Maternal and Child Health Training Program
The Division of MCH Workforce Development provides national leadership and direction in educating and training our nation’s future leaders in maternal and child health. Special emphasis is placed on the development and implementation of interprofessional, family-centered, community-based and culturally competent systems of care across the entire life course with experiences in one life stage shaping health in later stages.
The Division, part of HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, supports programs established in federal legislation (Title V of the Social Security Act and the Combating Autism Act) to complement state and local health agency efforts. In partnership with state MCH programs, academic institutions, and professional organizations, the Division collaborates with other health training programs of the federal government to ensure that MCH initiatives are based on emerging and evidence-based practices.
In Fiscal Year 2013, the Division of MCH Workforce Development awarded 151 grants, an investment of $47 million. Grants are awarded to develop trainees for leadership roles in the areas of MCH teaching, research, clinical practice, public health administration and policy making, and community-based programs. As part of the Division, the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children grant program promotes the development and advancement of healthy communities through partnerships with organizations that work to change conditions in the community and environment to improve health. These efforts may include a focus on housing, education, the labor workforce, socioeconomic conditions, neighborhood safety, transportation, food quality and availability, and physical fitness and recreational activities available for children and families. In addition, grantees in community practice often support the development of family-centered, culturally competent pediatric clinicians and public health professionals. Currently, Healthy Tomorrows funds 43 grants across 24 states.