Maternal & Child Health

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Maternal and Child Health Section

What's New in the MCH Section

  • Join us on Facebook! Members are encouraged to join our group, and everyone is invited to like our page!
  • Want to learn more about the history of MCH in the US? Check out the MCH History Timeline from the MCHB.
  • Interested in becoming more involved with the MCH Section?  Click here!
  • Introducing APHA Connect, APHA's new e-community! Join us online to learn about upcoming MCH-related events and join in discussions with other Section members! 
  • Help support the MCH Section's Student Leadership Programs! Donate to the MCH Section Enrichment Fund today!
  • Congratulations to past Section Chair Barb Levin on her election to APHA's Executive Board!
  • The Child Health Policy Statement passed Governing Council. Thanks to all who worked on this important policy statement! You may view the policy statement here. Please note: you will need your APHA Member ID/password to login.
  • Harvard School of Public Health MCH Data Connect provides a comprehensive online database catalog of MCH datasets, interactive tools and other data resources for public health professionals, researchers, practioners, policy makers and students.

  • Women and Health Care Reform
  • View Kay Johnson's presentation on "Implementing Health Reform and Improving MCH" from last year's MCH Town Hall Meeting!

Mission:  The Maternal & Child Health Section of the American Public Health Association was organized in 1921 with the mission of developing innovative and creative approaches to addressing the health needs of mothers, children, adolescents, and families.

Members include professionals from diverse disciplines such as nurses, physicians, midwives, social workers, psychologists, researchers, nutritionists, child care workers, doulas, and many others who are involved at every level of health care delivery and policy development.

The Goals of the Section are to:

  • Influence national policy development related to maternal and child health.
  • Develop leaders among MCH section members and student fellows; and
  • Keep the MCH Section membership informed about national legislation, budget issues and policy related to maternal and child health.

Join us as we share, discuss, and debate public health planning and policy developments in MCH. We invite you to get involved in Section activities focused on policy development, leadership development and membership engagement. Your participation is vital to our continued success!.