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The New Round of 2016-18 LTSAE Grantees are Here!
Please join us in celebrating the new round of 2016-18 LTSAE grantees! The grantees are California, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and the Virgin Islands. Their work will span a wide range of systems such as Home Visiting, Title V, Head Start/Early Head Start, Early Childhood Education Partners and more to increase parent engaged developmental monitoring. For more information about each states' or territories' goals and project activities, click here.

Save the Date: Evidence Based or Informed Strategy Measures (ESM Learning Labs)
In follow-up to the State Title V Technical Assistance Meeting that took place in Washington, DC on April 5th and 6th, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is planning to host six learning labs (one per population health domain) during the month of May.  These learning labs will build on the work that was accomplished at the State Title V Technical Assistance Meeting, and they are intended to provide ongoing technical support in the development of Evidence-Based or –Informed Strategy Measures (ESMs) to address each of the National Performance Measures (NPMs.) Dates for the upcoming ESM learning labs are: May 11, May 16, May 18, May 23, May 25 and June 1. Each learning lab will be scheduled from 3:30 -5:00 pm ET. Please mark your calendars! Additional information about registration will be provided in the near future.  

Stay Informed About Adolescent and Young Adult Health
A new service is on the way to help you stay up-to-date on adolescent and young adult health topics and resources: The Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center (AYAH Center), funded by HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), is launching a newsletter this week -- and Member Briefs subscribers will automatically receive it. The AYAH Center created the newsletter to inform the field about trending adolescent and young adult health topics; provide resources from the AYAH Center, the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) and the MCH community; and promote upcoming events related to adolescent and young adult health. The inaugural issue will include information about AYAH Center activities and upcoming newsletter issues to look forward to. For more information about the AYAH Center and its partners -- AMCHP, the National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center (NAHIC), the National Improvement Partnership Network (NIPN) and the State Adolescent Health Resource Center (SAHRC) -- click here.

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.

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

How to Participate in National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month 
Please join the U.S. Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) in recognizing May as National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. Every May, the nation celebrates the progress made and renews its commitment to teen pregnancy prevention. Significant declines in teen birth rates have occurred in all 50 states and among all racial and ethnic groups. Nevertheless, with persisting disparities, there is more work to be done.

  •  National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month Twitter  Chat

Join the HHS Office of Adolescent Health and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy on May 6, 2016 at 12 pm ET for an hour-long Twitter chat. This conversation will allow participants to share ideas on how to support National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. Follow the conversation and participate by using the hashtag #NTPPM.

  • Digital Town Hall Webinar

Join the HHS Office of Adolescent Health on May 11, 2016 from 2-3:30 pm ET for a Digital Town Hall Webinar discussing the importance of a continued focus on teen pregnancy prevention. Panelists will include OAH staff, who will share information about the OAH Teen Prevention Pregnancy Program; grantees, who will discuss successes from their TPP programs; and experts from the field, who will share ways to get involved and support efforts to prevent teen pregnancy. To register, click here.

 CDC Hosts Zika Action Plan Teleconference Series
As a follow up to the April 1 Zika Action Plan (ZAP) Summit in Atlanta, GA, CDC will host a series of six teleconferences to address the most common challenges that jurisdictions are facing in implementing Zika Action Plans.  The events will cover communications, vector surveillance/control, pregnancy and birth defects, epidemiology, sexual transmission/pregnancy planning, and laboratory capacity/test interpretation. More information will be provided for each topic as dates are finalized. The first teleconference addressing communications will be held on May 6, 2016 from 2:30-3:30 pm ET. There will be an opportunity for questions following the presentation. Questions can be sent in advance to preparedness@cdc.gov. Partners are encouraged to share the information with their membership as appropriate and when possible, participate in groups when dialing in, as a limited amount of phone lines are available. A link to a PowerPoint presentation will be provided prior to the teleconference. Audio from the call will also be recorded and available online post-conference for those not able to participate live. To access the conference, call 415-228-4842 (toll) or 800-988-9673 (toll free). Please use the passcode 2153806.

Maternal and Child Health Life Course Network Webinars

The Maternal and Child Health Life Course Research Network will host the upcoming webinar:

  •  TADPOHLS: Enabling Integrative Longitudinal Studies of Positive Health will take place on May 9, 2016 from 5-6 pm ET, featuring 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.

Evidence to Prevent 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.

Changing Community Perception: How to Build Cultural Competence and Humility
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) in the American Academy of Pediatrics is hosting a three-part webinar series that will provide pediatric clinicians, Title V programs, families, and other tools, resources, and strategies, to enhance the patient and family experience in the pediatric medical home. This includes, but is not limited to, the experience of diverse, vulnerable, and medically underserved populations. The first webinar in the series will take place on May 12, 2016 from 12-1 pm CDT. 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

Reducing Disparities in Teen Birth Rates: A National Snapshot from CDC and Examples from the Field
On May 19, 2016 from 1-2 pm ET, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will highlight the findings from the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) that was released on April 28 on reductions in teen birth rates and persistent disparities. During the webinar,  program partners in North Carolina and South Carolina will describe their efforts to address the social determinants of health through the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH)/CDC Teen Pregnancy Prevention Community-Wide Initiative (2010-2015) that may have contributed to narrowing of differences in birth rates between white and black teens in targeted communities in their states. A Q&A session will follow the presentations. 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 3 of the series will take place on Jun. 2, 2016 from 3-4:30 pm ET. 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.

 The ACE Study: Implications for MCH Policy and Practice
The Maternal and Child Health Journal is soliciting a call for manuscript submissions based on the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study. This issue of the Journal is intended to provide a forum to enhance knowledge of the study and its implications across the field. Topics of interest include: the aims and findings of the ACE Study; the implications of the study and use of its findings to shape MCH practice in clinical, program, and policy settings; the importance of the study in relation to life course theory and social determinants of health; the strengths and limitations of the study as a basis for action to improve MCH outcomes; adoption of a trauma informed approach on an agency or community wide basis; and the strengths and limitations of the study in relation to efforts to eliminate inequality in MCH health outcomes. Submissions received by Jul. 1, 2016 will have a greater likelihood of acceptance. When submitting a manuscript, include a cover letter requesting that to be included in the thematic issue and select "ACE Special Issue" as manuscript type. For submissions and additional instructions, click here.