The Division of MCH Workforce Development (DMCHWD) works collaboratively with national, state, and local MCH organizations to develop and sustain MCH professionals prepared to provide leadership within Title V and other MCH programs. Supporting lifelong workforce development for future and practicing MCH professionals is critical to achieving optimal health outcomes for the maternal and child health population. Further, having well-prepared public health and health care professionals available to address the complex needs of our nation’s increasingly diverse MCH population requires efforts within and beyond DMCHWD-funded training programs.
The DMCHWD Strategic Plan 2012-2020 includes goals, strategies, activities and performance measures to support our efforts to assure 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 DMCHWD uses a nationally focused multiyear strategic plan to guide its work and offer guidance to other entities invested in the MCH workforce. Given changes to the health care environment and challenging fiscal times, planning for how various MCH-related organizations can support the MCH workforce and address workforce needs over the next decade is more essential.
Address current and emerging MCH workforce needs by engaging with and providing support to MCH leaders in practice, academics and policy.
Prepare and Empower MCH leaders from diverse communities to promote health equity, wellness, and reduce disparities in health and health care.
Promote interdisciplinary/ interprofessional training, practice and interorganizational collaboration to improve quality of care by enhancing systems integration for MCH populations.
Generate and translate new knowledge for the MCH field in order to advance science-based practice, innovation, and quality improvement in MCH training, policies and programs.