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​​​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.

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 at 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.

Epidemiology Support Services
In May 2016, AMCHP created the Epidemiology Support Services (ESS) with support from the Division of Reproductive Health within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ESS is a structured way for AMCHP to provide epidemiology support and connections to peer epidemiologists and field experts who can offer 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 the 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 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, 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 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 or Sarah Beth McLellan at

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 American Indian/Alaskan Native 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 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.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program: A Case-Study in Evidence Based Policymaking
The National Conference of State Legislators' National Legislative Program Evaluation Society, its Research and Committee Staff Section and its Health Program will co-sponsor a webinar on June 30 at 4 p.m. ET. The webinar will focus on the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPP), which is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Adolescent Health. As one of the few government programs that uses evidence as a criterion for funding decisions and continues to rigorously evaluate its efforts and results, TPP can offer important lessons for state policymakers. This interactive webinar will provide an opportunity for state legislators and legislative staff interested in evidence-based policymaking to learn more about TPP and receive insights that could help inform state-level efforts. 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 two summer institutes 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 talk with young people, health professionals and educators who are committed to teaching about health and improving clinical and social services; learn strategies for effectively engaging young teens and their families in conversations about values and behaviors toward healthy sexuality; 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.

NQF Seeking Comments on Perinatal and Reproductive Health Measures
The National Quality Forum (NQF) is soliciting public comments on draft measure recommendations for the Perinatal and Reproductive Health Standing Committee. NQF endorsement provides powerful encouragement for broader use in quality improvement and performance measurement, and it is often a condition for inclusion in the Medicaid child and adult core quality sets. A total of 24 measures were considered by the Standing Committee and highlighted most and moderately effective methods in contraceptive care, postpartum, access to Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC), elective delivery and exclusive breast milk feeding. NQF will accept comments on all 24 measures until July 6. For additional information, click here.

The Development of Self-Regulation: Foundational Skills for Children's Health and Well-Being
The Life Course Research Network will host the latest webinar in The State of Life Course Health Development Research series on July 11 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will focus on the importance of self-regulation for health, educational success and well-being over time across contexts. The pathways of self-regulatory development (including individual, contextual and sociocultural factors that influence the development of these skills over time), the methods for studying self-regulation and the translational issues such as intervention efforts to improve these skills in children will ​​be examined. To register, click here.

Fulbright U.S. Scholars Program
The Fulbright U.S. Scholars Program offers teaching, research, or combination teaching and research awards in over 125 countries for the 2017-18 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. This year, The Fulbright Scholars Program is offering over 60 awards in the field of Medical Sciences and over 80 awards in the field of Public/Global Health. For more information, please visit the Medical Sciences and Public/Global Health webpage. The Fulbright Scholars Program will also host webinars in the near future to answer additional questions. The application deadline is Aug. 1.

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.

Scientific Writing for Peer Reviewed Publications for Public Health Professionals 
The Learning Institute of the American Public Health Association 2016 Annual Meeting will offer a short course to help public health practitioners turn their work into manuscripts for publication. The course will be a mixture of presentations and hands-on work. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the training with an abstract, manuscript online, data analysis results or a draft of an article. The course will go over each section of a scientific paper in detail and participants will receive guidance from trainers as well as prominent authors or editors. The course will take place on Oct. 29 from 9:00 am-5:00 p.m. ET in Denver. For more information and to register, click here.

Using Text4Baby for Zika Preparedness 
Summer is here, and active Zika transmission could become a reality in the United States. Text4baby —the largest mobile health initiative in the nation — can help reach women in your state with important information on Zika. Text4baby uses the power of cellphone technology, through text messages and an app timed to the user's due date or baby's birth date, to share essential information, tips and reminders with expectant women and new mothers as well as their partners and loved ones. Text4baby can help bolster state and local preparedness plans. Text4baby can offer the following to support the implementation of your Zika preparedness plans: outreach via Text4baby tailored to your city/state/locality's needs, targeted social media posts, email blasts about your Zika efforts, a dedicated staff member to support your local enrollment efforts, co-branded materials, potential customized text messages by locality and more. For pricing and more information, please contact Jodie Fishman at

Ask-A-Colleague: Developing a Bold Strategy to Reudce Disparities 
The New York City Department of Health is requesting information on successful strategies and programs to reduce severe maternal morbidity (SMM) and infant mortality (IM), including work in the areas of women's health, toxic stress and trauma. The priority is to reduce racial disparities in SMM and IM. Do you have recommendations about program and/or policy interventions that could have a population impact and reduce racial disparities, either based on work you are engaged in directly, work you are considering based on research and empirical findings and/or the work of others? Please contact Joe Sibilia at ​to give a description of the work and contact information for follow up. ​