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." 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.
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.
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.
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.
Discretionary Grant Information System
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...
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:
DMCHWD prepares and empowers MCH leaders from diverse communities to promote health equity and wellness, and reduce disparities in health and health care. This month, DMCHWD highlights several of the ways that our programs support diversity and health equity.
In Fiscal Year 2016, $47 million was invested in 152 DMCHWD MCH leadership training and workforce development grants. These grants helped to support 2,100+ long-term trainees, 2,000+ medium-term trainees, 25,000+ short-term trainees, and 280,000+ professionals. Additionally, over 2,000 peer reviewed publications were contributed by MCH Training Programs. The Division is proud to support the work of nearly 100 grantees.
With the help of a Healthy Tomorrows grant, Access Community Health Network (ACCESS) opened the ACCESS at Gary Comer Youth Center to ensure students receive culturally appropriate mental and primary health care. The health center has screened over 700 students and has treated about 550 students for mental and physical health needs. With continued commitment after the Healthy Tomorrows grant period ended in 2014, the health center is still running today.
Beginning in Fall 2017, the student group Leaders in Maternal and Child Health at Florida International University (FIU) have undertaken the Great Indoors community-based participatory research project in Liberty City public housing, a historically African American community. Catalyst trainees seek to assess the impact on quality of life and the health of mothers and children before and after the project.
Texas Southern University (TSU) and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) offer a joint one-year undergraduate fellowship program leading to the award of an undergraduate certificate in Maternal and Child Health (MCH). To date, the first cohort of 28 MCH undergraduate students has produced four manuscripts submitted for review. The first manuscript was recently published in the American Journal of Infection Control.
The Diversity Learning Collaborative of the MCH Nutrition Training Program was established in December 2014. Accomplishments to date include the creation of a Diversity Recruitment and Retention Toolkit, the establishment of a peer-mentoring network, and the creation of a Cultural and Linguistic Competence Online Learning Module.
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.