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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, D.C., on April 5 and 6, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau is hosting several learning labs, each focusing on a population health domain. The labs will build on the work at the Technical Assistance Meeting to provide ongoing technical support in the development of Evidence-Based or -Informed Strategy Measures (ESMs) to address each of the National Performance Measures (NPM). The lab is scheduled from 3:30-5:00 p.m. ET. To dial-in, please call 800-619-3217 (toll-free) and use passcode 9245999. Additional information about registration and scheduling is provided below:

  • The Perinatal/Infant's Health Lab is scheduled for June 1 and will discuss NPM 3 (risk-appropriate perinatal care), NPM 4 (breastfeeding) and NPM 5 (safe sleep).

Applications Open for the 2016 MCH Epi Pre-Conference Trainings
AMCHP and CityMatCH will offer four two-day training options Sept. 12-13 for those wishing to build their skills in the areas of Medicaid claims analysis, data communication, spatial thinking and evidence-based public health. A detailed description of each, including learning objectives and MCH leadership competencies addressed, is available through the AMCHP website. To apply, click here. The deadline to submit an application for "early decision" is June 1.  The training application will remain open as long as slots are available until July 1.

Workforce Development Series Focuses on 'Bench Strength'
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), to share innovations and to identify best practices. The WSSDOM series consist of 45-minute live interactive webinars. The next topic is:

  • Building Bench Strength

    One of the major changes affecting the Title V workforce is the growing number of the staff who are retiring. Because of the changing workforce, states have increasingly worked to build the bench strength of their staff. This webinar will take place on June 14 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET and will focus on rebranding succession planning on staff development, overcoming the challenge of engagement, and maintaining realistic goals. This webinar will feature guest speakers Steve Orton, Senior Investigator for the North Carolina Department of Health, and Regina Bryde, Division of Family Health Title V Coordinator for the New York State Department of Health. To register, click here.

2017 Board Nominations
On behalf of the AMCHP Board of Directors and Governance Committee, the following vacancies will be open for nominations on June 15:

  • Region II (New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands)
  • Region III (Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia)
  • Region V (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin)
  • Region VII (Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas)
  • Family Delegate

The nomination period will officially close on Sept. 15 unless further notice is provided. AMCHP member delegates are encouraged to consider applying. Your help is needed to fill these important positions! For more information, click here.
 
AMCHP Partners with the Campaign for Dental Health
AMCHP recently signed on as a supporting partner for the Campaign for Dental Health! The Campaign for Dental Health! The Campaign for Dental Health is a network of local and national organizations, scientists, children's and health advocates working to promote and defend community water fluoridation (CWF). Administered by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Campaign provides-evidence based information to the public, health providers and decision-makers through its social media channels and website. Working together to raise awareness, oral health advocates and public health departments can broaden the impact of messages on the importance of good oral health and prevention measures like CWF, especially for pregnant women and children. For more information, please contact Hollis Russinof, Program Manager, at hrussinof@aap.org or (847)434-4983.

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), recently launched a newsletter -- 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. Future issues will include information about AYAH Center activities. 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.

Strengthen 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 development to implementation of your plan. We encourage participants to actively contribute to 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.

Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine Educational Presentation Submissions
The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) 2017 Annual Meeting will take place in March 2017 in New Orleans, LA. SAHM will begin accepting educational and scientific research presentations.

  • The application period to submit an educational proposal will begin on June 1 and close on July 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Presentations should highlight the significance of adolescent health and medicine. Other key selection criteria includes relevance of the conference theme, expertise of the proposed presenters, clarity of educational objectives, likelihood of proposed workshop methods to achieve educational objectives, and perceived relevance to our diverse, multidisciplinary, and international meeting attendees. For additional information, click here.
  • Scientific Research Presentations includes platform, poster, and poster symposia presentations. The application period will begin on June 13 and close on Aug. 22 at 11:59 p.m. ET. For more information, click here.

Upcoming Webinar  
Join BUILD Initiative and other partners of the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance for the last installment of the 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, on June 2, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET, will focus on 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.

Summer Learning: Promising Practices and Innovation Strategies
The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment will host a webinar on June 2, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will bring awareness to the summer "opportunity gap", which contributes to gaps in achievement that persist and widen over time, particularly for low-income students.  Participants will learn about the critical issues related to summer learning for the school-age care community. To register, click here.
 
Perinatal Quality Collaboratives
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention will host a webinar on June 2, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET focusing on the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health-a National Collaborative to Reduce Maternal Mortality and Severe Morbidity. For more information, click here.

Investing in Children's Health and the Pay for Success Approach
The National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation will host a webinar on June 6, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET, about the Pay for Success (PFS) approach, which invites investors and philanthropies to fund evidence-based social programs, such as home visits, with reimbursement from the government when the programs achieve their objectives. The webinar will cover how PFS works; which partners and programs might benefit from PFS, and the challenges they face; an update on federal efforts on PFS; results from feasibility studies on various state-level PFS proposals; and a $30 million multi-sector PFS partnership to expand home visiting in South Carolina. To register, click here.

Local MCH Response to Zika
City MatCH will host a webinar on June 6, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. CT. The webinar will discuss how health departments are preventing and mitigating the effects of Zika, how they're communicating about Zika, and how the departments are using data to have the most impact with their programming. To register, click here.

Changing Practice: How to Understand and Address Social Factors that Shape Child Health
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation will host a webinar on June 8, from 11:00 am-12:00 p.m. CT. The webinar will focus on the importance and prevalence of social factors in impacting a child's health; describe the role of the pediatric medical home in identifying and addressing the social factors affecting child health outcomes; and discuss tools and strategies that can assist pediatric medical homes with identifying and addressing social needs that affect children's health and development. To register, click here.
 
Using Community Assessment to Advance Cultural Competence and Racially Equitable Outcomes for Young Children and Their Families
The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance and the BUILD Initiative will host a webinar on June 10, from 2:00-3:15 p.m. ET. The webinar will focus on the components and development of community assessments and how state, territory, tribal leaders and early childhood program directors can use community assessment data to identify and assist underserved populations and those in the greatest need of early education services. The webinar will draw on the Office of Head Start's Five Steps to Community Assessment, which helps leaders make informed decisions about service area plans and delivery, develop strategic plans for the agency, respond to new federal regulations and initiatives, mobilize community resources and reach out to additional funders. Case studies will also be discussed to show how this assessment framework can be used in different situations. To register, click here.

Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes
City MatCH is accepting applications for the Third Cohort of the Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes. Seven Teams will gain the opportunity to be a part of this high-visibility, national movement of urban communities instilling a data-driven focus on public health strategies to reduce inequities in birth outcomes. A major focus for this cohort will be on authentic community engagement and engaging in racial healing activities. Approaches will be thoroughly evaluated, with results and impact of local initiatives broadly disseminated. Please submit all required application materials to Denise Pecha, City MatCH Director of Programs, at denise.pecha@unmc.edu. Applications must be received by June 10 at 11:59 p.m. ET in order to be considered. For more information, click here.
 
Addressing Health Coverage Inequities among Children with Special Health Care Needs
On June 20, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET the Catalyst Center will host a webinar focusing on health care coverage and financing for children and youth with special health care needs to address inequities (CYSHCN). This can help MCH leaders, family leaders, and other stakeholders to understand and address health care coverage inequalities that exist among vulnerable subgroups of CYSHCN based on race, ethnicity, language, immigration status and other level of functional difficulty. To register, click here.

The ACE Study: Implications for MCH Policy and Practice
Maternal and Child Health Journal is soliciting manuscript submissions based on the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study, for an issue dedicated to enhancing 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 communitywide basis; and the strengths and limitations of the study in relation to efforts to eliminate inequality in MCH health outcomes. Submissions received by July 1 will have a greater likelihood of acceptance. When submitting a manuscript, include a cover letter requesting that it be included in the thematic issue and select "ACE Special Issue" as manuscript type. For submissions and additional instructions, click here.

Free MCH Summer Skills Institute
The National MCH Workforce Development Center is offering a free MCH Summer Skills Institute in August. You can choose either a three-day or five-day schedule to enhance your skills and improve effectiveness. All activities will focus on advancing block grant strategies and outcomes in the health transformation environment. The institute will also include the rescheduled full-day session on Collective Impact in MCH. Hold the dates of Aug. 22-26 and check out the National MCH Workforce Development Center's website or AMCHP's Member Briefs/Pulse for registration details. For additional information, click here.