Agenda: September 11, 2005

08:00 am - 09:15 am

Plenary II – Keeping the Focus on Women, Children and Families

Mary Selecky, Kathy Carson, BSN
MC: Kay Johnson, MPH, MEd

Despite Budget shortfalls, time constraints, priority struggles and job duty realignments, it is vital that public health professionals maintain the ability to focus on the health of women, children and families. During this session, participants will hear sage advice from seasoned professionals and learn strategies for connecting the vision of women, children and families to the mission of public health departments. A story of how one state adapted their Medicaid/EPSDT program through changing times will be used as an illustration of the importance of paying attention to where one is going. CityMatCH lessons learned will be shared, including tools and strategies to get ready for change, build capacity, support practice collaborative and assure accountability. Presentations will discuss how to align data, practice and policy from a leadership perspective, as well as ideas on how to be the hub of innovation in urban communities. Participants should leave this plenary thinking about their role as a leader, what their strategic frame may be and how they can better solidify their actions.

09:30 am - 11:30 am

World Café

Speaker: Laura Peck, MPH

World Café is a simple and effective process for bringing people together around questions that matter. It is designed on the assumption that people already have within them the wisdom and creativity to confront even the most difficult challenges. In living rooms and board rooms, hotel ballrooms and community centers, schools and churches, tens of thousands of people on six continents have participated in World Café dialogues. Experiencing a Café conversation in action helps us make personal and professional choices about more satisfying ways to participate in the ongoing conversations that help shape our lives and the lives of the women, children and families we serve.

01:00 pm - 02:30 pm Skills-Building Workshops
Impact Evaluation – Part I: Designing Logic Models

Speaker: Michael Fagen, PhD, MPH

What does your public health program do? With grant applications requiring detailed descriptions of programs, it is essential for public health professionals, not just evaluators, to learn the skills needed to create a logic model. This session will train participants to create a program logic model by using logic model templates from diverse sources. Furthermore, participants will have the opportunity to use examples from their own agencies and programs during a skill-building exercise in logic model design.

Conducting an Economic Analysis: Part I

Martha A. Wojtowycz, PhD
A. Dale Tussing, PhD

You are planning to expand smoking cessation services to all pregnant women in your county. How much will it cost? You need to cut your agency’s budget by 25 percent next year. What programs should you keep and what programs should you cut? Economic analysis provides a way of summarizing program and policy outcomes in financial terms, helping decision-makers identify which kinds of programs to retain or initiate. Specifically, in this session participants will learn:

(1) alternative perspectives or points of view from which evaluation can be conducted;
(2) what is really meant by cost;
(3) the basics of different ways of conducting economic evaluations;
(4) the advantages and limitations of doing each kind of study.

Building Skills for Undoing Racism: Part I

Speaker: Barbara Major

During this session, participants will be challenged to analyze the history, culture and relationships of power that contribute to racism within themselves, their organizations and their communities.

Sharing Power and Influence within Collaborative Leadership

Speaker: Pam Gillam, MPA

Many public health professionals intuitively recognize that successful efforts often require collaboration, but American society traditionally rewards and reinforces individual achievements. Indeed, the capacity to share power and influence is an uncommon trait among leaders. For effective collaborations, participants must have a sense of empowerment in order to fully contribute to the decision making process. In this session, participants will:

(1) identify skills and qualities associated with sharing power and influence;
(2) explore "power" and "influence" as they relate to the leadership process and the role of a collaborative leader;
(3) identify eight sources of power and explore their relationship to collaborative leadership and to participants' perception of their personal power;
(4) increase competency in sharing power and influence using outcomes of self-assessment and awareness of resources for extended learning.

Ensuring Diversity in Leadership for MCH (Repeated from Saturday)

Speaker: Joyce Shabazz, Dianne Berg, MS, SPHR

Organizations should reflect community characteristics to most effectively understand the public and to adequately address their concerns. This session will examine institutional and policy-level strategies to increase diversity (age, race, ability and ethnicity) among health professionals. Participants will gain the leadership skills needed to recruit and maintain a diverse workforce in maternal and child health.

Maintaining Core Leadership Skills in Times of Crisis (Repeated from Saturday)

Speaker: Loni Davis, MA

Maternal and Child Health leaders need core leadership skills to get through the daily grind. But what special skills do MCH leaders need and how can they adapt core skills to work effectively in a crisis? This session will actively engage participants in a discussion of leadership competencies, communication techniques and methods used for crisis leadership development. In addition, participants will gain a deeper sense of the leadership skills needed to effectively use emergency preparedness techniques when handling other pertinent MCH issues.

02:45 pm - 03:30 pm

Promising Practice Poster Review

Conference participants will have the opportunity to visit and learn from this year's Promising Practice Poster Presentations. Additionally, each participant will be assigned two or three posters to peer review. The goal of the review is to help participants learn how to best compose, construct and present a poster display.

03:30 pm - 05:00 pm Skills-Building Sessions
Impact Evaluation – Part II: Using Logic Models for Evaluation

Speaker: Michael Fagen, PhD, MPH

Workshop Prerequisites: Participation in Impact Evaluation – Part I: Designing Logic Models or understanding of and experience creating, logic models. Evaluations are typically conducted to improve the quality of a program or project by identifying its strengths and weaknesses. This session will focus on several evaluation techniques essential to program improvement. Participants will learn how to use logic models and related tools to evaluate program processes and outcomes. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to use examples from their own agencies and programs during skills-building exercises.

Conducting an Economic Analysis: Part II

Martha A. Wojtowycz, PhD
A. Dale Tussing, PhD

Prerequisites: Participation in Conducting an Economic Analysis: Part I. Building on Economic Analysis: Part I, participants will compute costs and benefits and apply concepts in a real-world public health exercise.

Developing People: Mentoring and Coaching

Doug Mains, DrPH
Adela Gonzalez, PhD, MPA

The practice of mentoring and coaching can best be described as a genuine concern for bringing out the best in others, maximizing the use of other people’s talents and resources, building power through sharing power and giving up ownership or control. This session will provide a conceptual foundation and techniques for developing people, including coaching and mentoring. Specifically, participants will:

(1) increase knowledge of the different types of coaching and mentoring approaches;
(2) identify skills associated with effective mentors and coaches;
(3) increase knowledge of assessment tools used in coaching and mentoring.

Fostering Effective Group Dynamics (Repeated from Saturday)

Speaker: Robert Fullilove, EdD

Why do people in groups behave the way they do? Why do groups sometimes fail to function effectively and efficiently? Participants will hear the latest research on group behavior and begin to understand how these theories can be implemented. Specifically, this session will address how to create and facilitate effective groups and employ the art of negotiation within large and small groups.

06:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Friends of CityMatCH Networking Dinner

Entertainment was provided by conference participants during the Friends of CityMatCH Dinner at Texas de Brazil to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Opening act, James Resnick of HRSA/MCHB wowed the crowd by playing the William Tell Overture on various parts of this head, face and neck. Other acts include a medley by the "Coasters," comprised of DaTA Institute teams from the east and west coast, Board Member Zenobia Harris's solo performance of I Will Always Love You and salsa dancing by member representative, Ramon Rojano from Hartford, Connecticut.

We would like ot extend our thanks to those who lended their talents and the generous participants who helped raise a total of $730.43 for the Salvation Army hurricane relief effort. All rights reserved©