Current Issues and Leadership Challenges in Maternal and Child Health


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Course Description
This online course is provided by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice and may require a secondary login and/or registration.

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." for public health leaders.

In this one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, Dr. Michael Fraser provides an overview of the current issues, trends and challenges facing public health leaders. Taking both a historical approach as well as a forward-looking perspective, Dr. Fraser shares thoughts on the role of public health leaders in advocacy, policy development, and program implementation with an eye towards what students, faculty, and partners can do to make change happen for America's women, children, and families. A specific focus on maternal and child health programs and implementation of the Affordable Care Act are also included.

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Target Audience
This course is designed for local and state public health practitioners; state and local public health personnel working with maternal and child populations.

Learning Objectives
Having completed this course the learner will be able to:

  1. Describe current issues, trends and challenges facing public health leaders, with a specific focus on maternal and child health
  2. Discuss how public health advocacy is a core function of maternal and child health leadership
  3. Provide an overview of the Affordable Care Act and its implementation and impact on state and local health agencies

Council of Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (COL)/COL Tier(s)

  1. 6B.3 (Tier 2): Applies public health sciences (e.g., biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, social and behavioral sciences, and public health informatics) in the delivery of the 10 Essential Public Health Services
  2. 7B.6 (Tier 2): Develops program budgets
  3. 8B.2 (Tier 2): Describes public health as part of a larger inter-related system of organizations that influence the health of populations at local, national, and global levels
  4. 8B.9 (Tier 2): Contributes to continuous improvement of individual, program, and organizational performance (e.g., mentoring, monitoring progress, adjusting programs to achieve better results)

Professional/Disciplinary Competencies

Online Course/Self-study

Credit /CEU

1 hr.

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Course Publication Date
October 25, 2011