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Call for Volunteers Now Open for AMCHP Committees

Volunteers are needed across all of our association committees including Governance, Annual Conference Planning, Best Practices, Emerging Issues, Family and Youth Leadership, Legislative and Healthcare Financing, and Workforce and Leadership Development.

Please think about contributing your time and expertise to your professional organization. This is a terrific way to enhance the benefits of your membership in AMCHP, grow your career and contribute in a real way to the success of the organization.

Please visit this brief survey to let us know of your interest. ​

Nominations for Open for AMCHP Board of Directors

The AMCHP Board of Directors and Governance Committee announces that the following vacancies are open for nominations as of June 15, 2016, for elections to be held in December 2016. Nominations will remain open from June 15, 2016, through September 15, 2016, unless further notice is provided. AMCHP member delegates are encouraged to consider applying. Your help is needed to fill these important positions! Thank you in advance for your interest, ongoing support and representation of your state or region.

REGION II [N.Y., N.J., P.R., V.I. ]

Only current delegates from Region II are eligible for this position. This is full term regional director position (March 2017 - the close of the 2020 AMCHP Conference). Elected candidates will be eligible for up to one (1) additional full term election if interested.

REGION III [Pa., Md., Del., Va., W.Va.]

Only current delegates from Region III are eligible for this position. This is full term regional director position (March 2017 - the close of the 2020 AMCHP Conference). Elected candidates will be eligible for up to one (1) additional full term election if interested.

REGION V [Ill., Ind., Mich., Minn., Ohio, Wis.]

Only current delegates from Region V are eligible for this position. This is full term regional director position (March 2017 - the close of the 2020 AMCHP Conference). Elected candidates will be eligible for up to one (1) additional full term election if interested.

REGION VII [Iowa, Miss., Neb., Kan.]

Only current delegates from Region VII are eligible for this position. This is full term regional director position (March 2017 - the close of the 2020 AMCHP Conference). Elected candidates will be eligible for up to one (1) additional full term election if interested.

regional director job description is located here. A candidate questionnaire  must be submitted in order to be considered further for any of the Region Director positions.

FAMILY REPRESENTATIVE

We are actively seeking nominations from all regions to fill this vacancy. Only regular members and current delegates are eligible for this position. This is a full-term family representative position (from March 2017 to the close of the 2020 AMCHP Conference). Elected candidates will be eligible for up to one (1) additional full term election if interested. See the family representative job description . A candidate questionnaire  must be submitted in order to be considered further for the Family Representative position.

This process will remain open through Sept. 15. 2016. Once a candidate(s) is identified, the AMCHP Governance Committee will subsequently conduct telephone interviews with candidate(s) and the AMCHP full voting membership will vote through a virtual election process beginning in December 2016.​

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 in completing 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 in creating 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 October 2016; participate in cross-state, peer-to-peer sharing via virtual meetings, emails and additional conference calls as needed; and 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: We Want Your Input
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 21 and closes Aug. 30.

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 offers 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 who 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.

Coordinating Care for Children in Families with Complex Social and Health Needs
The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health and the Catalyst Center will host a webinar on July 27 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET. The webinar will cover issues related to the lives of children and youth with chronic or complex medical conditions, which often are complicated by psychosocial issues and family problems such as poverty, poor prenatal health, substance abuse, domestic violence and homelessness. These children with "social complexities" are among the most frequent and high-cost users of health care services, and their social vulnerability presents a challenge to providing high-quality care. The webinar will discuss how these issues should be addressed as well as which resources to use to support them. To register, click here.

DataSpeak: Making the Best Use of the Title V Information System Data
The Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau will host a DataSpeak program on the Title V Information System (TVIS) on July 27 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will present an orientation to the new TVIS Web Reports webpage, which includes prepopulated, downloadable graphs, financial information and the ability to view multiple years of data. The data and uses of the Federally Available Data Resource Document, a one-stop source to access and learn more about the new Title V performance and outcome measures, will also be featured. To register, click here.

Loss, Grief and Adjustment for Parents of Children with Special Needs
Parent to Parent of New York State will host a webinar on July 27 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. ET. Powerful and intense feelings are natural and common responses to parenting a child with exceptional needs. The webinar will provide an overview of common emotions experienced by parents and discuss how, by sharing and acknowledging these emotions, parents can find the inner strength needed to face and embrace their role as a parent of a child with special needs. Please be advised that only the first 100 participants who log onto the webinar will be able to attend. To register, click here.

Timeliness in Newborn Screening Webinar Series
The New York-Mid-Atlantic Consortium for Genetic and Newborn Screening Services will host a webinar series on Timeliness in Newborn Screening.
–         The Analytic Timeliness webinar is scheduled for July 27 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET. The presentation will focus on the newborn screening laboratory issues to improving timeliness in newborn screening. Participants will learn about the time required to complete testing, implications of second tier assays and barriers to timeliness.
–         The Post-Analytic Timeliness webinar is scheduled for Aug. 10 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will focus on the importance of timely diagnosis for newborn screen conditions. The presentation will include a discussion of gaps and barriers to timely diagnosis and treatment.
–         The Family Focus webinar is scheduled for Aug. 24 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET. Families, advocates, primary care physicians, hospital staff and newborn screening programs are invited to a discussion to hear from families impacted by a condition on the newborn screening panel as they discuss the importance of timeliness.
–         The National Newborn Screening Recommendations webinar is scheduled for Aug. 31 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will include commentary from national experts on timeliness in newborn screening. The presentation will include a review of current efforts to improve timeliness. This the final webinar in the series.

Consequences of Bullying
The Children's Safety Network will host a webinar on July 28 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET to discuss a new report, Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy and Practice. In this webinar, the first in a three-part series, findings from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Committee will be discussed. The presentation will also cover conclusions and recommendations pertaining to the biological and psychosocial consequences of bullying for the children who are perpetrators, targets and bystanders to bullying behavior. To register, click here.

 
Call for Submissions to Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine Educational Presentation
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.
–         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.
 

Fulbright U.S. Scholars Program Offers Awards in Medical Sciences, Public Health
The Fulbright U.S. Scholars Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/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, program offers 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.

Overview of Perinatal Mood Disorder Treatment: Guidelines and Clinical Pearls
The Centers of Disease Control, MCH Epidemiology Grant Rounds will host a webinar on Aug. 3 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. The presentation will provide an overview of the different types of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, recommendations for and implementation of screening in clinical settings and latest research on prescribing psychotropic medications for pregnant and lactating women. To join the meeting, click here. Please use the conference number 1-866-692-3582 and access code 10502630#. Presentation slides and short biographies of the presenters are also available.

Zika Virus and Implications for Tribal Partners
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Indian Health Service (IHS) will co-host a webinar for tribal partners during the IHS Clinical Rounds on Aug. 4 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET. The webinar is designed to provide health care providers with clear information to effectively counsel and manage patients, including pregnant women. The webinar will also include a review of CDC's Interim Guidelines for Health Care Providers Caring for Pregnant Women and Women of Reproductive Age with Possible Zika Virus Exposure and the overview of the United States' Zika Pregnancy Registry. Registration is not required to participate in this webinar. To access the webinar, click here. Please select the "Enter as Guest" option and input your first and last name into the "Name" box. Use "Rounds" as the passcode and press the "Enter Room" button. Information on how to access the audio portion of the webinar will be provided at a later date.

Preventing Adolescent Dating Abuse: Research and Practice
The Children's Safety Network will host a webinar on Aug. 10 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET. The presentation will provide an overview of the issue of adolescent dating abuse, describing how the field has grown and changed in the past 20 years, including how dating itself has changed. Presenters will provide results of research conducted with perpetrators of adolescent dating abuse, as well as information on community-based efforts to prevent adolescent dating abuse. To register, click here.

Infant Mortality CoIIN Thematic Webinar
On Aug. 16 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET, National Institute for Children's Health Quality, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Kansas will host a webinar on neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). The webinar will discuss how health professionals working on NAS can work to reduce infant mortality. To register, click here.

Abstract Submissions for GHIC 2017
Unite for Sight is accepting abstract submissions for the 2017 Global Health and Innovation Conference. Only three types of abstracts will be accepted. Professionals and students may submit the following abstracts:
–         Oral and poster abstracts may be research, clinical or program-focused. The abstract must include results (data and outcomes), and accepted abstracts will be invited for oral or poster presentation. The priority deadline is Aug. 31. For complete instructions and submission details, click here.
–         Giving an oral presentation on Social Impact Pitch abstracts is an opportunity to present an idea, program or organization to the audience and to an expert panel for mentoring, guidance and advice. The two categories for Social Impact Labs are Early Stage (idea, program or organization is less than 3 years old, and ideas in the brainstorming stage are also eligible); and Established Stage (program or organization is at least 3-6 years old). A newer program (0-6 years old) that is within an established organization qualifies for the Social Impact Lab category as well. The priority deadline is Aug. 31. For more information, click here.
–         Innovative Initiatives Information Sessions for Oral Presentations are opportunities for organizations to discuss their products or services. The for-profit or nonprofit organization application will be reviewed to determine if the organization provides products or services that may be of great interest to conference participants. The submission deadline is Aug. 30. For more information, click here
 
 Call for Nominations: 2016 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards
The Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards honor individuals making significant contributions to improving the lives of people with disabilities. Previous awardees represent all sectors, including both domestic and international leaders continuously striving for the advancement of the disability community. Health departments and other community partners are encouraged to submit nominations. The deadline is Sept. 30. 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, an online manuscript, 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 a.m.-5:00 p.m. ET in Denver. For more information and to register, click here.


 

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