MCH Leadership Defined

An MCH Leader inspires and brings people together to achieve
sustainable results to improve the lives of the MCH population.

Adapted from: George, B. (2006, October 30).
Truly Authentic Leadership
U.S. News & World Report, 52.

  • An MCH leader is one who understands and supports MCH values, mission, and goals with a sense of purpose and moral commitment.
  • He or she values interdisciplinary collaboration and diversity and brings the capacity to think critically about MCH issues at both the population and individual levels, as well as to communicate and work with others and use self-reflection.
  • The MCH leader possesses core knowledge of MCH populations and their needs and demonstrates professionalism in attitudes and working habits.
  • He or she continually seeks new knowledge and improvement of abilities and skills central to effective, evidence-based leadership.
  • The MCH leader is also committed to sustaining an infrastructure to recruit, train and mentor future MCH leaders to ensure the health and well-being of tomorrow’s children and families.
  • Finally, the MCH leader is responsive to the changing political, social, scientific, and demographic context and demonstrates the capability to change quickly and adapt in the face of emerging challenges and opportunities.