Leadership Development at AMCHP
AMCHP believes that leaders can be developed by enhancing one's natural ability with learned skill development—through formal and informal learning opportunities, experience, dialogue, role modeling, feedback, mentoring, coaching, and more. For over 20 years AMCHP has had leadership development programs for Families, MCH, Title V and CYSHCN Directors.
All members of the state and territorial MCH programs are entrusted with carrying out the mission of Title V. As such, all Title V staff must exhibit leadership skills on a daily basis, from interacting with stakeholders to communicating the importance of Title V. AMCHP's new Leadership Lab program develops the entire Title V workforce. The program allows Title V staff to learn from one another across the workforce (Family Leaders, new Title V and MCH Directors, CYSHCN Directors, Next Generation MCH Leaders (age 45 or less), and state Title V Epidemiologist), as well as those with similar roles.
The Leadership Lab requires a 10-month commitment by the participants from December through September. During the program year, participants are matched with a mentor/peer and are charged with crafting an individual development plan, completing self-The program uses a three-pronged approach (shown above) that involves the following areas to drive all program activities: learning, mentoring, and peer-to-peer interaction.
- Learning includes both formal and informal learning, through such events as on-the-job experience and interaction with peers, co-workers and mentors.
- Mentoring/coaching is the transmission of knowledge, wisdom, experience, and support from a more seasoned professional to a less-seasoned professional. Each program participant (mentee) is matched with an experienced mentor through a selective application process.
- Peer-to-peer interaction is used to facilitate learning in a group setting. AMCHP uses a cohort model for its leadership development programs to support this—activities are used to support cohort camaraderie and collaborative learning and help cohort members increase professional networks.
The Leadership Lab is designed to provide representatives selected to participate in the program with the knowledge, tools and resources to enhance their development as MCH leaders to promote policies, programs, and systems at the national, state and or local-level that address important issues impacting the health and well-being of women, children, and families, including children and youth with special health care needs.
Participants in the Leadership Lab:
- Gain a greater understanding of Title V
- Increase their understanding of AMCHP
- Widen their network of leaders, parent professionals, MCH and CYSHCN professionals
- Receive mentoring from experienced MCH leaders
- Personal transformation and mastery
- Increase individual knowledge related to key topics
- Increase individual knowledge related to MCH Leadership Competencies
- Provide feedback on how to improve the Leadership Lab
- Attend the AMCHP annual conference. In addition to developing leadership skills and building their network of MCH leaders, another key benefit of being selected as a participant is attending the AMCHP annual conference. Conference attendees have conference consistently praise the value of the conference as a way to network with other MCH professionals and Title V programs and to understand more clearly how Title V/MCHB Block Grant makes a difference in the lives of children, youth, families and communities.
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 of leadership development: self, others, and the wider community.
MCH Leadership Competencies which may be addressed through Leadership Lab components:
- MCH knowledge base
- Critical thinking
- Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
- Cultural competency
- Family centered care
- Developing Others
- Working with communities and systems
- Policy and advocacy
- Interdisciplinary Team Building
For more information on the MCH Leadership Competencies, visit: http://leadership.mchtraining.net.
Leadership Lab Activities
In-person meeting. The Leadership Lab features an in-person meeting in Washington, DC at the 2016 AMCHP Annual Conference in January 2016.
Distance Learning. The program features virtual trainings on specific topics. In addition to virtual trainings, participants may be assigned program readings or monthly stretch assignments (Family Leaders program) to support learning and development.
Individual Development Plan. Development planning is an on-going, evolutionary process and the Leadership Lab Individual Development Plan (IDP) provides the structure to support participants in creating goals that positively impact and support their growth as leaders.
Mentor/Mentee Relationship. Leadership Lab participants (New Director Leaders and Family Leaders) are matched with a mentor and participate in individual virtual mentoring calls and group mentoring calls.
Peer-to-peer Support. Leadership Lab participants receive peer-to-peer support through a SharePoint site for participants only, networking on webinars, emails, and group mentee calls.