Category: MCH Leadership Competencies 3.0: Self: Critical Thinking

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.



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!

MCH Seminar-Breastfeeding and Autism

On March 14, 2011 Ruth Lucas, Illinois Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Fellow and UIC Doctoral Candidate in Nursing, presented her current research about maternal breastfeeding experiences and neonatal breastfeeding behaviors of children later diagnosed with autism.  She also talked about how the LEND fellowship has enriched her research and her understanding of autism within the Illinois public health system and national health system.

Ann Culter, MD, Director, UIC LEND Program, and Susan Kahan, Project Coordinator, UIC LEND Program, also discussed the goals and objectives of the LEND program.

The UIC LEND Program is now accepting applications for the 2011-2012 program.  Click here to access the application.

Click here for the powerpoint presentation and the audio recording of the presentation (Sorry, the audio is not the highest quality. You may have to turn up the volume).

July 2011 Coaching and Leadership Development Program

Leadership Development and Coaching For MCH Professionals

A Program for Interdisciplinary, Intergenerational MCH Professionals


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 or Jaime Klaus at or visit our website.  If you would like to apply for the program, please complete the Application and return to Jaime Klaus.

MCH Faculty Serve As Editors of New Textbook

Congratulations to all the MCHP faculty members, alumni and students who worked on the recently published textbook “Reducing Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Reproductive and Perinatal Outcomes: The Evidence from Population-Based Interventions”!

Despite the development of numerous programs, initiatives, and approaches to address the delivery of care during the preconceptional, prenatal, and postpartum periods, the major indicators of maternal and infant morbidity and mortality in the US have not uniformly shown marked improvement over the last two decades; most notably, racial/ethnic disparities in key maternal and infant health status measures have remained persistent, and in some cases, even increased.  The focus of this book is to review the evidence base for public health interventions aimed at improving reproductive and perinatal outcomes and the potential of these interventions to reduce disparities in such outcomes between racial/ethnic groups in the United States.

For more information click here.

MCHP faculty, alumni and students who contributed to this book:
MCHP Faculty: Dr. Arden Handler (editor), Dr. Joan Kennelly (editor), Dr. Nadine Peacock (editor), Dr. Noel Chavez, and Dr. Michele Issel

MCHP Alumni:  Beth Pelletteri, MPH,  Anna Wiencrot, MPH,  Jaime Slaughter, PhD, Sarah G. Forrestal, PhD, Patricia Garcia, MPH and Suzanne Carlberg-Racich

MCHP Students: Ashley Dyer and Amanda Bennett, MPH

Proposed Title V Cuts!

Hi all.  We wanted to share this information regarding proposed Title V cuts with you in case you have not heard.  Towards the end of the message, you will see possible action steps you can take.

Today House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY) released initial details of a House proposal


to revise the current continuing resolution (CR) that would fund federal government through the rest of the fiscal year.  The proposal includes a $210 million cut to the Title V Maternal & Child Health Block Grant and is expected to be voted on in the House early next week.  It is absolutely imperative that your Members of Congress hear from you today about how devastating this cut would be to the maternal and child health and children with special health care needs programs in your state.

AMCHP urges all members and friends to call your elected officials NOW with the following message:

• I am calling in strong opposition to the proposed $210 million cut to the Title V MCH Block Grant included in the revised House continuing resolution.

$210 million is a 32% cut to an effective, important, and vital program in our state.

•Cuts this deep will devastate state and local programs serving women, babies, children, and children with special health care needs in our state.

•This cut is counter-productive because health issues that we don’t prevent or detect early through this program now will ultimately cost us all more later.  For example, the average cost of a premature baby is $58,000 – it makes no sense to cut programs that work to prevent maternal and child health issues like prematurity that will save us money in the future.

•Please tell (Your Representative’s/Senator’s name) that we should not balance the budget on the backs of babies and our nation’s most vulnerable.

Members of Congress need to hear from you today. They listen to onstituents and it is imperative they know how these cuts will impact mothers and children in their jurisdictions.  Therefore, in accordance with your organization’s advocacy rules, AMCHP urges you to contact your elected officials now.  AMCHP also asks that you share this email with all MCH advocates in your state and urge them to also contact their Members of Congress.

Your efforts to reach Members of Congress will be critical to preventing deep cuts to MCH programs in FY 2011. Please share any feedback you receive with AMCHP staff about your contacts as this will be helpful as we continue our advocacy efforts  on your behalf.   For more information or to share feedback please contact Joshua Brown ( or Brent Ewig ( via email or at (202) 775-0436.

Need helping finding your Representative’s or Senator’s Phone Number?

To find your senators’ and representatives’ phone numbers, use this searchable online congressional directory or call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your senators’ and/or representative’s office.  Ask to speak with the aide who handles health

issues and leave a voice mail if you cannot reach them directly.   While the urgency of the situation requires immediate phone calls, you may want to follow-up with an email or fax to reiterate your point.  You can find email addresses and fax numbers at and   First priority is to contact members of the House of Representatives as they will vote first, and we also urge you to call your state’s two Senators to share your views with them as well.

UIC Management Skills Academy


Please note that registration is closed.

Program Description:
The Management Skills Academy 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 will 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
Introduction to Management Principles
March 24, 2011

Vision, Mission, and Strategic Planning
April 21, 2011

Building an Effective Board of Directors/Advisory Board
May 19, 2011

Increasing Your Management Effectiveness
Understanding Communication Styles
June 16, 2011

Building and Motivating Teams
July 21, 2011

Conflict Resolution
August 25, 2011

Overcoming Burnout
September 15, 2011

Managing Operations
Planning and Managing a Sustainable Budget
October 20, 2011

Project Management
November 17, 2011

Continuous Quality Improvement
December 15, 2011

Managing the 21st Century Organization
Increasing Impact through Collaboration and Partnerships
January 19, 2012

Using Social Media for Marketing and Advocacy
February 16, 2012

Click here to view a list of objectives for each workshop.

All the workshops are from 9am-12pm, except for the last session on February 16, 2012 which will be until 1pm.

$50 per session
$450 for all 12 sessions if you register on-line by March 11th
$475 for all 12 sessions if you register on-line after March 21st

Scholarships Available for MCHP Students and Alumni:
Scholarships will cover the cost of all 12 sessions.  MAPHTC will be giving out 5 scholarships, 2 awards will be given to MCH/MCHP EPI students and 3 awards will be given to MCHP alumni. In order to qualify for the scholarships you must be currently enrolled in the UIC Maternal and Child Health Program or the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Program or be an alumna of the Maternal and Child Health Program or the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Program.  Ideal candidates would have 1-3 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.  Your statement should be no more than 1-2 pages. 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 25, 2011.  You will be notified if you received the scholarship by March 2, 2011.

Please note: Continuing education units (CEU’s) are not available for this program.

Sponsored by:  MidAmerica Public Health Training Center (MAPHTC), Greater Cities Institute at UIC, and the Maternal and Child Health Program.

Professional Coaching: An Innovative and Promising Leadership Development Approach for MCH Professionals

By Kris Risley, DrPH, CPCC
Continuing Education Director, Maternal and Child Health Program, Division of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago

Hanna Cooper, MPH, CPCC, PCC
Public Health Consultant and Leadership Coach

Professional coaching, a process to maximize personal and professional development, is a relatively new but cost-effective and increasingly accessible leadership development approach available for maternal and child health (MCH) professionals. By incorporating coaching into the menu of professional development options available to MCH practitioners and scholars, we extend the breadth of professional training to include the personal aspects of leadership development that involves the life-long exploration and expansion of emotional intelligence (EI) which contributes to upwards of 80 percent of the success that distinguishes outstanding from average leaders (Goleman et al, 2002).

MCH leaders express knowledge and skills across a range of 72 MCH leadership competencies in 12 domains and three circles of influence including self, others, and wider-community (MCH Leadership Competencies 3.0) with the ultimate goal being that we actively engage in work that results in the significant improvement of the health and well-being of women, children and families. Professional coaching and coaching programs facilitate the development of MCH leadership competencies in the domains of Self-Reflection, Ethics and Professionalism, Critical Thinking, Communication, Developing Others Through Teaching and Mentoring, and Working with Communities and Systems.

Coaching builds EI by helping individuals to become increasingly self-aware and able to manage their emotions as well as increasingly socially aware and able to manage their relationships with others (Goleman et al, 2002). Individuals high in EI competencies are adept at self-reflection and assessing how their feelings affect them and their job performance, they rely on their internal value system to guide decision-making, and tend to be authentic and transparent in their interactions with others compared with those who have lower EI. Emotionally intelligent people are aware of their strengths and limitations, use empathy to relate to a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and they inspire others to move passionately toward a shared vision. Emotional intelligence may be the key factor to support MCH professionals as they navigate the high degree of change, challenge, stress and burnout present in the field.

There are many coaching programs and approaches available in the market-place. The best programs integrate adult learning approaches such as Transformational Learning Theory (TLT) (Mezirow et al, 2009) and they enhance EI. In TLT, learning is defined as transformation associated with challenging individuals to assess how their experiences interact with their existing value system and worldview. This compares with an informational learning in which new information is transferred from an expert to a student. For example, MCH scholars teach graduate students about the social determinants of health. Both are important and they serve different purposes.

Although there are many different schools of thought about coaching, professionally trained coaches provide an ongoing partnership designed to help clients improve their performance and enhance the quality of their lives. Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customize their approach to individual client needs. They seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client; they believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful. The coach’s job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that already exists within the client. Coaching enables individuals to translate personal learning and insight into improved effectiveness; it increases linkages among self-development, leadership development and organizational effectiveness (International Coaching Federation, 2010).

Coaching can be applied in a variety of ways including:
• Developing leadership development and coaching programs for MCH professionals (contact Kris Risley at UIC for an example of how this is currently being implemented).
• Adding coaching to existing leadership and career development programs such as those in Schools of Public Health
• Offering coaching as an alumni or association member benefit
• Providing in-service coach training to integrate coaching as a method of engaging with students and colleagues

Whatever the method, coaching can be used as a leadership development method to support our field in achieving the Healthy People 2020 objectives for Women, Children and Families by helping individuals identify and fully express themselves and their unique passion and commitment to women, children and families.

Goleman, D., Boyatzis, R, & McKee, A. (2002). Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press.

International Coaching Federation,, retrieved December 1, 2010.

MCH Leadership Competencies Workgroup (Editors). (2009).Maternal and Child Health Leadership Competencies: Version 3.0.

Mezirow, J, Taylor, Edward W, and Associates. (2009). Transformative Learning in Practice: Insights from Community, Workplace, and Higher Education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

This article was featured in the January issue of PULSE: A Monthly Newsletter from the Association Of Maternal and Child Health Programs

Individual Professional Coaching
Individual sessions are available to AMCHP conference attendees at no cost. Conference attendees will have an opportunity to take advantage of individual, private 40-minute coaching sessions Sunday through Tuesday, February 13-15, by registering in advance or by registering on site. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To find out more about coaching at the 2011 AMCHP Annual Conference or registering for an individual session, please contact Librada Estrada or call (202) 266-3046.

MCHB Life Course Resources

For additional information and resources related to Life Course, please visit the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s website.