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MCH Content Area Background

Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s MCH Timeline
AMCHP Title V Leaders’ Guide

MCH/Public Health Leadership Competencies

Maternal and Child Health Leadership Competencies (PDF 924 KB)
Also available online:
Urban Women’s Health Brief: Toward Urban Women’s Health—Leadership. September 2005, Issue Brief No. 3, pages 4-5.
Public Health Leadership Competency Framework

Leadership Style/Personality Assessment Tools

DiSC® Profile
The PACE™ Palette

MCPHLT Post-Katrina Leadership Seminar Series
"Leadership Under Duress"
Karen DeSalvo MD, MPH, MSc
Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Listen as Karen DeSalvo, Chief Director of Medicine at Tulane Hospital, describes her experiences in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. She talks about the attributes and activities of a few people who stood out to her as influential leaders in the midst of the post-Katrina chaos, and suggests ways students can adopt similar strategies to be successful leaders themselves. Monday April 10, 2006
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"Navigating Post-Katrina New Orleans"
Vangy Franklin, MD
Chief of Medical Affaris & Operations of Clinical Services and
Employee Health, City of New Orleans Health Department
Co-sponsored by
Tulane Society for Young Black Public Health Professionals
Vangy Franklin, a native of New Orleans, discusses how she drew from her background in order to survive and become an inspirational leader in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She describes her experiences living in the superdome and ultimately becoming the Chief of Medical Affairs at the New Orleans Health Department. Monday April 24, 2006
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Module  2
Creating Shared Vision
Visioning Tip Sheet, Mobilizing for Action Through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP).

Community Toolbox, Chapter 8, Section 1: VMOSA (Vision, Mission, Objectives, Strategies, Action Plan): An Overview; and Chapter 8, Section 2: Proclaiming Your Dream: Developing Vision and Mission Statements.

Module 3

Building and Supporting Teams
Five Elements of Top-Performing Groups. Robert E. Fullilove, “Fostering Effective Group Dynamics,” presentation at CityMatCH 2005 conference.
What the Bard and Lear Can Tell a Leader About Yes Men. Shankar Vedantam, Monday, March 19, 2007; A03 © 2007 The Washington Post Company.

Module 4

Conflict Resolution Through Color PACE Palette Tools

Princeton University Library Human Resources web page
Includes the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument; tip sheets on conflict management and negotiation skills; conflict management exercises.

Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
A resource center with downloadable teaching resources like role plays, case studies, group exercises, and working papers.

The Emotions Preparation Tool: A tool for analyzing the emotional landscape of a negotiation and how it will affect your negotiating strategies, written by negotiation expert Roger Fisher with psychologist Daniel Shapiro.

You Didn’t Just Say That! Quotes, Quips, and Proverbs for Dealing in the World of Conflict and Negotiation, by Joshua N. Weiss, Ph.D. with illustrations by Stu Rees.

The Walk In The Woods:  A Step-By-Step Method to Guide Interest-Based Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Leonard J. Marcus, Ph.D. and Barry C. Dorn, M.D., M.H.C.M.  Program for Health Care Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Division of Public Health Practice, Harvard School of Public Health.

The Walk in the Woods Workbook

Recommended Reading:

Cloke. K. & J. Goldsmith (2005) Resolving Conflicts at Work: Eight Strategies Everyone on the Job.

Fisher, R., W. Ury, & B. Patton. (1994). Getting to Yes: Negotiating an Agreement Without Giving In.

Goleman, D. (2000). Working with Emotional Intelligence.

Stone, D., B. Patton, & S. Heen (1999). Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most.

Module 5
Institute for Healthcare Improvement: Spreading Changes
Offers practical tools and exercises for implementing change and engaging others in change efforts, as well as general information and literature. (Resources are downloadable free of charge with registration)
Achilles A. Armenakis, Jeremy B. Bernerth, Jennifer P. Pitts and H. Jack Walker.
Organizational Change Recipients' Beliefs Scale: Development of an Assessment Instrument. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 2007, 43, 48.
Institute of Medicine Annual Meeting 2002: Organizational Change and Leadership 
Audio files and slides from panel discussions and presentations available
Andrea Shapiro. Applying Lessons from Public Health to Organizational Change. The Systems Thinker®, Volume 14, No. 7.
Section on “Organizational Change and Development” from the online Free Management Library
The Change Management Toolbook
Platform on which you can find information and tools related to change in organizations, teams, communities and individuals and meet with other people who are involved in change processes. Much information can be viewed for free, but subscriptions are available that allow access to downloadable tools and other premium features.
Recommended Reading
Communities of Leaders or No Leadership at All  Peter M. Senge and Katrin H. Käufer 
ABRIDGED for publication in Cutting Edge: Leadership 2000 by Barbara Kellerman, Larraine R.Matusak
Oliver Robinson and Amanda Griffiths. Coping With the Stress of Transformational Change in a Government Department. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Vol. 41 No. 2, June 2005, 204-221.
Timothy A. Judge, Vladimir Pucik, Carl J. Thoresen, and Theresa M. Welbourne. Managerial Coping With Organizational Change: A Dispositional Perspective. Journal of Applied Psychology, 1999, Vol. 84, No. 1, 107-122.

Module 6
Developing People: Overview and Introduction
Social Intelligence and Leadership   
Interview with Dan Goleman by the Harvard Business Review
Emotional Intelligence
Podcast series from the Center for Creative Leadership
Transcript of Maxine Hayes' keynote address on Servant Leadership at the 2003 Women of Color as Leaders in Public Health and Health Policy conference sponsored by Harvard Medical School’s Office for Diversity and Community Partnership  
Where will we find tomorrow’s leaders?  
Interview with Linda Hill about “leading from behind” and creating environments in which people can flourish and express their talents, by the Harvard Business Review
Developing People: Does One Size Fit All?
What Motivates Gen Y and Boomer Talent  
Interview with Sylvia Ann Hewlett by the Harvard Business Review
Women in Leadership: Navigating the Narrow Band and Balance Beam
Podcast from the Center for Creative Leadership’s Leading Effectively Podcast Series
Summary of Yvonne Maddox's keynote address on Institutional Strategies And Policies For The Advancement Of Female Leaders at the 2003 Women of Color as Leaders in Public Health and Health Policy conference sponsored by Harvard Medical School’s Office for Diversity and Community Partnership  
Leadership for Policy Change  
Describes the barriers to participation of leaders of color in local and national public policy development and the strategies that can be used to remove the barriers.
Generational Changes and Leadership: Implications For Social Change Organizations  
Up Next: Generation Change and the Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations
Ready to Lead? Next Generation Leaders Speak Out
Mentoring and Coaching
Mentoring Modules, Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research
This 6-module series explores different types of mentoring relationships and programs and provides tools for “creating a culture of mentorship.”
Center for Health Leadership and Practice Mentoring Guides:
A Guide for Mentors
A Guide for Protégés (
Podcast series on Coaching from the Center for Creative Leadership
Creating Coaching Cultures: What Business Leaders Expect and Strategies to Get There
Better Way to Peel a Banana
“What is coaching,” in a nutshell (or banana peel).
Coaching for Performance: Introduction to Coaching
Coaching for Performance: Part 4—The Coaching Skill Set
Role plays and succinct information about the importance of coaching, challenges and opportunities, from supervisor and employee perspectives (excerpts from a larger training series)
Coaching Questions
How to use questions to help people think through a problem or a task for themselves
The White House Blog: Michelle Obama on mentoring and new mentoring programs initiated by the White House
Succession Planning as an Ongoing Activity
ASTHO’s State Health Agency Succession Planning Guide
Critical Issues in Public Health Leadership: Succession Management and Developing Your Leadership Pipeline
Slides from a 2008 presentation by Carol Woltring for the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

Other MCH Leadership Skills Training Programs
Maternal and Child Health Leadership Skills Training Institute at the University of South Florida

MCH Leadership Retreat at the Univesity of Illinois at Chicago

Leadership Pathways (7-month experiential leadership development program) at the University of Illiois at Chicago


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