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Grant Title: Reaching Practicing MCH Professionals in Underserved Areas through a Leadership Training and Development Program

Web Site: University of Washington Project Exit Disclaimer

Project Director(s):

Betty Bekemeier, PhD, MPH, MSN, RN
Project Director
University of Washington
4333 Brooklyn Avenue NE
Box 359472
Seattle, WA  98195
Phone: 206.685.1130


In order to develop integrated systems that optimize health across the life course and eliminate health disparities across populations, maternal child health (MCH) leaders need to develop practical population health leadership competencies. By focusing on improving the overall health of underserved and isolated populations, developing the leadership skills of the MCH workforce serving these communities through cutting edge science and innovation are important components in improving health outcomes and controlling costs. NWCPHP proposes to develop leadership training to reach practicing MCH professionals in underserved areas through a Leadership Training and Development Program.

Goals and Objectives:

Goal 1: Develop distance learning tools accessible to MCH leaders and staff in the six-state region. Objectives: 1. Conduct an in-depth focused population health development and training needs assessment; 2. Create short online learning modules (30-45 minutes) addressing the skills and knowledge gaps identified in the assessment; 3. Host one-hour webinars focusing on MCH population related cutting edge science, innovation and best practices. Goal 2: Provide an intensive leadership development institute and mentoring component geared specifically for the MCH audience for MCH leader/staff participants. Objectives: 1. Enroll participants in MCH Population Health Leadership Institute sessions conducted by NWCPHP; 2. Mentor participants on a MCH project they pursue at their home agency; 3. Offer personal leadership development plans for each of the participants. Goal 3: Convene MCH expert advisory committee to pursue academic credit. Objective 1: Convene an advisory committee with MCH expertise to develop a comprehensive and integrated set of recommendations for designing and implementing MCH Population Health Leadership Institute curriculum with potential for academic credit toward a Master's degree in public health.


We will conduct a competency-based training needs assessment via a webbased survey and conduct key informant interviews of regional MCH workforce. An advisory committee of population health management and Life Course framework subject matter experts will review the assessment findings and develop 30-minute interactive online modules, case studies to be used in NWCPHP MCH Leadership Institute (MCH LI) problem based learning (PBL) curriculum, and webinars illustrating MCH population health management successes and best practices. The MCH LI will have 6 months of face-to-face and distance learning activities. The MCH advisory committee will develop recommendations for implementing an academic credit component to the annual MCH Leadership Institute.

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