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​​​​​​Request for Applications: AMCHP Workplace Breast-feeding Support Project

With support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, AMCHP has committed to partnering with state Title V programs (or organizations working in partnership with their state Title V programs to promote breast-feeding initiation and duration) to provide technical assistance that enables the state to complete one of the following projects around breast-feeding accommodation and support:

·         Develop a model policy within an organization or for employees on workplace breast-feeding accommodation that can be adapted and replicated.
·         Create a lactation space in an organization or support employers to create a lactation space.
·         Replicate best practices around workplace breast-feeding accommodation to increase the breast-feeding rate.

Four state teams will be selected to participate in this project, which runs from August 2016 to February 2017. State teams are expected to participate in action planning, budget development and activity implementation for a $15,000 mini-grant to develop model policy, develop a lactation room or replicate best practices; attend one virtual meeting in Oct. 2016; participate in cross-state peer-to-peer sharing via virtual meetings, emails and additional conference calls as needed; document processes and share best practices for future replication within other agencies, organizations and businesses. The request for applications is due no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on Aug. 1. All applications should be submitted to Michelle Eglovitch at meglovitch@amchp.org. To access the request for applications and other materials, click here. For additional assistance, please contact Megan Phillippi at mphillippi@amchp.org.

Title V Workforce Assessment Coming Soon

AMCHP is conducting an analysis of Title V workforce needs across state MCH programs. The survey will be used to identify current and future workforce needs, along with potential skills gaps and the impact of retiring workers leaving the Title V workforce. AMCHP's Workforce Development Committee would greatly appreciate you taking the time to fill out this survey so AMCHP can maximize impact on the health of women, children and families.  We want all Title V staff input! Please be on the lookout for the survey from your Title V/MCH/CYSHCN director. We encourage you to share the survey with any of your colleagues who support the work of Title V. The survey opens July 19 and closes Aug. 30. 
 

Board Nominations

On behalf of the AMCHP Board of Directors and Governance Committee, the following vacancies are open for nomination:

·         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 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.

Time to Renew Your AMCHP Membership!

The 2016-17 membership year is approaching! AMCHP is now mailing membership renewal packets to all state and territorial agencies, organizational associate members and individual associate members. The renewal packets include an invoice and other documents regarding your membership, including the many benefits and the names of state delegates. Please submit your payment by Sept. 30. For questions and additional assistance, please contact Karissa Charles at kcharles@amchp.org. For more information on membership, click here.

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.

Join a Community – Strengthen the Evidence Base in MCH

Join AMCHP's Strengthen the Evidence Base: Communities of Practice (CoP)! The purpose of the CoPs is to provide a space for sharing and learning among peers, which could include topics ranging from developing evidence based strategy measures to implementing a plan. 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 CoP's AMCHP moderator will pose questions, assist with identifying technical assistance and support for topics that require further assistance and facilitate discussion with the experts. However, successful CoPs are largely participant driven. You will get the most out of a CoP that has a group of engaged participants that keep the conversation and learning going. We encourage participants to contribute to the CoPs by responding to discussion questions, posting 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.

Connect with Colleagues About Epidemiology

AMCHP is pleased to announce the launch of the MCH Epi Community of Practice (CoP)! This CoP provides a space for MCH epidemiologists to collect and share state MCH epi practices and resources. The goal is for participants to increase their MCH epi capacity by helping one another overcome problems, test ideas, catalog acquired knowledge and enhance professional networks. Benefits include participation in online discussion boards, interaction with peers, access to suggested resources and identification of topics that require further Technical Assistance. To sign up, please visit our registration page. The registration link can also be found on AMCHP's new Communities of Practice page.

 
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, published its July newsletter: Improving Systems of Care for Youths and Young Adults through the ACA! Learn about ways to improve the delivery of health care to adolescents and young adults, COIIN updates and resources on improving systems of care and ACA-related topics. To subscribe to the newsletter, please contact Karissa Charles at kcharles@amchp.org. To view the July issue, click here.

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 accept 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
 

Fatherhood Engagement in Community Action

The Community Action Partnership and the National Fatherhood Initiative will host a webinar on July 21 from 2:00-3:15 p.m. ET. Research shows that higher levels of father involvement help to reduce poverty and crime and improves the well-being of children and families. The webinar will cover the variety of resources available to engage fathers which fit a variety of budgets. Register 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, 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.

Request for Applications: Mental Health Assessment and Treatment of Infants, Young Children and Families

The Zero to Three Policy Center and partners are pleased to announce a technical assistance opportunity for state teams to connect and develop strategies to advance state policy related to financing infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) assessment and treatment. The request for applications is open to all states; 10 states will be selected to:

·         Send a team of five people to join national experts for a convening Oct. 13-14 focused on financing of IECMH assessment and treatment.
·         Participate in a series of virtual learning and sharing sessions with other convening attendees in the year following the meeting.
·         Receive technical assistance from Zero to Three to create and implement an action plan to advance IECMH financing policy.

Responses should not exceed five pages and are due no later than Aug. 1 Click here to access the request for applications. Please address questions to Lindsay Usry at lusry@zerotothree.org​.

 
Federal Panel on Autism Seeks Public Comment

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) is looking for input from people with autism, their family members, service providers and advocates as it prepares to revise its strategic plan and update government priorities on autism research, services and policy for the first time in 10 years. IACC addresses seven topics: screening and diagnosis, the underlying biology of autism, risk factors, treatments and interventions, services, lifespan issues/surveillance and infrastructure. Comments should be related to one or more of these topics. To provide feedback, please complete this survey.

The Parent Experience of Advocating for Children with Special Needs

California State University–East Bay is conducting a survey on the parental experience of advocating for children with special needs. The results will be used to inform the services and policies that serve this population. Survey participants will be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card. For more information and to complete the survey, click here. Instructions in Spanish are also available.