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Maternal-Child Health
Leadership Academy Africa  

Participant Roles


The Fellow develops a leadership project focused on improving maternal-child health outcomes and maternal-child nursing practice.  As part of the project development, the Fellow will receive support from his or her Association, Organization or Institution (A/O/I) to form an interdisciplinary team in his or her practice setting or community to address a maternal-child health issue.
Leadership Mentor
Each Fellow will be paired with an expert Leadership Mentor who participates in the academy workshops and guides the Fellow through the leadership development journey.  The Leadership Mentor is an individual who is:
  • Familiar with the Fellow’s practice setting
  • Prepared to champion, advise and advocate for the Fellow
  • Not the Fellow’s direct supervisor
  • A practiced leader evidenced by the accomplishments of prior mentees
Faculty Advisor

The Fellow and Leadership Mentor are paired with a Faculty Advisor who acts as a facilitator during the Fellow’s leadership journey.  This triad — Fellow, Leadership Mentor and Faculty Advisor — forms the basic functional unit of the academy that works collaboratively to complete the Fellow’s leadership development goals including team development, project planning, implementation and evaluation.  A Faculty Advisor:
  • Participates in the academy’s application review and selection process as a reviewer
  • Participates in curriculum development, presentation and evaluation; advising and mentoring
  • Works with other MCH Nurse Leadership Academy faculty advisors, STTI and Johnson & Johnson staff to achieve program goals and objectives

Selection Criteria
The academy is open to those whose practice includes nursing service, administration, education or research concentrating on the health of mothers and children.  This includes, but is not limited to, clinicians, researchers, faculty, maternal-child health nurses and midwives working in professional organizations and health policy.  STTI membership is not a requirement for participation in the academy as Leadership Mentor or Fellow. Maternal-child health nurses and midwives from Malawi, South Africa and Uganda are encouraged to apply.



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