Maternal & Child Health

About the Center

Overview of the Training Program for the Center of Excellence

The Maternal and Child Health Center of Excellence is funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), located in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the Department of Health and Human Services.

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The goals of the Center are to:

  • Provide interdisciplinary leadership training and practice to better integrate knowledge and skills needed to address multifaceted MCH problems;
  • Recruit and support a diverse and culturally competent and family-centered MCH workforce that can work towards reducing health disparities;
  • Provide quality training and practice through exposure to MCH competencies to assure a highly-trained MCH workforce;
  • Increase the capacity of the MCH workforce through collaboration with Title V agencies and partnerships with other local, state, regional, national and international MCH stakeholders to enhance MCH training and practice; and
  • Develop, disseminate and translate knowledge to inform MCH training, research, policy and practice.

The University of South Florida Maternal and Child Health Training Program focuses on three main areas:

  • Training of all MCH Students: Assure that all MCH academic classes focus on the MCH concepts of cultural competence, family-centered care, and interdisciplinary practice; and encourage all MCH-related field placement sites to become more culturally competent and family-centered.
  • Continuing Education Programs: Development and delivery of continuing education programs locally and throughout the state.
  • MCH Student Leadership Scholars: Identification of and specialized curriculum and activities for selected doctoral and master’s students.

Non-degree Training Opportunities & Continuing Education:

  • The MCH Training Program at USF offers recurring continuing education seminars in the following topics: 
    • Cultural competence
    • Family-professional partnerships and family-centered care
    • Interdisciplinary practice
    • Conflict resolution
    • Health literacy
    • Community health data  
  • These seminars are led by training program faculty and experts in the field, and are available to students, faculty, staff, and the wider community.
  • As part of the curriculum for the student leadership trainees, we provide shorter monthly seminars focused on issues in leadership. Topics include overall MCH leadership, leadership at the federal level, working with state government, and developing personal leadership styles.