Leadership, Legacy, & Community: A Retreat to Advance MCH Scholarship & Practice 2013

Leadership, Legacy, & Community: A Retreat to Advance MCH Scholarship & Practice 2013

Monday, July 15, 2013- Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Location: Oak Brook, IL

Website Link  http://www.uic.edu/sph/mch/mch_leadership_conference.htm

During the 2012 MCH Leadership Retreat, we concluded the program with a discussion about the core act of leadership which involves changing the conversations we choose to engage with as leaders. Having the courage to change tired, worn-out, difficult, negative, and non-productive conversations is essential to leading with inspiration and innovation and it is essential to improved MCH and public health. This is where we start our 2-day leadership development training this year. We begin with a session on enhancing professionalism including learning techniques for engaging with disruptive behaviors from our colleagues so that these individuals do not continue to send our teams/organizations into a quick downward spiral resulting in collective low productivity and stagnation. We will also practice methods to support exemplary leadership when we see it. This work is not for the faint of heart and it is necessary for individuals committed to shifting cultures and improving public health.

We will delve deeper into the practical implementation of conflict management and negotiation strategies. These concepts often times live in a didactic environment. In this training, we will take theory and engage in experiential exercises to fine-tune our conflict management and negotiation skills. Participants will leave the training with a new confidence in their ability to handle difficult situations. We will explore in great detail the concept of 'leading from the middle' which is relevant to everyone who finds him/herself in the middle of an organizational structure. We will discuss power and influence and practice techniques/skills to influence others no matter what our position. We will conclude this training with an experience of the power of collective wisdom and a discussion of how to share the importance of inspiring collective wisdom in our individual work environments. Now more than ever, there is an urgent need and desire to tap into collective wisdom to make change happen, to shift cultures, and to improve MCH in ways that we haven't been able to until this point in history.

If you see yourself as an MCH change agent or wish to learn practical skills for how to be a positive force for MCH change, this program is designed just for you! Click here to view the program-at-a-glance. 


Who Should Attend:

Intergenerational, interdisciplinary academic/practice professionals and students who are interested in the health and well-being of women, children, and families. This includes:

-MCH Title V & CYSHCN directors

-Program directors, managers, and staff

-Program staff & Community Health Workers Researchers



-Social workers

-Policy and family advocates

-Health educators and administrators




-Academic/Practice Professionals    $325

-Students   $200