Maternal and Child Health Consultant

Maternal and Child Health Consultant

Short-term Independent Contractor Position  

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Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) is seeking a maternal child health consultant to serve as project lead and facilitator for a New Orleans-based local maternal safety workgroup responsible for the implementation of a national initiative to reduce maternal morbidity and preventable maternal mortality among pregnant and postpartum women. This initiative works with community-based organizations and outpatient clinical settings to implement non-hospital safety bundles across the care continuum (first year post-partum)). This project is already underway, uses a virtual community of practice/learning community model with technical assistance and support from both LPHI and the funder, the National Healthy Start Association (NHSA).

Consultant Period of Performance

This is an immediate opportunity beginning in May 2021 and anticipated to go through September 2021, with the potential for extension.

Anticipated Hours

It is anticipated that this project may require 10-15 hours per week through Sept 2021.

Consultant Scope of Work Deliverables

Overall Project Leadership and Management

  • Oversee the implementation of the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health Community Care Initiative (AIM CCI) project work plan in collaboration with the local maternal safety workgroup and the LPHI team.
  • Organize, plan and facilitate local maternal safety workgroup and related cohorts (biweekly minimum) comprised of community-focused local partner organizations to support implementation of the non-hospital focused maternal safety bundles, including but not limited to Postpartum Care Basics for Maternal Safety: From Birth to the Comprehensive Postpartum Visit and Postpartum Care Basics for Maternal Safety: Transition from Maternity to Well-Woman Care) in collaboration with the National Healthy Start Association.
  • Develop a coordinated communication plan for the local maternal safety workgroup.
  • Facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration for implementation of bundle guidelines, criteria, and other tools to improve adoption and to optimize clinical outcomes.
  • Guide, coach and monitor participating organizations and representatives in the development and implementation of their respective project plans to support the adoption and integration of community and clinical components of the bundle elements.
  • Strategize and facilitate discussions related to ensuring racial and health equity-focused implementation and adoption strategies. Lead action planning process that focuses on eliminating health disparities in service delivery and health outcomes.
  • Initiate and lead strategic conversations with existing and prospective partner organizations to advance the goals of this work.
  • Build trusting, productive relationships with project staff and collaborative partners through proactive communication.
  • Prepare for, present at and/or participate in regular check-in calls with LPHI and the national office (up to weekly), webinars and trainings (monthly), AIM CCI peer-learning calls (quarterly), annual meetings, and ad-hoc calls to share success and problem-solve any opportunities identified.

Evaluation, Data Collection and Project Reporting

  • Utilize data to inform program design, implementation, and evaluation to support sustained bundle element adoption.
  • Support the design and coordination effort for the projects’ evaluation and data collection strategy, priorities, and reporting requirements in collaboration with LPHI’s evaluation team and the NHSA AIM CCI bundle implementation and measurement teams.
  • Itegrate appropriate milestones and timelines for data collection and reporting for the overall local maternal safety workgroup activities, including coordinating coaching to individual member organizations in collaboration with assigned LPHI staff.
  • Support the assessment of bundle elements.
  • Provide technical assistance and project evaluation support, as needed.
  • Provide regular progress reports to LPHI summarizing activities. Respond to requests and complete project deliverables in a timely manner.
  • Assist with grant reporting as required by funder. 

Thought Partnership Advisory Services

  • Serve as a trusted and informed resource for LPHI leadership on maternal and child health and their interconnections throughout public health and healthcare and community continuum of care.
  • Identify and share emerging trends and opportunities in the maternal and child health space at the federal, regional, and statewide level.
  • Write and contribute to briefing documents and presentations, as needed.
  • Provide recommendations on opportunities to convene strategic partners formally and/or informally to serve, collaborate and advise on maternal and child health community needs and interventions.
  • To ensure synergy and success of this program, identify national, regional and community stakeholders that may serve as partners and collaborators.
  • Explore how emerging maternal and child health efforts and innovations may benefit local communities and mitigate potential risks for adaptation in Louisiana.
  • In collaboration with LPHI staff, lead and/or participate in identifying funding to sustain these activities and initiatives.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in one or more of the following areas: maternal/child health program planning and implementation; clinical quality improvement, advocacy and government affairs; public health programming; working with disadvantaged populations; health equity, community development.
  • Master’s degree in public health, public administration, or related field, or MCH clinical provider, preferred.
  • Skilled organizer with experience with action planning, leading communities of practice, learning collaboratives, and/or coalitions for system change.
  • Demonstrated experience cultivating systems change and sustaining cross-sector partnerships to improve health outcomes.
  • Experience working in New Orleans area and/or Louisiana geographically, or with New Orleans based MCH service providers, key institutions, and key partners, preferred.
  • Experience convening and leading partners, building strategic partnerships, and conducting meetings with internal and external partners.
  • Critical thinking skills to conduct assessments and implement strategies that will ensure success of this program.

LPHI Responsibilities

An LPHI staff person will be responsible to oversee the contract and serve as the key point of contact for the consultant, and primary liaison to NHSA teams.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Provide direction and oversight of activities and serve as sounding board for overall strategy.
  • In collaboration with consultant and the NHSA team, support data collection, provide measurement reporting support, support the compilation of progress reports for key stakeholders.
  • Connect consultant to partners, stakeholders, and reference materials.
  • Lead a landscape assessment of the local partners.
  • Oversee the development of a local referral and resource guide that will be made available to participating organizations.

Project Timeline

To apply, please submit the following information via email to with subject line “MCH Consultant”:

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover letter detailing:
    • Experience with/expertise in maternal and child health and clinical quality improvement; and
    • Experience in project management and facilitation.
  • Hourly rate and availability
  • A minimum of three professional references highlighting related experience.