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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Overview

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.  

Results

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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Sheryl Mathis

Sheryl Mathis  - MSW, MPH

Senior Director, Community Health

Areas of Expertise
  • Maternal and Child Health 
  • Program Implementation and Technical Assistance  
  • Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methodologies 

Sheryl Mathis leads a portfolio of community health and well-being programs, from maternal and child health (MCH), behavioral health and substance use disorder, to food and nutrition and sexual health. Sheryl has 20 years of experience managing and advancing programs administered by HRSA, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and state health agencies, including multi-year, cross-disciplinary initiatives to strengthen the diversity and capacity of the MCH workforce; and strategic initiatives to maximize health improvements through cross-organization collaboration. Sheryl holds a MSW in program administration and an MPH in population and family health from Columbia University.