Resources

Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) – AMCHP is a national resource, partner and advocate for state public health leaders and others working to improve the health of women, children, youth and families, including those with special health care needs.

  • AMCHP State Life Course Resource Center – To further promote the adoption and integration of life course within state Title V programs, AMCHP has established the State Life Course Resource Center. This website provides tools and resources that are targeted specifically to the state level.
  • Moving the Life Course Work Forward: Recommendations from the Life Course Town Hall Meetings – This publication, commissioned by CityMatCH and AMCHP, includes key life course themes and recommendations, as well as information about creating a common language around life course, establishing a shared outcomes framework, designing educational strategies, establishing learning communities and identifying funding strategies.
  • Innovation Station – The AMCHP searchable database of emerging, promising and best practices in MCH. The Innovation Station allows you to learn more about MCH programs across the United States and to benefit from the lessons learned by your peers.

CityMatCH Life Course Toolbox – The MCH Life Course Toolbox is an online resource for MCH researchers, academics, practitioners, policy advocates, and others in the field to share information, innovative strategies, and tools to integrate the life course perspective into MCH work at the local, state and national levels.

MCH Life Course Research Network – This Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) website provides researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and consumers with a mechanism for interacting, sharing information and tools, and engaging in collaborative and innovative projects, including the development of a life course research agenda.

A Life Course Approach Resource Guide Developed by the MCH Training Program – This HRSA website provides a number of key resources to help MCH training programs explore the implications of the life course perspective for efforts to improve the health of all women, children, youth and families. Visit the site for fact sheets and policy briefs, peer-reviewed journal articles, presentations and course lecture series, examples of local initiatives and more.

  • Rethinking MCH: The Life Course Model as an Organizing Framework – This 2010 concept paper synthesizes the best thinking on MCH life course and outlines how the theory might be used to frame the upcoming MCHB strategic planning process. The paper also provides a series of examples on how a life course perspective might be incorporated into MCH research, programs, policies, and partnerships to optimize health outcomes and reduce disparities across the population.