The Diversity Peer Learning Collaborative is an intensive collaborative peer learning process in which a small number of highly motivated grantees are provided a structured and safe environment to address challenges to racial and ethnic diversity, health equity, and cultural and linguistic competence within their training program through learning opportunities, technical assistance, and collaboration with peers. Each team develops an action plan of short, medium, and long-term action steps and should document process or policy changes that lead to the accomplishment of an action step. The Collaborative is sponsored by the Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development and is facilitated by the MCH Workforce Performance Center at Altarum Institute in partnership with the National Center for Cultural Competence.
The Division of MCH Workforce Development has launched the 2017 Diversity and Health Equity Peer Learning Collaborative for MCH Training Programs interested in:
The collaborative, taking place January – June 2017, will facilitate sharing and use of information, and highlight successes, challenges, and solutions to more effectively address diversity and health equity within MCH Training programs. Each team has identified a project to address through the Learning Collaborative. The project should result in a policy or practice change through the use of a quality improvement cycle to address the change. The following teams were selected for participation in the collaborative:
The teams participated in a kickoff meeting in Birmingham, AL on February 8-9, 2017. They will meet monthly via learning webinars to share progress and engage with expert speakers on topics related to their collaborative goals. An online Community of Practice has been developed for teams to connect with each other and with other teams, to update action plans, and to share resources. The teams also will have access to one-on-one Technical Assistance sessions with the National Center for Cultural Competence.
In 2009-2011, DMCHWD supported two cohorts of the Diversity in MCH Training: A Peer Learning Collaborative. The Collaborative was an intensive collaborative peer learning process in which a small number of highly motivated grantees were provided a structured and safe environment to address challenges to racial and ethnic diversity within their training program through learning opportunities, technical assistance, and collaboration with peers. The Collaborative was sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and facilitated by the MCH Training and Research Resource Center in partnership with the National Center for Cultural Competence.
Five teams participated in the 2009-2010 Collaborative:
Throughout a 9-month period, the teams engaged in a variety of partnership-based activities in support of increased ethnic and racial diversity in their training programs as described in Diversity in MCH Training Peer Learning Collaborative Fall 2009/Winter 2010 Activities (PDF - 81 KB).
The 2009-2010 Collaborative ended with a Closing Meeting in Washington, D.C. on July 28-29, 2010. At this meeting, several Collaborative members shared their experiences, as recorded in 2009-2010 Team Member Experiences and Reflections. A final report of the 2009-2010 Peer Learning Collaborative and full Diversity Initiative is forthcoming.
Based upon the positive outcomes of the first Collaborative cohort, the MCHB Training Branch and MCH Training and Research Resource Center launched a second cohort - the 2010-2011 Diversity in MCH Training Peer Learning Collaborative. This Collaborative cohort took place between November 2010 and November 2011.
Six teams were selected to participate in the 2010-2011 Collaborative:
"Exploring Unconscious Bias in Disparities Research and Medical Education" and "Association of Unconscious Race and Social Class Bias With Vignette-Based Clinical Assessments by Medical Students" (aimed to estimate unconscious race and social class bias among first-year medical students and investigate its relationship with assessments made during clinical vignettes).
To support the Peer Collaborative, the MCH Training and Research Resource Center updated a literature review that was first developed in 2007. The literature review includes a variety of documents that discuss promising practices to recruit and retain underrepresented students and faculty in a wide range of health profession programs.