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History of the MCH Training Program

Briefly describe the activity and its purpose.

This report describes the role of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Training Program in planning and supporting training designed to produce state, community, university, and professional association leaders who can advocate for children and mothers and continue to effect change that saves lives and enhances health.

The report details the MCH Training Program's history and recounts its accomplishments in four areas:

  • Training Students for Leadership. The program teaches and motivates students to work throughout their careers to influence policy, develop additional programs, and conduct research.
  • Developing New Fields and Providing Information and Expertise. The program helps address the need for experts in emerging fields, develops new service-delivery models, and disseminates new information broadly through continuing education and a variety of other mechanisms.
  • Supporting Faculty. The program provides support for faculty to give them time to participate in training and other activities designed to promote improvements in MCH.
  • Enhancing Collaboration. The program fosters teamwork and allows different fields and organizations, as well as health professionals and parents, to learn from one another, thereby hastening improvements in MCH.

The report also includes a more in-depth discussion of two training priorities: Adolescent Health, and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND). These two case studies offer readers a snapshot of the MCH Training Program's evolution, and of where it stands today.

What are the expected learning outcomes for trainees?

Trainees may be assigned to read pages 1-36 of this document as they are introduced to their training program, it's history, and the expansive MCH Leadership Training Program portfolio. Appendix F (a listing of several MCH training program fact sheets) may also be useful in exploring similarities between MCH training programs, and discussing how each contributes to training leaders in different areas of MCH.

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