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Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities

Maternal and Child Health

About MCHB

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the US Department of Health and Human Services provides a variety of ongoing support and funding to various programs at the University of Minnesota and in our region.

The MCHB’s vision for the 21st century is that all children, youth, and families will live and thrive in healthy communities served by a quality workforce that helps assure their health and well being.

The MCHB fund public and private non-profit institutions of higher learning to provide leadership training in maternal and child health in order achieve this vision. The MCHB Training Programs seek to ensure excellent health services for families and children through workforce preparation.

Every family deserves:

  • Quality health systems that are responsive and affordable
  • Programs that reflect the priority health needs of families
  • The coordination of health services with community and educational programs.

Workforce preparation must:

  • Include all segments of the health workforce
  • Provide life-long opportunities for learning
  • Address the special needs of women, children and adolescents

The goals of the MCHB Training Program are as follows:

  1. Training for MCHB Competencies
  2. Supporting Workforce Diversity
  3. Ensuring Interdisciplinary Training
  4. Enhancing MCHB Leadership
  5. Supporting Knowledge to Practice
  6. Collaborating with Others

A little girl smiling.

“I take away a broader perspective of working with an interdisciplinary team which I will continue to draw from in my area of practice for many years to come. Having a better understanding of the complex nature of treating neurodevelopmental disabilities makes me better equipped to work effectively with families.”

Gail Anderson, RD, LD, 2009-2010 U of M LEND Fellow