This position supports the Maternal Child Health (MCH) program which exists to optimize the health of women, children, adolescents, children with special health care needs and families. The MCH program works with staff from across the Prevention Services Division including the Children, Youth and Families Branch. The MCH program uses a strengths-based approach incorporating the BARHII Framework, Life Course Model and the consideration of the social and structural determinants of health.

This position employs public health strategies that support community action, facilitate capacity building, strengthen public health infrastructure, and enhance systems of care. This position is the primary liaison to leadership level MCH staff within local public health agency grantees receiving more than $50,000 per year in MCH funding, and serves as a subject matter expert on maternal and child health issues in urban communities and local MCH public health administration. This position is also the liaison between state MCH priority coordinators and local public health agencies to support local impact on MCH measures. The position negotiates contracts on behalf of CDPHE and ensures contract deliverables are met, while providing high level technical assistance to ensure the successful implementation of the MCH program in Colorado.

This position is the work lead for two additional positions that support local public health agencies in MCH program administration, and ensures consistency of approach, technical assistance and consultation. Activities include: Title V funding administration; budget management; data surveillance; collection and dissemination; collaborative planning; contract management, contract monitoring and program development. This position ensures that the MCH program makes connections across local public health agencies and other entities to create and leverage strategic initiatives and partnerships, especially in Front Range urban communities.

This position is work lead for two additional positions that support local public health agencies in MCH program administration and also ensures that these two positions provide high-level, expert public health consultation and technical assistance to local public health agencies specific to the MCH public health planning process. This includes community assessment (i.e., the presentation and interpretation of MCH indicator data), issue prioritization, and operational plan and budget development to address MCH needs in the community. The position monitors local public health agency program and fiscal performance, reviewing invoice submissions and quarterly reports. This position provides technical assistance to contractors for administrative contract requirements, and issues and monitors grantee Performance Improvement Plans when needed. The MCH local liaison also provides public health programmatic consultation in collaboration with state MCH staff including guidance and technical assistance for evidence-based MCH program planning, development, and implementation of MCH priorities, which are selected as part of the MCH needs assessment process every five years.