Coaching—A Tool for Moving Forward and Creating Action

Coaching—A Tool for Moving Forward and Creating Action

By Librada Estrada, MPH, CHES
Associate Director, Workforce & Leadership Development, Family Involvement

Are you ready to make change? A new professional development opportunity for conference attendees at the 2010 AMCHP Annual Conference is coaching. Coaching is a relationship between a coach and a client to help the client achieve individual professional or professional’s goals. The client is ready for change, to create it and take action—to move forward! Are you ready for change?  

Coaching has traditionally been a tool used by individuals in executive or leadership positions. Now, more and more individuals are engaging coaches to work with them to create change and achieve life long dreams. Coaching is a useful tool and resource to help think through what one wants to achieve, how they might do so and keep one focused on their goals. A coach provides a consistent structure, encouragement and an objective perspective based on the client’s agenda. What do you want to achieve as an MCH professional?  

In the last year the maternal and child health workforce has been impacted by budget cuts, furloughs, hiring freezes, changes in management and leadership, just as many other fields. In turn, this has led individuals to feel stuck, lacking direction, not knowing what is next for them, thinking that change cannot be made, there are never enough resources, and many similar thoughts. Are these the only perspectives to take? What if with health care reform and budget challenges individuals saw this is an opportunity to reignite their passion for MCH, change jobs, rewrite job descriptions, redefine what Title V does, try new things, or to change how services are delivered? Or, what if one wants to grow as a leader, manager, become more effective in making decisions, develop new skills or engage staff in more effective ways? Sometimes individuals need an objective voice to help them look at things differently and to ask questions that are not getting asked. Coaching is about changing your reality. When you retire from MCH, or go into another field, what do you want to say about the work you did?

 Are you ready for coaching? If you are not sure if coaching is for you, this is a great opportunity to find out. A group and individual sessions are available to conference attendees at no cost. If you have been feeling stuck about what to do next, how to develop professionally, or trying to engage yourself and others in work with but are not making much progress, attend the group skills building workshop and/or sign up for a private session with a trained coach.   

AMCHP embraces the benefits associated with coaching-becoming clearer in what one wants to achieve, moving forward on those activities, making a major impact, and closing the gap between where one is and where they want to be. For those individuals that have a desire to grow, learn more about coaching or learn more about how it can benefit MCH, group and individual sessions will be available for conference attendees. The group session will take place on Sunday, March 7 as a skills-building session titled, Shifting Paradigms: Reframing Our Leadership Roles in Maternal and Child Health.  

Conference attendees will have an opportunity to take advantage of individual, private 40-minute coaching sessions on Monday and Tuesday, March 8 and 9, by registering in advance or by registering on site. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Kristina Risley, DrPH, Continuing Education Director, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Hanna Cooper, MPH, CPCC, Leadership and Team Coach, will join the 2010 AMCHP Annual Conference. Both are trained and certified coaches through the Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael, Calf.  

To find out more about coaching at the 2010 AMCHP Annual Conference or registering for an individual session, please contact Librada Estrada or call (202) 266-3046.