Continuing Education

The Center of Excellence in MCAH hosts a variety of continuing education activities to build skills for MCAH professionals.  These activities include research symposiums, interdisciplinary colloquia with other MCHB leadership training programs, and events for MCAH professionals on topics of interest. Examples of past events include:

Implementing a Life Course Perspective in Practice--Examples of Early & Critical Period Interventions from the Field

These two webinars were built from our Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Life Course Perspective, Practice, & Leadership online training series. They discussed the importance of early and critical periods in the life course and how interventions at these sensitive times can vastly improve health trajectories. Each webinar included a partner organization featured in the training module: "Early Programming and Cumulative Exposure to Risk and Protective Factors across the Lifespan: Opportunities for Intervention".

Monday May 13th
12:00-1:00 PM PST
Fair Oaks Health Center within San Mateo Medical Center is a primary care clinic for many children and families in San Mateo County. The clinic created, piloted and evaluated a unique parent and child coaching program to support school readiness of 3- 5 year olds through strategic and collaborative community partnerships.
Jaime Peterson, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Neel Patel, MD, First 5 San Mateo County Commissioner

Webinar 2: California Adolescent Health Collaborative(link is external)

Watch recording here!

Tuesday May 28th
12:00-1:00 PM PST
The California Adolescent Health Collaborative (CAHC), a program of the Public Health Institute, is focused on improving the well- being of California’s youth by utilizing multidisciplinary and equity-informed approaches. With strategic partnerships, CAHC works to improve the knowledge and skills of adolescents to be leaders in their communities and have healthy transitions to adulthood 
Susan Watson, MPH, Program Director, CAHC

"A Fair Shot":  Michael C. Lu, MD, MS, MPH, presents at UC Berkeley School of Public Health

On October 26, 2018, The Center of Excellence in Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health welcomed Dr. Michael Lu for a presentation, "A Fair Shot", about his path to becoming a leader in public health.  Dr. Lu is former Director of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and is currently Senior Associate Dean for Academic, Student & Faculty Affairs at Miliken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University.  He is a UC Berkeley School of Public Health Alumni. 

Adolescent Health and Emerging Adulthood Research Symposium
(April 2018)

This event higlighted the latest work and research of MCAH professionals relating to adolescents and emerging adults.  


Adolescent Rapid Trauma Screening & Pilot Study: Results & Recommendations
Naomi Schapiro & Samira Soleimanpour
Professor of Clinical Family Health Care Nursing
School of Nursing, UCSF
Cybergirl Rwanda: Using human-centered design to develop digital and SMS sexual health and employment tools
Megan Bontempo, MPH Candidate
Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health Program
UC Berkeley School of Public Health 
Andrea Garber, PhD, RD, Professor
Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, UCSF
Exposure To Toxic Volatile Organic Chemicals From E-Cigarette Use In Adolescents
Mark L. Rubenstein MD  
Professor, Department of Pediatrics  
Division of Adolescents, UCSF  
Justice for Janes: Abortion Care for Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors and the Best Interest of the Child
Alexandra Carter, MPH Candidate
Health & Social Behavior Program
UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Which life course theoretical models best explain the relationship between childhood maltreatment and depressive symptoms in early and late adolescence: Recency, accumulation, or sensitive periods?
Erin C Dunn, ScD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School

Screening and Panel Discussion:  Raising of America, Episode Two: "Once Upon a Time" When Childcare for All Wasn't Just a Fairytale (April 2017)

A screening of the film and panel discussion featuring executive producer Larry Adelman, UCB MCAH professors and postdocs, and professionals in the field of MCAH and child care. Watch a video of the discussion here.  

MCH Research Symposium (March 2016)

The symposium featured talks and posters on the latest MCH research from UC Berkeley and UCSF professors and students.  Watch videos from the presentation here(link is external).  

MCH Roundtable:  The Changing Landscape for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs in California (April 2015)

Highlights for the day included a range of speakers including researchers, policy experts and a panel of parent advocates in the field of CYSHCN, followed by roundtable discussions between attendees and speakers.  View a video of the panel discussion here.(link is external)

Symposium: Today’s Children, Tomorrow’s Adults:  Scientific Research Supporting  MCH Life Course Concepts (March 2014)

This event focused on cutting edge research focused on various stages of the life course, interdisciplinary perspectives, and innovations in Maternal Child Health, followed by interactive dialogue between presenters and attendees.  View the presentations here.(link is external)  

Conference: Are We Poisoning Our Children? How Chemicals in the Environment Affect Children’s Health (November 2011)

This event featured talks from physicians and researchers on the topics of parental and child exposures to chemicals, global environmental threats, and environmental justice pertaining to children’s health.