While the Workforce Development and Capacity Building team provides process support across AMCHP’s entire portfolio, we also direct multiple ongoing initiatives/related sets of discrete activities. Have questions about what’s listed or want to learn more? Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our team will get back to you.
- Leadership Lab
- Graduate Student Epidemiology Program (GSEP)
- MCH Essentials Series
- Emergency preparedness and response
- Supporting students and early career professionals
Leadership Lab is AMCHP’s flagship, cohort-based leadership development program for Title V (and affiliated) professionals. It is framed by the MCH Leadership Competencies, guided by adult learning principles, and incorporates three core components:
- Learning: formal and informal learning through training/workshops, collaborative projects, webinars, and structured dialogues.
- Mentoring/coaching: transmission of knowledge, wisdom, experience, and support from experienced professionals and/or peers with whom participants are carefully matched.
- Peer-to-peer interaction: the cohort model promotes engagement and the development of a sustainable professional network.
Leadership Lab is composed of five cohorts that run concurrently:
- Family Leaders Cohort (FLC)
- New Director Leaders Cohort (NDLC)
- Next Generation MCH Leaders Cohort (NextGen)
- MCH Epi Peer-to-Peer Cohort (MCH Epi P2P)
- Adolescent Health Leaders Cohort (AHLC)
During this eight-month experience, participants attend and spend time processing content from webinars addressing cross-cutting topics that are relevant for leaders working in/with Title V in many different capacities, join with cohort peers for interactive learning and discussion sessions, complete individual and collaborative activities aligned with their identified leadership goals, and communicate regularly with a matched mentor.
All three yearly Leadership Lab webinars are open to the public, and information (topics, speakers, registration links, etc.) will be posted as “Events” on the AMCHP website as details are confirmed. We will post an application link when the next cycle opens in mid-2022. Leadership Lab is funded through AMCHP’s cooperative agreement with the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Division of State and Community Health.
The Graduate Student Epidemiology Program (GSEP) is a paid, 10-week, 100% remote summer internship aimed at diversifying the pipeline of early career professionals entering MCH epidemiology and tracking into state/territory/local agency leadership positions. GSEP provides ample opportunities for interns to learn and practically apply MCH epidemiology and leadership competencies, as well as cultivate, sustain, and grow connections with current MCH epidemiologists and a diverse array of related professionals.
Accepted students (currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral level program in epidemiology, MCH, or a related field) are matched with a host site for a 35 hour/week remote internship. Interns receive supervision and mentorship from a practicing epidemiologist and complete/present on a vetted project that addresses one or more of the following emphasis areas: needs assessment, data evaluation, and program monitoring and evaluation. They also participate in 5 hours/week of enrichment activities organized by AMCHP; this includes didactic learning sessions, structured small peer group discussions, office hours with leaders from the field, and a “menu” of relevant readings, videos, and other forms of media to prompt reflection and growth. Starting in 2022, AMCHP plans to implement an in-person orientation component in which interns travel to their assigned host site.
We will post an application link for students and host sites (with eligibility details and a program timeline) when the next cycle opens in late 2021. GSEP is administered by AMCHP with funds from the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Office of Epidemiology and Research.
Each topic presents content via narrated and interactive slide presentations, or AMCHP webinars that have been trimmed or otherwise adapted to support adult learning. Topics cover between 20 to 70 minutes of content and include additional resources. The tiles below identify each of the currently available topic areas, along with essential questions that each seeks to help MCH professionals answer. Use the left and right arrow buttons below to scroll between topics.
All communities have been impacted by natural disasters, human-caused disasters, and disease outbreaks – and often simultaneously. AMCHP works alongside federal partners and others at all levels of the socioecological model to ensure that women, children, and families are planned for in the event of emergencies. We do this by helping state/territory MCH programs use an equity lens to build their emergency preparedness and response (EPR) capacity, more effectively advocate for MCH population needs and priorities in the context of broader response efforts, and ensure staff at all levels of leadership feel prepared to support effective individual-, family- and systems-level response outcomes. Click here to learn more about and explore initiatives within AMCHP’s EPR portfolio.
In addition to administering the NextGen cohort of Leadership Lab and the GSEP program, AMCHP invests substantial time and energy into establishing platforms for students and early career professionals to learn and grow. As part of the AMCHP Annual Conference, we offer technical assistance on student-led abstract submissions, host roundtable sessions where more established professionals provide encouragement and practical support for dissertations or other in progress work, honor emerging leaders from all ten regions, and make scholarships available when funding permits. We also advise the National MCH Workforce Development Center on their efforts to provide future professionals with meaningful experiences working in state/territory Title V agencies, and promote academic-practice partnerships through joint efforts with faculty from the Centers of Excellence in MCH Education, Science, and Practice and other federally funded training programs.
Recent Resources & Tools
Using Evidence to Drive Incremental Change: Sept 2022 CELC Training Webinar
Recording from September 2022. AMCHP's Evidence and Implementation team reviews the components of process evaluation and introduces the stages of practice implementation. The team also demonstrates the uses of a PDSA (Plan Do Study Act) cycle in developing an implementation plan. Read More
Shifting Power in Practice: Strategies for Centering People with Lived Experience When Making Evidence-Based Decisions
This 30-minute quick learn course was created by AMCHP staff Laura Powis who completed the CDC E-Learning Institute Fellowship. As a part of this six-month fellowship, Laura created a course on "Shifting Power in Practice: Strategies for Centering People with Lived Experience When Making Evidence-Based Decisions” using best practices in e-learning, adult learning theory, and instructional design. This course is primarily designed for Title V professionals but is also relevant for local MCH professionals and advocates invested in improving maternal and child health outcomes. You will need to have a free CDC TRAIN account to take this course. "Shifting Power in Practice: Strategies for Centering People with Lived Experience When Making Evidence-Based Decisions" can be accessed here . For questions, please email: email@example.com.
1. Understand the role of contextual, experiential, and research evidence in demonstrating both the effectiveness and appropriateness of a practice to meet the needs of a specific population.
2. Strengthen critical thinking skills needed to consider evidence comprehensively and to ensure that evidence is used to support decisions in ways that advance equity and center people with lived experience.
3. Apply the Six Considerations Planning Tool to a case study to ensure people with lived experience are centered during the evidence-based decision-making process. Read More
How to Plan an Accessible Virtual Event
This 20-minute quick learn course was created by AMCHP staff Maura Leahy who completed the CDC E-Learning Institute Fellowship. As a part of this six-month fellowship, Maura created a course on "How to Plan an Accessible Virtual Event" using best practices in e-learning, adult learning theory, and instructional design. The course was designed for people working in the Maternal & Child Health field, but will be of interest to broader public health professionals who want to increase the accessibility of their virtual events. You will need to have a free CDC TRAIN account to take this course. "How to Plan an Accessible Virtual Event" can be accessed here. For questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Review examples of promotional materials and identify which words need to be changed to plain language (or words that most people understand).
2. Describe three elements to writing good alternative text for images.
3. Outline the steps needed to get a live captioner for a virtual event. Read More
Amplifying Birthworker Models of Care: June 2022 Global Health Webinar
Recording from June 2022. AMCHP's Global Health Workgroup provides background information on the global maternal mortlaity crisis and highlights opportunities for birth workers to intervenen and alleviate this crisis. Guest presenters from international maternal and child health organizations give an overview of their practice to support pregnant and birthing people, and prevent maternal deaths. Special guests: Andrew Herrera, MPH, MBA, Executive Director of Curamericas; Mario Rodriguez Valdez Ramirez, Executive Director of Casa Maternas, Guatemala; Juany Valdez, Head Nurse of Casa Maternas, Guatemala; Nick Pearson, Founder and Co-Executive Director of Jacranda Health; Chanel Porchia-Albert, Founder of Ancient Song Doula Services. Read More
Moving from Evaluation to Quality Improvement: June 2022 CELC Training Webinar
Recording from June 2022. AMCHP's Evidence and Implementation team shares how evaluation data can inform quality improvement activities and the importance of discerning root causes. The team also introduces and models two root cause analysis tools: the Fishbone Diagram and the 5 Whys. Read More