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Better Together Part 3: Social Support in Prenatal Care


About This Course

This course is aimed at increasing awareness of the various benefits of social support groups for both mothers and their offspring. In great detail, this training explains the benefits of social support groups and equips the learner with the skills to create and maintain his or her own social support group. After completion of this training, you will be able to:

- Describe how to start a support group for pregnant women

- Describe how to manage a support group for pregnant women

- Describe how to facilitate a support group for pregnant women


There are no prerequisites for this course. No prior knowledge or experience is required to take this course.

This course is brought to you by the Maternal Child Health Training Program at the Michael and Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living through a collaboration with the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health (UTHealth) and Grand Valley State University School of Social Work.

MCH Training Program

The purpose of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Training Program is to strengthen the capacity of the rural public health work force to meet the diverse needs of MCH populations via accessible and customized public health education and training. The program is designed to enhance the core public health practice with an explicit focus on an MCH-specific professional identity.

See our website for services and trainings provided by the MCH Training Program.

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Dr. Nwachukwu is a PhD student in Epidemiology at the University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston with academic and research interests in Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal & Child Health (RMNCH), infectious diseases and interplay between cancer and microbes among women and other minority populations. He is a public health physician with an MSc degree in Epidemiology and rich global health experience in the control of infectious diseases, integrating service delivery programs, advocacy strategies to improve the lives of women and children, and statistical modeling of impacts of MCH and other health interventions as evidence for policy advocacy. The MCH fellowship will enable him to further understand maternal and child health issues from a global perspective and further his goal of influencing public health actions affecting women and children globally. He plans to contribute his skills in project management and epidemiology in resolving issues affecting women and children across diverse populations in a culturally sensitive manner as well as other intervention efforts of the MCH program. His learning focus during the MCH fellowship will be around racial and ethnic disparities in sexual and reproductive health, social determinants of health and how to effectively map interventions that positively influence the health of women and children.

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