University of California, Los Angeles

Grant Title: Partners in Excellence for Leadership in MCH Nutrition

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Project Director

Dena Herman, PhD, MPH, RD
Professor, California State University, Northridge
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
18111 Nordhoff Blvd
Northridge, CA 91330

MCH Nutrition Leadership Training Program
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health


A growing demand for PH nutrition services to meet the needs of a diverse MCH population, & few training resources in the 13 western states. Response: UCLA Partners continue to serve as a western regional & national resource for leadership training, TA & CE for Title V & related programs.


Each Partner has relationships with their state/local Title V and other agencies through student field placements, consultations, TA, CE, etc; each also collaborates with local MCH training programs. The Western MCH Nutrition Leadership Network provides contact with the other 8 western states (HI, NV, AZ, UT, ID, AD, MT, WY). Coordination with all MCH Nutrition grantees occurs via conference calls/annual meetings. Bimonthly Partners tele-conferences allow planning/coordination of activities.


Primary outcome: The % graduates showing leadership in MCH nutrition. Process & secondary outcomes include: the % of enrolled trainees from diverse backgrounds, former trainees employed in community-based MCH settings, the # of students from other disciplines enrolled in program-affiliated nutrition courses, the # of courses at Partner universities with nutrition content, the range/impact of CE activities & TA offered, the program’s impact on national health & training performance measures.

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