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 Welcome to Pulse...

... where leaders, researchers, and practitioners in maternal and child health share stories about policies and practices to promote the health of all families.


Social Justice and Equity 

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Title V’s Diversity Challenge: What Does an Equitable Workplace Look Like?

"Diversity!" We're hearing that word a lot these days. While some major corporations have dominated the news about diversity issues, every workplace in America – including Title V programs – should notice how organizations are changing the way they approach diversity. [more]

chain-3460632_1280.jpgInequities in Housing and Lead Exposure: Breaking the Link

Just as we know about the dangerous health effects of unhealthy housing, so too do we know that these effects disproportionately impact communities of color and low-income families. [more]

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balloon-381334_1280.pngHow We Talk About What We Do Matters

In MCH work, we take the time to understand how the social determinants of health can lead to persistent health inequities and poor health outcomes for some segments of the population. While we might recognize the importance and impact of these determinants, those outside public health might not share this understanding. [more]


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Advancing Health Equity by Improving Access to Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Despite recent efforts to improve access to mental health and substance use services, the United States still lags in providing access to adequate care for marginalized populations. [more]



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The Relationship between the Lived Experience of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Health Equity: Reflections from a Parent- and Self-Advocate

Those who provide services to children and youth with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities know that one of the best ways to improve those services is to hear first-hand from the people who use them. [more]



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When Access to Childcare Impacts a Woman's Ability to Care for Herself

In a recent focus group with Illinois' Westside Healthy Start program case managers, we learned that women, particularly those with young children, "constantly" express a concern about their ability to find child care for medical appointments. [more]



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New Measurement Framework and Indicator Set for Monitoring SDOH Related to Perinatal Health and Infant Mortality Reduction

The Social Determinants of Health Learning Network was one of six strategic areas in the national phase of the Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network, aiming to build state capacity and test innovative strategies for shifting the impact of SDOH and ensuring equity in birth outcomes. [more]

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Innovation Station: A Place to Share & Find Evidence-Based MCH Practices

 One of Innovation Station's most popular resources is its online database of cutting-edge, emerging, promising, and best practices in maternal and child health. [more]


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A View from Washington: A Push is On to Study the Health Impact of Gun Violence

This year, AMCHP and others in the public health community are seizing on what we see as a small window of opportunity to, at the very least, restore federal funding for gun violence prevention research. [more]


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CEO's Challenge to MCH Leaders

Sadly, there still is no such public outrage over the fact that globally, 2.6 million children died in their first month of life in 2016. Or, that there are approximately 7,000 newborn deaths every day, according to the World Health Organization, and that black babies die at 2.5 times the rate of non-Hispanic whites. [more]


Susan Chacon.JPGFrom the President

I recently attended a training on providing quality, equitable health care for the LGBTQ community with a focus on reducing health disparities, including access to health care and health insurance; physical health and well-being; mental health and well-being; and treatment for tobacco, alcohol and other substance use. [more]


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Data and Trends

A collection of charts comparing infant mortality rates between white and black infants from 2010-2015. [more]