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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.

Nighttime Parenting and Infant Sleep: A Mom-Centered Discussion
On June 21 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET, the UNC Center for Maternal & Infant Health and Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute will host a webinar series focused on the questions that may matter most to women in the months after birth (the fourth trimester). The first webinar in the series will focus on nighttime parenting and infant sleep. By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to describe the impact of fatigue/poor sleep on family function, understand key nighttime parenting/parent-infant issues, learn more about the mismatch between how adults think babies should sleep and how they actually sleep and ways practitioners can better support new parents at night.  AMCHP and the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health are proud to support the webinar series and integrate discussions into national dialogues and initiatives. To register, click here.

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 training application will remain open as long as slots are available until July 1.

Epidemiology Support Services
In May 2016, AMCHP created the Epidemiology Support Services (ESS) through support from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention Division of Reproductive Health. ESS is a structured way for AMCHP to provide epidemiology support and connections to peer epidemiologists and field experts who can provide insight on applied MCH epidemiology issues. To submit a request or learn more, click here.

Stay Informed About Adolescent and Young Adult Health
The Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center, funded by HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, has launched its June newsletter: Engaging Youth in Health Care Improvement Efforts! Learn more about current youth engagement initiatives, state strategies, and the Adolescent and Young Adult Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network's work related to youth engagement. To subscribe to the newsletter, please contact Karissa Charles at kcharles@amchp.org. To view the June issue, click here.

Strengthen the Evidence Base: Communities of Practice (CoP)
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 sharing and learning among peers, 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 their 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.

Rethinking the Role of Stress in Development: Emerging Evolutionary Perspectives 
On June 20 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET the Life Course Research Network will host a webinar that explores the influence of stress on development and health from an evolutionary perspective. Current mainstream models are based on the concept of "toxic stress" and emphasize the disruptive effects of chronic exposure to stressors during development (allostatic load). An emerging alternative approach suggests that the outcomes of early stress may often represent evolved adaptations to challenging environments rather than instances of dysregulation. This webinar presents the main tenets of alternative models and their implications for health development, discusses key empirical findings and highlights novel directions for research on this crucial topic. To register, 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 understand and address health care coverage inequalities that exist among vulnerable subgroups of CYSHCN based on race, ethnicity, language, immigration status and other levels of functional difficulty. To register, click here.

Addressing Health Coverage Inequities among Children with Special Health Care Needs New Diversity Training Resource and Virtual Technical Assistance for MCH Training Program Grantees 
On June 22 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET the Division of MCH Workforce Development will host a new MCH Training Diversity Resource webinar. This webinar is designed to share resources, suggestions on how to use the resources, and upcoming virtual technical assistance office hours for grantees who have a special interest in sharing strategies they are implementing or discussing how to overcome barriers to implementation of diversity and health equity related strategies. To register, click here.

The Role of State Public Health Agencies in Improving Assisted Reproductive Technology
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials will host a webinar on June 28 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET that focuses on assisted reproductive technology (ART) and the state health departments' role. The webinar will cover monitoring and studying maternal and infant health outcomes related to ART, understanding the public health department's role in leading improvements in ART practices, how state agencies are improving consumer and provider awareness of ART's impact on twin births, and the importance of partnerships in reducing preterm birth through ART. For more information and to register, click here.

Tribal Injury Prevention
On June 29 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET the Children's Safety Network will host a webinar focusing on the previous implementation and evaluation of the Indian Health Service Tribal Injury Prevention Cooperative Agreement, which aimed to enhance the capacity of tribes to build sustainable injury prevention programs children and youth during 2011-2015. For more information and to register, click here.

The National CLAS Standards in Action 
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health will host a webinar on June 30 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET focusing on the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (also known as National CLAS Standards). Participants will learn about how different organizations – including an integrated health care system, an academic medical center and a public health department – are implementing the National CLAS Standards. Presenters will share their successes, best practices and strategies, as well as challenges for meeting the needs of the individuals and communities they serve, regardless of cultural background or communication needs. 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 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 July 1 will have a greater likelihood of acceptance. For submissions and additional instructions, click here.

2016 Summer Institute in Adolescent Health 
The University of Minnesota School of Nursing will host a summer institute focusing on setting a healthy course for sexuality during the middle school years: one on July 25-27, and another on July 28 for graduate students. Participants will learn strategies for effectively engaging young teens and their families in conversations about values and behaviors toward healthy sexuality; talk with young people, health professionals and educators who are committed to teaching about health and improving clinical and social services; and consider evidence-based approaches with diverse groups of teens. Register by July 1 in order to receive early bird rates. For more information, click here.

Free MCH Summer Skills Institute
The National MCH Workforce Development Center is offering a free MCH Summer Skills Institute Aug. 22-26 in Chicago! 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. Applications must be received by July 11 in order to be considered. Visit the National MCH Workforce Development Center's website for application materials and more information.  

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. SAHM will begin accepting educational and scientific research presentations.

  • The application period to submit an educational proposal will close on July 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Presentations should highlight the significance of adolescent health and medicine. Other key selection criteria include 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 include platform, poster and poster symposia presentations. The application period will close on Aug. 22 at 11:59 p.m. ET. For more information, click here.