June 2013  
     
NACCHO MCAH Newsletter
News, Resources, Updates, and Events for Local Health Departments
In This Issue
Announcement: New and Improved e-Newsletter
Webinar: Implementing Equity in Health in All Policies & Health Impact Assessments
Webinar: Maximizing City Involvement in Safe Routes to School: Educating Municipal Transportation Departments
SAMHSA Funding Opportunity: Safe Schools/Healthy Students State Planning, Local Education Agency, and Local Communities Cooperative Agreements
Apply to be a CityMatCH CityLeader
Call for Comments: HHS Announces Actions to Improve Safety and Quality of Child Care
Resource: MCH Navigator Update
CDC Vital Signs: Older Americans, Pregnant Women Face Highest Risk from Listeria Food Poisoning
Resource: Water Safety
Resource: Exemptions from School Immunization Requirements Table
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Announcement: New and Improved e-Newsletter 
Beginning next month, NACCHO's Injury and Violence Prevention e-newsletter and Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health e-newsletter will merge. This strategic merge will provide you with relevant content, resources, webinars, and news that will enable you to do your job more effectively. Watch your inbox for more information regarding this change. Contact mch@naccho.org with any questions.
Webinar: Implementing Equity in Health in All Policies & Health Impact Assessments 
On June 19, 2013, 12:30pm - 2:00pm Eastern Time, join us for a webinar, sponsored by PolicyLink and the National Association of City and County Health Officers (NACCHO), focused on why equity is critical to Health in All Policies and Health Impact Assessments, and specific strategies to implement and ensure equity. The speakers will discuss principles and frameworks for the inclusion of equity, as well as present examples of the principles in practice. Click here to register.
Webinar: Maximizing City Involvement in Safe Routes to School: Educating Municipal Transportation Departments 
On June 20, 2:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern Time, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership is hosting a free webinar. Safe Routes to School practitioners should connect with transportation departments to affect long- and short-term planning and to ensure that the vision for future transportation improvements includes opportunities for safe and accessible connections to schools via walking and bicycling. To register for this free webinar, click here
SAMHSA Funding Opportunity: Safe Schools/Healthy Students State Planning, Local Education Agency, and Local Community Cooperative Agreements 
The Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for the FY 2013 Safe Schools/Healthy Students State Planning, Local Education Agency, and Local Community Cooperative Agreements. The purpose of this program is to create safe and supportive schools and communities by bringing the SS/HS model to scale by building partnerships among educational, behavioral health, and criminal/juvenile justice systems. The estimated award amount is up to $2.214 million per year for four years and the due date for applications is July 1, 2013. Click here to read the full announcement.
Apply to be a CityMatCH CityLeader 
Applications are now being accepted for Year Seven of CityLeaders! CityLeaders is an innovative individual leadership program available to emerging or mid-level professional in urban MCH. Applications for the new cohort of CityLeaders are being accepted until July 26, 2013.
Call for Comments: HHS Announces Actions to Improve Safety and Quality of Child Care
On May 16, HHS released a proposed rule for public comment that will better ensure children's health and safety in child care and promote school readiness. Under the rule, states, territories and tribes would be required to strengthen their standards to better promote the health, safety and school readiness of children in federally funded child care. Comments are due August 5, 2013.
Resource: MCH Navigator Update
The MCH Navigator helps direct you to free online professional development resources. The latest additions include: (1) seven new instructional postings, (2) Spotlight on Quality Improvement, (3) a new feature within the Self Assessment section on the Navigator: a key to the MCH Leadership Competencies, and (4) tools for using the navigator in group settings. Click here to view all new additions to the MCH Navigator.
CDC Vital Signs: Older Americans, Pregnant Women Face Highest Risk from Listeria Food Poisoning
Listeria can cause serious infection in certain vulnerable groups, resulting in higher rates of hospitalization and death than most other bacteria commonly spread by contaminated food. A new Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlines the key groups particularly hard hit by Listeria food poisoning. It also highlights the importance of safety measures to prevent contamination of cheese and raw produce, such as those included in the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act. Click here to learn what foods are risky and how to prevent food poisoning. 
Resource: Water Safety
Click here to learn water safety steps with Splish and Splash. These two characters make learning about safe behavior at swimming pools and spas fun for children 3 to 6 years old and parents, too.  View or download the seven-chapter "Simple Steps Save Lives" education video to use at safety events or in classes. View or print CPSC's Portable Pool Tip Card safety tips for owning, fencing and storing portable pools. They account for an estimated 9 percent of all pool drownings involving children younger than 15. The card is available online in English and Spanish.
Resource: Exemptions from School Immunization Requirements Table 
This resource provides information regarding statutory and regulatory provisions on school immunization requirements for the 11 states of the Western Region of the Network for Public Health Law. The resource specifically lists laws that allow exemptions from mandatory primary (K-12) school immunization requirements for children on the basis of religious objection, and lists provisions for exemption on the basis of philosophical, personal belief, or conscience objection. Click here to read more.