The MCH field faces many challenges. A report1 that analyzes qualitative data from 190 members of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), all MCH Block Grant state narratives from the 2011/2012 reports and 2013/2014 applications, and key informant interviews representing five national regions provides an in-depth discussion of the current challenges facing the MCH workforce. This report indicates that the MCH landscape is “a complex and rapidly changing environment…that builds on the existing momentum in Title V toward results-based accountability and the simultaneous transition from direct services to population health assurance.”
This is occurring when state Title V programs, like all public health groups, are facing “significant staffing challenges…and the need to adopt new theories and paradigms for their work.” The report states that many leaders described the level of knowledge and skills needed to effectively function in the current environment as “daunting.”1 This topic area summarizes the competencies we've explored over the course of the last 12 modules, putting an MCH focus on public health issues.
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1 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, National MCH Workforce Development Center. 2014. A Snapshot of Current Title V Workforce Needs. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, National MCH Workforce Development Center.