Project Team & Partners

Project Team & Partners

Georgetown UniversityThe National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health (NCEMCH) at Georgetown University is pleased to accept the charge from the US Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) to further MCH Block Grant transformation by providing customized training collections focused on the MCH Leadership Competencies and collaborating with other MCHB-funded projects to meet the training needs of the MCH workforce and others serving the nation's women and children.

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Project Faculty and Staff

The MCH Navigator project team is made up of health educators, MCH content experts, librarians, and technology professionals who have successfully worked with MCHB for over three decades. You can connect with the team through our Contact page.

John Richards, MA, AITP
Project Lead, MCH Navigator
Research Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy
Co-Director, NCEMCH
Lead, Health Information Group
Georgetown University

Rochelle Mayer, EdD
Education and Program Advisor, MCH Navigator
Research Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy
Director, NCEMCH
Georgetown University

Keisha Watson-Bah, PhD, MPH
Training Director, MCH Navigator
Co-Lead, Health Information Group
Georgetown University

Sarah Riehl, MS
Curriculum Developer, MCH Navigator
Senior Writer, NCEMCH
Georgetown University

Olivia Pickett, MLS, MA
Micro-Learning Strategist, MCH Navigator
Head Librarian, NCEMCH
Georgetown University

Tim King
Web Developer, MCH Navigator
Systems Engineer, Health Information Group
Georgetown University

Mindy Nash
Web Developer, MCH Navigator
Program Liaison, Health Information Group
Georgetown University

Jonathan Polakoff
Web Developer, MCH Navigator
Technology Lead, Health Information Group
Georgetown University

Georgetown UniversityNCEMCH at Georgetown University

Faculty and staff of this project are members of the National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health (NCEMCH). For over 30 years NCEMCH has provided leadership to the MCH community in 3 key areas: (1) systems-wide program development; (2) culturally competent, family-centered resources and research; and (3) evidence-based training and resource development to advance the knowledge and skills of the MCH workforce. NCEMCH puts knowledge about MCH issues to practical use for federal, state, and local public health professionals, policymakers, and the public. As such, NCEMCH’s mission is perfectly aligned with the goals of this project.

NCEMCH has maintained a productive relationship with MCHB and other partners and has founded and operated numerous national centers and data projects, including:

Since 1982, these projects have established a distinguished record of accomplishment, having earned over 25 awards for outstanding contributions to the health-promotion and disease-prevention field, including MCHB’s Young Leadership Award and GU’s President’s Award (for John Richards), the HRSA Administrator’s Special Citation (for Rochelle Mayer), the MCHB Director’s Award (for TVIS), APEX Awards for Excellence (for the MCH Navigator, MCH Library, OHRC, and Bright Futures), Digital Health Awards from the Health Information Resource Center (for the MCH Navigator and MCH Library), and a Yahoo! Best Site Award (for HSNRC). In addition, Center sites have earned the UsableNet Seal of Approval for surpassing Section 508 of ADA requirements.


WorkAdvisory Group, Expert Panel, and Partners

The MCH Navigator benefits from a well-established network of MCH organizations that have served as long-time collaborators with NCEMCH. Project staff tap these partners to engage a 24-plus-member Advisory Group composed of experts from the field and academia. In addition, staff continue to consult the NCEMCH Expert Panel, organizational partners, and experts in the field.

MCH Navigator Advisory Group

This Advisory Group consists of two levels: an outer ring of members from key MCH organizations who provide strategic advice and an inner ring of 24 professionals who serve as content reviewers. Both rings include representation from the professional field and academic settings.

Outer Ring. This group includes MCH organizations representing the workforce (AMCHP, NMCHWDC, CityMatCH, and NCCPHT) and academics (ATMCH and the Centers of Excellence in MCH Education). Representatives from these six groups assist in strategic planning across MCH Navigator objectives.

Inner Ring. This group consists of 24 members: one professional from the field and one professional in an academic setting for each of the 12 MCH Leadership Competencies. These professionals have been chosen based on their self-identified area of competency-based expertise and serve as the prime vetting mechanism for new trainings identified by the project. Project staff send bundled groups of trainings to members of this group based on topic area. Group members are asked to review only materials that are aligned with their area of expertise.

Competency 1
Academic Advisor: Alana Cordeiro, MPH student, Drexel University
Field Advisor: Michael Warren, MD, MPH, TN Department of Health

Competency 2
Academic Advisor: Angela Rosenberg, DrPH, PT, BCC, University of Arizona
Field Advisor: Rachel Sisson, MS, KS Department of Health

Competency 3
Academic Advisor: Marisa Brown, MSN, RN, Center for Child and Human Development
Field Advisor: Gloria Grady, LA Department of Health and Hospitals

Competency 4
Academic Advisor: Amanda Decker, MPH student, Johns Hopkins University
Field Advisor: Anna Stiefvater, OR Public Health Division

Competency 5
Academic Advisor: Claire Williams, MPH student, University of Nebraska
Field Advisor: Rachel Brady, PT, DPT, MS, DC UCEDD

Competency 6
Academic Advisor: Kathleen Edwards, PhD
Field Advisor: Jennifer O’Brien, VA Department of Health

Competency 7
Academic Advisor: Tawara Goode, National Center for Cultural Competence
Field Advisor: Wendy Conner, MA, OH Department of Education

Competency 8
Academic Advisor: Toby Long, PhD, Georgetown University Medical Center
Field Advisor: Cheryl Shah, MS, Accenture, Training Division

Competency 9
Academic Advisor: Milt Kotelchuck, PhD, MPH, UCLA
Field Advisor: Kelly Holland, PA Department of Health

Competency 10
Academic Advisor: Dorothy Cilenti, PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Field Advisor: Kristal Dail, DC Department of Health

Competency 11
Academic Advisor: Denise Pecha, LCSW, University of Nebraska and CityMatCH
Field Advisor: Mary Adkins, RN, MSW, MI Tomorrow's Child

Competency 12
Academic Advisor: Jessica Teel, MS, CHES, AMCHP
Field Advisor: Dana Logsden, CO Department of Public Health

NCEMCH Expert Panel

The NCEMCH Expert Panel is a multidisciplinary group of 26 members representing state Title V programs, public health educators and professionals, school health professionals, pediatric and family providers in community-based and hospital settings, academic research centers and schools of public health, families, CYSHCN, culturally diverse communities, infant mortality and bereavement specialists, faith-based organizations, and medical libraries.

Federal Partners

Division of MCH Workforce Development (DMCHWD), U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Organizational Partners


Original Working Group

From 2010 to 2013, MCHB convened a working group of graduate public health MCH faculty and state and federal MCH staff to develop the concept and framework for a learning portal for MCH professionals based on reported needs from a 2007 survey of state Title V MCH and Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) programs conducted by AMCHP, ATMCH, and MCHB. This working group became the original "design team" of the MCH Navigator. The current Navigator team is indebted to their pioneering work. Members of this working group consisted of:

Public Health Faculty

State Government

Division of MCH Workforce Development (DMCHWD), U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Organizational Partners

*Original Design Team member, 2010–2011; Design Team member, 2011–2013;
Otherwise Design Team Member, 2010–2013

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $180,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.