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MCH Public Health Nurse Training

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Public Health Nurse Orientation

The curriculum we’ve offered in the past is being redesigned to align with the future of MCH Public Health Nurse home visiting. The new curriculum will include a combination of in-person classroom training and distance learning. Upon hire and prior to attending the In-person training, new nurses (supervisors included) will be asked to participate in distance learning activities (MCH PHN 100). Following attendance at MCH PHN 200 (in-person training), there will be post class room distance learning (MCH PHN 300) that will be required to be completed within 9 months of the MCH PHN 200 training.

The new structure being built is as follows:

  • MCH Public Health Nursing 100: Distance learning via a combination of self-paced review of reading materials and webinars. Topics covered will include the Oregon Nurse Practice Act, home visitor safety, attachment theory and the social determinants of health.
    • Required Webinar MCH PHN Home Visiting 101: Social Determinants of Health 
    • Required Webinar MCH PHN Home Visiting 102: Attachment Theory
  • MCH Public Health Nursing 200 *: Three full days of on site training in Portland. Focus is on physical assessment (prenatal and infant), building and managing nurse client relationships and motivational interviewing.
  • MCH Public Health nursing 300: Distance learning via a combination of self-paced review of reading materials and webinars. Topics will include intimate partner violence, breastfeeding, toxic stress and trauma and reflective practice.

Please note*
The MCH PHN 200 class size is limited to 25 participants with a goal of creating an optimal learning environment. Priority for the in-person training will be given to new staff who has not previously attended MCH training. However, we will take a wait list for experienced PHNs who are interested in the new curriculum. As we have space available they will be welcome to join. Plan to spend 8-10 hours in a combination of webinars and self-paced review of reading materials prior to coming to the onsite training. Details will be provided upon registration..

  • Orientation is a requirement for the Babies First! program.
  • Registration information coming soon.

Target Audience: Public health nurses who are new to home-based MCH programs.

For program or registration questions, please contact the State MCH Nurse Consultant:
Fran Goodrich, 971 673-0262,

Clues to Cues: A Foundation for Infant Mental Health

One full day

Training Goals: 

  • Identify key concepts of infant behavior.
  • Apply the concepts of infant state, state modulation, cues, and temperament to the feeding and teaching interaction.

Target Audience: 

Professionals and paraprofessionals educating and working with families.



Training Dates:

Upon request

For registration questions, contact Fran Goodrich, 971 673-0262,