Maternal and Child Health Training Program

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Goal 3: Interdisciplinary / Interprofessional
Training and Practice

Promote interdisciplinary/interprofessional training, practice and interorganizational collaboration to improve quality of care by enhancing systems integration for MCH populations


Strategy 3.1

Support interdisciplinary/interprofessional graduate education and training programs that emphasize leadership, and family-centered, community-based, and culturally competent systems of care.

Activities:

  • Improve MCH health through investments in fields that require interdisciplinary training and collaboration such as adolescent health, developmental disabilities, developmental behavioral pediatrics, nutrition, pediatric pulmonology, and public health.
  • Collaborate with the Bureau of Health Professions Interprofessional Center to spread policy support for and document the impact of interdisciplinary/interprofessional training, develop common assessment tools, and exchange best practices.
  • Facilitate approaches for MCHB-supported interdisciplinary training programs and the HRSA Interprofessional Center to assess gaps in the field, develop plans to address gaps and disseminate evidence based practices.
  • Promote family and consumer engagement in DMCHWD programs by requiring programs to include family members and consumers as faculty, trainees, and partners.
  • Collaborate with national family involvement partners to increase ongoing opportunities for families to engage with MCH graduate education and continuing education programs.


Strategy 3.2

Facilitate interdisciplinary/interprofessional practice opportunities for students and faculty in MCH academic training programs to engage with community, state (particularly Title V), and/or national agencies and partner organizations.

Activities:

  • Support academic/practice partnerships through the MCH Workforce Development Centers.
  • Establish pathways to governmental MCH public health positions, including experiences with Title V programs and opportunities for internships within DMCHWD.
  • Better integrate MCH interdisciplinary investments with other HRSA investments.
  • Support interdisciplinary practice opportunities for students through Training Programs. Measuring Progress in Interdisciplinary/Interprofessional Practice (sample measures):
  • Annually, report on the percent of long-term trainees who, at 1, 5 and 10 years post-training, work in an interdisciplinary manner to serve the MCH population (e.g., individuals with disabilities and their families, adolescents and their families, etc.)
  • Annually report on the degree to which MCHB-funded programs ensure family, youth, and consumer participation in program and policy activities.
  • Annually review the degree to which LEND programs incorporate medical home concepts.
  • By 2020, require additional interdisciplinary training programs to report on the percent of long-term trainees who at 1, 5 and 10 years post-training, work in an interdisciplinary manner to serve the MCH population (e.g., individuals with disabilities and their families, adolescents and their families, etc.).

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