Maternal and Child Health Training Program
Dorothy Cilenti is the Project Director of the new MCH Workforce Development Center, a cooperative agreement with Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Division of MCH Workforce Development. Dr. Cilenti is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health and Administrator of the NC Local Health Department Accreditation Program at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in Chapel Hill. Dorothy was previously the Local Health Director of Alamance and Chatham counties in North Carolina. She also served as Interim Health Director for the Orange County Health Department. Prior to working as a senior executive in local public health, she served as the Deputy Director of the NC Division of Public Health. She received her master’s in public health and social work from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1989. In 2009, she completed a doctoral program in Health Policy and Management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health.
Major transformations in the health care and health financing sectors offer unprecedented opportunities for improving public health systems, state and community health care delivery, and, ultimately, health outcomes for MCH populations. Title V programs are uniquely positioned to help lead and influence major health system reform initiatives as they affect women, children and families. Yet state and territorial Title V MCH programs face many challenges in the implementation of health reform. With training and support, Title V programs are well-positioned to improve access to care, use quality improvement tools to drive transformation, and foster integration within public health and across organizational boundaries including primary care, community-based service delivery systems and other key sectors.