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Evaluation of Training Program for the Maternal and Child Health Workforce at Tulane University

  • Amelia J. Brandt
  • Bert R. Cramer
  • Shokufeh M. Ramirez
  • Carolyn Johnson
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Abstract

Objectives Despite significant investments in Maternal and Child Health (MCH), the United States still lags behind other countries in key MCH indicators. A well-trained workforce is needed to improve MCH. The Division of MCH Workforce Development of HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau provides funding to schools of Public Health to support Centers of Excellence in MCH, which is focused on preparing the next generation of MCH leaders through specialized training and mentorship. One such center, the Tulane Center of Excellence in MCH (CEMCH), is housed at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. This study evaluated the perceived effectiveness and acceptability of the CEMCH leadership training program. Methods A mixed-methods approach was used, consisting of semi-structured interviews and quantitative surveys which were analyzed through inductive methods based in grounded theory and non-parametric methods respectively. Results Results indicated an overall high level of program satisfaction by all stakeholders. Mentorship and personal attention emerged as an important benefit for both former and current Scholars. The opportunity to gain real-world understanding of MCH work through program activities was an added benefit, although these activities also presented the most challenges. Community stakeholders generally did not view the program as providing immediate organizational benefit, but recognized the distal benefit of contributing to a well-trained MCH workforce. Conclusions for Practice These results will be used to inform other MCH training programs and strengthen Tulane’s CEMCH. A well-trained MCH workforce is essential to improving MCH, and high-quality training its foundation.

Keywords

Education Training Maternal and child health Maternal and child health workforce Leadership Title V 

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Acknowledgements

The authors express their appreciation to the numerous stakeholders who volunteered their time to complete interviews for this study. This work would not be possible without their contributions. This research was funded by Title V of the Social Security Act, managed in the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration (T76MC04927).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amelia J. Brandt
    • 1
  • Bert R. Cramer
    • 2
  • Shokufeh M. Ramirez
    • 1
  • Carolyn Johnson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral SciencesTulane University School of Public Health and Tropical MedicineNew OrleansUSA
  2. 2.Disaster Resilience Leadership AcademyTulane University School of Social WorkNew OrleansUSA

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