In this one-hour webinar, Wyoming’s Title V Director and MCH Epidemiologist will discuss efforts to engage rural and frontier communities in the state’s Title V needs assessment. Their discussion will include strategies, outcomes, barriers, successes, lessons learned, and next steps.

This webinar is part of the Maternal and Child Public Health webinar series.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify two ways to engage rural and frontier communities in Title V needs assessment.
  • Describe two ways to incorporate feedback from rural and frontier communities into priority selection.

Intended Audience

Title V staff and individuals working to engage rural and frontier communities in a statewide process.


Linda McElwain, BSN, is the maternal and child health (MCH) unit manager and Title V director within the Public Health Division of the Wyoming Department of Health. She has over 30 years of experience as a registered nurse with an emphasis in pediatrics. Her experiences have ranged from the hospital to county public health departments to home visitation with the military’s New Parent Support Program.

Amy Spieker, MPH, is an MCH epidemiologist and the Wyoming PRAMS Coordinator within the Wyoming Department of Health. She works closely with the Title V program and staff at the county level to help collect, interpret, and use MCH data.


The Maternal and Child Public Health webinar series provides up-to-date information on topics related to Title V maternal and child health (MCH) national performance measures. A performance measure describes a specific need that, when successfully addressed, leads to better health outcomes. As part of the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant, all state MCH agencies are required to report on their progress toward achieving the targets they set for these 18 national performance measures.

The series is supported by the Maternal and Child Public Health Leadership Training Program with a grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration. The program provides interdisciplinary, graduate-level training in maternal and child public health epidemiology and practice, including applied research, program planning and management, policy development, and advocacy.

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Air Date: 
Friday, April 11, 2014, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PDT
Maternal and Child Health
Program Planning & Evaluation
1 hour
Maternal and Child Public Health
Competency Domains: 
Analytical/Assessment Skills
Communication Skills
Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
Cultural Competency Skills
Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills