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Chronic/MCH/Oral Health: MCH
In 2010 CSTE released Maternal & Child Health Epidemiology Capacity: Findings and Recommendations, which reports findings from the maternal and child health (MCH) module of the 2009 National Assessment of Epidemiology Capacity and provides recommendations for improving MCH epidemiology capacity. Among the recommendations from the previous assessment are: the need to identify best practices for the field, the importance of advanced training for MCH epidemiologists, the need for MCH staff to have ready access to a variety of databases including those that are linked, and the necessity of a visible MCH epidemiology presence.

The MCH Subcommittee’s mission and goals align with these recommendations, and CSTE’s vision to strengthen public health and sustain applied epidemiology programs in MCH. The mission of the MCH Epidemiology Subcommittee is to promote the use of public health surveillance and epidemiologic analysis to guide public health practice and improve MCH. The subcommittee offers training, capacity development, and peer networking. The goals of the subcommittee are to:
  1. Promote and improve communication among peers.
  2. Assist in strengthening applied epidemiology capacity in the MCH workforce.
  3. Advocate positions and recommendations that strengthen the MCH.
The members of the subcommittee include MCH epidemiologists and professionals with training in epidemiology and statistics who work with MCH data in state, local, tribal, and territorial health departments as well as private-sector and academic settings.

As a result of discussions at the 2007 MCH EPI Conference, CSTE, the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, and CityMatCH formed the MCH EPI Group to support the use of effective public health surveillance and epidemiologic practice through training, capacity development, and peer consultation. This collaboration leverages the strengths and resources of each organization to better support MCH epidemiologists. For more information about the MCH EPI Group, please visit www.mchepi.org.

As part of our commitment to build epidemiologic capacity, CSTE is collaborating with AMCHP and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide targeted trainings, share information, and identify and address emerging issues. AMCHP also provides technical assistance to CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology fellows working on MCH projects.

Recent Accomplishments
  • CSTE in partnership with AMCHP and CDC hosted two MCH Epidemiology Symposia in conjunction with the CSTE Annual Conference. The 2013 symposium focused on innovative data and approaches. The 2014 symposium showcased the power of data warehousing and applications.
  • MCH subcommittee members participated in the 2013 revisions of the chronic disease indicators relating to MCH
  • MCH subcommittee members assessed MCH epidemiology capacity at the state level through the MCH Module in the 2013 National Epidemiology Capacity Assessment.
For more information about the MCH Subcommittee and its activities, please contact Nidal Kram. Click here to view other Chronic Disease/Maternal and Child Health/Oral Health Steering Committee activities.

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