Who can write posts/send materials?

Any MCH students affiliated with a school where there are Centers of Excellence in MCH in Education, Science and Practice or MCH Public Health Catalyst Programs are able to contribute material. The blog welcomes anybody who is interested in becoming more involved in the MCH community! We’re happy to receive nominations from faculty members and staff, as well.

We do not accept unsolicited posts promoting unaffiliated products, businesses, etc.

I’m a former trainee. Can I write a post or send resources to share?

Yes! We’d love to hear from our alumni. Please contact mchlead1@gmail.com and tell us more about your interest and current work.

How are students selected to be authors?

Students enrolled in, or recently graduated from HRSA-funded Centers of Excellence (COE) in MCH Education, Science, and Practice programs or MCH Public Health Catalyst Programs who have participated in MCH research or community engagement are invited to share their work. Traditionally, students are nominated by their program directors. However, if you are an MCH student or recent graduate from one of these HRSA-funded programs and are interested in sharing your MCH experiences, please email mchlead1@gmail.com!

How frequently does blog material get added?

The blog gets updated monthly, with new topics of discussion and posts. New resources will be added at any time. 

How do I get started?

Contact us! Please email us at mchlead1@gmail.com with any questions or possible submission ideas you may have.

What are the benefits of authoring a post?

The blog provides a unique opportunity for you to express your work and interests in a creative manner. Instead of just telling a future employer about a project you’ve completed, you can share the link and show them that you have the experience to get the job done. Writing a post is also a great way to demonstrate your ability to write for everyday audiences, a critical skill for public health professionals.

Finally, focusing your post on one of the 12 MCH competencies provides readers with a demonstrated, concrete example of your knowledge and skill sets around a specific core competency.

What’s the process for submitting and writing a post?

After we’ve heard from you, we’ll confirm when your post will be due and discuss the format and timeline. We also ask for you to sign and email the HRSA Consent Form, which you can download here. Once you’ve written the post (and had it reviewed by someone other than yourself for clarity), we’ll make technical edits and post to the blog. We’ll be sure to share a draft with you before it gets promoted to ensure accuracy and to get your final stamp of approval.

How should I format my post?

Be as creative as you want! It could be a traditional blog post, with a first-person narrative account of your experience. Alternatives could include interviews (students interviewing each other, a student interviewing a mentor or supervisor about the work they undertook together, etc.), videos, or a pre-recorded PowerPoint with voice over. Have other ideas? We want to hear them! This is your post and we want it to represent you in the best way possible.

All posts should include links and references. We ask that you include a headshot and any other pictures of you undertaking your work. Please also end with a byline that includes your name, program, undergraduate degree, expected graduation date and anything else you’d like to share. See the editor’s bio for a good example.

Finally, it’s good practice to ask someone else to read your post for clarity. It could be a fellow student, the supervisor/preceptor who you worked with on the project, a mentor or advisor, or anyone else who can offer constructive feedback and make edits.

We will make final technical edits for consistency, but you post should be more or less ready to publish by the time it reaches us.

What should I write about?

We’re very proud of all of the outstanding involvement of MCH students during their time in their MCH program. We want you to showcase what you are currently working on and/or how certain experiences in the MCH Program might pertain to your future endeavors. Some questions we hope you’ll answer in your post include (but aren’t limited to):

  • What are you currently working on?
  • How did you get involved?
  • What MCH competency are you focusing on and why? How did you demonstrate or grow your understanding of the competency in the work you undertake/project you completed? If more than one, please discuss them.
  • How does your work impact MCH populations (what are the benefits and the impacts of the type of work you’re doing)?
  • What have you been surprised by?
  • What has been challenging?
  • What do you want people, especially prospective and current students, to know about your work and being an MCH student?

When is my post due?

We understand that all of our students are very busy with studies and extracurriculars. Based on a student’s workload, we can be flexible in creating a timeline and will strive to publish students’ posts before their graduation date.

Can I use something I’ve already written?

We’ll accept a “re-purposed” piece that’s been reformatted for the blog as long as the prior piece is appropriately cited and linked to, and has been edited for our audience. In some cases we may need you to ask permission to utilize your previous piece.

How will my post be promoted? What can I do to promote the blog and/or my post?

We’ll let you know when your post goes live so that you can share as broadly as you’d like! The University of Minnesota Center of Excellence and University at Albany’s Catalyst MCH Program student editor’s will promote new posts on their respective social media sites, newsletters, and websites using the hashtag #mchleads. They’ll also periodically share with TAG and others at MCH so that they can see (and share!) your good work.

We encourage you to re-post and share with fellow students, staff, and faculty at your own institutions! Remember to check the blog monthly for new posts and resources!

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.