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
The Raising of America: Strengthening Public Health and Community Partnerships to Reduce Disparities in Child Health & Development
The Raising of America is a documentary series and multimedia initiative that will launch in early 2015 that will reframe the way we look at early child health and development. The documentary, by the producers of UNNATURAL CAUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?, explores how a strong start for all our kids leads not only to better individual life courses (learning, earning and physical and mental health) but also to a healthier, safer, better educated, more prosperous, and more equitable America.
On January 8, 2015 at 2:00 pm, ET, national partners hosted a webinar to raise awareness about the documentary series. The webinar featured clips from the opening episode, which moves back and forth between the science of human development and the stories of families and communities struggling to provide the rich and responsive environments all children need to thrive. A Q&A on how participants can use the series to build strategic partnerships to improve child health and development in their communities followed.
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.