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Grant Status: Completed

Grant Title: UW-Milwaukee MCH Pipeline Training Initiative

Web Site: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Project Exit Disclaimer

Project Director(s):

Lora Taylor de Oliveira, MPH, BS, MBA
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Enderis Hall 433
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI  53201-0413
Phone: (414) 229-2961
FAX: (414) 229-2619
Email: ltaylor@uwm.edu


The proposed project will recruit and prepare qualified students from underrepresented minority groups in UG programs in MCH disciplines (OT, SLP, PT, nutrition, nursing, SW, and psych), and providing support and training to prepare them to pursue graduate careers in MCH.

Goals and Objectives:

Goal 1: Recruit, retain, and prepare UG students from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups in UG programs in the target MCH disciplines to enter graduate programs in their respective fields. Objective 1: Year 1: Recruit 30 (fresh, soph, and jun--"Early trainees") and 8 seniors ("Senior trainees") in the target MCH disciplines. Years 2-5: Advance 20 early and 8 new senior trainees from the early trainee group and recruit 10 new early trainees, to maintain 30 early and 8 senior trainees per year. Objective 2: Provide specialized interdisciplinary preparation for 30 early Pipeline trainees and intensive specialized interdisciplinary preparation for 8 senior Pipeline trainees per year. Objective 3: Retain and promote 8 senior MCH Pipeline trainees through one year of more intensive training as they complete their UG preparation and apply for graduate studies with a focus on MCH careers. Goal 2: Educate UG students within an interdisciplinary model about emerging public health issues and problems related to MCH. Objective 1: Expose up to 70 Pipeline trainees to the value of long term MCH Leadership training by having them: (a) interact with the WI and IL MCH LEND Programs, (b) meet with WI MCH LEND Program Trainees twice a year, and (c) partner with MCH LEND trainees for peer mentoring. Objective 2: Nurture a graduate-readiness understanding of emerging clinical and research issues in MCH through interactions with the LEND trainees during the fall and spring semesters for 8 senior Pipeline trainees per year. Goal 3: Develop and disseminate materials and curricula, with an emphasis on the Life Course Model, as resources for students in UG programs for MCH disciplines nationally. Objective 1: Create curricular materials for Life Course Model instruction, developing competency in cultural and linguistic diversity, and MCH research preparation of early UG trainees for dissemination to other PTPs, other public health programs, and MCH professional associations. Objective 2: Disseminate information to other MCHPTP programs by uploading information to web page and engaging in MCHPTP meetings annually.


Each objective and its related activities are designed to alleviate the shortages of qualified personnel from underrepresented groups, particularly from racial/ethnic minority groups, in the MCH professions through specialized training to meet the needs of children with special healthcare needs and their families from underserved populations. Activities are based on current research evidence, and literature regarding life course perspective, cultural and linguistic diversity, interdisciplinary teaming, family-centered practices, and MCH and population research. The activities will involve urban partners including the Milwaukee Health Department, the Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH), The Institute for Urban Health Partnerships, and its Community Nursing Centers. All activities will implement current research and demonstration results in the preparation of qualified personnel in MCH disciplines to serve children who have special healthcare needs.


This project is collaborating with and will serve as a pipeline to the WI-LEND, IL-LEND and the IL MCH MPH programs. Regional agencies that specialize in urban health initiatives and maternal and child health care serve as fieldwork sites and provide speakers for the formative seminars that anchor this program's curricula.


The stated goals of this project will be evaluated and monitored using measures of trainee knowledge and process, program outcome measures, and advisory board oversight across the early and senior phases of training.

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