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Advancing MCH Professional Engagement via Mobile Technology

Developed by: 

Renee Turchi, MD, MPH – Professor/MCH Program Director, Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health 

Renee Davis, MD, MPH – MCH Program Coordinator/Research Associate, Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health 

Joel Rodriguez, EdD – Adjunct Professor, Drexel Westphal College of Media Arts & Design 

Ray Lum, MPhil, MS – Professor Emeritus, Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health 

Idris Robinson, MPH – Assistant Director, Dornsife Global Development Scholars Program, Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health 

Program downsizing, budget constraints, and retirements over recent years have resulted in fewer MCH-trained professionals in the workforce. The successful use of smart phones and mobile apps is described in research, clinical work & patient education, but the use of mobile apps in public health/MCH graduate education is in its infancy. We implemented a new mobile app used in the student field experience for our introductory MCH course designed to promote collaborative learning & enhance cultural competency skills. The app included a field experience checklist, web-based MCH self-assessments, organizational cultural competency assessments, online cultural competency training materials & a feature where students could share information learned at field sites with each other & the course instructor. ATMCH Innovative Teaching Award funds were used to (1) enhance & update the app to better promote & facilitate sharing & engagement; (2) create intermediate & advanced training modules in MCH communication, professionalism, ethics & leadership skills as related to web-based information sharing; & (3) introduce a “community manager” to foster a sense of community among MCH students & advance sharing to enhance student engagement & collaborative learning during MCH field experiences.  

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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 $225,000/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.