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How Can Community and Public Health Partnerships Benefit Children and Families?

On Sept. 21, from 2:00-3:15 p.m. ET, AMCHP, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Violence Prevention, the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Healthy Heartlands Collaborative will co-host a webinar. The presentation will highlight successful examples of how state and local communities have used the documentary, The Raising of America, to build strategic partnerships and implement policy, systems and environmental changes to improve child health development. Aiming to reframe the way Americans view early child health and development, the documentary explores how a strong start for children leads to better life courses. Speakers include the producers as well as representatives from state and local public health departments and community organizations that have used the campaign resources to promote equity in child health development and implement changes.

Pregnancy and Oral Health in the ACA Era — How are Expectant Moms Faring?

AMCHP and the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation will co-present a webinar on Sept. 27 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET. While the Affordable Care Act has improved health care coverage for pregnant women overall, limitations in benefits, access and education continue to keep many women from receiving dental services. This webinar will explore ways to connect women to dental coverage during pregnancy, with special attention to Title V national performance measure 13a: percent of women who had a dental visit during pregnancy. For more information, please contact Emily Eckert at eeckert@amchp.org.

Share Your Thoughts in a Virtual Town Hall

AMCHP will host a virtual Town Hall on the Infant Mortality CoIIN: Reflections and Key Updates for the Extension Year, on Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. ET. Please join us on this call with Dr. Michael Lu, associate administrator of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, along Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Learning Network Co-Chairs Alethia Carr and Kay Johnson. This is an opportunity for MCH leaders to ask questions and engage in dialogue around the purpose and expectations of the CoIIN extension year. Participants will also learn about new opportunities and changes within the SDOH Learning Network. To access the Town Hall, please dial 1-719-955-0562 and use passcode 272265.
 
Time to Renew Your AMCHP Membership!

The 2016-17 membership year is approaching! Check your mail for AMCHP membership renewal packets, which AMCHP has sent to all state and territorial agencies, as well as associate, alumni/retired and student members. The packets include an invoice and other documents regarding your membership. Please submit your payment by Sept. 30. For questions and additional assistance, contact Karissa Charles at kcharles@amchp.org. Visit our membership homepage to learn more about the many benefits of being part of AMCHP.

Present Your Research at the 2017 AMCHP Annual Conference

The AMCHP Annual Conference is the ideal venue to present your ideas, research, innovative programming, best practices and effective outreach strategies. We invite you to submit a proposal for the 2017 AMCHP Annual Conference (March 4-7) in Kansas City, Mo. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 20 at 11:59 p.m. ET. You will receive notification of the status of your submission by Dec. 1. If you have questions about the session proposal submission process, contact Corey Siembeida at csiembieda@conferencemanagers.com or (703) 964-1240, ext. 200. For more information, please visit the 2017 AMCHP Annual Conference homepage.

Call for Volunteers Now Open for AMCHP Committees

Volunteers are needed across all AMCHP 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.

September is Sexual Health Awareness Month

The Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center, funded by the Human Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, has released its September newsletter in alignment with Sexual Health Awareness Month. Read about state initiatives and articles by experts on promoting sexual health for youth and young adults. To subscribe, contact Karissa Charles at kcharles@amchp.org.
 
Gain Insight on How to Improve Health and Wellness in Schools

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) will host a webinar on Sept. 27 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET that will provide an overview of school improvement plans (SIP) and highlight the opportunity to leverage these plans to strengthen student health and wellness. The webinar will describe the process schools use to develop SIPs, the variability across school districts and states, and how the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model provides a valuable framework for the SIP assessment, planning and development process. NACDD will also introduce a new publication to promote a deeper understanding of SIPs to education partners and outline opportunities for incorporating health and wellness.

Tips for Implementing Smart Snacks in Schools

Join Action for Healthy Kids and the School Superintendents Association for a webinar on Sept. 28 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET to learn more about Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School (Smart Snacks) and putting the new requirements in action. The webinar will identify ideas, tools or resources to share with school leadership and describe ways to engage parents and school leaders to support Smart Snacks.

Learn More About Advances in Autism Research

The Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P), funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, collaborates with the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) to conduct research on evidence-based interventions to improve the physical health and well-being of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. The AIR-P/ATN holds a monthly webinar series, Advances in Autism Research and Care (AARC) for network members, various autism and pediatric organizations, collaborators, primary care providers and autism advocates. Save the dates for the AIR-P/ATN's fall webinars:
·       September's AARC webinar will be held on Sept. 28 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET and will explore the parameters for assessing youth with autism spectrum disorder for suicidality. In addition, recommendations for the acute and long-term management of suicidal threats and behaviors will be presented.
·       October's AARC webinar will take place on Oct. 17 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET and discuss hearing impairments and autism spectrum disorder.
·       November's AARC webinar will be held on Nov. 15 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET and focus on autism spectrum disorder and telehealth.
·       December's AARC webinar will take place on Dec. 1 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET and discuss how to reach underserved and rural populations.
Contact Audrey Wolfe at awolfe2@mgh.harvard.edu for more information about this webinar series.

Comment on Women's Preventative Health Care Services

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is soliciting public comment on draft recommendations for women's preventative health care services, including Women's Preventative Services Guidelines. The deadline to submit public comment is Sept. 30 at 11:59 p.m. PT.