5-Minute MCH: Module 4.4

5-Minute MCH: Module 4.4

Critical Thinking

Module 4.4: 15-Minute Summary

Here we summarize the knowledge you've gained over the previous modules with a 5-minute presentation by Christopher Dykton, branch chief for the State and Community Partnership West Branch in the Division of State and Community Health at HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), in which he gives a personal reflection of the competency based on his role working with Title V professionals in the field for the past 15 years.

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About Our Speaker

Marisa BrownMr. Dykton currently serves as branch chief for the State and Community Partnership West Branch in the Division of State and Community Health at HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). Mr. Dykton has focused for more than fifteen years on health policy and program knowledge for both maternal and child health (MCH) and mental health research. He also has extensive management experience in federal contract and grant administration, and IT software development and data management.

He developed and coordinated the Psychiatric Research Resource Center at the American Psychiatric Association. From 1999 to 2011, he has been a key player in the development and management of the Title V Information System for the HRSA's MCHB having served as the assistant project director at the National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health at Georgetown University and as both SAIC's project manager and MCH subject matter expert for both the Web-based application for MCHB's Title V and Discretionary Grant Information Systems.

He assisted in performance measure development and requirements elicitation for HRSA's Bureau of Health Professions and served as an advisor for HRSA's Office of Health Information Technology and Office of Rural Health. In 2003, he received the MCHB Director's Award for Exceptional Service to the MCH community.

He has served as a project officer in the Division of MCH Workforce Development at MCHB, overseeing the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health, Pediatric Dentistry, and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics training programs.


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See What Others are Saying...

  • "I would like to hear more about critical thinking as rationale decision-making. In MCH, critical thinking can be marginalized by political decision-making. It would be good to learn skills that enable critical thinking to guide decisions in a political environment."
  • "Thanks for connecting critical thinking to the MCH transformation. It puts the abstract into perspective and shows how we use these competencies in an ongoing way."
  • "Very personable session for such an intellectual topic."
  • "I really do like this format. I can take a coffee break, listen to something informative and feel like I'm connected to a larger community, and then head back into work for the rest of the afternoon."
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 UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $180,000/year. 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.