MCH Leads Health Equity Edition – In order to advance health equity for MCH populations, beginning January 2023, MCH Leads will feature trainees’ health equity-focused work. We look forward to highlighting trainees’ experiences supporting the health and well-being of vulnerable and underserved populations and communities. Also, their work assessing and addressing the underlying causes of health disparities–and their efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion–ultimately improving MCH outcomes. In addition, we encourage trainees to reflect on how the MCH Leadership Competencies are applicable to their health equity-focused stories.

Hianca Andrades

Competency 1 – MCH Knowledge Base/Context

Competency 3 – Ethics

MCH Knowledge & Ethics

In wrapping up, my time in county-level public health has shown me the importance of understanding local needs. Through working directly with communities and sticking to ethical principles, I have seen the positive impact of collaboration. As we face challenges, build trust, and put the well-being of those we serve first, community engagement is not just a process—it is a commitment to growing together. In this journey, ethics lead the way toward a future where public health is inclusive and serves everyone equitably.

Funding provided by the Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health at the University of Minnesota and the University at Albany School of Public Health Maternal and Child Health Public Health Catalyst Program, which are supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This information or content and conclusions of related outreach products are those of the authors 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.