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Grant Status: Completed

Grant Title: CityLeaders: Building Capacity Among Maternal and Child Health Leaders

Web Site: University of Nebraska Project Exit Disclaimer

Project Director(s):

Patrick Simpson, MPH
University of Nebraska
982170 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE  68198-2170
Phone: (402) 561-7500
FAX: (402) 561-7525
Email: psimpso1@unmc.edu


The urban maternal and child health workforce faces a myriad of health issues that they must address. As such, this group of health professionals needs training in disciplinespecific knowledge, cultural competence and leadership. Additionally, the workforce should be culturally, racially and ethnically diverse to mirror the populations they serve.

Goals and Objectives:

Goal 1: Develop the leadership skills of all CityMatCH Members and conference participants by offering continuing education opportunities in the field of urban maternal and child health leadership. Objective 1.1: By September 2010, and each year thereafter, CityMatCH will offer at least two (2) MCH leadership sessions at the 2010 CityMatCH Urban Maternal and Child Health Leadership Conference for all participants to attend. Objective 1.3: By May 2011, and each year thereafter, CityMatCH will provide up to five (5) continuing education opportunities following the Annual CityMatCH conference for all CityMatCH Members and conference participants to understand and implement the MCH Leadership Competencies (v3.0) into their daily work. Goal 2: Implement the CityLeaders leadership training curriculum -- a 6-month continuing education program focused on urban maternal and child health leadership. Objective 2.2: By October 2010, and each year thereafter, CityMatCH will offer a Leadership Track for all selected CityLeaders at the CityMatCH Urban Maternal and Child Health Leadership Conference. Objective 2.3: By April 2010, and each year thereafter, CityMatCH will host additional education and training opportunities for participants in the CityLeaders program.


1.The CityMatCH website hosts a webpage for the completion of applications for the annual "CityLeaders" cohort. All CityMatCH conference registrants and member health departments receive information regarding CityLeaders program activities and application process. All interested "emerging" or "mid-level" leaders are encouraged to complete the CityLeaders application. Up to fifteen applicants will be accepted to the annual cohort. Interested "senior" urban MCH leaders are directed to a separate webpage where they can complete a Mentor Commitment Packet to become a Mentor to the CityLeaders cohort. Up to fifteen applicants will be accepted. Recruitment and selection of both the cohort of CityLeaders and the group of Mentors, will target emerging and mid-level urban MCH leaders who are culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse, as well as represent a variety of geographical and professional backgrounds, in order to assure diversity. 2.CityMatCH will include a Leadership Track at the Annual Conference specifically designed for the CityLeaders cohort. This track will consist of the following: 1) two onsite meeting opportunities for the entire CityLeaders cohort at the annual conference, 2) two pre-determined conference sessions involving urban MCH leadership and focusing on MCH Training Program Goals and MCHB Strategic Priorities, 3) attendance and recognition at the Magda Peck Leadership Symposium and 4) at least two "choose-yourown" sessions where each CityLeader can develop their own discipline-specific MCH knowledge base. 3.CityMatCH will engage nationally recognized speakers for at least two skills-building sessions, and one Leadership Symposium to address MCH-specific leadership needs at the 2010 CityMatCH Conference in Chicago, Illinois. These sessions will provide continuing education opportunities for MCH leaders at all levels (including the CityLeaders cohort) and will focus on MCH Training Program and HRSA/MCHB Priority areas including diversity of health professionals, leadership, and research to practice. 4. CityMatCH will host up to three additional training opportunities for the cohort following the Annual Conference -- planned for months 2, 3, and 5 of the project. These training opportunities will utilize adult learning practices and technology such as teleconferences, web-based conferences, and an on-line learning and networking system. These training opportunities will focus on the identified skills and training priorities of the cohort based on the MCH Leadership Competencies v3.0. 5.CityMatCH will provide our membership with access to skills-building opportunities around the MCH Leadership Competencies (v3.0) following the conference, by utilizing the following methods: publishing articles in CityLights (CityMatCH's quarterly newsletter), providing access to Just-in-Time training modules on leadership and management from the MCH-Public Health Leadership Institute, and submitting presentations to other national conferences (i.e. AMCHP, NACCHO, National Healthy Start, etc.)


CityMatCH will carry-out the scope of work proposed. Major collaborators for this project include the CityMatCH Education and Training Action Group, the Health Equity and Social Justice Action Group, and the Conference Planning Committee. These groups of partners and representatives from CityMatCH member health departments provide oversight and recommendations for the organizations programmatic activities. Additional collaboration and guidance will be provided by the University of Illinois Chicago MCH Training Program, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, MCH-Public Health Leadership Institute, and the Great Plains Public Health Leadership Institute.


The CityMatCH evaluation plan will be used to specifically identify and correct issues related to both the teaching methods and quality of the leadership curriculum. Grant objectives and activities of CityMatCH staff will be tracked and reported. Additionally, CityMatCH will measure the impact of the project through changes in attitude and skill level of those CityLeaders who participated. Three main tools will be used for


1) the conference evaluation, and 2) survey tools have been developed via Zoomerang (an online survey system) based on the leadership activities developed for the conference and the specific activities of the CityLeaders program.

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