Looking Back, Moving Ahead

2016 was a busy year for the National MCH Workforce Development Center. Title V agencies from seven states hosted pairs of MCH students in the Center’s internship program. The Center supported workforce development in a cohort of six states using project-based learning and held a national skills institute that brought together 134 Title V participants and their partners from around the country for five days of learning and applying new skills to state challenges with partners.

2017 promises to be busy as well. The Center’s online training resources have found a new home on the MCH Navigator – check out the health transformation section of the Navigator for great self-directed learning opportunities that introduce the concepts of systems integration, change management/adaptive leadership and evidence-based decision making. The Workforce Development Center is pleased to welcome eight states to our 2017 cohort, working on a wide variety of challenges, from statewide developmental screening to the integration of behavioral health into primary care practices. Congratulations to our new cohort states: Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, and North Carolina! We’ll also be supporting an additional four states and jurisdictions with personalized workforce development plans in support of their goals (Washington, Kentucky, New York and American Samoa). This summer more interns will be making their way to Title V agencies around the country. States and jurisdictions continue to report that the Center’s model of customized “meet us where we are” support helps them get things done while simultaneously transforming the way they approach their work. The Center looks forward to working with all states and jurisdictions over the next five years.

Deadline Extended: The Title V MCH Internship Program (Formerly the Paired Practica Program)

The National MCH Workforce Development Center has sponsored a paid practicum opportunity annually since 2014.  The Title V MCH Internship Program (formerly the Paired Practica Program) pairs a graduate student from one of the 13 HRSA-funded Centers of Excellence in MCH with an undergraduate from an MCH Pipeline Training Program or a graduate student from an MCH Public Health Catalyst Program. Student teams undertake health transformation projects identified by state MCH agencies, providing the students with real-world maternal and child health experience and providing states with the opportunity to both acculturate the future workforce and to benefit from the new knowledge and skills of current trainees.

To review the projects from past years, click on the year below.




The 2017 program will be held from June 12 – August 11.

For a full description of the Title V MCH Internship Program, click here.

For a summary of each of the health transformation projects identified by states for student teams in 2017, click here.

For a PDF version of the student application with instructions, click here.

Student applications for 2017 will be accepted between January 9th and February 17th, 2017.  To apply for the 2017 Title V MCH Internship Program, click here.

If you would like more information or are interested in applying, contact Cindy San Miguel at csanmig2@uic.edu or call 312-996-0726


MCH Summer Skills Institute

The National MCH Workforce Development Center, in partnership with AMCHP, UIC-Chicago, MCHB, and guest presenters, hosted its first ever MCH Summer Skills Institute in Chicago on August 22 – 26. A total of 134 participants from 34 states, jurisdictions, and territories attended a week of learning and were able to go with a ‘toolbox’ of new tools, skills, and knowledge. States/jurisdictions participated as either individuals or teams of up to 5 people to work intensively on a particular health transformation challenge. Many focused on a challenge related to their Title V Block Grant.

Sessions were presented in a non-traditional, adult learning-centered format, with a focus on the direct practice and application of new tools. Participants enjoyed time away from the office to dive deep into their respective challenges, completing work on a total of 12 distinct session topics linked to foundational skills needed to achieve the National Performance Measures. The curriculum and direct links to tools and resources presented at the Summer Skills Institute sessions are available here: MCH Summer Skills Institute Curriculum

Thank you to everyone who attended the Institute – your energy, passion, and enthusiasm were contagious and we appreciated your willingness to participate in activities and support your peers!


5 More Years of MCH Workforce Development to Advance Health Transformation!

The National MCH Workforce Development Center, housed in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is excited to announce that it has been awarded a five-year cooperative agreement from the HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau to continue its work supporting state/territory MCH programs! After three years of advancing national, state, and territorial priorities in MCH workforce development as a means toward improvements in population health, the Center will continue its work supporting MCH leaders and staff to meet current policy and program needs. Over the next five years, the Center will provide expertise through its academic-practice partnerships that provide state/territory MCH programs capacity building in three core areas:

·        Systems Integration
·         Change Management & Adaptive Leadership
·         Evidence-based Decision Making
Between now and 2021, the Center will provide capacity building and technical assistance to MCH leaders and staff in at least 50 U.S. states/jurisdictions as well as hands-on learning experiences in MCH agencies to at least 40 students. The Center is looking forward to supporting the current MCH workforce and developing the pipeline to apply health transformation skills to the field of MCH over the next five years!

Introducing a New MCH Health Transformation Planning Tool!

Health transformation is everywhere. During this critical period, MCH leaders have the opportunity to address both technical and adaptive challenges, consider systems integration, and lead strategic action and innovation. Built on the framework of the MCH pyramid, this tool is designed for MCH practitioners at all levels to heighten learning capacity and leadership skills in relation to health reform and system transformation. The first component of the tools is a five-step planning process using an adaptive problem-solving approach. Rather than just provide the tool and instructions, you will be guided through examples where much of the background work has been provided for you. Your team completes the analysis for your context and strategic thinking to arrive at a solution. The entire tools is available online and can be completed with a small team. A brief registration is required so that answers may be saved and printed in a report to share with others. Click here to access the tool. 

The Center also offers a health reform state assessment tool, designed to help state MCH programs assess their capacity to influence key areas affecting MCH populations and services in the context of health transformation. The tools work in tandem; the state assessment tool giving the MCH program an opportunity to assess their capacity and the health planning tool an opportunity to develop a strategic plan for implementation. For a copy of the state assessment tool please contact Amy Mullenix at amy_mullenix@unc.edu.