Alabama Maternal and Child Health Leadership Network

Collaborative Projects

Diversity & Health Equity Peer Learning Collaborative (DHEC), 2017

The Division of MCH Workforce Development, in HRSA’s MCHB, sponsored the DHEC, which was facilitated by the Alabama MCH Leadership Network (“the Network”), the University of Washington Leadership Consortium, and Altarum Institute. Eight teams (consisting of trainees, faculty, university & community partners), were competitively selected to participate, tasked with identifying a policy or practice change to address.

In response, the Network created a collaborative mentoring program to expand MCH Pipeline activities to high school students. The long-term goals of the MCH Health Opportunities & Partnerships for Educational Success (MCH HOPES) are to (G1) increase diversity of the MCH workforce by exposing high school students from racial/ethnic minority & economically disadvantaged backgrounds to careers in MCH & (G2) foster cultural competence & leadership among current MCH trainees by creating opportunities for mentorship of the G1 high school students. These students gain exposure to the fields of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Psychology, Social Work, Nutrition, Audiology, Speech/Language Pathology, Physical/Occupational Therapy & Public Health. Mentees are paired with >1 MCH trainee mentor for quarterly 1-on-1 mentoring sessions. Additionally, a UAB MCH faculty mentor provides monthly professional development seminars/workshops for the high school students. Each May, the students visit UAB’s campus to shadow their mentor(s), participate in health care simulations & learn more about college preparation & professional development.

  • Increased communication & collaboration across MCH training programs, universities & university systems Strengthened commitment to cultural & linguistic competence, diversity & health equity
  • Strong team collaboration, creating a solid foundation for future work
  • Collaborative efforts with outside partners including community based organizations & public schools
  • Increased leadership opportunities for trainees
  • Better understanding of the unique nature of diversity & culture in home states & universities
    Connections & new relationships with other university entities such as Offices of Health Equity, Multicultural Student Affairs & other campus-wide initiatives
  • Increased awareness of implicit bias as it exists on campuses & within training programs
  • Commitment to create & maintain intentional time & space to meet & discuss diversity & health equity
  • Broader vision of diversity & inclusion & its connections to health equity
  • Increased comfort with speaking about diversity concepts

Visit the Division of MCH Workforce Development’s Diversity in MCH Training Peer Learning Collaborative website for more information.

Seminar Archives

Adolescent to Adult Health Care Transition in Alabama

Under the direction of the LEND program, the Alabama MCH Leadership Network obtained a 2015-2016 MCHB/HRSA supplement to (1) complete the development of resources for adolescent to adult transitions for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities; (2) continue collaboration on continuing education events; (3) complete the development of and pilot brief social skills/assertiveness training for patients to improve self-advocacy skills in the healthcare setting; (4) complete work, in conjunction with the State Department of Education, assisting families with the transition process, including the development of resources, educational programs, and training; and (5) complete evaluations of all continuing education and training activities.

Links to video "MCH and Health Reform in the States: Activities and Opportunities"

10/24/13: MCH and Health Reform in the States: Activities and Opportunities

This seminar focuses on the activities and opportunities that exist around MCH and health reform in the states. It also includes information on the National Governor's Association (NGA). The presenter discusses the NGA's work related to MCH and related to health reform/transformation.

The presenter for this seminar was:

  • Michael D. Miller, MD
    National Governors Association Center for Best Practices

Effective Advocacy for Maternal and Child Health Issues - Presenation Video

12/1/11: Effective Advocacy for Maternal and Child Health Issues

This seminar focuses on effective advocacy for maternal and child health issues. It also includes tips and strategies for influencing maternal and child health policy on national, state, and local levels. The presenter discusses critical elements that are necessary to be a successful advocate and provides examples of successful advocacy.

The presenter for this seminar was:

  • Rylin Rodgers, BA
    Training Director, Family Leadership Coordinator
    Riley Child Development Center (LEND)

(L to R): Dr. Anne Turner-Henson, Dr. Martha Wingate, Dr. Temple Grandin, Dr. Glenda Smith, Dr. Julie Preskitt, and Dr. Fred Biasini

Pictured are (L to R): Dr. Anne Turner-Henson, Dr. Martha Wingate, Dr. Temple Grandin, Dr. Glenda Smith, Dr. Julie Preskitt, and Dr. Fred Biasini.

Dr. Temple Grandin Visits UAB Campus

Alabama MCH Leadership Network faculty meet with Dr. Temple Grandin during her September 2011 visit to the UAB campus. Dr. Grandin, who provided a keynote lecture to entering freshman related to her book "My Life in Pictures," is a noted author, speaker, and animal scientist. She has used her experience as a person with autism to focus her career on the design of humane livestock handling facilities. She is a respected expert who also provides insight to individuals with autism and Asperger's Syndrome as well as their families on treatment, learning, and socialization.

Diversity Training Peer Collaborative, 2009-2011

The Maternal and Child Health Training Program selected The University of Alabama at Birmingham to participate in Diversity in MCH Training: A Peer Collaborative. The intensive 9-month collaborative peer learning process provided a small number of highly motivated grantees a structured and safe environment in which to address challenges to racial and ethnic diversity within their Training Programs through learning opportunities, technical assistance, and collaboration with peers.

Click here to access the updated UAB Diversity Resource Inventory, developed in 2011 and revised in 2014 by members of the Diversity Training Peer Collaborative.

Visit the MCH Training Program web site for more information on the Diversity Training Peer Collaborative.

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Seminar Archive

10/24/13: MCH and Health Reform in the States: Activities and Opportunities

Links to video "MCH and Health Reform in the States: Activities and Opportunities"