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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.

Women's Health Info Series: Understanding the New CDC Contraception Guidelines
AMCHP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will co-present a webinar on Aug. 25 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. The CDC periodically revises its contraceptive guidance for health care providers after review of the scientific evidence and consultation with national experts. The webinar will help public health and maternal and child health professionals understand the implications of the revised guidelines for state and local health departments in their efforts to improve reproductive health (available here: U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2016 and U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use, 2016). For questions and additional assistance, please contact Michelle Eglovitch at

SPHARC Webinar: Early Childhood Data System Integration
AMCHP's State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) will host a webinar on Aug. 31 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET on resources for early childhood data system integration. The webinar will feature Colleen Murphy, early childhood technical assistance specialist at Applied Engineering Management. Murphy will share her experience in developing Utah's Early Childhood Statewide Data Integration Project, which aims to facilitate data sharing and coordination among early childhood programs in Utah. There will be opportunities to discuss challenges experienced by SPHARC grantees and Title V programs, as well as to provide feedback on what types of resources or technical assistance would be most helpful to states.

Apply for Best Practices Technical Assistance Replication Project
AMCHP has released the request for applications (RFA) for the 2016-17 Best Practices Technical Assistance (TA) Replication Project. This TA project is a part of AMCHP's strategic goal to improve maternal and child health (MCH) outcomes by sharing effective and promising practices with state and territorial MCH programs. Recipients are awarded $10,000 each to replicate a current practice in Innovation Station. The deadline to apply is Sept. 20. Please consider participating in this wonderful opportunity to expand the reach of innovative MCH practices! Additional information is located on the Best Practices homepage.

Stay Informed About Adolescent and Young Adult Health
The Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center, funded by the U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau, published its August newsletter: How to use Public-Private Partnerships to Strengthen Adolescent and Young Adult Health Care. Read it to learn how to improve the delivery of health care to adolescents and young adults, to receive updates and resources from the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network on improving systems of care and to keep up with ACA-related topics. To subscribe to the newsletter, please contact Karissa Charles at
Enhancing Child Welfare Responses to Mothers Experiencing Domestic Violence
The Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody, in collaboration with Futures Without Violence, will host a webinar Aug. 24 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET. The webinar will introduce a new safety card for child welfare workers to use with mothers experiencing domestic violence. The presentation will include practice strategies for child welfare workers on how to partner with and educate mothers/female caregivers about the impact of childhood trauma and domestic violence on themselves and on parenting.
Breastfeeding in the Community: Implementation that Works
The National Association of County and City Health Officials will host the Public Health Breastfeeding Webinar Series, funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The series will promote promising practices and share lessons from the Reducing Breastfeeding Disparities through Peer and Professional Support Project. With a focus on identifying public health solutions and promoting equity in breastfeeding for underserved communities, themes covered in the series will include:
–         Creating continuity of care in the community.
–         Engaging and retaining hard-to-reach groups.
–         Ensuring sustainability through billing.
–         Building sustainability through policy, systems and environmental changes.
The first webinar in the series will take place on Aug. 31 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET. CDC continuing education materials for the series (modules two through six) are still pending.
Find more opportunities related to breastfeeding under Health Reform Implementation and Resources (Best Practices and Women's and Infant Health)

Preparing Adolescents with Asthma and Allergies for Transitions to Independent Living
Join the American Academy of Pediatrics for a free webinar on Sept. 1 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET to educate practitioners about adolescent transitions from their medical homes. The webinar will include practical tips to use immediately, with an emphasis on transitioning adolescents with asthma and allergies to independent living.

Trauma-Informed Approaches to Domestic Violence Exposure, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resiliency
On Sept. 7 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET, the Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody, in collaboration with Futures Without Violence, will host a webinar. The session will explore the latest thinking about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and childhood exposure to domestic violence. Presenters will discuss strategies for trauma-informed parenting to prevent the intergenerational transmission of ACEs. The webinar will increase understanding for child care providers, Head Start directors, teachers and family services staff about children's exposure to violence and ACEs and the impact on the well-being of children and families.

Present Your Research in Adolescent Health
The University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) Adolescent Health Initiative (AHI) has issued a call for breakout sessions, oral research sessions and poster presentations for the 2017 Annual Conference on Adolescent Health in Ypsilanti, Mich. UMHS AHI is accepting submissions from researchers, professionals and students. All submissions must be received by Oct. 17 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Please submit abstract forms to AHI at

Online Zika Course: What Pediatricians Need to Know
The American Academy of Pediatrics is hosting a free course that provides an important overview of the Zika virus, including its origins and how it entered the Western Hemisphere. The course examines risk factors for infection and covers implications regarding Zika's clinical manifestations, current screening and diagnostic protocols, and follow-up recommendations.

Online Training for Health Professionals on E-Cigarettes and Pregnancy
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Division of Reproductive Health has created a new training for health professionals on e-cigarettes and pregnancy. E-cigarettes and Pregnancy is a free interactive presentation on electronic nicotine delivery systems and their potential health effects during and after pregnancy; it discusses effective tobacco cessation treatments. E-cigarettes and Pregnancy is a new module for Smoking Cessation for Pregnancy and Beyond: A Virtual Clinic, an online course designed for health professionals to effectively assist women in quitting smoking. The training is eligible for free continuing education and Maintenance of Certification Part IV Credit.

Schedule a SCRIPT Workshop in Your Organization
The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) has launched the Smoking Cessation and Reduction in Pregnancy Treatment (SCRIPT) Program. SCRIPT is an evidence-based program designed as a component of a patient education program for prenatal care providers. SOPHE offers a one-day, interactive workshop session that includes substantial role play, screening and counseling practice, and planning techniques to introduce SCRIPT into your organization. Contact SCRIPT Program Manager Nakita Kanu at or (202) 408-9804. Additional information on the SCRIPT program is also available.