Maternal and Child Health Training Program

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Grant Title: Maternal And Child Health Public Health Training Program

Project Director(s):

Marie C McCormick, MD, Sc.D
Harvard School of Public Health
Society, Human Devel. & Health / School of Public Health 677 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA  02115-6028
Phone: 617) 432-3759
FAX: (617) 432-1135
Email: mmccormi@hsph.harvard.edu

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Problem:

The need for training in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) may be assessed from the low ranking of the US internationally and the results of MCHB-funded needs assessments.

Goals and Objectives:

Goal 1: Goal 1: To foster a diverse student group for masters and doctoral education in leadership in MCH. Objective 1: Objective 1.1: At least 15% of supported students come from under-represented groups each year. Objective 2: Objective 1.2: Interdisciplinary education through recruiting and funding students from a variety of disciplines (distribution of disciplines of students each year). Goal 2: Goal 2: To provide education for leadership in MCH Objective 1: Objective 2.1: Sustain curriculum with MCH competencies (curricular offerings each year). Objective 2: Objective 2.2: Documentation system for competencies through a self-assessment portfolio for masters students (all students with portfolios by 2015). Goal 3: Goal 3: To provide education in MCH existing MCH professionals. Objective 1: Objective 3.1. To provide one conference per year for the education of public health providers in policy and program issues (5 conferences by 2015). Objective 2: Objective 3.2. One webinar per year in collaboration with Boston University program in MCH. (4 webinars by 2015). Goal 4: Goal 4: To provide technical assistance to MCH practitioners. Objective 1: Objective 4.1 To maintain and expand the data base of MCH data resources, MCH Data Connect, and to assess its utility (hits per year by 2015). Objective 2: Objective 4.2 To expand the collaboration with the CDC to provide technical assistants to states (number of states with assistance by 2015). Goal 5: Goal 5: To develop and disseminate new knowledge. Objective 1: Objective 5.1 Strengthen dissemination of new findings (web stats on web site). Objective 2: Objective 5.2 To work in collaboration with faculty in the LEAH program to develop a curriculum on public health approaches to eating disorders (number of courses by 2015). Activities/Methodology undertaken to meet project goals: The activities undertaken to meet the project goals include recruiting and retaining excellent students into professional masters and doctoral programs providing them with leadership training. Also, symposia and webinars will be developed to provide ongong education to MCH professionals. Additional support will come through maintenance of a reference data base and working with CDC to assist the states. The faculty will continue to provide evidence of the for the practice of MCH

Coordination:

LEAH and LEND programs at Children's Hospital of Boston, CDC, BU MCH program, Simmons College, Institute for Urban Health Research at Northeastern University, Department of Public Health of Massachusetts.

Evaluation:

The program is assessed primarily on the number of its graduates in leadership positions in MCH and the educational and technical assistance activities.

Experience to Date:

The program has been successful in recruiting 53 students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. Of these, 18 received training grant support of whome 29% were underrepresented minorities. The program has also strengthened its ties with the Simmons social work program. Students engage in a curriculum designed to address MCH competencies and to demonstrate their skills through field experiences and theses. A documentation system for these accomplishments was piloted. An educational symposium was held celebrating the 75th anniversary of Title V and its contribution to education. Over 80 agencies have benefited from technical assistance, and we continue to maintain a data base of data resources for MCH practitioners and academics. The faculty continue to generate new knowledge with over 90 publications of which 29 were with current or former students. We used supplemental funding from a Women's Health Initiative to help launch a program on developing a public health approach to eating disorders. In summary, we have met our goals for the year.

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