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Using Critical Thinking to Advance MCH through Evidence

Decorative image of magnifying glassIn this series of learning modules developed in collaboration with the MCH Navigator and the National MCH Workforce Development Center, we will discuss how the MCH Leadership Competencies — specifically those related to critical thinking (population data, critical analysis, research, epidemiology, and application of evidence-based practice guidelines) — form a supporting structure to: (1) understand the evidence base; (2) develop a plan to move from an analysis of populations needs to evidence-based/informed action steps to address those needs; and (3) use trusted tools to advance health equity within the framework of social determinants of health.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session, the learner will be able to:

You can access an introduction and the three learning modules below or the full video and presentation slides at the bottom of the page. In addition, you can access resources to support the modules:

Introduction: Learn About the MCH Leadership Competencies


Module 1: Understand the Evidence Base


Module 2: Develop an Action Plan


Module 3: Use Tools to Advance Health Equity


Full Video: Watch the Entire Presentation

Resources: Access the Slides and Additional Resources

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 U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. 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.