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Evaluation of Interdisciplinary Training for Maternal and Child Health Programs

Building on our six years of experience as an interdisciplinary consortium of five UNC- MCHB-funded training programs (Public Health, Nutrition, Social Work, Pediatric Dentistry, LEND), the purpose of this research was to examine the effects of interdisciplinary training on three aspects of MCH: (1) six cohorts of MCH professionals from five MCHB-supported training programs at UNC-Chapel Hill; (2) their academic and practice organizations/agencies; and, (3) the systems of care in which they are engaged during and post-training. Specifically, this project examined the effects of the planning process and curriculum on the capacity of trainees/fellows and faculty to address core MCH strategic goals. Results show that the interdisciplinary planning process and curriculum has enhanced the capacity of participants to engage in interdisciplinary research and practice. Additional findings illustrated that the CIDD-LEND training is associated with positive interdisciplinary change in the practice patterns of program graduates in addition to enhancing family-centered practice outcomes.

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