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The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Leadership Training Program provides interdisciplinary, graduate-level training in maternal and child public health research and practice, including epidemiology, biostatistics, program planning and management, policy development, and advocacy.

Students graduate from our program with the skills to become leaders in improving the systems, programs, and policies that support the health of women, children, and families in the United States.

Student, Faculty, Alumni News

Janice Bell, MN, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor of Health Services and a faculty member of the MCH Program, received the 2011 MCH Epidemiology Outstanding Manuscript Award for her publication, Shortened Nighttime Sleep Duration in Early Life and Subsequent Childhood Obesity, published in the September 2010 issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Two MCH alumni will be giving oral presentations of their thesis research at this year's Annual Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Conference:

  • Sandra Szalay, MPH, "Associations of Site of Birth and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after Childbirth"
  • Marlana Kohn, MPH, "Food Insecurity, Food Assistance, and Weight Status in US Youth: New Evidence from NHANES 2007-2008"

Sarah Reed, MPH, MSW, (2010 graduate) is first author of the article Adolescent Well-Being in Washington State Military Families published in the September 2011 issue of American Journal of Public Health.

See the Northwest Bulletin issue Military Family Health for articles about the impact of deployment on children's mental health, and the services and programs available to support military families in the Northwest region.

Patricia A. Janssen, PhD, MPH, (1993 graduate) received the School of Public Health's 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award. She is associate professor and founding director of the MPH Program and theme leader of Maternal-Child Health at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. She was awarded the 2010 University of British Columbia's President's Award for Public Education through Media for her research on home birth in British Columbia.

Melissa Romaire, MPH, received the Department of Health Services' 2011 Outstanding Student Award. Melissa's dissertation research improves our understanding of associations between access to a medical home for children and youth, and health care use and costs. A second research project led to a published paper finding significant positive associations between access to a medical home for children and receiving health screenings. In addition to conducting research and publishing papers, Melissa received three competitive awards: a two-year Agency for Health Care Research and Quality pre-doctoral traineeship, an Institute of Translational Sciences Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Training Program traineeship, and an American Public Health Association MCH Section student fellowship.

Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW, (1997 graduate) received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant to examine the legal intent, implementation, and outcomes of a Washington State law to support intervening in cases of drug overdoses. The grant runs from November 2010 to May 2012.

Tracy Brazg, MSW, MPH, (2008 graduate) is first author of the article Our Community in Focus: The Use of Photovoice for Youth-Driven Substance Abuse Assessment and Health Promotion, published in the November 2010 issue of Health Promotion Practice.

Angela Tang, MPH, (2010 graduate) received a three-year fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Public Health Prevention Service. This fellowship provides hands-on training in program planning, implementation, and evaluation. She will start the fellowship fall 2010.

Help Support Your MCH Program!!

Alumni and others who wish to donate to the University of Washington can now designate their dollars to directly support the Maternal and Child Public Health Leadership Training Program. To do so, visit the MCH Program Fund for Excellence.