Developing a university-workforce partnership to address rural and frontier MCH training needs: The rocky mountain public health education consortium (RMPHEC)

Douglas L. Taren, Frances Varela, Jo Ann W. Dotson, Joan Eden, Marlene Egger, John Harper, Rhonda Johnson, Kathy Kennedy, Helene Kent, Myra Muramoto, Jane C. Peacock, Richard Roberts, Sheila Sjolander, Nan Streeter, Lily Velarde, Anne Hill

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Abstract

The objective of the article is to provide the socio-cultural, political, economic, and geographic conditions that justified a regional effort for training maternal and child health (MCH) professionals in the Rocky Mountain region, describe a historical account of factors that led to the development of the Rocky Mountain Public Health Education Consortium (RMPHEC), and present RMPHEC as a replicable model developed to enhance practice/academic partnerships among state, tribal, and public health agencies and universities to enhance public health capacity and MCH outcomes. This article provides a description of the development of the RMPHEC, the impetus that drove the Consortium's development, the process used to create it, and its management and programs. Beginning in 1997, local, regional, and federal efforts encouraged stronger MCH training and continuing education in the Rocky Mountain Region. By 1998, the RMPHEC was established to respond to the growing needs of MCH professionals in the region by enhancing workforce development through various programs, including the MCH Certificate Program, MCH Institutes, and distance learning products as well as establishing a place for professionals and MCH agencies to discuss new ideas and opportunities for the region. Finally over the last decade local, state, regional, and federal efforts have encouraged a synergy of MCH resources, opportunities, and training within the region because of the health disparities among MCH populations in the region. The RMPHEC was founded to provide training and continuing education to MCH professionals in the region and as a venue to bring regional MCH organizations together to discuss current opportunities and challenges. RMPHEC is a consortium model that can be replicated in other underserved regions, looking to strengthen MCH training and continuing education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)845-850
Number of pages6
JournalMaternal and Child Health Journal
Volume15
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2011

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Keywords

  • Continuing education
  • Distance education
  • Graduate education
  • Workforce development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Taren, D. L., Varela, F., Dotson, J. A. W., Eden, J., Egger, M., Harper, J., Johnson, R., Kennedy, K., Kent, H., Muramoto, M., Peacock, J. C., Roberts, R., Sjolander, S., Streeter, N., Velarde, L., & Hill, A. (2011). Developing a university-workforce partnership to address rural and frontier MCH training needs: The rocky mountain public health education consortium (RMPHEC). Maternal and Child Health Journal, 15(7), 845-850. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10995-008-0420-7