MCH Workforce Development

The special focus of this March 2016 Alert is Workforce Development with several information and education resources specific to MCH workforce needs, training opportunities, and competencies.

MCH Navigator

5-Minute MCH Competency Learning

Learning Program

In this monthly series to improve knowledge and skills of the 12 MCH Leadership Competencies, March is Competency 9: “Developing Others Through Teaching and Mentoring.” In 5 minutes per week, strenthen your skills through a self-assessment, introduction, learning opportunities, and implementation strategies.

MCH Training Bundles and Topics

Learning Resources

The MCH Navigator has developed several workforce development tools including:

  • MCH Bundles: trainings on key MCH and leadership topics
  • Training Spotlight: in-depth portals to trainings on specific issues of importance to public health professionals
  • Training Briefs: short lists of learning opportunities on MCH topics

MCHWDCHRSA Disclaimer & Transformation StationHRSA Disclaimer

2015 MCH Workforce Academy MaterialsHRSA Disclaimer

Archived Meeting Materials

The 2015 MCH Workforce Academy, developed by the MCHWDC and Transformation Station, focused on “Leading in a Transformative Environment to Improve Population Health.” The archive includes slides, handouts, and materials on population health, Title V role in population health, establishing and sustaining partnerships for community-based work, and achieving population health goals.

Coffee Talk SeriesHRSA Disclaimer

Archived Webinars

This 4-part webinar series from NMCHWDC and Transformation Station addressed pertinent topics benefiting the Title V workforce:

  1. Major changes in the Title V Block Grant guidance related to the new performance measures
  2. New opportunities evolving from the Title V Block Grant and health transformation
  3. Role of leadership in state MCH programs
  4. Managing change and collective impact

Association of State and Territorial Health OfficialsHRSA Disclaimer

Workforce Development Plan ToolkitHRSA Disclaimer


This April 2015 toolkit from the ASTHO is designed for agencies at all stages of workforce development plan preparation. Those that are just starting the process may find it useful to review all toolkit sections in depth, while those that are further along might use the toolkit sections as a checklist. Agencies are encouraged to adapt and customize the guidance provided in this toolkit to meet the needs of their organizations.

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthHRSA Disclaimer

MCH Leadership Skills Development SeriesHRSA Disclaimer

Training Modules

Leadership concepts come to life in an MCH context, allowing you to conduct your own training sessions, within your own timeframes and in your own settings. For use in small groups, each module offers a mix of presentation and exploration in different learning formats. Modules cover topics including tapping into your leadership potential, building and supporting teams, managing conflict effectively, and more.

Northwest Center for Public Health PracticeHRSA Disclaimer

Tools for Building a Learning OrganizationHRSA Disclaimer

Webinar Archive

How using the 5 Basic Disciplines of the Learning Organization will help leaders strengthen their teams and programs to deal with ongoing change was the subject of this webinar. Based on The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook by world renowned Learning Organization advocate Peter Senge and others, this session offered practical exercises that leaders can use to explore different aspects of the basic disciplines.

Public Health FoundationHRSA Disclaimer

Core Competencies for Public Health ProfessionalsHRSA Disclaimer

Learning Resource

This consensus set of skills for the broad practice of public health, as defined by the 10 Essential Public Health ServicesHRSA Disclaimer was developed by the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice.HRSA Disclaimer They reflect foundational skills desirable for professionals engaging in the practice, education, and research of public health. These competencies are organized into 8 domains, reflecting skill areas within public health, and 3 tiers, representing career stages for public health professionals.


School of Public Health at the UIC and partners

The Well-Woman Project

Health Initiative

This project is collecting stories from women about factors that affect their ability to be healthy and seek and receive health care, especially preventive health or well-woman care. Women can share stories in English or Spanish online or by calling 844-221-1893 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). This collaboration between UIC and CityMatCH is funded by the Kellogg Foundation.

Flyers are available to post in the workplace, on websites, or on social media. Share them with friends, partners, and collaborators.

Georgia Health Policy Center

Leading through Health System Change MCH Module

Planning Tool

Designed for MCH practitioners at all levels to heighten learning capacity and leadership skills in relation to health reform and system transformation, the 5-step planning process uses an adaptive problem-solving approach. It will guide you through examples where much of the background work has been provided. Complete the analysis for your context and strategic thinking to arrive at a solution. It is mean to be completed online with a small team.

Training and Educational

MCHB Research Program

EnRICH: Introduction to Instrumental Variables-Based Methods for Causal Inference in Health ResearchHRSA Disclaimer

Monday, March 14, 2016
2:00pm to 3:30pm Eastern

Dr. Maria Glymour, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco will give an introduction to using instrumental variables-based methods for causal inference in health research. During this webinar, attendees will:

  • Understand the situations in which instrumental variables can be useful in health research
  • Describe the assumptions and interpretations for instrumental variables-based effect estimates
  • Learn examples of instrumental variables used in health research, including policy differences, genetic variants, and other examples
  • Learn basic concepts for implementing instrumental variables analyses and understand whether the methods are feasible in your research setting

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Addressing Health Disparities in Early ChildhoodHRSA Disclaimer

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
1:00pm Eastern

Social, economic, and environmental factors are linked to health disparities. Addressing them is challenging in young children because the systems that provide for their care and education are poorly integrated. This session of the CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds discusses how together we can address the epidemic of health disparities by intervening in early childhood through increased collaborations, public health partnerships, and early intervention.

Office of Minority HealthHRSA Disclaimer

Fundamentals of the National CLAS StandardsHRSA Disclaimer

Thursday, March 17, 2016
3:00 to 4:00pm Eastern

National Standards for CLAS in Health and Health Care is the first in this webinar series. This means that services are respectful of and responsive to individual cultural health beliefs and practices, preferred languages, health literacy levels, and communication needs. The National CLAS Standards provide a blueprint for individuals and health and health care organizations to best serve our nation’s increasingly diverse communities through culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

The Public Health FoundationHRSA Disclaimer

Using the Community Guide for Community Health ImprovementHRSA Disclaimer

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
1:00 to 2:00pm Eastern

Join the PHF and the ACHIHRSA Disclaimer for a webinar focused on The Guide to Community Preventive ServicesHRSA Disclaimer and how it can support community health improvement efforts. The Guide is a free resource for evidence-based recommendations and findings from the Community Preventive Services Task Force,HRSA Disclaimer an independent, nonfederal, volunteer body of public health and prevention experts. The Guide covers many health topics and types of interventions for behavior change, disease prevention, and environmental change; identifies where more research is needed; and complements other decision support tools, such as Healthy People 2020 and The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services.

Funding Opportunities

Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics ResearchHRSA Disclaimer

April 26, 2016

The Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network Program is a cooperative agreement opportunity that will establish and maintain a national scientific and clinical research network that will promote and coordinate research activities in developmental, behavioral, and psychosocial aspects of pediatric care to improve clinical services and health and related outcomes for children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental disabilities.

Robert Wood Johnson FoundationHRSA Disclaimer

Health Policy Research ScholarsHRSA Disclaimer

April 19, 2016

The goal of the RWJF’s Health Policy Research Scholars is to create a large cadre of diverse doctoral students from multiple disciplines—students whose research, connections, and leadership will inform and influence policy toward a Culture of Health. The program aims to recruit 50 doctoral students from a variety of social sciences who are training to be researchers. Scholars who are interested in health policy research and from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds will be enrolled. The program will be completed concurrently with the doctoral program and is designed to enhance and enrich the doctoral program.

Robert Wood Johnson FoundationHRSA Disclaimer

Interdisciplinary Research LeadersHRSA Disclaimer

April 19, 2016

This call for applications from the RWJF seeks teams of researchers and community members who are committed to working together to produce community-relevant, action-oriented research to improve health and well-being. The broad goal of the IRL program is to produce diverse interdisciplinary leaders who conduct and apply high-quality, community-engaged, action-oriented, equity-focused, health research in order to drive improvements in the health of communities. The program will recruit and select a diverse cohort of mid-career researchers and community members to become IRL program fellows. Each cohort of fellows will participate in a 3-year program.

Health Resources and Services Administration

Improving Access to Health Care for Children and Youth with EpilepsyHRSA Disclaimer

May 12, 2016

Applications for the Strategic Approaches to Improving Access to Quality Health Care for CYE Program to facilitate the delivery of quality health care for CYE. The goal of this initiative is to utilize quality improvement methods and measure outcomes to improve access to coordinated and comprehensive quality care for CYE, with an emphasis on populations experiencing health disparities and CYE residing in underserved and/or rural communities.