In the United States, the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program provides support to all mothers, children and youth, including children and youth with special health care needs, and their families.  The mission of Title V MCH is to improve the health and well-being of mothers, infants, children, and youth, including children and youth with special health care needs, and their families. In this episode, you will gain insights on how to manage and lead a team to improve the lives of mother and children and what you can do be a part of the public health mission. We will also discuss some of the pressing issues in maternal and child health: health equity. How can we make resources more equitable for everyone? 

We have a special guest on this episode – Karen Trierweiler who was the former Director of the Maternal and Child Health Division for the State of Colorado. Karen Trierweiler has a master’s prepared nurse midwife and experienced public health professional, known for leading collaborative efforts to achieve measurable health improvements for women, children, youth and families.

If you are interested in a career in maternal and child health, then stay tune and listen to hear to Karen’s career journey from a being a practitioner to becoming a leader in Maternal and Child Health Programs.  She will also highlight the important skills in need right now which can make you a valuable team player in your organization: 1) performance management, 2) resources management, and 3) financial management.  For skills building resources, check out the MCH Navigator:

Connect with Karen Trielweiler at and check out

Interview Questions and Topics: 

1. Learn the career journey from being a practitioner to leader in MCH/public health practice.

2. How is Maternal and Child Health (MCH) program funded? What does Title V mean? What’s the history of these “Titles”?

3. Karen will share her one really tough decision in the past, and what would she would tell her ‘earliest self’ at that point – was it the right thing to do or not?

4. What are still pressing issues in MCH which we are still dealing with and why are they still unresolved?

5. Is something that the general public can do about them? What message or advice can you share with public health professionals working in the field of MCH?

6. What are things you know now that you didn’t know then? (personal or professional)

7. What professional development skills are still needed in MCH?

8. Learn about Karen Trielweiler’s new consulting venture, Total Population Health, where she works with MCH managers and leaders to bring theory and practice into reality.  Learn more at

Connect with Karen Trielweiler at

For skills building resources, check out the MCH Navigator:

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