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Highlighting Diversity and Health Equity 2015

Division Highlights

MCH Training Diversity Resource: Diversity within the Division

embrace diversityThe Division of MCH Workforce Development is currently working in collaboration with Altarum to develop a MCH Training Diversity Resource. The Diversity Resource document will be organized by overarching themes based on Goal 2 strategies of the Division’s strategic plan.

Goal 2: Diversity and Health Equity - Prepare and empower MCH leaders from diverse communities to promote health equity, wellness, and reduce disparities in health and health care.

As the Resource is developed each theme will be accompanied with a list of strategies and actions, vignettes and success stories demonstrating the strategies, and a list of available resources related to that theme. The current Resource themes being developed include:

  1. Recruitment and retention of faculty, trainees and program staff from racial and ethnically diverse and underserved backgrounds.
  2. Training awareness of disparities and inequities through curricula, research, learning, practice and service environments.
  3. Integration of cultural and linguistic competence in all aspects of training, learning, practice and service.

New: MCH Public Health Catalyst Program

The Division of MCH Workforce Development (DMCHWD) is pleased to announce the launch its new MCH Public Health Catalyst Training Program.

The purpose of the Catalyst Program is to (1) provide an increased focus on fundamental maternal and child health (MCH) content and competencies within schools of public health where no concentration currently exists and (2) provide MCH content exposure to an increased number of public health students, introducing students to careers in the MCH field. The Catalyst projects provide MCH exposure to graduate students, including individuals from underrepresented backgrounds (including racial and ethnic minorities), who are also underrepresented in the MCH field.

The five Catalyst projects implement the following key activities:

  1. Develop and offer a graduate-level credit-bearing course focus on foundational MCH content.
  2. Support a student-led organization, events, and/or activities that bring together students with an interest in MCH.
  3. Recruit students from diverse backgrounds into MCH courses and MCH Student Interest Groups, with special efforts directed toward recruitment of qualified students from economically disadvantaged and racially or ethnically underrepresented minority backgrounds.

For more information, please visit the Catalyst Program page.

Grantee Spotlights


MHRC's 2015 Summer Enrichment ProgramEach summer, the UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC) hosts the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP), a summer training program for undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare. Through this program not only do students become more competitive in their applications to graduate and professional programs but many SEP participants begin research careers; thus, building the pipeline of researchers dedicated to advancing health equality. While this program is funded through NIH/NIMHD, the AL MCH Network partners with the program, providing mentorship and exposure to careers in MCH programs. Click here to view the full article Exit Disclaimer

Strengthening Recruitment of Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Long-Term Trainees in the PacWest LENDs

URLEND is currently engaged in a number of activities to enhance the cultural competency in its didactic curriculum as well as increasing the number of faculty and trainees who are racially or ethnically diverse. As a member of the PacWest LEND training programs, we have made substantial strides over the past decade in recruiting and retaining racially and ethnically diverse trainees. In order to strengthen the capacity of the ten LEND programs, we want to further understand how to better recruit and retain racially and ethnically diverse long-term trainees.

To accomplish this, we propose to continue our work with the National Center on Cultural Competence. Each PacWest program will identify 1 or 2 long-term currently enrolled trainees who are racially or ethnically diverse. We will hold focus groups with these trainees either at a national conference (AUCD, AMCHP, Disability Policy Seminar, or Autism CARES) or using desk-top video-conferencing. The questions for the focus groups would identify how the trainees selected a career path in maternal and child health care professions, how they are supported in their LEND program, and recommendations for how LEND programs can better recruit and support racially and ethnically diverse trainees.

NICHQ Highlights Mark Wolraich’s Work on the Vanderbilt Assessment Scale

Mark Wolraich, MDThe National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) recently invited Dr. Mark Wolraich, the creator of the Vanderbilt Rating Scales to share the story of the scales’ development, utili ty and their continued relevancy. The rate of ADHD diagnosis has jumped 15 percent in the last six years according to recent data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The Vanderbilt Assessment Scale, developed by Dr. Wolraich remains a foremost tool for helping healthcare professionals diagnose the disease. The interview, “A Retrospective: The Development and Use of the Vanderbilt ADHD Behavior Rating Scales” can be accessed via the following link: http://nichq.org/blog/2015/august/adhd_wolraich Exit Disclaimer

Mark Wolraich, MD, is chief of the Section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) and directs the Oklahoma University (OU) Child Study Center. He ran the statewide program for children with Spina Bifida when he was at the University of Iowa. He has also had a strong interest and worked clinically with families of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for the past 39 years. Dr. Wolraich is also an inductee in the CHADD Hall of Fame and served on their Professional Advisory Board. Dr. Wolraich's research interests have focused on ADHD, the relationship between sugar and behavior, communication skills training, and spina bifida. He has received funding from the National Institutes of Health and Mental Health, the Maternal and Child Health Research Program, the National Institute on Disabilities and Rehabilitation Research, Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation.

National Center for Cultural Competence

National Center for Cultural Competence
National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University features self-assessment tools for providers, a series of training modules, and information on culturally competent, family-centered care.

The mission of the NCCC is to increase the capacity of health care and mental health care programs to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems to address growing diversity, persistent disparities, and to promote health and mental health equity.


For additional information visit our webpage on cultural competence

MCH Navigator

MCH NavigatorTrainings in Support of MCHB 2015 Goals:

The MCH Navigator is pleased to support the Maternal and Child Health Bureau's Division of MCH Workforce Development (DMCHWD) in focusing on goals from the Strategic Plan that are being highlighted in 2015. To complement this theme, The MCH Navigator has created a list of trainings specific to Diversity and Health Equity. Exit Disclaimer

Additional Resources

Addressing Health Disparities through the NPS and Partnerships


NCCC Leadership Institute

NCCC Leadership Institute

NCCC Foundations of Cultural and Linguistic Competence

NCCC Foundations of Cultural and Linguistic Competence

Cultural and Linguistic Competence Checklists for MCH Training Programs

Cultural and Linguistic Competence Checklists for MCH Training Programs


MCH Navigator Trainings in Support of 
MCHB 2015 Goals

MCH Navigator Trainings in Support of
MCHB 2015 Goals

2012-2020 National Goals

2012-2020 National Goals

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