Background & Bio
Ben has more than a decade of experience in working with communities and systems to align research, practice, and policy. Immediately prior to AMCHP, he was the administrative and programmatic lead for a HRSA-funded resource center at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) charged with providing comprehensive technical assistance to a $30 million portfolio of more than 60 training programs based at universities and children’s hospitals. This included implementing a range of strategies to help programs develop and sustain partnerships with state/territorial Title V agencies, increasing the relevancy of pre-service training to current and anticipated workforce and population needs, the degree to which public health policies and initiatives are grounded in both research and lived experience, and the capacity of MCH professionals from all disciplines to influence and work across systems. Ben earned a Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in management and community organizing from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Michigan.
My Current Work
Ben leads a team that is accountable for the development, implementation, and evaluation of program activities aligned with AMCHP’s strategic plan goal to attract and retain highly competent people in the MCH public health workforce. These efforts include intensive, individualized leadership development programming for current and aspiring MCH professionals, focused capacity building with Title V programs and their agency/community partners, and the creation of products to meet real-time workforce needs. The team regularly analyzes multiple sources of data to identify and report on workforce strengths, needs, and trends. We also collaborate with partners at all levels of the socioecological model (including the CDC) to ensure that women, children, and families are planned for in the event of public health emergencies, recognizing workforce preparedness as a key driver of systems-level response outcomes.
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Workforce development, Capacity building, Leadership, Emergency preparedness and response, Hiking, Breakfast foods