At a time of increased and changing training needs, a shift in the age and public health knowledge of the workforce, and diminished state and local public health budgets, there is a critical need to connect MCH professionals and students to online learning resources that translate competency-based knowledge into action. To address these needs, training materials from Title V Special Projects of Regional and National Significance (SPRANS) investments, MCH graduate programs, and other continuing education (CE) materials need to be aggregated, vetted, and made accessible through an easy-to-use web portal. At the same time customized, interactive professional development on emerging topics is needed to ensure that learners have the knowledge and skills they need to work across disciplines and systems to safeguard the health of women, children, and families. The MCH Navigator addresses these needs by serving as a learning portal for maternal and child health (MCH) professionals, students, and others working to improve the health and well-being of women, children, and families
The MCH Navigator provides a searchable, web-based resource inventory of learning opportunities that catalogues the content and skills addressed by each training in the collection. It provides assessment tools and learning guides to assist professionals and students in addressing their strengths and weaknesses in leadership competencies and offers access to trainings to address needs.
“Data strongly indicate that the MCH Navigator is filling a training gap and is being used by the field. Evidence to date indicates that the MCH Navigator is meeting a need for real-time training to augment face-to-face engagement in learning... Formative assessment findings show that the Navigator currently plays a role in promoting leadership development, supporting an individual sense of agency in professional development and an organizational culture that values and promotes professional development.”
— US Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCH Navigator FOA, 2015)
Please take some time to become acquainted with the project and website:
Overview and Conceptual Framework
The MCH Navigator is a centralized portal for pursuing continuous learning in MCH and is designed to help emerging and established MCH professionals and students map professional growth pathways. Read an overview and conceptual framework of the project and how it can address your learning needs.
Learn about our screening process — how project faculty, staff, and partners find online learning opportunities that are accurate and applicable to MCH professionals and students in a variety of settings and find out how you can submit feedback on what you've learned.
Project Team and Partners
The MCH Navigator is here to help you with your learning needs. Learn about our project team and partners — our faculty and staff, our advisory group, developers of this project, and our partners in the MCH community.
Also, take some time to learn How to Use the MCH Navigator.