Learning Bundles & Guides
Staff of Local Health Departments and Related Programs
These training resources were selected from the MCH Navigator to orient staff of local health departments and related programs (e.g., Home Visiting, Healthy Start, Community Health Centers, Tribal MCH) to core MCH concepts, programs, and strategies.
Click the resource title to link directly to the training and begin learning. All of the resources in the MCH Navigator are available free online. Note that some external sources require you to register on their sites before you can access the training.
Don't forget to check out the 5-Minute MCH and Public Health Pronto learning programs, monthly series that explore each competency, provide learning opportunities and implementation strategies, and culminate in an interactive learning session with an expert from the field.These programs consist of easy-to-follow weekly formats designed to increase your knowledge and skills through 5-minute intensive learning sessions emailed to you each week and available archived through a web portal.
Where to Find MCH Resources (2017) provides sources of data and access to critical programs key to researching, planning, and implementing programs in your state. (Narrated PowerPoint presentation, 15 minutes).
Public Health Models
- Public Health 101: A Short Course. This course is a basic introduction to public health and consists of seven modules that range from 6-15 minutes in length. The modules provide an introduction to the history, achievements, mission, achievements, structure, challenges, opportunities, and future of public health in the United States. Some of the focus is on Ohio, however the course is still useful for individuals from other states as the Ohio-specific information can be used as an example of the roles and activities of state and local public health. The seven modules are: “What is Public Health?” “History and Achievements,” “Who is Public Health?” “Factors that Influence Public Health,” “Public Health in Ohio,” “Challenges for Public Health,” and “Public Health’s Future.”
- InBrief: The Foundations of Lifelong Health. This video and pdf fact sheet of the InBrief series explains why a vital and productive society with a prosperous and sustainable future is built on a foundation of healthy child development. This video summarizes findings from The Foundations of Lifelong Health Are Built in Early Childhood, a report co-authored by the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs.
- Determinants of Health: A Framework for Reaching Healthy People 2020 Goals. This video demonstrates some of the factors that make some people healthy and others unhealthy. Two examples in this video serve to illustrate determinants of health, as well as interventions which can change determinants of health and lead to a specific health outcome or outcomes. The video then explains the four phases of the intervention life cycle. This video was created by The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It explores ODPHP's Healthy People 2020 initiative, and explains a concept known as determinants of health.
Culturally Competent Communication
- MCH Primer: An Angle on MCH Systems. This 43-minute presentation demonstrates how MCH systems are linked in the U.S. Dr. Margolis uses the WHO health system framework as a comparison tool to examine the MCH system. This framework includes Service Delivery, Health Workforce, Information, Medical Products, Financing, and Leadership/Governance. Four important legislative milestones in MCH history are also discussed: 1) the U.S. Congress established the Children’s Bureau in 1912, 2) passage of Titles IV and V, 3) creation and evolution of Medicaid (Title XIX of the Social Security Act), and 4) the passage of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). The presentation also touches on the framework of the MCH Pyramid of Health Services, including infrastructure-building services, population-based services, enabling services, and direct health care services. To access this learning opportunity, scroll down on the landing page to "MCH Primer: An Angle on MCH Systems (by Dr. Lew Margolis)" leadership module.
- Medicaid 101. In this webinar, the presenter provides an overview of the basics of Medicaid.
- Saving the Children: The Story of WIC. This movie discusses the history of WIC using accounts from advocates, congressmen, legislative aides and leaders in the MCH field. It highlights events leading up to its policy creation, including the 1960’s War on Poverty and the documentary ‘Hunger in America’ showing that children were increasingly victims of malnutrition and hunger. Other noted events include St. Jude Hospital‘s campaign and Dr. David Paige’s from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health pilot study program that worked to address children’s deficiencies in nutrition. The documentary also discusses the struggles of passing WIC at the time, including getting the policy through the legislative process as well as implementing the program. Pitfalls and concerns of the program once it came into effect are also addressed; for example the debate of vouchers or breastfeeding versus formula arose with the ability to pay for formula with WIC. The documentary finalizes with what WIC looks like today and the money saved by this investment in mothers and children.
MCH Community Health Centers
Updated: August 2015, April 2017