Maternal and Child Health Workforce Training

We're helping the Health Resources and Services Administration prepare the next generation of MCH leaders to address health equity.

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Altarum partnered with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to implement a HRSA-funded, Diversity and Health Equity Peer Learning Collaborative to effectively address diversity and health equity within Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Training programs. Participants came from across the US and included faculty members, university partners, trainees, and community agencies.

Our Approach

Altarum led the implementation of the Collaborative, from an initial background needs assessment to follow-up technical assistance and evaluation. Our work on the Collaborative included monthly webinars, web-based team sharing opportunities, resource sharing, and individualized technical assistance to prepare and train the next generation of MCH professionals to address health disparities and inequality.  


Our preliminary findings show that, because of the Collaborative, the MCH workforce is more equipped to address racial inequities, diversity, and health disparities in graduate programs. Participants report increased communication and collaboration across MCH training programs and universities, a strengthened commitment to diversity, and an increased awareness of implicit bias.

Maternal and Child Health Workforce Training Contact

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Denise Raybon

Denise Raybon  - MPH

Program Director, Maternal and Child Health

Areas of Expertise
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Health Equity
  • Training Development and Delivery

Denise oversees and provides strategic direction for Altarum’s Maternal and Child Health portfolio of work. She also serves as director of the Early Childhood Systems Technical Assistance Coordination Center (ECS-TACC) and provides training, strategic planning, and facilitation support across a host of other initiatives. Denise is passionate about equity and amplifying the voices of underserved and marginalized populations. She holds a master’s degree in public health from George Washington University.