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The True Meaning of Succession Planning

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Date Developed: 7/24/2013. Source: Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs. Presenter(s): Michael Warren, MD, MPH; Linda McElwain, RN; Patricia Tilley, MS, MA. Type: Webinar Archive. Level: Introductory. Length: 60 minutes.


This webinar is structured around the premise that succession planning is not just about identifying and grooming the next generation of leaders. Rather, it is an on-going part of workforce development efforts designed to sustain an organization or agency’s capacity. During the webinar, Michael Warren, provides an overview of the concept of succession planning and shares efforts related to workforce development in his state of Tennessee. MCH leaders, Linda McElwain (WY), and Patricia Tilley (NH) share their experiences and resources related to building a competent workforce by developing skills, knowledge and leadership among their staff.

Learning Objectives

• Define professional development.

• Learn the challenges of succession planning.

• Understand the skills, competencies and models of success in succession planning.

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 $225,000/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.