Now Seeking State Applications for the 2017 Title V MCH Internship Program! (Formerly the Paired Practica Program)

During the summer of 2017, the National MCH Workforce Development Center will support up to seven teams of MCH students to participate in internships in state Title V programs. The aim of the Title V MCH Internship Program is two-fold: one, to support state Title V agencies in implementing a meaningful project of their choice and two, to provide future MCH professionals with experience working in state Title V agencies, with mentorship and guidance from Title V agency preceptors. The Title V MCH Internship Program is unique in that it pairs a graduate MCH student (from an academic Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health) and an MCH student from either an MCH undergraduate Pipeline program or from an MCH Catalyst graduate public health program. Each two-person team will work together to successfully complete a project identified by their host state.

The National MCH Workforce Development Center has sponsored the Title V MCH Internship opportunity annually since summer 2014.  To review projects from past years, click on the year below.

2014 ♦ 2015 ♦ 2016

All students participating in the Title V MCH Internship Program receive training in leadership, team-building, and mentoring as well as exposure to a variety of resources and learning modules focused on Title V, the Affordable Care Act, and methods and approaches for health transformation. All participating graduate and undergraduate students get a stipend from the Center. State preceptors receive support from Center Pipeline staff to facilitate a strong start and successful completion of the agreed upon scope of work.

If your state is interested in hosting a student team during summer 2017, please click here for a full description of the Title V MCH Internship Program. Center staff are happy to work with Title V professionals to develop an appropriate scope of work and complete the application. If you have an idea for a project and would like to talk with someone about how to develop your ideas, please contact Cindy San Miguel at

The application deadline is November 11, 2016. To apply, please click here. For a pdf version of the state application, click here.

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