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Customized Workforce Development

The National Maternal and Child Health Workforce Center provides team-tailored skills development and assistance to Title V agencies tackling tough health transformation challenges.

In the six years since our founding, we have partnered with 45 states and jurisdictions to tackle issues such as:

  • Infant mortality
  • Developmental screening
  • Bullying
  • Family engagement
  • Transitioning to population health services

Partnership Opportunities

Engagements include an 8-month coach-supported cohort experience, customized short-term partnerships, and an internship program that matches agencies with students interested in Title V experience.

Coaches work with teams in a relaxed and collaborative environment to develop workforce skills and tools that apply directly to the healthcare challenge. Training materials are accessible and responsive to professional priorities.


Call for Papers: MCH Journal Themed Issue – Developing the Current and Future MCH Public Health Workforce

The Division of MCH Workforce Development, in partnership with the National MCH Workforce Development Center, is pleased to announce a call for papers for a forthcoming thematic issue of the Maternal and Child Health Journal (MCHJ) on Developing the Current and Future MCH Public Health Workforce.

The upcoming thematic issue will highlight new scientific findings, innovations, policy and program evaluations that can advance efforts to develop the current and future governmental MCH workforce to lead systems change and impact the health of MCH populations.

Topics for papers may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Workforce development programs and policies that build skills and capacity to address emerging issues; implementation of innovations to address systems change that impact the MCH population;
  • Innovations in MCH workforce development that strengthen recruitment and retention of a highly skilled, diverse MCH workforce; and
  • Research that highlights approaches to build capacity of the MCH workforce to address structural inequities, including racism.

MCHJ will expedite processing and review of all submissions to this Call and will publish papers on-line once accepted. Please follow all editorial procedures outlined on the MCHJ website ( Submit manuscripts to the Journal’s Editorial Manager at  Manuscripts should include a cover letter that states a request for the manuscript to be considered for the themed issue on “MCH Workforce Development.”

Papers submitted by June 30, 2021 will be prioritized.

Handler Named University of Illinois University Scholar

Dr. Arden Handler, a member of the National MCH Workforce Development Center’s Pipeline Team overseeing the Title V Internship Program, has been named a University Scholar by the University of Illinois System. Dr. Handler is one of of six University Scholars being recognized across all University of Illinois campuses.

Along with her work for the Center, Dr. Handler is the Director of the Center of Excellence (CoE) in Maternal and Child Health, and a professor in the Community Health Sciences division of the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) School of Public Health.

The University Scholar award recognizes outstanding members of the faculty across all University of Illinois campuses. Dr. Handler was honored for her more than 30 years of applied MCH scholarship and teaching, her research-driven advocacy work, and her leadership and service to the UIC’s CoE and to the University of Illinois Chicago’s School of Public Health and Division of Community Services.

“Dr. Handler is a national treasure and well deserving of this honor. Her scholarship and exceptionally strong commitment to women, children and families has contributed to a capable, committed and diverse workforce that is better able to understand and work for and with families across the country.   It has been our honor and pleasure to work with her in service to a stronger MCH workforce ready to overcome today’s challenges and meet those coming our way,” said Dr. Oscar Fleming, interim director of the National MCH Workforce Development Center.

Fleming Awarded with UNC Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award

Center Interim Direct W. Oscar Fleming has been awarded a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Teaching Excellence & Innovation Award. The award, which is student-nominated by department, recognizes a faculty member in each department who inspires students, enhances their learning through creative, engaging and/or innovative teaching methods; and supports success in the classroom and growth as a student and public health professional.

Mini-Course in Resiliency and Adaptive Leadership

March 2020

Join Jeannine Herrick, Senior Staff at the MCH WDC, to learn more about how to lead in challenging times.

The mini-course is a short recording in nine parts. Each section focuses on a different leadership tool to help you think through your leadership work right now:

    1. Introduction
    2. Adaptive Leadership
    3. Sphere of Influence
    4. Trust and Creative Problem-solving
    5. Stepping Forward as a Leader
    6. Thinking Big – Assuming an Adaptive Mindset
    7. Thinking Through Change as a Practice
    8. Phasing your change
    9. 10 Tips for Leaders of Transformative Efforts During the Current Crisis

Take time to support yourself as a leader. Give yourself time to think and plan. Adapting under stress is hard; the sense of crisis and urgency can push us into missing options, making rash decisions, limiting ourselves, and getting caught up in technical thinking that misses the big picture opportunities.

This mini-course will help.

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Featured MCH Navigator Trainings

For an introduction to some of the tools our Center offers, please visit MCH Navigator. This online repository of self-guided resources allows you to build a self-paced multi-media program that can enhance your skills in the Center’s areas of expertise.

Asset Mapping: Starting System Change With What You Already Have

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