Emerging Technology: Preparing Tomorrow's MCH Workforce to Innovate for Equity

Matern Child Health J. 2022 Aug;26(Suppl 1):210-215. doi: 10.1007/s10995-021-03371-5. Epub 2022 Jan 20.


Purpose: This commentary proposes a new direction to train the MCH workforce by leveraging today's rapidly changing innovation and technology to address persistent health inequities.

Description: We outline the creation of an MCH technology and innovation training pipeline developed by harnessing creative funding opportunities, diversifying training modalities, and expanding partnerships beyond traditional academic-practice partners, that be replicated and adapted by other academic programs.

Assessment: Technology and innovation will continue to be a growing intersection between health and equity, and we must create a robust pipeline of MCH leaders prepared to collaborate with entrepreneurial and innovation leaders.

Conclusion: Technology offers an important opportunity to improve MCH outcomes and reduce disparities, but only if we train the MCH workforce to seize these opportunities.

Keywords: Innovation; MCH; Technology; Training pipeline; Workforce development.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Workforce*