Release of New MCH Leadership Competencies

Release of New MCH Leadership Competencies

Overview MCH Leadership Competencies: Version 4.0

We share MCHB's excitement in announcing the release of the fourth edition of the MCH Leadership Competencies.  First released in 2007, the MCH Leadership Competencies support current and future MCH leaders by defining the knowledge and skills necessary to lead in this field, thus unifying a field made up of a multitude of disciplines.  Please visit to access and download the Competencies. 

Over the course of the last two years, we have worked alongside many of our partners to carefully review each competency, its definition, knowledge areas, and skills to ensure they are still relevant to our field. These partners included other MCHB grantees (including family faculty members), representatives of the Association of MCH Programs (AMCHP), the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD), the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health (ATMCH), and CityMatCH. 

While we found that much of the foundation remains the same, it was time for some updates, clarifications, and changes. For example, “coaching” was added to the leadership skill, “Developing others through teaching, coaching, and mentoring.” We strengthened connections between competencies to better reflect the ways we live, work, and learn. This can be seen in the way that culture and social inequities are now woven through many of the other competencies, while also remaining a unique competency. And throughout, careful refinement of the foundational and advanced skills were made to ensure they reflected the knowledge areas and worked together as a continuum of skills that build on one another.

This podcast describes the new competencies and how the MCH Navigator has updated its site and database in response.

We know that as the field adapts to our changing society, the MCH Leadership Competencies will need further updating to support the growth of our leaders.  We encourage ongoing input from each of you as we continue to refine the Competencies.

New Competencies

So, what’s next? Now that the document has been finalized, we will work to update the self-assessment and the corresponding resources and trainings.  We are currently working on a four-step process to update the MCH Navigator to reflect the new competencies. We hope to have completed our updates by fall 2018.

Our 4-pronged approach involves:

  1. Re-programming the database that serves as the underlying structure for our learning opportunities
  2. Converting our webpages that run independently from the database
  3. Updating our microlearning programs to reflect the new competencies
  4. Converting our online Self-Assessment: After analysis of the overall themes reported on by the self-assessment, we have determined that you can continue using this version of the tool until the new tool has been released. Data from both tools will be comparable.

During this time, you will be able to use all features of the MCH Navigator.


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.