Workforce Training

Given the importance of a skilled MCH workforce, MCHB invests in multiple programs and resources through the MCH Training Program, which targets both practicing MCH professionals and current graduate- and doctoral-level students interested in pursuing maternal and child health careers.

What Programs Do We Fund for the Practicing MCH Workforce?

MCH Navigator

Designed to help emerging and established MCH practitioners map professional growth pathways, the MCH Navigator exit disclaimer icon is a centralized portal for high quality continuous learning in maternal and child health.

Key site features include:

  • a searchable, web-based resource inventory of free learning opportunities,
  • training spotlights on hot topics in the field of MCH, and
  • a library of learning opportunities to support MCH 3.0.

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MCH Workforce Development Center

The MCH Workforce Development Center supports State Title V program leaders and staff. The center helps to meet current MCH public health policy and programmatic imperatives around health transformation, including the Title V Block Grant. It focuses on three topics: systems integration, change management and adaptive leadership, and evidence-based decision making.

One national workforce development center, based at an institution of higher education, will coordinate training efforts around those key topics to enhance the capacity of the MCH workforce to lead and/or engage in ongoing health transformation activities.

Collaborative Office Rounds

Collaborative Office Rounds (COR) support small discussion groups that meet regularly over sustained periods to address the mental health aspects of pediatric care.

The groups are jointly led by pediatricians and child psychiatrists, and participants include practitioners, fellows, and residents. Although they vary, all groups aim to help primary care providers to address the day-to-day psychosocial issues of children, adolescents, and their families.

Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children

The Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children grant program promotes the development and advancement of healthy communities through partnerships with organizations that work to change conditions in the community and environment. These efforts may  focus on:

  • housing,
  • education,
  • the labor workforce,
  • socioeconomic conditions,
  • neighborhood safety,
  • transportation, food quality and availability, and
  • physical fitness and recreational activities for children and families.

In addition, grantees in community practice often support the development of family-centered, culturally competent pediatric clinicians and public health professionals. Currently, Healthy Tomorrows funds 41 grants across 22 states.

Reaching Practicing MCH Professionals in Underserved Areas

The Reaching Practicing MCH Professionals in Underserved Areas through Education and Training program serves diverse MCH public health professionals in isolated geographic areas of the country who are underserved through traditional education programs and may not otherwise have access to pursue their education.

What Types of Graduate Education and Training Do We Fund?

Centers of Excellence in MCH Education, Science and Practice

The Centers of Excellence in MCH in Education, Science and Practice (COE) seeks to improve the health of women, infants, children, youth, and their families. Administered within accredited Schools of Public Health, these programs support the training of public health professionals for leadership in MCH through exposure to necessary knowledge and skills.

COE graduates work as leaders in public health agencies, community-based organizations, advocacy organizations, and other not-for-profit organizations.

MCH Nutrition

The Leadership Education in MCH Nutrition program provides long-term graduate education and short-term continuing education in MCH nutrition through graduate programs.

This program focuses on leadership in pediatric and maternal nutrition through both clinical and public health approaches. Training includes:

  • leadership skills,
  • core public health principles,
  • epidemiology,
  • environmental approaches to population intervention, and
  • the development and evaluation of nutrition-related, cost-effective interventions for specific populations.

Leadership in Adolescent Health

The Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) programs provide interdisciplinary leadership training in adolescent and young adult health for five core disciplines: medicine, nursing, nutrition, psychology, and social work.

Graduate and post-graduate LEAH training prepares health professionals for leadership roles in public health practice and clinical care, research, training, and advocacy to improve family- and youth-centered, community-based care for adolescents and young adults while enhancing the capacity of community and Title V state programs.

Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics

The Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) program trains the next generation of leaders in developmental-behavioral pediatrics  to enhance behavioral, psychosocial, and developmental aspects of pediatric care.

The program focuses on:

  • preparing fellows for leadership roles as teachers, investigators, and clinicians advancing the field of developmental-behavioral pediatrics, and
  • providing pediatric practitioners, residents, and medical students with essential biopsychosocial knowledge and clinical expertise.

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities

The Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) programs provide interdisciplinary training to enhance the clinical expertise and leadership skills of professionals who care for children with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities, including autism.

These training programs focus on children with a wide range of intellectual and developmental disabilities and special health care conditions, especially medically fragile children with multiple or complex challenges.

Trainees in LEND programs participate in academic, clinical, leadership, and community opportunities and receive training in cultural and linguistic competence using a family-centered approach.

MCH Public Health Catalyst Program

The MCH Public Health Catalyst Program:

  • provides an increased focus on fundamental maternal and child health content and competencies within schools of public health where no concentration currently exists, and
  • provides MCH content exposure to an increased number of public health students, introducing students to careers in the MCH field.

The Catalyst projects provide MCH exposure to graduate students, including those from underrepresented backgrounds (including racial and ethnic minorities) who are also underrepresented in the MCH field.

MCH Pipeline

The Maternal and Child Health Pipeline Training Program (MCHPTP) promotes the development of a representative health care workforce by recruiting diverse applicants (including racial and ethnic minorities) and training students from disadvantaged backgrounds into maternal and child health professions.

The Pipeline recruits undergraduate students enrolled at institutions that have a demonstrated record of training people from disadvantaged backgrounds and who are underrepresented in the maternal and child health field.

The program educates, mentors, and guides students, and provides enriching experiences to increase their interest in MCH public health professions. MCH Pipeline Programs are all linked to at least one MCH long-term training program.

Pediatric Pulmonary Centers

Pediatric Pulmonary Centers (PPC) develop interdisciplinary leaders who seek to improve the health of infants, children, and youth with chronic respiratory and sleep-related conditions by promoting comprehensive, coordinated, family-centered, and culturally sensitive systems of health care.

PPC training programs:

  • provide interdisciplinary leadership training at the graduate and post-graduate levels in pediatric pulmonary medicine, nursing, social work, nutrition, and family leadership,
  • engage with families as full partners to support family-centered practice, policies, and research,
  • impact policies and practices at the regional and national levels, including working with state and local health agencies and providers through a public health/population-based approach, and
  • support diverse trainees and faculty, and cultural and linguistic competence approaches, to address health disparities related to chronic respiratory conditions.
Date Last Reviewed:  January 2018

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