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:
- 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.
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.
If you have questions, please contact Ben Kaufman, AMCHP’s Director of Workforce Development and Capacity Building, at firstname.lastname@example.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.