We are now on Twitter

We will be live tweeting from and leading up to the 2nd Annual Making Lifelong Connections Meeting in Orlando, FL on January 19-21, 2012. This year, you don’t even have to be there in person to join the conversation! Follow @MCHLifeConn on Twitter (http://twitter.com/MCHLifeConn) for real-time updates, news, and to connect with former/current MCH trainees from around the country. We will be using the hashtag #MLC12 so help us spread the word, submit your questions, & get excited for Orlando! We are hoping to keep everyone as involved as possible, even those who are not attending this year. Many thanks to this year’s participants who are helping with the technology!


Exciting Meeting Announcement and Application!

Dear current and former MCHB trainees,

We would like you to participate in a unique opportunity to build leadership skills, meet other MCHB trainees and former trainees, and enhance your career development.  We hope you will consider joining us at this exciting event!

January 19-20, 2012,  the University of Florida (UF) Pediatric Pulmonary Center (PPC) and the University of Wisconsin Pediatric Pulmonary Center will be co-hosting a one and a half day MCHInterdisciplinary Leadership Meeting entitled Making Lifelong Connections: Leadership, Networking and Career Development for MCHB Trainees” at the Boardwalk Inn in Orlando, Florida.  At this meeting, current and former MCHB trainees will work together to enhance their leadership skills, network, and develop professional connections with MCHB activities.   The meeting will begin mid afternoon on Thursday January 19th at 2:00 pm and will conclude with a wrap up with dinner on Friday evening January 20th.

There is no registration fee for this meeting and attendees’ hotel rooms for two nights (Thursday and Friday) and food (reception on the 19th, and breakfast, lunch and dinner on the 20th) will be provided at no cost to attendees. Trainees and former trainees (or the Centers with which they are affiliated) are responsible for covering transportation and any other costs. As with last year’s meeting, the Inn is assisting in this process by contracting for the meeting at a very reduced, highly competitive rate. The discounted hotel room rate will be extended for three days before and after the meeting, should participants wish to stay longer at their own expense.

Laura Kavanagh ~ Director, MCHB Division of Research, Training and Education will provide a virtual welcome.

Keynote presenters include:

  • Michael Fraser, PhD,CAE ~ Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs.
  • Robyn Schulhof, MA ~ Project Officer, MCHB Division of Research, Training, and Education.

As part of the registration, we are asking that you submit a brief abstract.  The topics for the abstract can include, but are not limited to,MCH-related clinical, research, educational, community based, or advocacy/policy activities that trainees participated in during or after your traineeships.  The abstracts will be shared with all meeting participants.  From the abstracts, the planning committee will select a few participants to give brief (10-15 minute) talks.

Please notify Susan Horky, LCSW (chaunst@peds.ufl.edu) of your interest in attending, and then complete and submit the registration form at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGZITHdTR0dkMzZLSXJERmFDZG00MXc6MQ    by noon on Monday, November 14th, 2011.  Space is limited and accepted registrants will be notified by November 23rd.

Please like us on our facebook page to keep up to date:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/230692053644820/

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Susan Horky, LCSW (chaunst@peds.ufl.edu)

We look forward to welcoming you in Orlando at the second annual Making Lifelong Connections meeting!


The Making Lifelong Connections planning committee

Come to sunny Orlando for the 2nd Annual Making Lifelong Connections Meeting!

Great news! The second annual Making Lifelong Connections meeting is scheduled for January 19th and 20th in sunny Orlando, Florida. Stay tuned for more information!  It will be held at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn.  http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts/board-walk-inn/

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