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 Leadership Lab

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Helping MCH Professionals take the Next Big Step in their Leadership Journeys 

Title V staff are entrusted with carrying out the mission of Title V to improve the health of all mothers, children (including those with special health care needs) and their families. To make a collective impact, staff need to display leadership in its many forms on a daily basis and throughout their careers – from communicating the importance of Title V programs and creating a vision for success, to fostering a culture of collaboration, aligning activities, and authentically engaging all stakeholders. AMCHP believes that achieving our vision of a skilled, flexible, and diverse MCH workforce starts with investing in the career and leadership development of individuals serving in many different roles across all states and territories.

What is Leadership Lab?

Leadership Lab is a unique opportunity for state/territory Title V staff 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 2021 AMCHP Annual Conference


Leadership Lab is comprised of five (5) cohorts that run concurrently:



The program uses a three-pronged approach: 

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    • 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 a 10-month commitment from participants, beginning in June 2020 and extending through March 2021. This includes active engagement in the following components:


    • Four (4) webinars, including a virtual kickoff, that address cross-cutting topics that are relevant for leaders serving in many different Title V roles;
    • Monthly scheduled activities that are specific to each cohort, including coordination with peers on any collaborative projects;
    • Regular communication with a matched mentor, framed around individualized leadership goals; and
    • An in-person meeting at the 2021 AMCHP Annual Conference.


    Application guidance

    All applications are due by Saturday, May 30 at 8:00 pm ET. Please only apply for one cohort, even if you are eligible to apply for more than one. Support from a supervisor and/or Title V, MCH, or CYSHCN Director is required for applicants to all cohorts, except for NDLC.

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    If you have questions, please contact Ben Kaufman, AMCHP’s Director of Workforce Development and Capacity Building, at bkaufman@amchp.org.


    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. 

     

     Program Purpose

    ​​businessman213.pngAMCHP believes that achieving our vision of a skilled, flexible, and diverse MCH workforce starts with investing in the career and leadership development of individuals serving in many different roles across all states and territories.

    Leadership Lab is designed to provide program participants with knowledge, tools, and resources to enhance their development as MCH leaders. Participation in the Leadership Lab will support MCH leaders as they promote policies, programs, and systems at the national, state, and/or local levels that impact the health and well-being of women, children (including those with special health care needs) and families.

     Program Benefits

    personal growth (1).png​​​Participants in the Leadership Lab
    • Are 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 2021 AMCHP Annual Conference

     Feedback from Participants

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    From New Title V/CYSHCN Directors:
    • "The program was critical in acclimating me to my role as Title V Director. It was my primary source for orientation to the world of Title V. Moreover, the vision, leadership, and direction I was able to provide for my agency, MCH Council, and state partners would not have been as structured or ‘developed’ without it."

    • "The program was extremely helpful as it allowed me to realize that although I was new in this role, MCH is changing and no one has all the answers, but it is beneficial to have someone to call to "figure out" a process or response to questions and issues."

    From other cohort participants:
    • “I enjoyed the practical applications that were shared regarding how to be a leader, qualities of a leader, and tools that leaders can use.”

    • “I am very appreciative of this opportunity and I feel that all of the support I have gained from AMCHP through Leadership Lab and other AMCHP resources has really helped me fast track my way into MCH. I have recommended [this experience] to one of my family leaders and she is excited to apply." 

     Framework

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    The Leadership Lab is a 10-month development program guided by the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Leadership Competencies. The MCH Leadership Competencies fall into three domains: self, others, and the wider community. Leadership Lab components will touch on all twelve (12) of these competencies, to varying degrees based on the expressed needs and leadership goals of each cohort:


    1. MCH Knowledge Base/Context

    2. Self-Reflection

    3. Ethics

    4. Critical Thinking

    5. Communication

    6. Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

    7. Cultural Competency

    8. Family-Professional Partnerships

    9. Developing Others through Teaching, Coaching, and Mentoring

    10. Interdisciplinary/Interprofessional Team Building

    11. Working with Communities and Systems

    12. Policy

    ​For more information on the MCH Leadership Competencies, visit: https://mchb.hrsa.gov/training/leadership-00.asp


     Lab Activities

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    Webinars: AMCHP will host a one-hour orientation webinar in June 2020, as well as four (4) webinars spread across the 10-month program period that addresses cross-cutting topics that are relevant for leaders serving in many different Title V roles.


    Interactive activities: There will be monthly scheduled activities that are specific to each cohort, including coordination with peers on any collaborative projects


    Mentorship and individualized leadership planning: It is expected that all participants will have regular communication with a matched mentor, framed around individualized leadership goals.


    In-person meeting: There will be an in-person meeting for all Leadership Lab participants at the 2021 AMCHP Annual Conference.


    Peer support: Peer networking and support are embedded in all Leadership Lab components to encourage learning, sharing, and growth.