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The Eighth Annual Making Lifelong Connections Meeting

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and the 2018 Making Lifelong Connections Planning Committee would like to invite trainees to participate in a unique opportunity to build leadership skills, meet other current and former MCHB trainees, and enhance their career development. MLC is a national meeting, in its 9th year, focused on leadership development for current and former trainees from the range of MCHB training programs. MLC provides current/former trainee attendees with an opportunity to network, develop and refine leadership skills, and enhance career development through experiences such as presentations, panel participation, interactive activities, facilitation of question-guided discussions, and much more!

The theme for MLC 2018 is “MCH Training: Taking the Next Step” and will be held April 11-13, 2018 in Tampa, FL. For more, visit the event website. Exit Disclaimer

ASPHN Brief on Maternal Mental Health

The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) has released a brief titled "Supporting Maternal Mental Health in Public Nutrition Practice."Exit Disclaimer The publication provides insight into maternal depression, including post-partum depression, and the effects it can have on mothers, families, and children.

2017 Diversity and Health Equity Peer Learning Collaborative

The Division of MCH Workforce Development launched the 2017 Diversity and Health Equity Peer Learning Collaborative, which took place from January – October 2017. Team accomplishments included connecting faculty and trainees to implicit bias trainings and resources on campus, developing a trainee-led MCH mentoring program for high school students, and developing an on-going communications pathway for underrepresented students transitioning from undergraduate to graduate MCH Training Programs.

Supporting Diversity and Reducing Health Disparities

In 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) joined forces with Altarum Institute to collect and share information from Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP) grantees about their efforts to integrate diversity and cultural and linguistic competence, and to reduce health disparities in their projects. Among the themes were the need for staff training, cultural and linguistic competence plans, community advisory boards, organizational policies and procedures, family navigators, and community health workers.

Online Course Available: Applied Methods for Health Transformation Implementation in MCH Exit Disclaimer

The National MCH Workforce Development Center offers an online, interdisciplinary course designed to prepare participants to contribute successfully to state and national health transformation. The course, “Applied Methods for Health Transformation Implementation in MCH”, is open to any MCH professional interested in lifelong learning AND to students enrolled in any of the MCHB-funded Graduate Education Programs to Educate the Next Generation of MCH Leaders (CoE, Catalyst, LEND, LEAH, DBP, MCH Nutrition, and PPC Programs). Course participants may elect to earn graduate credit (1 or 3-credits) or a certificate of completion.

MCH Navigator Public Health Pronto Exit Disclaimer

Public Health Pronto is the MCH Navigator’s newest microlearning project that allows you to participate in short bursts of learning through the year to improve your public health skills.  This program focuses on the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals through short, ongoing bursts of learning that encourage learners to proceed at their own pace, all while being engaged in a collaborative environment.


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Maternal and Child Health Discretionary Grants fund more than 900 projects through 88 programs each year. The Discretionary Grant Information System (DGIS) collects program and performance measure data...

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The Division of MCH Workforce Development is excited to launch our new website! We welcome any feedback you may have. In addition, we’d like to highlight a few ways to engage:

Links to join the email list, view a calendar of monthly topics, add your content, and a video tour of division website

Division Highlights

Autism Awareness: Highlights From Around the Network

For Autism Awareness Month in April, DMCHWD highlights the autism-related work of our grantees and trainees, and shares Autism Awareness Month events within the network.

Trainee and Faculty Diversity Data

Key Trends:

  • In fiscal year (FY) 2015, the percentage of long-term trainees from an underrepresented racial group (24.7%) was higher than the percentage of the US population from an underrepresented racial group (21.4% - 2010 US Census).
  • The percentage of faculty and staff from an underrepresented racial group (15.3%) has increased by 2.3% from FY 2014 (13%).
  • The percentage of faculty and staff from an underrepresented ethnic group (6.2%) has increased by 1.1% from FY 2014 (5.1%)


University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program

The UAB LEND incorporates autism awareness throughout our daily work in clinical settings, training, and community outreach. Recent highlights include... READ MORE

Boston Children's Hospital Hosts Inaugural DBP Booster Conference for Primary Care Pediatricians

This two-day conference taught high-yield, relevant DBP topics for senior residents committed to primary care pediatrics and for pediatric providers newly in practice. Using innovative and adult-centered educational methods... READ MORE

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) LEND Core Faculty Highlights for ASD

Fearuting Dr. Lauren Ethridge and Dr. Ami Bax and Dr. Bonnie McBride... READ MORE

Including Family Voices to Improve Service Delivery to Multilingual & Underserved Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Family Voices Project is an initiative of Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) that focuses to improve service delivery to... READ MORE

Minnesota LEND & Institute on Community Integration Telehealth Projects

Service access is a barrier to the provision of high quality intervention for adults and children with developmental disabilities, including... READ MORE

Minnesota LEND Fellow Project: Sensory Tents for Minneapolis Parks

When Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Coordinator Elise Niedermeier learned of an inclusion microgrant opportunity through the National Park and Recreation Association, she knew immediately what ... READ MORE


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Training Investments

MCH Training Grants Map

In Fiscal Year 2016, the Division of MCH Workforce Development awarded 152 grants, an investment of $47 million. Grants are awarded to develop trainees for leadership roles in the areas of MCH teaching, research, clinical practice, public health administration and policy making, and community-based programs. 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 39 grants across 22 states.

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