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.
A 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.
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.
Learn About Epi Support Services
Through support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Reproductive Health, AMCHP created Epidemiology Support Services (ESS). 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 to learn more, click here.
Give Feedback on Preconception Health Indicators
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in partnership with AMCHP, will hold a meeting on the preconception health indicators at the 2016 MCH Epi Conference in Philadelphia on Sept. 14 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. ET. The objective is to receive feedback on the recommended preconception health indicators and to describe the prioritization process. We are interested in receiving responses from state and territory staff, particularly MCH epidemiologists, MCH directors and Title X directors, so consider attending to share your perspective. Please register by Aug. 15. Registered attendees will be asked to complete a pre-assessment regarding the core preconception care indicators four weeks prior to the meeting. There are no ongoing commitments or requirements afterwards. Please keep in mind that all attendees must be registered participants, of the CityMatCH Conference. To register for the conference, click here. For additional information, please contact Jennifer Farfalla at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the Collective Impact Learning Collaborative
In January 2016, CityMatCH launched the first of three cohorts to participate in the Collective Impact Learning Collaborative. This project involves 30 cities (10 per year for three years). Participating cities will gain tools and knowledge to employ the collective impact method to advance maternal and child health priorities in their communities. CityMatCH is now accepting applications for Cohort 2, kicking off in January 2017. To learn more or to apply, please contact Kara Foster at email@example.com by Aug. 12.
Equity in MCH is Focus of Next Learning Network Call
CityMatCH will host the third and final call for the 2016 Learning Network Series on Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. CT. This call will focus on taking the equity lead in our institutions. Join CityMatCH and more than 100 of your colleagues for a call that aims to keep professionals informed and thinking critically about maternal and child health issues. To access the call, please dial 866-740-1260 and use passcode 5529500. For more information, click here.
National Breastfeeding Month 2016
This year's National Breastfeeding Month theme focuses on reflecting back and looking forward in celebration of the five-year anniversary of The Surgeon General Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding (SGCTA). Join the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) to highlight the successes of the past five years and shape our collective direction for the next five. As the NBM16 theme crosses all areas of action in breastfeeding, coalitions and USBC member and partner organizations are encouraged to host events and activities showcasing past wins and highlighting future priorities. To share events with others in the USBC network, please post them to the NBM16 Calendar.
On Aug 18 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET and Aug. 23 from 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET, USBC will host virtual town hall meetings. Organizations and individuals are invited to share written comments on priority action areas and associated implementation strategies for the next five years. The written comments, hosted on separate channels for each sector of the SGCTA, will be open all month, allowing for continuous feedback. Volunteers will review and compile the comments into a report with recommendations for USBC and its network. The report will also be delivered to the surgeon general and the federal Interagency Breastfeeding Work Group. To register for the Aug. 18 meeting, click here. To register for the Aug. 23 meeting, click here.
Webcast Focuses on Preventing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will present a new installment of Public Health Grand Rounds on Aug. 19 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. The presentation will discuss primary prevention and public health strategies to prevent neonatal abstinence syndrome. For non-CDC staff, a live external webcast will be available via the Webcast Links section of the CDC website.
Discuss Report about Bullying Prevention Law and Policy
The Children's Safety Network will host a webinar on Aug. 24 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET, to highlight the new report, Preventing Bullying through Science, Policy, and Practice. Presenters will review the authors' findings, conclusions and recommendations pertaining to the role of laws and policies in responding to and preventing bullying among youth. To register, click here.
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. To register, click here.
CityMatCH would like to know what your health department is doing to engage adolescents and young adults in preventative health care services. How is your health department incorporating positive youth development and engagement strategies into this work? Please send any information on programs and strategies to Erin Schneider.