Maternal and Child Health Training Program

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Grant Status: Active

Grant Title: MCH Knowledge to Practice

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Project Director(s):

John T. Richards
Georgetown University
37th & O Sts NW
Washington, DC  20057-0001
Phone: 202-784-9772
Email: richarjt@georgetown.edu

Problem:

The U.S. ranks 34th in infant mortality; sleep-related deaths are the 3rd leading cause of death before 1 year of age. SUID/SIDS and infant mortality disproportionally affect minority populations. There is a need for customized, online, evidence-based trainings.

Goals and Objectives:

Goal 1: To directly address the Healthy People 2020 Objective MICH-15 in reducing sleep-related infant deaths by training the MCH workforce on how to communicate safe sleep messages with families from multiple cultures, races, ethnicities, religions, and socioeconomic settings. Objective 1: Transfer new information on SUID/SIDS and infant mortality. Objective 2: Address disparities by developing culturally competent and family-centered strategies to address risk factors. Objective 3: Develop a strengths-based approach on communicating with families and working within the community. Objective 4: Increase leadership skills of MCH professionals in understanding the role culture can play in safe sleep. Objective 5: Disseminate information & use blended learning to translate knowledge to practice.

Methodology:

Objective 1 Activities: Create a module summarizing field of SUID/SIDS; provide risk-reduction messages; expand message to larger MCH field. Objective 2 Activities: Develop a module on culture and risk factors; present strategies for reducing disparities; Create a toolkit of electronic resources. Objective 3 Activities: Base a module on NICHD's Safe-to-Sleep campaign; customize training approaches; compile safe sleep messages specific to families. Objective 4 Activities: Use MCH leadership competencies as a basis for a module; create a module on community involvement; integrate tools for working with other languages. Objective 5 Activities: Develop a Learning Collaborative; use social media channels; advance interactive/blended learning; present at conferences; create reciprocal links; continue outreach efforts; engage the MCH Expert Panel.

Coordination:

SUID/SIDS Consortium; NICHD; state Title V programs (among others).

Evaluation:

Process evaluation will include documenting implementation and monitoring outputs and assessing quality. Outcome evaluation will include measuring access to resources and tracking users' changes in knowledge, attitude, and skills.

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