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Grant Status: Active

Grant Title: MCH Knowledge to Practice

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Project Director(s):

John T. Richards
Georgetown University
37th & O Sts NW
Washington, DC  20057-0001
Phone: 202-784-9772
Email: richarjt@georgetown.edu


The U.S. ranks 34th in infant mortality; sleep-related deaths are the 3rd leading cause of death before 1 year of age. SUID/SIDS and infant mortality disproportionally affect minority populations. There is a need for customized, online, evidence-based trainings.

Goals and Objectives:

Goal 1: To directly address the Healthy People 2020 Objective MICH-15 in reducing sleep-related infant deaths by training the MCH workforce on how to communicate safe sleep messages with families from multiple cultures, races, ethnicities, religions, and socioeconomic settings. Objective 1: Transfer new information on SUID/SIDS and infant mortality. Objective 2: Address disparities by developing culturally competent and family-centered strategies to address risk factors. Objective 3: Develop a strengths-based approach on communicating with families and working within the community. Objective 4: Increase leadership skills of MCH professionals in understanding the role culture can play in safe sleep. Objective 5: Disseminate information & use blended learning to translate knowledge to practice.


Objective 1 Activities: Create a module summarizing field of SUID/SIDS; provide risk-reduction messages; expand message to larger MCH field. Objective 2 Activities: Develop a module on culture and risk factors; present strategies for reducing disparities; Create a toolkit of electronic resources. Objective 3 Activities: Base a module on NICHD's Safe-to-Sleep campaign; customize training approaches; compile safe sleep messages specific to families. Objective 4 Activities: Use MCH leadership competencies as a basis for a module; create a module on community involvement; integrate tools for working with other languages. Objective 5 Activities: Develop a Learning Collaborative; use social media channels; advance interactive/blended learning; present at conferences; create reciprocal links; continue outreach efforts; engage the MCH Expert Panel.


SUID/SIDS Consortium; NICHD; state Title V programs (among others).


Process evaluation will include documenting implementation and monitoring outputs and assessing quality. Outcome evaluation will include measuring access to resources and tracking users' changes in knowledge, attitude, and skills.

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