Division of Research, Training and Education
The work of all Maternal and Child Health Bureau divisions, programs, and staff is in support of the Bureau’s Strategic Plan (2003-2007) for meeting the needs of the maternal and child health populations of the United States and its Jurisdictions. The Bureau focuses—through leadership, performance, and accountability—on accomplishment of five over-arching goals: 1) Provide National Leadership for Maternal and Child Health; 2) Promote an Environment that Supports Maternal and Child Health; 3) Eliminate Health Barriers and Disparities; 4) Improve the Health Infrastructure and Systems of Care, and 5) Assure Quality of Care. The Bureau’s progress—or accountability—toward goal achievement is reported annually.
The Division of Research, Training and Education (DRTE) is one of five divisions of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). DRTE provides leadership to assure the health of infants, children, adolescents and their families by
MCH Training Program
Interdisciplinary Training These programs have faculty from several professional disciplines who function as a team to provide interdisciplinary training, including:
Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH). Prepares trainees from a variety of professional disciplines (nurses, nutritionists, physicians, psychologists, and social workers) for leadership roles in clinical care, research, public health policy, and advocacy for adolescents.
Maternal and Child Health Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND). Trains individuals from a wide variety of professional disciplines to improve the health of children who have, or are at risk of developing, neurodevelopmental or other related disabilities such as autism and mental retardation. Interdisciplinary faculty and trainees include audiologists, dentists, family members, health administrators, nurses, nutritionists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physicians, psychologists, social workers, special education professionals, & speech language pathologists.
Pediatric Pulmonary Centers. Prepares health professionals for leadership roles in the development, enhancement, or improvement of community-based, family-centered care for children with chronic respiratory diseases, including asthma. Interdisciplinary faculty and trainees include nurses, nutritionists, pharmacists, physicians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, respiratory care practitioners, and social workers.
Schools of Public Health. These programs train health professionals for leadership roles in solving public health problems, conducting applied research, and improving the health status of women, children, and families through participation in community activities.
Pediatric Dentistry. Addresses the need for access to dental treatment and preventive care for children at highest risk of suffering from oral disease, e.g., children in low-income families and children with special health care needs (CSHCN). Trainees work toward a graduate degree in public health and pediatric dentistry.
MCH Pipeline Program—Promotes the development of a culturally diverse and representative health care workforce by recruiting students from under-represented minorities into maternal and child public health professions. Faculty in MCH Pipeline training programs educate, mentor, guide and provide enriching experiences to increase students’ interests in MCH public health professions.
Complete MCH Training Program Information, including a map of current investments, the MCH Training Strategic Plan and other helpful information is available at: http://www.mchb.hrsa.gov/training/ .
MCH Research Program
In addition to multi-year research projects, in January 2007, the MCH Research Program initiated support for one-year studies that analyze existing MCH data. These projects allow for researchers to study important MCH issues by analyzing secondary data. Also, the MCH Research Program supports research network programs: the Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS) Network at AAP and the Collaborative Ambulatory Research Network (CARN) at ACOG, and the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN). These projects support the infrastructure behind practice-based research networks that are linked to larger organizations and result in dissemination and application of study findings.
The MCH Research Program encourages applications that address any of the four MCHB Strategic Research Issues: Fiscal Years 2004-2009:
Partnership for Children Program
Healthy Tomorrows, which began in 1989, is a grant program funded by HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau and administered by the Bureau in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics. To date, over 136 Healthy Tomorrows projects have been funded in 44 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Grantees have included, but are not limited to, medical centers, schools, local foundations and nonprofit agencies, community-based clinics, community health centers, hospitals, and local and state health departments.
Healthy Tomorrows supports the development of family-centered, community-based initiatives that:
Additional information about the Healthy Tomorrows program, including a listing of current grantees and information for prospective applicants, can be found at: http://www.aap.org/commpeds/htpcp/ (not a government web site).
Bright Futures for
Infants, Children and Adolescents
Through Bright Futures, MCHB, its grantees and other partners:
Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision for Infants, Children and Adolescents, the cornerstone of the initiative, is a set of comprehensive health supervision guidelines addressing health promotion and disease prevention in infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. Originally published in 1994, the Bright Futures Guidelines are currently undergoing a comprehensive revision which will be released in 2007. Pediatricians, family practitioners, nurse practitioners, dentists, nutritionists, nurses, behavioral health specialists, family representatives and others have actively participated in this current revision of the Guidelines, which will, for the first time, incorporate prevention and health promotion for children with special health care needs.
MCHB works with the American Academy of Pediatrics and many other partners to implement Bright Futures. Further information can be found at: http://www.brightfutures.aap.org (not a government web site).
For more information, please
contact DRTE at 301-443-2340.