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Case Studies

The MCH Leadership Skills Development Series includes five case studies. The case studies are intended to help you learn how to approach problems from different professional and organizational perspectives. Each case study includes discussion prompts and hands-on exercises.

Tackling Childood Obesity: A Case Study in Maternal and Child Health Leadership
Tackling Infant Mortality at the Local Level: A Case Study in Maternal and Child Health Leadership
Preparing for Conflict and Negotiation: A Case Study on Perinatal Depression
Dealing Effectively with Coalitions: An Autism Case Study
This Happened with Pat and Ryan: A Case Study in Conflict and Collaboration Among Graduate Students

Tackling Childood Obesity:
A Case Study in Maternal and Child Health Leadership
For use with Modules 1, 2, and 3

Case Study (PDF 123KB)
This case study is designed to help practicing professionals and trainees in public maternal and child health efforts think strategically about how to address difficult issues related to leadership, developing a shared vision, and shaping and supporting teams.  The case study centers on the issue of childhood obesity, a high-profile public health issue, but one that does not lend itself to straightforward approaches or answers. 

Exercises (PDF 26KB)
The case study includes discussion questions and group exercises intended to help participants connect the scenario to their own experience and to reinforce the concepts explored in specific modules of the MCH Leadership series.  Although the exercises are tailored to correspond to specific modules, they also may be used as a stand-alone instrument with the case study.

Background Resources

Fact sheet on childhood obesity from the The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools http://www.rwjf.org/files/research/obesityfs.pdf

IOM fact sheet on childhood obesity, facts and figures http://www.iom.edu/Object.File/Master/22/606/FINALfactsandfigures2.pdf

Links to other IOM fact sheets on preventing childhood obesity (the role of industry, the role of schools, etc.) can be found at http://www.iom.edu/?id=22704

"Assessment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity." Pediatrics 2007; 120(6) Supplement http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/vol120/Supplement_4/index.shtml

 

Tackling Infant Mortality at the Local Level:
A Case Study in Maternal and Child Health Leadership
For use with Modules 1, 2, and 3

Case Study (PDF 40KB)
The Virginia Healthy Start Initiative/Loving Steps Program adapted the “Tackling Childhood Obesity” case study to address the leadership challenges faced in addressing infant mortality at the local level.



Preparing for Conflict and Negotiation: 
A Case Study on Perinatal Depression
For use with Module 4

Case Study (PDF 470KB)
This case study is designed to help practicing professionals and trainees in maternal and child health think strategically about how to address difficult issues related to conflict and negotiation.  The case study centers on the issue of perinatal depression, a high-profile public health and mental health issue that requires comprehensive approaches and partnerships between groups that do not always have meaningful collaboration and are sometimes in conflict.

Background Resources

Barson R. 2006. Considering Interventions for Depression in Reproductive Age Women in Family Planning Programs. Baltimore, MD. Women’s and Children’s Health Policy Center. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Depression During and After Pregnancy
Knowledge path about depression during and after pregnancy has been compiled by the Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University.

 

Dealing Effectively with Coalitions:
An Autism Case Study
For use with Module 4

Case Study
This case study uses a real-life scenario—a state program working with a variety of consumer groups to implement a federal autism grant—to present issues and strategies for working effectively with coalitions.

Full version (PDF 353KB)
Abridged version (PDF 14KB)
Teaching Guide (PDF 37KB)

 

This Happened with Pat and Ryan: A Case Study in Conflict and Collaboration Among Graduate Students 

Case Study (PDF 85KB)
This one-page vignette was written for use with graduate students, though the scenario may be familiar to anyone working in collaborative teams. The vignette is accompanied by individual reflection questions and exercises based on the concepts explored in Module 4: Managing Conflict Effectively.

       

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