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Director, Maternal and Infant Health

Department: Maternal and Infant Health
Location: Arlington, VA

Summary:  Provides strategic direction, policy analysis, and programmatic implementation related to two ASTHO-led projects: 1. Risk-Appropriate Care Learning Community and 2. Promoting Innovation in State and Territorial MCH Policymaking (PRISM) Learning Community.

Project Summaries:

Risk-Appropriate Care (RAC) Learning Community (funded through CDCís Division of Reproductive Health):

The purpose of the RAC learning community is to improve statewide risk-appropriate care through implementation of CDCís Levels of Care Assessment (LoCATE) tool. Risk-appropriate care is a strategy developed to improve health outcomes for pregnant women and infants Ė states can help ensure that pregnant women and infants at high risk of complications receive care at a birth facility that is best prepared to meet their health needs. In early 2022, ASTHO will launch a learning community with 6-8 states who are currently implementing the tool to provide capacity building and technical assistance opportunities to support data collection, quality improvement efforts, and translating data into policy.

Promoting Innovation in State and Territorial MCH Policymaking (PRISM) Learning Community (funded through HRSAís Maternal and Child Health Bureau):

PRISM is a five-year partnership between the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP). ASTHO and AMCHP will engage three separate cohorts over the five-year project period, with 6-8 jurisdictions per cohort. Cohorts will focus their efforts on existing policies and strategies and set outcomes that are achievable within 1-2 years. Jurisdictions will be encouraged to focus their efforts on singular policy or programmatic change within mental health and substance use more broadly, including but not limited to alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and opioid use in MCH populations. The project is currently in its fourth year.


Principal Functions:

  • Provide direct project management to the RAC and PRISM projects including oversight of related budgets, contracts, reporting requirements, and work plan activities.
  • Supervise 3 internal staff and project contractors to execute workplan activities and develop and disseminate project findings.
  • Manage deliverables, including planning and implementing virtual learning sessions, virtual policy academy, and state team, federal, and partner calls.
  • Develop and implement project outcome and process evaluation activities, including measuring progress toward project objectives, goals, and intended outcomes.
  • Develop and lead dissemination of project findings through written deliverables (fact sheets, issue briefs, progress reports), social media communication (podcasts, twitter chats, social media campaigns), and presentations for internal (ASTHO members and Executive Leadership) and external (partner and conferences) audiences.
  • Provide capacity building to state and territorial health agency leadership and staff by responding to technical assistance requests and translating public health policy, legislation, and evidence-based research into recommendations for best-practice.
  • Proactively build, cultivate trust, and strengthen stakeholder relationships to promote health equity work within the community health and prevention portfolio to support membership and ASTHO as an organization.
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration both internally across ASTHO teams, and externally by representing ASTHO at national/federal meetings, workgroups, and committees.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • MPH or related degree
  • 5+ years relevant work experience in public health, public policy, or related knowledge of maternal and child health or womenís health.
  • State/local public health or national association experience. Awareness of public health policy or program implementation from a state perspective desirable.
  • Working knowledge about peer networks, learning communities, or learning collaboratives.
  • Grant/Cooperative Agreement management proficiency. 
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Management/supervisory experience.
  • Ability to manage large projects including measures of success, forecasting, and evaluation.
  • Excellent organization and time management skills required, including ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects concurrently.
  • Ability to grasp systems and systems changes at state, local, or federal levels.
  • Domestic travel required.

ASTHO is the only national, nonprofit organization representing the nationís state and territorial public health officials and the agencies they serve. ASTHOís members, the chief health officials of all 50 states in the United States, the District of Columbia, the five U.S. territories, and the three freely-associated states, are dedicated to formulating and influencing sound public health policy, assuring excellence in public health practice, and advancing health equity and optimal health for all. ASTHO is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia and opened a second office location in Atlanta, Georgia in 2017. ASTHO was incorporated on March 23, 1942 with the goal of helping health officials navigate a rapidly changing public health landscape and remains a strong voice in governmental public health to this day. ASTHOís mission is to support, equip, and advocate for state and territorial health officials in their work of advancing the publicís health and well-being.


State and territorial health agencies advancing health equity and optimal health for all.


ASTHOís mission is to support, equip, and advocate for state and territorial health officials in their work of advancing the publicís health and well-being.





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