UAB Receives Maternal Child Health Grant
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has been awarded a five-year, $1.6 million grant to provide health-care professionals with leadership education training in adolescent health.

UAB is now the only institution in the nation to currently hold all four major types of interdisciplinary long-term training grants awarded by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration.

“Overall, grant programs are aimed at improving the health of women and children by training leaders in the field of maternal and child health professionals,” says Nancy Wooldridge, assistant professor of pediatrics and co-director of the Pediatric Pulmonary Center at UAB. “Although each training program focuses on a specific area of maternal and child health, all bring together teams of faculty representing various health-care disciplines to provide comprehensive graduate-level training.”

UAB faculty members have established the UAB Maternal and Child Health Collaborative Network to coordinate efforts and to take advantage of shared resources.

Among the four MCHB-funded long-term interdisciplinary training programs underway at UAB are Leadership Education in Adolescent Health, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment Disabilities, Pediatric Pulmonary Centers, Schools of Public Health, and the fifth, now added as a result of the grant, is the Maternal Child Health Public Health.