Maternal and Child Health Training Program

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Grant Status: Active

Grant Title: The Child and Family Health Training Program (CFHP)

Web Site: UCLA School of Public Health Project Exit Disclaimer

Project Director(s):

Neal Halfon, MD, PhD
UCLA School of Public Health
Health Services/School of Public Health 10990 Wilshire Blvd STE 900
Los Angeles, CA  90024-3953
Phone: (310) 794-0967
FAX: (310) 312-9210
Email: nhalfon@ucla.edu

Problem:

This training program responds to a critical and emerging need for university-community collaborations to enhance leadership and improve systems of care that respond to sub-optimal health and growing health disparities among MCH populations, as well as emerging improvement opportunities.

Goals and Objectives:

Goal 1: The Program seeks to optimize the health status of women, infants, children, youth and their families by improving training, service to the MCH community, research, and advocacy. Objective 1: Provide interdisciplinary graduate training that instills the knowledge, skills, and relationship necessary to plan for, organize, evaluate and improve systems of care to mothers, children and families by matriculating at least 5 health professionals and 20 MCH students annually. Objective 2: Enhance existing continuing education curriculum for the current MCH workforce by offering an annual conference and creating new Web 2.0 technology platforms with ongoing products. Objective 3: Strengthen relationships for professional consultation and technical assistance by conducting multiple ongoing projects with State, regional and local Title V agencies and other public and private MCH programs.

Methodology:

1. Train a minimum of 25 individuals for MCH leadership roles and provide a comprehensive education to 100 public health students in the field of MCH over five years. 2. Provide an interdisciplinary leadership curriculum. 3. Support program faculty development and expansion. 4. Provide continuing education at the national, state, and local levels. 5. Expand MCH Data Center and innovative uses of data for systems change. 6. Promote collaborative research and policy analysis on MCH populations. 7. Promote MCH Life Course Health Development research. 8. Disseminate curricular and training innovations. 9. Enhance systems change and MCH advocacy.

Coordination:

Coordination State and local Title V programs: mentor trainees, provide internships, serve in leadership training activities, and collaborate on research, planning, policy analysis, systems improvement; Los Angeles Unified School District and other MCH agenices: mentor trainees, provide internships, and collaborate on Technical Assistance.

Evaluation:

The evaluation will use multiple methods, process and outcome indicators to access achievement of each objective. Evaluation of program outcomes include: curriculum and faculty development, student and alumni development, feedback from participants, course evaluations, assessment of outreach, and responsiveness of the CFHP activities to expressed community needs.

Experience to Date:

The CFHP achieved its target objectives of strengthening collaborative relationships with local and regional MCH agencies and systems while continuing to provide innovative leadership training in MCH. The program recruited and trained its targeted number of long term and short term trainees. The CFHP benefited from further strengthening of relationships between different departments and schools at UCLA, including beginning to collaborate with UCLA's new Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI) to accelerate the translation of knowledge into practice for MCH populations. The Life Course Research Network (LCRN) was launched by program faculty. The faculty expertise and activity continued to strengthen in key strategic areas for MCH populations nationally and locally including health care reform, systems change and improvement, and GIS measurement and mapping to support mobilization of residents, providers, agencies and government.

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