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Title V Technical Assistance Meeting

 Paired Practica in State Title V Agencies

By Arden Handler, DrPH, Deneen Long-White, PhD and Jaime Klaus, MA

For the second year, the National MCH Workforce Development Center is supporting the MCH Paired Practica program. The program supports MCH undergraduate students from the MCHB-funded Howard University Pipeline Program and MCH graduate students/recent graduates from the 13 schools of public health with MCH training programs as they participate in internships designed by state Title V agencies. Each graduate/undergraduate student pair works as a team to complete a scope of work related to health transformation. A unique feature of the MCH Paired Practica program is the pairing of graduate and undergraduate students in a mentoring relationship as a way to build the skills of both sets of students and to introduce both undergraduates and graduates to an MCH career pathway in state Title V agencies. All students participating in the MCH Paired Practica program receive training in leadership, team building, and mentoring as well as exposure to a variety of resources and learning modules focused on Title V, the Affordable Care Act, and methods and approaches for health transformation. State preceptors also receive support from Pipeline staff to facilitate a strong start and completion of the agreed on work plan.

In summer 2015, the Center is supporting seven "paired practica" teams located in Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina and Rhode Island. MCH graduate students hail from Boston University, Johns Hopkins University, Tulane University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill schools of public health. Sample projects include: helping a state to implement the State Title V Roles in Health Reforms including ACA: A Title V State Access to Care Assessment Tool; assisting a state in conducting outreach to the next generation of more tech-savvy parents of children and youth with special health care needs while gathering information from parents about their experiences with health transformation; and working with a state to develop a Title V health transformation and systems dashboard.
"Paired Practica" opportunities will be available for summer 2016 as well, and the Center is hoping to expand to support 10 state sites with increased participation from students and states in the western region of the United States. The recruitment process for potential state sites has already begun, and the application will be available in fall 2015. For information about the MCH Paired Practica program, please visit: or contact Arden Handler at For more information about the Pipeline Core of the National MCH Workforce Development Center, contact

Pipeline Outreach through the National MCH Workforce Development Center

By Rebecca Greenleaf, MPH and Marcia Roth, MPH
National MCH Workforce Development Center

During spring semester 2015, the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill and the National MCH Workforce Development Center launched a new interdisciplinary, online course. Titled "Applied Methods for Health Transformation Implementation in MCH," the course was designed to prepare participants to contribute successfully to state and national health reform implementation. Course participants gained essential competencies for quality improvement, systems thinking, population change management, and promotion of access to care for women, children and families.

Demand for the course exceeded expectations. Participants represented Title V programs, MCHB-funded Schools of Public Health, and other MCHB-funded training programs (for example, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities [LEND]). A total of 32 masters and doctoral students completed the course for graduate credit, including students from UNC, University of Illinois at Chicago, Tulane, University of Minnesota, Ohio State and Georgia State. Seven additional participants achieved a certificate of completion. In total, 39 students (including five with direct Title V links) were engaged in weekly online learning. 

By having a mixed cohort of credit-seeking and certificate-seeking participants from interdisciplinary graduate programs and state Title V programs, course participants benefited from an enthusiastic and skilled online learning community. The course was intentionally designed as a means to bring growing Center knowledge, expertise and tools into the academic setting for MCH training. Many of the modules featured recently-developed Center products, such as the Title V State Access to Care Assessment Tool and lectures/presentations on MCH financing, quality improvement, and system behavior and system change, and sought to illuminate the broader context for health transformation in MCH. Course participants were invited to apply the learning directly to their professional experiences and goals and consider implications and opportunities for Title V programs.

The course will be offered again in fall semester 2015, beginning in late August. There are no fees associated with participation. Enrollment is open to:

  • Graduate students in an MCH training program
  • Individuals currently/formerly affiliated with an MCH training program
  • MCH professionals interested in lifelong learning

To register, please visit: For questions about the course, please contact Marcia Roth (