Maternal and Child Health Training Program

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Grant Status: Active

Grant Title: MCH Knowledge to Practice

Web Site: University of Nebraska Project Exit Disclaimer

Project Director(s):

John W. Sparks
University of Nebraska
987835 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE  68198-7835
Phone: 402-559-6400
Email: jsparks@unmc.edu

Problem:

The urban maternal and child health workforce faces a myriad of health issues that they must address. As such, this group of health professionals needs training in discipline specific knowledge, cultural competence and leadership.

Goals and Objectives:

Goal 1: Implement the CityLeaders leadership training program -- a 7-month continuing education program focused on urban maternal and child health leadership. Goal 2: Provide continuing leadership education to local MCH and Title V leaders nation-wide, and create a community of learners for alumni of local, state, and national leadership development programs. Goal 3: Develop the leadership skills of CityMatCH Members and conference participants by offering continuing education opportunities in the field of urban maternal and child health leadership. Objective 1.1: By September 2013, and each year thereafter, CityMatCH will recruit up to 40 diverse local public health leaders in the field of Maternal and Child Health to participate as CityLeaders and Mentors. Objective 1.2: By October 2013, and each year thereafter, CityMatCH will offer a Leadership Track for all selected CityLeaders at the CityMatCH Urban Maternal and Child Health Leadership Conference. Objective 2.1: By June 2014, and each year thereafter, CityMatCH will offer at least two (2) MCH leadership development webinars targeted to emerging, mid-level, and seasoned MCH leaders. Objective 2.2: By June 2014, and each year thereafter, CityMatCH will host at least three (3) MCH leadership development peer-to-peer conference calls. Objective 3.1: By October 2013, and each year thereafter, CityMatCH will offer at least two (2) MCH leadership sessions at the Annual CityMatCH Urban Maternal and Child Health Leadership Conference for all participants to attend. Objective 3.2: By October 2013, and each year thereafter, CityMatCH will host the Magda Peck Leadership Symposium for all CityMatCH conference participants.

Methodology:

1. The CityMatCH website hosts a webpage for the completion of applications for the annual CityLeaders cohort. All CityMatCH conference registrants and member health departments receive information regarding CityLeaders program activities and the application process. 2. CityMatCH will include a Leadership Track at the Annual Conference specifically designed for the CityLeaders cohort. 3. CityMatCH will engage nationally recognized speakers for at least two skills-building sessions, and one Leadership Symposium to address MCH-specific leadership needs. 4. CityMatCH will host up to three additional training opportunities for the cohort following the Annual Conference -- planned for months 2, 3, and 5 of the project. 5. CityMatCH will provide our membership with access to skills-building opportunities around the MCH Leadership Competencies (v3.0) following the conference through a variety of mediums (print, electronic, webinars, etc.)

Coordination:

Major collaborators for this project include the CityMatCH Board of Directors, which represents member health departments nationwide. Additional collaboration and assistance will be provided by the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, MCH Public Health Leadership Institute, University of Illinois Chicago MCH Training Program, and the UNMC College of Public Health Office of Public Health Practice.

Evaluation:

The CityMatCH evaluation plan will be used to specifically identify and correct issues related to both the teaching methods and quality of the leadership curriculum. Grant objectives and activities of staff will be tracked and reported. Additionally, CityMatCH will measure the impact of the project through changes in attitude and skill level of those CityLeaders who participate.

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