Sarah Rhoads University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Obstetrics and Gynecology / College of Medicine
4301 West Markham Street # 518 Little Rock, AR 72205-7101 Phone: (501) 240-5268 FAX: (501) 526-7522 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mississippi Delta Region is one of the most distressed areas of the nation.
Healthcare providers fight to improve health disparities of its maternal, neonatal and pediatric
residents. This project will improve evidence-based educational opportunities in maternal child
health (MCH) for these rural healthcare providers using new and innovative technologies.
Goals and Objectives:
Goal 1: Develop distance learning curricula fostering MCH leadership,
competencies, and evidence-based practices, specifically addressing topics relevant to MCH
professionals in the Delta to include racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse themes.
Objective A: Present 80 new topics through interactive video distance learning. Objective B:
Transform 80 topics presented through interactive video into web-based enduring materials.
Goal 2: Increase attainment of MCH continuing education (CE) in the Delta through distance
learning opportunities, specifically targeting outreach among racially, ethnically, and culturally
diverse MCH professionals. Objective A: Compared to a collective baseline of CE granted to
participants in the past year, increase total hours granted to Delta participants by 30%.
Objective B: Achieve a total of 1500 CE hours granted through the initiative. Goal 3: Increase
understanding and comprehension of MCH evidence-based practices among participants in the
Delta. Objective A: Compared to a pre-test collected prior to interactive video or web-based
enduring materials sessions, increase knowledge on the presented topic by 20%. Objective B:
Collected by a randomized participant survey, demonstrate increased understanding and
comprehension in presented topics by 20%. Goal 4: Improve translation of MCH evidencebased
practices into care provided by participants. Objective A: Collected by a randomized
participant survey, demonstrate improved translation in presented topics by 30%.
1) Expansion of telecommunicated educational
offerings; 2) Development of website portal for educational offerings; 3) Target rural, ethnically
and culturally diverse health care providers to attend educational offerings; 4) Develop
evidence-based educational offerings based on emerging issues; 5) Transfer evidence-based
educational offerings to enduring materials on the website; 6) Develop pre/post-tests for web
based offering; and 7) Develop participant surveys. HP 2010 Objectives: Related to: 1-14, 3-
10, 7-11, 11-3, 11-4, 11-5, 23-8 & 23-10.
Advisory board members, lecturers and users of the continuing education materials:
Arkansas - Title V, CSHCN Program, and AR Dept. of Health, Title V program. MCH Training programs LEND, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program
Tennessee MCH Training Center - Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities
Missouri Title V, Dept. of Health and Senior Services, Section for Healthy Families and Youth
Alabama University of Southern AL, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program
Review of Website Offerings
Web-based Enrollment Survey
Pre- and Post-Education Survey
Continuing Education Event Evaluation
Randomized Participant Follow-up Survey
The evaluation team will employ these data collection tools to track the progress of the project on a quarterly basis throughout the funding period with the synthesis of information tabulated as annual reviews.
Experience to Date:
During Y1, 29 MCH topics were provided via Interactive Video (IAV) distance learning and 43 MCH presentations, provided live or IAV, were transformed into web-based enduring materials. During year 1, accreditation approval was sought and received through ANCC-COA to provide continuing nursing education. A total of 333 CE hours were provided through this initiative to the eight states in the Delta Region. Using the pre-existing IAV, live event and web-site infrastructure, this program witnessed an increase of 11% in MCH continuing education users and a 24% increase in the Delta region.