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About the Training Program

Our vision for the 21st century is that all children, youth, and families will live and thrive in healthy communities served by a quality workforce that helps assure their health and well being.

The MCH Training Program of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) funds public and private non-profit institutions of higher learning to provide leadership training in maternal and child health (MCH) to achieve this vision. The MCH Training Program seeks to ensure excellent health services for families through workforce preparation.

Every family deserves:

  • Quality health systems that are responsive and affordable
  • Programs that reflect the priority health needs of families
  • The coordination of health services with community and educational programs.

Workforce preparation must:

  • Include all segments of the health workforce
  • Provide life-long opportunities for learning
  • Address the special needs of women, children and adolescents

Our Goals

The goals of the MCH Training Program are as follows:

  1. Training for MCH Competencies
  2. Supporting Workforce Diversity
  3. Ensuring Interdisciplinary Training
  4. Enhancing MCH Leadership
  5. Supporting Knowledge to Practice
  6. Collaborating with Others

MCH History

  • MCH Timeline: History, Legacy and Resources for Education and Practice, traces the history of maternal and child health in the U.S., provides in-depth modules on topics such as MCH 101, MCH Systems of Care, Infant Mortality and MCH Performance and Accountability, and allows you to search for topical areas of interest. We hope that the site will be used as an orientation tool for those new to the MCH profession, for grantees of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and MCH students. We also hope that those with experience in the field will find it a rich resource and a source of inspiration. This site will be continuously updated. Planned enhancements include: interviews of MCH leaders about historical events, links to digitized historical documents in the MCH Library, and additional in depth modules. Please contact Laura Kavanagh, lkavanagh@hrsa.gov, with any suggestions.
  • MCH History Slides, MCH Glossary and Overview of MCH Legislation