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In 2012-2013, the MCH Training’s Distance Learning grantees presented a series of webinars focused on the methods and strategies to effectively train MCH audiences through distance methodologies that have been archived for ongoing learning.

Each Webinar focuses on the “Big I’s” – Innovation, Quality Improvement, Systems Integration, Interdisciplinary Training, Impact, and Investments – and include background information, promising practices from the field, and where to go for more information.

Webinar 1: Innovation through Distance Learning Technology
This webinar discusses why distance learning should be used for MCH educational programs, current MCH programs that use distance learning, and innovative technologies and methods of instruction. Evaluation, sustainability and MCH resources available are also be outlined. John Richards leads the presentation and discussion on this topic.
Webinar Link (coming soon) | PowerPoint Slides

Webinar 2: Distance Learning – How to Improve Retention and Promote Evidence-Based Practice  
This webinar discusses methodologies in distance learning to enhance utilization of evidence-based practices in the MCH setting. Current MCH programs that use distance learning discuss various methods of instruction and which ones lead to greater comprehension for health care providers. Sarah Rhoads will leads the presentation and discussion on this topic.
Webinar Link (coming soon) | PowerPoint Slides

Webinar 3:  How to Promote Interdisciplinary Education and Systems Integration
This webinar discusses needs of interdisciplinary professionals and methodologies to address those needs through distance learning. Current MCH programs that use distance learning discuss their experiences training professionals not only geographically remote, but from different backgrounds and disciplines as well all under the umbrella of a systems integration approach. Dorothy Cilenti and David Deer lead the presentation and discussion on this topic.
Webinar Link (coming soon) | PowerPoint Slides

Webinar 4: Distance Learning: Impact and Investments 
MCHB has maintained the MCH Knowledge to Practice/Distance Learning grantee program for over the past decade. This webinar discusses the measurement of impact of distance learning projects –  both in content and in modality – on the MCH workforce and the breadth and width of MCHB's investment in the program by looking at the range of topics addressed by these projects. Sarah Rhoads and John Richards lead the presentation and discussion on this topic.
Webinar Link (coming soon) | PowerPoint Slides

Speaker Biographies


Dorothy Cilenti, DrPH, MPH, MSW,
is the Deputy Director of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health at Chapel Hill.  Dorothy was previously the Local Health Director of Alamance and Chatham counties in North Carolina. She also served as Interim Health Director for the Orange County Health Department. Prior to working as a senior executive in local public health, she served as the Deputy Director of the NC Division of Public Health. She received her master’s in public health and social work from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1989. In 2009, she completed a doctoral program in Health Policy and Management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. 

John Richards, MA, AITP, is a research instructor at Georgetown University and serves as the director for the Health Information Group. For fifteen years he has served as the technical lead for MCH projects at GU, first with the Title V Information System, Bright Futures, and the Healthy Start National Resource Center; continuing with the MCH Navigator, the MCH Library, the National SUID/SIDS Resource Center, and the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center. He also assists with the National TA Center for Children’s Mental Health, the National Center for Effective Mental Health Consultation, the Contemporary Practices in Early Intervention, the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, and the AIDS Education and Training Center/National Multicultural Center.

Sarah Rhoads, PhD, DNP, APN, is an Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and the Director of Continuing Nursing Education for the Center for Distance Health at UAMS. She serves as the principal investigator for the DISCOVER Maternal Child Health Leadership funded through a MCH Training grant, HIV HEART (Health Education, Assessment and Research in Telehealth) funded through the AIDS Education and Training Center and the South Central Telehealth Resource Center which is funded through the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth which are all located within HRSA. She received her doctorate in nursing practice from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and completed her PhD in May 2013 through UAMS.