Twelve undergraduate students are enrolled in Alabama's first-ever Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Pipeline Training Program Summer Academy sponsored by the College of Health Sciences at Alabama State University. Students will complete the program July 2.
Dr. Steven Chesbro, project director of the training program and dean of the College of Health Sciences, said the program will provide education, mentorship and guidance experiences to increase students' interests in MCH professions.
"The purpose of the MCH Pipeline Training Program's Summer Academy is to provide students who have completed their freshman year in college an opportunity to take a closer look at health professions, especially those that impact women and children," said Chesbro.
During the five-week experience, the students will get training in health professions, especially those related to maternal and child health. Students in the program receive a stipend, campus housing, participate in a readiness program for health professions, and 4 credits toward their Certificate/minor in Maternal and Child Health.
"The Summer Academy (also) gives students the opportunity to look further into their health professions career choice, and provides them with an opportunity to shadow a health care provider in a clinical setting," Chesbro said.
The College of Health Sciences was awarded a five-year, $850,000 MCH Pipeline Training Program grant from the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health of the Health Resources Services Administration, a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to help conduct the program.
The MCH Pipeline program is housed in the college's Center to Advance Rehabilitative Health an Education (CARE). Chesbro said CARE was created to address the rehabilitative health needs of African-Americans and other minority populations in five key domains: clinical services, community-based services, educational services, policy reform and research.