MCH Essentials Series

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Why a Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Essentials Series?

AMCHP strives to foster the development of a skilled, flexible, diverse, and equitable workforce that meets the current and anticipated needs of women, children, youth, and families. Opportunities to build skills, increase knowledge and enhance leadership capabilities need to be accessible to and meet the needs of the MCH workforce.

As multiple priorities compete for your attention, the MCH Essentials Series is an oasis of key MCH content that can be accessed quickly and asynchronously.

What is the MCH Essentials Series?

The MCH Essentials Series is a continuously refreshed collection of MCH topics, accessible anytime and from anywhere, covering content that is foundational for effective and equitable leadership across roles and settings. Topics range from MCH history to racial equity to youth empowerment.

Who is the intended audience?

The MCH Essentials Series is for current and aspiring MCH professionals from all disciplines (including youth and families) and levels of leadership. Content is designed to meet a wide range of knowledge and skill development needs.

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Each topic presents content via narrated and interactive slide presentations, or AMCHP webinars that have been trimmed or otherwise adapted to support adult learning. Topics cover between 20 to 70 minutes of content and include additional resources.

Essentials Series Topic Menu

The tiles below identify each of the currently available topic areas, along with essential questions that each seeks to help MCH professionals answer. Use the left and right arrow buttons below to scroll between topics.

Understanding MCH History and Systems
What is Title V and how does it work?

How can leaders effect systems change? tab
Racism as Root Cause of Birth Disparities
How does structural violence impact birth outcomes?

How can we move upstream to advance racial equity? tab
Racially Just and Equitable Leadership
What levers can MCH leaders use to conspire for racial justice? tab
Cultural Competency
How does cultural competency relate to MCH leadership? tab
Youth Empowerment
How can MCH professionals best support youth leadership? tab
Life Course Perspective
What does it mean to embed a multidisciplinary approach to health across the lifespan? tab
Climate Justice
What does climate change demand of our workforce in terms of skills and action? tab
Evidence and Equity
What is community-defined evidence and how can MCH champion it? tab
Using Data to Inform MCH Programs
How can we leverage diverse data sources to set and advance priorities? tab
Return on Investment in MCH
What is return on investment and why is it important for MCH programs? tab

If you have questions or comments about the MCH Essentials Series, contact

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.