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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Linnea Sallack

Linnea Sallack  - MPH, RD

Director, Healthy Women and Children

Areas of Expertise
  • Food and Nutrition Programs
  • Program Implementation
  • Nutrition Behaviors

Linnea is a former WIC program director of California, and has since dedicated her career to helping federal, state, and local nutrition and food assistance agencies develop and implement strategies that strengthen their programs. She is a registered dietitian and holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of California at Berkeley.