Expanding the public health workforce trained in maternal and child health is the goal of the BEST Program at the Rutgers School of Public Health.
The Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded a $350,000, five-year grant to support the School’s BEST Program: Building Education, Student involvement, and Training in maternal and child health. Dr. Teresa Janevic, will direct the BEST program that will help fill a gap in New Jersey by training a diverse group of students to be leaders in the maternal and child health workforce.
The BEST program will recruit students from minority and underrepresented backgrounds and generate interest in maternal and child health. Dr. Janevic will work with practicum director Dr. Pauline Thomas to enhance training in maternal and child health through graduate-level coursework and a student organization. They will collaborate with the New Jersey Department of Health, the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey, Planned Parenthood of Southern New Jersey, and the March of Dimes to provide students with practicum experiences and to ensure coursework meets the needs of the maternal and child health workforce.
Dr. Janevic notes “this new program will provide students with training both in the classroom and in the community, and support them to form their own student organization to be active in maternal and child health in New Jersey and globally.”
Funding will also be used to create a Faculty Workgroup across Rutgers University to support teaching and mentoring students in maternal and child health.