Emory’s Preventive Medicine Residency Training in Maternal, Child, & Family Health
Brief Overview: The Maternal-Child-Family Health track provides preventive medicine residents with academic training (an MPH degree at the Emory Rollins School of Public Health) and practical experience in population- and clinic-based maternal-child and reproductive health through on-going initiatives of the Georgia Division of Public Health (state- and county-level), the Grady Health System (a publicly-supported indigent care health system in metropolitan Atlanta), and the Center for Black Women’s Wellness (a community-based, nonprofit organization and Healthy Start grantee). Residents who complete this training experience will be well-prepared to enter careers that involve public health and clinical aspects of maternal and child health.
Training Activities: Through this training activity, residents will receive academic instruction and partake in population- and clinic-based initiatives to enhance maternal-child, family, and reproductive health. At the population-level, residents may participate in collaborative projects of the Georgia Division of Public Health. Training activities related to these initiatives will include data analyses (e.g., use of the Perinatal Periods of Risk to identify the class of strategies that hold the most potential for reducing infant mortality for a given population); cost-benefit analyses for implementing reproductive and maternal-child initiatives in areas of Georgia; development of health messages and media campaigns targeting high-risk women and their families; and development and participation in provider-level trainings in preconception, reproductive, and preventive health care. At the community and clinic levels, residents will provide evidence-based reproductive, preconception, and preventive health care services – including family planning, safe sex counseling, nutrition supplementation, immunizations, indicated medical interventions, as well as behavioral strategies to promote healthy eating and activity behaviors and achievement of a healthy body weight – through Title X and primary care clinics of Grady Health System (including its International and Neighborhood Health Centers) and Clayton County Board of Health, and participate in quality improvement and evaluation of maternal-child and reproductive health care services through the Center for Black Women’s Wellness.
Population Served: Low-income women and their children, primarily belonging to racial and ethnic minority groups (especially African American and Hispanic women), in the state of Georgia, with a focus upon metropolitan Atlanta and Clayton county.