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UNC: Maternal and Child Health Faculty Receive Joint Innovative Teaching Award

Four faculty members in the Department of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) at the Univeristy of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health have received an Innovative Teaching Award from the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health (ATMCH).

The team – consisting of clinical assistant professor, Mr. Oscar Fleming, assistant professor, Dr. Meghan Shanahan, professor, Dr. Rohit Ramaswamy, and professor and department chair Dr. Carolyn Halpern – is one of four recipients of funding from ATMCH.

The team’s winning project is titled, “Integrating MCH and Implementation Practice Education.”

The project centers on the design of a new required course for the maternal, child and family health concentration of the Gillings School’s Master of Public Health program. The course, “Introduction to Implementation Research and Practice in Maternal, Child and Family Health,” will provide an overview of the core theories and methods in implementation research and practice and teach students to apply several key frameworks and tools through realistic case studies and exercises.

Implementation science comprises research and practice. Implementation research seeks to understand the variety of factors that impact the use of evidence-based public health programs and services. Implementation practice leverages this research to support changes in practice at the individual, agency, community and policy levels in order to improve the delivery of programs and enhance health outcomes for individuals and populations.

Implementation research and practice are connected and complementary, but there is often a gap in educational offerings that fails to adequately link them. This project will bridge this gap by preparing students to be true implementation practitioners.

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