Our vision for the 21st century is that all children, youth, and families will live and thrive in healthy communities served by a quality workforce that helps assure their health and well being.
The MCH Training Program seeks to train the next generation of leaders who will provide or assure the provision of quality services for the MCH population. Quality services for mothers, children and adolescents require professionals who are:
Attuned to the special needs of children, adolescents and children with special health care needs
Trained to provide or assure the provision of interdisciplinary, family-centered, and culturally competent services
Focused on improving the health of the entire population
2010-2015 Strategic Plan Development Update
On October 19, 2010, MCH training grantee and trainee representatives gathered in Washington, D.C. to begin a dialogue about critical areas for which national leadership is needed. The input gathered through this meeting will be used as a starting point for a comprehensive effort to update the current MCH Training Strategic Plan, in which a wide array of MCH Training constituents and partners will be engaged. The Meeting Summary Highlights (PDF - 696 KB) decribes themes that emerged in this initial conversation, which were wide-ranging; among those identified as key were visibility of and evidence supporting MCH Training, internal and external Training Program alliances, faculty and trainee diversity, developing trainees to be change agents and innovators, and MCH trainee engagement across programs and with the MCH Training Program nationally.
The goals of the MCH Training Program are as follows:
Assure a workforce that possesses the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to meet unique MCH population needs.
Prepare and support a diverse MCH workforce that is culturally competent and family centered.