Helping MCH Professionals and Advocates take the Next Big Step in their Leadership Journeys
the health of all mothers, children (including those with special
health care needs) and their families is the mission of MCH services
supported by Title V federal
funds. AMCHP operates Leadership Lab as a vehicle for advancing that
mission through fortifying MCH staff and other associated stakeholders,
including family advocates, consultants, volunteers, etc. Leadership Lab
aims to increase participants' capacity to convey the importance of
Title V programs; create a vision for success; and foster authentic
engagement and collaboration across disciplines. AMCHP believes that
achieving our vision of a skilled, flexible, and diverse MCH workforce
starts with investing in the leadership development of individuals
serving in many different roles and settings across jurisdictions.
AMCHP is currently accepting a second phase of applications for the 2021-2022 program year!
Deadline: Tuesday, September 13, 2021 at 8:00pm EDT
Click here to preview the application.
Please apply for only one cohort, even if you meet eligibility criteria for more than one.
What is Leadership Lab?
Leadership Lab is a unique opportunity for those affiliated or working with state/territory Title V programs (staff, consultants, volunteers) to accelerate their professional development in a way that is framed by the MCH Leadership Competencies and guided by adult learning principles. Participants will:
- Be exposed to information and resources that are relevant for their current and future roles
- Develop and continuously revisit an individualized leadership plan with a matched mentor
- Challenge themselves through collaborative activities and thoughtful discussions
- Grow their peer network
- Receive ongoing support from an experienced AMCHP staff Cohort Leader
- “Bring it all together” at the 2022 AMCHP Annual Conference
Leadership Lab is comprised of five (5) cohorts that run concurrently:
The program uses a three-pronged approach:
- Learning: formal and informal learning through trainings/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.
What is the expected commitment?
The Leadership Lab requires an eight (8) month commitment from participants, beginning in October 2021 and extending through May 2022 – click here for a timeline of planned activities. This includes active engagement in the following components:
- Three (3) webinars addressing cross-cutting topics that are relevant for leaders working with Title V in many different capacities;
- Sessions that are specific to each cohort, including coordination with peers on any individual leadership activities and/or collaborative projects;
- Regular communication with a matched mentor, framed around individualized leadership goals; and
- Opportunities for structured networking at the 2022 AMCHP Annual Conference.
The webinar topics for the 2021-2022 program year are still being determined, but we encourage you to check out previous years’ webinars for a sense of what to expect. Much of this content is captured, along with supplemental resources, in AMCHP’s MCH Essentials Series for current and prospective professionals. You can also view the full, transcribed recordings from the most recent year by clicking the links below.
April 2021 – Building and Harnessing the Full Potential of Diverse, Interdisciplinary MCH Teams
February 2021 – From Challenge to Opportunity: MCH Leadership in Times of Crisis
November 2020 – (Re)Framing and (Un)Doing: Practicing Racially Just and Equitable MCH Leadership
July 2020 – Activating MCH Leaders for Impact: Reflecting on our Past, Preparing for our Future
If you have questions, please contact Ben Kaufman, AMCHP’s Associate Director of Workforce Development and Capacity Building, at email@example.com.
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U01MC00001 Partnership for State Title V MCH Leadership Community Cooperative Agreement ($1,617,500). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.