Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Program
The MCHEP mission is to promote and improve the health and well-being of women, children, and families by building capacity at state, local, and tribal levels and to use and apply sound epidemiologic research and scientific information to maternal and child health programs and policies. This mission is accomplished domestically and internationally by developing Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Epidemiology leaders, promoting peer exchange forums, supporting continued education and training, and providing fellowship opportunities.
MCHEP’s many partners in this effort include organizations that provide direct services or influence policy and practice guidelines, state health departments, tribes, local universities, and others.
- Provide direct assistance to public health agencies through assigning senior CDC MCH epidemiologists and fellows.
- Promote analytic capabilities.
- Increase the ability to apply scientific and research evidence at the agencies where the senior MCH epidemiologists are assigned.
previous MCH EPI conferences are available for review.
MCH EPI Listserv: The listserv includes almost 800 MCH scie ntists and program directors, and provides quick peer exchange and technical assistance on "hot topics" and informs participants of upcoming events and opportunities. To be added to the MCH EPI Listserv, please e-mail us at MCHEPI@cdc.gov.
MCH EPI Grand Rounds: One-hour scientific broadcasts take place on the first Wednesday of the following months each year—February, March, April, May, September, October, and November. These active internet exchanges include audio and PowerPoint presentations from MCH experts across the country with lively discussion by phone and Internet. These broadcasts are arranged in advance to focus on important and timely MCH issues including epidemiologic studies, policy and program evaluation, methodological issues and tools, and emerging MCH topics. For more information please e-mail us at MCHEPI@cdc.gov to be added to the MCH EPI Listserv.
DataSpeak: Sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), DataSpeak is a series of Web conferences that feature special topics related to Maternal and Child Health (MCH) data, including research on children with special health care needs (CSHCN). Each event features one or more speakers who are considered experts in their field. Visit the archived events for streamed archives of past DataSpeak events.
- Skills-building workshops targeting identified critical needs.
- Short-term MCH epidemiology courses for new staff.
- Graduate certificate training in MCH epidemiology using distance technology.
- Year-long, team-based training on effectively using analyzed data for public health action.
- Peer exchange and research collaboration through conferences, Webcasts, and other mechanisms.
AMCHP: The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) represents state public health leaders and others working to improve the health and well being of women, children, youth, and families, including those with special health care needs. CDC partially funds MCH Epi Training Resource Guide, Matrixed Analytic Training for Reproductive Infant and Child Health Services (MATRICHS), and the Annual Data Skill-Building Training.
CityMatCH: CityMatCH is a freestanding national membership organization of city and county health departments' maternal and child health programs and leaders representing urban communities in the United States. CityMatCH is partially funded by CDC for their DaTA Institute and Perinatal Periods of Risk initiative.
CSTE: The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) is a professional association of public health epidemiologists in states and territories working together to detect, prevent, and control conditions of public health significance. CSTE and CDC jointly sponsor an applied epidemiology fellowship program.
EIS: The Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) is a unique 2-year, post-graduate program of service and on-the-job training for health professionals interested in the practice of epidemiology. Participants have the opportunity to conduct epidemiologic investigations, research, and public health surveillance in the MCH field.
ORISE: Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) provides opportunities for postgraduates, students, and faculty to participate in current research and development activities related to CDC’s critical missions. Program participants are provided opportunities for hands-on participation in research and development, and related technical activities at the MCHEP program.
GSIP: The HRSA-sponsored Graduate Student Internship Program (GSIP) offers paid internships in state and city health departments to graduate students in public health by providing training in MCH epidemiology.
The MCH EPI and Data Capacity Assessment Tool [Excel - 46KB] was developed to be used in concert with the annual report and annual site visit in reviewing and assessing an agency's past activities and planning for an agency's future. The tool's specific purpose is to track a state agency's MCH EPI and data capacity and activities over time to facilitate assessment, discussion, and planning about an agency's growth in capability.
PRAMS: The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) is a surveillance project of the CDC and state health departments. PRAMS collects state-specific, population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences prior to, during, and immediately following pregnancy.
SLAITS: The State and Local Area Integrated Telephone Survey (SLAITS) collects important health care data at state and local levels.
NCHS: As the leading statistics agency, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) compiles statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the people's health.
Peristats: This online source for perinatal statistics, developed by the March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center, provides free access to maternal and infant health related data at the national, state, county, and city level, and was developed to ensure that health professionals, researchers, medical librarians, policymakers, students, and the media have easy access to this information. Data provided by NCHS are updated throughout the year, and useful for multiple tasks, including fact-finding, health assessments, grant writing, policy development, lectures, and presentations.
MCH Data Connect at Harvard School of Public Health: This source provides a comprehensive online database catalog of MCH datasets, interactive tools, and other data resources for public health professionals, researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and students.
MCH Library at Georgetown University: The library offers a variety of electronic resources, including the MCH Alert, knowledge paths, databases, and other materials developed for health professionals, policymakers, and families. The MCH Library is located at the National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health at Georgetown University.