Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health
Local health departments (LHDs) play an important role in coordinating the broader public health system’s efforts to improve the health of women, children and adolescents. NACCHO’s Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Program strengthens the capacity of LHDs to effectively ensure and assess the health of women, children and adolescents by providing learning opportunities, developing tools and resources, providing technical support, and facilitating peer exchange.
In the Spotlight
NACCHO was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create a toolkit with resources, templates, and tools for local health departments to use and develop capacity to bill third party payers for immunization, STD, TB and HIV services. More than 200 resources have currently been collected from state billing guides, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, state health departments, local health departments, insurance companies, and vendors of products such as electronic medical records and billing clearinghouses.
Preconception Health and Health Care Resource Center
The Preconception Health and Health Care Resource Center is a comprehensive web directory of hyperlinks to tools and resources designed to advance the health of men and women of reproductive age. Materials and strategies are grouped into four categories: 1) health education materials for women and men 2) clinical strategies and model programs 3) policy strategies and resources and 4) state and local strategies and model programs. This resource was developed by NACCHO, the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CityMatCH, Johnson Group Consulting, Inc., the National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative, and the Center for Maternal and Infant Health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. More »
New NACCHO Webinar Series on Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health
Since 2008, local health departments have experienced persistent budget cuts that have reduced staff and eliminated programs. The National Association of County and City Health Officials' (NACCHO's) economic surveillance research indicates that maternal, child, and adolescent health (MCAH) programs and services often bear the largest burden of these budget cuts. To date, a national profile of local level MCAH programs, services, and collaborations does not exist to understand the context within which LHDs are experiencing these changes. The information presented in this webinar series and accompanying publications begin to fill that void.