Maternal and Child Health Training Program

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Grant Status: Active

Grant Title: National Center for MCH Workforce Development

Project Director(s):

Dorothy Cilenti, DrPH, MPH, MSW
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department of Maternal and Child Health
SPH, UNC-CH CB #7445
135 Dauer Drive
Chapel Hill, NC  27599-1350
Phone: (919) 843-5427
FAX: 919-966-0458
Email: cilenti@email.unc.edu

Problem:

A national Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Workforce Development Center is critically needed to train state Title V MCH workforce and students to meet emerging priorities in four key areas related to implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA): (1) access to care; (2) quality improvement; (3) systems integration; and (4) population health management. A National Center can engage and deploy the expertise of key partners in academia and practice in the design, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based training and technical assistance to strengthen the capacity and skills of the MCH workforce and MCH graduate and undergraduate pipeline to play key leadership roles in ACA implementation.

Goals and Objectives:

Goal 1: Develop a consolidated workforce center that focuses on access to care, quality improvement, systems integration, and population health management to meet the diverse workforce development needs of state and territorial Title V MCH programs in implementing the ACA. Goal 2: Assess and monitor state and territorial Title V program readiness and implementation status relative to the ACA and health reform. Goal 3: Develop and launch Transformation Station through AMCHP beginning with universal training opportunities for the current state and territorial Title V program workforce and the MCH leadership training pipeline. Goal 4: Develop targeted training opportunities in access to care, quality improvement, systems integration and population health management to strengthen the Title V role in implementing the ACA and health systems reform. Goal 5: Strengthen state and territorial Title V programs role in and capacity for intensive, transformative implementation of the ACA through team-based, on-site and distance coaching, training and technical assistance.

Methodology:

The proposed scope of work builds on the existing capacity and infrastructure of MCH academic, policy, and practice communities to establish a consolidated National Center for MCH Workforce Development uniquely positioned to deliver evidence-based training and technical assistance in access to care, quality improvement, systems integration and population health management. National Center products and approaches will be guided by the needs of end-users -- state Title V and MCH graduate and pipeline programs -- through ongoing assessment, monitoring and evaluation. The National Center will utilize a collaborative approach to needs assessment, curricula development, training and technical assistance, dissemination, and evaluation that capitalizes on partners' extensive expertise in MCH, Medicaid and CHIP, ACA and health reform. The Center utilizes an integrative approach to workforce development to assure efficiencies and greater efficacy along a broad continuum of state readiness. Existing and new training materials and curricula will be available to current and prospective MCH professionals through mixed modalities and multiple channels, expediting the translation of new knowledge to practice and peer-based learning within a community of practice.

Coordination:

The program reflects a consortium coordinated by the UNC Department of MCH in collaboration with the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and UIC-SPH, Howard University, The Catalyst Center at BU, the National Academy of State Health Policy, UK CPH, the Center for Public Health Quality, and the NC Institute for Public Health.

Evaluation:

Formative and summative assessments will be conducted. Data will be collected from the start of the proposed project and throughout funding period.

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