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This program uses MCH Navigator strategies to develop tools to aid in the translation and understanding of Evidence-based/informed Strategy Measures (ESMs) based on an expanded version of the Integrated Model for Outcome-Based Workforce Development (see figure)

Integrated model for outcome-based workforce developmentThis methodology posits successful outcome-based workforce development integrates five key components: (1) evidence-based education, (2) adult learning theory, (3) an expanded version of the Dreyfus Model of addressing educational needs with the right methodology and content at the right time, (4) quality standards, and (5) a collaborative environment.

The project uses this methodology to develop:

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New Learning Resources

MCH Evidence Center staff have been conducting learning sessions to help with your Title V MCH Block Grant report and application. Check out the following videos and upcoming sessions:

Introduction to Literature Reviews

As we focus our efforts on evidence-based/informed practice, we need to be fluent with the science distilled from the literature and the field. Literature reviews are key tools in this process by which a body of literature is classified using systematic methods that are intended to reduce bias and improve understandability.

This session digs into the basics of literature reviews with MCH Evidence Center staff who engage in different types of reviews as part of their work and research.

Presenters discussed different types of reviews, including scoping, rapid, narrative, meta-analysis, and mixed studies. They summarized the Ten Step Method used by the Community Preventive Services Task Force for their Community Guide. They shared their own experiences conducting literature reviews and explore tricks and tools for automating the process. Access this learning video.

Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health: A Conversation with the MCH Evidence Center

While the emphasis of our work has been researching effective strategies to advance the NPMs, we have known intrinsically – and have experienced through our work with Title V agencies in the states and jurisdictions – that no meaningful discussion of WHAT WORKS can happen without thinking of how our work contributes to addressing disparities and is conducted with awareness of the social settings that affect MCH populations. There have been increasing requests from states and jurisdictions to the Evidence Center on how to address their issues regarding health equity, using evidence-based measures. This video presents a conversational approach to what the Evidence Center found from the evidence base on how to address health equity, as well as examples of what States have requested, and the assistance provided. Access this learning video.

Using Critical Thinking to Advance MCH through Evidence

In this series of learning modules developed in collaboration with the MCH Navigator, we will discuss how the MCH Leadership Competencies — specifically those related to critical thinking (population data, critical analysis, research, epidemiology, and application of evidence-based practice guidelines) — form a supporting structure to: (1) understand the evidence base; (2) develop a plan to move from an analysis of populations needs to evidence-based/informed action steps to address those needs; and (3) use trusted tools to advance health equity within the framework of social determinants of health. Access learning modules.

What Title V Agencies are Doing to Advance Health Equity and Address Social Determinants of Health: A Summary

Title V agencies are looking for innovative ways to address health equity and incorporate social determinants of health (SDOH) into their daily work. The MCH Evidence Center has reviewed state action plans, priorities, and measures to identify some ways that this work is being conducted. See a summary of our findings and watch a video that explains what we've found.

Measuring What Matters: Evaluating Evidence-Based Programs

Effective evaluation is a systematic way to improve evidence-based programs and increase accountability. In order to develop and expand an enduring MCH program and assess a program’s ability to achieve desired outcomes, a comprehensive and adaptable evaluation plan should be built into the design of an evidence-program at the outset. This learning opportunity provides hands-on experience to take the next step in utilizing evaluation tools and developing strong measures to assess the impact of implemented evidence-based programs. Access this learning video.

NPM Webinar Series

This series consists of five webinars on evidence-based/informed strategies for addressing each of the 15 National Performance Measure (NPMs).  Subject matter experts (SMEs) presented on evidence-based/informed strategies, which are oriented to public health and relevant to the role and services provided by Title V. These webinars are intended to provide Title V program staff with additional assistance in selecting evidence-based or informed strategies. Access archives.

Office Hours Webinar Series

This series was designed for those who want last-minute assistance in reviewing and selecting evidence-based/informed strategies and programs that address priorities, completing state action plans, and developing strong ESMs. These office hours serve as an informal space where our implementation experts provide tools, encourage peer-to-peer sharing, and answer submitted questions about effective strategies that are based on the evidence and are measurable through Results-Based Accountability (RBA). Access archives.

MCH Navigator Learning Tools

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 U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. 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.