Monthly archives: January, 2013

Want to Know More About MCH?

The students in the University of Washington Maternal and Child Health
(MCH) Program and in other MCH schools of public health training
programs nationwide created a visual narrative of the public health work
and research they are doing in their communities. The presentation was done with the help of Charlotte Noble and the University of South Florida MCH Program.

You can view the presentation here.  If you are interested in engaging in work that improves the health and well-being of women, men, children, and families then you will enjoy this presentation – it may even give you ideas about how you can make a difference!

The stories help illustrate how MCH makes a difference in the lives of
women and children.

UIC Management Skills Series: March 2013-Feburary 2014

Program Description:
Management Skills Series is a professional development initiative designed to strengthen the participant’s basic and intermediate level management skills. The curriculum encompasses 12 topics offered on a monthly basis for three hours in person at the UIC School of Public Health.  Sessions can be taken on a stand-alone basis or as a certificate program.

Sessions will be offered in a workshop format and include an information-packed overview of the workshop topic as well as participatory learning activities such as case studies, role-playing, and group discussion. Participants will have the opportunity to build their knowledge base on management practices, policies and principles, sharpen comprehension of complex topics, and practice ways to apply new knowledge as a manager in a public health setting.


Foundations of Managing an Organization
03/15/2013    Introduction to Management Principles
04/19/2013    Vision, Mission, and Strategic Planning
05/17/2013    Building an Effective Board of Directors/Advisory Board

Increasing Your Management Effectiveness
06/21/2013    Understanding Communication Styles
07/19/2013    Building and Motivating Teams
08/16/2013    Conflict Resolution
09/20/2013    Overcoming Burnout

Managing Operations      
10/18/2013    Planning and Managing a Sustainable Budget
11/15/2013    Project Management
12/13/2013    Continuous Quality Improvement

Managing the 21st Century Organization  
01/17/2014    Increasing Impact through Collaboration and Partnerships
02/21/2014    Using Social Media for Marketing and Advocacy

** All the sessions are from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm**

$450 for all 12
$50 for each session

Click here for session descriptions and to register (Note: There are three tabs at the top of the page to choose from, click on the tab to view the information you would like to see)

Scholarship Eligibility—MCHP Alumni:
Scholarships will cover the cost of all 12 sessions. We will be giving out 2 scholarships to MCH/MCHP EPI alumni. In order to qualify for the scholarships you must be an alumna of the Maternal and Child Health Program or the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Program.  Ideal candidates would have 2-4 years of work experience and be able to attend all 12 workshops.

Application Requirements:
Please submit your resume and a short statement describing your interest in the program.

Please address the following questions:
1) Why do you want to participate in this program?  2) What goal(s) are you hoping to achieve through this program?

Please email your resume and your statement to Jaime Klaus, MA, at by February 18, 2013.  You will be notified if you received the scholarship by February 20, 2013.

Thank you for the interest in the program!

Please note: Continuing education units (CEU’s) are not available for this program Participants will receive a certificate of completion if they sign up for all 12 courses. However, he/she is absent for more than 3 workshops out of the 12 he/she will not receive the certificate.



Sponsored by:  MidAmerica Public Health Training Center, Great Cities Institute at UIC, and Maternal and Child Health Program.



Conference Opportunity for Current and Former MCH Trainees

Have you received training from the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau?  If so please read below.  This is a really great conference and opportunity.  It will take place in Chicago.


Dear current and former MCHB trainees,

We would like you to participate in a unique opportunity to build leadership skills and meet other MCHB current and former trainees. We hope you will consider joining us at this exciting event!  Applications are due January 25, 2013.

April 4-5, 2013, the University of Wisconsin Pediatric Pulmonary Center (PPC) and the Wisconsin Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) along with the University of Alabama at Birmingham PPC will be co-hosting an interdisciplinary leadership meeting entitled “Making Lifelong Connections: Leadership, Networking and Career Development for MCHB Trainees”.  This meeting provides a forum for current and former MCH trainees to work together to enhance their leadership skills, network, and develop professional connections.

The meeting will begin mid-day on Thursday and will conclude with a wrap up reception on Friday.  Given the nature of the meeting, participants will need to commit to the entire program and the two nights of lodging.

Lodging on Thursday and Friday as well as food (snacks and dinner on Thursday, and breakfast, lunch and an appetizer reception on Friday) will be provided.

Meeting attendees are responsible for working with their program to cover transportation and any other costs. The discounted hotel room rate ($149.00) will be extended three days before and after the meeting, should participants wish to stay longer at their own expense. For those who are accepted, there will be a registration fee of $25.00, to cover the cost of conference materials.

Topics for abstracts or presentations can include current or past projects related to MCH which fall into the following categories:  Research, Professional Development, Program/Policy Development or a Case Study.  The planning committee will review and select participants to invite.  The application packets include the abstract review form that will be used for evaluation and selection.


Please make sure that you have included and/or completed the following:

•       2013 MLC Application Questions

o       A brief statement of why you would like to attend the meeting based on the MCH Leadership Competencies.

o       A single page, double spaced 12 font abstract

•       The release form which allows your abstract and photo to be used in printed conference materials or electronic media.

•       A photo that can be included in the conference materials.  Photos cannot be professional photos unless you have obtained a release from the photographer.

All applications are due by noon CST on Friday January 25, 2013.


Only complete applications will be considered for review.


Here is the link to the application:


The application process is competitive and space is limited.  Preference will be given to first time attendees.  We will strive to have diverse representation from the various programs across the country.  Accepted registrants will be notified on February 15, 2013.


If you have any questions, please feel free to email:

•       Mary Marcus

•       Craig Becker


We look forward to welcoming you in Chicago at the third annual Making Life Long Connections meeting!  Like us on Facebook:  Making Lifelong Connections for MCH Trainees.




The Making Lifelong Connections planning committee


Mary Marcus, MS, RD, CSP, CD

Co-Director and Nutrition Faculty

University of Wisconsin Pediatric Pulmonary Center

K4/938 600 Highland Avenue

Madison, WI 53792

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