The Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant Program is the nation’s oldest federal-state partnership and provides funds to improve the health and well-being of women and children. Health system changes resulting from the Affordable Care Act and recent changes to the Title V framework are creating new challenges and opportunities for the MCH workforce to address health outcomes for the overall population of women and children. To be effective MCH leaders must be aware, responsive, and adapt quickly to the evolving health care system.
GHPC is assisting the National MCH Workforce Development Center, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with developing and implementing a comprehensive plan for national workforce development for local and state Title V agency leaders and staff. Specifically, GHPC is providing technical assistance and training in the core areas of systems integration and change management.
- Systems Integration – To ensure optimal maternal and child health outcomes in a time of health system transformation, increased integration across the diverse field of MCH and inclusion of partners outside of public health is necessary. GHPC is helping to build the capacity of MCH practitioners to apply systems thinking and tools to identify gaps, leverage resources, and reduce duplication.
Workforce development in the Systems Integration Core will focus on improving Title V leadership’s capacity to understand and influence public health systems and to utilize system diagrams to describe and study complex system problems across multiple stakeholder groups. GHPC also recently developed a video demonstrating how health impact assessments can be a useful tool to MCH leaders working to address the social and environmental determinants of health.
- Change Management – This core area of workforce development focuses on building leadership capacity to promote adaptive thinking and mobilize collective action to improve outcomes in MCH delivery systems. Recently, GHPC with the National MCH Workforce Development Center on developing a fourth guided practice as part of the online Leading Through Health System Change Planning Tool that focuses on MCH. This tool helps public health practitioners develop the technical and adaptive skills necessary to strategically plan in a rapidly transforming health system.
(This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE7MC26282, National Center for MCH Workforce Development, for $1,740,000.00 (0% financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.)