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Diversity in MCH Training Peer Learning Collaborative

 

Overview

The Diversity and Health Equity 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.

Diversity in MCH Training Peer Learning Collaborative: An Overview (PDF - 78 KB)


2017 Diversity and Health Equity Peer Learning Collaborative

The Division of MCH Workforce Development has launched the 2017 Diversity and Health Equity Peer Learning Collaborative for MCH Training Programs interested in:

  • Improving training program or institution’s practices around diversity or health equity
  • Revamping existing practices related to training on cultural and linguistic competence
  • Using new resources, tools, and best practices related to diversity, cultural and linguistic competence and health equity initiatives

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:

  • Missouri LEND/Saint Louis University SPH
  • Riley Child Development Center LEND (Indiana) • New Hampshire - Maine LEND
  • Tulane CoE • Univ. Minnesota MCH Training Programs (LEND, LEAH, CoE, Nutrition)
  • Univ. Wisconsin LEND, PPC, and Pipeline Training Programs
  • Univ. Alabama at Birmingham MCH Network

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.


2009 – 2011 Diversity Collaborative

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.

2009 - 2010 Peer Collaborative

Five teams participated in the 2009-2010 Collaborative:

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) - Alabama State University (ASU) MCH Training Consortium
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - University of Southern California (USC)/Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA)
  • University of Minnesota (UMN)
  • Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD)
    • Partner: Mercy College
  • Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (URLEND) - Utah State University (USU)
    • Partners: Indian Walk In Center, University of Utah, Weber State University

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. Exit Disclaimer A final report of the 2009-2010 Peer Learning Collaborative and full Diversity Initiative is forthcoming.

2010 – 2011 Collaborative

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:

  • University of Arizona MCH Program and Pediatric Pulmonary Center
  • University of Arkansas Distance Learning Program
  • University of California, San Francisco, Nursing Leadership in Adolescent and Young Adult Health Program (NLAYAH)
  • Maryland MCH Training Programs (co-led by Kennedy Krieger Institute LEND Program and Morgan State University Public Health Program)
  • University of South Dakota LEND Program
  • University of Wisconsin Pediatric Pulmonary Center and Wisconsin LEND Programs

Collaborative Resources

"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). Exit Disclaimer

Rationale for Cultural and Linguistic Competency in MCH Training Programs (PDF - 94 KB) Exit Disclaimer

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.
Promising Practices for the Recruitment and Retention of Culturally Diverse Students and Faculty into Maternal and Child Health Training Programs: Updated Literature Review (PDF - 741 KB)

2010-2011 Peer Learning Collaborative Closing Webinar Team Presentations: Activities and Impact Exit Disclaimer

2009-2010 Peer Learning Collaborative Closing Meeting Team Presentations: Stories of success! Exit Disclaimer

UAB - ASU Consortium Exit Disclaimer
UCLA - USC/CHLA Exit Disclaimer
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URLEND - USU Exit Disclaimer

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