Maternal and Child Health Training Program
The MCH Navigator has developed a new online self-assessment tool to support the Title V workforce in the states and the MCH community broadly. This tool helps identify your strengths and learning needs in the 12 MCH Leadership Competencies, matches your learning needs to appropriate trainings, and provides a customized learning plan to track your progress over time and guide you, your staff, and/or department in professional development activities.
The MCH Navigator, a cooperative agreement with Georgetown University, is a learning portal for maternal and child health professionals, students, and others working to improve the health and well being of women, children, and families.
The MCH Navigator project was launched by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) in early 2010 to address the professional development needs of the field. As budget reductions are shrinking funding for training-related time, cost, and travel, online resources are an effective alternative for continuing education.
The MCH Navigator is a centralized portal for pursuing continuous learning in maternal and child health and is designed to help emerging and established MCH professionals map professional growth pathways, locating:
The MCH Navigator seeks to enhance access to currently available public health MCH learning resources by “matching” learner needs with learning paths. This initiative is intended to complement, and not be a substitute for, formal institutionally-based undergraduate or graduate education programs in maternal and child health.
Laura Kavanagh and Holly Grason were honored with the MCH Effective Practice Award, given by the MCH Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) at the 2014 Martha May Eliot Luncheon. The award recognized the vision and dedication that they, and the original design team, showed in the development of the MCH Navigator.
The MCH Navigator is a one stop shot for pursuing continuous learning in MCH and is designed to help emerging and established MCH professionals map professional growth pathways. The MCH Navigator provides a searchable web-based inventory of learning opportunities, and provides assessment tools and learning guides to assist practicing and emerging MCH professionals assess their strengths in leadership MCH competencies.
Georgetown University's MCH Navigator and MCH Library are pleased to present this list of online trainings and resources for use by the Title V workforce in understanding and implementing interdisciplinary and interprofessional training. Competency 10 of the MCH Leadership Competencies focuses on Interdisciplinary Team Building: "MCH systems are interdisciplinary in nature. Interdisciplinary practice provides a supportive environment in which the skills and expertise of team members from different disciplines, including families, are seen as essential and synergistic... Members of an interdisciplinary team may include a variety of professionals, consumers, families, and community partners.