Workforce Development

Education is the core mission of the National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health. NCEMCH has, throughout its history, developed educational materials and created learning opportunities for public health leaders, policymakers, health practitioners, community-based service providers, and families.

The following activities describe an array of training modalities including workshops, continuing education seminars, policy forums, and online resources developed to inform and educate those who have an impact on the health and well being of children and families.

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Please contact NCEMCH if you would like to discuss your workforce development needs.

Education of MCH Leaders

MCH Navigator
The MCH Navigator is a portal to free, vetted curricula for maternal and child health professionals, students, and others working to improve the health of women, children, adolescents, and families. This portal includes core training bundles, new competency-based trainings, and an online self-assessment tool to develop a personalized learning plan.

Training Spotlights and MCH Training Briefs
These online learning opportunities provide training resources on a wide range of MCH issues such as Access to Care, Quality Improvement, and Systems Integration as well as MCH topics including Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN), Family Centered Care, MCH 3.0, and Health Reform.

Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health (ATMCH)
NCEMCH works with the University of Alabama, Birmingham, to grow and support excellence in teaching MCH across multiple academic settings. Specifically, ATMCH offers a forum to support the cadre of current and future faculty, aiming to enhance knowledge and skills essential to teaching in the field of MCH. 

Education of Policymakers

Partnership for Information and Communication (PIC)
The PIC Interorganizational Work Group was established to bring together stakeholders who influence maternal and child health policy to explore emerging issues from diverse perspectives. Members from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), CityMatCH, Family Voices, Grantmakers in Health, the National Institute for Health Care Management, and other national organizations attended workshops to exchange information. NCEMCH convened meetings and prepared briefing materials on welfare reform, quality assurance, child care, racial and ethnic disparities, and other topics.

Looking Forward
The Looking Forward Initiative was established to provide continuing education to state policy makers on cutting-edge health policy developments affecting the health and welfare of families. NCEMCH organized regional roundtables in partnership with the National Governors Association and the National Conference of State Legislatures and developed materials on the roles of state policymakers in promoting healthy families.

Education of Public Health Practitioners

Advancing Online Public Health Training Systems: Challenges and Opportunities
This environmental scan presents a complete picture of delivery and dissemination systems for public health training with the overarching goal of developing a strategy to better connect public health practitioners with training, tools, and resources to advance public health practice. The report summarizes an environmental scan of 70 online public health learning systems, an online survey of 90 public health professionals, and 20 key informant interviews with leaders from the field (gathered from 15 separate interviews and written responses). The report highlights 50 findings that emerged from the study and presents a set of 12 recommendations. Specifically, the report: • Describes the context in which public health professionals access learning. • Provides a typology of the online learning systems currently in the field and elsewhere. • Identifies key findings to support the successful provision of online learning. • Puts forth recommendations and next steps for improving online learning for the diverse professionals that make up the public health workforce.

Research Roundtables
NCEMCH worked in partnership with MCHB to educate policymakers, program planners, health care providers and public health leaders about the new knowledge generated from its research program investments. NCEMCH convened Research Roundtables, implemented a conference on research priorities, and generated publications to disseminate research findings.

Promoting Resiliency in Children, Families and Communities: Connecting Schools, Public Health and Mental Health
A series of workshops implemented in Missouri, Florida, and Minnesota focused on new ways to develop community partnerships to foster collaboration across the service sectors that support children and families. Workshop activities included case studies on building cross agency relationships and principles of applying a public health approach to mental health.

Education of Community Stakeholders

DC Family Policy Seminar
The DC Family Policy Seminars were initiated to inform policy makers, educators, researchers, and service providers about cutting-edge urban family policy issues. The seminars provided an opportunity for professionals and providers from various disciplines to network with each other and examine the effect of local policies and programs on the health and welfare of children and families.

Family Resource Briefs
Family Resource Briefs identify high quality websites, online directories, and other resources for families and those who support them on a wide range of maternal and child health and development concerns. Topics include Asthma, Autism Spectrum Disorder; Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs; Depression During and After Pregnancy, and others.