Department of Nutrition

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Leadership Development

Interviews with Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Leaders

Leaders in the field of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Nutrition who had recently retired or were nearing retirement were interviewed. The purpose of the interviews was to gain and preserve insight of these individuals and share it with young professionals and emerging leaders in the field. To view the video click HERE.

Maternal and Child Health Leadership Workshops

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Nutrition Education and Training Program faculty and funded trainees conduct four leadership workshops during Fall semester each year. The leadership workshops use selected educational materials from the Johns Hopkins MCH Leadership Training Modulesand other leadership resources to facilitate interactive sessions. The first session focuses on realizing your strengths and being a good team member; the second is about developing your leadership skills and helping teams create shared visions; the third emphasizes skills related to team building and conflict resolution; the fourth aims to develop skills related to organizational change. Workshop session agendas can be found here. Please note that agenda times are for reference only and change depending upon when sessions are scheduled.

Emerging Nutrition Leaders (ENL)

The Emerging Leaders in MCH Nutrition Training Institute is a year-long program designed to train future leaders in the area of MCH Nutrition. This program is a joint collaborative effort of MCH Nutrition Training Programs at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, Baylor College of Medicine, University of Minnesota and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

The Emerging Leaders Institute is a 12 month program with a focus on leadership skill development centered on the MCH Learning Competencies and ability to develop a policy brief. During the first six months, participants complete a leadership assessment, readings, case studies, and participate in monthly conference calls with the faculty to enhance understanding of material and applicability to leadership in nutrition. In the second six months, participants work in teams on a policy brief project. Individualized coaching is provided to participants. Faculty are available throughout the Emerging Leaders Institute to continue building the nutritionist’s leadership skills and provide guidance on the policy brief project. There is no registration fee for the Emerging Leaders in MCH Nutrition Training Institute.

Pictured below is the 2017-2018 ENL cohort. To learn more about the Institute and apply for the upcoming cohort, click HERE.

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 T79MC09805, Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Health Nutrition, $223,929, 50% funded by the University of Tennessee, Department of Nutrition. 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.

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