Resources for MCH Professionals

MCH Navigator
The MCH Navigator project was launched by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) in early 2010 to address the professional development needs of the field. As budget reductions are shrinking funding for training-related time, cost, and travel, online resources are an effective alternative for continuing education. The MCH Navigator is a centralized portal for pursuing continuous learning in maternal and child health and is designed to help emerging and established MCH professionals map professional growth pathways. The MCH Navigator seeks to enhance access to currently available public health MCH learning resources by “matching” learner needs with learning paths. This initiative is intended to complement, and not be a substitute for, formal institutionally-based undergraduate or graduate education programs in maternal and child health.

Rewriting the Story on Toxic Stress – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Efforts to prevent and treat adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are gaining ground, yielding new solutions that can help minimize the negative impact that exposure to traumatic stress early in life often has on lifelong health outcomes. New resources are available to share with your networks to maintain momentum in addressing ACEs:

  • Video remarks from leading researchers, policy makers, and practitioners across the country, who are, as Robert Anda, CDC, says, participating in “a social movement that can drive people in different service sectors to make a difference in the way they treat and interact with people who are affected by adversity.”
  • ACEs Summit materials – including videos and downloads from keynote and panelist presentations at the inaugural National Summit on ACEs – are available from the Institute for Safe Families, which cohosted the event with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation;
  • An infographic illustrating the prevalence and impact of ACEs; and
  • Case studies from the Harvard Graduate School of Education on three initiatives working to improve young children’s social-emotional growth and academic learning by providing direct support to parents and teachers.

South Central Public Health Partnership
The specific purpose of the South Central Public Health Training Center (SCPHTC) is to strengthen the technical, managerial, and leadership competence of the current public health workforce and to advance the knowledge and skills of the future public health workforce. Training topic areas center on competency-based, practice-focused courses addressing core functions and essential services; all trainings are based on formal training needs assessments in the south central region.