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 October 2014



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AMCHP Annual Conference Training Institute
The National MCH Workforce Development Center: A Day of Learning
AMCHP and WebsEdge Bringing AMCHP TV to the 2015 Conference
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Scholarship Opportunities
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The AMCHP Annual Conference Training Institute offers a rich program of skills-building sessions starting on Saturday, Jan. 24. Preregistration will be required for all Training Institute sessions to guarantee entry! You can preregister for Training Institute Events when you register for the conference.

AMCHP strives to continue improving the weekend conference program so you can take advantage of your time with us, making your time away from the home and office worthwhile. AMCHP will offer a wide selection of intensive three-hour skills-building trainings, listed below:

Skills-Building Trainings
Saturday, Jan. 24, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Performance Measurement and Title V Transformation: Building Skills to Select and Design Measures for MCH 3.0 (Session ID# A1)
Session Track: MCH Systems Building
The transformation of Title V is almost complete and signifies a new era for MCH programs. During 2014‐15, state Title V programs will be completing five‐year needs assessments to select a new set of state MCH priorities and state performance measures; with the implementation of MCH 3.0, states also will select a subset of national performance measures (NPMs). In 2016, each Title V program will need to develop state‐initiated Structure and Process Measures to directly measure their impact on the NPMs. This skills‐building session will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to determine the most appropriate NPMs based on state needs as part of the transformation of Title V; the workshop will also focus on development of state‐initiated Structure/Process measures.

Considering Culture in Autism Screening (Session ID# A2)
Session Track: CYSHCN
The skills‐based training session is an interactive, case‐based training session about culturally competent screening, evaluation, and referral to intervention services for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)/developmental disabilities (DD). The session will focus primarily on the screening and identification needs of families of young children with ASD/DD from immigrant backgrounds. Through sharing two case studies, videotaped interviews with parents from several cultures, didactic information and supplementary handouts, the session will explore a number of relevant themes using discussion prompts to engage participants and to introduce novel information as needed.

Youth‐Friendly Clinical Services ‐ Why, What, How and What Next?
(Session ID# A3)
Session Track: Adolescent Health
The recent trends in teen birth rates are indicative of the hard work the nation has done to successfully institutionalize effective evidence-based interventions. Programs are now expanding their focus to enable youth to make linkages between their sex education and health care. However, are clinics prepared to cater to the sexual and reproductive health needs of youth? Are youth able to obtain the services they need and have a right to receive in a manner that protects their privacy? This workshop will highlight the components of youth‐friendly clinical services, the rights‐based approach to meeting
health needs, the importance of adopting a youth‐friendly culture to attract clients and retain them for continuing care, and practical strategies to enhance youth‐friendliness of clinics.

Developing Family ‐ Centered Care Coordination Capacity and the Ohio Medial Home /Listening with Connection Project (Session ID# A4)
Session Track: CYSHCN
Full sessions description coming soon!

Using Quality Improvement Tools to Uncover the Root Causes of Health System Issues (Session ID# A5)
Session Track: Workforce and Leadership Development
The Affordable Care Act offers opportunities to improve public health and health care delivery systems, and ultimately health outcomes for MCH populations. Title V programs are in a position to help lead efforts to implement health system reforms that result in improvement. Success in leading change will require new skills and strategies aimed at collaborating with multidisciplinary partners to address the underlying system issues that negatively impact health. This interactive skill building session will introduce quality improvement tools (e.g. Fishbone, 5 Whys) that can assist states in conducting root cause analysis related to health reform within their state. The session will offer state‐specific examples and provide participants an opportunity to apply the tools.

Collective Impact through Systems Mapping (Session ID# A6)
Session Track: Epidemiology/Data, Assessment, and Evaluation
This skills‐building session will equip state‐level MCH leaders with the tools to address social determinants of health and engage their communities, as they work toward eliminating birth outcome inequities. It draws on the experience of nine local urban Ohio communities, who make up the Ohio Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes – an Ohio Department of Health and CityMatCH collaboration. Participants will be led through a brainstorming and strategic planning process that offers guidance for state‐ and local-level interaction, as well as, the design and implementation of data-informed, community‐driven upstream interventions. Furthermore, participants will learn about tactics for engaging non‐traditional partners, in non‐health sectors, that influence policy, systems and environment.

Saturday, Jan. 24, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
(Skills‐building Sessions #B1 –B6)
Adolescents and Young Adults in Title V Transformation: Understanding Needs, Designing and Selecting Measures, and Achieving Outcomes (Session ID# B1)
Session Track: Adolescent Health
With the inclusion of Adolescents/Young Adults in the revised Title V Block Grant guidance, states will need to address youth between the ages of 10 and 25 and design measures and programs to meet the needs of that population. This workshop will educate attendees on the unique needs of adolescents and young adults, recent research on trends in adolescent and young adult health, address the specific requirements of the revised Title V MCH Services Block Grant guidance, and build skills in selecting and designing effective performance measures and structure and process measures.

Adopting Community Economic Development Strategies to Achieve Optimal Public Health Outcomes (Session ID# B2)
Session Track: MCH Systems Building
The session is an opportunity for AMCHP participants "to look outside the public health care arena for the solutions" to expand their knowledge base and acumen to support economic development activities in their respective communities. Emphasizing collaborations, partnerships and constituency building, the participants will concentrate on "new" poverty data, community building concepts, national workforce and community economic development goals and resources, and the underlying significance of these efforts to public health outcomes. Participants will become familiar with and use available tools from Spotlight on Poverty, Working Families Project, the Agency for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Labor, and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Using Process Flow Diagramming To Understand and Improve MCH Systems and Position Title V for Health Care Reform (Session ID# B3)
Session Track: Workforce and Leadership Development
To lead in health care reform, Title V agencies need enhanced training and tools for understanding complex processes. The National MCH Workforce Development Center (WDC) at UNC Chapel Hill has partnered with MCHB and AMCHP to offer intensive training to state and territorial Title V leaders. In the first WDC cohort, process flow diagramming has been a powerful tool for identifying areas for reducing redundancy and eliminating gaps in services. This interactive, hands‐on workshop will provide background on process flow diagramming, feature a presentation by a state from the WDC cohort, and give participants an opportunity to practice process flow diagramming using a simulated MCH process. Participants will leave with a plan to apply this tool to MCH processes in their state/territory.

Strategies to Engage the Community at the State Level and Address Social Determinants of Health (Session ID# B4)
Session Track: Health Equity
This session will build your skills and confidence using systems mapping to galvanize partners and drive collective impact. You will see systems mapping models from the National MCH Workforce Development Center; apply "collective impact" principles to your health transformation challenges (frame a common agenda, share measures, take mutually reinforcing actions); diagram determinants and consequences of a complex problem using causal loop diagrams; discuss change leadership approaches that work with partners in this context; and analyze what can go wrong. Collective impact and systems mapping are both cutting‐edge methods for maximizing the population health partnership opportunities emerging from the ACA and for accelerating health transformation.

Translating the National Standards for CYSHCN ‐ Application and Implementation at the State Level (Session ID# B5)
Session Track: CYSHCN
This skills building session will address how states are implementing the Standards of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, released by AMCHP and the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health in March 2014. Participants will be able to learn and discuss how a wide range of states are approaching the standards and have an opportunity to create action plans and strategies to take home to their own states as well as strategies to engage a range of stakeholders. Speakers will include national experts from AMCHP and the National Academy of State Health Policy as well as state CYSHCN

Operationalizing the Transformation of the MCH Block Grant (Session ID# B6)
Session Track: Workforce and Leadership Development
This skills‐building session will provide state Title V directors and staff with practical information on how to operationalize the transformation of the Title V MCH Services Block Grant, with a focus on the changes impacting the submission of the fiscal year (FY) 2016 application, including the five‐year needs assessment, and FY 2014 annual report. The session will focus on the following areas: 1) new information system for the Title V Information System (TVIS); 2) new guidance for the MCH Block Grant Application Narrative; 3) new guidance for the MCH Block Grant National Performance Measures; and 4) new guidance for other parts of the MCH Block Grant application and annual report.

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The National MCH Workforce Development Center: A Day of Learning 

The National MCH Workforce Development Center, in partnership with AMCHP, is pleased to offer an interactive Day of Learning on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 10:00 am-3:00 pm ET, immediately following the 2015 AMCHP Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency, Washington DC.

The Day of Learning will consist of a variety of interactive activities, including:

  • Sharing the Center’s first year accomplishments and a glimpse of what’s ahead 
  • Learning about exciting projects underway in our Cohort 1 states (CO, GA, HI, IL, IA, MS, MN, RI) 
  • Open Space session offering opportunities for you to learn first-hand from members of the Center team about the array of services available to help support health transformation in your state or territory 
  • Opportunity to work directly with Center team members to design a customized package of workforce development services for your state or territory 
  • One-to-one guidance specifically tailored to those states and territories interested in applying to the Center’s second intensive cohort in 2015

The Center is funded by the MCHB to provide workforce development that supports MCH 3.0 and health transformation. Learn more at on AMCHP’s website on the Transformation Station portal, or go to the Center’s site at

AMCHP will pay for the extra night of hotel expenses for two representatives from each state and jurisdiction/territory. Click here to complete a registration form for your state. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ki’Yonna Brown, Program Manager of MCH Leadership Development & Capacity Building at AMCHP (   

We hope to see you there!

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AMCHP and WebsEdge Bringing AMCHP TV to the 2015 Conference

AMCHP is partnering with the international film and broadcasting company, WebsEdge, to bring AMCHP TV to this year’s Annual Conference from Jan. 24-27 2015, in Washington, DC. AMCHP TV will be an onsite conference television channel featuring a new episode daily, screened around the venue, as well as in guest hotel rooms and online. This venture serves to raise the visibility of your hard work and ​provide an opportunity to learn about new and ongoing initiatives that are making a difference. To learn more, click here.

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The 2015 AMCHP Annual Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. 

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C., USA, 20001

The Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill invites you to experience authentic hospitality, unparalleled service and inviting surroundings. Event guests can walk to nearby Smithsonian museums and the National Mall, tour government centers, visit monuments and museums, cheer on sports teams - all just minutes from our Capitol Hill hotel.

AMCHP: $239 Single/Double Room  

This special conference rate will be available at the Hyatt Regency Washington for AMCHP attendees until Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2015, or until the block of rooms is sold out – whichever comes first. The quoted rate is subject to applicable state and local taxes, fees and assessments in effect at the time of check-in. Reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card at the time of reservation. 

Make your reservation today!  

1. CALL: 888-421-1442 and request the “AMCHP” group rate. 

2. BOOK ONLINE (group code will be automatically entered to receive the group rate):

***Don't be fooled!  Housing scammers will try to solicit AMCHP attendees and offering hotel accommodations in Washington, DC for the AMCHP 2015 Annual Conference. These unofficial (pirate) companies may appear to offer wholesale or discounted hotel pricing. AMCHP cannot verify the authenticity of such companies, and will not be able to provide resolution to issues related to such reservations.  The Hyatt Regency is the only official conference hotel and they will not call or email you unsolicited.

Do not give your credit card information or make any reservations with any housing bureau, housing company, or convention housing organization appearing to represent AMCHP, the Conference, or the Washington DC CVB. Frequently, such unaffiliated companies will use a name like "Convention Housing" or "Expo Housing" and are often based in Las Vegas or Orlando. Please do not hesitate to contact the AMCHP Conference Department at (703) 964-1240 x16 to verify hotel reservations sites and/or correspondence.

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Applications open for the 2014-2015 Ryan Colburn Scholarship!
Ryan Colburn was an amazing young man with varied interests ranging from singing in a choir to sports (he was an avid Auburn and Atlanta Braves fan and played the outfield in Miracle League Baseball). He touched the hearts and lives of all he came in contact with his contagious personality and unforgettable smile. Ryan also carried a strong message to the disability community imploring others with disabilities to live life to the fullest. In honor of his life and his affirming message to the disability community, family leader, advocate and AMCHP board member Susan Colburn, in partnership with AMCHP, established the Ryan Colburn Scholarship in 2011 to keep alive the work that Ryan had started in the recent years before his passing, speaking at local and national conferences about growing up with a disability and the spreading the message of the importance of living life to the fullest. The scholarship provides support for a youth-with-disabilities leader to attend the AMCHP Annual Conference, connect with family leaders, and continue to spread Ryan's message of hope. Please share this valuable opportunity with a youth leader you know, and/or pass it through your channels to reach youth leaders who may be interested. The deadline for Scholarship applications is 8 p.m. EST on Friday, Nov. 7. To learn more about the scholarship, please click here or contact Michelle Jarvis at 202-775-1472.

Now Accepting Applications: AMCHP Emerging MCH Leadership Graduate Student Scholarship
AMCHP and Go Beyond MCH are offering a graduate student scholarship. This scholarship is designed to assist one graduate student per year in furthering their education while sponsoring their attendance at the AMCHP Annual Conference to hone their leadership skills and connect them with existing leaders within MCH. The deadline to submit application materials is by 8 p.m. EST on Nov. 17. To learn more and to see the application requirements, click here.   

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Bright Futures National Center
Children's Safety Network
Cribs for Kids
Data Resource Center, CAHMI
Lamaze International
March of Dimes
National Center for Medical Home Implementation
National Center for Children’s Vision & Eye Health
National Center for the Review & Prevention of Child Deaths
National Maternal & Child Oral Health Resource Center
Office of Minority Health
Public Health Foundation Enterprises, Inc.

As of Oct. 29, 2014 

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Sponsors as of Oct. 29, 2014 


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Interested in exhibiting or sponsoring? Click here for AMCHP’s 2015 Exhibitor and Sponsor Prospectus.

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