The Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Education, Science and Practice, funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), aims to assure that “all children and families will live and thrive in healthy communities served by a quality workforce that helps assure their health and well-being.” Both MCH academic and community programs view leadership as essential for promoting health and preventing disease. The Center of Excellence in MCH offers an interdisciplinary and collaborative mentoring approach that is directed at understanding and practicing the values of health equity, cultural competence, and family centeredness.
While the Center of Excellence provides support for all MCH students and faculty, each year, a small cohort of master’s and doctoral students are selected as MCH scholars. These scholars complete a special enhanced curriculum; have special training opportunities in conflict management, cultural competence and health equity, family-centered care, interdisciplinary practice, use of data for community needs assessment and program evaluation, and communication and health literacy and have the opportunity to meet monthly with local, state, and national MCH leaders. Scholars complete a mentorship with both a community mentor and an academic mentor; and work closely throughout the academic year on leadership and skill building projects.
Students who are selected as scholars receive full-time in-state tuition waivers for 3 semesters (9 credits in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, and 6 credits in Summer 2019), a stipend to be divided over the 3-semester curriculum, travel support to attend conferences, and individualized community and academic mentoring. Policies on course limitation and financial aid maximum allowances may vary, which can be discussed on an individual basis.
Students from all College of Public Health Departments, both newly admitted and current students, with an MCH focus are eligible to apply. Because selection is highly based on MCH leadership experience and potential, newly admitted students are strongly encouraged to present significant and relevant information about their prior MCH experience and potential for success. In accordance with the MCHB’s focus on developing MCH leaders from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, individuals from minority and underrepresented groups are welcome and encouraged to apply.
Application materials should be scanned and emailed by attachment to Esther Telusma at email@example.com no later than Friday, June 29th, 2018. Final candidates will be scheduled for an in-person or telephone interview after initial review of applications has been completed. Review of applications, interviews, and notification of awards will be made as soon as possible. Students are encouraged to contact Esther Telusma firstname.lastname@example.org with specific questions regarding the application process or requirements.
Applicants for the Center of Excellence must meet the following requirements:
Each MCH scholar will complete a specialized program of study. The Center of Excellence requires a significant commitment of time and effort, so it is not usually possible for scholars to have an additional paid work commitment. MCHB considers this stipend to be a full time job.
In each semester of the program, scholars will focus on leadership and the life course model through multiple approaches. By the end of the academic year, scholars will have a strong understanding of, and experience in, the core areas of Maternal and Child Health.
To maintain the Center of Excellence award, scholars will be required to:
Applications for current students should include the following: