UWM Maternal & Child Health program aims for workforce diversity

UWM is one of just six undergraduate institutions in the United States to receive a Maternal & Child Health Pipeline Training grant to address the national need for diversity in the health care workforce.

The program recruits and supports undergraduate students from underrepresented and disadvantaged groups who are pursuing degrees from the UWM College of Health Sciences, College of Nursing, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare and the College of Letters & Science. Ninety-five percent of the program’s students successfully enroll in graduate school.

“That’s a really high number and something we’re very proud of,” said Victoria Moerchen, director of UWM’s Maternal and Child Health Pipeline Training Program and an associate professor of kinesiology and physical therapy  in the College of Health Sciences.

The five-year grant was awarded by the Health Resources & Services Administration, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.