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Home : Leadership Institute : Maternal Child Health
Maternal-Child Health Nurse
Leadership Academy (MCH NLA)

Academy Purpose and Overview
The purpose of the MCH Nurse Leadership Academy presented in partnership with Johnson & Johnson is to develop the leadership skills of maternal and child health nurses and nurse midwives who work in a variety of health care settings across the globe.  The academy prepares these nurses for effective inter-professional team leadership as they strive to improve the quality of health care for childbearing women and children up to 5 years old. 

See what participants are saying about this program.​


The leadership skills component of the academy is based on the research and teachings of Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, as described in, The Leadership Challenge®.  Their model proposes that leadership is a measurable, learnable, and teachable set of behaviors.  The academy believes that these behaviors are learned best when applied to realistic settings.  The academy is designed to operationalize these learned behaviors by assisting and supporting the fellow in developing and implementing an interdisciplinary team project.

Maternal Child Health Leadership Academy participants
Nurses and nurse midwives accepted into the program will:
  • Select a Leadership Mentor who will guide them through their leadership development over the 18-month period.
  • Maintain collegial relationship with academy triad (Fellow, Leadership Mentor and Faculty Advisor).
  • Attend two intensive workshops with their chosen Leadership Mentor
  • Design an individualized leadership development plan with guidance from their Leadership Mentor and Faculty Advisor (assigned by STTI).
  • Implement and manage an interdisciplinary team leadership project that results in practice outcomes and aligns with the mission and vision of the Fellows'. association/organization/institution (A/O/I).
  • Facilitate one virtual site visit and one in-person site visit with triad.
  • Attend academy celebration activities at STTI's Biennial Convention.
Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of the 18- month academy, fellows will have the skills to:
  • Improve maternal-child health outcomes through leadership skills and evidence-based practice.
  • Introduce improvements in health systems or models of care.
  • Create and effectively lead an interdisciplinary team to improve maternal-child health practice outcomes.
  • Contribute to the field through project evaluation, communication and dissemination of results.
Academy Outcomes


“This is the definitive professional experience that will help nurses accomplish extraordinary outcomes for mothers and children.”

Bernadette M. Melnyk PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN, Dean of the College of Nursing and Associate Vice President for Health Promotion and Chief Wellness Officer, The Ohio State University​

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