MCH Public Health Leadership Institute

Applications open through Feb 1

January 19, 2013

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The Maternal and Child Health-Public Health Leadership Institute (MCH PHLI) applications are being accepted through February 1st, 2013. All tuition and lodging charges for this program are grant-supported. There are no onsite charges, and partial travel scholarships will be available for Cohort IV.  Applications can be completed at the MCH PHLI website.

This year-long leadership development program is designed to significantly expand self-awareness and quickly build practical skills for effectively leading, managing people, and building partnerships, to advocate for and create the MCH systems of tomorrow. This unique program improves leadership capacity, teaching tools for creating the kind of culture that engages and motivates others. The program consists of 3 residential executive-style retreats (10 days of experiential-based training) coupled with a robust and customizable distance-based program.  Each Fellow completes an MCH-related personal leadership project targeted at a critical local or national need while receiving ongoing individual executive coaching. The program targets the MCH Leadership Competencies 3.0 and the distance-component can be completed in as little as 2 hours a week. Limited travel scholarships available.

This program is targeted to the MCH Workforce, MCH/CSHCN Directors, and those working in Title V related positions, and members of Family Voices.

What MCH PHLI Graduates are saying

  • One of the things that I have found really helpful is for the wealth of resources we've been granted through books and webinars and the online modules and things like that.  The staff has been great; the faculty is wonderful.  The guest speakers are all very influential and I think the networking within our group of this cohort has been so valuable.
  • MCH-PHLI - what does it mean to me?  Well, it means making change happen in me through personal growth, healthy relationships, leadership development, and interpersonal skills.
  • The leadership program was just the right fit.  It was what I needed and it was at the right time. 
  • This experience has taught me to think much more intentionally about management and leadership issues, and has helped me bring my work to a higher level.  Personally, I have also grown, as I gathered deeper understanding and insight of myself.
  • The MCH PHLI is of very high quality and extremely well organized. It is different from many opportunities that we are presented with as it offers a comprehensive focus on leadership - how to be a more effective administrator, advocate and leader.  I would strongly recommend this program to other family leaders who have been doing this work for a while and wish to focus their development on improving skills in administration, project management, communication and presentation skills, advocacy, systems development, program planning and evaluation and understanding how to lead change.    

What data from MCH PHLI shows

Data from the MCH PHLI program indicate that Fellows find the teaching methods work for them, they significantly improve their abilities on 20 crucial skills, they find the MCH PHLI teaching and coaching resources helpful (rating them 4.5 out of 5 on seven different dimensions). While this program is intensive, Fellows say the time invested is well worth the effort, that they use what they've learned and that they impact their home organizations and communities in profound ways through applying their leadership skills (publications forthcoming).


MCH-PHLI is supported in full by a Project T04 MC12783
from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau,
Health Resources and Services Administration,
Department of Health and Human Services.