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MCH Workforce Development Solutions Series Domain (WSSDOM)

AMCHP is pleased to present a new MCH Workforce Development Solutions Series Domain (WSSDOM).  This new series will provide a platform for AMCHP members to learn more about successful workforce development solutions to address issues such as staffing (e.g., recruitment, training, and succession planning), organizational design, accreditation, and work process re-design (e.g., health transformation), share innovations, and identify best practices. The MCH WSSDOM series consist of 45-minute live interactive webinars (20 minute overview of the topic and real-world success story and 25 minutes of dialogue). The first three topics and featured speakers are included below.

How to enhance your state's performance management for the Title V Block Grant

Gina Febbraro, Colorado's MCH Performance Improvement Consultant, described how Colorado's MCH Team created a culture of quality improvement and integrating performance management and quality improvement principles and practices into their state and local MCH efforts. Ms. Febbraro also discussed how Colorado's previous five-year focus on policy change, infrastructure development, and resource alignment provided a foundation for these efforts.

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Resiliency:  tips and tricks on how to keep staff morale high

Success of an organization/department depends on the employees who work there.  The morale among staff must be high to have high performing staff.  Sometimes when organizational changes occur, the morale can go down.  For this webinar, Kris Risley, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago provided tips and tricks to keep staff morale high by using appreciative inquiry and positive questions to bring out the best of the organization/department/team.  Dr. Risley also discussed the importance of emotional intelligence and the impact you have on your organization/department.

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Building Bench Strength

Over the past five years, the Title V workforce has experienced many changes.  One of the major changes is the growing number of the workforce retiring or preparing to retire.  Because of this changing workforce, states have increasingly worked to build the bench strength of their staff.  For this webinar, participants heard from Steve Orton, Senior Investigator for the North Carolina Institute of Public Health.  He shared three ideas on how to build the bench strength of your organization: 1) rebrand succession planning as staff development, 2) overcome the challenge of engagement, 3) and keep it simple, and stay realistic, don't let perfection stop progress.  The session also provided a state in action example from Regina Bryde, Division of Family Health Title V Coordinator for the New York State Department of Health.

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MCH Navigator

The MCH Navigator, funded by MCHB at Georgetown University, is a learning portal that provides access to state and local MCH professionals for free, providing competency-based online trainings to meet professional development needs and ensure that the Title V workforce has the knowledge and skills to address the needs of the MCH Community. On this webinar, John Richards, Research Director  and Keisha Watson Bah, Training Director for the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University provided an overview of new and familiar features of the new Navigator website, and explained how professionals can access learning opportunities directly through the site and how departments and organizations can use the Navigator to encourage and track staff development.

Webinar Archive

Building and Retaining a Resilient MCH Workforce for Tomorrow

Several forces, such as full implementation of the Affordable Care Act and enduring budget cuts, deficits and hiring freezes, are having a huge impact on the knowledge and skills needed for a competent public health workforce. To continue to effectively meet the needs of children, families and communities they serve, building and retaining a resilient MCH workforce has become especially critically important for state Title V programs. In order to support states' efforts to maintain a talented workforce, AMCHP hosted the Building and Retaining a Resilient MCH Workforce for Tomorrow webinar, featuring stories from two states, Michael Warren, MD, MPH, FAAP, Director of Maternal and Child Health for the Tennessee Department of Health and Meredith Pyle, Systems Development Chief in Maryland's Office for Genetics and People with Special Health Care Needs, highlighting their successes in building a resilient workforce. The webinar also featured a brief overview from Mark Law, PhD, Director of Operations for CityMatCH, of two concepts, Positive Psychology and Emotional Intelligence, that have demonstrated effectiveness in building a resilient workforce.

After viewing this webinar, you will be able to: 

  • Identify the challenges and barriers states may face in building and retaining talented staff;
  • Understand the importance of building and retaining a talented staff; and
  • Identify strategies to building a "resilient" workforce.

Webinar Archive

“Evidence-based” Public Health Resources!

National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools
The Centre’s online learning resources were developed to support the process of evidence-informed public health.  Each module relates to at least one step in the process (Define, Search, Appraise, Synthesize, Adapt, Implementation, and Evaluate).

Available Modules Include:

  • Quantitative Research Designs 101:  Addressing  Practice-Based Issues in Public Health 
  • Introduction to Evidence-Informed Decision Making 
  • Searching for Research Evidence in Public Health 
  • Critical Appraisal of System Reviews
  • Critical Appraisal of Intervention Studies

Please click here to access modules.  (Note:  To access the full length modules you will have to complete a free registration.)

Leading in Changing Times Series

In working to improve the lives of women, children and families, leadership is an essential role in maternal and child health (MCH) programs.  It is leaders who have a vision, take initiative, influence people, solve problems, take responsibility – who make things happen.  And, whether or not they have a formal title, everyone is engaged in the process of leadership.  Likewise, everyone can develop their leadership effectiveness. 

AMCHP’s efforts to strengthen the capacity of the MCH community to engage in the leadership process recognize that leadership development is a process, not an event.  The Leading in Changing Times Series is an initiative launched by AMCHP as part of our larger efforts to support a diverse, effective and competent workforce in state and territorial MCH programs. The Leading in Changing Times Series is a year-long, three-part series of webinars blending principles of key leadership theory with real-world stories from senior-level MCH leaders. These 45 minutes leadership “conversations” are designed to share leadership ideas and inspiration. 

Target Audience
In a rapidly changing environment, full of shifting workforce demographics (diverse workforce, multi-generation workforce, retirements), budget cuts, hiring freezes, MCH programs need to spread leadership broad and deep.  The target audience for this series is both aspiring MCH leaders and those who currently hold leadership positions in MCH programs.

Part 1

The first conversation of this series was held on Wednesday, September 18th at 3:15 pm ET titled Great Leaders are Great Decision-Makers: The Importance of Decisiveness.  Karen Trierweiler, Director, Programs and Services, Prevention Services for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment provided an overview of the key concept, leadership and decision-making, followed by her personal experience in establishing priorities to commit to a course of action in her state.   
After viewing this event, participants will be able to:

  • Explore the elements of decision making in public health leadership theory.
  • Understand the benefits of having a defined approach to prioritizing among many concerns 
    and issues. 
  • Learn concrete strategies and examples that they can use to prioritize maternal and child
          health efforts in their state.   

Part 1 Materials 

Part 2

The second conversation of this series was held on Wednesday, January 15th at 1:30 pm ET titled, Leading Change:  The Challenge of Change.  Valerie Ricker, Assistant Director for the Population Health Division at the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has over 30 years of MCH experience and currently serves on AMCHP’s board as the Secretary.  Ms. Ricker provided an overview of the key concept, leadership and change, followed by her personal experience in combining MCH with other programs into one department, as Maine has undergone a lot of change in recent years. 

After viewing this event, participants will be able to:

  • Learn six characteristics of effective change.
  • Understand the difference between managing and leading change.
  • Identify opportunities to support or lead change within their organization. 
  • Identify opportunities to practice strategies shared in the webinar.

Part 2 Materials 


Part 3

Part 3 of this series titled, Leaders with a Vision: The ability to see beyond the present, Stephanie Wrightsman-Birch, Section Chief of Women’s, Children’s and Family Health as well as the Title V  for Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services has over 30 years of MCH experience and currently serves on AMCHP’s board as the Past President.  Ms. Wrightsman-Birch provided an overview of the key concept, leadership and vision, followed by her personal experience in re-building the MCH program after it was disbanded in a reorganization of her Department. 

After viewing this event, participants will be able to:

  • Describe three skills of strategic leadership.
  • Identify opportunities to create a shared vision within their organization. 
  • Identify opportunities to practice strategies shared in the webinar


AMCHP + CDC Skills-building Suite: Evidence-based Programs: Moving along the Continuum from Selection to Sustainability.
Recent years have brought an increased focus on the value and necessity of investing in programs that demonstrate evidence of producing desired outcomes. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), for example, authorized funds that enabled many Title V programs to implement evidence-based programs related to key maternal and child health (MCH) issues such as home visiting and teen pregnancy. Yet, translating research to action, “taking what works and using it”, remains a common challenge for MCH programs. To provide on-going support for “taking what works and applying it”, AMCHP, in partnership with Community Guide staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is thrilled to announce the AMCHP-CDC Skill-building Suite: Evidence-based Programs: Moving along the Continuum from Selection to Sustainability. This three-part virtual workshop was designed to increase state MCH program capacity to better understand evidence-based programs, dialogue about opportunities and challenges in implementing evidence-based programs, understand complexity in fidelity and adaptation, and consider evaluation and sustainability of evidence-based programs.  
By the end of viewing the Skill-building Suite you will be able to:

  • Compare evidence-based strategies and interventions to program’s needs. 
  • Identify extent of adaptation needed for selected intervention. 
  • Suggest evaluation methods or sustainability criteria for the intervention.

Staff from MCH programs considering or currently implementing evidence-based programs.  This is a great opportunity for teams working on implementing a program to gather, learn and plan together.  

The following two tasks should be completed prior to viewing the first webinar:

1) Complete the Organizational Readiness Checklist – this is a tool that can help you assess your capacity, or ability to build capacity, to adopt and implement an evidence-based program or policy.

Organizational Readiness Checklist 

2) Have information, related to your own “community” (or agency, etc.)  and identified health priority areas (what are you interested in or currently working on? home visiting, obesity prevention, etc.,) - available while viewing the webinar for the following items:

  • Priority health topic(s)
  • Outcomes desired 
  • Intended population (e.g., age, gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status)
  • Setting(s) for an intervention (e.g., community, school, worksite, healthcare organizations)
  • Resources needed to use an intervention (e.g., cost, staff, expertise, facilities)
  • Capacity of their organization to deliver an intervention
  • Evaluation tools

Skills-building Suite 1 Materials

The following tasks to be completed before Suite 2

  • Scavenger Hunt Handout
    • Explore The Community Guide website and answer questions specific to the Task Force-
       recommended strategy, Behavioral and Social Approaches to Increase Physical Activity:
       Individually-Adapted Health Behavior Change Programs. 
    •  Scavenger Hunt Handout
  •  Use the RTIPs and Center TRT websites to
    • Select one program intervention from each that is aligned with the Task Force-recommended strategy, 
      Behavioral and Social Approaches to Increase Physical Activity: Individually-Adapted Health Behavior Change Programs.
    • Answer questions for each program intervention you selected.
    • Intervention Comparison Worksheet 

Skills-building Suite 2 Materials

The following tasks to be completed before Suite 3


Skills-building Suite 3 Materials