Maternal & Child Health

The Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration to provide leadership training in MCH that focuses on promoting health equity through an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach that is culturally competent and family-centered. Florida needs a diverse/skilled MCH workforce to address its unique population, the persistent health disparities within several key MCH indicators and the growing regional workforce shortages. The vision of the MCH Program is 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."

In Memory of Dr. Pnina S. Klein

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We have lost a giant in the MCH field. Dr. Pnina Klein, a clinical and developmental psychologist and professor of education at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, died on November 27th, 2014 after battling with cancer. She was an expert in early childhood education developing an educational program called More Intelligent and Sensitive Child (MISC). The program promotes cognitive functioning and attachment by improving parent/caregiver interactions with infants and young children. Dr. Klein's model has been used globally to aid thousands of children around the world. Her work has received support from the U.S.-based Harris Foundation, Bader Foundation and Pitt Foundation. Since 1988 she has served as Director of the Edward I and Fannie Baker Center for the Study of Development Disorders in Infants and Young Children at Bar-Ilan University.

The Harrell Center had the honor of sponsoring a workshop for health care providers on healthy interactions between infants/young children and their caregivers/parents. In February of 2014, Dr. Klein came to the University of South Florida to give a level I MISC training to community professionals, physicians and COPH students, faculty and staff. We mourn her passing and hope that her work continues to shape lives.


The Southeast Maternal and Child Health Scholar Collaborative Meeting was held March 14-15, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. Hosted by USF’s Maternal and Child Health Program, the regional meeting was a collaborative effort involving students and faculty from MCH training programs at USF, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Tulane University, and the University of North Carolina. Featuring speakers, panel discussions, and interactive group activities, the focus of the meeting was on MCH policy and translating policy at the local levels. Speakers included Dean Donna Petersen of USF, Holly Grason of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and Johns Hopkins University, as well as Brent Ewig, the federal policy liaison for the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs. Feedback from our MCH Scholars was very positive; we hope to offer this meeting annually!

MCH Training Program Hosts Mediational Intervention Workshop. Dr. Pnina S. Klein, a clinical and developmental psychologist and professor of education at Bar-Ilan University in Israel led the workshop. The MISC program promotes cognitive functioning and attachment by improving parent/caregiver interactions with infants and young children. Attendees included community professionals, physicians, and COPH students, faculty and staff. Robert Nelson, MD, MS, a joint professor in public health, sponsored a visiting group of physicians from Ecuador who also attended the workshop.


Community & Family Health Professor publishes Book!

Kay M. Perrin published a book titled "Principles of Evaluation and Research for Health Care Programs". The book provides a basic understanding of the importance of and the key approaches used to conduct health program research and evaluations. Written with the undergraduate in mind, this book is useful for students pursuing a wide spectrum of health careers. Students will learn terminolgy, levels and types of measurement, dta collection methods, sampling and basic statistical analysis.

In addition to the basic information, the book covers ethical and cultural competency issues unique to conducting evaluations. Finally, the book provides and introduction to systems thinking and its implication for evaluating the impact of interventions.

The 2013 edition of the annual Child Health USA & Women's Health USA databook

Child Health USA is a compendium of easy-to-access federally-collected data on significant indicators of maternal and child health in the United States. Women’s Health USA is an easy-to-use collection of current and historical data on some of the most pressing health challenges facing women, their families, and their communities.The 2013 edition of the databook focuses on Perinatal Health and Healthcare Access and provides graphical and textual summaries of secondary data on over 40 indicators, including Perinatal Health Status, Perinatal Risk Factors and Behaviors, Health Services Utilization, and selected Programs and Policies to promote perinatal health.

The Affordable Care Act: How Will it Work and How Will it Affect MCH Populations?

What are the goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? What are the primary mechanisms through which the ACA will meet its goals? What is the potential impact of the ACA on women, children, adolescents, and immigrant families? The HRSA-funded Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health at the University of Minnesota just released a 36-page publication that addresses these questions.

AMCHP is pleased to announce the release of the final set of Life Course Indicators!

The indicators represent the final product of a yearlong effort by seven state-based teams, informed by the input of a National Expert Panel of thought leaders on the life course theory and linking theory to practice. The final indicator set and tools for getting started in using them are available on the project website.