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 Leadership Lab

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

Improving 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!


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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: 

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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 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.

Public webinars

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 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. We also acknowledge that professional and career development (within and outside MCH) has not been afforded equitably and we are trying to shift that paradigm. This understanding, coupled with the organizational values reflected in AMCHP’s strategic plan (e.g., “Cultivate program leadership and a workforce that is diverse, culturally competent, and mirrors the diversity of the communities that MCH serves”) is compelling us to be more intentional about ensuring leaders of color can access and benefit from these types of investments.

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
  • Have opportunities to connect with each other at the 2022 AMCHP Annual Conference

 ‭(Hidden)‬ 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 an eight (8) 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 and half-day kick off on different days in October 2021, as well as four (4) webinars spread across the eight (8) month program period 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.

Interactive activities: There will be at least three (3) scheduled sessions that are specific to each cohort, including coordination with peers on any individual leadership activities and/or collaborative projects.


Mentorship and individualized leadership planning: All participants are expected to have regular communication with a matched mentor, framed around individualized leadership goals.


In-person meeting: There will be opportunities for large group and cohort-specific networking at the 2022 AMCHP Annual Conference.


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