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MCH Navigator

5 Minute MCH Monthly Series

As 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. MCH Navigator conducts 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

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The MCH Navigator has developed a new online self-assessment tool to support the Title V workforce in the states and the MCH community broadly. This tool helps identify your strengths and learning needs in the 12 MCH Leadership Competencies, matches your learning needs to appropriate trainings, and provides a customized learning plan to track your progress over time and guide you, your staff, and/or department in professional development activities.

A Learning Portal for MCH Professionals

 The MCH Navigator, Exit Disclaimer a cooperative agreement with Georgetown University, is a learning portal for maternal and child health professionals, students, and others working to improve the health and well being of women, children, and families.

Project Overview

The MCH Navigator project was launched by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) in early 2010 to address the professional development needs of the field. As budget reductions are shrinking funding for training-related time, cost, and travel, online resources are an effective alternative for continuing education. 

The MCH Navigator is a centralized portal for pursuing continuous learning in maternal and child health and is designed to help emerging and established MCH professionals map professional growth pathways, locating:

  • Where they are now – whether a student or an established professional,
  • Where they want to be – identifying the skills and competencies necessary for organizational and personal goals, and
  • The best route to get there – linking to targeted and effective learning resources.

The MCH Navigator seeks to enhance access to currently available public health MCH learning resources by “matching” learner needs with learning paths. This initiative is intended to complement, and not be a substitute for, formal institutionally-based undergraduate or graduate education programs in maternal and child health.

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MCH Navigator Receives Prestigious Award!

Laura Kavanagh and Holly GrasonLaura Kavanagh and Holly Grason were honored with the MCH Effective Practice Award, given by the MCH Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) at the 2014 Martha May Eliot Luncheon. The award recognized the vision and dedication that they, and the original design team, showed in the development of the MCH Navigator.

The MCH Navigator is a one stop shot for pursuing continuous learning in MCH and is designed to help emerging and established MCH professionals map professional growth pathways. The MCH Navigator provides a searchable web-based inventory of learning opportunities, and provides assessment tools and learning guides to assist practicing and emerging MCH professionals assess their strengths in leadership MCH competencies.

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Implementing Interdisciplinary and Interprofessional Training

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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Links to PDF document "5 Minute MCH"

Links to PDF document MCH Navigator

Links to PDF document "Mat Your Learning Path"Check out the online Self-Assessment tool!

MCH Navigator team photosMCH Navigator’s Original Design Team Honored with the MCH Effective Practice Award

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