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Interdisciplinary / Interprofessional Training and Practice

Grantee Spotlight:

Georgia LEND in the Spotlight

Georgia LEND groupGaLEND is an interdisciplinary training program for future professionals, disability advocates, and family members. GaLEND operates as a program of the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) at Georgia State University (GSU), in collaboration with the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Autism Conference & Exposition of Georgia

The Autism Conference & Exposition of Georgia is a product of a powerful alliance of leading autism agencies, self-advocates, and family members. This statewide conference is an important strategy in the implementation of the Autism Plan for Georgia.

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Dr. Maria Mercedes Avila has been awarded the Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award

Georgia LEND groupDr. Maria Mercedes Avila has been awarded the Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award in the Assistant Professor category for 2015 at the University of Vermont. Her nominations came from students and was enthusiastically supported by faculty, for her critical work in developing a Diversity 1 course for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at UVM.

Dr. Avila writes: “It is an honor to be recognized for my work in the D1:Racism and Health Disparities health courses, especially because I was nominated by my students. I will receive the official letter next week and there will be a ceremony in the fall. I developed this course from a 3.5-hour training “Cultural and Linguistic Competence” originally created under the Vermont Child Mental Health Initiative (SAMHSA funded project) to address and eliminate behavioral health disparities in the state. Under this model I have trained more than 1000 providers and now more than 600 graduate and undergraduate students at UVM. The training’s evaluation results will appear in a book “Theory to Practice: Fostering Diverse and Inclusive Campus Environments” under “Cultural Competence in Medical and Mental Health Education” (Avila & Kamon) this spring; and in the Journal of Cultural Diversity: An Interdisciplinary Journal as “Addressing Health Disparities through Cultural and Linguistic Competence Trainings” (Avila, Beatson & Kamon) this coming fall.”

Dr. Avila is a role model for us all as she works for social justice and health equity at UVM, in the state of Vermont, and nationally. Join me in congratulating Dr. Avila for this well deserved honor.

Program Highlights:

Healthy Tomorrows

Celebrating 25 years of the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program

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This program recently celebrated 25 years of supporting innovative, community-based efforts to improve child health. To commemorate this milestone, Healthy Tomorrows created a video to tell the story of the program Exit Disclaimer from around the country. Learn about what nine HRSA-funded grantees, addressing topics on vision health, asthma, medical home, and access to care have accomplished in the program’s 25th year.

Links to infographicView the helpful infographic about the Healthy Tomorrows program investments since 1989, the impact, reach, and sustainability of projects after federal funding ends.

Links to tip sheetsAlso, to help support community-based programs in planning for sustainability, Healthy Tomorrows has released four tip sheets.

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More about the Healthy Tomorrows program

Paired Practica Program at the MCH Workforce Development Center

The Paired Practica program provides current MCH undergraduate students and MCH graduate students/recent graduates experience with state Title V agencies. The program offers the MCH workforce pipeline direct experience with contemporary practice changes while providing the current MCH workforce in Title V agencies the opportunity to both acculturate the future workforce and to benefit from the new knowledge and skills of current trainees.

A unique feature of the Paired Practica program is the pairing of an MCH graduate student in a school of public health MCH training program with an undergraduate from the Howard University MCH Pipeline Program. Undergraduate MCH students gain first-hand experience with the career path for MCH professionals and learn how their current undergraduate training is part of the broader field of Maternal and Child Health. At the same time, MCH graduate students/recent graduates have an opportunity to mentor an MCH trainee. Both the graduate and undergraduate students receive leadership training and skills in team building and team work. In addition, they gain substantial understanding of the work of MCH practice and the effects of health transformation, confidence in their own abilities to work as part of a team to improve MCH public health, and strengths to continue to develop as emerging leaders in the MCH public health workforce.

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State, Agency, and Project Descriptions:

AGENCY: The Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health (BFH)
DESCRIPTION: Conduct an assessment of local MCH agencies’ knowledge, capacity, and professional development needs relative to health care reform and the ACA

STATE: Illinois
AGENCY: The Office of Women’s Health and Family Services (OWHFS) of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
DESCRIPTION: Assist the office in translation of the Needs Assessment into recommendations for public health practice, specifically as related to systems building and health transformation.

STATE: Michigan
AGENCY: MI Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCS) program
DESCRIPTION: Gather information that will assist in identifying how to conduct outreach to the current, more technology focused generation of parents (in conjunction with the Family Center for CYSHCN).

STATE: Minnesota
AGENCY: The Minnesota Department of Health’s Children and Youth withSpecial Health Needs (CYSHCN)
DESCRIPTION: Conduct a needs assessment related to the system of care for CYSHCN and their families. RI State of Rhode Island Department of Health Jordan Kennedy Develop an “MCH Dashboard" which will be a repository database tool where the agency can monitor and track its performance against state priorities and state and national benchmarks and indicators.

STATE: Maryland
AGENCY: Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
DESCRIPTION: Assist with additional statewide Title V needs assessment activities including conducting focus groups with target audiences to identify barriers to primary care and to understand male roles in reproductive health decisions. Also, assist with the development of a Men’s Health Report Card.

STATE: North Carolina
AGENCY: North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
DESCRIPTION: Assist the agency with creating a plan to operationalize their Preconception Health Strategic Plan focusing on health disparities and the life course perspective.

MCH Navigator Resources for the Title V Workforce

Georgetown University's MCH Navigator and MCH Library are pleased to present this list of online trainings and resources for use by the Title V workforce in understanding and implementing interdisciplinary and interprofessional training. Competency 10 of the MCH Leadership Competencies focuses on Interdisciplinary Team Building: "MCH systems are interdisciplinary in nature. Interdisciplinary practice provides a supportive environment in which the skills and expertise of team members from different disciplines, including families, are seen as essential and synergistic... Members of an interdisciplinary team may include a variety of professionals, consumers, families, and community partners.

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5 minute MCHAs busy MCH professionals, we recognize the value of time and the importance of receiving quality, tailored information and resources quickly. With that in mind, we have designed a new program to improve your knowledge and skills of the 12 MCH Leadership Competencies. Beginning in July 2015, the MCH Navigator will conduct a monthly series that explores each competency, provides learning opportunities and implementation strategies, and culminates in an interactive learning session with an expert from the field. . Visit the MCH Navigator Exit Disclaimer

MCH Schools of Public Health Develop Technical Assistance Graphic

The 13 schools of public health with Title V-funded Maternal and Child Health (MCH) graduate training programs have developed two documents describing the technical assistance provided to State and local Title V programs and related MCH initiatives in communities, states and regional groups.


Links to PDF document "5 Minute MCH"

Links to infographic
Healthy Tomorrows Infographic

Links to tip sheets
TIP SHEETS: Strategies for Sustaining
Successful Community-Based Programs

links to a video called "Celebrating Healthy Tomorrows 25th Anniversary"
Watch the video: "Celebrating 25 Years
of Healthy Tomorrows"


Links to the National MCH Workforce Development Center website



links to the MCH Navigator's featured resourcesMCH Navigator: Division of MCH Workforce Development Focus on 2015 Goals


Emerging Leaders in MCH Nutrition Training Institute

MCHB-Funded Schools of Public Health

Training Programs Provide State &

Region-Specific Technical Assistance

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