaluation timing and reporting.

  • Session 2 of the series will take place on Apr. 21, 2016 from 3-4:30 pm EST. This webinar will provide an overview of data collection options and a tool for mapping available data sources. Presenters will also help states and territories identify specific data elements for analysis. Click here to register.
  •  Session 3 of the series will take place on Jun. 2, 2016 from 3-4:30 pm EST. This webinar will discuss the timing of data analysis, dissemination strategies and the messaging of evaluating findings, as well as ways to examine the infrastructure needed to support evaluation findings over the long term. Click here to register.

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.

Addressing Lead Exposure in Our Communities  
The American Public Health Association (APHA) will host a webinar on Apr. 26, 2016 from 1-2 pm EST. This webinar will provide information about lead exposure, focus on community solutions to lead exposure, and provide tools for preventing lead exposure in the home. Healthy homes interventions will be highlighted and there will be ample opportunity for discussion. 1 CPH continuing credit is available for individuals who register and attend the live webinar. To register, click here.

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.

Playground Safety: Having Fun and Staying Safe
The National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) will host a webinar on Apr. 27, 2016 from 3-4 pm EST to highlight Playground Safety Week. NPPS will share information related to advocating for SAFE (Supervision, Age Appropriate, Fall Surfacing, Equipment Maintenance) inclusive and high quality play areas that support child development and reduce unintentional childhood injuries. An overview of playground injuries will be shared, along with a description of the agencies and organizations that have issued recognized guidelines and standards that address safety. To register, click here. Please note that space is limited for this webinar.

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.

Secondary Use of Electronic Health Data for Child Health Research: Opportunities and Challenges Webinar  
EnRICH (Research Innovations & Challenges) will be hosting a webinar on May 5, 2016 from 1:30-2:30 pm EST. The learning objectives for this webinar include understanding the types of data readily available in electronic health records (EHRs) that support child health research activities; recognizing the challenges with cleaning and organizing electronic health data before statistical analyses can be performed; and gaining a practical understanding of how researchers working with the American Academy of Pediatrics are using data from an EHR "supernetwork" to conduct cutting-edge research. To register, click here.

Evidence to Prevent Early Childhood Obesity
Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national program. The program supports research on environmental and policy strategies with strong potential to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among groups at the highest risk for obesity: black, Latino, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander, and children who live in lower-income communities (urban, suburban, and/or rural). Findings are expected to advance RWFJ's efforts to help all children achieve a healthy weight, promote health equity, and build a culture of health. This is a call for proposals that includes two types of awards aimed at providing advocates, decision-makers, and policymakers, with evidence to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. These awards include Round 10 grants and RWFJ's New Connections grants awarded through the Healthy Eating Research program. The first round of proposals will be accepted until May 11, 2016 at 3 pm EST. For additional deadline dates and 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

Continuing Education Course
The University of Minnesota's School of Public Health will host the National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course from Jul. 27-29, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN. The purpose of this course is to enable the learner to describe ways that appropriate nutrition services can improve pregnancy outcomes, describe the effect of maternal eating behaviors on birth outcomes and infant health status and development, as well as identify characteristics of model programs and counseling approaches for maternal and nutritional health. This continuing education program is designed for dietitians, nutritionists, certified nurse midwives, registered nurses and nurse practitioners, physicians, and public health professionals who serve preconceptual, pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women. To register, click here. For additional questions and information, please contact Chris Carlstrom at carls020@umn.edu or 612-624-3029.

Share Your Story!
The Well-Woman Project seeks to understand the things that affect your health and your ability to seek and receive care, especially for preventative health checkups, or other doctor visits. If you would like to share your story on the barriers to access healthcare or what it means to be a healthy, tell the Well-Woman Project for a chance to win a $50 gift card. Click here to share your story online or call the toll-free message line, 844-221-1893. For additional ideas on topics to include in your story, click here.