Maternal and Child Health Training Program

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Grant Status: Active

Grant Title: Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Training Program

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Project Director(s):

Barbara Laraia, PhD, MPH, RD
Regents of the University of California
2150 Shattuck Avenue Suite 313
Berkeley, CA  94704-5940
Phone: 510-643-7896
Email: blaraia@berkeley.edu

Problem:

The project's purpose is to train strong MCH Nutrition Leaders who will be ready to meet the needs of California, the Western States, and the nation in providing leadership in public health nutrition-management and practice, program and policy development, research and evaluation, and communication.

Goals and Objectives:

Goal 1: Train Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition Leaders. Goal 2: Strengthen a competency-based PHN MCH curriculum that incorporates a life course model, social determinants of health, and cultural sensitivity. Goal 3: Address MCH Nutrition Workforce and Succession Management Needs. Goal 4: Provide Interdisciplinary Training and Practice and Inter-organizational collaboration to enhance systems of care for MCH populations. Goal 5: Support and bolster faculty, student and community initiated MCH Nutrition and Obesity prevention research.

Methodology:

Under this training grant we will provide a curriculum for short, medium and long term trainees in the area of MCH Nutrition practice, management and leadership. As a member of the Western MCH Nutrition Leadership Network, we will help organize the annual network meeting. We will develop a series of public health nutrition and leadership training modules with the ultimate goal of establishing an MCH Nutrition Leadership Certificate. We will develop and pilot an MCH Community Nutrition Internship that meets the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics RD certification.

Coordination:

Our partners and Advisory Board include state and national public health nutrition agencies, the Western NLN, and MCH public health nutrition professionals. They will provide consultation and guidance to inform our residential and distance education curriculum. The six MCHB-funded training programs in California (MCH, LEAH, LEND, MCH Nutrition) will provide interdisciplinary training experiences and distance education opportunities.

Evaluation:

Our partners and Advisory Board include state and national public health nutrition agencies, the Western NLN, and MCH public health nutrition professionals. They will provide consultation and guidance to inform our residential and distance education curriculum. The six MCHB-funded training programs in California (MCH, LEAH, LEND, MCH Nutrition) will provide interdisciplinary training experiences and distance education opportunities.

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