Betsy Haughton, Ph.D., RD University of Tennessee School of Nutrition 1215 Cumberland Avenue Knoxville, TN 37996-4505 Phone: (856) 974-6267 FAX: (856) 974-3491 Email: email@example.com
Obesity, disparities, poor eating patterns, low breastfeeding rates, and sedentary lifestyles impact MCH health, especially young children. Graduate training, TA/collaboration and continuing education targeting family-centered and population-focused practices can address these problems.
Goals and Objectives:
Goal 1: Promote a culturally competent MCH nutrition workforce
Objective 1: Graduate at least 2 master- and/or doctorate-level funded trainees and 8 non-funded trainees annually
Objective 2: Webcast two ½ day Promoting Healthy Weight colloquia for 50 on-site attendees and at least 200 on-line participants by 2009; 600 on-line participants by 2013
Objective 3: Provide Community Leadership for Healthy Lifestyles annually as an online graduate course for at least 15 students in the TN Public Health Workforce Development Consortium, on-campus, and the University of Alabama, Birmingham
Goal 2: Support the MCH nutrition infrastructure through collaboration, technical assistance and consultation
Objective 1: Collaborate with at least 2 Title V/MCH-related agencies as technical assistance and continuing education annually
Objective 2: Collaborate annually with ASTPHND on its continuing education needs assessment, annual meeting planning, and scholarship program
Objective 3: Provide at least 2 contributions to the MCH Nutrition Program website annually
Goal 3: Generate and translate MCH nutrition research, particularly about overweight/obesity
Objective 1: All funded trainees and at least half of other trainees will engage in 1 or more MCH nutrition-related research or scholarly projects supervised by faculty annually
Objective 2: Publish a faculty average of at least 1 manuscript, technical report, book/book chapter, or electronic educational product annually.
Objective 3: Submit at least 1 research presentation or manuscript by 100% of funded Master’s trainees; at least 1 research presentation and manuscript by 100% of doctoral trainees prior to graduation
Goal 4: Develop culturally and linguistically competent MCH nutrition leaders who use evidence-based family-centered care and population-based practices
Objective 1: 100% of trainees improve their overall MCH leadership competence by at least one skill level category on the MCH Leadership Self-Assessment upon entry to and graduation from the program
Objective 2: At least 90% of alumni demonstrate MCH nutrition leadership as academics, clinical, public health, or advocacy within 5 years of graduation
Graduate degree education and training in MCH/public health nutrition with concurrent and block field experience
Biannual conference as webcast and archive on promoting healthy weight gain for infants and weight for MCH population using nutrition, physical activity and parenting skills across the Bright Futures developmental stages. Target audience: practitioners, trainees, researchers, family and community members.
On-line graduate course on promoting healthy lifestyles using a community-based planning model. Based on the Blueprint for Nutrition and Physical Activity. Target audience: University of Tennessee students, University of Alabama-Birmingham trainees, and TN Public Health Workforce Consortium students.
Collaboration with MCH training programs through the collaborative nutrition website, including online train-the-trainer module on cultural competence, Promoting Healthy Weight colloquia. Circulation of US DHHS Regions I-IV nutrition position announcements
Collaboration with ASTPHND on its Trainining Needs Assessment and Annual Meeting Planning committees
Dissemination of research by faculty and trainees
Cultural competency workshops for trainees and all Nutrition graduate students
Leadership development of funded trainees through faculty mentoring and Project activities; Leadership promotion of all trainees through completion of online MCH Leadership Skills Development Series and group discussions.
National Advisory Committee
Knox County Health Department
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities
Field sites for graduate training
MCH nutrition training programs
ASTPHND and Regions I-IV state health departments
Trainee performance is evaluated as course grades, comprehensive oral or written final exams, joint assessment of field practice by trainees and preceptors, and analysis of fieldwork or thesis. Colloquia and continuing education will be evaluated in relation to learning objectives and outreach. Leadership will be evaluated as practice 5 years after graduation.
Experience to Date:
This year to date we enrolled 11 new trainees, continued 12, and graduated 7. Five funded trainees developed their leadership skills through Project activities. We provided a cultural competence workshop for 18 graduate students, 2 staff members, and 1 Project faculty and additional training for trainees.
We continued the biannual Promoting Healthy Weight Colloquium series. Each colloquium focuses on a Bright Futures developmental stage and includes nutrition, physical activity and parenting content. Our Fall and Spring colloquia had 559 registrants (49 onsite; 201 online Fall; and 75 onsite; 283 online Spring). All colloquia are archived online.
We provided TA/consultation for the ASTPHND training needs assessment and planning its annual meeting. We developed a collaborative diversity recruitment consultation project with Morgan State University in Baltimore.
We collaborated with the University of Alabama-Birmingham’s nutrition program by offering the online course for its trainees and our students and giving presentations at the Pediatric Nutrition Conference. We developed a collaborative Leadership Training Network for Emerging Leaders in MCH Nutrition who live east of the Rocky Mountains.
Faculty and trainees published MCH research, participated in developing practice guidelines, and presented at professional meetings. Our alumni are MCH leaders, particularly in academics and public policy.