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
Funding Announcement: Reducing Disparities in Breastfeeding through Peer and Professional Lactation Support
With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NACCHO is pleased to offer a funding opportunity for local health departments (LHDs) and community-based public, private, non-profit, or faith-based organizations to provide peer and professional lactation support to African American and underserved (e.g. ethnic minority group or low-income) women and infants. The purpose of this project is to increase implementation of evidence-based and innovative breastfeeding programs, practices, and services at the community level, specifically focused on peer and professional lactation support to breastfeeding mothers in predominantly African American communities; and to develop and maintain public health partnerships critical to building community support for breastfeeding.
NACCHO will make at least 70 awards available to LHDs, community-based public, private, non-profit, or faith-based organizations, and lactation support providers for a 2-year breastfeeding project. The Reducing Disparities in Breastfeeding through Peer and Professional Lactation Support (Breastfeeding) project is a 4-year cooperative agreement with CDC to increase implementation of evidence-based breastfeeding programs, practices, and services at the community level.
Findings from Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MCAH) 2012 Survey
The Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MCAH) 2012 Survey was designed and administered by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health (UIC-SPH), in collaboration with CityMatCH and the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP). The MCAH 2012 Survey was conducted as part of a larger research project to determine local health department (LHD) best practices for implementing services and programs that meet the needs of pregnant women, infants, children, and adolescents in light of the economic downturn and a changing healthcare system landscape. As a result, NACCHO published two research briefs to highlight Part 1 of the survey findings.
Staying Resilient in Hard Times: Local Collaboration for Women, Children, Youth, and Families describes the landscape of existing and potential partners in local jurisdictions, and provides insight into collaborations between LHDs and myriad clinical and non-clinical, partners. Staying Resilient in Hard Times: Local Programs and Services for Women, Children, Youth, and Families is the companion brief. This report presents the wide array of LHD MCAH programs and services and describes their overlap with the healthcare services covered as essential benefits under the Affordable Care Act. Click on the links below to download the briefs.
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.