If you aren’t sure where to begin learning, or you’d like to use a structured approach that ties training to personal and organizational goals, start by assessing your knowledge of and skills in addressing the MCH Leadership Competencies.
The MCH Navigator is pleased to release an updated version of the online self-assessment. This version is consistent with version 4.0 of the MCH Leadership Competencies | Read about the updates here.
National Workforce Needs Assessment Report: As Title V agencies work through the 5-year needs assessment process, an understanding of their workforce composition and learning needs is essential to gauge strengths and areas of growth. The MCH Navigator has prepared this report of professionals in New Mexico who have taken the online self-assessment from 2016 – 2018 to serve as a snapshot of workforce demographics and knowledge/skills across the MCH Leadership Competencies. Please contact us if you would like to receive a customized report for your state/jurisdiction.
The MCH Navigator Self-Assessment is an online tool that employs an automated 3-step process that can be used individually or as part of a group to:
View a presentation about MCH Navigator innovations and how to use the new online self-assessmentThe new online self-assessment provides a personalized learning plan and tracks increases in knowledge and skills longitudinally. It is being adapted by state Title V/CYSHCN departments as well as schools of public health to document advances in professional development.
You can also download a BROCHURE for a summary of how to use.
Self-assessment is considered to be a major component of learning in public health.1 It provides an opportunity for health professionals to reflect on competency-based strengths and weaknesses in order to identify learning needs and reinforce new skills or behaviors in order to improve performance.
The literature suggests that self-assessment is a prerequisite for maintaining professional competence,2 and cites an increasing need for self-assessment in healthcare settings as health systems change.3 Based on interviews and focus groups with persons who engaged in self-assessment, four types of benefits associated with self-assessment have also been identified in the literature:4
With all of the important and critical benefits associated with self-assessment, it is not designed to be a short process. An extensive review of learner strengths and areas of improvement require multiple levels of validation and questions to ascertain. Online self-assessment approaches offer the most efficient methods of completion and many other advantages including providing learners with a user-friendly and quick way to answer questions, streamlining the management of the assessment process (i.e., registration/log-in and tool layout pages etc.), and allowing data to be saved, kept confidential, and used for longitudinal data analysis.
The MCH Navigator’s online self-assessment provides a thorough review of each of the 12 MCH Leadership Competencies and 140 sub-competencies. Although extensive and requiring a moderate time requirement, leaners are truly tested on their knowledge and skills on critical topics in MCH. As a result of the comprehensive nature of the assessment, learners are rewarded by increases in knowledge and skills simply by going through the process of completion. The full assessment process serves as a learning opportunity for MCH professionals and source of professional development.
Additional Self-Assessments that can be Used as Learning Opportunities
Begin the MCH Navigator Self-Assessment by registering; return to your assessment at any time by logging in.