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Chronic/MCH/Oral Health: MCH

Subcommittee Co-Chairs: Melissa Baker (WV), Michael Bryan (GA)

 CSTE Staff Contact: Nikka Sorrells, Valerie Goodson  




Mission/About paragraph: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 Maternal Child Health.

The members of the Subcommittee include MCH epidemiologists and professionals with training in epidemiology and statistics who work with MCH data in state, local, and territorial health departments as well as private sector academic settings.


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 MCH.


Recent Subcommittee Activity

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Workgroup


Co-chairs: Laurin Kasehagen (VT), Luigi Garcia Saavedra (NM) 

Call Schedule: 3rd Tuesdays at 2 pm ET


This workgroup was formed in 2017 with the purpose of understanding how states define and operationalize NAS and to develop a standardize surveillance case definition. The workgroup developed and conducted an NAS Definition Environmental Scan to understand the current ways in which NAS is defined and used the data was to develop the NAS Standardized Surveillance Case Definition Position Statement which was passed at the 2019 CSTE Annual Conference.   


NAS Workgroup Resources



 If you are interested in joining the workgroup listserv please complete the CSTE NAS Workgroup Interest Form 


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