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Elizabeth Baker and Latrice Holt hone their leadership skills in Chicago

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Public health graduate students Elizabeth Baker, MPH, CPH and Latrice Holt earned awards to attend the 2013 Making Leadership Connections Conference. Held April 4-5 in Chicago, the gathering served as an interdisciplinary leadership meeting for Maternal and Child Health Bureau Trainees.


(lr) Latrice Holt and Elizabeth Baker with their certificates of attendance.

(lr) Latrice Holt and Elizabeth Baker with their certificates of attendance.

Ms. Baker and Holt are scholars in the Maternal and Child Leadership Training Program. Housed in the Department of Community and Family Health, the MCH training program provides leadership training in MCH that focuses on promoting health equity through an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach that is culturally competent and family-centered.

The conference attracted more than 60 current and former participants from Maternal and Child Health Bureau trainee programs across the country. Dr. Donald Sutton, an organizational psychologist and public health practitioner, kicked off each day with a thought-provoking message on the keys to success in MCH, how the current generation can bring about change, and opportunities for the new generation of MCH leaders to lead.  Additionally, attendees explored real-life dilemmas surrounding leadership in the workplace and balancing work woes with personal self-care.

Baker and Holt had numerous opportunities to connect with peers through organized breaks and fun activities like ‘Speed Networking,’ a skill-building exercise that gave participants the opportunity to learn what they have in common with people they’ve never met.

“Overall the conference left us inspired to continue the great work we do in the field,” said Latrice Holt, a master’s student in maternal and child health. “It was a fantastic two days of leadership, networking, and career development!”

Elizabeth Baker is a doctoral candidate in community and family health. Her research interests include women’s reproductive and sexual health. Women’s health issues and healthy infant development are the focus of Latrice Holt’s graduate work. Both students in the USF College of Public Health.

The Maternal and Child Leadership Training Program is funded by the Health and Human Resources Administration. To learn more about the program, visit

Written by Natalie D. Preston, USF College of Public Health

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