Communicating with and For the Maternal and Child Health Population: Issues and Challenges

Course Description:

Title V and Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programs aim to improve the health of all mothers and children, yet program structures and responsibilities vary among the states, and existing systems and resources to address MCH needs are frequently sub-optimal. Effective communication and knowledge transfer skills can reinforce Title V’s role in assuring access to high quality services, translation of best practices, and the development of health policies that support improved health outcomes. Program faculty discussed successful, clear communication and knowledge transfer skills and strategies crucial to MCH health improvement and advocacy goals

Target Audience

Academic Faculty/Staff, Federal Government Employees, State Government Employees, Local Government Employees, Non-Government Employees and Students

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss issues and challenges associated with development and delivery of clear, goal-oriented MCH messages
  • Describe effective, clear communication and knowledge transfer strategies for delivering MCH messages to targeted audiences
  • Identify resources to support on-going development and delivery of effective MCH messages
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 2.00 hour(s) of credit for completing Communicating with and For the Maternal and Child Health Population: Issues and Challenges
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Cathy Taylor

Cathy R. Taylor, DrPH, MSN, RN
Assistant Commissioner
Administration Director
Bureau of Health Services
Tennessee Department of Health

Dr. Cathy Taylor completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University in 2005. She earned a Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Taylor also holds a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Tennessee, Memphis, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama, Huntsville and a Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University.

Taylor served as an assistant professor of nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She has also served as director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance Disease Management Program, and worked in community health nursing and outreach at Vanderbilt School of Nursing. She has held administrative and clinical positions at Alvin C. York VAMC including occupational health clinical specialist and medical/surgical clinical coordinator. Taylor has also served in nursing director and supervisor positions at Fentress County Hospital, Middle Tennessee Medical Center and Hendersonville Community Hospital, and as a public health nurse in Fentress and Rutherford Counties.

Taylor was appointed by Governor Phil Bredesen to chair the Tennessee Center for Diabetes Prevention and Health Improvement Board in November 2006. She has served as a consultant on projects for organizations including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau Leadership Institute and the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. Taylor is a member of the American Diabetes Association, the American Nurses Association and the American Public Health Association. She has earned numerous grants and awards, and her work has been included in professional publications such as Diabetes Care, Maternal and Child Health Journal and Concepts and Models for Service Learning in Nursing.


Available Credit

  • 2.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 2.00 hour(s) of credit for completing Communicating with and For the Maternal and Child Health Population: Issues and Challenges


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