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Grant Status: Active

Grant Title: Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health

Web Site: University of Minnesota Project Exit Disclaimer

Project Director(s):

Wendy Hellerstedt, MPH, PH.D
Project Director
University of Minnesota
1300 S. 2nd St., Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN  55454-1015
Phone: 612/626-2077
FAX: 612/624-0315
Email: helle023@umn.edu


Despite the medical advances and economic prosperity in the US, the health needs of many women, children, youth, and families remain unmet. More than half of Healthy People 2020 goals concern MCH populations. Many MCH indicators reflect persistent social disparities.

Goals and Objectives:

(select): Goal 1: Assure a workforce that possesses the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to meet unique MCH population needs (Objective 1.1: Actively recruit applicants for MCH graduate training program); Goal 2: Prepare and support a diverse MCH workforce that is culturally competent and family centered. (Objective 2.4: 40% of MCH trainees will be from ethnically/racially diverse and/or lower socioeconomic backgrounds each year.) Goal 3: Improve practice through interdisciplinary training in maternal and child health (Objective 3.1:Increase by 5% annually the number of trainees that report having had an interdisciplinary training experience prior to graduation.) Goal 4: Develop effective MCH Leaders. (Objective 4.1: 85% of trainees will have a MCH leadership position within 5 years of graduation.) Goal 5: Generate, translate, and integrate new knowledge to enhance MCH training, inform policy, and improve health outcomes. (Objective 5.2: Produce 2 volumes/year of Healthy Generations.)


The UM-MCH Center will provide high-quality graduate education with core MCH public health competencies; serve as a regional resource for continuing education, technical assistance, and consultation in the Upper Midwest; be a national resource for state-of-the- art MCH research; provide continuing education (annual institute, other workshops, trainings and short courses) in collaboration with Title V and other partners; and disseminate new MCH knowledge through events, its Healthy Generations publication, website, and social media.


The UM-MCH Center will collaborate with: (1) academic programs at the UM, including other HRSA-funded training centers; (2) Title V directors, especially those in MN, WI, IA, SD, ND and MT; and (2) community agencies that serve MCH populations.


The Center, its Division and its School, have standardized monitoring/evaluation tools and electronic databases. The Director will have primary responsibility for assuring all evaluation goals are met.

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