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.

Emerging Nutrition Leaders (ENL) in MCH Nutrition Training

The Emerging Nutrition Leaders in MCH 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, Arizona State University, Baylor College of Medicine, Tulane University, University of Minnesota and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

2020-2021 Virtual ENL Cohort
2020-2021 Virtual ENL Cohort

The Emerging Leaders Institute focuses on leadership skill development centered on the MCH Leadership Competencies and ability to develop a policy brief. During the first six months, participants complete a leadership assessment, readings, case studies, complete modules developed from the MCH Navigator’s 5-minute MCH micro-learning series, and participate in monthly conference calls with 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 and participate in 6 months of individualized professional coaching by a certified Strength-Based Leadership coach. Faculty are available throughout the Emerging Nutrition Leaders Institute to continue building the nutritionists’ leadership skills and provide guidance on the policy brief project. There is no registration fee for the Emerging Leaders in MCH Nutrition Training Institute. To learn more about the Institute and apply for the upcoming cohort, click HERE

Maternal and Child Health Leadership Skills Development for Graduate Students

MCH Nutrition Leadership Program faculty and funded trainees facilitate four leadership training workshops each year each fall for graduate students in the Department of Nutrition at the University of Tennessee. The interactive workshops help build knowledge and skills associated with the MCH Leadership Competencies. If you would like assistance in leadership development workshops for MCH professionals or students, please contact

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, $223,777, 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.



or call 865-974-5445