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MCH Early Childhood Systems - Core Competencies
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1 - MCH Knowledge Base

1a: Demonstrate the use of a systems approach to explain the interactions among individuals, groups, organizations and communities 

1b: Demonstrate a working understanding of the MCH Life Course Model 

1c: Use data to identify issues related to the health status of a particular MCH population group 

1d: Demonstrate a working understanding of Early Childhood Systems in Wisconsin 

1e: Assess the effectiveness of an existing program for specific MCH population groups 

1f: Describe health disparities within MCH populations and offer strategies to address them 

1g: Demonstrate a working understanding of preconception health and risk/protective factors in the early prenatal period 

2 - Self-Reflection

2a: Recognize that attitudes, beliefs, and all experiences, whether successes or failures, influence leadership style 

3 - Ethics and Professionalism

3a: Consider the culture and values of communities in the development of policies, programs, and practices that may affect them 

4 - Critical Thinking

4a: Use population data to assist in determining the needs of a population for the purposes of designing programs, formulating policy, and conducting training 

4b: Apply important evidence-based practice guidelines and policies in their field 

5 - Communication

5a: Articulate a shared vision for improved health status of MCH populations 

5b: Frame public health messages for the intended audience(s) 

6 - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

6a: Apply strategies and techniques of effective negotiation and evaluate the impact of personal communication and negotiation style on outcomes 

7 - Cultural Competency

7a: Assess strengths of individuals and communities and respond appropriately to their needs based on sensitivity to and respect for their diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds and socioeconomic status 

7b: Employ strategies to assure culturally-sensitive public health and health service delivery systems 

8 - Family-Centered Care

8a: Ensure that family perspectives play a pivotal role in MCH programs and policy 

9 - Developing Others through Teaching and Mentoring

9a: Recognize and create learning opportunities for others 

10 - Interdisciplinary Team Building

10a: Share leadership based on appropriate use of team member strengths in accomplishing activities and managing challenges for the team 

11 - Working with Communities and Systems

11a: Identify community stakeholders and their extent of engagement in the collaboration process 

11b: Participate in basic strategic planning processes such as developing a mission, vision, strategic goals, and activities 

11c: Assess the environment to determine goals and objectives for a new or continuing program, list factors that facilitate or impede implementation, develop priorities, and establish a timeline for implementation 

11d: Manage a project effectively and efficiently including planning, implementing, delegating and sharing responsibility, staffing, and evaluation 

11e: Interpret situations systematically; i.e., identifying both the whole situation and the dynamic interplay among its parts 

11f: Identify shared priorities across partners and develop appropriate action steps 

11g: Apply community systems theory to coalition building 

12 - Policy and Advocacy

12a: Identify a wide range of stakeholders who influence changes in MCH policy 

12b: Frame problems based on key data, including economic, political, and social trends that affect the MCH population 

12c: Understand the roles and relationships of groups involved in the public policy development and implementation process 


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Last Revised: January 31, 2014