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Impacting Process: Quality Improvement in MCH Training

This learning tool is a set of five sessions intended for professional development by personnel in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) leadership education and training programs, Title V programs, and official health agencies, who desire to learn about quality improvement (QI).  The series aims to define QI, emphasize the importance of QI in healthcare settings, and present relevant tools for applying QI knowledge and skills in practice.  This learning tool was developed for implementation in group settings, but also may be completed individually as a self-study.  Each session has two sections—preparation and active learning.  A total of 1-3 hours should be designated for the completion of each session; the preparation generally requires about 1-2 hours per session and the active learning generally requires about 30-45 minutes per session.

The sessions were developed by the MCH Nutrition graduate trainees and faculty in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Public Health Nutrition Program and as part of its federally-funded MCH Nutrition Leadership Education and Training Project.  The learning tool’s development was supported by grant number T79MC09805 of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Nutrition Leadership Education and Training Program faculty and trainees would like to acknowledge the following individuals and groups for their assistance in creating the modules:

Shannon Robson, PhD, MPH, RDN;

Jamie Stang, PhD, MPH, RD and current MCH trainees, The University of Minnesota

Current MCH leadership team at the University of Tennessee:

Amber Ford, MS-MPH, RDN, LDN

Rebecca Ellison, MS-MPH, RDN, LDN

Betsy Haughton, EdD, RD, LDN

Randa Meade, MS, MPH, RDN, LDN

External reviewers:  Paul Erwin, MD, DrPH

Holly Grason, MA

Sarah Griswold, MS-MPH, RD

Eriko Grover, MS-MPH, RD, LD

Charles Hamilton, DrPH, MPH

Helene Kent, MPH, RD

Carole Myers, PhD, RN

Karen Probert, MS, RD

Margie Tate, MS, RDN

Jennifer Valentine, MSN, RN

Lee Wallace, MS, RD

Michael Warren, MD, MPH, FAAP[/half]


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 T79MC09805, Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Health Nutrition, $176,795, 50% funded by the University of Tennessee, Department of Nutrition. 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.