Photo of participants of the Emerging Leaders in MCH Nutrition Training Institute 2014-2015

Emerging Leaders in MCH Nutrition Training Institute

What an exciting time for Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and public health nutrition - a time of great challenges and opportunities! Our health care system is transitioning from one that focuses on sick care to one that is more prevention oriented; a system where nutrition services will play a pivotal role. This is occurring at a time when a large number of nutrition leaders will be retiring and leaving the workforce. The future success of public health/MCH nutrition services depends on identifying and training emerging leaders, so that they are positioned to assume the forthcoming leadership roles.

The Emerging Leaders in MCH Nutrition Training Institute is a year-long program designed to train future nutrition leaders in the area of MCH Nutrition. It is made possible by a joint collaborative effort of MCH Nutrition Training Programs at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, Baylor College of Medicine, University of Minnesota and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

The Institute is a 12 month program, with the option to extend for 6 months to serve in a mentoring capacity for new participants. The third program, the 2014-15 cohort, began with a face-to-face meeting on February 17-19, 2014 in Birmingham, Alabama in conjunction with the Intensive Course in Pediatric Nutrition. In addition to attending the intensive course, the group met on the evening of February 18. The evening program focused on strength-based assessment with a discussion of the MCH Leadership Competencies. A stipend of $800, to help defray travel costs associated with attending the meeting, was available for participants who demonstrated need. Registration to the Intensive Course was waived.

The first half of the Institute consists of a leadership assessment, readings and participation in monthly conference calls which focus on leadership skill development, centered on the MCH Leadership Competencies. In the second six months of the Institute, participants work in teams on a policy brief project. Individualized coaching is provided to participants. Faculty will be available throughout the Institute to continue building the nutritionist’s leadership skills and provide guidance on the policy brief project. There is no registration fee for the Emerging Leaders in MCH Nutrition Training Institute.

To be eligible to apply for the Emerging Leaders in MCH Nutrition Training Institute, participants must meet the following qualifications:

For further information on the Emerging Leaders in MCH Nutrition Training Institute, contact
Margaret Tate at 623-581-9880 or


* The Western Leadership Nutrition Network, coordinated by MCH Nutrition training programs at UCLA and UC Berkeley is currently providing leadership training to the western states.

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2014-2015 Leaders in MCH Nutrition Institute
Row 1 seated: Peggy Leung-Strle, MS, RD, LDN, CLC; Lauren M. Hosterman RD, LDN; Mandy Burbank, RD, LRD; Meredith Evans MS, RD, LD; Bre Haviland, MS, RD, LD, CLC Row 2 standing: Kimberly James, MS, RDN, LD; Karen J. Trbovich, MS, RD, CDN; Molly B. Killman, MS, RD, LD; Betsy Haughton, EdD, RD; Bonnie A. Spear, PhD, RD; Diane Anderson, PhD, RD, CSP, LD; Marsha Spence, PhD, MS-MPH, RD, LDN
Missing from photo: Aida Miles, MMSc, RD, LD, CSP, CNSD; Jamie Stang, PhD, MPH, RD, LN; and Margaret Tate, RD, MS