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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 available. 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 questionnairemust 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.​

Apply for 2016-17 Best Practices Technical Assistance Replication Project
AMCHP has released the request for applications (RFA) for the 2016-17 Best Practices Technical Assistance Replication Project. This technical assistance 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 component of 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. Visit us here for additional information.

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. The Raising of America is the first national and fully integrated media/public engagement aims 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, but also a healthier and more educated America. Speakers include the producers of The Raising of America, 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 at 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET. While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) 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.

Time to Renew Your AMCHP Membership!
The 2016-17 membership year is approaching! Watch your mail for AMCHP membership renewal packets, which AMCH 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.

Stay Informed About Adolescent and Young Adult Health
In honor of National Immunization Month in August, read an insightful case study in the latest publication of Adolescent and Young Adult Health Center Bulletin about a national initiative to improve HPV immunization coverage. To subscribe to the newsletter, email Karissa Charles at kcharles@amchp.org.

Gain New Insight on How to Increase Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment in Hispanic Communities
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month in September, the Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign will host a webinar on Sept. 14 from 2:00-3:15 p.m. ET that addresses the low rates of uninsured Hispanic children and families in the U.S. Presenters will discuss strategies to increase Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program enrollment for Hispanic children. Attendees will learn tips for conducting partner outreach as well as for developing messaging and activities that will resonate with Hispanic families.

Learn How to Intervene and Prevent Bullying
Join the Children's Safety Network and members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Committee to learn more about the biological and psychosocial effects of peer victimization in a webinar on Sept. 14 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will focus on the findings, conclusions and recommendations on the report, Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy and Practice. In the final installment of a three-part series, presenters will focus on models of effective prevention and intervention, in particular those that are implemented in schools, as well as community-based programs that address factors related to bullying. 

 Join CDC's Session on Screening for Hearing Loss and Heart Disease
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Grand Rounds series will present Beyond the Blood Spot: Newborn Screening for Hearing Loss and Critical Congenital Heart Disease, on Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. For non-CDC staff interested in viewing the session, a live external webcast will be available via webcast links. A video of the session will be posted to the archives section of the CDC website two to three days after the presentation. Names of non-CDC staff who wish to attend in person should be submitted to the Grand Rounds team. For additional information, please contact the Grand Rounds team at grandrounds@cdc.gov.
 
Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators?
Join Healthy People 2020 for a webinar on Sept. 22 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET to learn how one community organization is working to improve reproductive health through identifying women's preferences and experiences around contraception and engaging in activities designed to develop, evaluate and disseminate innovative family planning interventions.
 
Publish Your Work in Pediatrics Journal
The American Academy of Pediatrics journal, Pediatrics, has introduced a new section devoted to family partnerships. These articles are designed to highlight how health care professionals, patients and families can work together to improve child and adolescent health. The articles should be co-authored by a health care professional and a patient/family member. The goal is for co-authors to discuss topics that would be of interest to a board range of health care professionals, patients and families and highlight the importance of family-professional partnerships. Articles will be accepted on a rolling basis and made free to the public once published.