Maternal and Child Health Training Program
Diversity in MCH Training: A Peer Learning Collaborative is an intensive collaborative peer learning process in which a small number of highly motivated grantees are provided a structured and safe environment to address challenges to racial and ethnic diversity within their training program through learning opportunities, technical assistance, and collaboration with peers. The Collaborative is sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau Training Branch and will be facilitated by the MCH Training and Research Resource Center in partnership with the National Center for Cultural Competence.
With a focus on helping MCH training programs in developing a workforce that reflects the ethnic and racial diversity of the U.S. population, the goals of the Collaborative are as follows:
Five teams participated in the 2009-2010 Collaborative:
Throughout a 9-month period, the teams engaged in a variety of partnership-based activities in support of increased ethnic and racial diversity in their training programs as described in Diversity in MCH Training Peer Learning Collaborative Fall 2009/Winter 2010 Activities (PDF - 81 KB).
The 2009-2010 Collaborative ended with a Closing Meeting in Washington, D.C. on July 28-29, 2010. At this meeting, several Collaborative members shared their experiences, as recorded in 2009-2010 Team Member Experiences and Reflections. A final report of the 2009-2010 Peer Learning Collaborative and full Diversity Initiative is forthcoming.
We are pleased to announce that based upon the positive outcomes of the first Collaborative cohort, the MCHB Training Branch and MCH Training and Research Resource Center has launched a second cohort - the 2010-2011 Diversity in MCH Training Peer Learning Collaborative. This Collaborative cohort will begin in November 2010 and close in November 2011.
Six teams were selected to participate in the 2010-2011 Collaborative:
"Exploring Unconscious Bias in Disparities Research and Medical Education" and "Association of Unconscious Race and Social Class Bias With Vignette-Based Clinical Assessments by Medical Students" (aimed to estimate unconscious race and social class bias among first-year medical students and investigate its relationship with assessments made during clinical vignettes).
To support the Peer Collaborative, the MCH Training and Research Resource Center updated a literature review that was first developed in 2007. The literature review includes a variety of documents that discuss promising practices to recruit and retain underrepresented students and faculty in a wide range of health profession programs.
Promising Practices for the Recruitment and Retention of Culturally Diverse Students and Faculty into Maternal and Child Health Training Programs: Updated Literature Review (PDF - 741 KB)