Dr. Renee Sieving, PhD, RN, FAAN, FSAHM, Nursing Faculty with the LEAH Training Program at the University of Minnesota, is working in tandem with community partners and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)-funded Healthy Youth Development -Prevention Research Center at UMN on going to scale with an evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention program. This program, Prime Time, has been recognized by both the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the CDC as effective and has now catapulted Dr. Sieving and her colleagues into an interesting translational phase of providing technical assistance and consultation to groups who wish to implement this program in their own settings. Prime Time is designed to be implemented by clinics that serve teens who are at high risk for pregnancy. The program’s aim is to reduce two primary precursors to teen pregnancy, specifically risky sexual behaviors and disconnection from school. The current translational work with Prime Time is an extension of the intervention research itself, and one Dr. Sieving and her colleagues at UMN are happy to take on, because like all of the LEAH Programs and Prevention Research Centers, the UMN Program aims to make a real difference for adolescents, health services systems, and communities! The full article, about Dr. Sieving’s work, can be accessed here.
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common virus affecting individuals of all ages, but most healthy children and adults don’t realize they have it, noticing little or no symptoms. However, if a pregnant woman has CMV during pregnancy, there can be devastating consequences to her baby. Despite this, many are not aware of the virus, its transmission or how to prevent it. It is estimated that congenital CMV is the cause of hearing loss in nearly 1 of 3 of deaf/hard of hearing children.
In 2013 legislation was passed in Utah to create public education programs to inform women and medical providers about the risk of CMV during pregnancy. From 2013-2016, the Utah Regional LEND (URLEND) program worked closely with individuals from the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) Children with Special Health Care Needs bureau, to produce CMV awareness materials, from a mini-documentary to public service announcements in both English and Spanish (health.utah.gov/CMV).
Assisting with these projects were URLEND trainees from many different disciplines, including audiology, public health, dentistry, physical therapy, genetic counseling, psychology and medicine. These trainees conducted various surveys and held focus groups at community health centers and with families affected by congenital CMV. This information guided the creation of the CMV awareness materials currently in use by UDOH. URLEND trainees have also presented on CMV at the National Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) Conferences in 2015 and 2016 (see attached photos), and at the National CMV Public Health & Policy Conference in 2014.
URLEND is proud to work with UDOH and our community partners to share this important information with pregnant women and medical providers as an outstanding model of interdisciplinary work for the URLEND trainees.
The MCH Interdisciplinary Pipeline Training Program (PTP) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) is designed to address four critical needs in undergraduate personnel training in maternal and child health (MCH) professions, including the need for personnel prepared and committed to providing MCH services in ways that are interdisciplinary, family-centered, and community-based. One of the objectives of the program is to prepare trainees with leadership competency and interdisciplinary/ interprofessional experience, including experience with inter-organizational collaboration and awareness of long-term training in MCH. Throughout their participation in the program, trainees will interact with trainees from other disciplines and with interdisciplinary faculty members, thus supporting early interdisciplinary training across the undergraduate careers of these students. Research interns may be paired with an interdisciplinary faculty mentor if this pairing best matches the research interests of the intern.
The program also will offer two courses in interdisciplinary research training for research interns, and a required Interdisciplinary MCH seminar for all program trainees. Eight disciplines/undergraduate majors and 10 pre-professional tracks from across four colleges/ schools come together in this program. An “interprofessional” component has been added to the final year of training where trainees will participate in UW LEND/PPC collaborative events, and will be introduced to the Care Coordination clinic at UW-LEND.
The Down Syndrome Program provides medical and neurodevelopmental care for children with Down syndrome from birth through age 22 years. From birth to age 3 years, our program provides interdisciplinary services in which the family and child meet with a team comprised of a developmental pediatrician or nurse practitioner, physical therapist, nutritionist, speech pathologist, dentist, audiologist, and the program coordinator. For children from 3 – 22 years old, we offer personalized, multidisciplinary care including neurodevelopmental and behavioral evaluations, psychological assessments, psychiatry consultation, and customized subspecialty care.
In connection with the teaching philosophy of Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, the Down Syndrome Program within the Developmental Medicine Center is dedicated to training pediatricians, psychologists, developmental behavioral pediatrics fellows, and trainees in neurodevelopmental disabilities. The Down Syndrome Program also welcomes medical students, genetic counseling students, and other healthcare professionals who are interested in learning more about Down syndrome through observations. Our program is one of the oldest and largest Down Syndrome programs, and continues to serve as a model for interdisciplinary and family-centered care for individuals with Down syndrome nationally and internationally.
A nation’s social and economic health is closely tied to the health of its citizens. Providing healthful food and nutrition education to school children is one strategy to ensure short- and long-term benefits including better health and learning outcomes. While recent legislative efforts, such as the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, contributed to strong federal child nutrition programs that support healthier school food environments, there are no specific federal requirements regarding nutrition education in schools.
Too much time sitting in front of the television or watching a phone or tablet is linked to poor school performance, childhood obesity and attention problems. Starting in 2015, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has partnered with the Louisiana Department of Education (DOE), LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the Tulane School of Public Health to participate in a project to test strategies on going screen-free. DHH and these partners are working with six child care centers in the state on the project, which is funded by the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists. Centers are provided with education materials, lesson plans and activity suggestions... Click here for the full press release.
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.
The DMCHWD uses a nationally focused multiyear strategic plan to guide its work in advancing four goals related to maternal and child health (MCH) workforce development. In 2015, we continued to make great strides towards our strategic goals in partnership with grantees, national partners and the MCH field. Presented below are highlights from 2015 and a look ahead at exciting work already underway in 2016.