Category: MCH Leadership Competencies 3.0: Other: Developing Others

Practicum Experience 2014: Chicago Department of Public Health

IMG_7584 (4)So far, our time at the Women and Children’s Health Division at the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been very translational to what we learned in our first year at the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health (UIC SPH).  We are conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment for the MCH population in Chicago under the guidance of CDPH Assistant Commissioner, Susan Hossli. To start, we gathered quantitative data in the form of vital statistics; this included infant mortality rates, low birth weight percentages, preterm deliveries, and teenage pregnancy rates for Chicago and the 77 community areas. We used the data to identify 18 community areas that have the poorest outcomes and we designated them as “Hot Spots.” These community areas are located on both the South and West Sides of Chicago.

After we compiled quantitative data for Chicago and the Hot Spots, we created a demographic picture of each neighborhood, which included socioeconomic status, overall health, education attainment, insurance, income, housing, poverty, crime, food access, and educational resources. These topics touched on what we learned in the Determinants of Population Health class, a new introductory class in the pilot core (IPHS 494). We learned that health is not only affected by biological factors, but also where you live, learn, play, work, pray, and age. It is also pivotal to understand that factors affecting health run the entire life course, as well as transcend generations.

Following the quantitative data, we prepared a systems analysis for each community area. The systems assessment analyzes the available resources in one’s neighborhood; this includes, but is not limited to Healthy Start programs, FQHCs, Healthy Families, Better Birth Outcomes, family case management, hospitals, clinics, birthing hospitals, WIC, family planning, behavioral health programs, and dental programs. This process was very informative because we gained a holistic view of the healthcare environment in the Hot Spot community areas.

We took Community Health Assessment (CHSC 431) in Spring 2014, and it was the perfect primer for this practicum. The knowledge, skills and tools we gained in that class proved essential for our success in this practicum. In CHSC 431, we learned the basics of a community health assessment: what it is, how the process works, where to find the appropriate and credible data, how to identify priority issues, how to obtain and analyze qualitative data, and then how to disseminate the information to community groups and key stakeholders. Another useful class prior to this practicum was MCH Delivery Systems: Services, Programs, and Policies (CHSC 511). In this course, we were introduced to the concept of what a health care delivery system is. We learned about the service delivery system for women, infants, children, and children with special health care needs. Our cumulative project over the semester was to synthesize and analyze the MCH delivery system for various states.

For a holistic view on the health status of Women and Children in Chicago, it is necessary to have a mixed-methods approach for data acquisition. Quantitative data is important to provide a snapshot of the health status, but qualitative data provides a full narrative of the gaps in access to a healthy life. We are currently scheduling focus groups on the West and South Sides of Chicago with consumers, service providers, and community based organizations. The focus groups will complete the needs assessment, and then a Strategic Plan for the City of Chicago will be formulated based on the data and gaps in services found in the needs assessment.

This practicum has been a learning opportunity since we have seen our coursework play out in a practical setting. It is exciting to see our work with the needs assessment play such a large role for the Department of Public Health. This project was undertaken with the hopes of influencing future programming and decision making within the city for healthy mothers and babies.

By Joanna Tess and Dan Weiss, UIC MCHP Students

 


Authentic Leadership: A Coach-Approach to Inspired Public Health Leadership (Should I Apply)?

Authentic Leadership may be for you if you say YES to any or all of the following:

  1. I work in some capacity to improve public health/maternal and child health.
  2. I want to forge my own path to leadership.
  3. I want a new role/responsibility/job/career in public health.
  4. I want to increase my level of satisfaction/engagement at work.
  5. I want to be in a program that invites me to co-design my learning and growth areas.
  6. I want to explore what makes me a leader.
  7. I want to self-identify as a leader.
  8. I want to feel alive, satisfied, and passion-filled about my professional and personal decisions.
  9. I want time and space to self-reflect.
  10. I appreciate (or want to appreciate) the value of self-awareness related to leadership.
  11. I have a leadership style that is different from everyone else’s style.
  12. Nobody understands me.
  13. I want to learn how to say yes to things that are most important to me and no to those things that are not currently a priority.
  14. I want someone else to help hold me accountable for what I say I want.
  15. I am tired of doing things in public health the same old way.
  16. I want to feel confident and secure in who I am.
  17. I want to focus on building my leadership strengths.
  18. I want a smooth transition into retirement.
  19. I want to shake things up in my life/work.
  20. I want to have greater impact in my work or life.
  21. I want more confidence.
  22. I want to feel the fire in my belly.
  23. I want to trust myself (more).
  24. I want my own certified professional coach.
  25. I want to have fun while I learn.
  26. I want to be in a program that doesn’t feel like more work added to my current, crazy workload.
  27. I am tired, burned out, overwhelmed.
  28. I am frustrated with the status quo.
  29. I can’t remember why I got into public health.
  30. I have a brilliant idea that I want to develop.
  31. I am innovative, passionate, creative and believe there are new ways to improve public health.
  1. I have been unsuccessfully looking outside myself for the answers to my questions.
  2. I want to create meaningful connections to others exploring leadership in the MCH field.

Authentic Leadership: A Coach-Approach to Inspired Public Health Leadership (Outcomes)

If you decide to enroll in Authentic Leadership, ou can expect to:

1)      Identify a set of authentic, individualized, values based personal/professional goals that support your leadership development and the impact you want to make in public health.

2)      Assess your current level of satisfaction with your personal and professional life.

3)      Improve your level of satisfaction in a minimum two life areas.

4)      Identify your leadership strengths and develop a plan to practice leading from strengths.

5)      Improve your emotionally intelligent leadership competencies related to the awareness and management of your emotions and those of others.

6)      Identify your personal and professional values through a values clarification process.

7)      Connect and develop lasting, creative, innovative, open relationships and community with diverse MCH colleagues from across the US.

8)      Develop a Leadership Philosophy and/or I Am A Leader Who…Statement/Youtube video that expresses your unique leadership philosophy.

9)      Create a Leadership Development Plan that you can sustain and that you feel personally accountable to over the 6-12 months following program conclusion.

10)  Identify yourself as an MCH leader regardless of your role and/position.

11)  Take on a new MCH role or position (if desired) or feel engaged and satisfied with your current work.

 

Above and beyond these outcomes, the experiences you take from this program will change you, or help you to become more of your true self, and you will remember and apply the learnings in new ways and for a long time.  Program participants who took our program as early as 2010 are still talking about how the program changed their lives.

 

 


Authentic Leadership: A Coach-Approach to Inspired Public Health Leadership

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Authentic Leadership is a 6-month distance based program that takes place over the phone and through an online discussion board.   It builds emotional intelligence and develops authentic leadership capacity by focusing on strengths, values-based decision-making and goal-setting, authenticity, vulnerability, courage/risk-taking, and self-care/happiness as they relate to leadership.  What is unique, special, and strong about you?  How do we support you to develop and express your unique leadership style so that you can bring yourself and your passion into your work?  Using this framework, leadership is a very personal and life-long journey and may include aspects of any number of a wide range of leadership theories.

Authentic Leadership is a tried and true, sustainable leadership development program designed for maternal and child health and public health professionals at all stages of career and life development.  The program was first delivered by the UIC MCH Program in January 2010.  The program focuses on whole life leadership.  Depending on individual participant needs, each individual helps to design the program to create an ideal environment for personalized leadership development.  The program includes monthly full group calls; monthly, individual coaching sessions with a professional leadership coach; triad calls, and much more.   Group learning is applied at the individual level therefore participants may include a range of experience levels.  In the past, participants have included students, emerging leaders, mid- and senior-level professionals, and professionals transitioning into retirement.    Interested individuals complete a short application and submit a 1-2 page Letter of Interest.  The program begins twice yearly in January and July. 

 

PROGRAM LOGISTICS

Program Leaders

Kris Risley, DrPH, CPCC, kris@krisrisley.com, 312.996.2875

Hanna Cooper, MPH, CPCC, hncooper@earthlink.net

Teri, Conrad, MBA, CPCC, thewinnerwithin@comcast.net

Anne Kellogg Reed, CPCC, anne@bicyclelifecoaching.com

Application Deadline: Monday, November 12, 2012.  All materials including the Interest Form and answers to application questions should be mailed to the attention of Kris Risley, MCH Program, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1603 W. Taylor Street (MC 923), Chicago, IL 60612; faxed to: 312.996.3551, or emailed to kris@krisrisley.com.  If you have questions please contact Kris at kris@krisrisley.com or 312.996.2875.

Notification of Program Acceptance:  Wednesday, November 28, 2012

 

Program Start Date:  Friday, January 11, 2013

Program End DateFriday, June 28, 2013

 

Program Fee:  The program fee is $2400/person and is due to the MCH Program prior to the start of the program.  Checks can be made payable to the University of Illinois and mailed to Kris Risley, MCH Program, School of Public Health, 1603 W. Taylor Street, Chicago, IL 60612

 

Time Commitment:  On average, a person will spend between 3-7 hours/month working on this program.  However, this is not ‘work’ that is designed to add stress to an already overburdened workload.  The work of this program is different.  It is about you.  It is designed to support your work efforts so that you feel more leader-like, satisfied, engaged, content, hopeful, inspired, rejuvenated, alive, and certain of your ability to improve public health.


Registration Open – July 2012 MCH Leadership and Legacy Retreat

July 22-24, 2012

Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook, IL

 Leading in Challenging Times: Innovations & Inspiration

Please consider joining us this summer for the 5th annual UIC MCH Leadership, Legacy, and Community Retreat.  This year’s retreat is exciting! Our focus is on Leading in Challenging Times; however, we will not talk about this concept in ways that you may expect. We will begin with sharing personal stories of our journey and work with women, men, children, and families. Dr. Michael Fraser, CEO of the Association for Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) will lead us in this process. We will continue to connect with one another through a building common ground exercise followed by a thought-provoking discussion about what motivates us!

During the rest of the Retreat, we will explore and practice various leadership concepts including challenging the assumption that these are indeed challenging times. Change is ubiquitous. Everything is always changing and today these changes are happening at an increasingly rapid pace across all aspects of our lives: the economy, the environment, technology, public health, medicine, music, leadership, etc. As we continue to move forward in ever-changing times, what do we know and do in this day and age to support ourselves, each other, the environment, the economy, and the work to which we have devoted our lives?

We will explore a process that will turn our thoughts about leadership upside down. This will be followed with work about managing change as change is a primary leadership challenge we all face. Finally, we will conclude the program with work on the core act of leadership which involves changing the typical conversations in which we engage so that we can ultimately experience the positive outcomes for women, men, children, and families that we all desire!

The leadership training will be facilitated by Dr. Stephen Bogdewic, PhD, Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Professional Development at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Many of us have had the honor of working with, learning from, and being inspired by Dr. Bogdewic. He is an innovative, thought leader. He is connected with the human spirit and our core desires to make an impact. He has taken what he teaches and implemented it in practice to help change the face of the Indiana University School of Medicine.  Click on the following link to view the agenda.

*Please note the event starts on Sunday

 

Registration

Professionals: $325 (early registration ends on 07/06/2012) or $425 (late registration)

Students: $150

Click on the following link to register.

 

For more information visit our website.



UIC MCHP Retreat Keynote Speaker: Dr. Stephen Bogdewic

This year at the UIC MCH Retreat the leadership training will be facilitated by Dr. Stephen Bogdewic, the Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Professional Development at the Indiana University School of Medicine.  He is an innovative, thought leader. He is connected with the human spirit and our core desires to make an impact. He has taken what he teaches and implemented it in practice to help change the face of the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Learn more about Dr. Bogdewic by reading a couple articles that he wrote or listening to his radio show Sound Medicine.

 

 


Coaching in the Federal government.

Hi All.

Here is a link to a nice article about the use of coaching in the federal government.


Language Tips

Hi all! I was recently introduced to this blog on Language Tips.

The blog includes Weekly Language Usage Tips on grammar, spelling, usage, and other issues relevant to formal writing.  This is a great resource for all of us students and professionals who do any formal writing – papers, reports, IRB applications, grant applications, manuscripts, etc.  If interested, you can sign up to receive their weekly emails or you can link to it as often as you like from our blog roll!


July 2011 Coaching and Leadership Development Program

Leadership Development and Coaching For MCH Professionals

A Program for Interdisciplinary, Intergenerational MCH Professionals

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Maternal and Child Health Program (MCHP) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) provides easily accessible, engaging, and efficient leadership development opportunities for MCH professionals.  In the broad field of MCH, there are many and varied opportunities to develop leadership capacity related to a specific skill-set and/or knowledge base; however, there are limited opportunities to engage in personal leadership development opportunities that support individuals in exploring their goals and vision for MCH, developing emotional intelligence, and exploring work/life balance and overall life satisfaction.  In response, the UIC MCHP offers a 6-month, distance-based professional leadership development and coaching program for MCH professionals across the United States.

The program includes monthly group leadership development phone calls and monthly, individual coaching sessions with a professional leadership coach.  All work takes place by phone. The target audience includes intergenerational, interdisciplinary MCH professionals who work in a Title V-funded program or an MCHB-funded training program (LEND, LEAH, PPC, SPH, Nutrition, etc.) and other professionals in the public and not-for-profit sectors who are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of women, children, and families.  Because learning is applied at the individual level, participants may include senior level leaders, mid-level managers, emerging leaders, and young professionals.  Interested individuals complete a short application and submit a 1-2 page Letter of Interest.  The program begins twice each year in January and July.  The application due date for the July 2011 program is Monday, May 16, 2011.

Participants in this program:

  • Identify leadership strengths and action steps to support the enhancement of these strengths.
  • Identify leadership gaps and steps to address noted gaps.
  • Develop a set of personal/professional values to guide decision-making.
  • Engage in self-reflection exercises to enhance personal leadership and explore opportunities to improve their skill set, work satisfaction, and level of work engagement.
  • Identify sources of personal reward and rejuvenation to sustain productivity and MCH commitment.
  • Explore their passion for MCH and engage in work that has the impact they desire.
  • Create a leadership development action plan to support their ongoing leadership development and commitment to the field of MCH.
  • Support your current life situation and not add additional work.

The program and professional coaching is delivered by UIC MCHP Continuing Education Director, Kris Risley, DrPH, CPCC and a group of certified professional coaches trained through the Coaches Training Institute (CTI).  The program cost is $1800/person.

If you are a senior level leader with a desire to take on different responsibilities or you would like to develop and carry out a new vision; you are a young professional or emerging leader exploring your career path; you are burned out in your existing work environment; you are ready to take your work to the next level; or you simply  have more to offer, please consider this program.

For additional information,  please contact Kris Risley via email/phone kyrisley@uic.edu/312-996-2875 or Jaime Klaus at jaimkl@uic.edu/312-996-0724 or visit our website.  If you would like to apply for the program, please complete the Application and return to Jaime Klaus.


MCH Trainee and Alumni Webinar

Hi All.  We wanted to share the archive of a recent MCH Webinar with you.  If you are a current student in an MCH training program, such as the MCH Program at the UIC School of Public Health or any of the diverse MCH training programs across the country, an alumni of one of these programs, thinking about enrolling in a graduate program in MCH, or thinking about a career involved in improving the health and well-being of women, children, and families please take a listen to this webinar.  It helps to create a context for the work we do in MCH and is quite inspiring!

The Webinar provides an overview of HHS/HRSA/MCHB/ DRTE and the Training Program Portfolio.  You will learn how MCH leadership training serves as the catalyst to assure national MCH impact and MCHB Training Program priorities.  The slides and the audio are available here.

The speaker is Gwendolyn J. Adam, PhD, LMSW

Chief, Training Branch

Division of Research, Training and Education

Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Health Resources and Services Administration